I was apprehensive about seeing the cardiologist but also knew that I needed to ask him a whole list of questions. Firstly i had an ecg and had taken my own readings from my bp monitor as i have white coat syndrome!. He has a lovely manner and when i showed him my bp reading his retort was "i wish my blood pressure was that good". I explained that Ihad been stressed and that my blood pressure had spiked to 196/101 and had been experiencing triple beats and missed beats. He said that on my last heart trace these ectopics showed up. He told me thst there are lots of factors that contribute towards af but stress is a big factor. When stressed adrenaline is produced which affects the heart. So no change in meds at the moment but dealing with stress and anxiety may help. So i am going back to my mindfulness tapes and reading. He is going to suggest to gp something short term for my anxiety will cut down another day at work by taking my pension and try and accept that af doesnt mean the end of everything but to start to accept what is. Not easy when i have been worried and stressed feeling that af had curbed alll my dreams and living in dread of the next a and e admission. No ablation said i am low dose of meds so feels i will be better served dealing with all my own conflicts. .Relieved and feeling more positive just have to ignore all the flips and blips that my heart produces. He said you are not going to die!.I guess the moral of this story is acceptance and getting on with life....so today I am tackling my anxiety and putting af in the place as part of my life but not all of it. Best wishes to all Chris
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