I have been in persistent AF for 6 weeks but yesterday at my pre-op for cardioversion I was told that they could not proceed because I did not have weekly INR checks for the past 4 weeks. This was extremely frustrating as there had been no mention of this when I saw the cardiologist 4 weeks ago and nor when I phoned the hospital to chase up a date for my cardioversion and actually read the person my last 4, six weekly INR results with dates and they gave me appointments for pre-op and cardioversion ! Yesterday I was given the AFA booklet on cardioversion where it clearly states the need for weekly INR checks. I am kicking myself for not picking this up as I am a regular reader of this site and try and keep myself in the know.
I guess this is a disadvantage of Warfarin over a NOAC.
I now have a further 4 week delay before cardioversion while I get the necessary INR results. I wanted to get a cardioversion as quickly as possible.
Anybody know if a delay reduces the chance of a successful proceedure? I will have been in persistent AF for 10 weeks.