I am a 63 yr old busy lady, I sing in 2 choirs, run a fundraising group for the NSPCC and look after a large house and garden as well as having 3 elderly relatives who all need help and attention at times.
Last August I had a raised heartbeat of 150+ in the middle of the night, called 111 and they advised a trip to A& E. 3 hours later just as they were about to shock my heart- reverted to sinus rhythm. Bit scary. Only ever had the odd "lumpy bumpy " heart before which when investigated about 2 years ago, found no abnormalities.
Saw the arrhythmia nurse at local hospital and he said it was atrial fibrillation and it would get worse ! Said I would probably need anticoagulant at 65 and if I had another attack I should take bisoprol. I am not very good with "pills" so thought I would wait and see what happened.
Had another episode HB around 120 - for 5 hours late October, after a stressful few days organising a fashion show , meetings with several cups of coffee, and a wine tasting evening which culminated in a large brandy ( I know! Self inflicted!)
I decided my triggers were stress, alcohol and coffee, so in the last month I have tried to drink decaffs, limited my alcohol consumption and tried to be more measured about my activities and stress levels. SO I was really surprised when last night, after a lovely carol concert with my choir, half a glass of wine and few nibbles at the after party , my heart went wild again. 150 + on the Alive cor ( which I had purchased after reading your forum).
Another trip to the hospital and again after an hour and a half, hopped on the trolley to go and be extensively monitored and it popped back to SR. gradually coming down to about 80 beats. They let me out with no treatment.
I have read so much of other people's ( much worse) experiences and found out lots of information, but I am unsure as how to proceed. I have read of "pill in the pocket" which I feel would suit me at this stage. However the locum GP I saw after the October incident, said he didn't like the idea of that and to go away and give it some thought.
My normal heart beat is only 60 ish resting and I feel very well most of the time. How should I proceed with this problem? I don't really want to take drugs all the time and if a drug slows my heart - then won't it be TOO slow? bit confused really. Help!