Reflecting on changes

It is the time of year when you can't help but reflect and think about previous years. 3 years ago my PAF was troublesome and I felt very unwell a lot of the time. I had a bad episode of palpitations on 23rd December, rang my Arrhythmia Nurse Specialist who advised me to go to A&E. I got there mid afternoon and ended up being admitted to the Coronary Care Unit overnight where I reverted to NSR without intervention. I felt pretty dreadful and it was the last place I felt like spending Christmas - even if I did have a bed by the window!

Fast forward to this year and my drugs are working! I've halved my 200mg dose of Amioderone and only had one lengthy and severe episode of palpitations in over a year. I feel well, am fitter - completed a 22 mile swim for charity over a few weeks, can walk up hills without stopping every few yards and can't remember the last time I had to cancel something because of my arrhythmia. Most of the time I don't think about it at all.

The plan is to come off Amioderone soon and see what happens. Here's hoping.

Seasons greetings to everyone. This forum is so supportive.

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  • Lovely post and very positive. hope you have a lovely Christmas and a healthy and happy new year

  • Aw brilliant CJ - so positive and reassuring - seasons greeting to you too.

  • Same here CJDa. Christmas Eve 2003. Doing my last minute shopping, shops full of men wondering round looking gormless and bewildered, sheer stress :-) . Ended up on the floor of the shop, then off the A&E and into the Coronary Ward for 8 days. I actually enjoyed my stay though. The guy opposite me had his heart stop 3 times whilst I was there (not AF I hasten to add). Another was in a terrible state as he'd had a heart attack at Christmas, but after 3 days they told him all he'd done was pull the large muscles in his chest doing carpentry. Never seen anyone go from being totally depressed to ecstatic in minutes :-) .

    Christmas is great, but it it quite demanding as well.

    Happy Christmas 🎄


  • Great news. Wishing you the best of the season!

  • good luck hope you stay well

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