About 2 1/2 years ago I was on a stag do in Portugal and I woke up in the middle of the night with my heart beating out of my chest, it was also beating very irregular. I had no idea at the time was going on, I thought I was about to have a heart attack and die. After a few hours I noticed as quick as it started my heart returned to normal rhythm. I had been drinking a lot for the 3 previous nights so I put it down to dehydration and my body telling me to take it easy.
I was fine for the next 18 months and then out of the blue it happened again, this time I hadn't been drinking. I was in work sat at my desk not feeling stressed, just a normal day in the office. I started to panic and got pains in my chest, i had pins and needles in my arms and face and I felt very light headed. My colleagues called an ambulance, but by the time they got there my heart rate had slowed (I now realise I had converted to nsr). The hospital put it down to a panic attack and sent me on my way. I thought this was weird as I am a very calm level headed person and wasn't worried about anything prior to it happening.
3 months later it happened again, this time it was in the morning mid week. The night before I had felt a few missed beats, It was a strange sensation but I wasn't overly worried. This time I didn't feel as distressed but I knew something wasn't right so I decided to drive to a&e. I sat in my car for half an hour to see if it passed but it didn't, I went in and was seen straight away. This time they picked up my afib on an ECG. My heart rate was 180 - 190. I was given Flecanide intravenously and this did the trick after about 2 hours. I was kept in over night on a monitor and let go the next day with a referral to see the Electrophysiologist.
After seeing him we discussed the options and I was prescribed Bisoprolol to take daily and a 100mg tablet of Flecanide as a pill in the pocket. Since then I have had two more 4+ hour episodes, both times my heart converted without going to hospital. Once I didn't have my Flec, but by time I got home it was back to normal.
I also now seem to be getting frequent 10 to 20 second episodes several time a week. I am going to try making some lifestyle adjustments to see if it helps, I have almost stopped drinking all together and could do with loosing a few stone.
My Cardiologist said I could opt for an ablation, but we agreed to see how I went on for a few months. I am hoping I can reduce the frequency of episodes by being more healthy, so fingers crossed I won't need the surgery as I must admit the idea sounds quite scary.
Has anyone been in a similar situation to me and had the surgery? If so did it do the trick?