Hi, I'm the wife of a newly diagnosed AF sufferer (67) who is having difficulty coming to terms with everything and who is a terrible worrier by nature. I'm so glad to find your website and I'm gathering as much info. as my brain allows and am passing it on slowly but surely in "bite-size" chunks.
I'm confused about the referral pathways to different services.
My husband was taken to A&E in Royal Glamorgan Hospital, by paramedics, with an uncontrollable heart rhythm (ave. 182) and was put on a 12 lead monitor for 6 hours and given Bisoprolol 2.5mg and Clexane injection. Was then transferred to Acute Med. ward and had CXR and was put on a 24 hour portable monitor. Confirmed diagnosis of AF next day (by Acute Medicine Consultant) and put on Warfarin and told would be referred for Echo and would have to attend Med. Day Unit for daily INR testing and remainder of course of Clexane. Discharged home after 48 hours.
10 days later INR is stabilising but no appt. yet for Echo (is this usual?) and f/up appt. is with Respiratory Consultant not a Cardiologist??? Does this seem odd? In your experiences which Dept. would normally be responsible for AF?
He's never had any respiratory problems nor any cardiac problems previously so I'm confused - nothing else was diagnosed just AF.
Sorry if this is too much detail but any information gratefully received to help me steer my way through the network. Many thanks