Trip to A&E after a bout of severe irregular heart beat.
Having suffered from AFib for several years with 4 ablations I thought that I was getting along nicely , my meds were stopped including warfarin , when 6 months later it reared its ugly head again and I was put back on 50mg flecainide twice daily no warfarin , I continued to get episodes of Afib on a weekly basis, I went back to see my electrophysiologist who said we will do heart monitor for 48 hrs to see what is happening and I will see you in 9 months .I asked him about going back on warfarin and he said no as he thought it wasn't needed ,well with my age of 66 I was worried about as I have learnt over the years that there is more of a risk of stroke as you get older , but I had to go with his decision I thought as he must know best .
Tues evening of this week after 6 hours of racing bpm there was a sudden change and my bpm became very irregular and seemed different from other episodes , at times I could not breath properly so I phoned 999 , now I am very loathe to do this unless I feel in trouble , a paramedic car and ambulance arrived simultaneously , on being wired up they saw bpm bad and blood pressure high so I was whisked off to A&E .
Eventually bpm stabilised and bp improved ,while being examined by dr I had another attack which was great as dr could see it on monitor ,this up and down bpm lasted through the night , I was seen by consult early Weds morning who soon identified my flecainide needed to be doubled to 100mg twice a day plus he put me on a anticoagulant called APIXABAN its a new drug but was proven to be very good , I was very happy with this as he explained to me the higher risk bracket I was in of having a stroke due to my age .
I am sure I have run on long enough but I thought it was important to reaffirm how stroke risk is greater the older we get and being on an anticoagulant is very important .