Hi I have very recently been diagnoised with AF. I am still waiting for full investigations, but since being diagnoised I have been hospitalised twice in the last 2 weeks (2 nights each time) as I was clammy, chest tighness/heavyness and very breathless during AF episodes. first one lasted 12hrs , 2nd was 26 hrs before subsiding. I was initially on Bisoprolol & Ramirprill, but these got stopped as Pottasium was high 6.2, and BNP was also high 1029 during the first hospitalised episode.
I am now on Nebivolol, initially 2.5mg twice a day. This has been increased since 2nd admission to 5mg twice a day. I am waiting for a stress echo as there is a question of some degree of heart failure too. The consultant I have been put under seemed to suggest that I should 'ride it out at home' if I get another episode. My predicament is my GP has said after 3hrs of AF, if I have chest pain and am clammy and breathless I should get to A&E. My blood pressure is much lower now, my heart rate is usually 46-52.
There is a strong family history of heart attacks and strokes around 60 years old (I am 55 year old woman). I am thinking of investing in one of these devices which I can fix to my iphone to be sure I am in AF and then staying at home. A&E was not pleasant, took hours to get to coronary unit and if I don't need to be there would be better for all if I stayed at home. They really need the beds.
Has anyone else purchased one of these Alivecor/kardia devices (or anything similar) and found them of any use? I don't want to waste £100 if it's not going to be worth using.