I was admitted to hospital recently with suspected heart failure. Whilst in the hospital the cardiologist responded to my concern about that I could feel my heart skipping a beat and then fluttering, that this was just an ectopic beat. Nothing to worry about. However, my wonderful GP booked me in to see another cardiologist, who arranged for an 72 hour monitor to be worn. I could only wear the monitor for a day as I was allergic to the plasters used. However, the monitor recorded the ectopic beats lasting 13-14 beats plus an atrial run exceeding 30 beats, so I officially have atrial fibrillation and I'm on anticoalugents . My grouse is why do hospital doctors never take you seriously. When I was discharged from hospital, a junior doctor wrote on my notes that I was suffering from anxiety!!! Of course, I wrote to the hospital and complained and have received an apology. My health has now deteriorated, severe breathlessness, fluid retention, atrial fibrillation and my doctor tells me I, indeed, have heart failure. I have lost all confidence in hospital doctors preferring, instead, to stick with my own competent GP.
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