Hi everyone. As I said in my last post, my dad went to hospital because he passed out at home yesterday. Whilst at hospital, a cardiologist diagnosed him with Atrial Fibrillation, based on the ECG recordings given by the ambulance. They told him to go home and he'd be given a 48 hour tape to monitor what his heart is doing.
He's had another episode today, after we had dinner. This time he didn't feel faint or light-headed at all, but he's been in AF for a number of hours now, and his heart rate is very irregular (but not racing, as such). Its skipping beats very frequently, and when the heart pauses it restarts again with multiple beats, goes normal for a while then starts being irregular again. The episode he had yesterday lasted for some hours, he tells me.
I myself have AF, but I rarely have any episodes. However, when I have it, my heart becomes very fast and erratic, almost constantly over 100/110 (yet, the first time I had it my heart rate was very similar to my dad's yesterday). His seem to last for hours as well which is something I've never experienced (mine usually go away after 20 mins). He doesn't seem too bothered by it, he just doesn't want to faint again, and he's not breathless or light-headed at the moment. Its a strange one, does anyone else have something similar to this? If his pulse continues to be so erratic tomorrow should I take him to A+E to get checked out? Bear in mind that he was in hospital earlier on today, as he stayed overnight for monitoring.