Good morning friends, I need your thoughts on which way to go on this.
I was diagnosed with PAF in March this year. Had a few bad days but on the whole am managing well particularly since I started anticoagulant and the worry of a stroke was lifted. I am also on 120mg daily verapamil. I have had hardly any AF in several weeks which I attribute more to lifestyle changes than to the low dose of calcium channel blocker.
My new EP (my cardiologist having gone on unexpected long leave) has now prescribed flecainide 50mg twice daily and wants me to take for 2 weeks before yet another ECG. (As I am funding all of this personally every ECG makes me wince.)
However I'm heading on holiday with my children for 7 weeks literally immediately after ECG and would far prefer to leave new drug till my return. We aren't going abroad just to our holiday cottage where my hubby will join us for weekends. Also got lots of other people coming and going and it's in a small town so near civilisation 😀.
I feel I'm being rushed towards taking a drug for a problem that for now is largely non existent. I also worry that the drug may cause side effects in the short term which will affect my ability to get everything organised for the end of term. Or what if the ECG result means they need to monitor further?
Funnily enough I think in writing this post I've more or less answered my own question but I would still very much welcome your wise comments. I feel a bit pushed by the professionals to be honest.
Ps my new EP is also very keen to do cryoblation although I am very keen to try everything else first.