Was diagnosed with AF five months ago following a mini stroke. So taking Pradaxa and Bisoprolol 1.25mg (mini dose). First off I find the latter turns me into a zombie. Spaced out is an understatement. So I take them only when the AF gets really bad. AF is not persistent so I get away with it a lot of the time,but when it comes what a pain, especially down the left side. Have always been a sportsman and until the stroke played tennis. Now even a walk will set off the AF. So feeling very restricted. The doctors seem unwilling to refer me to a cardiologist even though I have medical insurance. On top of that we do not seem to be getting on with it and making decisions of what to do, although I am aware that they are heading for cardio conversion. Obviously am concerned that any vigorous exercise will undo the cardio conversion and make it all a waste of time. Tempting to go for the pacemaker straight off.
So here are the questions
Has anyone found a good way to deal with AF during the waiting period before conversion?
Do GPs have the legal right to refuse referral to a specialist?
Has anyone had experience of exercise after cardio conversion. Did it hold or is it fairly fragile and reverts back to AF quickly. Serving at tennis can be quite explosive as can axing logs in winter for our fire. Will swimming be OK?
Are there any tips on what avoid? Coffee? (I do like one now and again)
Red wine? ( A couple of glasses finishes off the day nicely, but only at weekends)
I do not fancy 15 conversions. What patience!
Any useful comments would be welcome.