Hi all, I was diagnosed with AF last week, after having what I thought was a really bad panic attack. Two days later my OH took me to the walk-in centre. It turned out that my heart rate was between 176 and 218, and they sent me off to A&E.
Because I didn't get help early enough, it wasn't possible to shock me back into rhythm, but eventually they managed to do it chemically.
I was sent home with Bisoprolol 2.5mg, and Flecainide 50mg as pill in pocket. Yesterday I had to see my GP, and was prescribed Rivaroxaban.
One of the things that worries me, is could this have been just an odd event, perhaps I might never have another episode, do I really need to take all these tablets?
My biggest worry is that when my Father was just 4 years older than me (I'm 61 and female) he had a stroke, was prescribed warfarin, and died a few months later from a bleed on his brain.
Am I really walking a line, that has a possibility of a stroke without medication, or a brain haemorrhage with medication? I am taking the Bisoprolol, and no problems so far, but I haven't dared to take the anticoagulant yet.
If I did take it, would I have to take it every day?