I have been doing some research. I have found that as far as I can tell, that is without asking my GP, which I will do at next appointment later this week,
Atrial fibrillation can be defined in various ways, depending on the degree to which it affects you. For example:
Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation – episodes come and go, and usually stop within 48 hours without any treatment
Persistent atrial fibrillation – each episode lasts for longer than seven days (or less when it's treated)
Long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation – this means you have had continuous atrial fibrillation for a year or longer
Permanent atrial fibrillation – atrial fibrillation is present all the time
Which do I have???
I don't know and can only guess.
I then came across NICE 2014. All rights reserved. Last updated August 2014 Atrial fibrillation:
It states as follows:
Personalised package of care and information
Offer people with atrial fibrillation a personalised package of care.
Ensure that the package of care is documented and delivered, and that it covers:
Stroke awareness and measures to prevent stroke
Assessment of symptoms for rhythm control
Who to contact for advice if needed
Psychological support if needed
Up-to-date and comprehensive education and information on:
Cause, effects and possible complications of atrial fibrillation management of rate and rhythm control
Practical advice on anticoagulation in line with recommendation
Referral for specialised management
Refer people promptly  at any stage if treatment fails to control the symptoms of atrial fibrillation and more specialised management is needed. [NICE new 2014]
So not only do I not know what type of afib I have, I can only assume, I have never ever been refered for any of the above.
Just wondered if anyone had any comment or suggestion or even thoughts on this