Just returned from my cardiology appointment. Good news was that my replacement aortic valve that was put in four years ago is working fine. I am and feel fit and well.
The not-so-good news is that as I got out of the taxi outside the hospital, I felt the adrenaline rush of a fight-or-flight response kick in and my heart started to bang away. It didn't feel fast, just hard. I am well known for being the Queen of white coat syndrome.
My blood pressure had been 123/68 when I left home with a pulse of 61. When they took my obs I was 190/121 then 193/90. Nurse wouldn't tell me my pulse but when I took it in the waiting room it was 85+. By the time I got round to an echocardiogram, which I always have, I was in AF.
I have agreed with my cardiologist (who is lovely) that I will have a 24 hour tape. I expect going to have that fitted will start it off again. Currently on Bisoprolol and Digoxin. Not sure what the future holds as regards AF. I am asymptomatic and may well have bouts of PAF that I don't know about.
Cardiology wise I am to be reviewed in 18 months.