Hello all, I learnt I had AF whilst having a pre op a few weeks ago, I'm 63 and prior to that I had no symptoms apart from what I now understand to be palpitations a few years back. I'm due to see a specialist next week and hopefully will find out more about my condition.
I now seem to be getting pains that are related to AF which I didn't have previously (probably psychosomatic)
Last year I had raised cholesterol, I was fifteen and a half stone and have lost two and a half and have been exercising more. I have had dizzy spells which I put down to the weight loss and now seem to have an ache in my chest after reading other sufferers posts.
Now for my questions;
Is AF a progressive ailment or are some more affected than others? as at the moment I feel somewhat of a fraud to say I have AF.
Is it the case that the quicker you're diagnosed the better outcome?
I have been taking blood pressure medicine for some years and annually visit the Dr for weight check and to have my blood pressure checked, as the monitors are relatively cheap why do surgeries not have the machines to detect AF (a question for surgeries perhaps)
Finally is it worth buying a home ECG monitor to take readings to show your Dr, if so which is a good choice.
I hope that all makes sense.