i am from the states and enjoy these post very much. The method of treatment in a lot of cases is different in this country than in the UK or Australia I have had AFib for over 5 years. Started horribly with a rate of over 268, put in ICU (contrary to popular belief AFib can kill you) drugs stopped my heart had to have a pacemaker to keep me alive and it took 4 mos to get it under control. I take Sotalol and warfarin. Was good for 3 years and boom it comes back with a vengeance only to find out later that it was caused by my Dr incorrectly setting my pacemaker so I ended up with cyroablation. I still take Sotalol as my heart goes up to 150bpm without it. These drugs are dangerous. It was Flecenade that stopped my heart. Here they are called black label drugs which at first have to be administered in the hospital the first 72 hours. If they are changed or doses changed it must be done in the hospital and one of the big reasons is the QT intervals of your heart. I notice that a lot of people on this site exercise a lot when that is a known trigger for those of us with AFib.
Last week I had an appt with my cardiologist and here is part of our conversation. He is a great Dr and surgeon with the Cleveland Clinic. He said everyone's AF is different, however it is dangerous as I was telling him it was not. He explained that the majority of people who drop dead do so from Venticullar tachycardia which can be an off shoot from AF because of QT intervals which and I quote is not consistent with life. Therefore I was living under a false sense of security. The drugs we take to keep the rhythm at bay aRe very hard on our bodies. So here is what I think the trouble with AFib is....learning to live with it while it lives in the back of your mind. We who have it fear it. The trouble is living with fear. I have been in the hospital 20 times always afraid this would be the last time. It's now over a year thank God but have stayed away from exercise and the triggers that are known and if my heart rate goes up to high 90's and 100's to drink ice water and put ice under the arms as it stops it. I wish everyone good luck with this wretched disease.