What do you make of this?
As far as I can tell, my AF comes and goes. I have short episodes most days, lasting from a few minutes up to an hour. When I have them the rate, measured on a pulse oxymeter, is under 90 bpm but I can feel the bumping. The rate is controlled by Bisoprolol and Digoxin. Normally it is around 65 bpm. The AF episodes usually coincide with an increase in BP. BP is normally about 135/75.
When I attended my annual cardio check up (I have had an aortic valve replacement) I felt myself go into AF as I got out of the taxi outside the hospital. Rate was apparently 80 bpm radial and 120 bpm apical (not sure what the latter means). BP was astronomical. Cardio's letter to GP states that I am now in permanent AF. I have had one cardio version about 3 years ago which lasted 16 months.
I will be having the good old 24 hour Holter monitor in a few weeks to, quote, "decide if my overall rate control is adequate". As the queen of white coat syndrome, I imagine that the mere fact of being wired up will make my heart do the Hokey Cokey!
Despite all this, I feel fit and well and the doctors agree. Cardio doesn't want to see me for 18 months. My exercise capacity is better than it was 5 years ago.
So, I am a bit confused about being classified as being in permanent AF. We have not discussed seeing an EP and I am keen to avoid ablation, even if offered. Explaining why would involve another lengthy post!
Thanks for reading.