I know that amiodarone is not a nice drug to be on for too long, particularly for those that have side affects, but I think it has helped me. I was in persistent AF for almost seven months and thinking I was going to be a 'permanent' candidate, when my (paid for) visit to the EP ended with him prescribing amiodarone in an effort to get me back into sinus rhythm. AND, three weeks later, at last, with a huge jolt to my heart, sinus rhythm was restored and I started feeling better. To be honest, I hadn't realised that I wasn't feeling as well as I used to. Two weeks later I had my first visit with the cardiologist who was supposed to perform my cardioversion and she told me (as I suspected) that I didn't need this procedure and I could now stop taking the diltiazem. I was over the moon...until the next day when I went into AF...but it didn't last more than half-and-hour and I came out of it, helped by trying every method I'd read about! She told me she would send a note to my GP to take me off the amiodarone and put me on beta blockers instead, to help heal my heart which wasn't as good as it could be after being in persistent AF for so long and, probably, because it was a nasty virus that put me into persistent AF in the first place. So, I have Paroxsysmal AF and I'm thinking this is better than persistent as there are hours in every day when I am in sinus rhythm? My 'attacks' are always when I am resting in the afternoon (watching telly) and/or in the middle of the night when I get up to go to the loo. This seems odd...although usual with 'loan' AF which I am hoping I have ie; there's nothing really wrong with my heart...I just have AF! To cut short what is becoming a long story....I am convinced that the days where I have had less episodes are those when I take a long walk (2 and a half miles to town) as-well-as remembering to take my magnesium in the evening. I read somewhere that magnesium can help in getting me out of AF. I shall be taking long walks more frequently and will never forget to take the magnesium! Here's hoping it continues to work. I am booked to have an MRI scan in January and I'm hoping there's someone that can reassure me it will be OK. I have claustrophobia and I'm worried that I won't be able to go through with the scan, which will be in one of those whole body 'cases'.
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