Although I follow this site with interest, this is my first contribution. I'll try to be brief! I was diagnosed with AF March 2011. Eventually settled on a regime of ramipril, bisoprolol and warfarin. Stayed in NSR except for the odd occasion when I had a high temp with a cold or a d&v bug. My odd incidents of af were always "slow" AF.
However when I saw a locum registrar at my annual checkup, she increased my bisoprolol from 2.5mg to 3.75, I suspect because in a clinical setting my bp and pulse rate are always elevated. Shortly after starting this dose, I was feeling weak, breathless lacking energy fluid retention etc. etc. and I realised that I was in constant slow AF. Eventually, after 8 months of this, on 14th Oct. I had a successful cardioversion. Brilliant! For two weeks I felt almost normal! Then on 28th back it came with a vengeance! Constant slow AF. So disappointed.
In the meantime I had requested that my bisoprolol was reduced to 2.5mg as my heart rate was always low. This took weeks to be communicated between the cardiologist and my gp, but I took my first lower dose two days ago. Lo and behold! This morning I woke and could feel that I was back in NSR confirmed by my monitor. (I'm trying to resist the urge to constantly check my pulse!) But I feel good!
Bravo if you're still with me at this point!
I know this could all change, the nature of AF being what it is,
but I am really interested to know if any of you have had a similar experience? The info sheet on bisoprolol states that one of the uncommon side affects is irregular heart beat.
Thanks for reading this. Wishing you all well.