Hi everyone....First of all I would like to thank everyone who replied to my question about how long they had been on warfarin...very informative and I am now going to start taking it after refusing anticoagulants for the 3 years since diagnosis of AF. (I know that a lot of you will think I have been stupid for refusing it).
Secondly can I ask when AF becomes permanent? During the past 3 years I would occasionally experience episodes of AF probably monthly which lasted about 3-4 hours with a range of 50-100 BPM. During the past week these episodes have become daily usually in the evening but also had an episode yesterday morning. I keep reading posts about cardioversion and ablation but as I never see a cardiologist this is never discussed. As a lot of you seem to have a vast knowledge on the subject of AF could you please answer the following questions:
Am I now in permanent AF?
At what point is one offered a cardioversion?
At what point is one offered an ablation?
I am female 69 and take 2.5m bisoprolol and resting heart rate is usually in 50's.....is there an alternative/better medication for these now daily episodes? Thank you.