Hi all my AF im (paroxysmal af) usually is around 150 then down to 100 when controlled but this weekend was getting readings of AF at 59 bpm...anyone else had this?
AF with a heart rate of 59bpm: Hi all my AF... - AF Association
Yes I have been in AF numerous times with my heart rate between 60 & 90. It also has happened at rates up to 150.
However this was when I was taking Bisoprolol which is a rate control drug which controlled my heart rate to a resting NSR around 40 - 45.
At my consultation with my EP last week he took me off the Bisoprolol which I have taken for around 20 years.
I am now wondering what will happen now next time my AF rears its ugly head.
My Bisoprolol was stopped because I have heart block (bad conductivity between Artrium and Ventrical). The Bisoprolol was slowing my heart too much as because of the conductivity issue which causes a slow heart rate anyway.
I had a further ablation 2 years ago and my AF incidences have been significantly reduced. I have not had an episode for over 6 months now. A record for me in all the 30 years since.
Typically, my HR is around the 70/90 mark when I'm in AF as compared to 42/54 when in SR. I've still been in AF twice when sent home from A and E because, in both cases, I was told that the medical professionals concerned would have no problems with me being in AF for months with a heart rate like that. The stroke risk remains the same apparently, but, comparatively speaking, it would seem that a lower HR while in AF is seen as being less of a problem than one that is up in three figures, so, while any AF is best avoided of course, your lower rate shouldn't be a cause of great concern bushy 2016 - as mentioned earlier, your lower HR is probably down to the Bisoprolol doing what it's supposed to.