Hi everyone - thanks so much for all your responses when I first posted a couple of months ago, which were all so helpful.
I am a 48 year old woman and have been having symptoms (mostly increasing palpitations and some racing heart) on and off for 18 months - most intensely in the last few months. Since I posted I have had the kardia app installed on my phone and have had pretty much permanent palpitations (every heart beat) for weeks at a time. This last run has been going on for 10 days and in the last week I have had 2 readings for Afib and could see the ECG in the second one was dramatically all over the place. I have also caught my racing heart (Kardia cannot read over 100 but I can take it to the consultant) which is why I got the Kardia app. My heart races randomly when I'm at rest - I have had this a handful of times over the last year - going from resting around 65 to between 100 and 110 (I know this is not high compared to a lot of people with AF symptoms but it's high for me). My original consultant was hopeless and I have had a referral to someone else here in Scotland on the NHS who is known in the Afib world and I am waiting for an appt to see him which may be a few months. As I've had permanent palpitations now for the so long and I also now have these readings I am also planning on seeing someone private (as I can do this in the next week or so) to confirm the diagnosis and get a sense of what the options are. I want to know as quickly as possible what I need to do - I am scared at the moment that I am having these intense symptoms but I am not under the care of a doctor - should I go and see my GP again? not sure what she can do without me seeing a consultant. As I'm 48 when I was last in A and E with a racing heart (they didn't catch it) the doctor there said that if they had caught Afib all they would do is put me on aspirin, which I've started taking in the last few days - not sure how much? I've read that early diagnosis is good but I'm not sure why, does anyone know? Also given I've been having symptoms but nothing detected in the last year - how early would my diagnosis be considered to be? I feel shocked that I have a heart condition and I'm only 48 and have been fit all my life. I wonder what the prognosis is and if anyone else my age is going through the same thing? Lots of questions I know - but I would really appreciate your thoughts and help and a sense of what I should expect now. Thanks so much everyone.