I was fit & healthy (used to play squash once or twice a week) until Tuesday last week when I was hit with my first episode of AF out of the blue. I turned 60 last Sunday.
I came out of hospital on Thursday with my heart rate down to around 140 and told to take 2.5mg bisoprolol daily. The medics called me back in to hospital on Friday for another ECG - as my heart rate hadn't reduced much they upped the bisoprolol to 5mg daily and told me to get another ECG tomorrow. I haven't seen a cardiologist yet.
I'm feeling rough, with tightness in my chest at times, occasionally dizzy and with lack of energy, compared to how I used to be. I can cope with all of those symptoms for now but for the last two nights I have hardly been able to get any sleep at all, due to breathlessness coming and going on a regular basis - it prevents me being able to get off to sleep.
Has anyone else had a similar experience? I don't know if the breathlessness/laboured breathing is as a result of my heart rate still being so high, or a side-effect from the bisoprolol. Any feedback would be much appreciated for this newbie please.