After 3.5 years I finally got an appointment with an new electrophysiologist. I had a stress echocardiogram and EKG before the meeting. He had read my file and asked what was my status since the entries in the file. I summarized my situation and showed him some EKG charts that I had taken when I was in what I thought was A-fib. He said the stress echo taken a week ago was fine without any changes since the one taken 3.5 years ago. The EKG was fine as well with no new issues. He said that I did not have A-fib but I had extra heart beats which were nothing to be concerned about. This came as a shock to my wife and I. I asked why the doctors and paramedics in the ER and my family doctor would not have told me this when I showed them the charts and when I was having extra heart beats when in the ER. He said they likely would not recognize that the EKG charts did not show A-fib. I guess since I thought the charts did, and said this, that is the diagnosis that I got. He also told me I was originally admitted because I was suspected to have had a heart attack. Maybe this is the reason the 6 heart doctors who saw me when I was in the hospital in 2013 always said I was there for something other than A-fib, but changed their tune when I said I was there because I had A-fib. Why the original electrophysiologist and intern assumed I had A-fib and gave me A-fib drugs seems to be malpractice. I have read that if A-fib drugs are given to patients who do not have it, then the drugs will cause it. I am glad I stopped taking all the drugs a month after being given them.
So for 3.5 years I have been worrying about A-fib and spending endless hours researching it and trying to stop extra beats that are not harmful. And bothering lots of people with my story. I have also spent a lot of money on vitamins and chiropractors. The unfortunate thing is I have no real recourse for what has been done. Not being able to get an appointment with another electrophysiologist did not help either. And the follow-up in November 2013 with the first electrophysiologist who mis-diagnosed me did not help. This whole mess is almost unbelievable. This is one bad example of what can happen in the Canadian health care system.
And now my travel insurance is probably negatively impacted even though I have not had any of the mis-diagnosis by so called competent doctors.
I am very happy I do not have A-fib at this time. The doctor said he would schedule an echo a year from now and he would meet with me to review my health status at that time. He said, if I wished, he would be my heart doctor. I said yes I hoped that he would be.