I was diagnosed last year in the hospital after emergency room stay. I had EKG and electrocardiogram that was "read" the next day by a visiting EP who became my EP until a few weeks ago when I underwent cardioversion by the same EP. Before performing it he read my EKG, scratched his head and said that I have Atrial Flutter (not Fibrilation) and that I need ablation. He also performed TEE after which my esophagus was "never" well. Then another episode a month later when he urged ablation the next day?! He said cryoablation is out because I have both AFib and Af. I was scared of his rushing
I was lucky to quickly get the spot in a major NY hospital where they reviewed all my hospital records (from the state I live).
They couldn't see any of the real paper EKGs - just written interpretations and diagnosis of them. They assumed that everything was correct there and after performing CT scan the next day I was on ablation table (3 weeks ago). My esophagus didn't do well after it but after a few days was ok. However, I started to experience fatigue and chest pain into the third week while the heart has been very calm. Pericarditis was a suspect and EP asked me to see Cardiologist in my state. Today I visited Cardiologist in the same hospital where I was originally diagnosed.
He could not see any fluids on echo cardiogram and x ray. My heart was in sinus and everything looked good. Now watch this...
He is computer connected with all my records and said: "Let me look at all your "real" EKGs on the screen especially the first one from the ER and hospital stay when you were diagnosed with Afib". He looks and looks and starts scratching his before whispering: "You never had Afib. You "only" had AF every time. You could "probably" just have had simpler cryo ablation. My jaw dropped. I underwent 6 hour "total" (both atrium) RF ablation. I felt like shooting that nonchalant EP who diagnosed me with Afib.
Tomorrow I will call my NY EP to tell him "great" news from Cardiologist.