I had a cardioverion ( a pre-requisite to even get to an AF clinic) 13 days ago in which I went into sinus rhythm after the first try, but I was in and out of sinus rhythm for the two days following. On the third day I was back into persistent AF ( today being day 103 since onset persistent). I did get the required EKG , showing AF, seven days after the cardioversion. The problem is with the follow-up. My print-out states, "Call your AF Clinic if you have not received a follow-up appointment." I hadn't.
Three gals appear to run this AF clinic: a nurse, a nurse practitioner and a pharmacist, as a triology in the triage system of operation, triage being their word used by them. A nurse helper phoned me for information and at that time told me that to see an electrophysiologist would not be before the summer. The nurse at an educational one hour session said it was six months from the EP to ablation. By my calculation, the time from now would be up to at least 10 months for the procedure. That time is not counting the three and a half months that I'm already in persistent.
Attempts to have any of these three gals answer their phones are futile since the direction is only to their answering machines. The "nurse's message" said she would get back in 48 hours.
So, my question is , is it common practise after cardioversion to be left hanging not knowing what is to happen next and when any appointment will be given, totally keeping one's life on hold, on edge, and in anxiety?
This western Canada socialised system, if I were in paroxysmal, would trigger a huge symptomatic attack of AF. It is definitely aggravating my persistent AF.