For the past year I have been suffering from an irregular heartbeat, intermittently.
On 18th February this year having an episode that had lasted over three hours, I was taken by ambulance to A&E. Paramedics recorded my heart rate at 37 bpm with a pause of 1.6 seconds. By the time I arrived in A&E it had settled down & my heart rate was 74 bpm My BP was 153/87. Blood tests were said to be unremarkable & chest xray was clear. I was discharged & advised to return if I became symptomatic or suffered any adverse features to my bradyarrhythmia.
On 20th February while at the hospital with my wife, who was having a scan, my symptoms returned & I was advised to go directly to A&E. by the time they had connected all the leads my heart rate had returned to normal. The diagnosis given was Tachycardia - Bradycardia.
On 28th March I had an echo-cardiogram & was fitted with a 7 day monitor.
I am still waiting for results but in the meantime I am having regular events which make me feel very unwell. Each time my heart misses a beat, on the next beat I feel as though I have been slapped on the chest & a feeling of pressure rises up & into my throat. These events are becoming more frequent & can last from between 1 & 7 hours.
I have been reluctant to go back to A&E as my heart rate, although uneven has not dropped to a level that might be considered an emergency & although it can go high it also wouldn't be considered an emergency.
My GP has told me that it is likely that I would need a pacemaker but I don't understand enough about what is wrong. Would this be likely to be AF? Should I be chasing for some clarification? Should I be getting myself to A&E when I have these events or an I correct in thinking it won't be considered serious enough to require immediate attention? Your thoughts would be appreciated.