I am a 56 year old man. I was diagnosed with AF on 7th December 2016 and was lucky enough to have a cardioversion done on 2nd March 2017.
I have been on the same drugs since diagnosis in December 2016-
1 x Bisoprolol 7.5mb daily and 2 x Apixaban 5mb daily.
I have stopped smoking and have reduced my alcohol intake significantly as well as no longer drinking coffee and eating 5 fruit and veg per day and eating less meat (nearly vegetarian).
Today I had my follow up cardiology appointment at the JR Hospital in Oxford. My BP was 130/80 and my heart rate was 48bpm. I had an ECG and an electrocardiogram. They found that I am back in normal sinus rhythm. Brilliant news!!
I want to reduce the drugs dosage as I have a dry mouth, cold hands and feet, frequent peeing and just general slowness and a flat feeling, none of which are as bad as AF itself, but it would be great to feel better.
On asking the cardiologist about this, he said that he wanted to get my heart rate up to 60-70 and once it is at this rate, to leave me on the Bisoprolol dosage that I am on at that point. He was prepared to take me off Apixaban in 5 months' time.
Does this sound normal? After all, i am in NSR.
The reason I'm asking is that he went round the houses before we got to this point and my faith in him began to wane when he talked about aspirin and statins at one point...