Hello all, I’ve been reading with great interest the posts on the forum and find them very useful - especially from people with similar experiences and background.
I’m 54 and had my first AFib episode which lasted around 2 hours about 6 weeks ago, ended up in A&E and of course had no idea what was going on at the time. I have seen a cardiologist who diagnosed AFib from the ECG and had several tests, CT, Echo, 24 hour bp monitor. All are normal and my CHADS VASc score is 0 so not been put on any anticoagulants and now been discharged by my Cardiologist. He has given me Flecainide as a PiP and told me to modulate Caffeine and alcohol but return to see him if frequency of episodes increase.
Now I’m thinking ‘what next?’ do I just follow his advice (and that of my wife!) and go back to normal - work (with some stress associated), continue healthy eating, moderate exercise, occasional social alcohol and coffee - or make some changes now to reduce the likelihood of future episodes. I’d like to be more certain what the trigger for the episode was! I was just coming out of a bad chest infection at the time but coincidence…?
I certainly don’t feel as good/fit as I did prior to the episode - get tired more quickly - the more sedentary lifestyle since & removal of caffeine also I’m sure not helping.
Any thoughts appreciated!