Hello everyone I am now 79yr old lady who has had PAF for twenty years. I have only been diagnosed with it for the past six years. But nothing has changed. It is gradually getting worse. When it first happened I thought it was chronic indigestion. For fourteen years I persitantly went to the doctor for these very distressing episodes. Until one day I mentioned that I passed a lot of urine when I got these bouts. One doctor looked at me and said that it could be your heart and the next time it happens I should ring for an ambulance which I did and sure enough he told me I have PAF. I did not know what this was, I had never heard of it.
I get a lot of pain in my chest going up into my neck and jaw which is very distressing which has now been diagnosed as angina. This angina only occurs when the AF starts and immediately disappears when the heart goes back into sinus rhythm. I have a pacemaker inserted and take sotalol at a high dose. But the sotalol does not seem to be working. I am on walfrin of course. I am about to go back to my doctor to try a different treatment.