I was doing some tidying up on the computer this morning - deleting old files and putting things in folders, which I don't do often enough. I came across some medical notes that I made back in 2012. At that time I was about to undergo aortic valve replacement but had also become increasingly unhappy with my cardiologist and the local hospital and was about to request a change.
Reading through the notes I made, which were part of my justification for the change of cardiologist and hospital, I realised how much I had forgotten. This was mostly nitty gritty stuff such as what was said by various doctors and technicians but it built a picture of inconsistency and uncertainty in the treatment that I was having for AF and my heart condition generally. They are the sort of facts that aren't usually included in letters to GPs and patients.
So, I'd advise everyone to keep notes of their own recollections or verbal information that is given. It can be difficult to question decisions or remember accurately several years later.