My story so far, in brief. I'm a 67 year old man who four weeks ago had an 8 hour AF event (my first, to my knowledge) which I did not recognise, and I wondered if I was having a slow heart attack. I have described elsewhere the events that led up to this, and how I laboured on through the weakness and shortage of breath until I got scared enough to dial 999. The paramedics identified AF, and that resulted in 10 hours in A&E where it reverted to NSR after a couple of hours on a trolley/ECG. On discharge, I was referred to the cardio/respiratory clinic but the appointment for that was delayed a little by my social commitments.
Today, I went to the clinic for ultrasound echocardiogram scan of my heart and an exercise stress test/ECG, two hours apart. After my scan, I was called back into the same room for a repeat of part of the procedure by the physiologist in charge, as the more junior man had spotted something he was unsure of. The physiologist then referred me to the CT scanner attached to A&E, for a CT scan of my torso. This procedure included an injection of a transparent 'dye' into my blood, to enhance the images.
On return to the cardio/respiratory clinic, I had missed the slot for my physical exercise stress test, but was rescheduled for a later slot and went through that procedure. I reached level 4 of the 7 stage Bruce protocol, and reached a heart rate of over 200 and 102% of the BP target. After examining the ECG, the physiologist then said he could find no fault with my heart or circulatory system, and the CT scan had shown that they were mistaken about the artifact they had observed on the ultrasound scan. He suggested that it was likely to be just a normal variation in the 'structure' of my body.
He also suggested that the AF event I suffered may be "just that I was unwell that day" and that it may not recur. I should only worry if I have more frequent similar events. He has sent me home with a report to my doctor and to the consultant, who I have never seen.
So, where do I go now? I bought the Kardia device a couple of days after my experience, and hope to be able to 'catch' any further AF that I may get. There has been no suggestion (yet) of any drug treatment, not even for anti-coagulation. I expect that I might hear from the consultant, but I bet I only get a letter saying everything's fine. Has anyone any suggestions? It seems that I am lucky enough to have a 'normal' heart and am reasonably fit for my age.
Meanwhile, I intend to carry on as normal, and hope for the best. Thanks for all your support and advice in the last few weeks.