As I have described before, I had an attack of AF in May, and then a further attack in July. After the May event, within a few days, I bought myself a Kardia from AliveCor, and attached it to my Android phone. When that phone died, I took it off and used some sticky pads to reattach it to the case for a new phone. I'm so glad that I did.
When my second attack came, I managed to record a trace clearly showing the high heart rate and the nature of the AF. Subsequently, I showed this to my GP and managed to get a referral to a Cardiology Unit. When the appointment system called they offered me several places that I could get such an appointment, one of which was the specialist cardiology unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. This is known as a centre of excellence for the North West of England, so I chose that. The appointment that arrived in the post was to see Dr S. Chalil, an EP who specialises in Electrophysiology intervention, but I fully expected to meet with a junior member of his team as is often the case in the NHS. Today, I was delighted to actually meet Dr. Chalil himself, and to be offered a place on his waiting list for an RF Ablation. The downside is that the waiting list is nearly a year. Meanwhile I will be put on Apixaban and Bisopralol.
I intend to see how the drug regime goes, as I am aware that not everyone gets on with Bisoprolol, and beta blockers in general. If necessary, I expect I might have the option to elect to have the procedure done privately, rather than waiting on the NHS waiting list.