A meaningful diagnosis at long last

Having suffered with what I was told was AF for some 8-years, symptoms being noticeably exasperated by everything from beta blockers to the various rhythm control drugs I was prescribed.

In desperation I posted my history on this forum and received comments from many people, one of whom was a specialist in the field (who's name I feel only fair to withhold). Having read my details it was suggested I was almost certainly suffering from Sick Sinus Syndrome or Tachy-brady Syndrome and that being the case, the drugs I was being prescribed would almost certainly aggravate the condition, where in his opinion a Pacemaker would control the very slow heart rates and in turn possibly reduce or negate the onset of the AF. I conveyed this information to my cardiologist and electrophysiologist both of whom dismissed the suggestion out of hand. Anyway, after many difficult years, I virtually insisted I have a reveal recorder implanted, this was done 3-months ago and unsurprisingly I've now been informed I need a pacemaker as I do suffer with pulse rates as low as 32 with numerous pauses of around 6-seconds which are inevitably followed by rapid AF.

I'm now looking forward to the pacemaker and hopefully a far better quality of life with greatly reduced instances of AF (fingers crossed).

I will certainly post how things progress.

Thanks to everyone who have taken time to post their experiences, information is knowledge and power, remember its your body and your heart, read as much as you can, understand your condition and make informed decisions.

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Good result. I suspect I know who you refer to and they were pioneers in the field.

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Thanks, and your not far off the mark BobD

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Grammar Bob. Should have said to whom you refer. !

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Great post. I suspect that there are many others who were pointed in the right direction because of what they learned on here!

Please do let us know about your pacemaker experience. Good luck with it!

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You may want to ask about Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy (CRT) - a pacemaker strategy that has proven to be very effective in certain types of heart failure. I'm in the process of getting one installed now and I'm also hoping for a big improvement to my QoL

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Thanks for taking time in replying, CRT is something I've seen reference to but something I have no knowledge of. However, I have been told I have 2:1 heart block, is this a condition your familiar with?

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Hello Again,

I'm afraid I'm only familiar with my own condition. It probably needs a real health professional to give advise but I would be interested to know what the outcome is.

PS - If you look at my posting history I have posted some comments that you may find helpful.

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Congratulations Cybill on sticking to your guns in the face of medics scepticism.

I fear too many people over 60 just assume 'you do what the doctor says'. My experience is very different. These days 99.9% of medics specialise in increasingly narrow areas and believe if they step outside that they risk Prof Indemnity insurance claims and loss of patient confidence - so the patient is the only one left to research here and elsewhere and approach their treatment from an holistic standpoint and most importantly (as you know) question treatment and make suggestions themselves.

I turned down an ablation offer from two cardios and an EP, suggested my drug dose (Flecainide) was increased to a medium dose first and then consulted two Alternative Practitioners for supplement/diet/lifestyle advice. No AF for 3.5yrs. I may well need an ablation/Pacemaker in the future and console myself that any complications due to postponement are compensated by improved procedural techniques.

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