This is not strictly about arrhythmias but I think its relevant.
This morning I was diverted to a nurse practitioner instead of speaking to my GP on the phone. I was pleased as I had had enough of the sore throat, swollen glands, tight chest, fever and particularly the fast heart rate (90 resting as measured by my trusty Kardia) that rather spoilt most of my rail holiday in Europe.
He had a quick look at my throat, felt my neck, told me those hurty bumps were not swollen glands and so I didn't need antibiotics though I had a temperature and I should be fine in a few days. He asked what I had taken for it and when I said Paracetamol he first suggested Ibuprofen so I explained my asthma and heart didn't allow it, so Cocodamol came up, had to tell him I had diverticular disease and why that was not advised! Final suggestion was anaesthetic throat spray which he personally thought was rubbish.....By this point I was losing confidence and pointed out that one reason for my exhaustion might be that my heart had been running too fast for at least a week. He confirmed it was running at 100+ but told me it would slow down in the calm atmosphere of my own home - 😠 - nothing to do with being ill of course!
Luckily I had made an appointment online to see my GP next Wednesday, but regardless of the outcome I am going to suggest to the Practice Manager that vital info about a patient should be available as a quick handy reference for anyone seeing someone they don't know - most practitioners nowadays it seems. I could have gone along with one of his suggestions if I had not been alert.
I know many of you have had similar/worse experiences but I hope you'll forgive the rant.