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AF shock treatment?

Do people have the shock treatment because Bisoprolol isn't working for them?

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Hi Jill,Cardioversion or shock treatment is administered usually as soon as the patient is stable after an AF attack- about 48hrs-72hrs to get the heart into Normal Sinus Rhythm,this may be attempted several times ,depending on the Consultant in charge of your treatment.

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Oh, thanks for that...

When I had my first Af attack I was kept in hospital over night , they gave me a higher dose of bisoprilol which made my pulse lower etc..

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Hi Jill, yes you sometimes have to lower/higher the dose according to how the patient tolerates the drug.

I was started on 2-5mgs, daily it absolutely floored me,so my GP changed it to 1-25mgs daily which is fine for me!

Good luck!

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How long have you been on it?

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Oh,,. And you've not had an AF attack since? Have you ever had the shock treatment?

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I have been on bisoprolol since feb and I still have these episodes every 8 days and they last for 2 days. I am on 5mg.

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Do you take Bisoprilol every day?

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Yes! I was on 7.5 but my blood pressure was low so now I am on 5mg

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Three years Jill.

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Oh! And you've not had an AF attack since? Have you ever had shock treatment?

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Ive only had one attempt at a Cardioversion, that was in Tenerife where I started with AF ,should have had another,but wouldn’t be able to fly home and by the time I got an appointment with a Cardiologist I’d gone back into sinus rhythm again!

Cardioversions work better the nearer to the AF attack rather than later on.

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Thank you,,, all good to know..

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When I went to A&E with AF, the Drs discussed whether to do the shock cardioversion, or give me Flecainide IV. They went with the later, so I've never had the shock.

Now I pop Flecainide (and bisoprolol) at the start of AF. If it doesn't work (it always has so far) then I expect the next stage will be the shock.

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How long have you been doing this? Sounds a good system..

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Only a few months. The GP prescribed just bisoprolol. Then when I saw an EP Cardiologist they added Flecainide to the prescription.

I've only taken it once mind. But the pills are there in my wallet when I next need them.

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I'm on bisoprolol, and when I first went to A&E they put me on a cocktail of drugs to try to get me into NSR. I think that is first option, then if that doesn't work they go to cardioversion. I have found since that getting grumpy and eating a whole chocolate cake does exactly the same thing (cure an AF attack) and am wondering whether it can be put on prescription :D

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What a great idea lol

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Bisop didn't work I was shocked a year ago last July .put on 80mg Sotalol 2 x daily with Elequis 2 x 5 mg daily

no side affects and no incidents since. no alcohol,chocolate and coffee.

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