I have PAF with very high heart rate and atrial flutter. It was kept under control for 2.5 yers by 100mg flecenaide twice daily and apixaban. I also have ME/CFS which is a chronic disease and am mostly bed or housebound.
I had 3 PAF serious episodes after 2.5 year necessitating cardioversion October november and December last year. My medication was changed but as i am very sensitive to medication after a few try outs out i am now on sotanol 40 mg twice a day in addition to flecanaide. My EP in the UK said if this does not work i might go the ablation route.
We live in SA in the British winter and my daughter a medical dr took me to my SA cardiologist which i met in hospital 2015. He took an echo and said my left atrium has increased considerably and my heart is struggling. He took my blood pressure and decided it too high. No dr in the UK has ever worried about my blood pressure and that this might contribute to my PAF and heart enlargement.
I was sent to the sleep clinic and hey presto i have moderate sleep apnea.
I am now trying to adapt to high blood pressure tablets, and will have to use a gpap machine with a mask over my face when i sleep.
Did any of you had a similar type of experience and how are you coping. It seems to me my chronic illnesses are just piling up and my quality of life is gone. I have a lot of fatigue and body aches with the ME and having to cope with all this on top is just becoming too much