I would just like to put my story out there to read your comments and observations. Last weekend I spent all night Friday and all day Saturday with my second quite bad attack of A/F in hospital. The format was exactly the same as the previous month in that I had been in bed and apparently snoring for about an hour when I woke up feeling unwell and my wife noticed even before I spoke to her. This time my son in law took us to hospital but last month we dialled 111 and was told to dial 999 right away. My blood pressure was through the roof and my face a beetroot colour and my heart rate was wildly erratic with huge deviations. I was given an infusion in resus before being moved to a ward but that didn’t work so I was given a second infusion [monitored] and over a few hours this brought everything back down to normal which is around 47 bpm probably due to my medication. Since then I have been on 60mg Edoxaban Lixiana.
This second attack I was given infusion in resus again then moved to a ward and the cardiology consultant moved me to CCU where I was given half a tablet of [not sure but could have been Flecainide ]. It was afternoon by now and still nothing happening. I spent my time listening to the machine telling me that I was tachycardic . I was nil by mouth as they were planning the cardioversion in the evening.
Later in the afternoon my wife, daughter and son in law arrived and were sitting watching me and the very erratic figures on the machine when suddenly I tried to say that I felt unwell but couldn’t speak and I lost vision for a few seconds. I then heard them say that they couldn’t believe it as I had a perfect sine wave and a steady beat of 47bpm. Apparently my waveform flat lined and my heartrate read zero before giving a perfect reading. Is this normal and is it liable to happen again if I have to take my Flecainide pill in pocket ? I have suspected for many years that I had A/F as I have had many lesser attacks but never with the 24 hour monitor on. Sorry about the long winded explanation but keen to hear any comments.