Hi everyone, my mum was taken into hospital yesterday and diagnosed with AF. She has always had SVT, which she calls "flutters" or "stumbles" to describe an unusual heart pattern that only lasts a few seconds. When we called the ambulance, she felt like her heart was beating out of her chest, in an uneven pattern, with a heart rate around 140.
She got beta blockers to bring the heart rate down, and Elequis to thin her blood in case of a stroke. When she was discharged, she felt totally normal, but the doctor said "Come back if it happens again". So when, on our way home, she felt faint and her heart started beating unevenly, we went back - but the nurses were supremely unconcerned, and seemed to think there was no problem.
We just can't figure out when symptoms are serious enough to merit a trip to the emergency room. I think AF means 'uneven heart beat', but she's been having that all day today (she describes it as "fluttery"). Is that just something she has to live with (until she gets the ablation?) Under what circumstances should she go back to the hospital?