After 18 months of a racing heart, palpitations, missed beats etc, a serious episode last week landed me in hospital where I was diagnosed with PAF. Previous to this my cardiologist kept telling me I had nothing serious & go away & get on with my life! I felt he wasn’t taking me seriously, so this has come as a huge shock. I’ve been prescribed Fleicanide & Rivaroxaban & have a follow up outpatient appointment in 8 weeks. Although I’m relieved to have a diagnosis after all this time, I’m really struggling to get my head round it all. I’m 68 & have always been in good health till now. I’m just wondering how people cope with this condition, eg do you sit back & take it easy or push yourself to do things. I’ve only been taking the meds for 4 days but have already noticed a decrease in the palpitations so I’m trying to feel positive, but finding it difficult!
Oh & one more thing, is it common for people with AF to “hear” their heart beating? I can’t get to sleep at night because of the pounding in my ears.