Early in September I was waking up during the night gasping for breath, off to the GP, ECG etc, welcome to AF. Since then i have had more blood tests than i can remember, more ECG`s, chest X-ray and echo-cardiogram. Along with all of this came swelling of the legs / ankles,shortage of breath, constant phlegm on the chest, tiredness and loss of appetite due to feeling bloated constantly. Because of the bloating i was sent for a abdomen scan yesterday only to be told that i have Plural Effusion (fluid on the lung, hence the bloating). I have seen a Cardiologist who suggested a Cardio-version on which i await.
I have been given no medication whatsoever from my GP or Cardiologist apart from water tablets, I did some score test that told them that I did not need thinners. I often read on this great site of being in or out of AF, how do you know when you are ? Apart from all the side effects that I have, I have not suffered palpitations etc. Can anyone throw a little light on things for me, my GP acts as if its no big deal and the Cardiologist had little time to explain things. By the way i am a Male 56 who has always been active and likes a few beers regularly.