Uurrghh - this condition is so debilitating. I ended up in A&E a few weeks ago with a racing uneven pulse, dizziness and breathlessness. After having an ECG, chest x-ray and blood tests, etc., I was diagnosed with AFib (I’d never even heard of it before then). I was put on a drip and had to wait until my heart rate came down before discharge with leaflets, medications and an appointment for an echocardiogram (next week).
Is it normal for the meds not to control the irregular heartbeat?
I have been in persistent AF since that day (my GP upped the dosage of Biosoprol from 2.5mg to 3.75mg) and i’m also taking an anti coagulant.
I feel peculiar most of the time being aware of my heart flip flopping about and walking up stairs or even a very slight incline is frightening causing pounding heart and breathlessness; even talking leaves me short of breath. I’m so tired all the time and wondering if things will ever improve? I’m desperate to get my energy back.
I must add that this condition was brought on by extreme stress (husband very ill) although the NHS description doesn’t mention stress as a trigger but for me it’s too much of a coincidence for stress not to be the cause.
Bytheway I’m a 58 year old woman, was in reasonable physical shape, non-smoker, occasional drinker (no binges) and no hypertension.
Does anyone else feel that their AFib was caused by stress and is anyone else in persistent Afib with meds not helping? Is there anything else I can do to get my heart back to it’s normal rhythm?