On 12/07 suddenly went into acute afib out of the blue. I didn’t know what was going on and went straight to Emergency room. An IV DRIP put me right back into rhythm. Dr. Put me on 30 mg cardizem 3 times daily . No issues since.
The day it happened I had been sanitizing the house with straight bleach after we had a bout of stomach flu. Stupidly I did not wear gloves and breathed in a lot of fumes. I knew I had inhaled too much but did not think that much of it. Nurse in ER said the bleach could not have caused it. I have since learned that chlorine inhalation can cause afib. I also have sleep apnea which could be another cause.
I waited almost a month to get in to cardiologist. Appointment was yesterday. All cardiologist cared about was getting me on Xarelto. Did not care what could have caused the afib at all, was just in a rush to get to next patient . Was impatient with my multiple questions.
I informed him that I had clotting issues as a child and when my daughter was born and that I would like a blood test to check my clotting before I went on a blood thinner. He told me that was not possible and not necessary.
I’m in a quandary. Last thing I need is a bleed in my brain or someplace else.
I’m afraid to take the blood thinner and afraid not to . Still hoping it could be one time occurance or reversible due to sleep apnea. Dr. did not even look at my file until I asked him to. My heart is in good shape . Ultrasound of heart taken while in hospital . No issues there. Do not know if I have high blood pressure, did not think so.