Hi - I’m a new member. I’m writing because I was expecting improvement by now, but it hasn’t happened and I’m hoping for reassurance.
I’ve had two bouts of frightening but fairly short-lived severe symptoms, both while climbing stairs, four weeks apart. Both were like “attacks” in their suddenness and overwhelming. I was forced to sit or lie down, breathing deeply, feeling “muzzy- or light-headed” and with a sense of “impending doom”.
The second time, I was admitted to hospital and told that I have atrial flutter. They found that my heart rate was 155, which lasted a long time then dropped to about 100 after, I think, a beta blocker. I was sent home the next evening with 5mg bisoprolol and 20mg rivaroxaban, and a plan for an echo cardiogram and then electro cardioversion.
Today, four days on, I still feel “very rough” much of the time with milder but similar symptoms of slight chest pain, balloon feeling under my left rib (I have troublesome hiatus hernia, too), slight “dizzy” head, slight headache, and a deep fear of another “attack”. A trip to town went okay but was hard work throughout. I’ve also had a “distanced” sensation on one day.
Nothing I do will get my heart rate below 100, and it has occasionally gone up to 145 but briefly only. I expected the bisoprolol to have sorted that out. It seems that the flutter is on all the time.
I’m sorry to have “gone on”. I hope someone will give me reassurance. I’ll be going back to my GP next week if things stay the same.