Hi all, I'm new to AF and this forum so apologies if anything I ask has already been covered but I'm after some advice about what to realistically expect post cardioversion please?
I'm 38 and been diagnosed with AF in April. Prior to this, I was very fit and active having participated in sports of some kind for years, approx 5 times a week including running, cycling and judo. The symptoms first became evident during a run and I have been in constant AF since. I have been prescribed Bisoprolol 3.75mg and Apixaban 2x5mg in preparation for CV and am on a waiting list.
Since being in AF I have suffered from shortness of breath, fatigue and dizziness which have improved slightly over time but some days are better than others. At its worst climbing a flight of stairs leaves me out of breath at the top. Having stopped all exercise too, I realise how much time I spent doing some sort of sporting activity!
I work for the emergency services and my breathlessness issues combined with the meds has meant I am unable to perform frontline duties. I'm currently office based and on reduced hours while I await the CV.
I appreciate these questions are very bespoke to me but any advice is gratefully received!
Is CV therapy likely to improve my breathlessness issues and general feeling of fatigue? I've been told I need to take the anticoagulant for a month post procedure but am I likely to continue taking this for the foreseeable future? I have read of people's experiences of exercise triggering AF, but does anyone exercise in any way whilst in constant AF? Has anyone experienced breathlessness on a similar level and have any success in changing it?
As you can imagine I'm feeling quite frustrated and a little lost going from being an active person to one who struggles with fatigue after a walk! Not only has this affected my day to day activities, but it's also having an impact on work too. Thanks for reading!