Well after almost 5 months from being diagnosed with PAF (symptom free I hasten to add ) I finally had my first cardio version at Barnet Hospital today!! Now in NSR 60bpm as opposed to 80/130 bpm. Meds being reduced Bisoprolol decrease from 7.5mg to 5mg. Diltiziam no longer required. Ramapril changed to losartan 50mg because of dry cough. Looking at further reductions in meds in the new year if things continue to improve. Early doors I know but I wanted to share and spread some good cheer to this marvellous group.
1st Cardioversion- reduced Meds: Well after... - AF Association
Normally, a successful CV points towards having an ablation if AF shows signs of returning. If this CV keeps you in rhythm beyond say nine months, then they may suggest another CV, possibly supported at some stage, with a small maintenance dose of a rhythm drug such as Flecainide. Alternatively, it could be used as a PiP when a much larger dose is taken which is essentially, equivalent to a chemical CV. At the moment though, the best thing is to relax, take it easy and give your heart the chance of getting used to functioning in rhythm......good news!
You need to discuss with your Doctor, but I was taking 3.75 Bisoprolol and 120 Diltiazem before my CV. They wanted me to stop the Diltiazem but I said that I would prefer to stop the Bisoprolol due to the side effects. They agreed and my CV lasted over a year and then a good bit longer using a maintenance dose of Flecainide, but we are all different and generally, Ep’s and Cardiologist’s prefer betablockers over calcium channel blockers......
Regarding BobD’s comments on BP, you also need to bear in mind that accurately measuring BP when in AF is all but impossible so you need to be sure that you are NOT in AF to get an accurate reading. If you are asymptomatic to the point that you genuinely don’t know whether you are in or out of rhythm then clearly this could be quite challenging. The fact that your recorded low BP was taken before your CV, there is a reasonable chance (but no guarantee) that this recording is inaccurate. However, most modern home BP monitors will also detect an irregular heart beat which provides a useful guide.
Complicated isn’t it, but potentially low BP and heart rate, as you know, will be made worse by taking either betablockers or calcium channel blockers. This is where we have to point out we are not medically trained therefore it is important that you have a discussion with your Arrythmia Nurse tomorrow.......good luck.
I think Flapjack answered much of that question.
I think the point is that if you truly are asymptomatic then you are unaware of your AF so since there is no difference in outcome between rate and rhythm control so long as you rate is well controlled and stroke prevention has been dealt with then life is good.
Most people are highly symptomatic and want desparately to get rid of their AF so DCCV making them feel so much better can point to ablation as a symptom reduction stategy.
Regarding your BP if mine was that low I would be unable to stand up without fainting! lol.
I wanted to stop taking Bisoprolol, but my doctors convinced me to keep taking it, they also convinced me to keep taking the anticoagulant. My blood pressure (100/60) and heart rate ( 48-54) are low, but my doctors say, "that's the way we like it".
My own hobby-horse is "winning the peace", by that I mean the cardioversion won the war, now I must to my bit to stay in normal sinus rhythm, and so I have given up alcohol, and lost 7lb weight.