My mum has Paroxymal AF - diagnosed 18mths ago. She suffers from severe episodes of feeling unwell - symptoms always include fatigue, breathlessness, head ache, chest palpitations. She has to sit or lie down they can last from a few hours to several days . Her QOL is not good as these episodes are getting more and more frequent. Her memory has also been dramatically impaired recently. Her GP thinks that these episodes are just anxiety / panic attacks. Does anyone else have these type of episodes / are they directly linked to AF?
She recently suffered a TIA (mini stroke) as was hospitalised for 7 nights in a stroke ward. During this time she wore a heart monitor which did highlight episodes of slow AF. The drugs she had been put previously were for dealing with high AF so the betablocker was stopped completely and the Digoxin reduced dramatically. The Cardiologist in the hospital also alluded that her head aches are stress related and that she was too anxious. The hospital were not concerned about the episodes that she was experiencing and were happy to discharge her. She is back at home now but still experiencing episodes of feeling very unwell on a daily basis. Before AF my mum was fit and healthy playing golf, walking and lots of charity work. She can now barely walk to the bottom of the garden and back and we are all very worried about her memory. Can anyone suggest what we can do now? Would like to see someone privately as the NHS does not seem to be helping. Lives in the Salisbury area.