My first post but I’ve found this forum so useful in recent weeks so firstly a big thank you to those who contribute such useful material and advice!
A short history - I’m 37 and have thankfully been very fit and healthy other than mild asthma up until becoming unwell with suspected COVID last March. Pneumonia triggered persistent AF for which I was DC cardioverted after a couple of months. Heart was fine for 7 months but AF returned New Years Eve. Fatigue symptoms were so much worse with this second episode despite HR not being as crazy. I was on bisoprolol 12.5 per day plus digoxin last year but this time HR could be controlled with 5mg per day. I switched to verapamil 2 x120mg a few weeks ago after struggling with breathlessness however which seemed to help and I was feeling much better than when I was when taking bisoprolol.
Delighted to be called in for cardioversion last Friday and even happier that it worked again and so I’m back in sinus rhythm once more. Im now in a long queue for ablation as cardiologist said it’s likely to return again and area is enlarged, likely caused by long distance running in a previous life.
The question I have really is how have people felt post cardioversion? I was expecting to be feeling much much better this week but I’m still pretty wiped out at times and not able to work as much I thought having to take things very very easy. I’m not sure whether this is linked to being in AF for so long and perhaps the severity of symptoms this time or the procedure or because I’m still on meds?
I was told I could reduce my verapamil to 120 once a day so not on a high dose. It almost feels like my heart isn’t enjoying being slowed down so much now that it’s back in rhythm if that makes sense. Not sure why I need to be kept on this medication but I guess my cardiologist wants to keep my HR low for a some time to reduce risk of AF returning. Presumably though, there is a point after cardioversion when it’s sensible to come off and 8 weeks as per the standard appointment wait after procedure seems a long time to wait with these symptoms.
All the reading I can find about cardioversion doesn’t suggest to expect issues afterwards so I’m thinking my symptoms are likely to be linked to meds? It might be I just need to be more patient and give things time but would appreciate views and advice.