I am a 70 year old, fairly fit male. I had a stent fitted Oct 2013, followed by a balloon in Feb 2014 (both LAD). I carry a GTN spray for occasional use for angina. Diet & exercise routine good - I use my local gym twice a week and cycle. Until 5 weeks ago, I felt on top form.
But, whilst on holiday in Dorset, I felt I was about to have an angina episode. Went back to the car and checked with my BP monitor and I had BP 130/100 with a pulse just under 140. I felt unwell and ended up in A&E where they diagnosed atrial fibrillation & flutter. An overnight stay and regular bisprolol brought the pulse back to around 90.
I was discharged with a view to seeing my own cardiologist on my return home. Unfortunately, I cannot get an appointment until end July & it's as difficult to get a GP appointment.
So, despite a bit of research, I cannot answer a couple of pressing questions, so I'm hoping someone has some thoughts...
(Included in my daily meds are bisoprolol 2.5mg, aspirin 75mg and apixaban 5mg x2)
My concerns relate to what I can or cannot do over the next 5 weeks.
Can I go to the gym? Or cycle? Will exercise send my pulse racing?
Is it the high pulse rate or the fact that it's uneven that's the main danger?
If my pulse - which was normally 45-50 and generally only maxing at 110 on a cross trainer - zooms up, do I take bisoprolol? If so, how much?
Should I spend the the time until I see my consultant doing as little as possible? (ouch!)
Your thoughts will be appreciated