After a 24 hour ECG ordered by my GP in January I was told I had SVT and prescribed bisoprolol, which helped a little at first but had some unpleasant side-effects. A month later I returned and the dose was increased as I still had palpitations. A month after that it was reduced again due to side-effects. In the last week palpitations have increased in length and frequency. At my last GP appointment I asked if there was any information on where the arrhythmia was coming from and was told it was probably from the atrium. I was prescribed eliquis but the GP phoned me a few hours later to say I shouldn't take them because of my age (late 60s).
I've been waiting since I was told I had SVT to see a cardiologist and probably have an echo, but I've been told I probably will have to wait another 2 months.
There have been times when I've thought of going to A&E but I live alone, have no relatives, my last friend passed away from heart failure in February (5 days before another hospital test, it took him 6 months to have an echo and diagnosis) and my only companion is a cat, I know nobody who would care for her if I was in hospital.
I think I have Afib and whatever my condition is severely restricting my life. The bisoprolol doesn't seem to be helping much now and I have a history of bad side-effects from beta blockers (why I wasn't given propranolol). I'm starting to despair of ever getting reasonably well and sometimes wonder if, by the time I see a consultant, too much damage will have been done. If I had the money I'd go private but that's out of the question.
I apologise for venting here, but this is really getting me down.