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i have today been discharged from hospital after 8 days. I was diagnosed 3 weeks ago with persistent AF, went home and was re-admitted because I was having so many fainting spells. (Not a total faint but enough to lose limb strength and flop over).
the medical team booked me in for a cardio version, but the consulatant was very cross that they had done so, and wanted to discharge me. Whilst waiting to go to theatre he came to see me on the ward and brusquely told me that I now had AF for life, the cardioversion may not work and the fainting episodes (that started at exactly the same time as the AF) were not connected. He then said that the faints were caused by stress and anxiety on my part and to quote him "what was I going to do about it?). I was confused and I promptly burst into tears and wanted to discharge myself, he turned on his heel and left. The cardiology nurse and ward staff consoled me and said they felt I should have the cardioversion that day, as they had planned. Which I did. After the treatment I felt so much better and my heart was back in sinus rhythm.
now at home, I am not 100%, feeling weak and fatigued. I am a 64 yr old, normally very fit woman, and this has hit a bit hard.
i am now trying to put the issue with the doctor behind me,but I do not wish to be in the care of him.
i am taking Bisoprolol twice a day, Digoxin, and Riveroxaban. I also have Nitrolingual spray to use under the tongue if needed.
does anyone have experience of fainting spells alongside AF?
(I haven't had one since the cardioversion.
many thanks to anyone in advance who can help.
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