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I am suffering with a lot of anxiety since my diagnosis so a bit of reassurance would be appreciated.
My story is as follows (I will try to be brief)
On my return from holiday on 3/6/15 I suddenly felt very unwell with very rapid palpitations and feeling very hot and faint. Following a call to 111 an ambulance was called and I was taken to A & E and kept in for 24 hours.
I was given bisoprolol and my palpitations calmed.
My discharged with bisoprolol and my letter showed:-
Telemetry monitor - showing sinus bradycardia
I took the bisoprolol for 3 days but I felt very giddy and faint and stopped
I saw a cardiologist the following week. I had an echocardiogram and 72 hour monitor and I was told the results were normal. He changed meds to Tildiem but I felt very faint on this too so again stopped. He advised for me to try again on the Tildiem as AF begets AF and is likely to happen again. I had been reassuring myself that I was not in AF by checking my pulse when I was feeling more palpitations (most days) as it was usually between 60 and 65, occasionally upto 75 but he said it was not as simple as that but offered no further explanation. He glazed over when I asked him questions and referred me to the AFA website.
He suggested I see my GP to help my anxiety - she has prescribed Cymbalta but I want to try and manage without such strong medication. I am coping with Kalms and very low dose diazapam (No More than 4mg as I know they are addictive). My Chad ?score will put me on anti-coagulants when I am 65 which does not please me.
I am 63 year old female and very active and usually healthy except for a diagnosis of Barretts Esophagus in January which has admittedly has stressed me.
I love to travel but this diagnosis has left me afraid to go long haul - we cancelled our trip to Thailand.
I even bought 2 blood pressure monitors - never suffered before - but these showed very conflicting results and made me more anxious.
I have always been a worrier but always managed to hold down a very stressful job, travel widely and have a very full and active life but this diagnosis has knocked me for six.
I can see that I am developing cardiac neurosis - I know all about relaxation but I am struggling
Any advice would be appreciated
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