Atrial fibrillation how long

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If you start with an episode of atrial fibrillation, how long to you wait before thinking that you better seek professional help?

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    Hi Phoebe, how long have you had it? I had a few one off episodes 12 years ago and six years ago but it went after 24 hours with drugs.

    This time it has been going for year and I had medication straight away but it has not stopped it. I am in for cardioversion in less than two weeks.

    Is your paroxsysmal or continuous?

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    Hi Phoebe!

    How were you diagnosed with afib?

    The reason I ask is bc usually once diagnosed it is determined at that time what type you have, your CHADS score (stroke risk), and what medication may be necessary...rate control drugs, anticoagulants or aspirin.

    If you haven't seen a cardiologist for a thorough assessment I would see one!

    Best of luck!


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      Hi Kathy,

      I was taken to our local hospital after my heart rate went up to 190 beats per minute, I was taken into the resuscitation area where I was hooked up to a cardiac monitor, I was given 10mgs Bisoprolol when I first got in there, then when things hadn't slowed down after about 3 hours, (it may have been less I can't remember) I was given another 10mgs, I was also on a magnesium drip, i was then transferred to a ward where I was on 1/2 hourly obs for about 12 hours, I was in hospital a little over 48hrs, I have been on 2.5mgs Bisoprolol since then and aspirin which has controlled things well until yesterday, it's a bit irregular this morning but I have just taken my Bisoprolol in the hope it will put things back to normal again, it's the first time in 5 years that this has happened.


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    I 'm not sure if you are on medication. I am.

    However, when I go into AF my heart races to 180-200 beats per minute and stays like that. I lie on the bed hoping it returns to normal beat. Whilst in AF it feels like my heart is going to jump out of my chest. I usually wait about 2-3 hours & if it hasn't returned to normal or close to normal my husband drives me to the Emergency Dept. They admit me pretty quickly and put me on a drip to get it back to normal. This usually happens during the night. I'm often admitted and kept overnight to be monitored.

    Hope this helps.

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    I am on 2.5mg of Bisoprolol daily and an aspirin, when i first experienced it my heart rate went to 190 , if it went to that again then yes I wouldn't hesitate to go to A&E but yesterday wasn't as bad as that so I left it, it calmed a bit after about 3 hours but this morning it remains a bit irregular, I have just taken my Bisoprolol in the hope that will help, I was waiting on a telephone appt from my GP last evening however that didn't happen, I wanted to ask if I could take another Bisoprolol if things started up again, I know that there is a thing called 'pill in the pocket' where you can take another tablet inbetween regular doses if necessesary and 2.5 isn't a large dose, we'll just have to see how it goes.


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