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I recently underwent a five-hour episode od atrial fibrillation, which led to the arrival of two ambulances and four paramedics.
In hospital I had three ECGs and was given five tiny white pills (Bisoprolol), whihch calmed things down in an hour and I was sent home. Bloods there and my chest X-ray were fine.
My GP has since put me on 2.5 mg of Bisoprolol daily and i've beeen struggling with side effects as follows...
Headache, of the kind you might associate with the Spanish Inquisition! Ibuprofen helped and the headaches are reducing now.
Confusion. It became very difficult to follow a logical, rational train of thought. After chatting on the phone my best friend said, "You are not yourself."
In e-mails to my friend, the spelliing ws atrocious.
Bllurred vision. This has made using my laptop difficult - what with this and the mangled thinking, it's beeen very hard to concentrate enough to read a book.
Just as an aside, I spoke to a pharmacist, who advised that all this should settle down after two weeks.
So, while I take the next six doses to make up a forntight's use, how's everyone else gone on?
I'm finding I'm sleeping well enough and can cope with the chilly feeet and fingers that go with a 55 bpm heart rate.
I've also had another 12-lead ECG (which was fine). Apparently mu full bloods and ESR results were fine, though two others need commenting on - I'll call about them tomorrow.
Finally, I've a cardiologist appointment on the 1st April.
I think it all might be about being 60!
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