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Hi, I was diagnosed with AF last april. I am now thankfully going to see a cardiologist in a few weeks, my first time as I have always been seen by a gp. I have so many questions that I want to ask them. But I would really appreciate any help with questions you may feel would be of help to me please as I really want to use this appointment to its fullest potential.
?I am 43, Male 6ft & 15st don't class myself as over weight but would like to loose a few pounds. Up until last yr I was very active healthy & fit. Post AF diagnosis I lost my confidence, my energy & any motivation whatsoever. I started to get anxiety attacks that I am currently getting under control now, the odd one now & then but much better.
?Originally on bisoloprolol but due to this not agreeing with me at all, (extreme fatique, dizziness, sense of skin feeling sunburned) was changed to Sotalol 40mg twice per day, which is a huge improvement on the previous medication. I also take Rivaroxaban each day for my blood thinner, & losartan potassium for high blood pressure.
?Ive had high blood pressure for a few years, started as medicated for couple of years but then gp took me off them for a year as said I didn't need to be on them then? then monitored on/off for 12mths as on the border as my gp would say. But then with my anxiety kicking in my blood pressure stayed around 155/110 going much higher with an anxiety attack. Now my blood pressure medicated is on average 127/85.
?My resting heart rate is between 50-54, sometimes lower. Before my AF, it was still lower than ideal at about 58.
?Although much better, I still get AF at times (can go weeks without AF) usually lasts for about half hour then goes. The past wk & half ago I was in AF each day for 7 days in a row, shortest not long at all, the longest almost 8hrs, I had the funeral of my aunt so I put this down to this emotional time but isn't this what the medication is for, this was my worst time with AF, as usually it either just goes on its own or if I do breathing techniques to revert back to normal.
?I also have obvious links to AF & the vagal nerve which I have self taught what not to eat, but trying to explain this to my gp is almost impossible as keeps telling me cant cause AF, very frustrating as I know & read from others who also have the same.
?Ive been light headed on/ff for about 12mths, can go couple weeks with nothing then lightheaded for days at a time, my gp not concerned with this though. At first I thought this maybe related to my heart rate but I haven't found a connection as yet, as when I check my rate is still normal, for me.
?I read that AF cant be cured, but then read people who have ablations, cardioversions who say it worked, is this not classed as cured? I appreciate as with anything in life conditions/diseases can come back whether it be due to illness,age, lifestyle etc... but the positive in me sees this as cured, for now atleast rather than think its just a waiting game till the next time.
?Are there higher success rates for any procedure in particular or is it purely on a personal level.
?I see myself as still young,& I am so desperate to get myself back to the old me who was very confident, outgoing with hopes & dreams for me & my family.
?Thankyou for taking the time to read this, your help means a lot to me, thankyou.
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