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Hi there, I had an episode of atrial fibrillation on 30th April 2011. I woke up to feel my heart pounding. My wife checked my heart rate and we went straight to hospital because it was racing rapidly. To get to the point, my heart rate was very high and was given IV flecanide to bring the beat back to a normal rhythm.
I was then put on Bisoprolol and Aspirin as regular medication. Unfortunatley, I wasn't put on Omeprazole to counter the effects of the aspirin and had a gastric bleed later that year that was treated.
I have not been referred to a heart specialist ever as was told I didn't need to. My gp has seen me for every day problems but doesn't monitor my condition. From what I understand, is it right that I have paroxysymal atrial fibrillation as have not had a severe occurence since the one in April 2011 ? I do get times when my heart will skip out of beat for a number of seconds and then goes back to normal. I also get twinges in my chest at times but wouldn't class it as chest pain.
For the last number of years, I have suffered with extreme fatigue and sleep for at least 10-12 hours a night if I can and can be sometimes up to 14 hours. I have also had some lightheadedness and dizziness. I went to see a different GP last week and told her of my fatigue, lightheadedness and dizziness. She has done blood tests yesterday and I see her again next week. However, I saw the receptionist at the surgery about something else and she said a doctor had checked the blood tests back as normal.
Is it possible that even though I'm not in AF at the moment could the AF be causing me to be so tired and lightheaded. I'm not asking for a diagnosis here but just wondered if it was or if the medication could cause it. My gp doesn't review me at all about my heart and AF and wonder if this should be the case or if I should have seen a specialist. Thanks for your help.
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