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Early last month I had pneumonia and during my time in hospital I was diagnosed with AF.
I had never heard of it before and I was very shocked. The doctor said I may have had it for years but not known. I have to say that for years I have often been breathless and get tired easily. The doctor put me on apixaban and I hate the thought of taking tablets for the rest of my life. I am 73, I am a healthy weight, I exercise daily and before contracting pneumonia I have rarely been ill. I had a follow up appointment with the doctor a couple of weeks ago and I am told my pulse is rapid thought my blood pressure is a bit low. I have now been given bisoloprolol and I am told that my pulse though still irregular is lower. Only now am I reading that people have episodes of AF but I am not sure what that means and I think my AF is probably constant if that makes sense. I am trying to learn to live with all this, I am not sure whether or not I am glad I found out there was a problem. I suppose at least now I am on tablets it helps avoid a stroke, such a terrifying thought. I often feel so exhausted, especially in the evenings and it takes me ages to climb upstairs now. I don`t know whether this is because I had pneumonia, or because of either of the tablets I take. It can`t be because of AF because surely that didn`t start suddenly when I was in hospital. I wonder if I could not take the bisoloprolol as I think that makes you tired.
Not sure what to think.
I have an appointment with the cardiologist early in June but I feel the doctors don`t have time to answer all our questions. I sometimes wonder if I have AF because of something I did. Is it my fault? Sorry for the long post. I would appreciate anyone`s comments or advice. Thanks.
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