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Hi I have been diagnosed with Artrial Fillbrillation this morning and am really scared, anyone tell me anything about it please.

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    Hi Pauline, is it constant or is it Paroxysmal AF, coming and going?
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    I am on Warfarin too. I put it off for quite a while but decided that it was important to take it so I have been on it now for around 5 months. It takes a few blood tests with a finger prick test to get you on the right dose but at least you are protected from forming blood clots which is very important. Can I ask if you suffer from any digestive problems?
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      I am sure you will be fine, they will sort you out, you already have the beta blockers and the Warfarin will act as a safeguard. It is a strange thing to live with I have had mine for about 9 years now and I woke up with a very irregular beat that was making me feel really strange and got that looked and and thought it was a one off then four years ago it came back and I had Bisprolol which seemed to correct it but I get the irregular beats all days and probably did not notice them before but I used to get them and think nothing of it but obviously I must have had it for years but it is far more irregular as time has gone on.
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    I was diagnosed last year, Pauline: the good news is that you've been now been diagnosed and now you're a confirmed member of the club. The scary part was when you didn't know you had it and weren't taking meds etc for it when you were at great risk. Best advice I can give is to take the meds prescribed and chase for any follow up appointments with Cardiologists and get them to advise you as to what the Treatment/Maintenance plan is for you personally and keep your GP in the loop. If you find the meds are making you unwell do get them to review them as the beta blocker made me really unwell and affected by blood pressure and I couldn't go out for 6 months until they agreed to lower the dose and combine bisoprolol with flecainide but treatment would appear to vary around the country.

    British Heart in some parts of the country hold support groups where people can share their experiences and I would urge you to go along. 

    Do let us know how you get on.

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      Great advice, getting the meds right is most important and support is really important too. I didn't realise there were so many of us until I joined the forum, I felt very alone but people on here have helped me so much.
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      Thanks both of you for that, I am feeling really scared today , just sitting here and almost too scared to move. The doctor said my low pulse rate which is due to the beta blockers is good, I see her again on Thursday when she will start the warfarin.
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      I was so scared of starting on Warfarin and even more scared of some of the others that you cannot reverse if you have a major bleed so opted for the Warfarin due to being able to have it reversed with a Vitamin K injection. Touch wood apart from a few headaches when I was on the 5mg dose which everyone starts on,I am now on 3.5mg and my reading is 2.3 consistanly and there hasn't been a problem wtih it. I thought it was something much older people were put on but my GP reassured me that young people take it and there are a lot of them so it made me feel that early 50's was not so bad.
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      You still will be Pauline, since I have had my AF I am now acting, singing in the rock choir and taking part in Zumba Street Dance and I didn't do those things when I didn't have it so it goes to show, don't let it stop you from doing things and even new things.
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      Thanks for your reply, it is not a good day for me but it does help to know that there lots of other people who have the same. I have to go for a heart scan to so that is another worry, but thanks again.

       

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      Hi, I have had quite a few of them, Echo scans mainly and you can have the 24 hour ECG one which will monitor how often it changes and when. This is routine with this condition Pauline so don't worry.
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      She is going to send me an appointment but I have to go and see her tomorrow night for a longer talk about it all. At the moment I feel quite stressed and like I am shaking all over but hopefully I will get used to the diagnosis and feel better, I do hope so
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