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I had a cardioversion yesterday.
Got there 8am with five other patients having different procedures. Just a nurse on the ward and a Matron who did the pre-tests and questions as well as my cardioversion. Last time more nurses and various others including doctor and anaesthetist splitting the tasks between then. Must be NHS cut backs
Naturally she disagree with the side effects I told her that I have from my meds. Nurse tried to put aneedle for a cannula into a vein in my left arm and failed. Matron tried to put needle in my other arm and failed. They had to settle for the back of my hand. Evidently nurses use the arm as the veins are bigger than on the back of the hand:-)
Discharge note said: Cardioverted 360 J x 1 back to Sinus Brady with premature atrial ectopics. Discussed with Dr R. regarding heart rate and patient feeling light headed when taking Bisoprolol so it was stopped. Review in 6 weeks at A/F clinic.
Bisoprorol had been stopped right after my last cardioversion
After the cardioversion I felt quite alert but when getting off the bed after having a ham sandwich and a cup of tea my legs were like that of a drunk and I staggered around. Even standing I was swaying. Porter pushed me to the exit in a wheel chair and we got a taxi home. I had soup and bread. The drunkenness did not wear off so I thought that I would lie down at 4.45 for an hour before dinner. It was dark when I woke up. I look at the clock and see that it is 11.45 and remember what had happened.
I use the computer and read for a while before going back to bed at 2.30 not expecting to sleep.
I sleep until 8.45 and still feel unsteady on my legs. That did not happen last time. Dr Google tells me that the effect can last for 48 hours. By coincidence I also have a bit of an earache to confuse the balance issue.
This morning my BP was 128/78 pulse 40.
So from the notes I seem to have ectopics. I had often suspected that previously but it never came up in past notes or diagnosis.
Have any of you had this unsteady effect for so long?
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