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Hi - have been in persistent AF now for the first time ever- previously paroxysmal - for over 8 weeks - when in hospital initially I was told would need to be on anticoagulant for 4 weeks prior to cardioversion- was put on warfarin then but due to problems with getting and staying in INR required levels - above 2.0 - which i know now but did not know then- I asked to be swtiched to a NOAC - Eliquis which was done nearly 3 weeks ago- was told then would have to wait a further 4 weeks - as effectively back to square one with the Eliquis- though this was still better than waiting for the warfarin which had still not reached the required INR after 5 weeks and was so "hit and miss"and variable - at least with the Eliquis I was "guaranteed" to be OK to have the cardioversion in 4 weeks - was also assured then - because of the issues and delays with the warfarin - basically the info I was given at the start heavily encouraged warfarin and discouraged a NOAC - which is the reverse of what the consultant would have recommended had they been involved then -and what I now know- that I would get the cardioversion in 4 weeks - have been heavily symptomatic over the past 8 weeks and affected all aspects of my life so really keen to get the cardioversion done urgently - have tried to chase the appointment for this up with the hospital by phone/ e mail / messages left etc but can not get any info or speak to anyone to confirm when this will be done or what is happening - has anyone else experienced this issue with delays and communication re dates for cardioversion in the UK and if so any ways to chase this up? - how does the process work and are there any waiting lists for cardioversion or other issues with budgets etc for this? Even if I get a date shortly it looks like I will have been in AF for at least 10 weeks by the time this is done and am worried how this may affect the outcome of the cardioversion and even if I get back to NSR this may reduce how long it "lasts" and whether the heart has / will start to "remodel" permanently - how quickly have others got their cardioversions done? Thanks
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