Atrial Fibrillation & me

This is my third episode of A.F. as I have had one in 2000 and one in 2006, so this is not so new to me, but it's still worrying at times. To fill you all in on the "heart thing". I'm currently having an episode of atrial fibrillation that has been with me now since Saturday 27-Nov. This basically means that the top half and bottom half of the heart have lost communication with each other. The top half then start to fibrillate (shiver) and send off wild and crazy signals to the bottom half of the heart. The bottom half does not know what is going on so does not know when to beat. So the upshot of all this is that plug me into a heart rate monitor right now and I could do a grand job as a bingo caller. My pulse rockets up to 180 something and then down to 40 something in the next second. It's a bit of a mess. All of this can be a bit serious in younger people with blood clots and strokes being talked about by specialists. The upshot of all this is that I get dizzy, faint and breathless if I try and exert myself at all. What do I mean by exert? Walking down stairs to make a cup of tea and back up to my office means I can't focus on anything much for a few minutes. I've also noticed that the lowering of the Oxygen in my blood supply means I am a little more confused than normal. There, I said it before you could tell me that I'm confused all the time. ;o) So that's all the bad stuff.

The good stuff is that I'm already in consultation with my cardiologist at Frimley Park Hospital and I go into the anticoagulation clinic on Monday to start on warfarin to start thinning my blood. This is so that there is less chance of blood clots being present when they electro cardioversion (electric shock) me back into a, hopefully, good heart rhythm. That's looking like January at the moment following an appointment on Christmas Eve to do an echocardiogram of my heart to make sure it's still there, structurely sound and no valves are leaking.

I'm also back working from home most of the time, but taking it easy. So you'll understand if responses are not instant.

So all in all, nothing too much to worry about. ;o)