I'm still new to all this....the cardio-vert 6 weeks ago will be repeated next Wed. March 4th.....I am back in a-fib and have been on & off for 6 hours at a time......we returned form a week in Mexico (felt great) on Wed and then Thurs. night I had about an hour and 1/2 of "clunking" hard enough to make me jump....I have had the clunks before, and the docs weren't too concerned, but this was extensive....so friday ahd an EKG and then they interrogated my pacer and that readout showed not only that I had been going in & out of A-fib, but the ejection fraction was decreasing. I have had heart failure for about 5 years and improving heart function with Coreg. So.....scheduled for the repeat cardio- vert and started on Tikosyn which is scary since it requires 2-3 days in hospital for monitoring. he also mentioned an ablation but I am leary since I had 2 unsuccessful ablations in the nineties for PSVT. He said he would order Digoxin for me also to cover me while I go off Sotalol...just read that Digoxin takes 2 weeks to work and is problematic anyway. urgh....I putin a call to the cardiology group this morning aobut the missing Rx, and doc on call in surgery and they'd get back to me in 2 hours ....that was at 11am....it's now 4pm......I am not feeling too confident in this new young EP. Looked at afibbers.org and some of the supplements that help a-fib, but nervous about trusting his advice,,,, as my hubbie said, anyone can write articles about a-fib, but do they have medical knowledge? I have always researched alternative treatments for other issues, but with my heart, I am afraid.....what's the right thing? these frightening drugs or unknown (to us) supplements like taurine and magnesium? Sorry this was so long....just feeling a bit overwhelmed and not secure with my doc.
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