Medical therapy is actually the way to go in your situation because you never had any symptoms and the reason why he got the stress test is because, #1, atrial fibrillation is common in pts with coronary artery disease (CAD), and #2, flecainide can't be used in patients with CAD. The nuclear stress test could be a false positive, another words, not a true finding, and that's why he recommended the catheterization, to be certain. I would just recommend coming off the flecaininde, trying another agent, such as sotalol or dofetilide and going on with your life. The simvastatin and the toprol are very good for CAD and for atrial fibrillaiton.
Ok I understand. I am worried about the flecainide. Also I noticed since going on the Toprol that my resting heart rate is lower than it was before, going down to 48 at night. This has me scared. I have no way to get in touch with this cardiologist, other than making an appointment. They simply tell you to go to emergency if there is a problem.
He scheduled my next visit for the middle of September without any bloodwork.
Don't be alarmed by the Heart Rate in the 40's. It's completely normal.
I am sorry to ask so many stupid questions, but my doctor does not answer them. He said that since the Flecainide was obviously "doing it's job", he would not change it for now. He didn't want to have to put me back in the hospital, as I can't really afford it. I am living off my savings.
I have had some weakness ( feeling faint ) for awhile. He dismissed it, pointing to my holter readings and said there was nothing out of the ordinary on it. Is this feeling, simply from the drugs or should I be concerned. I keep walking etc, even when I feel this way.Then it seems to pass. It is never bad enough that I feel I must sit or anything. Just a funny weakness almost like being a bit tipsy.
Dizziness and weakness are probably the most common side-effects of Flecainide.
Thanks for your feedback, this has helped my anxiety a lot. Since my cardiologist is not really into discussing much, I am not comfortable with him.
I still think my anxiety problems started this in the first place. I was under a lot of stress with my Insurance Company, and with my HOA over lawn issues. Everything seemed to be piling on, and then I ended up in the hospital.
I guess the doctor knows what he is doing, so I should not be so stressed over it. However it is my life, and I also have obligations to others.
Well I have been feeling lightheaded ( weak in the knees ) the past few afternoons. When I checked my BP it was within normal ranges. However I did notice the low heart rate again. I called the cardiologist, and he left a message for me, to cut my Toprol in half. He said that should solve the problem. I hope he is right. It is the Flecainide I have been worried about. He seems to think it is safe to take, even with the negative stress results.