Treatment for a-fib
I had my follow up office visit (3 month), and since I had an appointment scheduled to check my pacemaker next week, they went ahead & did that as well. I was very happy to tell my docotor that I was feeling good--no dizziness at all, and even symptoms of a-fib seem milder & less frequent. I was recently prescribed a low dose of metoprolol, which seemed to help me turn a corner.
A few hours later, his office called to tell me that my a-fib is actually poorly controlled at this time & they intend to double my metoprolol dosage. They followed this news with cautions about worsening side effects, like extreme fatigue & drops in blood pressure causing dizziness. I tried to decipher the print-out from the pacemaker lab, and from what I can tell it registered arrhythmia 13% of the time, the last event being 4 days previous. This is pretty much the same as it has always been. I guess the reason I feel better overall is that the pacemaker has eliminated pauses around the incidents.
I am just wondering: If I am feeling better, how necessary is it to control a-fib, especially if the medication comes with side effects that sound as bad or worse than the condition itself. I find it funny that I can sit in my doctor's office & read pamphlets on living with a-fib, yet he seems determined to "cure" mine! Also, I'm interested in hearing of other experiences with metoprolol--I was told that side effects may be temporary as my body adjusts. Have you found this to be true? I am taking 25mg 2x & will be doubling that to 50mg 2x. .