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routine follow up visit with cardiologist
Hi, I am curious as to how often do you see your cardiologist after you have been diagonized as Afib? I had my first episode in March 2015, had Catherer Ablation in Oct. 2015 followed by implant of Pacemaker in Oct. 2016. My last visit with Cardiologist was in April 2017. I have pacemaker check twice a year with the pacemaker technition. My Cardiologist told me to come see him in two years. I forgot to go in April of this year and made an appointment in two weeks. Meantime, my afib events are more often lately and I am thinking the follow up visit should be more often? I was fine without rate control meds for two years after the pacemaker implant but I am on meds to control it.
Raked, August 29, 2019 11:49pm EST
I feel like my situation is different than yours but my history with afib and cardiologists is that I'd have an episode, get treated/cardioverted, see a cardiologist a couple of times then I'd not see them again until my next afib event (historically a couple or more years apart). Basically I only see a cardiologist during/after an event. (this pattern has been going on for 12+ years)
arigatou, August 30, 2019 12:13am EST
Thanks for your response. I got anxiety because I don't know if my situation will get worse without Dr. watching over me. Maybe cardiologist can't do anything to prevent Afib but to treat it after?
DkinAA, August 30, 2019 7:59am EST
I was diagnosed with paroxysmal afib four years ago, when I had appointments with EP team a few months apart while doing holter monitor, Sleep studies, echocardiogram, then settled down to one/year with emphatic instructions to call in if episodes got more frequent or worse. At the same time started seebing a preventative cardiologist who watches over blood lipids & pressure. Also settled down to yearly. I’ve been on rate control and anticoagulant. I log my episodes and started using Apple Watch 4 which helps document things when I go in. My appointments are scheduled a year in advance.
barbara1642, August 30, 2019 8:00am EST
For awhile I would see my cardio every six months, after having blood work & an echo. Then it went to every 9 months. Now I'm back to six months......(I recently had an a-fib episode & got put on Multaq). I wouldn't feel good about not seeing him at least once a year.
BeverlyRae, August 30, 2019 11:51am EST
I usually go once every 6 months, with remote PM download halfway in between. I was told to check in if I had more episodes than usual or concerns.
arigatou, August 31, 2019 1:12am EST
Thank you BeverlyRae,Barbara and DkinAA,
I would feel better to see Cardiologist at least once a year. I will discuss with my doctor when I see him in two weeks.