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Help advise me about my Dad?- Heart Problem

(3 Posts)
LovelyBath77 Thu 19-Nov-15 14:32:47

My Dad is in his 70s and was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation several years ago. He's on Warfarin. The other day he had a kind of fainting episode and has been struggling to get out of bed. He got a taxi to the GP who he says examined him for about half an hour, said he seemed OK but could send him up to the hospital to get checked further. He hadn't been taking the Warfarin regularly, so has been given another similar thing to take, Xarleto.

He thinks it's all about him not taking the med properly and now he is it will be OK. He's been given an emergency number to ring to go into hospital. I'm going to try to get up there soon but he's in Scotland.

Any advice what could be wrong, and if I should encourage him to go in or get further tests? I wondered about an ECG, they can do them at the GP nowadays. He is usually pretty OK, even goes out jogging. He says it took him two hours to get a shower last night, as he couldn't get up :-( Many thanks for any help.

Yseulte Thu 19-Nov-15 21:52:48

Not a doctor, but my dad has AF.

Firstly, your father must take his pills. They're to thin his blood as AF can cause blood clots.

Secondly, if it took him 2 hrs to have a shower, he must go back to his GP tomorrow and ask to be referred to his cardiologist or to the hospital immediately.

He needs thorough checking over and a 24hr ECG.

Has he had an ablation?

HappenstanceMarmite Thu 19-Nov-15 21:54:38

Is he breathless? If he is then he must call an ambulance.

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