About treatment options for atrial fibrillation
My wife's mother (aged 77) had a severe attack of shortness of breath last week. She has previously had surgery for ASD (atrial septal defect), from which she recovered. However, now the doctors are advising that they can stop her heart to then provide a cardiac stimulus of some sort. She has high blood pressure which may be caused by high level of salt in her blood.
However, they are suggesting that the family should discuss it first. They have explained that there are risks associated with this. These include:
* cerebral hemorrhage
* risk of embolism
etc. We can't find out how high the risk is, and whether we should go ahead with the stopping of the heart or let her come home and continue as she is.
Any advice would be incredibly helpful.