Thank you for starting this discussion group! I too, had my first experience with tachycardia (fast heart beat) when I had a minor outpatient surgery. After that experience I obtained the anesthesiologist’s records from that surgery (that showed when my heart rate increased and what meds they used to bring it down) and any time I have surgery at a different hospital I take that record with me and show it to the anesthesiologist. Most anesthesiologists gladly look at it and assure me that they will keep a watch out for tachycardia.
Since that surgery, I’ve had other times when my heart rate has increased, once during a stress test, and once when I got very busy and tired. I now take a small amount of a beta blocker at noon and that keeps everything under control.
Once when I had the rapid heart rate during a stress test, the cardiac RN suggested coughing, when that didn’t work she suggested “bearing down” like you were trying to have a bowel movement. When that didn’t work she gave me an injection which brought everything back to normal, but I certainly was tired when all was said and done.
Someone mentioned staying away from caffeine – I have a friend with A-Fib and she told me that caffeine is often in cosmetic products and they affect her A-Fib as well. So we should all read the labels of skin care/hair products before using.
I’m glad to hear of everyone’s experience. I learn so much from hearing the experiences of others.