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Afib and alcohol: Holiday Heart?

Heart Rhythm Conditions | Last Active: Mar 27, 2019 | Replies (31)

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I wound up in the ER again last Saturday morning and asked the doctor then too what the relationship was between alcohol and afib. He said that afib can happen to a person who very much abuses alcohol, but in my case, with 1.5 to two glasses a night, he doubted it. Because I felt so horrible, they admitted me. It turns out my sodium level was 127 when the minimum is 136, so they put me on a saline drip all night to get my sodium level back up and to monitor me. They took my blood every six hours. But, I'm scared straight as they say. I have not touched alcohol since 3/7, the night before my initial afib episode from hell. I had another bad night last night with the pounding heart, but got up a few times and my BP was normal. My heart rate got up to 82, which is fast for me. I don't know what that was about. I only have afib incidents at night. Curiously my heart RATE was steady. It was just a pounding and fast heartbeat. I woke up this morning feeling awful again, but took a few Himalayan salt crystals before I ate breakfast and after lunch felt somewhat normal again. I am beginning to wonder though if I'll ever feel NORMAL again. I have brief moments of feeling decent, but most of the time feel a bit out of it. I hope all this equalizes eventually. I blame the Eliquis, but I might never know for sure because the docs say I will probably be on it the rest of my life.
No matter what though. I am so sorry for whatever I did to put me in this spot. I was also diagnosed with osteoporosis right after being diagnosed with afib, so I'm feeling extremely sorry for myself right now. I'm trying not to get depressed, but it's hard. I live alone and don't have many friends here. I feel so sad. I do appreciate all of you though. It helps to hear other peoples' stories. Some of your stories are way worse than mine. Maybe you can tell me though, am I ever going to feel good again?

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I would get OFF that horrible Eliquis ASAP. So often the cure is worse than the disease.
Do you take any drug or stimulant at night that could be causing the pounding heart? How many minutes of the night do you experience the pounding heart? Is it like the occasional bump or is it continuous? How long do the episodes last?
Btw 82 is a perfect heart rate for any size person, believe me. Is it steady?
I presume you are off the wine.
Speak to your pharmacist about the dose. I'll bet a 220 pound man is given the same dose you are taking. If so, you know you can cut the dose. Talk to the pharmacist about it.

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