Afib Triggers: Mine is my neck or body position, yours?

Posted by akbooks45 @akbooks45, Jan 12, 2020

My atrial Fibrillation triggers with neck position or body. My neck and torso are relatively short and I seem to compress the Vagus nerve if my neck is sharply bent or the same with my torso. Have you ever heard of that? That is the only time it does so.

@kates1221

I was hopeful that my doctor would do that for me, but he said ablation is not effective on permanent afib. However, I would be willing to try. I've heard of people having multiple ablations only to have their afib return. That is the one thing I don't want.

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@dsisko I apologize. I meant I had heard of people having multiple cardioversions only to have their afib return. Was your afib determined to be permanent when you had your ablation?

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Sorry but I’ve never heard of permanent afib. I had afib since 2011 but it increased in frequency to about 2-3 a week in the last year. I have heard of people having multiple ablations but also those who have no afib after just one ablation. I consider myself lucky to have had the ablation take care of my heart issues. I never had a cardioversion.

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@dsisko

Sorry but I’ve never heard of permanent afib. I had afib since 2011 but it increased in frequency to about 2-3 a week in the last year. I have heard of people having multiple ablations but also those who have no afib after just one ablation. I consider myself lucky to have had the ablation take care of my heart issues. I never had a cardioversion.

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You are indeed blessed. I hope to get to where you are one day. Maybe one day.

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@kates1221

You are indeed blessed. I hope to get to where you are one day. Maybe one day.

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You will. Persist and advocate for your health. It’s worth it

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Have only had 2 afib episodes with rapid ventricular rate. Both resulted in ER visits to bring the heart rate down. The only thing both episodes have in common are the fact that I had bent over and the afib started when I straightened up. The cardiologist said it is not always easy to figure out what triggers afib.

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@jmdev

Have only had 2 afib episodes with rapid ventricular rate. Both resulted in ER visits to bring the heart rate down. The only thing both episodes have in common are the fact that I had bent over and the afib started when I straightened up. The cardiologist said it is not always easy to figure out what triggers afib.

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I've never been able to figure out what triggers mine. I just don't drink coffee or black tea, just in case that does it, and besides I have trouble sleeping. I try to live a calm and stressless life.

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@jmdev

Have only had 2 afib episodes with rapid ventricular rate. Both resulted in ER visits to bring the heart rate down. The only thing both episodes have in common are the fact that I had bent over and the afib started when I straightened up. The cardiologist said it is not always easy to figure out what triggers afib.

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I wonder if bending over and , picking
Something heavy is the start.
That is hard on me.
No shoveling snow for me.
Myife isnt stressfree. But try to think
Of better ideas.
Started at a gym.
That is good for me.
Drink little coffee decaf. Glass of wine.
Try to eat right.
It works for myself.

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@dsisko

Any liquor at all and caffeine are particular triggers. I could drink one glass of wine and my pulse would shoot up to 180 and I’d go into afib. Same with caffeine. Stress would be a trigger as well but I could also go into afib simply when watching TV.
I don’t drink at all now and I limit caffeine to an occasional piece of chocolate. I had an ablation in August and all is well, no afib at all. But I still am careful with triggers and don’t drink, watch stress, and limit caffeine.

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Is an ablation the same as getting an ICD defibrillator? I get tachycardia, bradycardia, and at times, on occasion may skip a beat or feel like going to pop out of my skin. I believe mine is brought on by stress, caffeine and alcohol. I try to not let things bother me so less stress. I don’t drink any alcohol but continue to drink decaf coffee. I so appreciate these articles affirming triggers and what to do about it. I am trying to eat right but extremely difficult loosing weight. I’m 73 and do go to cardiac rehab when able. Also once or twice a week senior swim or rather just exercise at the pool Y.

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Well I hope my case helps someone here.

We had a head on accident in 2005. Broken ribs on left, neck trauma. For two years left thyroid would swell. No doctor knew answer. Wanted to give me 6 prescriptions and pain pills

Working in health field I knew I would need to do it myself….naturally no meds.

Long story, I did it with diet, oils, massage, acupuncture, chiropractor alignment.

Felt good. No more thyroid issues. No pain.

AFib began after about 5 years. Heart tests show normal heart. Slight MVP.

Bend over palpitations, begin to eat, palpitations.
Sleeping on left side, palpitations. Use left arm for abrupt movements, palpitations.

Only take 12.5 metoprolol when irregular heartbeat begins which was maybe once a month or maybe every three months.

Now it is happening almost every other day 😩.
My chiropractor keeps my neck and mid back aligned because that can affect the heart.

I take magnesium taurate for heart with D.

Eat extremely healthy, gluten free, no sugar, pasta, bread.

So what is causing my Afib episodes?

Old scar tissue/adhesions in my neck and chest!

If u have ever had trauma to your upper body, your vagus nerve most likely is damaged.

Controlling the scar tissue tugging on the baguyis almost impossible.

Today I use a massager to hopefully break up the
Tissue. Having surgery to cut these adhesions is not the answer.

Afib?
Check your thyroid labs
Take the right magnesium and D.
Take CoQ10
Take omega 3
Eat right
Exercise
No sugar
Get chiropractic care!
Is a med u r taking causing it?
Have u injured your vagus nerve?

Blessings!

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@jocrane

Well I hope my case helps someone here.

We had a head on accident in 2005. Broken ribs on left, neck trauma. For two years left thyroid would swell. No doctor knew answer. Wanted to give me 6 prescriptions and pain pills

Working in health field I knew I would need to do it myself….naturally no meds.

Long story, I did it with diet, oils, massage, acupuncture, chiropractor alignment.

Felt good. No more thyroid issues. No pain.

AFib began after about 5 years. Heart tests show normal heart. Slight MVP.

Bend over palpitations, begin to eat, palpitations.
Sleeping on left side, palpitations. Use left arm for abrupt movements, palpitations.

Only take 12.5 metoprolol when irregular heartbeat begins which was maybe once a month or maybe every three months.

Now it is happening almost every other day 😩.
My chiropractor keeps my neck and mid back aligned because that can affect the heart.

I take magnesium taurate for heart with D.

Eat extremely healthy, gluten free, no sugar, pasta, bread.

So what is causing my Afib episodes?

Old scar tissue/adhesions in my neck and chest!

If u have ever had trauma to your upper body, your vagus nerve most likely is damaged.

Controlling the scar tissue tugging on the baguyis almost impossible.

Today I use a massager to hopefully break up the
Tissue. Having surgery to cut these adhesions is not the answer.

Afib?
Check your thyroid labs
Take the right magnesium and D.
Take CoQ10
Take omega 3
Eat right
Exercise
No sugar
Get chiropractic care!
Is a med u r taking causing it?
Have u injured your vagus nerve?

Blessings!

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Wow. thank you for sharing your story extremely encouraging. I too have been on metoprolol 12.5 for two years after stent was put in. Doctor said heart was fine. but plaque buildup caused heart attack. Palpitations just recently started out of nowhere. tried to watch for triggers but it didn’t matter what i was doing . I rely heavily on oils ,lavender. ,oregano. frankincense. r.c. myrrh. I do however like the chiropractor piece which speaks to body alignment. What oils do you find most helpful. You are absolutely correct about the diet piece it is what we put in our mouths and exercise all of which i was doing before my h.a.

Again, thanks for sharing
dont forget i’d like to know what oils you find most helpful

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@jaguar737

Wow. thank you for sharing your story extremely encouraging. I too have been on metoprolol 12.5 for two years after stent was put in. Doctor said heart was fine. but plaque buildup caused heart attack. Palpitations just recently started out of nowhere. tried to watch for triggers but it didn’t matter what i was doing . I rely heavily on oils ,lavender. ,oregano. frankincense. r.c. myrrh. I do however like the chiropractor piece which speaks to body alignment. What oils do you find most helpful. You are absolutely correct about the diet piece it is what we put in our mouths and exercise all of which i was doing before my h.a.

Again, thanks for sharing
dont forget i’d like to know what oils you find most helpful

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Yes I use lavender oil diluted with olive oil on the bottoms of my feet and on my chest before getting into bed at night.

No sugars or carbs for me and it works good to keep my heart kind of on a level playing.

My issue is getting somebody who can help me with the impingement of my Vegas nerve in my upper left body and neck. Any quick movement, or bending over will set it off. Then I do my deep breathing breathing out very slowly for 10 seconds, I also put ice on my face and neck and relax in a reclined position with my legs up. If I have to that is when I take A metoprolol 6.25 and I actually dissolve most of it under my tongue so it works fast and swallow the rest.

I know there’s nothing physically wrong with my heart and I just need to get this vagal issue taken care of but it is terrible trying to find someone who is knowledgeable about this. There is a person called a functional manual therapist who I am trying to look for one in my area that hopefully can help me out.

Being sure that your neck has a natural curve in it, and does not have any issues is important because this has a lot to do with your heart. Also your thoracic spine I think T5, is very important, if it is out of line it will affect your heart and cause palpitations.
All the best to you!

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The left side position to go to sleep immediately triggers my AF or something that feels like it…

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