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Atrial fibrillation

Posted by @usedtobecarefree in Heart & Blood Health, May 13, 2012

Hi Everybody,
I've just been diagnosed with A-Fib. I had my first episode of palpitations about 6 weeks ago, and my second one was about 2 weeks ago. Both of them lasted about 6 hours and just went away by themselves. I had hoped it was no big deal, but apparently it means I've got a "condition" rather than simply having had an "event" or two. Anyway, it looks like this all means that I'm going to continue having these events, I'm going to need more medications including warfarin, and eventually I'll have a stroke and die.

Is this consistent with your experiences (except for the last thing, of course)? I'm a 57-yr old male, in otherwise good health. I'm now on a low dose of a beta blocker, I've stopped all caffeine, and I've greatly reduced salt and alcohol (now at 2 beers/day). Any advice or experiences you can share would be greatly appreciated.


Posted by @clay6970, May 17, 2012

I won't tell a lie but I have AFIB and nobody knows why. When I become aware of the PACs and PVCs during the day, life can become very difficult. The ability to "concentrate" or "focus" lose out to the pounding in and "heaving of" my chest. In addition to the accompanying pain and fatigue that I usually experience, I often take 2 or 3 of my meds and then nap or at least lie down for my coping mechanism. After 30 to 60 minutes, the palpitations have either significantly lessened or are no longer noticeable as the pills have begun to work. When I return home from visiting Mayo Clinic about what seems to be an unrelated matter, my cardiologisty has in mind a referral that may eventually require surgery for ablation of the AFIB's source(s), but that is not on the near horizon.


Posted by @usedtobecarefree, May 18, 2012

Ablation sounds like it's not a bad route. Your A-Fib sounds like it's significant enough to justify doing it. I was just searching around other websites and found a lot of discussion of 2 triggers--alcohol consumption and a deficiency in potassium and magnesium. If you're willing to share, let me know other facts about your life and your symptoms.

Posted by Anonymous-e67fdc80, May 19, 2012

Thanks for you comment. I do take Magnesium, Fish Oil, Flaxseed Oil, Fergon, B-12, allergy and Testosterone injections, Centrum Silver, Polyethelyne Glycol, colace, 81mg aspirin, Calcium Carbonate, Tylenol and a lot of other real medicines on a daily basis. Other meds are on hand and added as regularly inconsistent situations arise. I have not really had more than a sip of alcohol for almost twenty years and I have not really ever smoked at all since I smoked off and on for about a year in 1969 to keep the mosquitoes away in Borneo. Potassium has never been a problem. Like many people with CAD, I usually have low HDL. Otherwise, the other typical metrics are acceptable or good.


Posted by @snowteacher, May 24, 2012

I had atial fibrillation and five years ago had a cardiac ablation done and I was back doing things I love to do. but now I have to have 4 or 5 by-pass on my heart. I am in good health not over weight. I am 66 years old, My mother had the same problem 30 years ago and had 5 by-pass operation. Taking asprin helped me.


Posted by @usedtobecarefree, May 24, 2012

Thanks for replying, and I'm sorry to hear about needing bypass surgery. The ablation was completely successful, then? That is, no palpitations in those 5 years? And is it pretty likely that the AFib is unrelated to the need for bypass surgery? I mean, the one comes from blocked arteries and the other is an arrythmia.

Posted by Anonymous-583a35d3, Jun 22, 2012

my grandson at age 28 had afib for awhile without revealing it to anyone until one night while breaking up with his girlfriend,he was rushed to hospital with a heartrate over 400 heartbeats per min. all from stress.within 5 day ,we had him in heart surgeons office who admitted to hospital for ablation.that was 2 1/2 years ago and has not had the problen since.

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