AFib questions

Posted by peggyd @peggyd, Mar 23, 2016

Good morning! I’m almost 66 years old, with infrequent AFib and on Eliquis. Sunday evening I had a spectacular nosebleed and went to the ER, where the attending physician inserted an epistaxis nasal pack (the kind with the inflatable balloon). I’m getting it removed tomorrow. What can I expect when it comes out–besides my own reaction of dancing gleefully around the office? Blood? Clots? Scabs? A genie? Thanks for your help!

Hello @gloria242,

Welcome to Connect. You will see that I moved your message to this discussion so that you can meet other members like you who are worried about what is to come. I encourage you to read through the past messages here, and I’m certain that @peggyd @HeartPatches @martishka @twptrustrek @success101 @frank4848 @prescott @nadine66 @donnelson @predictable @audree @grandmajan @patinhou, and others will return with their insights.

@gloria242, how do you manage the hypertension and afib currently?

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@gloria242

Good night. I have atrial fibrillation since December 2015. Been to a number of doctors. Been put on blood thinners, tambacor and lopressor. The afib attacks have increased over the past few months resulting in many visits to the er. I have been recommended for abalation however the doctor said I’m not a good candidate because I can’t tolerate the blood thinners. I am 62 and has diabetes. I also have one of my thyroids removed. I’m post menoposal. Had my appendix removed six months prior to the onset of the afib.
Help!! Can anyone give me some insight or direction to take.
Thank you.

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@gloria242

Good night. I have atrial fibrillation since December 2015. Been to a number of doctors. Been put on blood thinners, tambacor and lopressor. The afib attacks have increased over the past few months resulting in many visits to the er. I have been recommended for abalation however the doctor said I’m not a good candidate because I can’t tolerate the blood thinners. I am 62 and has diabetes. I also have one of my thyroids removed. I’m post menoposal. Had my appendix removed six months prior to the onset of the afib.
Help!! Can anyone give me some insight or direction to take.
Thank you.

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Hello @terryfrye,

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@terryfrye, what was it that brought you to the Afib discussion, in the Heart & Blood Health group?

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@kanaazpereira

Hello @gloria242,

Welcome to Connect. You will see that I moved your message to this discussion so that you can meet other members like you who are worried about what is to come. I encourage you to read through the past messages here, and I’m certain that @peggyd @HeartPatches @martishka @twptrustrek @success101 @frank4848 @prescott @nadine66 @donnelson @predictable @audree @grandmajan @patinhou, and others will return with their insights.

@gloria242, how do you manage the hypertension and afib currently?

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Hello, I control my blood pressure with zestfil. However recently it has been difficult to control with the frequent afib attacks. I don’t know if its the afib triggering the spike I blood presume rises or is it the blood pressure that is triggering the afib. I am currently taking aspirin to help with thinking of the blood. I discontinued the blood thinners because of the side effects, such as bleeding and low iron content. Also since taking the blood thinners, I have had issues with urinating and going to the toilet.

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Hi I’m new on here. I’ve been diagnosed with Afib about 7 months ago. I get tacycardia which is fast heart beat at times or flutter. I’m exhausted most of the time. Can you tell me what people do about this? It is a bit scary. I am on Eliquis 2.5 mg. 2 x a day also. But because of my fear of hemharage. I take mine 1 every other day. I’m not recommending it. Of course do as you cardiologist says to do. That’s just me.

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@carnes

Hi I’m new on here. I’ve been diagnosed with Afib about 7 months ago. I get tacycardia which is fast heart beat at times or flutter. I’m exhausted most of the time. Can you tell me what people do about this? It is a bit scary. I am on Eliquis 2.5 mg. 2 x a day also. But because of my fear of hemharage. I take mine 1 every other day. I’m not recommending it. Of course do as you cardiologist says to do. That’s just me.

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Hi @carnes. Really glad you’re checking in every few days with developments in your a-fib challenge.

For more information, go to mayoclinic.org and search for “cardioversion for atrial fibrillation”. Lots of articles will come up. “Ablation” is another type of treatment that is common. That will come up in search results if you search for “ablation for atrial fibrillation”.

As to Eliquis, doctors ordinarily want you to follow their instructions on taking medication. The potential for your heart to generate blood clots while your atrium is fluttering is the reason for taking an anticoagulant. My choice is Warfarin (Coumadin), because there is an antidote available to restore coagulation if its ever needed to stop you from bleeding from an injury. I have been taking Warfarin (7.5mg per day) for over two years and ensuring its proper coagulation with a lab test once every eight weeks.

I’m also taking Carvedilol to help reduce erratic heart beats, as you probably know from one of those discussions. I haven’t undergone cardioversion or ablation, but I have a friend who has received both treatments, and when I saw him last week, he was in fine fettle with plenty of energy.

I think your doctor will explain whether a recoagulant (antidote) is advisable in your case, given the fact that Eliquis is your medication, and how to deal with bleeding if it occurs. Martin

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@carnes

Hi I’m new on here. I’ve been diagnosed with Afib about 7 months ago. I get tacycardia which is fast heart beat at times or flutter. I’m exhausted most of the time. Can you tell me what people do about this? It is a bit scary. I am on Eliquis 2.5 mg. 2 x a day also. But because of my fear of hemharage. I take mine 1 every other day. I’m not recommending it. Of course do as you cardiologist says to do. That’s just me.

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Dear predictable; What is ablation or cardioversion ? This is carnes . Hope your doing well. Thank you for responding. Shar

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@carnes

Hi I’m new on here. I’ve been diagnosed with Afib about 7 months ago. I get tacycardia which is fast heart beat at times or flutter. I’m exhausted most of the time. Can you tell me what people do about this? It is a bit scary. I am on Eliquis 2.5 mg. 2 x a day also. But because of my fear of hemharage. I take mine 1 every other day. I’m not recommending it. Of course do as you cardiologist says to do. That’s just me.

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Sorry I’ve been missing a couple of days @carnes. Hope you’re doing OK. In answer to your questions:

Cardioversion is performed when your heart is beating ineffectively. Cardioversion is usually done with electric shocks, administered through electrodes attached to your chest, while you’re sedated. Electric cardioversion takes less time than cardioversion done solely with medications, and your doctor can instantly see if the procedure has restored a normal heartbeat. If your doctor recommends cardioversion with medications to restore your heart’s rhythm, you won’t receive electric shocks to your heart. Here’s a link:
http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/cardioversion/details/why-its-done/icc-20336889
Ablation is a procedure used to treat an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia) that starts in the heart’s upper chambers (atria). It works by scarring or destroying tissue in your heart to disrupt faulty electrical signals causing the arrhythmia. Here’s a link:
http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/atrial-fibrillation-ablation/home/ovc-20302606
Can you discuss these with your cardiologist?
Martin

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@colleenyoung

Welcome to Connect @prescott. I moved your message to this discussion thread about called Questions about AFib where you’ll meet @twptrustrek @irishblueileen @billmichalski @martishka @peggyd @nadine66 who have also been talking about afib and ablations. I’d also like to introduce you to @predictable and @cynaburst who will join me in welcoming you.

Many here in the Heart & Blood group have similar questions and concerns as you have expressed here. You may also be interested in reading and posting to these threads:
– How does a person develop skipped heart beats? http://mayocl.in/28U8QNs
– Should I consider ablation? http://mayocl.in/28ReaNr

Prescott, what medication are you taking at the moment? What lifestyle changes have you had to make?

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I fell a year ago and fractured my hip. I found out then that i have afib.i am 81and had always been active and healthy. Now i am on a walker and dont ger arround to well. I take eliquis.So far no problems with it. My left ankle started swelling and found i had dvt. That’s why I was given eliquis. I tire very easy so not much exercise. I have also been very depressed and dont like to be alone. Any advice?

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You r not alone. I have Afib just learned and the same symptoms you have. I have many other illnesses too. I’m 71 today 8/26/17. I’m in a program that keeps me busy. It helps me eat healthy. I’m not really able to exercise much. I’m also learning about life and death in a good happy way. Mostly right at home on the phone. If your interested let me know. A wonderful way to meet good hearted people, in this day and age are few and far between. Sharon C. From Jersey

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@colleenyoung

Welcome to Connect @prescott. I moved your message to this discussion thread about called Questions about AFib where you’ll meet @twptrustrek @irishblueileen @billmichalski @martishka @peggyd @nadine66 who have also been talking about afib and ablations. I’d also like to introduce you to @predictable and @cynaburst who will join me in welcoming you.

Many here in the Heart & Blood group have similar questions and concerns as you have expressed here. You may also be interested in reading and posting to these threads:
– How does a person develop skipped heart beats? http://mayocl.in/28U8QNs
– Should I consider ablation? http://mayocl.in/28ReaNr

Prescott, what medication are you taking at the moment? What lifestyle changes have you had to make?

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Hi @faith123,

I’m sorry to learn about your symptoms. As we grow older, the process is not always so idyllic, as is often portrayed! Events like the fracture and afib diagnosis can take a heavy toll on your emotions.
I actually found a published study that states,”Atrial fibrillation (AF) prevalence increases with age, making it the most common arrhythmia in patients older than 65 years.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4630199/

I’m tagging our volunteer mentor, Teresa, @hopeful33250 who also started a discussion, which I would encourage you to read:
Happiness a One Week Journey: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/happiness-a-one-week-journey/

@faith123, you mentioned you “don’t like to be alone.” May I ask if that’s due to the fear of falling again? Or, as I can well relate to, you don’t like feeling “lonely?”

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@colleenyoung

Welcome to Connect @prescott. I moved your message to this discussion thread about called Questions about AFib where you’ll meet @twptrustrek @irishblueileen @billmichalski @martishka @peggyd @nadine66 who have also been talking about afib and ablations. I’d also like to introduce you to @predictable and @cynaburst who will join me in welcoming you.

Many here in the Heart & Blood group have similar questions and concerns as you have expressed here. You may also be interested in reading and posting to these threads:
– How does a person develop skipped heart beats? http://mayocl.in/28U8QNs
– Should I consider ablation? http://mayocl.in/28ReaNr

Prescott, what medication are you taking at the moment? What lifestyle changes have you had to make?

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Hello @faith123

I am sorry to hear that you are struggling with loneliness and health problems, that is a difficult combination. Sometimes the meds we take for health problems, like A-fib, can cause their own set of emotional symptoms as well. I recently spoke to a doctor about some problems I was having with a med that he had added to slow down my heart rate and he changed the med to another and many of the symptoms eased up considerably. I would suggest that you call your doctor’s office and tell them how you are feeling, both physically and emotionally, and ask if there are any changes in meds that might help you.

In the meantime, please read through Happiness A One Week Journey, it is very helpful in putting into perspective many of the bumps along life’s road.

Teresa

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@colleenyoung

Welcome to Connect @prescott. I moved your message to this discussion thread about called Questions about AFib where you’ll meet @twptrustrek @irishblueileen @billmichalski @martishka @peggyd @nadine66 who have also been talking about afib and ablations. I’d also like to introduce you to @predictable and @cynaburst who will join me in welcoming you.

Many here in the Heart & Blood group have similar questions and concerns as you have expressed here. You may also be interested in reading and posting to these threads:
– How does a person develop skipped heart beats? http://mayocl.in/28U8QNs
– Should I consider ablation? http://mayocl.in/28ReaNr

Prescott, what medication are you taking at the moment? What lifestyle changes have you had to make?

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I am 75 and counting i am a bradycardia afiber
I have the same demons as most afibbers have
Anxiety. Anger. Depression . tenseness.etc.
I have had two ablations
One stent
One angioplasty
One cath explor
5 cardioversions
And im still alive and active
I eat only heart healthy foons and i pay attention to portionons
I walk walk walk and then walk again
I do not vegatate
I try to do any physical task between 8am and noon
I get out of the house daily to break up my day
I take pradaxa. Lovaza. Altace. Lipitor. Vitamin d. Qunol. And a multi vitamin
I have the normal old age aflictions
I have palpatations and skipped beats
The best thing that i can offer is you are not alone
Do as much as you can to set and meet gaols and feel that you are doing your best to meet them as best you can
Priortize and if your list is 10 items be satisfied if you do the only 3 as these were the most important on the list and revise the list for tommorow and begin the attack agagi and you will gain confidence and satisfaction
That brings strength and fulfillment
Try to keep the mind busy and thth will give you relief and calming
Besr to all
REK

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@colleenyoung

Welcome to Connect @prescott. I moved your message to this discussion thread about called Questions about AFib where you’ll meet @twptrustrek @irishblueileen @billmichalski @martishka @peggyd @nadine66 who have also been talking about afib and ablations. I’d also like to introduce you to @predictable and @cynaburst who will join me in welcoming you.

Many here in the Heart & Blood group have similar questions and concerns as you have expressed here. You may also be interested in reading and posting to these threads:
– How does a person develop skipped heart beats? http://mayocl.in/28U8QNs
– Should I consider ablation? http://mayocl.in/28ReaNr

Prescott, what medication are you taking at the moment? What lifestyle changes have you had to make?

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Inspiring !!
Do you take anything for AFib besides blood thinner ?
I am on Tikosyn and Eliquis. Think I am going to plan an ablation with Natale in Austin as soon as I can get in ( may take a while!)
Hate taking Tikosyn but it has worked to keep demon AFib at bay for a year .
Have been having lots of pacs lately – annoying –
Thank you for great post , Best , Didi

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@audree

Did your cardiologist explain the cardioversion procedure? I was an emergency Afib patient on July 24, 2015 and was cared for by an emergency doctor. He had me on cardizem 360 and lasix 160 and coumadin. I was miserable with hugely swollen legs (plus 3) and still in Afib. That doctor told me to go through the scheduled hip replacement surgery in Afib and then get a cardioversion later. When I saw my own cardiologist one month later (August 27th) in a different hospital and city he told me no surgeon would perform on a patient in Afib and I’d have the cardioversion immediately (September 11, 2015.) It was successful, heart back in rhythm, and I then had surgery October 19, 2015. I was 86 years old then and did not flip back into Afib during the surgery. You may want to ask your cardiologist if you are a candidate for cardioversion. If not, why not?

I got off the coumadin after 10 months because it was not compatible with my food requirements and I now take Pradaxa since May 10, 2016. Pradaxa has an excellent antidote and I have seen no side effects from taking it except it costs much more than coumadin. Report is that they are backing off of coumadin now because it can take up to 72 hours to stop bleeding. Much too long for safety.

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I also take eloquis 5mg 2x d and diltiazem240 mg1a day lipator and losartan

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