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!

@cynaburst

Many people have had good success with ablations to treat afib. If you are not tolerating well, that might be a thing to try. Where are you located? Do you have any structural abnormalities as well?

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I guess I am a little scare of surgery I am in phoenix az only other thing I have is blood pressure but its under control I do take flecainide for my afib .

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@jhoffmanj

My experience with the ablation procedure has been good. I also have sleep apnea. I use a CPAC device on advice of my electrophysiologist. Two times that I went out of sync was in wee hours of the morning. Since reluctantly using CPAC. I sleep through night. I think the ablation techniques are getting even better.

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I guess I am a little scare of surgery never had to have anything done before plus I hear its a long surgery.I think its more of a metal thing for me.

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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, @prescott. Welcome to this A-fib discussion. My A-fib appeared on an EKG two years ago this month. It surprised me, because I have had irregular heart beats for years without encountering an A-fib diagnosis. My primary physician referred me to a cardiologist who prescribed Coumadin therapy as a defense against wandering blood clots, and that’s my current status. I have no recognizable A-fib symptoms except irregular heart beats on my BP monitor, which I use daily to track my blood pressure (I’m taking two meds for that). I haven’t had to consider ablation, although a close friend has and was doing well when I saw him a couple of months ago. He said the procedure was not unusually troubling.

I notice you are taking Flecainide in a relatively large dosage, along with a blood pressure medication. I’d recommend a detailed talk with your doctor about this. Get a full explanation about the reason for both medications and, especially, about the possibility that the BP med could aggravate the symptoms from Flecainide, as often happens.

Are you under the care of a specialist in cardiology? What are chances of your having a consultation with Mayo at Phoenix or Scottsdale?

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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 been on blood pressure meds for 10 yrs only 5mg lisinpol and 25 mg of atenenol I do see a specialist in cardiology at cvc here in phoenix.I will ask him about the meds though .

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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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@prescott, I wish you well in your discussion with your cardiology consultant. I notice that your BP meds are very modest, suggesting that your BP is not a major threat to you. Also, your Lisinopril is related to kidney functions. I also take Lisinopril, and my BP is treated by my kidney specialist. Both American and international medical societies have raised BP targets twice in the last 7 years for senior citizens. Perhaps you’d consider asking your cardiologist (or your primary physician) about a referral to a nephrologist for a review of your BP targets. Keep us posted on how you are doing.

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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 this is success101

I had my first a fib attack
8 years ago.
Diet has much to do with that.
I can’t eat late evening.
Starts things up.
No rich foods. I too am on
15mg flecanaide and 15 mg
Sorrento blood thinner.
These two drugs seem to be holding.
My twin sister just had severe
Tachardia. Put on rest.
She had an ablation this week
But restricted. Will have chip in her chest for couple of weeks.
I thank God,we are still here
and leading a normal life.
You can also.
Don’t give up.
Duccess101

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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, @success101. I’m glad to hear of the stability of your situation after 8 years of A-fib. Your twin sister’s tachycardia is unfortunate, and I hope the ablation brought it under control. Did it involve her ventricles in any way? Since she’s your genetic twin, do you think this presents you a special opportunity to see whether you have a genetic disposition toward an effective medication? I’m thinking of a test by a specialist in pharmacogenomics (PGx), which looks for medications that are best suited to your unique genetic make-up. Others on the Mayo Clinic Connect have discussed PGx and some have said they benefited from it. Can I help you track it down?

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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 have had afib for many years. For a long time I was on amnioderone but my doctor took me off this because of side affects that are predicted.  I’m now on Warfarin and Solitol and so far (knock on wood) have not gone back into afib.  I have the warfarin checked every 3-4 weeks.

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@colleenyoung

Hi @billmichalski,
Welcome to Connect. Good for you with keeping up the exercise.
I moved your message to this thread so you could connect with other members with AFib. I also tag @Weedy @twptrustrek.

I have to admit, I’d be concerned if the sleeve of the suture is pointing out. Did the doctor say there was nothing to be worried about?

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Success101
My Afib is in control .i had two attacks
And,when my Cardiologist put me on warfarin it was too complicated.
I have been on Zorellto now for over a year.It is working out very well.
Knock on wood. It continues.
I do have serious case of Gerd.
Must be very careful of certain foods.
I feel that can get it going.

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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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Interresting. Yes,i dont know how to track it down. Thankyou success102

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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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Thanks to @dawn_giacabazi , here is a good link to introductory information on pharmacogenomics (PGx).
http://mayoresearch.mayo.edu/center-for-individualized-medicine/pharmacogenomics.asp?_ga=1.114659847.1472789207.1465656936
When the page comes up, there is a link to more details under a doctor’s picture on the right side of the screen.

Let me know whether we need to track down more information.

Martin

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@colleenyoung

Hi @billmichalski,
Welcome to Connect. Good for you with keeping up the exercise.
I moved your message to this thread so you could connect with other members with AFib. I also tag @Weedy @twptrustrek.

I have to admit, I’d be concerned if the sleeve of the suture is pointing out. Did the doctor say there was nothing to be worried about?

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I tried Zorelito and found that i was too dizzy from it to stay with it. I went back to warfrin which so far has worked well.

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