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!

@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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@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 use to be like you. To solve my issue I try not to be under stress which
usually triggers my anxiety attacks. When I use to have my anxiety attacks
I couldn’t drive and mostly stayed at home. I always carry a bottle of cold
water where ever I go to prevent my anxiety attacks. All of this was cause
from my AFIB. I started with Warfin (but I couldn’t control the numbers
when going for weekly bloodtest). I ask my doctor to put me on Praxdaxa
instead of Warfin after time the medication made me sick daily wtih upset
stomach and finally I change over to Xarelto. I’ve been on it over three
years now. I go to the gym every other day and I feel great.

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I too was on Pradaxa and it upset my stomach as well and I have now switched to Xarelto with no side effects. I also had a lot of anxiety over my SVT (rapid heart rate- 220 BPM) and Afib and I learned how to do Autogenic Training and Progressive relaxation and it helped enormously. Even when I was in emergency, hooked up to monitors having an episode I was able to relax myself and lower my heart rate by 20-40 BPM. Even though I always needed med to convert to sinus I was a lot calmer than I had been in the past.
Best of luck, martishka

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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 @frank4848. Welcome to Connect! We are so glad to have you here.

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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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Welcome aboard, @frank4848. Your reference to anxiety attacks renews a previous conversation that some of us “newbies” weren’t around for. Can you tell us more about what you experienced from anxiety? Has your doctor suggested that Xarelto made your AFIB better, or do you think something else (beyond controlling stress) has steadied your pulse rate?
Martin

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@jhoffmanj

Hello, new to group. I am 80. Four years ago had afib to point that I need catheter ablation. OK for two years, another ablation procedure. No current afib. However I have been diagnosed with enlarged heart. I have been active all my life. High school and college sports, infantry officer for seven years and marathon runner. My problem now is fluid developing in my one leg and ankle. I have water pills which my cardiologist told me to take only as needed. My latest LVEF is 50%. I am concerned about this fluid issue. Comments please. PS I guess I have CHF, which is hard for me to realize.

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thanks for moving my message to discussion thread.

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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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Yes

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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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Back in 2005, my primary doctor did ekg on me and he then discovered my irregular heart beat and referred me cardiologists. They ran some test me and discovered that I have AFIB. The funny thing about it I notice back in 2000 I started to experience quite alot anxiety attacks at work, while driving, flying, even riding the elevator. My doctor asked me if I wanted to be on medication and I told him no. I tried to manage it on my own all those years plus the daily stress I’ve notice trigger my anxiety attacks.. I’m currently taking Benazepril, Atorvastatin, Xarelto. About two months ago my cardiologist took me off Atenolol because of my slow heart beat. If my heart beat stays slow heart beat, I probably going to have a pacemaker. Now that I am retired I don’t experience as much anxiety attacks.

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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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@frank4848, when my second-opinion cardiologist reviewed my Coumadin prescription, he explained about Xarelto and Pradaxa, saying the three drugs are essentially preventive in purpose — guarding against formation of clots in the upper atrium chambers that were at least partly immobilized by Atrial Fibrillation. He said we would have to look for other medications to relieve the A-Fib itself. I have been on a beta-blocker for the past month, chosen because of its two-pronged benefits: first, alleviating hypertension and, second, adjusting my heart function (including slowing its pulse rate). If you’re not taking a third medication (as I am), I’d sure appreciate knowing what your secret is for alleviating the symptoms of A-Fib.

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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’m interested in the fact that so many have had good results with Xarelto. I was unable to manage with Xarelto because of the dizziness.So I’m on Warfarin and Solitol. I have checkups with the coag lab every 2-4 weeks, depending on the results. So far, so good. I know that Xarelto has an antidote if ;you should have a massive bleed. For along time they did not have one and that’s why there are so many lawsuits, mostly group suits. (advertised regularly here on TV). Goes to show that not everyone is the same and there is no one size fits all.

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