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Did you know that the average heart beats 100,000 times a day? Millions of people live with heart rhythm problems (heart arrhythmias) which occur when the electrical impulses that coordinate heartbeats don’t work properly. Let’s connect with each other; we can share stories and learn about coping with the challenges, and living well with abnormal heart rhythms. I invite you to follow the group. Simply click the +FOLLOW icon on the group landing page.

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@rianders

My wife has been diagnosed with Bradycardia. I would like to get a feeling for roughly how urgent her care needs to be. In the last 2 weeks her heart rate has been in the 40’s when exercising with dizziness & fatigue. I read “she may need a pacemaker immediately but can wait 3 days”. Mayo says wait a week for an appointment after a video visit. What should we do – get immediate help locally, wait a ~week for an Mayo appointment or wait to see if the symptoms continue ? Thanks Rianders

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Hi Rianders, that is a difficult decision and not something I'm qualified to answer. Did you already have a video consult with Mayo Clinic?

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Hi, my name is lOvelyday4,
I got Afib in 2016 Now my Dr. tells me I need to probably get a pacemaker because my heart rate is staying too low. I get tired easily and out of breath easily. The thought scares me. I am 80 yrs old. I guess I am lucky I made it this far. I am on Eliquis. No other problems with the Afib. Is there anyone else new to a pacemaker?

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Hi, Lovelyday4 (@lovelyday4). I have had Afib for 5 years, and it's asymptomatic, but I don't have a Pacemaker nor has it been suggested. However, I have two close friends with one. A brother-in-law had one installed 10 years ago, and it was replaced (updated) last year; he is very active in his mid-70s, traveling around the world, often with his wife and two bicycles they use to travel miles a day in foreign lands. The other friend had one installed three months ago after he experienced symptoms like you describe. Three weeks ago, he returned to our bowling team and shows every likelihood of being his old expert self, averaging 170 and enjoying every weekly match. He is just past 70. I'm 86 and bragging this week that I started out Tuesday with a 233 game! Martin

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@predictable

Hi, Lovelyday4 (@lovelyday4). I have had Afib for 5 years, and it's asymptomatic, but I don't have a Pacemaker nor has it been suggested. However, I have two close friends with one. A brother-in-law had one installed 10 years ago, and it was replaced (updated) last year; he is very active in his mid-70s, traveling around the world, often with his wife and two bicycles they use to travel miles a day in foreign lands. The other friend had one installed three months ago after he experienced symptoms like you describe. Three weeks ago, he returned to our bowling team and shows every likelihood of being his old expert self, averaging 170 and enjoying every weekly match. He is just past 70. I'm 86 and bragging this week that I started out Tuesday with a 233 game! Martin

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thank you , Predicable. That was nice info. I've talked to a few more people and they said the same that I would feel so much better afterward. I use to bowl too. Years ago. Good for you on your 233……

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@lovelyday4

Hi, my name is lOvelyday4,
I got Afib in 2016 Now my Dr. tells me I need to probably get a pacemaker because my heart rate is staying too low. I get tired easily and out of breath easily. The thought scares me. I am 80 yrs old. I guess I am lucky I made it this far. I am on Eliquis. No other problems with the Afib. Is there anyone else new to a pacemaker?

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Hi, LOvelyday4, . I to have a fib that is mostly asymptomatic. Am on Eliquis, flecainide, and Metoprolol. My pacemaker was implanted in April after fainting episodes due to a very low heart rate. My cardiologist indicated that my pulse would dip to 33 at night and that I also had “pauses” of up to 4 seconds with no pulse, which were the cause of the fainting. My new pacemaker is dialed in to keep my pulse at an even 60 BPM, no more fainting and I can do hiking biking and other activities as I wish. There are some restrictions on movement and lifting in the weeks following the implant, but after that, the pacemaker has been mostly doing its job invisibly, with no problems. I highly recommend it, I might be dead now if not for the pacemaker. I am now on track for a Watchman device, as soon all of the unvaccinated Covid patients clear out of the hospital and they are able to resume procedures like Watchman devices. I hope that this is helpful.

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@fiddlinchuck

Hi, LOvelyday4, . I to have a fib that is mostly asymptomatic. Am on Eliquis, flecainide, and Metoprolol. My pacemaker was implanted in April after fainting episodes due to a very low heart rate. My cardiologist indicated that my pulse would dip to 33 at night and that I also had “pauses” of up to 4 seconds with no pulse, which were the cause of the fainting. My new pacemaker is dialed in to keep my pulse at an even 60 BPM, no more fainting and I can do hiking biking and other activities as I wish. There are some restrictions on movement and lifting in the weeks following the implant, but after that, the pacemaker has been mostly doing its job invisibly, with no problems. I highly recommend it, I might be dead now if not for the pacemaker. I am now on track for a Watchman device, as soon all of the unvaccinated Covid patients clear out of the hospital and they are able to resume procedures like Watchman devices. I hope that this is helpful.

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Thank you, Fiddlinchuck. The info was nice to hear. I only have the tiring easy and the shortness of breath. But my heart rate stays too low. I have seen a few things on Facebook about Watchman . But do not know anything about it. I will check it out further. Thanks again…

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I've been dealing with irregular heart rhythms since my teens. I am now in my seventies. I've had ablations for tachycardia and A-Fib and now take warfarin daily as well as sotalol.

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I just looked at this Mayo Minute which describes red flags pertaining to heart rhythm problems. There is a very informative article as well as a short video. If you have heart rhythm problems or suspect you might take a look at this.
https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-minute-watch-for-these-heart-arrhythmia-red-flags/

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I am Annie Cobb, wife of s heart rythem patient and dangerously high blood pressure

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Hello, my name is Faith, and I am new to the group. I had my first afib episode over two years ago. Then, almost to the day this year, I had another episode, then three days later another episode, then three episodes about two weeks each apart. Each episode, except one at 5M, began between 10pm and 11:30pm – and last about 5 hours each. I began wearing an Apple Watch a month prior to that first episode two years ago. I have been able to track my afibs, and screenshot them to my doctor – which has been helpful. I've had both Pfizer shots (Jan and Feb), and my booster shot about three weeks prior to the first episode this year.)
I am searching for any clues as to why I have these episodes. I am wondering if anyone else might suspect that the Apple Watch could be a contributing factor – electrical impulses affecting the heart electrical system? Also, the effects of the Covid Vaccinations? I have been reading some of the other posts. I am on 5mg Eliquis twice a day, and Metoprolol twice a day.
Hope this isn't too much information, but I am concerned about why I have these episodes, and what causes them. I will continue reading posts to see what others with afib do to mitigate the feelings when they have an episode, and am curious to know if others experience these five hour bouts as I do. Thank you! And best wishes to all afib affected patients.

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@faithshouse

Hello, my name is Faith, and I am new to the group. I had my first afib episode over two years ago. Then, almost to the day this year, I had another episode, then three days later another episode, then three episodes about two weeks each apart. Each episode, except one at 5M, began between 10pm and 11:30pm – and last about 5 hours each. I began wearing an Apple Watch a month prior to that first episode two years ago. I have been able to track my afibs, and screenshot them to my doctor – which has been helpful. I've had both Pfizer shots (Jan and Feb), and my booster shot about three weeks prior to the first episode this year.)
I am searching for any clues as to why I have these episodes. I am wondering if anyone else might suspect that the Apple Watch could be a contributing factor – electrical impulses affecting the heart electrical system? Also, the effects of the Covid Vaccinations? I have been reading some of the other posts. I am on 5mg Eliquis twice a day, and Metoprolol twice a day.
Hope this isn't too much information, but I am concerned about why I have these episodes, and what causes them. I will continue reading posts to see what others with afib do to mitigate the feelings when they have an episode, and am curious to know if others experience these five hour bouts as I do. Thank you! And best wishes to all afib affected patients.

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I have bouts of 2-7 hours about once/year with very high pulse and always end up in ER via ambulance. The pattern you describe seems to point to some sort of trigger. I will not wear an Apple watch for the reason you describe (I am sensitive to EMF). I use a Kardia device. Mine are also at night and I stop eating at 6pm, which has helped. As I wrote elsewhere, there are vagal and adrenal afibs, and one of them does not do well with beta blockers. I will try to find the info. I use diltiazem as needed, so once a year, and nothing else so far.

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Thanks for your response. Sorry to hear about your ending up in the ER. I am trying to find a trigger but nothing is consistent, except that all my episodes, except for one, occur when I lie down to go to sleep. Since 10-14-21, the start of my episodes this year, I have completely quit alcohol, only drink decaf, finish dining by 6pm, lost 4 pounds, and have been very conscious of salt in my diet. I exercise 2.5 miles every day, do weights every other day, in addition to a lot of daily moving around. I am on Eliquis and metoprolol. Had another episode last night – nothing extraordinary during the day that I could perceive as a trigger. I am picking up a 30 day heart monitor at Mayo tomorrow, with a cardiologist visit on 1-25-22. My doctor says danger is not imminent, but I am the one feeling this and it scares me.
Thank again for your response. I am going to look further into emf from my apple watch.

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