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Perhaps you could use an AliveCor device. It can register both Afibs and PVCs. I had PVCs regularly at 10/minute for quite a while. Then in 2015 they decided to get a little bit more frequent. It was the blood bank that spotted them, BUT called them only skipped beats. When they were checked by a cardiologist in 2013 he claimed they were harmless and at 10/minute not so bad, except that the blood was getting stuck inside my heart and in 2015 I began having signs of heart attack; profuse sweating, bad fatigue, sleeping for 2 hours after work, shortness of breath, fuzzy brain work. That was when they had increased to 20/minute.
When they got to the point of causing all those problem, mimicking a heart attack, my GP sent me to get one test, can't recall which one now, then to see a cardiologist who ordered the Angiogram on a Tuesday, and I had the Quad on Friday of same week, BUT…still had the PVCs. So about 3 months later I had the ablation. Best decision. Though I still get the occasional PVC they rarely show up in my AliveCor readings.
If you get one take it to your Cardiologist and ask what to look for. The PVCs will look like little beats close to the previous one followed with a long gap when the beat returns to normal.
I have recorded only 2 Afibs in the 4.5 years I've had mine and the devise will let you know you are having AFIBs. It helps you tell the cardiologist the number of times you are in AFIB or having PVCs.
I had those until I had my heart procedure. If you are not getting enough blood to your head you will probably have those ocular migraines.
I've provided a links to the articles that I read.
Not really a migraine. No headache. Apparently a twitchy irritated retina.
I had no cardiovascular problems and exercised regularly running, climbing stairs, burpees, bicycling, etc for many years. A Dr found I had an irregular ECG around age 75 but I didn't think I had any heart problems so I didn't follow up with a cardiologist. Around age 80 I was diagnosed with afib and it has gotten steadily worse till now at age 85. Exercise is a trigger for me and I haven't been doing much strenuous activity at all lately. I do not purposely exercise; only gardening, and walking or biking short distances. My cardiologist and electrophysiologist recommend that I do not take an ablation risk because I do not have any symptoms like fainting, dizziness, etc. I believe that paying attention to your lifestyle and symptoms as the disease progresses and adapting accordingly will work. Everyone has different health conditions, symptoms and lifestyles, so the best solutions are varied accordingly.
I have afib frequently; the last two afib occurances were about 4-5 days/episode with a 3-4 day break with no afib between episodes. I am now thinking I can live with continuous afib if it happens; before I tried hard to avoid afib and rested a lot when in afib, but not so much now. Find good honest doctors which are interested in solving your problems, not making more money. I do take many supplements including magnesium and potassium and blood thinning supplements. I also take 2.5 mg eliquis, and 1/2 adult aspirin when in afib.
Some research on extreme exercise and afib:
The problem with AFIB is the heart is not pumping the blood around for you. I do think you might need the ablation, but, due to your age the Docs are rather hesitant lest they cause far more damage than good.
Keep taking care of your self; rest, keep up your lifestyle as some exercise is better than none.
Occular migraines do not always cause pounding headaches, nor do they cause the pressure observed with the other types of migraine. Having been a slave to them for about 15 or so years I can testify that I did not always get the pain associated with migraines though I did get the visual auras and even sometimes lost my vision completely and saw only blackness.
Each time I simply used some homeopathic remedies to allow my veins to dilate and then followed with several cups of tea to cause even constriction of same. Later, when I had the heart procedure the migraines almost completely disappeared and have had only 2 in 4.5 years as the blood was actually getting to my head due to cleared out arteries.
It's only happened to me twice in my life. And the opthalmologist specifically said retina irritation. I had no other symptoms. No aura. No blackness. Just at the edge of one eye like looking through a kaleidoscope.pieces breaking apart.
I have the kardia monitor. Also have a YAMAY Smart Watch, $46 on amazon- great value!, which gives me my continuous bpm and history which lets me know when I am exerting too much, etc.
Ya know your description of the visual is exactly like mine and the ophthalmologist called them ocular migraines.
hello sue 225, this is called "scintillating scotoma". you will find the description , wenn you google it, it can happen in one or two eyes. it belongs to the migraine auras. , not necessarly followed by headache.