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Sun, Apr 14 10:19am · Premature atrial contractions in Heart & Blood Health

I am currently in Germany and can't find Decaffeinated Tea. I have seen Roobois or South African Red Tea. Has anyone drank this? It's supposed to be both good for your heart, and has no caffeine. Since it is an herb tea, not actually tea, I worry that it could have an interaction with the medication Flecainide that I take daily for Afib. I haven't been able to find any information as to drug interactions for this tea. Does anybody know?

Fri, Jan 18 11:28am · Premature atrial contractions in Heart & Blood Health

Yes, both pac's and pvc's scare me when I have them. Often when I have had afib episodes, it was when I felt a few, panicked and went into full afib. I can tell the difference however between the two. The pvc's actually feel stronger than the pac's and I feel them at the bottom of my chest, whereas pac's feel less intense and I feel them more in my upper chest, near my collarbone. I take Flecainide to ward them off. Most of the time, it works. Doc said no need for an ablation, if they can be controlled with medication.

Thu, Jan 17 9:49pm · Premature atrial contractions in Heart & Blood Health

Not replying to anyone here now. Simply checking in, it's bee awhile. I've been doing pretty good myself and hope everyone else is. The fact that I have been symptom free since the holidays, actually has me nervous. Too much of a good thing? I hope Scarlett got the help she needed, and is doing ok. I see she never checked back. I myself have thrown caution to the wind, and at 70 have decided to do something I have wanted to do for years. I'm making a move across the pond, to Germany. Finally had my Health Insurance approved over there. So figured there are no more obstacles, other than being an old fart. Don't know how much longer I have left, so might as well do something I have always wanted to do. Oh yes, I do have something to reply. I have also read about too much screen time bringing on attacks, but I was given a reason. Spending too much time looking up all this stuff, just adds to our anxiety about it. I know for certain, that anxiety brings this on for me. I'm surprised I'm not having problems now, and don't wish to bring it on myself thinking about it. Perhaps it's because I am happy about making a big decision.

Dec 17, 2018 · PVC’s in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Once again, if your heart is healthy PVC's are totally benign!

Dec 17, 2018 · Afib with Rapid Ventricular Response in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I forgot to mention some important information on my response. Besides the first echo, I was given an Adenosine Stress test after I was discharged from the hospital. It showed a possible minor blockage, so they wanted me to also have a Catheterization. I declined, but a year after experienced a day long episode of constant PVC's. I went to emergency, and once again they admitted me. This time when I was asked about the Cath. I said Ok. I was really afraid of the procedured, turned out it wasn't all that bad and I was semi conscious the whole time. The result surprised my Doc. My arteries were totally clear! He then dismissed the "spot" as an artifact. I still don't know what they mean by that. I had another Stress Test last year and It was OK. He said the reason for the Adenosine Test was because a treadmill test, simply would not get my heart rate to the pointed he needed it.

Dec 17, 2018 · Afib with Rapid Ventricular Response in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Ok, since I have been asked to join the conversation, I will chime in here. In August of 2009 I was diagnosed with Paroxysmal Afib. I awoke at one AM in the morning with my heart beating rapidly and erratically. I had no idea what was happening. I tried to calm down, but nothing happened. I called 911 and was taken to emergency. There they tested my blood, and said both my potassium and magnesium levels were very low. So first they gave me potassium in a drink, and put me on an IV drip with Magnesium. This evidently got my levels up to where they wanted. The afib did not stop, and they gave me a blood thinner. In the morning, they sent me for an echo. They said my heart was healthy, but I was in afib. Scheduled me for cardio conversion, but first said they would like to try a med as it it was preferable if it worked. I agreed and had to sign a waiver. ( I knew nothing about these medications at the time) They gave me a 50mg tab of Flecainide Acetate. Within twenty minutes my afib stopped! They kept me in the hospital for a few days, and then released me. I was taking the Flecainide twice daily along with Digoxin. After about a week, I was feeling very dizzy and weak. My cardiologist ( who originally saw me in the hospital ) took me of the Digoxin and gave me Metoprolol 25 mg instead. I took these along with one 325 mg of Asprin daily. I felt better, but my heart rate went down to around 45BPM and I said that scared me. He then told me to take the Metoprolol in halves twice a day. I gradually started feeling normal again. I took both those meds all that time. Then last year, I started having brief episodes of afib, they were happening almost weekly, so the doctor upped my flecainide to 100mg twice daily. Both my afib and pvc's ( which I have had as long as I can remember ) stopped! Then I moved to North Carolina and had to find a new Cardiologist. He said he saw no signs of afib at all. He continued to keep me on the same meds, although he told me the Asprin did nothing to prevent a stroke. Suggested down the line that I take something else. However, he didn't really seem to believe me that I even felt occaisonal PAC's. He had me wear a monitor for a month. The results he said, showed not one single PAC! I did have some PVC's though which he said were nothing to worry about. He did not like the fact that my heart rate was too low. He took me off the Metoprolol. That was a roller coaster ride. I was having constant PVC's and it was very scary. But within a week they subsided. For what it matters they stopped entirely! I have only had a few since then. He recently had me do another echo. and said it did show a leaky Mitral Valve, but said it was not a big concern as yet. Scheduled me for another in six months. I am currently still taking Flecainide and Asprirn. That is my story.

Dec 13, 2018 · Premature atrial contractions in Heart & Blood Health

Well, here I go once again. I think we are all preaching to the choir. I know all my doctors have told me to stay away from groups like this. They all say it's a lot of misinformation. I have had PVC's since I was in High School. I have always been told they are totally benign even when you are in bigemy or trigemy. Which I have had on and off for a number of years. On the other hand, all the doctors I have seen in the last ten years, when I was diagnosed with Paroxysmal Afib. They have always told me to document any PAC's and all have told me the same thing. PAC's are dangerous and can lead to Afib, whereas PVC's are totally harmless and one need not be concerned about them. This from Swedish Hospital the first time, way back in 1989 and again several times in Florida ( Florida Heart Institute Bayonet Point ). Likewise my Cardiologist here in North Carolina (Duke Medical ) dismissed my PVC's entirely. He was only concerned about my PAC's. So I guess all my doctors have been quacks, as far as this group seems to be concerned.

Dec 11, 2018 · Atrial fibrillation and medication side effects in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I have been taking Flecainide every day, since my diagnosis of Afib back in 2009. I originally was started in the Hospital on 50mg which stopped my afib immediately. In May of 2017 I was experiencing occasional afib episodes, so my doctor upped my dosage from 50mg twice a day, to 100mg a day. It not only stopped my afib episodes but my PVC's ( which I have had since a teenager ) as well. When I moved to another state, my new doctor said I was taking too many pills. I had also been taking Metoprolol 25 mg daily, to lower my blood pressure. My new doc said I didn't need to be taking the Met. so took me off of it. The only side affect I had was when I weaned off of the Met. Had a lot of PVC's as well as PAC's but both stopped soon afterwards. My blood pressure has been normal without it. Honestly I have not noticed any side affects. I do occasionally get depressed, but I blame that on my condition, not on the meds. I would really like to be free of this, but I realize once you have it, you have it for life. I lead a relatively normal active life otherwise. My new doc really seems to think I dont' have afib, because he has never detected a single PAC. Had me wear a holter for a month, said not single one. Yet afterwards I had several short episodes of afib ( I know because I feel them, it's like my heart just jumps all over the place ) PVC's on the other hand feel much stronger to me, and feel like my heart pauses. Sorry for giving too much information. I take only aspirin 325mg daily as a blood thinner. This doc had suggested Elequis, but said since I haven't had any real episodes, it is not needed at this time.