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Thu, Apr 9 9:02am · How do you accept change as you age? in Aging Well

I totally agree with you. Use it or lose it! Two years ago, I retired to the mountains of North Carolina. It was not what I had planned. I had wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail, but ran into knee problems. The isolation of living by myself in the Mountains got to me! I made no new friends there. Then my mind drifted to an old pipe dream. A year ago I moved here to Leipzig Germany. Flat as a pancake but, with miles and miles of walking trails, and green space. When I first arrived my knee was so bad, I could only hobble. My third floor walk up, did not help. But I kept with it. I walked every day, pain be damned! Slowly my pain subsided. I now easily walk four miles a day. My Cholesterol levels have gone back to normal! My Blood Pressure is well within the normal range. I have new friends who I socialize with ( well, not right now ) I am still taking my walks however, with only my furry best friend. He like me, has managed quite well, with the long walks. Yes, as we age we are not what we were thirty or forty years earlier. However I belive as you do. That if you persevere, and do as much as you can, your life will be a lot more productive. Oh yes, my age. I will turn 72 in another month. The knee has not bothered me for months, and I am able to walk up the stairs if I choose, to my ninth floor apartment!

Sat, Mar 28 10:34am · Premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) in Heart Rhythm Conditions

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

Sat, Mar 28 10:07am · Heart Palpitations in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I too have had similar experiences. My doctor likewise has brushed it off. I have read where there is a connection, via the vagus nerve which can be stimulated and cause palpitations. Google it, you will find there is a lot of information about the connection. I was recently weaned off Metoprolol, and have experienced both palpitations and a fast heartbeat. However there seems to be a connection with eating. I have only gotten those symptoms, when I had eaten a large meal, and like you had to burp a lot. On days where I ate a salad for dinner, or a less filling meal, I had none.

Apr 14, 2019 · 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?

Jan 18, 2019 · 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.

Jan 17, 2019 · 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 · 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.