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Jan 20, 2019 · Premature atrial contractions in Heart & Blood Health

For me it wasn't about the caffeine but more the taste. So I don't miss the buzz and decaf has come a long way

Jan 20, 2019 · Premature atrial contractions in Heart & Blood Health

I've completely cut out caffeine. I used to drink 3 coffees per day, often Starbucks. The ER staff were having a laugh at my expense a few years ago, because my very first episode of A-fib was triggered by drinking about 40 oz of the strongest Starbucks coffee. I found out later that within an hour I had ingested about 1250 mg of caffeine, equivalent to about a pot of normal coffee. They told me, "You're going to be in here overnight, because that caffeine isn't going to wear off for about 10 hours." So I do still drink coffee, but decaf. I'm thankful that there are more better tasting decaf options out there now, including Starbucks. I'm still working on the sugar thing though.

Jan 18, 2019 · Premature atrial contractions in Heart & Blood Health

Fear can be so debilitating. When I was having episodes of A-fib, I lived in fear for 5 years. Didn't let my wife out of my sight. A catheter ablation cured my A-fib, but the old fear comes back when I have too many PACs/PVCs, because it feels too much like A-fib. I think it's a fearful thing because it is, after all, your heart. I think you can ask your doctor about a catheter ablation if 20% of your heartbeats are PACs. It helps to know that PACs are largely benign. I get relief from fear largely through spiritual means.

Jan 17, 2019 · Premature atrial contractions in Heart & Blood Health

There were no details. I was just reading on a website about causes of PACs and one item listed was screen time with no real explanation. So I'm just wondering if anyone else has heard this, because in all the years and volumes of reading I've done on the subject I've never heard this. I guess I should Google it further. Don't remember the website

Jan 17, 2019 · Premature atrial contractions in Heart & Blood Health

I read recently that too much screen time can induce PACs. Anyone want to comment?

Dec 17, 2018 · Premature atrial contractions in Heart & Blood Health

I agree with scardycat—if you're experiencing these symptoms right now you need to get to emerg or call an ambulance

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

My comment wasn't intended to cast medical staff in a bad light. I have great respect for the profession. My surgeon who performed my ablation was in depend across the country but took time to listen to me and try to understand my issues. I think the difficulty I've experienced in getting answers has to do with the fact that even now A-fib is not understood all that well

Nov 8, 2018 · Premature atrial contractions in Heart & Blood Health

No. Any doctor I've mentioned that to just ignored the question. I think they thought it's just coincidence, but I know it's not. Seriously, most doctor's I've had give me the impression that I don't know anything about my own body. I'm glad to hear some else has had the same thing.