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Fri, Oct 18 10:41pm · AF occurence in Heart Rhythm Conditions

That's weird that your doc had that reaction to missed beats. I was told that missed beats are very serious because the blood stagnates in one ventricle and forms clots which can break loose when the heart starts beating regular again and then they can cause strokes. The ER doctor didn't mess around when I went in for my tachycardia. He put me on blood thinners and told me I'd be on them for the rest of my life. Every doctor I've seen since then has said the same thing. Missed beats are nothing to mess around with.

Fri, Oct 18 10:37pm · AF occurence in Heart Rhythm Conditions

My AF comes and goes, but it reoccurred also recently, maybe due to family issues. Stress seems to set mine off, as does getting too tired. I can keep it at bay for months if I'm careful, but lately it's back, and it happens at night too. I wake up in the middle of the night almost every night, and lately I can feel my heart miss beats. It feels like it wants to race, but I'm on Diltiazem which keeps it from going crazy. The doc said it's OK if I take magnesium, so I might test a low dose to see if it helps.
I don't think I'll ever get used to this. I was diagnosed in March and it still makes me anxious and sad. Other people who have had it a long time said I will get used to it, but so far I haven't. The worst part for me is knowing it's for life and I'll be on these expensive drugs for life and that I might die if I quit taking the drugs. I hate the dependency and I hate my heart not beating right. But, eventually I hope I learn to live with it all. My family still doesn't get that I have to be careful. They expect me to be as healthy as I was, able to do anything at any time, travel and keep all hours, stay up late, put a lot of stress on me, etc. I'm venting. I can't vent to them because they don't get it. Only people with afib get it.

Sun, Oct 6 12:32pm · Does anyone with AFIB NOT take blood thinners? in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I saw on TV (PBS) that Watchman prevents blood from going into that chamber of the heart where clots tend to form from the heart not beating regularly (because the blood does not get pumped through fast enough). I could be wrong, but that's what I gathered from the short clip. It was on the Sunday morning "Innovations in Medicine" show. You might be able to look it up online.

Sun, Oct 6 12:17pm · Does anyone with AFIB NOT take blood thinners? in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I wouldn't dare. I am too afraid of having a stroke. I know a guy who had a massive stroke. He was only in his early 60s. If his GF hadn't been home he would have died. I've been on Eliquis since March this year + Diltiazem to keep my heart from beating too fast.

Tue, Sep 3 1:41pm · Atrial fibrillation and medication side effects in Heart Rhythm Conditions

It might be too early to tell, but there is a possibility that my afib was caused by levothyroxine. I was on a low dose, but still. Both my GP and my cardiologist thought that might be the culprit so they took me off and one month later my afib quit. Granted I have been on Eliquis and Diltiazem since March, when my afib started like a house afire, but it's interesting that the afib quit so suddenly also, a month, even less, after I quit my thyroid meds. My thyroid level has remained steady since going off it so my GP says not to take it–hope that remains. Eventually I'd like to be able to go off blood thinners and Diltiazem also.
I have a perfect heart otherwise–never any heart problems before this, low BP, etc. The afib started out of the blue in early March with visit to ER and very high heart rate, etc.

Thu, Jul 18 9:29am · Blood thinners for A-fib in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Eliquis = 2.5 mg/day. I went on pantoprozole yesterday though and my symptoms eased up. If you have black stools then you need to see someone, esp if you have stomach pain with it and feel weak.

Wed, Jul 17 9:25am · Blood thinners for A-fib in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I've been on Eliquis since last April and had no problems until I decided to have a beer one night. All was well so the next night I had a small glass of wine (about 3 oz). No problems, so the next night I had another small glass of wine. Now I am afraid I have bleeding in my stomach. I'm not sure yet, but it feels like when I had an ulcer about 10 years ago–pain in the middle of my stomach.
Otherwise, Eliquis has worked for me. I am also on Diltiazem to control my heart rate. I know someone who had a severe stroke and he is lucky to be alive, and he lost part of his vision, so I'd rather take blood thinners than end up like him. My doctors here placed the fear of God in me–stay on Eliquis or take the risk of having a stroke.
As for bleeding risk. I have cut myself since going on Eliquis and I bled a little more than I would have otherwise and the cut took a bit longer to clot, but it did and nothing bad happened. Maybe it's just me and maybe I have more vitamin K in my system than some people (I eat a lot of salads–greens, etc.), but I am not so afraid of a severe bleeding incident now.

Thu, Jun 13 8:32am · Diltiazem in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I am. Are you having any problems with it? I was having multiple unpredictable tachycardia events and it stopped them so I'm very thankful for it. I've been on it since mid-March.