As a skinny person, I feel my heart beat around my body all of the time. Have you lost any weight lately that you now notice this?
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"Missed" beats or "skipped" beats mean different things when seen on an EKG. They could be harmless, not really missed, but a space after an early beat. Usually doctors don't worry about these. If they mean afib, then the doctor wants to prevent clots and gives a blood thinner. That's why it's always good to see your doctor and get an accurate diagnosis. Twenty years of treatment for afib is a good investment if you're avoiding a stroke. Check to see if you are taking medications if there are cheaper generic ones. My 3 meds cost $15 per month. This is acceptable for lifetime health. (I've been treated for afib for almost 5 years. The condition can be okay with good treatment. Families may wish that we were getting younger instead of older, but dealing well with a medical issue always pays off in the long run. If you need more rest or a change in habits, go for it!
Do you mean that you wake up with it? I discovered that if I get up at night, I was jumping up too soon to a standing position–that may have created the switch to afib. Because now I sit up slowly, let my heart get used to that, and then slowly go to a standing position. So far this has prevented morning afib after the alarm rings.
"Be your own best friend" Definitely, and remember that every doctor has lots of patients. You are the only one who can specialize in yourself and learn about yourself in ways that the doctors don't have time to. Be your own advocate and your own supporter. That's a win-win way to deal with problematic situations!
A number of not important flutters can happen and are okay. My experience with afib is that, your pulse will never hold low as 76-80, it will be going up and down, never staying low until you are in Normal Sinus Rhythm. In order to get back to normal rhythm, one possibility is the electric shock, another possibility is having a drip to help it along and simply waiting. Now I don't go to the hospital, and afib leaves in 7-10 hours, same as it did in the hospital (I rest the whole time). I know I am in afib because my pulse is almost impossible to take, it feels like a grand flutter. If I use the home blood pressure device, it reads as a high pulse, perhaps 138-145-175.
Your possible 3 day hospital stay was if you were being started in Sotalol (or Dofetilide.) They both require the hospital stay to see if they give you bad reactions. Mine didn't and I have taken Dofetilide for 4 years. Curious that no one has given you an EKG, regular practice for afib patients, in or out of afib at that time.
One trigger for my afib is more hard work than expected. If you lost so much weight, you must have a lot of ability to work hard, hope you're also giving yourself time to rest. Good luck!
Your experience is interesting. If your heart rate went into natural rhythm completely in 15 seconds, that's great. My experience watching the monitors during afib is that the heart rate goes up and down until it finally goes into "normal sinus rhythm" (I think is the term.) Yes I was also given intravenous Diltiazem in the 3 times I went to the hospital with afib. They also gave me prescription for Diltiazem, which I've been taking for 5 years. I'm 85 and it takes about 7-10 hours for my afib to calm, with a drip, or at home without. Perhaps it's different for younger people. Interesting how doctors vary – just as much as we patients do.
If you read about afib, you'll see that doctors might treat with anti-rate drugs like Diltiazem or anti-rhythm drugs like Tikosyn (Dofetilide) or both (my experience.) Or neither, like your experience. Hope that all is well with you now. I've just found that too many meetings or work can bring on afib for me, age 85.