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Thu, Nov 21 1:30pm · Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation patient wants med management only in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Definitely successful. I take dofetilide, diltiazem, and warfarin to help control my afib – since 2015. I'm 85 – making it risky to have an ablation. I have found that over exertion definitely can bring on an afib attack and avoiding that happening can keep attacks away. Like many, I also avoid alcohol and caffeine and smoking. Good luck to you and finding what you need to do or not do to keep the attacks away.

Wed, Nov 6 8:03pm · Tykosyn use in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Dofetilide is the generic for Tikosyn. Are you sure of what you're taking? I only pay $5 a month for it. Though I definitely have fine insurance. Good luck. Terrific that you had such a good experience.

Thu, Oct 24 10:29am · Pacemaker recipients. in Heart Rhythm Conditions

This is true for so many of use! The heart wants a calm life, no alcohol, no caffeine, no smoking, and not too much stress or too much work. The heart will tell us what is "too much" since we're all different ages and have different health situations. Those of us who are retired with already grown families have an easier time of doing just what the heart prefers! Life is usually hardest for younger people. It's good if we can help them out.

Tue, Oct 22 9:51am · Feeling heart beat, skipped beats through skin in Heart Rhythm Conditions

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?

Sat, Oct 19 5:27am · AF occurence in Heart Rhythm Conditions

"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!

Fri, Oct 18 1:36pm · AF occurence in Heart Rhythm Conditions

When afib begins for me in the evening, it means I've been working too hard. Then if I rest and go to sleep, it will be gone in the morning. But everyone is different.

Wed, Oct 16 8:48pm · AF occurence in Heart Rhythm Conditions

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.

Wed, Oct 16 8:44am · Heart Problems, Cardiac Symptoms, But Test Results Normal in Heart Rhythm Conditions

"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!