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Sat, Mar 28 9:50am · Should I consider ablation? in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I am an 82 year old male in good health and condition and have been having afib for about one year and 19 occurances The most recent month I have had 4 occurrences and the last one lasted 17.5 hours. I have been hoping to figure out what is causing it; too many supplements, stress, sleep, diet, etc., but am not having any luck so far. I have heard that a new trend is to use ablation instead of medication. When should I consider medication and/or ablation since afib is probably causing heart damage?

Thu, Feb 13 12:33am · Heart Rhythm Conditions – Welcome to the group in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I have the kardia monitor. Also have a YAMAY Smart Watch, $46 on amazon- great value!, which gives me my continuous bpm and history which lets me know when I am exerting too much, etc.

Wed, Feb 12 10:37pm · Heart Rhythm Conditions – Welcome to the group in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I had no cardiovascular problems and exercised regularly running, climbing stairs, burpees, bicycling, etc for many years. A Dr found I had an irregular ECG around age 75 but I didn't think I had any heart problems so I didn't follow up with a cardiologist. Around age 80 I was diagnosed with afib and it has gotten steadily worse till now at age 85. Exercise is a trigger for me and I haven't been doing much strenuous activity at all lately. I do not purposely exercise; only gardening, and walking or biking short distances. My cardiologist and electrophysiologist recommend that I do not take an ablation risk because I do not have any symptoms like fainting, dizziness, etc. I believe that paying attention to your lifestyle and symptoms as the disease progresses and adapting accordingly will work. Everyone has different health conditions, symptoms and lifestyles, so the best solutions are varied accordingly.

I have afib frequently; the last two afib occurances were about 4-5 days/episode with a 3-4 day break with no afib between episodes. I am now thinking I can live with continuous afib if it happens; before I tried hard to avoid afib and rested a lot when in afib, but not so much now. Find good honest doctors which are interested in solving your problems, not making more money. I do take many supplements including magnesium and potassium and blood thinning supplements. I also take 2.5 mg eliquis, and 1/2 adult aspirin when in afib.
Some research on extreme exercise and afib:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5818379/

https://www.google.com/search?q=afib+caused+by+extreme+exercise&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS770US770&oq=afib+caused+by+extreme+exercise&aqs=chrome..69i57j33.16432j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

Wed, Feb 12 6:55pm · Heart Rhythm Conditions – Welcome to the group in Heart Rhythm Conditions

extreme exercise can definitely cause afib, speaking from my own experience and doing research on this topic.

Jan 6, 2019 · Heart Rhythm Conditions – Welcome to the group in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Hi Tom,
high end athletic stress on your heart can cause it. many olympic athletes have it.
best wishes,
Larry

Nov 29, 2016 · Should I consider ablation? in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Thanks for sharing the seriousness of an ablation. Hope that your ablation strategy works out in the long run. More than one ablation may be necessary to solve your afib