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Sun, Jan 27 6:54am · Afib: What causes an episode? What if I don't notice? in Heart Rhythm Conditions

@dfelix, as you get more responses and do internet searches you will find there are many A-fib triggers but what causes the condition in the first place is still somewhat a mystery. In my case it seems to be caused or triggered by an excess of thyroid hormone. I have been hypothyroid (underactive thyroid, not producing enough hormone) to I have taken either Synthroid or a natural desiccated thyroid extract. If one's TSH gets too low, A-fib can result. Although this may not be your problem, it never hurts to have your PCP do a thyroid workup and at least eliminate that as a potential problem. God bless.

Dec 6, 2018 · stopping Carvedilol (Coreg): When will the effects wear off? in Heart & Blood Health

Different medications are metabolized by different genes. I am not sure what gene metabolizes Carvedilol but I think it may be the same one which metabolizes a drug I had problems with – Metoprolol. As it turns out, even though everyone has the gene (CYP2D6), I had a particular variant which meant I did not effectively metabolize Metoprolol. The net result was that, instead of being absorbed and processed, it continued to circulate in my blood stream and could build up as more doses were taken. Thus the effects were multiplied. I had to be given a different drug which worked fine. This may not be your problem, but if you have not had a genetic test I would recommend one. I had my own testing done and had to convince my cardiologist and pharmacist that the drug was not appropriate for me. In fact, I am convinced that doctors and pharmacists should insist that genetic test be done to ensure that medicine can be tolerated by patients.

Feb 14, 2018 · Heart Rhythm Conditions – Welcome to the group in Heart Rhythm Conditions

So sorry, Amber. My A-fib is nothing compared to your situation. Am praying for you…

Jan 28, 2018 · My 3 ways to immediately lower my blood pressure - wine is one in Heart & Blood Health

I have often heard and read that high or low blood pressure is not a disease but a symptom of a basic physiological problem. Address the problem and the symptom will, in all likelihood, correct itself. In a search for the problem I would like to recommend a book that may, in many cases, lead to the source of the problem. The book is “Your Body’s Many Cries For Water,” by Dr. F. Batmanghelidg, M.D.

Sep 3, 2017 · AFib questions in Heart Rhythm Conditions

@oldkarl My Brother, I see you and I are cut from the same cloth. In my opinion far too many folks just go to a doctor and effectively say, “Here I am doc. Fix me.” We must study and learn to manage our own health care. Reading some of your material, I see that you are a faithful student, first of the Bible and secondly of the science (art?) of medicine. I appreciate our medical community but they cannot possibly know it all and they must admit that “we are fearfully and wonderfully made” and one size does not fit all. Thanks for your input.

Sep 3, 2017 · AFib questions in Heart Rhythm Conditions

@twptrustrek Five years without an A-fib incident seems remarkable. One cardio said to me – if you’ve had A-fib, you will have it again – so I suppose most of us are waiting for the other shoe to drop. That being said, I feel very, very good, generally speaking and in fact, except for a few aches and pains and the weakness I mentioned, I feel better than I did 40 years ago. There is nothing fatalistic about the outlook, because I know we serve an All-Powerful, Sovereign God who loves us more than we can imagine. Thanks for your encouragement, and stay well.

Sep 3, 2017 · AFib questions in Heart Rhythm Conditions

@oldkarl @predictable Thanks for your input. Sounds like you both have had much more experience and education in this area than I have. Truth be known, I am not hankering for more experience, unless I can use it to help others as you have.

Sep 3, 2017 · AFib questions in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Would love to have feedback from you A-fibbers. After several serious A-Fib events, having to have my heart stopped and restarted twice, being administered the “paddles” three times in the back of an ambulance, I wound up with a pacemaker and Rx for antiarrhythmic meds and beta blockers. All this started 1-1/2 years ago. The meds (or something) have resulted in the muscle weakness, some visual difficulties and balance issues that often accompany these meds as side effects. The effect on me seems much more sudden and dramatic that might be expected.

Although I remain fairly strong in some respects, I have found that I have zero strength when working with arms extended over my head, as in working on a high shelf or ceiling fixture. My arms, hands and eventually whole body tremble and shake and my arms fall with no ability to keep them raised. One doctor said this that it sounds like a cardiac issue, making me wonder if all my trauma has caused heart damage. Could this be attributed entirely to medicine side effects? Also I have read that this could well be a spinal issue. (I did have a compression fracture of L-1 vertebra two years ago.)

Has anyone had heart, medication or spinal problems that resulted in the kind of weakness I have described above? I am 80 years old, but this came on suddenly after the A-fib trauma events, pacemaker implant and start of the meds, all within a two day period.

Breathlessly awaiting your experience and wisdom. An echo ECG and treadmill stress test are to be scheduled soon.