Atrial Fibrillation

Anyone here have it? I got diagnosed with it today.

Sounds like what I have. But when I wear the 24 hour monitor it doesn’t happen or when I get an EKG it doesn’t happen. How did they catch yours?

I have a friend that has been hospitalized a few times with it.

His seems to be aggravated by pseudafed. Check with you doctor.

I’ve had panic attack like episodes a couple times a year for many years. I always just thought it was anxiety related. They usually went away after 20 minutes or so on their own. But yesterday it was really bad and wasn’t going away so I went to the E.R. My heart rate, at it’s peak, hit 221 and was very irregular. :shock: They gave me a few different doses of meds to bring it down but they didn’t work so they put me under and used a defibrillator to reset my heart, scary stuff. I’m on a beta-blocker now to control it but I’ll probably end up doing the surgery that they have to cure it called PVA. Apparently it’s low risk and high success rates.

Mine seems to be triggered after a night of drinking. I’ll be seeing the cardiologist next week for more info.

When I was a little kid, I would suffer attacks, where my pulse would shoot up over 250 BPMand I would tell my parents, “something is wrong, I can feel my heart beating!” and they would just laugh and say I was supposed too. I did not know how to describe it. I had my first heart attack at 13 years old and they diagnosed my problems as, P.A.T. and WPW syndrome. They offered my parents surgery, which was relatively new and not real successful,50% or physical therapy to learn how to slow my heart rate myself. After hearing the ways to slow it, I told them I had figured that out by age 6. I don’t know if this is what you have, however PM me and I can tell you how to do it.

PAT is a little different as the rhythm is regular, fast but regular. A-Fib is fast and very irregular, very similar conditions though. I’d be interested to hear your method but when I get these episodes, there is no way I can control it. The docs couldn’t even control it with meds, they had to shock me. You never had the ablation surgery?

BTW, Kenneth, did they ever say that might have been a contributor to your stroke? They say A-Fib, if not corrected within 24-hours, can result in blood clotting in the atrium and when a normal rhythm is back the clot gets flushed out and can cause a stroke.

No, I did not have a stroke, it turned out to be some kind of Palsy, I can’t remember the first part of the name.

My problem is due to having two pacemakers, natural ones not man-made. The other problem causes me to have a very irregular beat. Some on nhere have accused me of faking illness because I claim to have so many heart attacks, but I have them a whole lot, not all are massive cardiac arrest. What I most often have are Mild Mycardial Infarctions. I have had double bypass, and hgad one blocked 100% that they could not fix, then recently I had a stint put in, but had another with 95% blockage that they could not get through to install another stint, so I still have that. Get a second opinion and good luck with it. No, I never had the Ablation surgery. No more surgery for me, my heart has grown onto my sternum and the Doctor, says there is a very great risk of my bleeding to death on the table.They told me after this last Cat Scan, there is a bad Calcium buildup on my heart valves, but I already knew that, I carry a wallet card about it. Hang in there. I’ll be praying for you, Kenn

Thanks Kenn.

You have taken the first step to get through this. The fact that it has to do with your heart it would shake anyone to the bone. I myself have a 30 day monitor on to see how many time my heart is stopping. The good new is if you want to look at it that way, I found out that the chest pain that I am having is because the lining around my heart has attached itself to the lining of my lung. They say when my heart stops and then restarts, it pulls on it. I also found out that I have a valve that is leaking, but not enough for our beloved insurance company to allow for surgery to repair it at this time. Keep your head up and listen to what you are being told to get this corrected.

Thanks Mark. It’s definitely some scary sh!t. Especially since I’m only f-ing 27. Who the hell has heart problems at 27? It is somewhat relieving though because I’ve always had the thought in the back of my mind about a heart problem. At least I know what it is now and it doesn’t appear to be a serious, life threatening condition.

I picked up a heart monitor just to keep an eye on my rate. I’ll see what the cardiologist says this week and follow every word.

Wow, Kevin. :shock:

I really don’t know what to say. From what you’re posted, seems like they can control or fix it, I hope it goes well.

I’ll be praying for you and your family, weather you like it or not. :wink:

Thanks Rick.

My son is 27 and just went through this. although this seems scary at first, it can be corrected through a simple procedure. If you want to talk about my son’s experience, give me a call.

A few years ago, while at work, I was experiencing this strange “hiccup” in my chest almost like my heart was stopping or misfiring. At first I didn’t think anything about it but it was happening on and off for most of the day.

The next day I went to the hospital because I was getting a little freaked out. It turned out to be palpitations which they said were not a concern. Since then I’ve experience it off an on but not as often as that day. It doesn’t bother me at all and disappears after a few seconds. Actually the only time it freaks me out anymore is when I’m running. It’s hard enough when gasping for air while running let alone have your heart add or skip a beat.

Sure…it’s of no concern to them! Go to another DR. Vince, anytime your heart stops, it is a major concern! Stop running until you do so. I ***had ***a friend that was thirty nine with the same problem, who was told the same thing.

Vince is describing PVC imho. See below.

I have known several people with the benign presentation of this arrhythmia.

It’s always good to get a second opinion but Vince’s may be the benign. No one hear is qualified to say either way.

Refer to a qualified professional :wink:

**Summary: Full article here

While PVCs are not dangerous themselves, sometimes they are a marker for underlying cardiac diseases that are dangerous. Thus, if your doctors find a PVC, he or she doctor should evaluate you for possible undiagnosed heart disease. If such disease is found, then instituting optimal therapy often reduces any risk of sudden death.

Patients who have benign but strongly symptomatic PVCs often have a difficult choice to make – living with the PVCs and the palpitations they cause, or trying frequently ineffective and often toxic antiarrhythmic drugs. If drug therapy is chosen, then appropriate precautions can reduce (but not eliminate) the risk of irreversibly bad outcomes.

Now that’s funny Michael…look at what you just said and did! :slight_smile: