I went into AFIB FEB 2004, and I was in it for about 12 hours as well. I converted back in the hospital, and they sent me home the next day on Toprol XL 50mg, in case I should go into AFIB again my heart rate would stay low. Did they put you on any meds when you left the hospital? like Asprin 325mg, or any beta blockers?
I will say this, when I got out of the hospital after having that, I was constantly in fear I would go back into it again. I quit Coffee, I quit any caffiene I would usually have. I stopped eating any kind of spicy / sugar food and it's been good for almost a year now. If I were you, I would cut the caffeine out totally.. once you are over that initial WANT for the coffee, the cravings will go away. Even cutting down doesn't help because you still have caffeine in you, and caffeine DOES trigger palps / AFIB, especially seeing you already had a AFIB attack..
KNOW this though.. don't EVER let any DR make you feel like your crazy.. you have a right to be concerned and if this DR isn't helping you, I would go see another DR / Cardiologist.. you have the right. I was fortunate enough to get a GREAT Cardiologist that is willing to listen and try me on different meds to stop my PVC's.. I would look into seeing another DR or telling the one you are seeing now how you feel.. you are NOT crazy.. AFIB is a scary thing, I know I went through it.. and I don't want to go through that again, so I know how you feel.
I am not sure about your symtoms now.. the only thing I can think of is maybe it's a side effect to the meds IF he put you on meds. You might have what's called "LONE" AFIB which is small incidents of AFIB where you will get it for a couple min and then go right back to normal.. it's all benign though, and as annoying as it can be, it's harmless if you have a healthy heart.. but I heard Beta Blockers do help. I am sure with your having that AFIB attack that the DR put you on asprin therepy?? I am on 325mg a day just in case I should ever have AFIB again. But I would tell the DR your new symtoms and see what he can do for you.. don't let ANYONE tell you that your crazy.. if you feel this way, its better to be safe about it. You HAVE that right.
I hope it all turns out good for you.. just know that you are not alone, I know how it feels and I have been in your shoes.. let us know how it goes.
Last edited by KarenBeth; 01-21-2005 at 08:50 AM.