I have just been recently diagnosed with atrial fibulation and i am only 25. i do not have any health care nor will i be able to afford it any time soon. i have had this problem since i was 15. as of recently the pains have been increasing, occasional sharp pains, mainly heavy pressure, shortness of breath. when i would laugh at something really funny i always end up coughing. i also have anxiety attacks, mainly b/c i would dwell on the pains in my chest to the point where it consumed my attention until i i would hyperventilate. the palpitaions weren't an often accurence when i was young, but the last 4-5 years they have slowly crept into my everyday life. palpitaions now happen everyhour, everyday, almost everyminute. my blood pressure was at skyrocket levels since i was younger, dropping it by almost half through dieting and excercise, and dropped my colesterol, triglicerides, etc... by more than half as well, except my blood pressure. now i am close to normal. i now take diltiazem, but i read that medications are only effective 30 - 60% of the time, with lowering effectiveness over time with usage. when i was discharged from the hospitol, i felt no different, nor do i now, and i have little faith in my irregular heart beat ever being normal over time with medication. my blood pressure is still too high.my question is about my future.
what can i expect 10 -20 years from now, if i decide not to waiste my hard earned money on medication that won't work, and cannot afford operations that i will probably need in the future?
because i have AF at such an early age, can i definately expect more problems to develope and/or does AF precede certain types of heart desease?
how does my anxiety effect this condition long term and short term?
I want you to go to a search engine and type in [ removed - please do not post search instructions to find websites - if the website is allowed then you can get approval from Moderator1 to post the link - if the website is not allowed then posting any kind of information to find the website may lead to banning ] I also have pa disorder and I also have afib. I had my first pa attack in the military in 68 and I had my first afib attack when I was 35. I am now 60. The one thing I want you to know is that at your age the only thing you might have to worry about is a stroke, but since you are so young that is very unlikely. I was adviced to take a baby aspirin a day when I was your age. See if you can find them coated so they don't cause any stomach problems. These will act as a blood thinner. As I say you are very young, but I also was young at that time. Whether you are having a pa attack or afib, it is just about the most fearful feeling in the world. If you begin hyperventalateing (sp), breath into a paper bag. It will equalize the Oxygen and Carbon dioxide levels in your body,
With the Afib I am sure it comes and goes. Meaning it is not happening all of the time. Don't drink alcohol, chocoltate, any caffine, or anything with caffiene. One thing that can help to stop the aib is to sit on the toilet and attempt to force a bowl movement. I know it sounds silly but for some it will work. It does for a friend of mine, but doesn't for me. If your pulse gets extrememly high 125+, I would have someone to take you to the ER. Otherwise, just lie down and try to let it pass. You really need to see a doctor about both of these, but the one thing I want you to remember is you are not going to die. It just feels like it. If you are overweight begin losing it and also stop smoking if you are do so. - sam
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