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Old 08-19-2001, 03:33 PM   #1
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Stress related/Atrial Fibrillation

Hi friends..tell me if you think the atrial tach & fibrillation could be caused by stress? Thinking back, when all this began, I was very stressed due to the job etc. That's when the tachycardia began. With medication, that seemed to be under control, then more stress and on into fibrillation. Taking Amiodorone 200mg now for 2 wks..still short of breath when I talk. What do you think? Looking forward to your reply! Thanks again...Pondy in No.CA

 
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Old 09-06-2001, 10:06 PM   #2
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Re: Stress related/Atrial Fibrillation

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Old 09-07-2001, 06:14 PM   #3
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Re: Stress related/Atrial Fibrillation

Hi! I'm not sure about the fibrillation, but anxiety/stress can cause tachycardia. I assume you've had the tests done? What was your diagnosis? Do you also have tachy when you're not stressed? I have paroxysmal atrial tachycardia which just comes out of the blue, which I'm on atenolol for. I'm curious about the fibrillation, too.

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Old 09-07-2001, 08:32 PM   #4
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Re: Stress related/Atrial Fibrillation

Hi Winston & Cat...Many thanks for the notes. I've been on Amiodorone for a month now 9/4, & on 9/5 & each day since..the fib hasn't been that been. Much less episodes. Maybe the medication is beginning to work. Cat, you asked about tach & stress. I can tell you that the other night when I went to bed..watching tv,,no stress whatsoever, the tach started up again. Go figure. I have a follow-up appt with cardiologist on 9/17..I think I've worked up my nerve, that if he wants to admit me this time for the Electro Physiology Study, I'll go for it..I don't like this at all. It limits everything you do!...Often just talking brings on fib..(a blessing for some :-)..will keep you posted. Stay well guy's..it helps to know we're not alone with this doesn't it...Peace & great health!!!

 
Old 09-08-2001, 12:19 AM   #5
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Re: Stress related/Atrial Fibrillation

Hi Pondy! I know what you mean about the tachy--the very first time I had an episode of it I was sitting down watching tv, happy and calm with nothing stressful at all going on in my life and it just hit me out of nowhere. That was when I went to the ER, and was later diagnosed with a Holter monitor. Funny, but when I am under stress I never feel any PVC's or tachy, but when I'm calm, watch out! Good luck and please keep us posted!

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Old 09-09-2001, 03:57 PM   #6
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Re: Stress related/Atrial Fibrillation

Pondy..

Yes, (Paroxysmal) Atrial Tachycardia and Atrial Fibrillation is very, very easily stress related in a lot of cases....


Atrial Tachycardia results when one single cell within your atria is aggrivated and electrically unstable giving it the chance to try to take over and generate the heart beat...Fibrillation is when mutiple cells are like this and all start to fire electrical signals at once. This means there is some electrical instability in your atria, this gets more and more common with age, but is easily triggered in the suspectible heart by caffiene and stimulants and STRESS...stress is almost always one of the triggers to get your atrial tachycardia and fibrillation going.... Also, Allery medication should be avoided...especially Claritin-D, Allegra, Sudafed, Efidac.... But your doctor can give you a better run down than I ever could, I got some med school left before I get anywhere close to being a cardiologist/electrophysologist. And this list goes on, also keep well hydrated and electrolytes in check to keep the arrtyhmias at bay..on top of that with your medication you should be able to combat both those arrythmias well, if not, your doctor should be willing to take a more aggressive step. good luck, keep posting.

 
Old 09-15-2001, 06:14 PM   #7
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Aerosmith,

I sure am glad you're a member of this forum <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/bang.gif"> <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/biggrin.gif">

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Old 09-19-2001, 05:05 PM   #8
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To: Aerosmith...

I'm with Cat...thanks so much for your responses...
I've converted back to Normal Sinus Rhythm exactly one month + one day after starting Amiordorone 200mg each day!!! Saw the cardiologist 2 day's ago & he's stopped the Lanoxin...So thus far, Atenolol, Lanoxin & Coumadin have been dc'd.. Energy level is down...will test with TSH Level after 1st of new yr...
God Bless America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/cool.gif"> Pondy

 
Old 09-19-2001, 08:34 PM   #9
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Re: Stress related/Atrial Fibrillation

Congratulations!

A-fib can be a pain to get out of for some people..and im shocked with all the STRESS us americans have right now with the attacks on the USA and the breaking new of more attacks this weekend from the FBI, and shipping out all our troops for war, and possibility of Iraq helping fund this...blah, blah, blah...not to mention the dealth toll will be final around 6,000...its horrible..anywho, this stresses a lot of us and stress as you know is a major easy trigger for a fib....just be glad its fibrillation up in your atria and not down in your ventricles ;o] ..and keep with the med, im glad to see they dc'd most and your doing well..just goes to show you, what make not work for one, does for another...Good luck, keep safe, and have a good day.

 
Old 09-29-2001, 03:46 PM   #10
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Hi Aerosmith..
Well all I can say at this point is <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/eek.gif"> ! I guess with all the stress since 9/11, a-fib returned with a vengence!..Dizziness, shortness of breath..Back to Cardiologist yesterday 9/28..he said I was going from fib to normal sinus rhythm constantly...I told him enough is enough!!! Been there, done that..let's move forward...sooooooooo, I'm now scheduled for an ablation & pacemaker insertion on 10/9. He showed me the pacemaker..quite small & light..Of course, driving home I have questions I forgot to ask...Would you know what precautions one needs to take with a pacer? ie: are you not suppose to avoid microwaves etc..what else do I need to be aware of...? Appreciate any infor..
Thanks again...
Pondy

 
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