In February, my heart went into a-fib. I was taken to ER by ambulance. They put me on a cardizem drip, a quick acting blood thinner, took blood tests and I was admitted. In the morning I had an echocardiogram. Right before the test, my heart suddenly corrected itself so I didn't have to have the procedure where they shock your heart. When the blood tests were in, it was determined that I was receiving too much synthroid. My dose was upped in the last 12 months from 100mcgs to 125. I was put back on 100, given a prescrip for diltiazem cd 120 and .325 aspirin. I also was put on a heart monitor for 6 weeks.
I was not in heart failure. I do have high blood pressure which has been regulated with HCTZ 12.5, Enalapril 2.5 and potassium k-tabs. After 6 weeks there was no indication of more fibrillation although my heart rate went up a few times, but nothing in a pattern. I also went back to .81 mg of aspirin and continued the diltiazem. I was followed until July and no recurrance.
I really want to cut out the diltiazem. The cardiologist told me to stop taking it, and to my surprise told me that it would not stop me from going into a-fib. I wondered why I was taking it at all if that was the case. I felt uncomfortable with just stopping thinking I needed to be weaned off of it, so my primary doctor said take it every other day until my next visit. I started this week and last night, my on night, I had just taken it, I felt like my heart went into fibrillation for about 5 seconds, maybe less.
Now I'm afraid NOT to take it. Could my doctor be wrong about taking the meds every other day? Maybe that's not a good idea. But the cardiologist said I could just stop.
It's really hard. I want to stop, but there's a part of you that gets mentally dependent on the idea the a med maybe saving your life, even if that's totally false.
Except for bp which isn't in the highest range, I'm in pretty good condition. I have a good diet, low-fat, minimal meat intake, fish, not a lot of fatty foods, loads of veggies and fruits. I monitor my salt intake and take supplements. I don't do fastfood, drink soda, but I do indulge in sweets but don't binge. I usually bake what I want and since I don't bake everyday, the amount is limited. I also will have wine or beer but since the event, I keep it to the barest minimum. No more multiple glasses of wine and only on occasion. Up until this a-fib event, I was exercising, but the diltiazem took my energy and will. I normally powerwalk and do pilates.
But I could lose 15lbs. But since taking meds it's really difficult to shed the pounds especially since I'm 64.
This whole thing is very disconcerting. I felt in good health before, but now I just feel lousy and always concerned that my heart will fibrillate.
There's always a lot of knowledgeable people on this board. I'm not looking for a solution from anyone just shared info. I plan to speak with both doctors this coming week about my concerns. Just wondering if anyone has a take that might put my mind at-ease.
Sorry for the long post. TIA
My thyroid is back to regular, but I'm really scared of having another a-fib event. And since I'm in the age group, I know it can happen again.