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    Old 12-03-2020, 06:31 AM   #1
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    Afib meds and triggers

    Im 73, Had aflutter in 2017. Took diltiazem(180), flecainide(100) and eliquis(5)--twice a day--- and it controlled my symptoms for 2 years. One month ago I had aflutter and afib alternating. Meds didnt get it back into rythm, like before. Had a cardioversion 2 weeks ago . Its back into rythem now. The doc increased my flecainide to 150, twice a day, , diltiazem 240 once a day, and Eliquis (5) twice a day. So far so good. I need to know what to do in order to help prevent recurrance. I was having alot of personal stress during the latest episode. Is stress a known trigger to afib??

     
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    Old 01-19-2021, 02:32 AM   #2
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    Re: Afib meds and triggers

    From what I know, there are no known triggers that can be definitively identified. Believe me when I tell you i don't drink alcohol of any kind, smoke anything or any kind, use drugs, I don't even drink soda, cola, tea, coffee and yet BAM! this stuff hits me from out of the blue, no matter what.

    You cannot prevent a recurrence. There is no such thing. What you might want to do is ask your cardiologist or electrophysiologist about maybe using a beta blocker instead of a calcium channel blocker to see if that might address a-fib or a-flutter (it might address one but not the other). Best of luck.

     
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    Hi MisterBaseball6!

    I hope that you have not had a repeat of your heart rhythm problems!

    I had heart failure back in 1987. I endured frightening heart rhythm problems, chronically high blood pressure, breathing problems and fatigue. I decided that, if I wanted to survive heart failure I needed to get my blood pressure down to much healthier levels.

    To make this brief, I've taken my blood pressure almost 32,000 times, trying to find out what was triggering my high blood pressure. Each time I discovered something triggering higher blood pressure, I often found something that triggered heart rhythm problems.

    I've not had a reoccurrence of high blood pressure or significant heart rhythm problems in over ten years.

    If you are interested, I detailed my experiences back in 2010 in a thread titled: What I have done to survive Heart Failure & AFib with a high quality of life. at the link: https://www.healthboards.com/boards/heart-disorders/742271-what-i-have-done-survive-heart-failure-afib-high-quality-life.html
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