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Re: Arterial Fibulation

Re: Arterial Fibulation

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Posted by Ian Stark on November 29, 2000 at 23:31:22:

In Reply to: Re: Arterial Fibulation posted by John on August 14, 2000 at 14:36:31:

: : : : I am a 50 year old, male, with a family history of heart problems. My father died at the age of 48 of a heart attack. My brother died at the age of 45 from complications from heart problems and I've had 2 uncles die from heart attacks.

: : : : Recently I experienced a dramatic change in my heart rate. I used to jog about 2 miles a day and did this for 20 years. I have not jogged for 3 years or so. My normal heart rate is between 55 and 60. A few days ago I went into arterial fibulation and all of a sudden my heart rate went to around 160 for two days. I entered the hospital and they gave me medication to try to revert my heart rate back to the old rate. On the second day and using the 4th. drug, it finally reverted back! What a relief.

: : : : I have an appointment with a heart doctor to get put on medication that will help to control this new problem in my life. I understand lots of people live very normal lives with this same kind of problem.

: : : : What I would like to find out is does anyone have some ideas where this problem comes from? Is there anyone in this forum that has a similar problem and if so, how do you live with it?

: : : : I know I will get some answers from my doctor, but I just wanted to get a head start.

: : : : Thanks, Jim Skees
: : : : Elizabethtown, Kentucky

: : : Hi Jim,
: : : I suffer with a-fib as well. I am a 30 yr old female. I have been having it off and on for over 10 years now. My doctors told me to take an aspirin a day and deal with it basically. It is so scary that their advice caused me to seek out a cardiologist. She told me that my heart is healthy and there isn't a lot of risk with a-fib except blood clots which the aspirin helps with. I normally would have an episode at least once a week that would last from a few hours to a few days. Oh how many times I've been to the ER!! Well, it seems that I have high blood pressure which no doctor had ever said anything about. I also was told from a nutritionist that my potassium, magnesium, copper, iron and calcium were on the low to very low side. So, I was put on atenolol for the blood pressure and starting taking a daily dose of several different vitamin and minerals supplements. I also increased my water intake considerably and cut-out caffeine, sugar, candy .... etc. I haven't had another occurence of a-fib(knock on wood) since my body adjusted to everything, it has been over 5 months now. Once you get on your medication you should feel better. Know this though, it will be tough adjusting to the medicine. They make you weak, depressed, tired, etc. but the end result is worth it for most people. I'm sure you, as many others do, will live a long healthy life with this!! =)
: : : Take Care,
: : : Autumn

: :
: : Hi Jim,
: : I am a 44 year old female. I had my one and only experience with atrial fibrilation about 7 months ago. I was awakened in the middle of the night with my heart racing. My husband took me to the ER and I was admitted to the ICU and given medication to cause my rhythm to convert back to normal sinus rhythm. It took about 6 hours to convert. I was terrified. Of course, I was referred to a cardiologist and had an echocardiogram done. It revealed that I had high blood pressure and it had been present for some time. The high blood pressure is what caused the a-fib according to the cardiologist. I was put on atenelol and 1 asprin daily. I also want to note that when I was being checked out in the ER,
: : my potassium levels were slightly low.(3.2) The doctor on duty said that the potassium wasn't low enough to bring on the a-fib, however, I think that it DID have something to do with it. I try to eat a banana or drink orange juice daily for the potassium benefits and I have eliminated ALL caffiene from my diet. I do have an occasional flutter now and then, but no other episodes like the one that sent me running to the ER. It is terribly scary and it took me a month or more to "calm down" enough to finally realize that I wasn't going to die from it. So far, so good.
: : Good luck to you.

: i just had this type of thing happen to me sat 8/12/2000 called 911 was admitted to the hospital that day and put on drugs to covert to normal sinus rhythm ,that was at 3 in the afternoon. The next morning at 7:00 am i finally converted back and boy was i glad for that the other method of conversion is shock and i did not want that to happen. Still freaked out about the whole ordeal and read some encouraging things in here but still scared .

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I am a 32 yr old dj who last year (19/12/99) came back home after working and went to bed, my heart started accelerating. For a year, I had been smoking cannabis to give me relief from neck pain, that night I had a quick smoke and went to bed. Within minutes, my heart started racing. [email protected] never experienced this before and thought I was just overtired. Within ten minutes, I couldn't count my heart beat, it was that fast. I got out of bed and was intense pain in the middle of my chest, I thought I was having a heart attack, this, as time was passing was getting worse. I called an ambulance and within minutes, collapsed on the stairs of my flat. The police traced the called and I regained consciousness to the sound of my mobile phone, on the other end of the phone was an old school friend. He persauded me to attempt to unlock my door because an ambulance was on its way. It took me ten minutes to fet to the door and I again collapsed. As the ambulance attendents came in, my life flashed before my eyes, I didn't want to die but at the same time I didn't know what was going on.I was taken to hospital, given an ECG and my heart was beating at 252 per minute (and it had slowed down) the doctors said it was a panic attack. I had suffered from panic attacks many years ago, but I had had one for an hour, this episode lasted for eight hours.
From then, I experienced every urine, blood, ECG test and a 24hr ECG tape, nothing showed. I was having these AF attacks on average four times a week. I was so frightened, I'd just moved to a new home as I couldn't bear the memory of that first attack, I still haven't moved in properly nearly a year later. I was frightened to be alone. I didn't know what was wrong with me but what I did know was that I didn't want to die alone.
Subsequently, in October 2000, I read an article in a magazine on Atrial Fibulation and a light bulb went on in my head. By this time, since March I was placed on 50mg of Atenolol and Diazepam as and when I suffered an attack, Temazepam 20mg when the Diazepam didn't work. I had been frightened to live but yet determined not to let this condition rule my life. Anyhow, I asked my doctor if it was AF, when she confirmed it, the only advice was to cut out Caffeine, Chocolate and any other stimulants, which I had already done)
To this day, I come up against a brick wall every time I try to find out information about AF, it seems as if info about the condition is a well guarded secret. I read the other letters on this page and the only experience I can lend to the other AF sufferers is that things do get better. You need an understanding GP (which I have now) as when I was suffering these attacks I was told I was wasting Hospital and Doctor's time. It is very serious if you are the one who is experiencing AF, but I can say that I am working even now, I will not let AF beat me but that is only after being on medication for 8 months. For anybody who is in the early stages of diagnosis, don't despair, life will get better, the fear does slowly subside, still there but it does get easier the further you get away from the last attack.
I would just like to thank everybody at this site for allowing me to write. I have needed, so much, to talk about my AF condition simply because there is such a lack of understanding and advice concerning this matter. Best of luck to all other sufferers, feel free to e-mail me anytime

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