Kanman
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Kanman, January 7,  2021  9:01pm EST

A fib and extremely physical job

Newbie here and recently diagnosed with a fib through and EP test.  I am a delivery driver for that big "brown" company and our jobs are a nonstop physical workout for 9-10 hours per day.  I will not be able to just sit and take it easy until it settles down, if it settles down.  We are watched every single second!  I lift literally 200,000lbs a day.  I question if I will be able to safely work as my heart rate before this would usually be high because of the cardio workout.  Anyone else have a physically demanding job?  Is it risky?  I know exercising is good, but for 9 hours?  Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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  • AHAModerator
    AHAModerator, January 8,  2021  9:08am EST

    Good morning, 

    Thanks for reaching out to the Support Network! I can imagine it must be frustrating that your recent diagnosis could be interfering with your job. Unfortunately, I am not a medical professional and I encourage you to pose this question to your cardiac care team. Here is a printable document: Partnering In Your Treatment that I suggest you bring with you to your next doctor's appointment to facilitate this conversation.

    Please continue to update us and let us know what your doctor says. 

    Best Wishes,

    The AHA Team

  • MellanieSAF
    MellanieSAF, January 9,  2021  10:36am EST

    Kanman,

    Have you discussed with your doctor whether you should wear a monitor for a few work days so he/she can assess your heart's response to the load and strain of that much lifting? I think that might be important to discuss with your doctor.

    Your age will likely make a big difference, too. I'm presuming you're quite young as that kind of job would be a bit much for us older afib patients. 

    This is a conversation to have with your EP so you can know whether something needs to be done or whether you can relax because your heart is good.

    Mellanie

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