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My husband (67) has had several issues related to his heart. Diagnosed with Afib around 5 years ago. Before that he had NAION, both eyes, family history of stroke, 1 Afib-RVR episode, occasional light chest pain, it goes on. Had cardiac cath 5 years ago & told no blockages ANYWHERE. Has seen only 1 "plumber". He is already on a **** load of drugs & they keep trying to add more. BP very low. Barely elevated cholesterol. He couldn't take statins, pain was awful. He also has terrible osteoarthritis. 2- knee replacements, shoulder rebuilt, needs hip, + can't take anti inflammatory for arthritis. Has had CPAP for years & uses it. He is tired all the time, has no strength, can't think...... this is not the person I've known for over 30 years. He doesn't want to talk about alternative treatment but says he hates the treatment he's on. I want him to see an "electrician" because the problem is electrical not muscle or valve. I am so frustrated and infuriated I want to beat both him & the cardio "god" into the ground. Really I want the man I know is in there back.
AHAModerator, April 2, 2021 8:31am EST
Thank you so much for sharing your husband's story and your experience and struggles with the MyAFibExperience community. I am sorry to hear that you and your husband have had such a tough journey. We are glad you are here and hope both of you can find some support and guidance here. I hope that as you continue to interact with others on the support network that you are able to hear others' stories and foster a sense of community. Unfortunately, I am not a medical professional, but I can share with you some resources about Lifestyle Strategies for AFib, Mental Health and Well-Being, and Staying Motivated.
Please keep us updated!
Thumper2, April 3, 2021 8:32am EST
Losttrust, you seem to be on the right track toward a better future for your husband's heart. See your cardiologist and ask for a "second opinion," this time with an electrophysiologist (EP) who can help him get off some of the drugs and could advise him on getting an ablation for the AFib. Based on my own experience, I cannot recommend just "living with" AFib -- I did that, being under the treatment of an elderly cardiologist. In the meantime, my heart was slowly deteriorating, to the place where even ablations did not help (long story). As for other symptoms, I'd only urge him to make sure he keeps hydrated (6-8 glasses of water per day) --any other ideas should come from an EP. Hang in there, and let us know how things are going!
jwm1776, April 3, 2021 10:45am EST
Hi, your husband might benefit from seeing a gerontolgist. They specialoize in treating peoplen who are on multiplke nmeds like your husband and make sure all the medicines he is taking ase not interacting in nwys that decrese his enjoyment of life. Then it is time for another cardilogist and EP.