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dulupac, February 6,  2021  5:08pm EST

Chronic A-fib and shortness of breath.

I am an 80 year old male who has been in controlled arrhythmia for 24 years. In the last two years I have been experiencing shorthness of breath that has decreased my ability to walk. I have had pulmonary tests and appropriate heart tests. The doctors says nothing can be done to improve this situation. Does anyone share a similar condition. Has anyone tried alternative methods, such as yoga breathing, etc?

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  • AHAModerator
    AHAModerator, February 6,  2021  7:56pm EST


    Thanks for sharing your experience with the Patient Support Network. It must be frustrating to hear from your healthcare team that nothing can be done. I'm not a medical professional so I can't speak to the specifics, but I encourage you to keep exploring options with your providers. 

    In the meantime, we do have some resources on our AFib For Patients and Professionals page that may be helpful.  Through this support network, we hope you will be able to connect with others who can share their experiences and suggestions as well. Please keep us updated on how your progress.

    Best Wishes,

    AHA Moderator

  • bfboca
    bfboca, February 7,  2021  6:20am EST

    Hi dulupak.  Re: yoga for breathing issues.  I don't see anything wrong with giving it a try.  Yoga is pretty good stuff and it can't hurt.  I'm sure you'd like your breathing back to more normal so can enjoy your walks, so I'd give it a try.  Also, I assume your cardio team has checked out your aortic valve via an MRI and that is ok as aortic stenosis will cause the symptoms you mention.  And perhaps there are other "breathing improvement" suggestions on the net.  Good luck.  Bob

  • Thumper2
    Thumper2, February 7,  2021  8:40am EST

    Dulupak, I am in my 80s, in permanent AFib, my ventricles paced with my pacemaker.  A few years ago, I was having trouble with SOB (shortness of breath) and found that when I began to exercise more, it went away.  I had gotten so that even walking across a level parking lot brought on SOB; that is no longer true.  None of us are identical, but I hope that you will find suitable exercises to ward off your SOB.    Keep us posted!

    Thumper2 (Judy)

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