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Low Blood Pressure and AFIB
I've had a rough week. I've had Afib 4 days this week(not all in a row) accompanied by high (163/96)and low blood pressure (96/69). It has left me so weak that I just want to sit or lay down until it goes away. I'm on 2 different medications for Afib. Yesterday I had my mammogram and I could hardly walk into my appointment because I was exhausted. I've called my doctor's office but it takes more than a day to get back to me! (Is this normal?) I'm frustrated and tired. I've had Afib for the past 5 years and up until lately, my meds have been working well (only a few episodes a year)
Update: I saw my doctor and he switched my medication to just Sotalol (40mg 2x day) and he would like me to see a new Electrolphysoilogist to have the procedure and my doctor is retiring. I'm concerned about both. He didn't tell me much about the new med (although I read about the warnings from the pharmacy). I go back in next Thursday for an ECG (which is good, he didn't even listen to my heart yesterday). I think it's time for a new doctor.
AHAModerator, March 31, 2021 9:15am EST
Good morning Nancy,
Thank you so much for sharing your experience with the support network. I am sorry to hear that you are experiencing this fluctuation in blood pressure and the associated exhaustion. 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 or different types of AFib.
Please keep us updated on how you are feeling!
Thumper2, April 1, 2021 9:14am EST
Nancy, sorry to hear about your problems with AFib. On the basis of my experiences, I can suggest the following. Are you seeing an electrophysiologist (EP)? That is a cardiologist whose specialty is AFib. Generally, they are more up-to-date than regular cardiologists, on various possible treatments. I hope you are taking a "blood thinner" to prevent stroke. I urge you not to try to "live with" AFib -- I did that for several years, but by the time I saw an EP, my heart had badly deteriorated. As for feeling exhausted, some of that might be due to inadequate hydration -- do you drink 6-8 glasses of water every day? I have to force myself to remember to do that, but it does make a difference. I think some of us here also take (chelated) magnesium on a daily basis, for the same reason. (Others may want to chime in here.) When you see an EP, if he/she suggests your having an ablation, please think about having it done -- it is not surgery, and is often referred to as the closest thing to a "cure" that one can get for AFib. Just make sure that your EP has done hundreds of them successfully! Please keep us posted as to how things are going.
nancyh, April 1, 2021 4:15pm EST
Thank you, Judy. I'm making notes and I will ask my doctor (after reading your post, I researched my doctor further and he is a cardiologist and an Electrophysiologist) when I see him today. You gave me a lot to think about. Take care.