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wyaz2004, August 4,  2019  6:00pm EST

New to AFIB

I am 44 and recently diagnosed with AFIB on 7/29.  My health otherwise is excellent in terms of blood pressure, weight, etc.  lifestyle wise I work out and continue to work out daily, as well as eat healthy.  All caffeine and alcohol has been eliminated from my lifestyle.

I have been on Lopressor and Eliquis for seven days now.  The side effects suck as I get joint pain, headaches, nausea, primarily.  

Have any of you out there experienced these or other side effects?  What was done to mitigate them?

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  • Shanfraz
    Shanfraz, August 4,  2019  9:22pm EST

    Hi,  I’ll just share my experience.  My first a fib was 3 years ago.  I’m only on lopressor.  I’m now 63.  A bit surprised that for your age and first experience of a fib that your already on a blood thinner.  My cardiologist just gave me two levels of protection when an a fib occurs.  If I don’t go back to nsr after the two levels the it would be off to the hospital.  So far I’ve been able to stay out of the hospitals and not on a blood thinner.

    Now that’s just my thoughts.  Your specific details I don’t know but maybe the doses of the lopressor could be a bit high.  Talkfurther with your cardiologist and also look into a good magnesium, dr. Best chelated or remag by dr Carolyn dean.  

    Dr dean has a lot of good information on the heart and magnesium.  You found a great site, lots of good people with good tips.


  • TR
    TR, August 5,  2019  5:21am EST


    One of the more important questions for anyone new to AFIB is when do you ride out episodes and when do you need to go to the hospital. You say your doctor gave you two levels of protection. Could you explain what they are. I have heard many different opinions.from doctors. My EP's advice was, when you are in AFIB, you will probably feel lousy. If you feel really, really lousy, as in passing out or chest pain, or extended heartrate above 150 for extended  period, as in many hours, then go to the ER. What does your EP say?


  • depotdoug
    depotdoug, August 5,  2019  5:48am EST

    Like my trusted NP cardiologist tells me “Listen to your body” and then act. Yes an extremely high HR 150 -180 + I would go to ER. Passing out is not good. And could be signs of other heart issues like V-Tach or  Long QRS issues.


  • DkinAA
    DkinAA, August 5,  2019  7:40am EST

    I’m on diltiazem for rate control and Eliquis, so can’t help you there. But from many postings on this site, people react very differently to different drugs — so discuss with your doc about trying a different dose or different drug. This is a very individual condition!

  • Shanfraz
    Shanfraz, August 5,  2019  7:44am EST


    Yes totally agree with depot Doug about listening to our bodies.  Plus specific a fib episodes are different to every person.  For me I think trying  to work down the anxiety when it hits which can  drive  up your heart rate in seconds .  

    My cardiologist gave me metropropol tartate which is an immediate attempt to slow down my heart rate.  If that doesn’t work, she gave me flecainide to again try to slow down my heart rate.  After this it’s hospital.  My situation my be completely different than yours.  I too exercise and my heart is fine otherwise except for a mitral valve prolapse.  I was on the stress test treadmill for 12.5 minutes with heart handling it.

    I also have from my naturalpathic doctor  l-theaninie to calm my nerves when I feel the potential for a panic or anxiety feeling over fear of an a fib episode coming on.  It has helped me


     Everyone is different and you should as Deptdoug said we can work with our bodies.  Just to answer the lousy feelings.  Yes I feel off, my heart is bouncing around in my chest and I feel it racing fast and then irregular pulsing.  I’ve learned to try to stay calm and not shoot my anxiety up which doesn’t help.  But I’m retired now and don’t have to push thru a day at work.  That would be difficult and at 44, I’m sure your still working.  

    To end I can’t say enough about magnesium and highly suggest you check into dr. Carolyn deans website.  This REMagw really seems to be helping me.  She speaks a ton about magnesium and the important role it plays in our bodies.  She recommends a level of 6.0 or so.  When I was in the hospital for my first episode that I couldn’t stop, my magnesium was 2.0.  The general doctors place that in the normal range.  Big difference between 2.0 and 6.0.  My cardiologist is very positive about taking it.

    Prayers for you,  carol





    Depot doug. Do you actually go to an NP cardiologist.  Never heard of that.  What state?

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