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What to expect AFTER my cardioversion
So, I was admitted to the hospital Sunday night and had a pulse of 180 irregular beats per minute. I had woken up sweaty and my chest felt like I had a strong, tiny boxer inside who was trying to punch his way out. He had no sense of rhythm. My husband has a stethoscope, and we could hear "lubs" but no "dubs". Tuesday I had an esophageal echo and cardioversion. During those, I had a bronchospasm. My pulse is normal now.... When I got home that night, the glands in my neck were painfully swollen. I couldn't even shrug my shoulders without severe pain. That has thankfully gone down over the rest of the week. I still have some chest pain, fatigue, occasional fluttering, and, of course, I wake up in the middle of the night sweaty and have to listen to my heart beat to make sure I'm okay.
Is any of this normal? I won't see my cardiologist until the 30th.
dsavoie1953, August 1, 2020 12:52pm EST
I reside in Dallas and it's taken me 2 years to find a cardiologist that understands Quality of Service. I went to the Dallas #1 Cardiology Medical Center and then another - well your benefits that you carry will determine the Quailty of Care and Quality of Service you get. You under 62 years of age.
Recommendation: FIND a NEW well respected cardiologist and not a PA - do not waste 2-years like I did with paroxyal AFIB until is goes Persistant AFIB because it just may.
Write me back after August 3rd - I am going through a Cardiac Ablation with Texas Cardiac Arrythma of Dallas/Austin Texas Dr. Sanchez. Dr. Natale Executive Director Austin is based in Austin and he is the pioneer that was my Plan B choice, but Dr. Sanchez is a Co-Founder with over 4,000 procedures.
Do not waste your time with a Cardiolgist that does not address your Quality of Service ... alway find the right one for you LIFE depends on it.
murph53, August 1, 2020 2:46pm EST
Hello Lizafaz. I have had severe anxiety for many years now. I get it under control and then something throws me off, again. I was diagnosed with afib last July after a visit to the Er. I have been taking 300 mg of the generic Cartia at bedtime. Everything was going along well until I went to see a pain mgt. dr. For my spinal stenosis. He asked about the blood thinner and listened to my heart and said I was in afib. Well, I guess I have been in it for the last 6 weeks or so. My cardiologist has recommended me to have the cardioversion and tee test. After reading about the test I think I am so worried more about the tee than the cardioversion. I am taking the 300mg of cartia, then 120 mg in the am and just started taking the amiodorone. I cannot tell where the anxiety ends and the afib begin. Please tell me about your experience with that part of the procedure. I am in a panic because I know I need to do something but between that and the covid test I have to take first I am beside myself! I hope you are feeling better today.
Thumper2, August 2, 2020 7:41am EST
Lisafaz, perhaps you have seen your cardiologist by now, but, assuming you have atrial fibrillation, you might benefit from seeing an electrophysiologist (EP), a cardiologist whose specialty is treating AFib. In addition, you might ask to be tested for sleep apnea, which often accompanies AFib. If you choose to go the route of ablation(s), it is helpful to have any sleep apnea under control. Let us know how things are going!
Thumper2, August 2, 2020 7:45am EST
dsavoie1953, you have certainly gone to one of the best cardiac arrhythmia centers in the country! Please let us know how your ablation went!
Thumper2, August 2, 2020 8:01am EST
Murph53, sorry to hear of your anxiety regarding the TEE test. I hope you keep on reading about it -- I don't recall that the test was any big problem (for me), but then I am not a very anxious person, by nature. I remember being told I might have a sore throat afterward, but in fact I didn't. Of course, they warn you in advance about everything that MIGHT go wrong, which can be somewhat worrisome, but you should ask what the percentage of times is, that such-and-such might happen (that may or may not help your anxiety!). I'm glad you're talking about your anxiety. I recommend praying about it, too. Please let us know what happens!
murph53, August 2, 2020 1:09pm EST
Thank you Thumper for your reassurance. This board is such a great resource for people that have conditions such as mine.