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Papi1224, February 10,  2019  2:38pm EST

Advise I guess

I was diagnosed with Afib, and an EF of 30% 2 years ago, it's been a struggle, but I have managed to get my EF to 45% and the Afib under control after my first Cardioversion.  I would go in and out of Afib thru that time until recently when I was hospitalized again for 5 days due to the Afib coming back at a rate of over 200 beats per min, I recently had two more Cardioversions and sadly to say they did not work like last time.  I am currently being treated from home on meds planning the next move I guess.  My question maybe this, how long can you stay in constant Afib, before you damage your heart to no return,  I worry about that, while my Cardiologist seems to be at a stand still trying to figure out our next course of action 

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  • Drumz47
    Drumz47, February 10,  2019  10:31pm EST


    I had my cardio inversion in 2007 and my AFIB came back in 2010 due to stress . I changed my lifestyle and diet 100%  drastically. Stopped eating all processed , canned and fast or fried foods along with the sugar drinks. I drink tons of water every day and I started juicing since 2010 and my AFIB is under control just taking Pradaxa . I also stopped with all pain killers including aspirin, turmeric does the same thing an aspirin or pain killer does for me. At 61 this change has made my AFIB easier to deal with and my quality of life has risen greatly.  Don’t wait for your cardiologist brother, DO YOU NOW...👍🏿  You will see and FEEL the difference in your lifestyle. 🙏🏾All Blessibgs 2 U and family✌🏿❤️🙏🏾

  • BJB
    BJB, February 11,  2019  1:36am EST

    Schedule an appointment with the best electrophysiologist you can find--a specialist in afib. That person is the one who can advise you best about what to do. I had afib for about ten years before I saw an EP rather than my cardiologist, because I had afib episodes only a few times a year. When they became more frequent, I saw the EP. She said my heart had some scarring, and I have had two ablations in the past year. As a result, I have very few and MUCH shorter afib episodes. Find the best EP you can, since that person is a specialist in afib and can give you the best advice.

  • Thumper2
    Thumper2, February 11,  2019  8:08am EST

    Papi1224, you've gotten good advice from DrumZ47, but I'd emphasize what BJB says:  find the best electrophysiologist you can, and definitely consider ablations!  While the life-style changes which DrumZ47 describes are good ideas, they are unlikely IMHO to get rid of your AFIb.  Just making it easier to live with does not mean that your heart is not being scarred in the meantime.  You need an EP to give you that kind of analysis.  I wish you all the best, and keep us posted!

    Thumper2 (Judy)

  • Papi1224
    Papi1224, February 12,  2019  4:20pm EST

    Thank you all for your advice in this forum.  May I ask if any of you are not able to work anymore due to these issues?  I was diagnosed with heart issues at the age of 50, and I am now 100% disabled and on SSD for the past year or so now.  So, it's been hard to adjust to all these changes in my health and the things I am not able to do anymore.  Just wondering if anyone else is in the same boat and if so how do you handle it and not go insane! Lol

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