JodyW
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JodyW, January 30,  2019  4:28pm EST

AFib

Hello to everyone,

I go into AFib every 3-4 days, and it lasts up to 14 hours.  Metropolol is taken daily, and I am permitted an extra pill during Afib, but it doesn't help.  Going to the ER is ridiculous since they force me to stay when all I want is a stable heart rate.  I have finally scheduled an appointment with an Electrophysiologist and hope for an ablation.  There is nothing I have found to stop the Afib episodes which are debilitating.

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  • Edhammer
    Edhammer, January 30,  2019  5:38pm EST

    Jody, 

    I had an ablation last May that so far has been successful. I remember multiple visits to the ER because of AFIB. My episodes increased in duration and frequency until I took a leap and finally had the ablation. Prior to that, after talking to my cardiologist, we cut a deal where I would ride out the episodes as long as I didn’t have chest pains, my heart rate didn’t go above 140 or so, and I didn’t faint. That eliminated the ER trips. The ablation was well worth having. The uncertainty of episodes was anxiety producing. The procedure was not difficult. I had both cryo and RF. I was under for about 5 hours. Home the next day. The healing process was not as easy as I was told, but not horrible. Just take your time.

    Good Luck!

    Ed

  • TexyMexy
    TexyMexy, January 30,  2019  6:56pm EST

    Hi Ed,

    I wanted to ask you how old you are?  Is there an age where they won't do an ablation?  Just curious.  I am 71 and just diagnosed this week so everything is new to me. 

    Thanks, Texymexy

  • RuthAnn7004
    RuthAnn7004, January 30,  2019  7:20pm EST

    Hi Jody,  I am a 74 year old female in fairly good health.  I was diagnosed in December 2015 (71 years old) and had my cryoblation one year ago today.  I am so glad I did.  I had a couple glitches but no Afib and am glad to have my normal life back.  I had no pain with this procedure but did take about a month, as I remember it, to get energy back.  Everyone is different.  I know I was very scared to have this done, but it was not as bad as I feared.  Hope this helps.  Ruth Ann

  • Spencer
    Spencer, January 30,  2019  7:50pm EST

    Going into the ER... yes, we all have done that.  We all have watched the hours tick by while cooling your heels for hours in an ER room.  I went eight times, and eight times I was hospitalized for my troubles for two to four days.  Eventually, I went in with an overnight bag.  My typical experience was to come in with AFib and heart pains, and now you are the event of the evening.  I wound up in a room and for some reason that I cannot fathom today, the nurses would take my pants off each time. A glorious streaking experience for all.  Next, they would set up a grandstand for all the interns that wanted to watch, some guys at the end of a row was selling snacks.  Also, there was a pair in the corner betting on how high my heart beat would go.  The grandstand is a bit of exacerbation but the interns are not.  One time in the ER, I got them to line up so they could listen to the AFib Guy.  But... the pants thing is totally true.

    I could not either stop my Afibs when it got going.  Many times I would be in AFib but with a low heart rate.  I have seen it north of 250 (for hours).  Sort of freaked out the ambulance guys (remember to always tip them as you know the will be out again).   All I can say as advice - keep a sense of humor, go into the ER when you feel you need to (just be prepared to stay, talk with your EP on what is the game plan for ridding me of my AFib.  Lastly, I find that scotch helps... just sayin'

    Spencer

    In the Sunlight

  • Edhammer
    Edhammer, January 30,  2019  8:13pm EST

    I’m 69

  • Thumper2
    Thumper2, January 31,  2019  8:12am EST

    Jody, good for you, for consulting an EP re an ablation (check to make sure he/she has a long and successful record of doing ablations).  As others have said, the procedure itself is not bad.  I had 3 ablations when I was in my 70s.  Keep us posted as to your progress!

    Thumper2 (Judy)

  • MellanieSAF
    MellanieSAF, January 31,  2019  8:50am EST

    Jody,

    Metoprolol is only for rate control - getting your heart rate down to normal - not for putting your heart back into rhythm. To understand your options, you might want to spend time watching the Afib Master Class videos that start here:
    https://www.stopafib.org/newsitem.cfm/NEWSID/637

    Mellanie

  • depotdoug
    depotdoug, January 31,  2019  1:30pm EST

    Jody, Yes, it looks, no it seems like we have all been there and or done that. AFIB episodes any time of the day or night, when we least expect it or when we don't want it. Then the mind, my mind floats to "go to the ER" Doug(depotdoug). Yeh, rapid HR 190-220's is not fun, especially once early when i was in Church Sat eve. NO it wasn't the Church service it was my AFIB way back in 2013 rearing its ugly side effects.
    Origingally my AFIB started or occured when I did not even no the word "AFIB" existed, happened when i was inside a Christian Kairos Prison Ministry at an Indiana Correctional Facility.I had no idea my Heart was AFIB'ing but i felt miserable the 2nd day inside in the Prisons' Chapel.  Not fun.     I've been through Amiordarone medication treatments for 18 months which did fail to eventually keep me in NSR. I've had three Cardioversions successful for short durations.The last CVersion July 2016.  An Artic Front PVI Cyro-Ablation April 2014 successfull for maybe 6 months. 

    Since July 2016 depotdoug(me) has been AFIB free thank God, but it took 1] aconcerted effort from me and others helping me loose 74#'s, 2] Exercising daily usually 2 X daily 3] eating healthy diet 95% of my meals and 4] taking Magnesium tablets twiice daily(2tabs 2X/day), Mellanies' and I's favorite Doctors Best brand.  I am going to keep on looking for my "SUNRISE" ahead.

    I've got to especially with my new addition to my body; my 2nd AICD/pacemaker device implant 2 weeks ago. Celebrating my two week anniversary with a new defibrillating and pacing device today.  

    Jody, You can do this! This support group AFIB forum is wonderful.

    Doug (depotdoug)

  • Pell64
    Pell64, February 11,  2019  4:23pm EST

    Has your doctore prescribed Flecainide along with the Metroprolol?   I am 54 and diagnosed in September and have been taking both, along with Xaeralto.   They have tried to wean me off the Flecainide, but that seems to be what controls it best.   Originally, I was taking 200 mg a day then down to 100 mg.   I have been in Afib three times since the new year and each time, taking the original Flecainide has gotten back to normal rhythm usually within 12 hours.   I still am looking at the ablation because I really don't want to take these prescriptions for the rest of my life.

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