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Songsg, August 20,  2019  8:09pm EST

Afib @ 36 years old

I started having afib at 36 years old. I believe afib may be genetic as some of my family members also have afib. My brother had afib at 46 and my aunt has afib at 70. So, I think afib is closely linked to my family genes.

Both my brother and I decided to seek ablation treatment as his EP and my EP (2 separate EP) recommended due to our young age. My brother did his ablation first 2 years ago and he is now afib free. However, he said there are times he will have brief afib due to lack of sleep or too much alcohol consumption.

I just had my ablation procedure done last week @ 39 years of age. I am now recovering and under the “blanket period”. Had 2 afib episode this past week one minor (lasted 30 minutes) and one major (lasted 28 hours). The major afip episode was unbearable because i felt like fainting and dizzy every time I stood up from sitting or lying down.

Been reading about blanket period and understood that this is a normal recovery process where the heart is trying to heal. My heart rate during major afib episode fluctuated around 50 to 149 bpm. Taking the usual afib meds 1) Flecainide, 2) bisopropolo, 3) eliquis.

I know it is too soon to determine if ablation is a success but I am convinced to do 2nd round of ablation if my paroxysmal afib persist after 6 months.  I rather take the risk of the ablation procedure than taking meds for the rest of my life to control my afib.

Having afib has tremendously affected my energy level and lead a normal life but I am hoping with modern health technology, I can go back living a normal and healthy life again.

Hope this thread helps fellow afibs who are struggling with the disease on a daily basis and for those who are younger than the average afibs. Afib does not happening only for the elderly, it can also hit those who are young and healthy.

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  • BJB
    BJB, August 20,  2019  8:32pm EST

    Don't be discouraged if you have afib episodes during your blanking period.Your heart has undergone a traumatic experience (is the way I see it), and it takes time to recover. I had to have a second ablation, and during the first few months I also had "mild" afib episodes, not as long and stressful as before I had the ablation. However, once my heart healed, I have had no afib episodes in 8 months! Hurray! As your heart heals, you may find that any episodes you have are "milder" and may finally disappear altogether.

  • afibsurvivor
    afibsurvivor, August 27,  2019  1:30am EST

    Hi Songsg, It sounds like I have the same stiuation here, but my ablation is schuldeld for early september. I was scared to get the ablation at fist, but now I can wait to get it over with.

    My Afib episods always happen after drinking beer on the weekends. Any advice you can tell me about how to prepare for the ablation would be apprechiated.

    Good Luck

  • depotdoug
    depotdoug, August 27,  2019  2:31am EST

    Maniijoao, yes it looks like you may have found one of the many AFIB triggers in our body. Alcohol aka beer, I’ve been through that same sceanarto, please don’t think I’m saying this harshly but I found out in a negative very negative way that AFIB Rhythm disorders do not like alcohol interrupting their electrical signals. 

    From my experience of long 39 years of alcohol use it got my heart to NSVT. That then lead to paraxsymol AFIB big time. Have you mentioned your beer on weekends to your EP? 

    I do wish you a successful rapid Ablation procedure soon. We all at this AFIB forum support group each have a story of our heart issues. Now you know mine. Best wishes. 


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