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AFib and Colonoscopy
So after going through the hellish colonoscopy prep procedure on Thursday, I woke up yesterday feeling dehydrated with muscle cramps, but proceeded through to my colonoscopy appointment. While they were prepping me for the procedure and hooked me up to a monitor, my HR was elevated to 130-140 BPM, so the procedure was aborted and I was transported via ambulance to the ER.
I was put on IV Cardizem which brought my HR down to 80-90 which is what it still is this morning as I am still in aFib. The doctor I met with yesterday here in the hospital said it is very common for the colonoscopy prep process to flush out all potassium and result in aFib events. Also, I was anxious about being off Pradaxa since Wednesday night and counting down that 48 hour borderline and stroke risk.
Hopefully I will meet with my EP today and begin the Tikosyn process while I am in hospital. In retrospect, I should have done this before the colonoscopy, but my HR and BP were normal until the colonoscopy prep process.
Question: since my colonoscopy was canceled, I will need to reschedule and go through another prep process. Is there an alternative procedure or product that won’t deplete potassium level and result in another aFib event? Needless to say, I am quite hesitant to do this again and end up in an ambulance headed to the ER.
Jeanamo815, May 19, 2018 5:12pm EST
Good for you, Depotdoug....congratulations on your years of sobriety and your recognition that alcohol was a prime player in devleoping your a-fib. You have wisely eliminated a "trigger" in your life and created a better lifestyle for yourself. I wish you many more years in normal sinus rhythm!
(My A-fib Experience Community Leader)
depotdoug, May 19, 2018 5:01pm EST
Triggers AFIB and anxiety kind of sort of really go together for me. I’m now almost 2 years post 3rd Cardioversion and loving it NSR steady ! Yes fear and anxiety of return of my AFIB anytime anywhere can be daunting. I definitely do not absolutely do not want to return to my Primary cause of my NSVTachycardia. Long term alcohol use abuse. Honesty honesty now been 7 yrs 3 months and 1 week celebrating sobriety. It is amazing mind boggling what that liquid can do to harden the human heart. Definitely not good for an electrical functioning heart to be number destroyed by Alcohol. No longer a trigger in my life.
MellanieSAF, May 19, 2018 10:53am EST
patrickg, May 19, 2018 10:15am EST
Gotcha. Message received and understood.
MellanieSAF, May 19, 2018 10:05am EST
Glad you are doing well.
Thanks for your concern about what happened in Texas yesterday. While the horrible loss of life of children and adults hurts our hearts, we would prefer to keep this forum focused on afib. Discussing other such topics can cause a lot of stress for members of this community. Thanks.
patrickg, May 19, 2018 12:04am EST
Jean...thanks for your thoughts...all is well...still in NSR, no adverse side effects from Tikosyn , HR and BP normal. *knock on wood* Have followup appointments next week with EP and PCP and will update here.
Thinking of those in Texas today which makes our condition seem trivial in comparison. How many more times will this happen before we can get new leaders who value our children over bowing to the NRA? I encourage everyone to do the research and vote out those who have stood by and done nothing about the carnage running rampant in our country. This just can’t continue. Period.
Regards to all,
Jeanamo815, May 18, 2018 10:11pm EST
Patrick....just wanted to let you know that I am thinking about you and hope you are doing okay. Keep us posted!
Wishing you the best,
(My A-Fib Experience Community Leader)
Spencer, May 17, 2018 6:56am EST
Babypens - Sounds like you have a pretty good place, except for the bed, to have your Tik load. Glad that you will get out today and that you are in NSR! That is AWESOME! Your drug loading sounds really low and I was on much higher dosages. I think MY docs use too many meds on me and I am now trying to get an internist assigned to me to lead my care. My PCM is good but just a family doc. I started to talk about my caradic problems and he said that I know more about than he does now. Good guy and a very caring doctor and nurse. I hope I don't loose him in this journey for a care lead for me.
Was up all night again. I couldn't sleep. Oh well... the house is much cleaner and I did a white paper for my work (doing some work for NATO and Joint Chiefs of Staff).
And here is your daily Thor pix to brighten your time waiting to get out. Beware the brown puppy snake...
We still want to hear how you are doing and if you stay in NSR. You are part of the family now.
Don't worry about not posting on that other post. Those that might be helped, I will never know it. You often have no idea of the magnitude of your influence on people. I hope that if one person is helped and saved before making that final decision then I succeeded. It also allows me to give voice to my own demons and hopefully they will be silent.
Waiting for my Sunrise
Babypens, May 17, 2018 6:45am EST
Good morning. Doing pretty good Spencer. I’m supposed to get sprung from here today just waiting on Doc. He’s usually here around 7. My Tikosyn dose is now reduced to 250mcg and they’ve again reduced my Metoprolol in half again because HR was low. Started out at 200 mg twice a day and now down to 100 mg once a day. I tried sleeping in the recliner last night and it actually was more comfortable than the bed. The unit I am in is the Cardiac Electrophysiology Suite in our local Heart hospital and is considered an outpatient setting. I have been most happy with care I’ve received from both nurses and doctors here. I did read your post yesterday at “at home” but didn’t add my comments mainly because I didn’t know how to respond except to say you are very courageous to offer that info to the group and I applaud you for it. I hope things are going better for you in that regard and also on your Afib journey. I’m almost embarrassed that mine seems to be going so well at this point in time however I realize that at any moment I can go back into Afib. I’m going to share pix of Thor with my boxer loving daughter when she comes in later, she is going to LOVE him. Catch you later.
Spencer, May 17, 2018 12:01am EST
Babypens - How you doing? Haven't heard from you. An interesting post over on the "at home" thread that I made yesterday, you might want to read. And hey, what else do you have to do. I got to the point when they could do everything to me and I would barely wake up. Can anyone get a good night's sleep? Well depends. Full ICU beds, like I always had because we only went to the ICU as this sort of air-powered bed that adjusts itself pretty often to reduce bedsores for long-term patients. You got a good nights sleep there, but the only beds like the ones in the ER... terrible.
So puppy pix to get you through. This is us moving from one house to another and he in the U-Haul van. He loves to ride up front. We had a 40 foot RV one time and loved riding up front and seeing everything go by.
Tell us how it is going! We all want to hear from you.
Waiting for my Sunrise