Carolyn71
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Carolyn71, January 7,  2020  10:10am EST

After AFib Episode

Hi, I am new here. I have had AFib for a few years and have had 3 cardio version procedures. On 12/30 I experienced an Afib episode which lasted about 12 hours. I was in contact with the NPs at my cardiologist's office. I suddenly went back into normal sinus rhythm. For the next several days, I was extremely fatigued and lightheaded. I had also been experiencing left sided pain deep in my chest as well as belching, which another doctor told me is most likely GERD. I  contacted my doctor's  office again and another NP told me, now that I am back in normal sinus rhythm, I should feel fine.She said that lots of people have AFib all the time and basically this feeling of extreme fatigue is not from my AFib. She told me to call my PC. I was a bit taken back. Is extreme fatigue normal after an AFib episode? This is the first time I have gone back into NSR following an episode, so I am unsure if this is normal or not?

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  • Patio7
    Patio7, January 7,  2020  10:39am EST

    It may depend how high your heart rate goes. I find I am very tired following a long episode, as I have a low normal hr, but go quite high in afib...like 40s to 170.  That's like running a couple marathons! Yes, you may be 😴 tired. Anyone else, with another view?

  • Thumper2
    Thumper2, January 8,  2020  8:56am EST

    Are you seeing an EP (electrophysiologist)?  They specialize in the electrical systems in the heart and especially AFib.  Did you have an EKG, after you went back into sinus rhythm?  That should show (to an EP) whether you are actually in sinus rhythm or not.  Don't go to your PC for that -- see an EP.  

     But it may be worthwhile for your PC to check your Vit. D level -- unless you spend a lot of time in the sun, it may be low, and that will cause fatigue.

    We're glad you're here -- keep us posted!

    Thumper2 (Judy)

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