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I am a 56 yr old male, 5' 11", 185 lbs. and was recently diagonosed with persistent Afib. I didn't know that I was in it. All of my vital signs reflect a 56 yr. old man in excellent health. My cholesterol is 121, blood pressure is low, blood sugars are good. I was a runner, mountain bike racer and competitive surfer and tennis player. I'm on a blood thinner and 50 mg. of metroprolol succinate every day.
2 hours after taking the metroprolol, I felt like a new man with much more energy and a better attitude on life. However my Kardia EKG monitor shows that I'm in persistent Afib.
Spencer, January 8, 2020 4:46pm EST
Each AFib is different. Some have symptoms that make life unbearable while others have AFib but with symptoms that are so mild that they go undetected. My AFib got worse and worse over time but I am sure that I was in AFib while I was competing in 50 mile trail races. I would consider yourself very lucky if the symptoms are this mild.
What does the doc say?
Neanderthal, January 8, 2020 5:13pm EST
The last time I spoke with the "Dr", really his nurse practioner, she implied that I could just go on like I am. Basically, if I wasn't complaining then I would just stay on the Metroprolol and Eliquis. But I complained and said that I want to treat this and not stay on medecines the rest of my life. So she scheduled me to see the Dr. in 2 wks.
Spencer, January 8, 2020 5:49pm EST
Sounds about right. This is something to get fixed or you will be on pills for the rest of your life. Be advised that since it is "not hurting" the docs will slow roll this so expect long waits and delays. The drugs are not that bad even long term, so take comfort in that. Are you converting naturally?
Neanderthal, January 8, 2020 7:31pm EST
I'm in continuous Afib and the drugs are not changing that. I did feel a LOT better once I started the Metroprolol but my understanding is that drug is not a fix.
Spencer, January 8, 2020 8:06pm EST
You are right the Metro is a rate control drug and it will keep your heart rate lower when it wants to go higher (like when you work out). The drugs you are taking are for rate control and stroke risk reduction. AFib is something that they can't fix, what they can do is reduce the symptoms, but that little passenger is with us all the way to the end. I was brought back to NSR through several cardioversions and ablations (got pix if you want to see) but I know that my next AFib is just around the corner.
Do you have any other symptoms?
depotdoug, January 9, 2020 2:10am EST
When is your EP visit consult? It seems like you want relief and fast. I don't blame you. Cardioversion reliefs our fast and successful, but may not last . So what's next. Magnesium supplements in my case helped tremendously. Plus I've had one Cryoablation way back in 2014, the dark ages. It did fix everything. Some things, but only my PVI( pulmonary vein ares). Like Spencer says strongly, I agree AFIB persistent or paroxsymol can be permanently irradiated. Meaning gotten of, squashed. It can only be controlled.
Diet healthy stuff has helped me tremendously. Too. NSR as you hear us AFIB VETS SAY is marvelous to be in. To stay in is like heaven. But don't know exactly what heaven is either. A monitoring devices fir AFIB an EKG plate by KARDIA or an APPLE S4 or S5 will let you fairly accurately take and monitor your EKG rhythm . Good little pieces of electronic metal to invest in. Keep in touch here, please.
Thumper2, January 9, 2020 7:55am EST
Neanderthal, make sure you are seeing an electrophysiologist (EP), not just a cardiologist. An EP specializes in the electrical systems of the heart. If you go the route of ablation(s), make sure your EP has a record of doing lots of them successfully. Also, check to see if you have sleep apnea, which reacts negatively with AFib. Keep us posted!
Neanderthal, January 9, 2020 11:09am EST
Thank you so much for all of the caring responses. I do have the Kardia EKG monitor which is showing me in constant AFib. I see my heart specialist in 5 days and we'll see what he says. I'm pretty sure that I will accept the risks of ablation and conversion to attempt to rid myself of this if even temporarily. I believe that my heart was attacked by a virus that lives in my body and most other bodies such as shingles, herpes 1 and 2.