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My journey thus far
On April 5th 2019 I was at my primary care physician for my annual physical. My afib was discovered and I was referred to a cardiologist After multiple tests I received a cardioversion on August 6th 2019. At my follow up I was back in afib. December 16th I received an ablation. Again at follow up back in afib. Yesterday January 20th 2020 another cardioversion. My follow up is in a little more than 2 weeks. I don't know what I will do if I am back in afib. It's so frustrating and confusing. I'm taking multaq, diatzlam, xarelto and losartan. I'm 51 years old, excercise eat well....just baffled by all this.
Patio7, January 21, 2020 1:01pm EST
The big question is...how do you feel? Treatments for afib are primarily about quality of life, not cure. I have two brothers and one sister who are in permanent afib (vary from 5 yrs to 18 yrs in afib). They have no symptoms, beyond normal aging and have never been successful with cardioversions beyond a day or so. They take blood thinners and treatment for high blood pressure but generally have not been negatively affected by afib. Some of us are not so lucky but each case can be different. Good luck. You will learn a lot here.
Iguardem301, January 21, 2020 5:16pm EST
Thank you patio7, I am still new to this and trying to learn all I can. I admittedly do feel better. Been monitoring my heart rate on a fit bit and so far so good.
Thumper2, January 22, 2020 8:30am EST
Iguardem301, sorry to hear you have AFib, but glad you're here! Consider having additional ablations -- for several on this blog, that's what got them into NSR on a more or less permanent basis.
Also, check to see if you have sleep apnea -- this condition makes ablations less likely to be successful. All the best!
Neanderthal, January 22, 2020 11:58am EST
My experience has been that the fitbit doesnt' have the necessary algorithm to detect afib. Mine would show a heartrate of 57 but when I checked using my Kardia EKG monitor my heartrate was much faster and it said that I was in possible afib. I believe that if you want to monitor yourself you need that Kardia EKG monitor. That all said, I can determine afib or not just by feeling my pulse at my wrist. When I was in afib the pulse rate was erratic. Now that I'm not in afib my pulse rate is steady. This is confirmed with the Kardia EKG monitor. Hang in there. I recommend getting yourself on a strict healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegeatablesa and small portions of meat. Also, light to moderate exercise.
Iguardem301, January 22, 2020 1:59pm EST
Thank you Thumper2 and neanderthal.
Yes I have sleep apnea. using an apap machine since july 2019. What a difference it has been. True game changer. Thanks everyone.
bfboca, January 23, 2020 5:16am EST
Stethoscope: for those of you that have a hard time getting a heartbeat feel from your wrist to determine if you're in NSR, consider purchasing a stethoscope. They start at $5 on
Amazon. You will hear your heartbeat and immediately know whether or not you're in Afib. You can easily hear your heart beating normally or afib, flutter or simple skips like PVC's.
Elise, January 23, 2020 9:36am EST
My experience with my Fitbit has been the same as Neanderthal"s. It seems to be fairly accurate until I go into tachycardia or arrhythmia, at which point it is badly inaccurate. If I'm in AFib I usually just get a dashed line instead of a heart rate. If I'm having tachycardia it usually shows a rate that is about half what the real rate is.
Gene157, January 24, 2020 1:14am EST
Could I ask what meds they take to control their heart rate? And I assume a blood thinner. I use a $ 200 Holter that also gives PC prints. Get nearly 24 hr data (not in shower) that