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Mkeffer1, January 9,  2021  7:13pm EST

New diagnosis of Afib

I am a 36 year old female, diagnosed in the ER today with afib.  My symptoms came on very quickly and were rapid heart rate 150's-200's, and feeling like my heart was flip flopping inside my chest.  Squad said I was in SVT and tried to convert me in the squad twice with Adenosine, without success.  ED doc thought it was afib due to the irregular beat. Gave me cardizem to slow the rate down and confirmed afib.  I ended up self-converting shortly after, the entire episode lasted about two hours and was extremely scary.  And am slightly freaking out as I am a mother to two young daughters and am petrified!  I was sent home with a script for lopressor and told to take that of the rapid heart rate returns, and to follow-up with my primary provider on Monday.  I have been trying to research as much as I can about afib prior to my appointment, any pointers as to what specifically I should ask my primary provider?  Should I skip the cardiologist and go straight for an EP?

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    AHAModerator, January 9,  2021  8:26pm EST

    Welcome to the Support Network and thanks for sharing your story with us. A new diagnosis is always scary and a time for a lot of questions. Please remember you are not alone.

    Unfortunately, I'm not a medical professional so I can't answer any specific questions, but AHA has some resources on Atrial Fibrillation that may be helpful as you prepare for your doctor visits:

    Keep us informed on your progress and best of luck with working with your doctors.


    AHA Support Team

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