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Pianobeth7, January 19,  2021  5:52pm EST

Newly diagnosed

Hi, I have a history of WPW and mitral valve prolapse.  Now I have an enlarged left ventrical and Afib.  My first attack of afib landed me in the ER December 28-29, 2020.  Yesterday a specialist confirmed I have afib and started me on medicine.  Just wanted to find out others experiences and tips for life style changes.  Thanks.

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  • dsavoie1953
    dsavoie1953, January 19,  2021  7:26pm EST

    Go to StopAFIB.org! Please be very careful regarding COVID. 

    See a cardiologist and EP that will work as a team. 

    Get all the cardiologist test you can for a sound baseline including blood before a RF ablation procedure. 

    If you AFIB goes to persistent AFIB schedule an ablation within 3 months of sooner. Do not prolong with a dilated (enlarge) ventricle and mitral valve issue.

    You want your heart rate back to normal sinus rhythm so your heart can heal back to normal.

    Mitral valve should be guarded depending on the issue. 

    I am informing you from a recent family experience regarding COVID that puts you at a very risk. 

    Be safe! 


  • Thumper2
    Thumper2, January 20,  2021  8:34am EST

    Planobeth7, in addition to using the resources at StopAfib.org, you can do a "search" at the top of this page, which will yield lots of miscellaneous information!  AFib affects people very differently.  It's interesting (and sometimes confusing) to see how others have dealt with it, in terms of identifying their "triggers" for AFib episodes, how exercise and various meds affect them, etc.  I trust you are seeing an electrophysiologst, i.e., a cardiologist whose specialty is AFib.  What meds are you taking?  We wish you well -- keep us posted!

    Thumper2 (Judy)

  • AHAModerator
    AHAModerator, January 20,  2021  9:54am EST

    Hi there,

    Welcome to the Support Network! Thank you for sharing your story. We understand this is a difficult time, but we are glad to have you here. This space is a great reminder that you aren't alone! You may find this resource helpful on lifestyle strategies for Atrial Fibrillation.

    Take Care,

    AHA Moderator

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