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matt6815, November 5,  2020  5:48pm EST

Pretty sure I have AFIB but not diagnoised...Need help

Hi Everyone,

So I am a 33 year old male who has been pretty healthy over my whole life. Im 6 foot 165 pounds, I have lost 20 pounds randomly over the last 4 years with no explanation I was 185.

But anyways about 1 month ago out of no where I noticed when I went to sleep my heart started to skip a beat very abuptly to the point where it became hard for me to breath and I started to have an axiety attack I believe from the heart issue. So i went to the ER and of course they did all the test EKG's blood work and nothing came back with any issues. However I did have PVC's for 6 hours straight at which my heart was skipping about 10-14 beat a minute but my heart rate was not high i think 92-95. This only went away once they gave me Metoprolol 25mg. So i took this for about 1 week straight every day which made me feel super tired and have a upset stomach and made it hard to eat still. However 2 week later it happened again at night time. So I figured maybe it happened because i took the medicaiton so early in the morning that it wore off by 11pm. So I took the medication again about 2 hours later it went away.

Now we are again 1 week later and I started to have issues again I tried to ween my self down on my medication as my Cardiolgist told me they think its anxiety as the heart monitor I wore and Ultra sound showed no issues. Even though i was on the beta blockers the whole time which i think hid the issue. The difference is now I am starting to have the issues through out the day off and on now.

So i am pretty much asking this forum if they can help me out to determine the issue. The cardiolgist wants me to see a pysch to go over and see if its anxiety, even though i have a feeling its not becuase i only get the other symptoms after my heart starts to skip a beat. I didnt recently have a baby about 1 year ago and covid has honestly made things a lot more stressful....but i just feel like this is AFIB and they just are not testing or catching it when its happening.

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  • Bonnielou
    Bonnielou, November 6,  2020  12:13pm EST

    Change Cardiologist... specifically a Cardiophysiologist...they deal with the electrical part of the heart and that is the essence of AFib.. Good luck..

  • matt6815
    matt6815, November 6,  2020  5:38pm EST

    Do you mean a electrophysiologist ?

  • Thumper2
    Thumper2, November 7,  2020  7:36am EST

    Yes -- electrophysiologist.  Tell your cardiologist that you want to get a second opinion, this time from an electrophysiologist.  In addition, it might be of help to find a Sleep Center (as part of a hospital) and be tested to see if you have sleep apnea.  If your electrophysiologist recommends that you have an ablation to deal with atrial fibrillation, it's likely to be more successful if you have sleep apnea that is being treated.  I hope this makes sense -- in any case, keep us posted as to how things are going. It sounds like you are educating yourself on AFib, and that's a good thing!

    Thumper2 (Judy)

  • DkinAA
    DkinAA, November 8,  2020  1:35pm EST

    Anxiety and afib tend to reinforce each other - I apparently was having some episodes some time before I was diagnosed - I thought I was having a panic attack or just overdosed on caffeine. I never measured my heart rate, but on a routine doctor visit, the tech taking my vitals notice a high HR, ran an ECG, and an hour or so later I was checked into the ER. It was pretty bad af first, but got connected with an EP, who had me wear a monitor for a couple of weeks and set up for a sleep study - turned out I had apnea, which is a big contributor to my afib, espicially while I was asleep; fixed that, have been sleeping better than I had in years!

    There are a several afib treatment options; usually drugs are tried first. We all react differently to the drugs - even the beta blockers, so you and a good doc can try different dosages, different drugs, and over time manage this, and then ablation procedures are an option. It can get better - at first, my episodes totally freaked me out; these days, it's llke dang, this isn't going to be one of my better days, but I can still function.  Give yourself a break also - with the pandemic and other stuff, I'm surprised we all aren't going nuts from the stress!

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