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61 year Old Female Diagnosed in March with Paroxysmal Afib
I was diagnosed in March. I was in the hospital for 4 days while they tried different meds. I am now on 180mg diltiazem extended release a day and 50 mg of atenolol a day. Things were wonderful for a month. Then this past sunday I went into afib again. And again on Tuesday. It didn't last as long as it did in March. I called my doctor who told me not to worry and this may happen once in awhile, and to just continue doing what I am doing when it happens. He said it is something you have to learn to live with. My doctor is not good at answering questions. Can I do things like housework and walking while I am in afib? I am new to this and a little scared. I forgot to mention that I am on 81mg aspirin also. My doctor said I didn't need a blood thinner because I am only a 1 on the chadvasc scale. Also how do you learn to live with this and not worry?
AHAModerator, April 22, 2021 8:58am EST
Thank you for sharing your story with the MyAFibExperience community. I'm so sorry to hear that you are having a tough time and scared with your AFib journey, but I hope that you can start to feel better about your condition as you hear from others on the forum about their experiences. I can also share some AFib and Mental Health and Well-being resources with you to help you learn more. Please keep us updated on how you're doing!
The AHA Team
Thumper2, April 23, 2021 8:32am EST
Dana1960, sorry to hear you have AFib, but it's not the end of the world! By way of advice, I'd say, get an appointment with an EP (electrophysiologist) -- they are cardiologists whose specialty is treating AFib. They are generally more up-to-date than GPs or cardiologists. Do not expect to just "live with" AFib -- if you take medications for it, their efficacy may dwindle with time. In the meantime, even at a better comfort level, your heart may be quietly degenerating (this was my experience). As for activity when you're in AFib, I'd say, experiment carefully! Just keep doing what you ordinarily do and see how you feel. Keep a record of your heart rate and your blood pressure, to show the EP. Check out AFib resources for more information (and more questions). Knowledge is power! Take a look at the site, StopAfib.org for more information. AFib takes many forms -- this is why you need a specialist to deal with it. Keep us posted!
dsavoie1953, April 24, 2021 10:08pm EST
As allows excellent advice Ms Judy!
Ms Dana - Your heart chambers may dilate and valves may leak over time. Get an RF Ablation ASAP is my advice. All research states - Paroxysmal AFIB will end with Persistent AFIB. Do not wait to get back to a NSR. My experiences started in 2018. 144+ BPM is not good for your heart long term.