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I just returned from the first vaction my family has had in 5 years! Hooray... the whole trip was great. I come home on Sunday, no problems, Monday no problems, Tuesday on my bike ride i start having some random arrhythmia. Some palpitations. Nothing sustained, but i noticed them. Then they went away. That night, i went to bed a little late which is not completely uncommon. All day today (Wednesday) I have had random palpitations. Nothing more then 2-3 out of rythm beats then back to normal sinus. I was diagnosed Paroxysmal Afib a little over a year ago. At that time I weighed 270 lbs and was in terrible shape. Now i am around 180 and bike 4 days a week. I have had few episodes since going onto the flecainide and asprin. My last full on afib was in late march, but the flecc put it right a little over an hour. Now though, even with it, it seems that my heart is trying to go into afib. Should i be worried? Do you think it could be from the stress and travel from the vacation and/or the less then stellar eating and drinking i did? Has anyone else experienced something like this?
DkinAA, June 20, 2019 6:50am EST
Something like this happens to me when I do a car trip to visit family — I think my electrolytes get messed up from less or different fluids/dehydration or saltier food (like pizza). I’m experimenting with more magnesium and potassium supplements and more water to try to stabilize things around these times.
Fuzzybuddha, June 20, 2019 8:20pm EST
So I had a full AFib episode last night/this morning. I took my flec and it was settled in an hour. Was fine the whole day, decided to go for a bike ride. I have never had Ill effects from it. Starting a little after, I have started to feel palpitations. I have taken my second dose of flec as my usual schedule. I am hoping that it will cause my heart to settle. Sorry I am rambling. I am just tired of going through this. It is frustrating and infuriating.
bfboca, May 16, 2020 9:39am EST
Hi Fuzzy. Re: palpitations possibly a warning that an Afib event is around the corner. I think most of us paroxysmal afib folks think that. And sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn't. Hard to figure out right? Of course we have confidence in our meds and hope that the meds will win. And, again, sometimes not. Travel is very stressful and the change in eating/drinking and fluid intake all changes, especially on a family vacation. Anxiety sets in when those palpitations hit as you're wondering if an afib event is coming, and then how long is it going to last, etc. For those times my cardiologist has prescribed a light 0.5 mg of Xanax which takes the edge off anxiety for me. You might also want to write down all the things you did and ate and drank the 24 hours before palpitations start - just write everything down. Then the next few times it happens, do the same and see if there are any matches. By doing this, I discovered chocolate was a recurring factor in my start of palpitations and afib events and therefore cut it out of my snacking habits. I congratulate you Fuzzy on losing so much weight. That is definitely a major boost in your health and reducing afib events. Excellent job. Bob
ewNY1, September 3, 2020 11:03pm EST
Healthy diet can reduce the chance of having afib. Cut down or cut off caffeine and alcohol intake.
By the way have you thought of having an ablation? It might help you live afib free forever. Consult with your cardiologist or electrophysiologist.