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Afib and colonoscopy. Be careful
Hi. I am new here after having afib for eight years. Never had an episode until a week ago. .I was scheduled for a colonscopy about 10 days ago I did the horrible horrible prep and was slated for 10: on next day Went without water from 12 to 12 They were running late and my bp was high as was my heart rate due to no water They cancelled me out afraid I'd have a stroke And sent me to ER Had water in between and bp ,heart rate much better Bottom line Er doc said No water causes afib episode Left er with a dehydration prognosis with instructions to see cardiologist Who didn't have a great bedside manner and scared me So Now I am studying about this episode and joining this group for support . Some docs don't take the time at all to individualize one s afib ....so I understand now after reading many books Just now feel normal
AHAModerator, December 27, 2020 11:56am EST
Welcome and thank you for sharing your story with the community. I am sorry to hear about the experience that you had with your colonoscopy, but I am glad that you are doing better and seeing a cardiologist.
We have some resources about AFib on our site that might be useful to you.
AFib Resources For Patients and Professionals
Keep us updated on your progress. We are wishing you all the best!
AHA Support Team
Raindrop32, December 28, 2020 12:56pm EST
Oh my God yes.
Laxatives. (Stimulant Laxatives, specifically)
Last July I took senna once and I felt like I was going to die the whole day. You're completely correct, laxatives mess with your fluid and electrolyte balance, and I also wonder if they also affect the gut/brain nervous system and Vagus nerve which also is connected to the heart.
No physician ever warned me about this either, so thank you for the public service announcement.
emd2020, December 30, 2020 1:07pm EST
I am so sorry to hear of your experience with the colonoscopy...what an unsettling situation. Have you been able to reschedule the colonoscopy? Please keep us updated.
My experience was just the opposite. I went in for a colonoscopy in late October and they discovered a bundle branch block in my heart. I am doing reserch on this heart condition.
Has anyone experienced a bundle branch block or know where I can get information/cardilogist referrals in the Twin Cities area?
Any information or insight into this conidtion will be appreciated!
CaliGal, January 16, 2021 4:11am ESTHi, Horselady, I'm sorry to hear of your experience! Just a suggestion--contact the cardiologist again by phone or by email and ask the cardiologist to refer you to an electrophysiologist (EP), who is more of an expert in heart issues, rates and rhythms. I had to jump through the hoop myself, of first seeing a cardiologist and stating my case for a referral to an EP, which I got.