Jul 17
David W
David W , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

Controlled AFIB: No longer detected with holter heart monitor

Age 88 male: I had ablation on both sides.  My Biological age is 50 based on 400 yard, 2 min measure and age 70 based on my hand grip stength. AFIB came back with time which it often does after an ablation. I learned to monitor my arrhythmia using an android software [play store] Arrhythmia Monitor I developed [free] for the public. I monitor my heart rhythm real-time every day using a Zephyr HxM BT sensor on a chest belt [$64.95 Amazon] and displayed on an Android device like a Tablet Smart-phone or iPod Touch. 

A recent 7 day [24 hours a day] holter showed I did not have any appreciable AFIB. [My doctor said to check back with him in a year.] I live a healthy lifestyle that includes two types of controlled aerobic exercises and moderate resistance work for strength. I also control my autonomic system and arrhythmia with resonant breathing. I do what works best [WWB] based on what I see on my 1 minute continuous real time display. Based on the display of my arrhythmia I have discontinued specific medications [doctor agreed] as well as some foods and inappropriate exercise. The display of my arrhythmia is based on the timing between the RR pulses of an ECG. Irregular heart rate [PACs & PVCs] are displayed: PACs are positive, i.e. above sinus and PVCs are negative, i.e. below sinus . Often at the end of the day I monitor my arrhythmia on an AliveCor ECG on the same Android device to be sure something more complex is not taking place.

If I can cut-and-paste I intend to include a screen shot of my displayed arrhythmia which includes periodic PACs [ablation scar tissue] that interupt sinus, which is Normal for me. There is also one PVC. 

I hope to share this arrhythmia control approach with others in the AMA community.

With a warm and largly periodic heart,

David W
 
1 Comment
  • Kerstin Wiggins
    Kerstin Wiggins,
    David, thank you so much for sharing your story! I know lots of folks have questions re: monitoring their arrhythmia and medications and it's really helpful to hear from someone who has been through it. Have you ever been to the My AFib Experience community? It's specifically for people w/ AFib. Sounds like they could benefit from your experience as well -- http://myafibexperience.org/
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