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Afib since 15 like to get off meds always irregular any way to keep rate slow and regular without taking meds as it interferes in my life travel ochh?

Afib since 15 like to get off meds always irregular any way to keep rate slow and regular without taking meds as it interferes in my life travel ochh?

Atrial Fibrillation: The fact that you have had this since age 15 suggests possible congenital heart or valvular heart disease. Heart rate control important to prevent low blood pressure, shortness of breath and heart failure. Anticoagulation important for prevention of stroke due to blood clot formation in the heart. ...Read more

Dr. John Garner
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Atrial Fibrillation (Definition)

A heart condition, in which the electrical activity of the heart is abnormal. This abnormal electrical signal causes the heart muscle to contract when it is not supposed to and thus blood is ...Read more


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What does atrial fibrillation feel like?

What does atrial fibrillation feel like?

It depends on: A number of factors. Most people will feel an irregular and skipping or racing sensation in their chest. If the heart rate is too fast or the heart is very weak, you may feel short of breath, weak or even chest pressure. Many people have atrial fibrillation with no obvious symptoms. ...Read more

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What does atrial fibrillation feel like in a person?

What does atrial fibrillation feel like in a person?

Various symptoms: Symptoms vary from patient to patient. Some patients have no symptoms at all. Possible symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations, and sweating. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what it's like to have atrial fibrillation and how often do you get a bout of it and how long does it stay also how?

Patient specific: There is a lot of variation of symptoms of atrial fibrillation and its pattern. Symptoms: fatigue, loss of "get up and go", shortness of breath with exertion, palpitations, fluttering feeling, lightheaded or dizzy. It can last from seconds or minutes to days and some people are constantly in it (persistent atrial fibrillation). Paroxysmal af can occur daily to yearly. ...Read more

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How to control afib?

How to control afib?

A fib: First line of treatment is medications. Most commonly used are beta blockers or calcium blockers. ...Read more

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47 on propaphenpne tid afib. What is better?

47 on propaphenpne tid afib. What is better?

Relativity: There are no perfect treatments for af. The most effective, amiodarone, unfortunately has the most serious long term toxicity. The problem with all other meds (except simple beta blockers and calcium blockers) is that they can cause other, more life threatening arrhythmias. The most important risk factor is the presence of cad. Other than that, trial and error is the best bet (with exceptions). ...Read more

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Is PSVT the same as AFIB?

Is PSVT the same as AFIB?

Yes: There are several types for PSVT and a fib is one of them. ...Read more

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Can Neupogen shots cause afib?

Not likely: I have never seen a case. A fib is so common that it likely is springing up from other causes. ...Read more

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Is afib really stress in disguise?

Is afib really stress in disguise?

No: No, but stress is one of the many things that can precipitate it in an already diseased heart. ...Read more

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Is there a life long cure for afib?

No: Unless there is a specific reason such as hypothyroidism, most therapies seek to attenuate symptoms ...Read more

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Do you treat vagal afib differently?

No: Although it theoretically makes sense to use anti arrhythmic medications which target the parasympathetic (vagal) nervous system, studies don't seem to show a difference in success using this approach. ...Read more

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What's the difference between vfib and afib?

What's the difference between vfib and afib?

Top vs Bottom: Ventricular fibrillation is from the bottom chamber; vf is worse; it usually causes cardiac arrest which is often fatal. Atrial fibrillation - from the top chamber- while not as severe, also has significant health risks. It increases the risk of stroke, which can be disabling or fatal. ...Read more

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How long do you need to be in afib to cause a clot?

How long do you need to be in afib to cause a clot?

No specific time: If you are in afib some blood just sits in the atria of heart and does not get circulated. When blood sits it can clot. It is sort of like driving with your eyes closed. Can you do it without having a wreck? Yes, for a while. But the wreck can come anytime. It will eventually happen. You should open your eyes. If you have frequent or chronic afib, you need to see your personal physician. ...Read more

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Can gulping a very cold drink quickly trigger afib?

Can gulping a very cold drink quickly trigger afib?

Yes: I've seen this before, actually. Sudden cold in the esophagus can trigger extra heart beats (pac's), which then can trigger afib. For people prone to triggered heart arrhythmias, it is important to minimize your exposure to your particular triggers. Common triggers include stress, caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, lack of sleep, sleep apnea, and sometimes sugar or environmental (e.g., cold). ...Read more

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Can afib put one at risk for a pe or just a stroke?

Afib increases the..: Risk of stroke. Most clots are felt to develop in the atrial appendage on the left side of the heart. If a clot breaks free, it will travel to the systemic arterial circulation and can block any artery downstream. Stroke from clot blocking flow in brain or less common, heart attack from block of a coronary artery. Clot to the lungs from afib is rare as it is right sided circulation. ...Read more

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Can 86 year old be treated for afib and have a life?

Absolutely: It all depends where we start. With average or over level of activities of daily living, no advanced disease and overall low fall risk the treatment (and its risks) is acceptable. The main risk derives from the need for anticoagulation, using blood thinners, that by itself is considered high risk treatment regardless of age. ...Read more

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Due to my afib it safe for me to use procera avh? Thanks.

Due to my afib it safe for me to use procera avh? Thanks.

Intractions: Procera contains carnitine, huperzine and vinpocetin. Carntine and huperzine interact with coumadin (warfarin). Huperzine interacts with pradaxa, vinpocetin thins the blood and can be a ptoblem with either. Definitely check with your doctor. ...Read more

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What else can I do besides taking medication if I have afib?

Atrial fibrillation: You can consider electrocardioversion or have an electrophysiologic evaluation to ablate the cause of the issue. Your cardiologist will know if these are options in your particular case. ...Read more

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Anyone know how to help me eat better so my vagal nerve does not cause afib?

Anti-inflammation: I am not aware of any diet that manipulates vagal nerve activity. There is substantial evidence that af is at least partly related to inflammation and fibrosis. I would therefore try to increase foods with strong anti-oxidant properties. ...Read more

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What diet can I eat which will digest more easily, since hard to digest foods causes afib? Is there medicine for this?

What diet can I eat which will digest more easily, since hard to digest foods causes afib? Is there medicine for this?

Atrial fibrillation: I know of know foods except stimulants that agravate atrial fibrillation. Ie caffein. There are many medications to help control atrial fibrillation. Note atrial fibrillation has a very real risk of stroke. Need to discuss diagnosis and treatment strategy with you doctor and cardiology. Atrial fibrillation can occur spontaneously but also can have underling cause that needs treatment. ...Read more

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Can afib attack terminate gradually? I have been in afib for 10 days but pulse now feeling more regular (with some irregular beats).

Atrial Fib: A Fib can Spontaneously revert to normal rhythm, it would be wise to confirm by ECG particularly as you note some rhythm irregularity; also some basic blood tests are necessary-so go on and be seen by your Dr ASAP. ...Read more

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I have afib and anxiety, BP normally 116/70 on meds hr65to75. Woke up today and BP has been 150/99 hr 99 to 110 all day any cause for concern?

Yes, concern: If you have atrial fibrillation and your pulse and BP have been high all day, you should see your physician today. If it's now too late for that, call the doctor on call -- who may want you to go to an urgent care center to be checked. ...Read more

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I'm in afib 3 cardio versions & a ablasion didn't work, dr want to do another version, is that the best choice or should I do another ablasion?

Depends how you feel: We used to think it was very important to keep people out of afib, but now we know that it doesn't make that much difference - unless you feel bad when in afib. Unless you are adjusting meds, repeated cardioversions are not going to do any good. The hope is to find an antiarrhythmic drug that will keep you in sinus after the cardioversion. Good luck! Most imp: you need to be anticoagulated! ...Read more

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I have been told Eliqis is the better drug for the elderly taken twice a day, at 2.5 per time. Why is it better than XeraltoThis is for lone afib.

Oral anticoagulants: 3 new alternatives (Eliquis, Pradaxa & Xarelto) to Warfarin, traditional oral anticoagulant (blood thinner) of choice for decades, don't require monitoring nor are affected by what you eat. All 3 are approved in States for preventing stroke in atrial fibrillation. Some are approved for more uses. None of 3 new ones has been proven better than others at preventing strokes but may be safer than Warf ...Read more

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Should I have an afib ablation?

Hypothetically...: Let's make assumptions: you're 36, presumably healthy without other major med problems and you have already failed a trial of 1 or more drugs. You only have afib sometimes. Fine, here's the breakdown. Chance of cure on 1st procedure: 50%. Chance of cure after 2nd procedure: 70%. Recovery time: short. Risk of major complications, ~4% including 1:250-500 of stroke. Pick your ep doc well. ...Read more

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Every time I go into afib I am always so tired afterwards, like I need to take a nap. Why is that?

Ur blood pressure: May drop when u go into a fib. Easy to check. Be sure to tell ur doc about this fatigue. ...Read more

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Is afib the same as a pac?

Is afib the same as a pac?

No: Atrial fib is a persistant rapid beats in the atria. Atrial beat is about 300 beats per min. Pac is a single isolated beat that originates in the atrium. ...Read more

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How do you treat cabal afib?

Medications and such: It depends on if it is chronic or just intermittent. If it is rare, they may just watch it. If it is fast or long lasting, then there are medications that help regulate the heart. It is also good to avoid tobacco, caffeine, and stimulants. ...Read more