Hi Elizabeth! Family history is a powerful incentive to do everything you can to change what you CAN change in your environment. You might try cutting salt and adding more potassium to your diet along with watching the cholesterol; changing the balance of your electrolytes helps control heart rhythm as well as lower blood pressure if you happen to be watching that.
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I've been on this team for awhile but I don't believe I've said anything yet.
I was diagnosed with atrial flutter in April after a month of perfectly normal results on various tests. I've been on a beta blocker since March and yesterday my new cardiologist (insurance change) put me on baby aspirin as well, since the flutter can raise the risk of stroke and heart attack.
They did an EP study in April that came back negative, so didn't do an ablation then (my new dr thinks they should have ablated anyway; I'm glad they didn't!).
It seems to be behaving itself; I get occasional palpitations, just one skipped beat. No tachycardia like the two episodes I had last spring. *crosses fingers*
I'm also trying to eat a heart-healthy diet (or at least get closer to it) because my cholesterol isn't perfect (I'm only 32) and my family history stinks.
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