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10/28/12 10:08 P

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I have had issues with A-fib, but just thought it was normal for heart patients, especially when I was over 300 lbs. They noticed I kept slipping into it , and back out, during a hospital stay. They put me on Coumadin, and set up my ICD to counteract it, and knock me back into rhythm.

For almost 2 years now, I have had no issue.. unless I get a paper cut..lol. Losing wegith, and exercising when you can will help, but I have built up to 90 minutes walking most days, and I only did it at the gym at first. That way, if I passed out, they would call an ambulance.

I think it was a combo, of weight loss, Coreg to strengthen my heart, and my ICD, which allows me to exercise enough, while correcting it, if I get out of rhythm.I think the Coumadin is just to prevent clots, and a stroke, but may have some benefit, as I am sure thinner blood is easier to pump.

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10/11/12 4:33 P

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Ellie,

I don't know your age, but afib has a lot of potential risks, the biggest being blood clots. Please watch for the signs of them, which are calf pain and sudden shortness of breath.

There are several meds for it. My other health issues limit the meds I can take for it, but I take Verapamil. I also now am on warfarin because I did get the blood clots and nearly died from them when I was 45.

If you're on pradaxa, carefully read the warnings about it. I refused to stay on it when I did.

They can do minor surgery for some forms of afib to prevent it totally, but if you, like me, are still having attacks with heat and stress, please let your doc know, as it means it's not under proper control.

I will be thinner and healthier if it kills me. We don't say diet in our house-ever. Diets fail!


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10/10/12 1:26 P

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Have you been sent for an echocardiogram? I guess I'm lucky that I'm on just 2 medications and that my afib is pretty minor for now at least. I'm not a doctor but I wouldn't stop your medications and keep walking as much as you're able. Any exercise is better then none.

And you're not feeling sorry for yourself. You have the right to be upset about whats happening to you. I get those days too. Just don't let it defeat you :)

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10/10/12 1:14 P

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Hi

I'm on a ton of meds. Finally went to doc. He thinks now because of the massive swelling I'm having and the excessively high BP on top of that, that I'm in CHF. The fun never stops.

I decide to try to get healthier, and have to fight to stay out of the hospital. Doc added 4 new meds, including lasix and new afib med, forget the other two. This puts me up to 16 meds a day.

I am so tempted to just stop taking them all. I'm 52, not 92. This is absurd. Heart meds, asthma meds, BP meds, water meds, diabetic meds, pain meds, neuromuscular spasticity meds, pain meds, the list goes o. And on.

Guess I'm feeling sorry for myself today.

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10/10/12 11:03 A

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I was recently (in the past year) diagnosed with lone atrial fibrillation. I have some times where my afib will act up and I have to stop what I'm doing. I am very active in dog agility and my episodes usually occur when it's very hot out or I'm stressed. I have had episodes where I'm literally just standing and not doing anything too though. Are you on any medications?

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10/1/12 10:51 P

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Hi

I've got afib and some other health issues, including a neuromuscular disorder that causes spasticity. I've discovered walking was helping with the spasms and also with my horrible back pain. As a bonus, I've been losing inches and weight to boot. Win-win, right?

Well, I thought so til today. For nearly two weeks, I've walked a mile at least each day. Granted, I've had to drag along my walker and o2 tank, but, I've done it. Today, I used my treadmill this morning, then got really tired and took a nap. Have been super tired all day today.

Thought I had just overdid it yesterday with all the cleaning and the two weeks of daily walking and strength training.

Tonight, I went slowly on thr treadmill and felt the palpitations start. Put on my o2 sat monitor and it was at 85 with a heart rate of 145. Not great. I started to slow down more and felt a jump, then a sudden lurch and my heart rate was 278.

Can I not safely walk with a-fib? I really thought I'd gotten past the walk and pass out thing. Ironically, it was originally diagnosed in my twenties when a doctor insisted I was exaggerating when I said my heart went nuts when I walked. I passed out o. The treadmill and tore up my face and arm. Hadn't been on one since, til very recently.

With my back and spasms, the only thing short of massive amounts of pain killers that was helping was my exercise. I'm terrified it's starting back up again, and that my sats dropping are a warning that something is just...wrong.

Any suggestions?

I just am not content to weigh 170 the rest of my life and spend it doped to the gills just to survive. Sigh

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