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10/28/12 9:58 P

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I haven't had surgery on my heart yet. Two ICD 's so far though. I have had several bouts of A-fib, and was put on Coumadin. They used my ICD to shock me the last time, and said it didn't work. I continued with issues, mostly out of breath, trouble doing anything as simple as showering, for about 3 more weeks. That was almost 2 years ago, and no issues since then.

A lot of weight loss helped, and my last echo showed my ejection fraction improved from 16 % to 45 %, with 50% being normal. Ejection fraction is how much blood by volume in the heart is ejected( pumped out ) with each heart beat.. So if you have 2 cups of blood in the heart, you normally pump out 1 cup , or half with each heartbeat. So with weight loss, exercise, and Coreg and a few other pills, I have tripled the effectiveness of my heart strength.

I am hoping that this continues, since A-fib is hard to live with. Hope you find some way to get rid of it , or minimize the time you are feeling it. Three weeks was too long for me. My ICD also makes small corrections, which undoubtedly helps, also.

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10/28/12 2:31 P

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thank U for your reply

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10/27/12 4:38 P

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CABG IS A ABBREVIATION FOR CARDIAC ATERY BIPASS GRAFT. IT MEANS OPEN HEART SURGERY WHERE A DISEASED ARTERY WAS REPAIRED BY REMOVING THE DISEASED ARTERY AND GRAFTING ANOTHER ARTERY IN THE HEART. THE GRAFT ARTERY IS USUALLY TAKEN FROM A LEG. FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN THE VARIOUS TYPES OF CARDIAC ARRHYTHMIAS LOOK UNDER HEALTH CONDITIONS, HEALTH A-Z , CARDIAC ARRHYTHMIAS. AFIB IS EXPLAINED .HOPE THIS HELPS

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10/27/12 1:01 A

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I have a-fib, not sure what GAGB is, though

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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10/26/12 12:22 P

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hi and welcome to the team

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10/26/12 12:00 P

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Hi VATRUCKER, welcome to the team. I do not have a-fib, but I'm sure there are some on the team who will be able to comment on. emoticon

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10/26/12 10:17 A

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folks, I am new to the site. So hello to everyone involved. My question is"does anyone on site suffer with a condition called a=fib as a result of CABG? I am trying to get some comments on how people combat the symtoms caused by this condition emoticon

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