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AFIB Almost scored one for the Reaper

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Last October I thought I was coming down with an upper respiratory common cold type of virus. I was having trouble breathing, felt weak, and VERY fatigued. No feaver though. This kept going off and on until April. I saw my regular doctor 4 or 5 times between October and April 6. On that day I got off the elevator at work and only made 5 steps before I had to lean on the wall and rest. Our director of pilots saw me and asked if I was okay. I said I was fine he said "you need to see a doctor now. You are not fine." Then he got my boss who helped me to my desk. He told me to make an appointment for today with a doctor and keep him posted. THE DOCTORS OFFICE Still thinking it might be respiratory, she was going to send me down for a lung x-ray. At the last minute she ordered an EKG. The tech doing the EKG finished tore the paper off and rushed from the room. "Hmm this can't be good".The doctor was back in the room moments later. I thought this is really bad. It is a teaching hospital and you never see thr doctor quickly after a test is done. She sent me to the ER for emergency admit. 10 days in hospital, 8 of them in the cardiac ICU. My AFIB was pretty bad and I had early stages of congestive heart failure. In 6 days they managed to remove 22 pounds of water weight. I had what is called a cardiac inversion which reset my heart rhythm. Now I am on a lot more meds and a sodium restricted diet. I have 3 cardiologists and an anti-coag nurse. SURPRISING POSITIVES The low sodium diet has helped me kick many habits. Soda Pop, frosting, cookies, and many foods taste too salty now and I do not eat or drink them anymore. Fast food pretty much all of it is off my list due to sodium levels. I still slip from time to time, but my consumption each time is very low. My eating habits have improved greatly. Especially now that I can not just get lunch from somewhere at work. THE REASON FOR THIS POST I found out that my swim coaches husband was hospitalized shortly after I was. He had the same symptoms and followed the same path I did going to doctors and thinking it was "just a virus". No real noticeable chest pain, and easy to brush off as something else. Weakness when walking, especially in your arms and legs. Easily very short of breath. Have trouble swallowing. Vomiting up food for no reason Extremely fatigued Having trouble breathing Light headed or dizzy unexpected weight gain If you have any of these please talk to your doc. AFIB is called the silent killer. I missed it, my doctor missed it for quite a while. I am very greatful lucky to be here. ~Blessings~ to all.
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    I finally am a fib free after my last conversion that worked over two years ago. Keep focused and you can do it too. emoticon
    87 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Glad they caught it in time for you to warn us. I almost experienced the same thing a few years back. Now I pay attention to all peculiarities my body presents. emoticon
    92 days ago
    AFIB, obesity and sleep apnia are linked. To treat one you have to treat all three. From a study in New Zealand.
    93 days ago
  • LIZZIE138
    It had converted back to normal .3rd time I was full blown. Very scary. Managed with meds. It will get better
    93 days ago
  • LIZZIE138
    I’m glad it was finally caught. I had other symptoms of a-fib. I felt a flutter in the front of my neck & I could feel an irregular heartbeat which would race then slow down intermittently. I went to the ER twice & by the time I got there
    93 days ago
    AFIB seems to be rampant lately. Glad your boss was so hip to the symptoms. And also that you are doing what you must to regain health. This should be featured here.
    93 days ago
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