afib or anxiety?

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Hi everyone. I am male 27yo. I have experienced palpilations after alcohol consumption several times. I went to cardiology specialist. My ecg holter ultrasound etc were normal. But he said me you experienced afib but you are now ok. I left with concor 5mg. I went 3 other cardiolog. they said palpilations are normal after drinking, and i am fine. Yesterday i played tennis and at the time i finished match my palpilations occured again. I went to Emergency. Sinus tachycardia had been found. Feeling is the same with previous palpilations, like skipped beats. My pulse rate were 110 -120 About 2 hours. I also have panic attack history. Do you think last palpilations about afib or exercise and anxiety combination? thank you

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    HI There ,  I started off with Af the same way after exercise or having a drink, once it started after a short time it went back to sinus rythm, not to occur until the next time , it was very intermittent.  Over the course of a couple of years it got worse with the missed beats tachycardia, until eventually they caught it on tape .  I too suffer from anxiety attacks which dont help the situation.  But when your heart is going fast and missing beats its enough to make you panic which makes its worse.   I have had an alblation 5 years ago and had to have another last year , but I am still having lots of missed beats and pauses which make me dizzy.  it does sound like you need to keep a check on this.  Caffine is also a trigger with AF as well as Alcohol and stress , hope this helps
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    Hi, I've been in the same situation as you although I'm now I'm my 40's, anxiety and panic attacks which one day felt different so went to hospital and was fully in AFIB

    I've since had an ablation which so far (2 years) seem to do the trick.

    In my experience red wine and excercise would almost certainly start it and my cardiologist confirmed red wine seems to start some people off.

    There's a very very fine line where Anxiety and AFIB cross over, during high anxiety or panic attacks my HR would naturally go high on the fight or flight theory.

    My cardiologist and I agreed before the ablation to buy a monitor that went on my smartphone which would give accurate readings so he knew what he was dealing with. Even now I take readings and send but I have learned that the anxiety is anxiety and I deal with it.

    I have woken a couple of times with a heart rate at 100, this has always been after I've been out drinking

    Hope this helps

    Cheers

    Darren

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    Thank you for answers. I am more anxious now i hope i have no afib. Yesterday in ecg only sinus tachycardia had been found. And a fib never documented. I felt only palpilations without dizziness or chest pain. How often occur a fib on you. I read holiday heart syndrome is temporary and lasts after 24 hours. How can i understand if it becomes chronic? Do you recommend exercise?
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    Hi I was the same as you at first didn't know if it was panic attacks or afib or even something more serious, it started with palpitations went to the doctor and he talked it down and said I was fine . But as you know we all know are own body and I knew it was more than that. So after treatment for panic attacks for three years I was in bed one night when as I was almost asleep my heart started thumping in my chest I jumped out of bed felt really ill and the panic kicked in big time . I started to go to a&e but didn't get that far had to pull in and phone for an ambulance. Long story short was diagnosed with afib at last put on citalopram and Bisoprolol and alls been good since apart from a few minor episode. Remember Afib isn't life threatening so I hope you get it sorted and keep your chin up
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    Hi, sorry for making you more anxious...it was only my story and these thinks if you have them can generally be fixed.

    Ectopic beats or tempory afib is viable, I have ectopic beats when under stress, it's just an extra beat thrown in from the ventricles, my cardioligst says not to worry  about them,I feel them some times and at first got very anxious but now don't worry and sleep well in my bed not worry about them

    Darren

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    Thank you all guys
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      ugur please dont worry as others have said its not life threatening , and if they do find Afib they will treat it , my last ablation left me alot better than I was even though its not completely gone , its not half as bad, But getting anxious doesnt help, so try to keep calm, but also try to lay off the caffine it does help
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      i have had PAF for a year now am on medication  i have been offered ablation  was put off when the consultant said there was a chance of having a stroke and also it might not work also as ive got older i a bit scared of being awake and having it done   by the way most of the times i have ecg     ts normal  they found it when i had the 24 hour moniter   i  find it frightening at times it might not kill us but it still make you scared at the time.
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      I was frightened to death when they told me about the stroke, it kept me awake for weeks before the ablation, but the stats are very low and as time goes on their is a higher risk that each year goes by of getting a clot...

      I would ask the consultant what his success rate was and what his fatality rate is, if not good find one that has good stats,

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      thanks Dazzler did you feel anything when you had the ablation.                

      you know at times i think its not PAF as i  burp a lot when i get it seems weird to me but ive had all the test, i will ask the consultant about his success rate  they put me on warfairn and im always cold and tired since ,    so would like to come off that, didnt relize how many people suffer from PAF

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      Hi there, no I knew nothing about it, had general as I'm by nature a bit anxious and had no wish to see my heart in 3d...and my excellent consultant in London preferred it that way as he hdidn't have to worry about me, as such.

      I refused wararin and I didn't want to keep having blood tests and after a bit of wrangling with my health authority and advise from my consultant i was put on Dabigatran leading up to the procedure and 6 weeks after, then it stops.

      Sometimes its a bugger to diagnose and even after several holter monitors on we struggled to prove it, but eventually with the aid of the Iphone and the device attached (which my consult recomended) we were able to catch the readings and act accordingly.

      Never had the burp thing, although trapped wind can cause some funny things. Hope this helps 

      Darren 

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    I have sinus tachycardia. I started irregular heart beats in early 20's and now am 43. About a year ago I went in to tachycardia and Dr's restarted my heart , stayed in ICU couldnt get rate down and they did an ablation last April. I am now having problems again and my surgeon has me on a heart halter. I take a beta blocker and anxiety meeds. I've always been a worry wart which does't help at all. Hope all goes well with you.
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