any advice on afib please

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I was diagnosed with afib today after having what i thought to be a heart attack. my heart was beating so hard and fast and i couldnt breath. this will be the second episode that i have had where my heart beats out of control and i guess i am just looking for some or any advice on what i will be goin through or feeling. also i know everybodys cases are different but how often has anyone experienced these attacks. any advice would be much apprieciated.

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    Stephanie

    does this happen at night, or when lying down?

    So far it sounds to me that you might be reacting to something you ate.  

    Being under stress will hurt you - so find a way to relax, do not drink alcohol and maybe go out for a jog, or something to relieve the stress.

    There is a lot to chat about, and most likely nothing to worry about.  If you do have afib, it is not fatal, but does need to be managed.

    Frank

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    Hi Stephanie

    You will find this forum very supportive so hang in there. 

    I was diagnosed with PAF several years ago, it always comes on either in the evenings or during the night.  I cut out all alcohol, went on to decaffeinated tea and coffee, cut out gluten, ate healthily which I always have done but still had them.  I was prescribed various types of medication none of which worked.  Both my GP and consultant had no idea what caused them which was really frustrating as something must be.

    So I have decided to go down the alternative route and am now seeing an homeopath.  This way forward is not for everyone but I feel we are getting to the route of the problem which is partly due to bacteria getting into my heart.  The rememdies I am at present taking allow me to carry on as normal after a 10 or 12 hour episode of palpitations which for me is a huge improvement.

    I just know that something must cause the palpitations to happen the difficulty is finding out what that cause is and that is trial and error.

    However I do know how very frightening it is when they happen but stay positive and you will get there.

    Gloria

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      That's great Gloria.  Good luck getting to the core of the matter.

      In the USA several medical doctors are starting to team up with practitioners of alternative medicine and they are seeing good, a and different, results.  This may be the future of medicine.

      Frank

      Frank

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    Hi Stephanie

    Hope you haven't had another bad attack, but do make sure your doctor's monitoring you and prescribing some meds, if only as an interim measure.

    Are you in the UK or another country?

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    Stephan,

    its an absolute "mine field" knowing what causes this AF & what to take or do to make it betters, all people are very different,

    i do know this, it can drive you just as mad trying to find the answers,& answers that you may never find, but we will all still keep on trying..rolleyes 

    I think this forum will help you with some info' & understand more, than you would perhaps get from your GP or Consultant

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    I was diagnosed a year ago after suffering bouts of palpitations over a few years. To be honest I sometimes think I've been misdiagnosed as it hardly ever happens now. I'm on Warfarin to reduce stroke risk. I'm not on any other medication - they did put me on Bisoprolol but it made me worse!!

    I wish I knew what made me have the palps and I could avoid it. I thought AFIB was to do with the electrical impulses in the heart - not something that you could avoid?

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    Advice would be easier if we knew your details. Age etc. It may seem nosey or irrelevant but its not really.

    I mean, if you're 82 and overweight with a prosthetic valve or two-it would really make a lot of difference to, if you're say; 25, thin and otherwise healthy.

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      Thats my age so-its quite young. Losing weight will lessen the load on your heart-and lower your BP. So -i would start there. Some peoples hearts are idiosyncratically sensitive to electroyte concentrations. What may be right for others may be too high for you or too low. Thats-mg na k etc.
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      Ah the old weight! But you're right it certainly won't do any harm. Seeing specialist on Turs for a check up. No episodes since I saw him in May ...

      Thanks

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