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did anyone have problems being diagnosed. I was sent home with a fib only to be told by another cardiologist I don't have it. Help

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    I was diagnosed rather quickly by gp and diagnosis was confirmed by electrophisiologist .

    Best to see electrophisiologist as they are experts in rhythm control issues ! Hope second doc was correct !!

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    Hi Kate, It may depend on type of afib is it paroxymal, persistent or permanent atrial fibrillation. Paroxymal comes and goes, persistent lasts longer than seven days and permanent is there all the time. I got afib in 2010 after a chest infection but it took several months to have it formally diagnosed by a cardiologist by means of an ECG and echocardiogram.
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    Only an ekg can tell if u r in afib. Sent home from hospital, office? If they did ekg in office you may not have been in afib and go into afib the minute u leave. U need to wear a monitor. How old r u? What r your risk factors?
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    Kate, the correct thing to do is to see a different doctor for confirmation.

    A third opinion may be useful.

    An ECG should be able to confirm.

    My cardiologist informed me he thought I had transient Afib but it later turned out to be a permanent one. Both your cardiologists could be correct!

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    Hi Kate. sometimes you can have one or two attacks of arythmia but it's not actually Atrial Fibrillation. For your sake I hope that's what it is. I'm sure most people with established AF will say their symptoms can be quite debilitating. 

    Mine are racing and chaotic heart rate and flutter, chest pain, jaw pain, dizziness (and passing out sometimes) nausea, anxiety.

    Mine was diagnosed quite quickly as I presented to my emergency department with a heart rate of 180 plus and stayed that way for around 7 hours.

    Follow up with your ER if you feel you are having an episode as they can pick it up quickly.

     

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      Hi buddah. This chaotic heart racing u have- do u ever feel like it is just going to burst

      Through your chest. Mine is so violent, but yet heart rate was only about 70-80. Just extremely hard beats for about an hour and 1/2. My ablation was 4 weeks ago. Everytime I think I will go to ER, it quits

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      Hi Buddha 

      i went into hospital with a pr of 150-180. I was in 4 days and it remained at 140 for 4 days, the dr told me it wasn't a fast rate but a very fast rate. Went in for a further couple of times in quick succession. Then discharged until this Thursday I continue to have fast pulse daily 65-120. My blood pressure is erratic too

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      I do t u sets tans why they let your heartrate be 140 for 4 days. What meds are you on.? How old r u and did they tell u it was afib? Are u on a blood thinner?
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      65, was on dabigratan but just taken off because he Dr says I don't have it I am on Zlozem for high  Bloodpressure and yes I was given the diagnosis but the cardiologist disagrees and I was told I had 80% chance of having a stroke.

      feel confused.

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      I am a nurse, but my expertise is in labor and delivery. If u r overweight, diabetic, have kidney problems, these could all contribute to high blood pressure without afib. Sleep apnea is a cause for concern. Most of the risk factors for high b/p are those for afib. Either way, u have to get blood pressure under control. Don't wait. U got a lot of years left.

      Take care.

      Carol

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      I have diabetes, Asthama but not over weight. Don't drink or smoke a bit of a bore really.

      i have worked in mental health a general Meds for over 30 years I had my own mental health unit until last year and then retired. Thank you for your help.

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      I do feel like its pounding , I think when you have had an ablation it takes some time to settle down. Remember they have scarred your heart and that needs to heal. Just try and relax when it's bothering you. Do some deep breathing exercises. Do something to take your mind off it.

      I hope your ablation proves to be very successful.

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