High heart rate during AFib.

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I have AFib and recently also told i have atrial flutter. My main concern is in the last month, my heart rate jumps up to 125-135 and can last most of the day.  Does anyone else have this?   What do you do to help bring down the rate.  I try Xanax sometimes, but it doesn't always help.

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    Hi Allen I had both too however I've had 2 ablations so now I mostly get just the high heart rate and thats very infrequently like once or twice a year. It goes up to 165 sometimes. I've found I can have the best stability and control over this darn thing when I follow the FODMAP diet closely.

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    What is that diet/ what was you ablation experiemce like/ SCARED to do it. 
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      Hi Betty check out the diet online I believe the one from Stanford University is the best. It really helps with settling the stomach, IBS, and the vagus nerve. A lot of us a fibers have found a diffinite connection between our heart arrhythmia and undetected or undiagnosed food sensitivities. As for the ablations the first was no problem however the second one was a week and a half later because the first one failed. And it hurt a lot. It was really quite painful. And that time they used an artery not a vein like the first time so they literally had to stand on my leg for an hour afterwards to seal the incision they made. They don't seem to stitch those. So that was painful too. But the good thing is the second one worked. Hope.this info helps.

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      Thanks. Had you been on drugs before/ Why did the dr. say you should do it/ I keep feeling conflicted as to what to do...I have a lot of afib that i rarely feel but data shows it. I will check that diet. out. 
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      Yes Betty I was on drugs for a short while before the ablations. But for me it all happened so fast. Very shortly after I was diagnosed like a week. Cause the drugs weren't working well so I had my husband take me to the emergency. At that time I didn't know anything about a fib/flutter so I just went along with everything. Just so you know my dad also has a fib however like you he rarely feels it. He is on medication and is 91 years old!! He's had it for about 10 years and has never had an ablation and he's doing just fine. I on the other hand am VERY symptomatic and feel like crap when it happens lol.

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      i don't feel it hardly at all but data shows a great deal of it so torn as to what to do.Drs.had disagreements about drugs.side effects. only on blood thinner .some slowing of heart drugs...guess when you feel it you need relief..when you don't just worry something bad will happen..

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      Don't worry so much Betty. Get on with your life. I know it's hard. But if you are on blood thinners they will do the job they need to do. You are actually so lucky that you don't feel it. I would give my left arm not to have any symptoms. Go out there and celebrate life lol. It's important not to let yourself get caught up in the what if's. Its hard for a fibers to do this and it took me several years actually to just say screw it I'm gonna not be scared of this darn thing anymore. So now I try very hard not to let it interfere with my life .

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      I had an ablation. The procedure was easy and it really worked well for about 6 months.  Now the Dr. wants to do another one or start me on Tikyson. I am undecided on which is best to do.  Wish I could talk to someone on Tikyson to see how it works for them.
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      Hi ..I need to get where you are with the mental part  to get where you are with the mental part of the Afib. Ever since I was diagnosed with it it has ruled my life I won't travel I won't have necessary surgeries that I need badly knees etc.  it has taken over my thought process for everything and it's driving me  crazier  than I already feel . All I am on is arenolol for the rate control and that is it I have a little episodes off and on  that don't last very long but of course the big one that I was diagnosed with a fib lasted two hours and I went to the emergency room but I really need to get this under control in my mind because it's ruining my life . If my heart acts up in the morning it dictates my whole day. I have got to get where you are with the metal part thank you for posting that because it's nice to hear and it gives me encouragement and hope that I may be there someday sooner than later.good luck and thank you 

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      Me too and I don't feel it Just keep thinking something will happen and nothing had. Mental fright..not good. I go about my days okey . I was a big traveler but have not gone anywhere far since my last trip overseas about four years ago. Lately not gone anywhere close. Not good. 

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      Hi Diana, have you thought about a life coach or counselling? It might help you work through your fears and lifestyle changes you've had to make with a fib. Its not healthy to live in this fear all the time. Counseling might help you cope better or maybe give you strategies for when you feel sad or afraid. I went a few times and just having to pay for it made me realize I need to change lol. Honestly when it's our time it our time there is nothing we can do to stop it. However there is no reason you can't live a full and rewarding life. This is NOT a death sentence. Keep on trucking! Lol

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      It makes me feel not so mentally unhealthy in that I am not alone in my fears and as several others have stated we have to get over it. I do go to counseling. I need to change also. Life is too short. No one is going to live forever. Just have to integrate these thoughts into my mind. 
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      I know Betty it is hard and my heart goes out to you. And I'm glad to hear you are getting counseling. Most people don't realize what it is like to live with this. Unless you experience it people will fluff it off. But it can be debilitating and a great source of anxiety. Keep pushing yourself to feel better both physically and mentally you'll be glad you did. I'm here for you Betty. Have an awesome day!

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      You will get there Diana. You need to let it know who's boss lol. Stomp your foot down and say that's it! I'm gonna live my life however I want and whatever happens happens. Remember it's not A Fib that can harm you directly. And if you take blood thinners as per your doctor's advise you reduce your risk dramatically for stroke. I don't even take blood thinners I'm just on flecanide. That's it. As my family doctor and specialist both agree it's not necessary at this time. However this does put me at a very slight higher chance of stroke. But I don't let this bother me or stop me from doing stuff within my means. You have been given this life to live and enjoy. Go for it. I'm here for ya.

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      Thank you for the reply...I will also need  to pay for it and I know that in my lifetime I've gone through a lot of things that I have corrected myself and I know this is one of them  that I need to start working on now .it's nice to hear the encouragement that you put out there for us all with this horrible  thing called a fib . I will embrace your suggestion and start this minute to get out of this fear  that has paralyzed my life . thank you so much and God bless you 

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      Hi Allen, I've been on Tykosin for a year and I'm very pleased with it. No discernable side effects and it has calmed my flutter right down to just pacs. This is a very welcome change. Ablations did not work and many meds didn't do much good either, and they made me extremely tired. My personal experience has been positive.

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      I also take Tikosyn and Eliquis - worked well for 6 months then had to have cardioversion to get back in nsr.Since then have noticed bp going up to 130's after being normal for so long .

      Am now on Metoprolol also . You say you have occasional pacs ? What is that? Thanks,Fidi

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      PAC's are premature Atrial Contractions, which are slightly annoying but completely harmless. My bp has not changed on Tykosin. I was also on nadalol for a few months to try and get rid of the pacs but it made me tired and bought my hr and bp a little low. I was on metoprolol for a time, before Tykosin, but I didn't like the side effects of that.

      It really took close to a year or so to come up with a med or meds that work well for me. I stiil check my bp and hr for signs of any changes, but Tykosin has been the best for regulating my heart.

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      Do you think it was the cardioversion or the meds that might be raising your bp? I haven't had to be cardioverted yet. It's always gone back on its own eventually. My 2nd ablation did raise my resting hr. This condition gets tricky with each thing the doctors try! I really hope the metoprolol is doing its job for you. smile

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