Is this what is called Atrial Flutter ?

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does anyone who has AF get a faster heartbeat when in bed. My heart is in sinus rhythmn but beats over 100bpm when I lie down to sleep. I do have AF and am on Flecainide to keep it from being irregular.

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    When I took Flecainide I developed a regular but very fast heartbeat.  Like 120 fast. The doc called it atrial flutter and did a right sided ablation which slowed the heart rate but the AF came back. Sort of like doctor job insurance: come in with AF, get meds to cause flutter, do surgery to fix the flutter, still have the AF, go home. 
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    You might ask your cardiologist about wearing a 24 or 48 hour halter monitor to see what's actually going on.

    Jim

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    Hi Sarah..  This is called a positional trigger.  Lying down is for many a positional trigger for afb.  It is for me. Flecainide is for rhythm control; calcium channel blockers and beta blockers are for "rate" control  (so you heart doesn't go way too fast. I was on flecainide and verapamil for years; the doc pulled me off flecainide because many docs don't think it is safe. I go in an out of afib...

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      CD, You are assuming that Sarah is going into afib when her heart rate elevates. There can be other reasons for this. She needs an ekg to confirm. Don't know her history, but a second opinion on flecainide may be warranted.

      Jim

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      Hi Jim.. Yup.. I'm not an MD.. But when my lying down triggers my afib, my heart rate goes up and would go higher if not for the verapamil.   Just saying.

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    Hi, I have the same problem sometimes at night which wakes me up but also other times when I am just sitting in my recliner chair. I am not on Flecainide but on Bisoprolol and Ramipril but my heart rate will suddenly go from 60bpm to 140bpm with no change in activity. My electrophysioligist has seen some of my Kardia recordings of this and says I was still in sinus rhythm and would not recommend a further ablation.
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    Morning Sarah af is the worst have they mentioned amiodrone to you.its not nice but supposed th help with af also see about cardio version .Don't do what I did and accept it when they told me I have af I more or less did not know what it was.its the worst get all the meds all the help you can.silly question do you get the tingling lips when it comes on it drives me mad.

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