More DailyStrength
Health Event Calendar
See what's new on the site
Step-by-step Tutorials
How to use DailyStrength
We're on Facebook
Check out our page
Follow us on Twitter
Read our tweets
Get Cool DS Stuff!!!!!
Shirts, Hats, Baby Wear
please can you good people cheer me up.
Watch this 
View More Posts Ignore
just had a spell in hospital and it was horrible.I have been told i have afib (which i think i have had since i was 19, but never done anything about it till a few years back).In hospital i have just had to have my heart stopped and started again and i am now on a drug called cardicor for the rest of my days i think.Im am 38yrs old ,never smoked, never drank much and always watched what i ate and was a semi pro sportsman.I just feel my life has stopped now and was wondering if i could ask a few questions and hope people can give me a few answers.(thank you in advance).
1.can you live a normal life with afib
2.does it play on your mind all the time it life threatening there anything i can do to reduce the risk i young to have this condition.
i could sit here all day writing questions as my head is in bits(keep thinking about my young family and my wife all the time).Thank you so much if u reply, it is just that i am very pee'd off at the moment. :o(
Posted on 08/18/08, 10:47 am
44 Replies | Most Recent Add Your Reply
Reminder: This is a support group for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib). We trust you will do your best to remain positive and helpful. For more information, see our rules of the road.

You may also create your own Member Groups where you can moderate the discussion.
Email me when others reply to this topic help
View More Posts Ignore
Reply #1 - 08/18/08  6:09pm
" I've had AFIB for ~4 years. Here is my response to your questions.
1 Yes
2. Eventually managing it becomes another chore like balancing your check book. So, does having to balance your checkbood play on your mind? If not then AFIB won't either.
3. No, but it could make you life miserable if you don't manage it properly.
4. Get hooked up with a good Cardiologist (preferable one with EP training and find the right drug or surgical solution. Avoid the triggers. Typical ones are coffee, alcohol, eating late.
5. Sadly, no. "
View More Posts Ignore
Reply #2 - 08/19/08  9:24am
" thank you steve9 for your am just feeling down at the moment and the more info i have makes me feel that little bit better.CHEERS. "
View More Posts Ignore
Reply #3 - 08/19/08  6:22pm
" I was diagnosed couple years ago, I'm 46 but I had it at least a year or longer before Iwent to doctor. long story short I had an ablation by a great ep doc at strong hospital and I am a lot better. still have episodes but just take metroplol and it passes after a while.. I suggest that you find a good ep doc just like the other man said. and yes you are young to get it, that's what my doc said, usually people around 60 or older get it. and yes you can lead a normal life, should stay away from coffee and caffine but i drink a cup in the morning or I would never make it to work, ha ha. I'll tell you before I had the ablation i was paralyzed with fear, I was scared but once I got on the right med for me, and had the surgery life is much better. I also havea God who cares for me ,Jesus ,and I had prayer for my fears with this and he took them from me. "
View More Posts Ignore
Reply #4 - 08/19/08  7:29pm
" dear nema thank you very much for your time.i am starting to get my head around it a little now but small things like running after the kids and exercise seem a long way off because im scared incase it starts specialist has talked about getting my heart mapped and maybe having an ablation,but everything is up in the air at the moment until they see if the beta blockers work.THANKS NEMA. "
View More Posts Ignore
Reply #5 - 08/19/08  11:10pm
" Hi there,
I was just diagnosed in March with persistent chronic afib. I kept a daily journal for awhile if you want to dip in and see some of the feelings and progress I went through. It is very scary at first but once an EP cardiologist helps you sort out the best course for your specific situation, you will begin to feel more in control. Everyone has a different experience with it, but it seems to be handled either by rate control (with beta blockers), rhythm control (with antiarrhythmic drugs), ablation, or more invasive surgeries like mini-maze, etc. Some people even reach the pacemaker stage. Learn what your CHADS score is (google CHADS and you'll get a good page in Wikipedia to explain it. That will help you somewhat predict what your solutions will be. There's a really good forum on Yahoo for afib too. If you subscribe to it you'll get lots of feedback by email. Keep a journal here. It will help you see your progress.
Welcome, Andrea "
View More Posts Ignore
Reply #6 - 08/20/08  4:27am
" Hi OOps38,
Answer to question 1....No you can not live a normal life with permanent A/Fib

Question..2.Yes it does play on your mind all the time.

Question .3 .No it is not life threatening providing you take the right drugs for thinning the blood (Not Suppliments?)

Question 4..Do just what you are doing and adhere to question 3

Question 5 , yes you are young but not uncommon.

Cardios and GPs are stumpped as to what to do so really your are better to rely on these forums.

These are purely my oppinions having been a very fit person during my life and now I do not sleep much at all after having a full Maze failure and a Aorta valve replaced ! "
View More Posts Ignore
Reply #7 - 08/20/08  5:17am
" you are helping me so much with your info about afib because i was in the dark about it,also at one point i was told i had S.V.T.nagaski and kvntoday your comments are very helpful in trying to understand what is going on and what i should the moment i feel like a slob everyone running around after me (dont do this,dont do that).any info people can give me about food (what to eat ,what not to eat)and exercise and general day to day stuff would help me so much.its very helpful knowing kind people take the time to answer.thanks again CHEERS. "
View More Posts Ignore
Reply #8 - 08/20/08  8:41pm
" Hey there! Im 36 so your not too young to have it ...i had have mine for about 1 yr...just had an ablation done that took 10 hrs in the or to do it and here we are a week and a half later im sitting here in afib typing this ...been goiin in and out since the operation and i think my cardiologist wants me to wear a monitor....I think it sucks and it greatly hampers my life tryin to run after my 3 yr old and work it ruins alot of plans and makes me VERY angry at some points . Just being honest this sucks! but it is the hand i was delt and this isit i will MAKE it work! "
View More Posts Ignore
Reply #9 - 08/21/08  12:48am
" Hi there, I am 37 years old, and i was diagnosed with AF when i was still 36. they told me i am young to have it but it's not unheard of. I was very scared at first two and still have my moments.I don't smoke, rarely drink. I have scanned the internet and found out about a few things that can trigger AF. Coffee , i drank way to much of before and chocolate,things with msg in them, i have heard chinese is something to avoid. I have had the one attack SO FAR and try to stay positive ,as my doctor said , he has has patients that have the one attack, and if i'm lucky that could be me.
Good luck with things, you are not alone! "
View More Posts Ignore
Reply #10 - 08/21/08  5:55am
" sorry to hear that sam i hope we both beat this thing together and get back on track.all the best oops. "

First | Previous | Page: 1 2 3 4 5 | Next | Most Recent Add Your Reply

More From Around the Web