Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Support Group

Atrial fibrillation (AF or afib) is an abnormal heart rhythm (cardiac arrhythmia) which involves the two small, upper heart chambers (the atria). Heart beats in a normal heart begin after electricity generated in the atria by the sinoatrial node spread through the heart and cause contraction of the heart muscle and pumping of blood.

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please can you good people cheer me up.

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
3.is it life threatening
4.is there anything i can do to reduce the risk
5.am 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(

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Steve9
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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.
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thank you steve9 for your answers.im am just feeling down at the moment and the more info i have makes me feel that little bit better.CHEERS.
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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.
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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 again.my 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.
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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
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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 !
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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 do.at 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.
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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!
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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!
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sorry to hear that sam i hope we both beat this thing together and get back on track.all the best oops.
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thanks gemini, the amount of help and kind wishes from people is amazing.i would love to be able to just click my fingers and cure us all.thank you for the help and advice,oops.
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Dear "oops38": I completely relate to your fears and anxietes concerning AFIB: I am 51 and was first diagnosed when I was 35: After my first episode I thought I only had a short time to live. Its been 16 years and I am still here. The problem is, after all this time, I havent found a procedure or a medication which has been a cure all.
The doctors here in Northern Michigan wont do any procedures on me (for reasons that arent at all clear, I was told previously that I was the "perfect candidate"); In Southern Michigan, the University of Michigan to be specific, IS willing to do an ablation procedure but they want about $10,000 upfront because my health insurance policy has that much of a deductible. Because of my pre existing condition, no new carriers will cover me.
I just limp along between 50mg of Lopressor as needed. Over time the beta blockers have lost their effectiveness with me, and I am then faced with taking "Rhythmol" which can be and is PRO arrythmic to many people.
None of my options are good. The AFIB gets better (almost disappears at times) then recurs with a vengeance.
The bottom line? I have managed to live around it pretty well, although its always in the back of my mind ALL the time, particularly since I throw PAC's every day.
The "party line" is that AFIB isnt life threatening but I dont believe it. AFIB can degenerate into known life threatening arrythmias like "ventricular tachycardia".
I dont mean to be overly pessimistic here or to bring you down at all. Faith conquers all. So does having the right EP doctor and facility.
I hope and pray that both you and I may at the right time, find the right doctor with the right procedure.
In that regard hope springs eternal in the hearts of men. It has to.
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OOPS ...I didnt want to seem negative the other day i was just ventingafter layin in the O.R. for 10 hrs getting ablated and still having flutters but after a talk with the DR he assures me its normal and as long as i dont have any afibs and they stay as flutters i am just where is hould be 10 days out of surgery....I wish you the best and try to deal with it the best you can till you get a med that works or a ablation done..Take care
Sam
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dear struggling i feel for you as i somtimes feel in the same situation doctors telling you 1 thing after another,i also have this little voice in the back of my head that keeps reminding me of the afib,even though i try my hardest to forget it.but things are sent here to try us so i guess we just have to plod on and do our best.thanks for all your help and hope it gets better for you,oops.
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no problem sam i just hope you beat it pal and it does'nt get you down, you sound like a good old fighter to me.take care and plenty of rest and you will be good as gold in no time mate.