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« on: February 02, 2009, 05:47:01 PM »


Well, some good news this morning!  Saw my heart specialist after I'd been putting it off some.  Did the cardiac stress echo. Got a reasonable clean bill of health from him.  His only complaint:  You need to work out more!

History:  About three years ago, I began suffering from Atrial Fibrilations.  Some are small and fix themselves quickly.  Sometimes I'll have a really bad attack and have to go to the ER so they can hit me with Cardizam and another drug I can't remember to get it to convert back to a normal heartbeat.  One my worst attacks was triggered in my daughter's bedroom after I just go finished putting together one of her christmas presents.  I stood up, and I felt a 'click' and my heart beat takes off running (with occasional stumbles as it tries to fix itself).  It's not comfortable. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atrial_fibrillation

So, in the grand scheme of things, I'm off to get started on loosing weight.  I had been taking it easy, thinking I didn't want my heart rate to go too high, but he informed me that wasn't an issue as long as I kept taking the beta blockers.  He also switched me off of Metorporl 25mg XR to something called Nebivolol (drug name, not trade name) because the Metorporl was making me feel extremely tired. smile

Long story even longer:  I'm feelin good today.  Anyone want to go for a jog?
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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2009, 10:54:53 PM »

at least this thread wasn't about what I expected it to be  icon_wink
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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2009, 04:46:57 AM »

Quote from: CeeKay on February 02, 2009, 10:54:53 PM

at least this thread wasn't about what I expected it to be  icon_wink

It would have been titled: "Wee....it still works!!!"
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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2009, 02:00:58 PM »

Good for you, man! Glad to hear your ticker is going strong!
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« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2009, 04:15:39 PM »

Yeah, me too... 32 and having to keep an ear on my heart doesn't put me at ease some days. smile
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« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2009, 10:19:46 PM »

Congrats!  Now get your butt out the door and get that workout program started!  I hope you live in a friendly climate that doesn't necessitate the use of snowblowers.  That is one thing that interferes with New Englander's and their exercise programs.  Here's hoping you can just lace on your trainers and go out the door...   nod
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« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2009, 04:39:24 AM »

Quote from: CeeKay on February 02, 2009, 10:54:53 PM

at least this thread wasn't about what I expected it to be  icon_wink

Yeah, I was going to recommend Boston Medical based on their commercials, but I don't think they cover this kind of thing. Unless it lasts more then four hours.  icon_lol
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« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2009, 05:49:33 PM »

Every time I see this thread, I wonder where DBT has gone.
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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2011, 07:30:41 PM »

I thought I would resurrect this thread after a search to see if this topic was ever talked about. I just spent this weekend feeling my heart skipping and have plans to go see my doctor. I have intermittently suffered from Atrial Fibrillation from my early 20's to now in my late 40's. My first attack when I was 21?, I felt like I was having head rush after head rush and a funny feeling in my chest. I took my pulse and saw that my heart seemed to stop then race. I went to the emergency room and the docs gave me digoxin to ease my heart back into rhythm. I talked with the attending cardiologist the following week and we went over what I had going on before my attack. I had just finished studying and taking my finals that week and had gone to a party and drank not into excess but enough to feel the effects the next day. The doc told me that I probably did too much with a tired heart and that in the future I should lay down and take it easy. A few years later, I took his advice and would take a day of pure rest to get my heart back into rhythm.

About 5 years ago, the wife and I were going to be going to Mexico with some friends for the weekend. On Friday, the day we were going to drive down, I started to feel my heart beating out of rhythm. This time I felt wierd though and started to worry that this was different. I told the wife to take me to the hospital where the docs confirmed that I was having atrial fib. They started administering a drug called Rythmol. But my heart never went back into rhythm and the doctor told me that I would be held overnight for observation. The next morning the on staff cardiologist told me that my heart rate had gotten down to 30 beats per minute and was concerned that my heart might stop but after awhile he said my heart beat climbed back up. But my heart wasn't in rhythm in the morning. Later in the day they were going to try Cardioversion, where an elctrode is placed on my back and another on my chest. An electric current is passed through to shock my heart back into rhythm but I would need to be anaesthetised. My Wife, who is crying and thinking that I am going to die, is in the ICU where they will perform the procedure. The anaesthesiologist arives with a huge hypo of something and is about to administer the dose when my Wife notices my EKG is showing sinus rhythm. The anaesthesiologist confirms and says his work is done. A cardiologist takes a look at my EKG and says that I can go home. Wild day!

Anyway, 5 years later, on this past Friday, my heart starts to skip beats. I decide that I can ride this out and take it easy but make the mistake of drinking wine at dinner. I head off to bed feeling really tired and wake up the next morning with my heart skipping beats but not as bad as the day before. I need to digress here and tell you that I am training for the June 5th Rock and Roll Marathon and have been running consistently for the past two to three months. Back to this Saturday morning. I decide to go ahead and do our running groups long run of 1.5 hrs., which turned out ot be 9.4 miles for me.  I felt fine throughout the run and had no issues or signs that my heart was going to blow up. We came home and took it easy but my heart was back to skipping beats again after I had a few glasses of wine. So here I am on Sunday, feeling okay but not going to do anything to trigger my heart, meaning no booze. I am going to set an appointment to see my regular doc and see what he thinks I should do.

My gut feeling is that I have been pushing myself with running but haven't given my heart time to rest. When I have alcohol my heart will speed up and I could see this as a reason for getting my heart to skip beats when you compound that with running 20 to 30 miles a week. After all, the heart is a muscle and can tire as well. I talked it over with the wife and I'm thinking of not drinking anymore or maybe just not now while I am training. So Dreamshadow, you're not the only one out there who has had atrial fib and I would love to hear how you're doing now.
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« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2011, 02:21:19 AM »

I had AFIB a few years ago... it sucks...
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« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2011, 08:31:26 PM »

I have a perfectly healthy friend who got AFIB - and an ambulance, paramedics, and a pile of tests - from a single dose of Nyquil.  Many of us don't read labels, but that ingredient list on Nyquil is really something.  Unless they've changed the formula, it had at least a decongestant, an anti-histamine, a pain reliever - and in case that doesn't get your heart acting like a pinball, of course they added alcohol to the mix.

Beware!   icon_neutral
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« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2011, 02:09:30 AM »

Went in to see my Dr. today and he has scheduled me to get an EKG, Echocardiogram, and a Holter moniter. He also told me to take an aspirin everyday and to not "push the envelope" when it comes to running. I plan on doing our running group's long run but may just keep it to 9.5 miles and I have also decided to stop drinking alcohol. I just purchased some good Scotch too!  icon_mad However, in a couple months I plan on try a beer or glass of wine and see what happens. If my Afib comes back it is a permanent bye bye to booze. disgust I really do want to live forever so this is a no brainer and I can live without taking a drink.
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« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2011, 02:20:21 AM »

Offtopic but when you run for 1.5hrs is it constant running, or do you slow down to a walk every so often?  I just started getting serious about cardio.  When I started, running for 10minutes straight made me feel like I was going to die.  After about 7 sessions, 10minutes has gone from making me feeling deathly, to exhausted, to very tired, to now just regular tired.  I can't imagine going 90 minutes nonstop.
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« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2011, 02:41:52 AM »

Quote from: ScubaV on February 16, 2011, 02:20:21 AM

Offtopic but when you run for 1.5hrs is it constant running, or do you slow down to a walk every so often?  I just started getting serious about cardio.  When I started, running for 10minutes straight made me feel like I was going to die.  After about 7 sessions, 10minutes has gone from making me feeling deathly, to exhausted, to very tired, to now just regular tired.  I can't imagine going 90 minutes nonstop.
I started running back in September or October and that was 2 miles at first. I would walk half a mile at a good clip then start to speed up to a jog and then go from there. When I started my official training in January I would have to stop and walk because I would feel pooped. Gradually, I found that I could adjust my pace to allow me to get my second wind. I walked once during my 9.4 mile run for maybe a minute because of a race going on at the time. In time you will be able to run without feeling like you're killing yourself. Just remember to go out slow and find a pace that is comfortable enough to talk to someone. If you can't get any words out, you're going too fast.  icon_wink
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« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2011, 08:15:52 PM »

Decided to post an update. So I went through an EKG, Echocardiogram, and 24 hr. holter monitor to find out that I have Paroxysmal Atrial Tachycardia. I was releived to find out that it is benign and can be triggered by excessive alchol and caffeine. Right now I have decided to remain sober and keep training for the marathon. I have had several runs over 2 hrs in length and feel alright afterwards so my worries have fallen to the wayside. Also found out that if it gets too uncomfortable I can always get ablation surgery but for now I will pass on that option.  slywink
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