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Title: heart ailment...
Post by: Pleeb on February 03, 2020, 03:31:58 AM
Found out I have atrial fibrillation a while ago. 

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Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that can increase your risk of strokes, heart failure and other heart-related complications.

My nurse practitioner found out accidentally when she was checking my chest.  She then sent me to Emergency (St. Mikes - 5 minutes away)

This isn't something I noticed myself - I noticed a rapid heartbeat the odd time....didn't think anything of it.

An "ablation" cures this, and 99% effective.  You can do it with local anesthetic  :o or general, whereby you're out like a light.


The ablation is a few weeks down the road.

Heart ailments don't run in my family.

Peter

I have to learn to take my own pulse ::) -  I never have, and I don't know what's normal or not.
Title: Re: heart ailment...
Post by: paulm on February 03, 2020, 09:25:24 PM
Sorry to hear about that. I hope everything goes well for you. Take Care. paul m
Title: Re: heart ailment...
Post by: Pleeb on February 05, 2020, 03:51:10 AM
Thanks, Paul.  It's not painful, thank goodness.

Peter
Title: Re: heart ailment...
Post by: Pleeb on March 12, 2020, 02:14:11 AM
My medications were changed a bit recently, as my heart was still fast, and weak...

I'm getting an ECG soon to see if the med change made a difference.

My procedure "ablation" is the end of March.....probably..


I originally said I wanted a general anesthetic so I'll be out like a light.
I changed my mind - I'll go out of my comfort zone, and get a local anesthetic, which is the usual way of doing it.
Sorry if you can hear me screaming all the way from St. Mikes.... :o

A guy on my floor had something very similar with NO anesthetic.....he said it was a cinch, and he could see his heart pumping on a tv screen during the procedure!

Peter
Title: Re: heart ailment...
Post by: paulm on March 20, 2020, 10:24:14 PM
Hello Peter. Good Luck with your procedure. Take Care. paul m
Title: Re: heart ailment...
Post by: Pleeb on April 02, 2020, 04:46:45 AM
Update:  my procedure was Tuesday at 7:00 (!) a.m.  I was home in the afternoon.  I think I had the ablation sooner than later because my meds weren't helping.

The doctor decided to use general anesthesia.

I don't have to go again - they fixed my problem.  My chest is a little sore - common, I looked it up.


Peter
Title: Re: heart ailment...
Post by: paulm on April 03, 2020, 03:59:07 AM
Hello Peter. I'm glad that you came through the surgery ok. Get better soon. Take Care. paul m
Title: Re: heart ailment...
Post by: Pleeb on April 05, 2020, 06:37:04 AM
Thanks, Paul.

Update:  2 days later I get a horrible all day chest pain...hurts when I inhale....I can hardly walk!  (I read you can get pains after an ablation)

Went to St. Mikes Emergency ....I was there for hours and hours.  Hardly any other patients!...odd.

Junior cardiologist thought it was a heart inflammation.
Said to take Aleve, which I have at home, and gave a prescription for an anti inflammatory.  Too late to fill prescription, so I took one Aleve....much better!  Another Aleve the next day even better! I was surprised.  I took the odd prescription medication I picked up, and maybe I didn't even need it...amazing.


Peter
Title: Re: heart ailment...
Post by: paulm on May 02, 2020, 10:23:17 PM
Hi Peter how are you making out? Take Care. paul m
Title: Re: heart ailment...
Post by: Pleeb on May 07, 2020, 03:21:56 AM
Hi, Paul....I'm doing well - no pain.

Peter