My Heart Beats Atrial Fibrillation
My heart did not have a steady pace
For years I now and then have felt heart palpitations like sudden pounding, fluttering or racing sensation in the chest. A lack of energy or feeling over-tired. Often dizziness or just Feeling light-headed. Chest discomfort - Pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest. Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing during normal activities and even at rest.
Then suddenly last summer it all got worse. I went to the hospital ER and was admitted at once. My pulse was 180 and the blood pressure was hitting the ceiling. I was so terribly high. I had to stay in the hospital when I first started taking medications so my heart rhythm and response to the medication could be carefully monitored. After 24 hours I got worse again and the next day it was better. It seems like they found the right medication for me.
After a week, I could go home and had started the treatment of Warfarin and medication to lower the blood preassure. I had a warning from the Doctor that my condition increased risk of stroke. They told me that many people have this condition and it is serious.
What is Atrial Fibrillation?
What are the dangers of atrial fibrillation?
Some people live for years with atrial fibrillation without problems. However, atrial fibrillation can lead to future problems:
Because the atria are beating rapidly and irregularly, blood does not flow through them as quickly. This makes the blood more likely to clot. If a clot is pumped out of the heart, it can travel to the brain, resulting in a stroke. People with atrial fibrillation are 5 to 7 times more likely to have a stroke than the general population. Clots can also travel to other parts of the body (kidneys, heart, intestines), and cause other damage.
Atrial fibrillation can decrease the heart’s pumping ability. The irregularity can make the heart work less efficiently. In addition, atrial fibrillation that occurs over a long period of time can significantly weaken the heart and lead to heart failure.
Atrial fibrillation is associated with an increased risk of stroke, heart failure and even death.
- A clear answer to the question
Atrial fibrillation (AF or AFib) is the most common irregular heart rhythm that starts in the atria. Instead of the SA node (sinus node) directing the electrical rhythm, many different impulses rapidly fire at once, causing a very fast, chaotic rhyth
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Warfarin - or Waran
To keep the blood flowing easier
I have been trying out the absolute dose of Warfarin to take each day of the week.
It is important to eat a balanced, consistent diet while taking warfarin. Some foods can affect how warfarin works in your body and may affect your treatment and dose. Avoid sudden large increases or decreases in your intake of foods high in vitamin K, such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, kale, spinach, and other green leafy vegetables, liver, green tea, certain vitamin supplements.
Warfarin (also known under the brand names Coumadin, Jantoven, Marevan, Lawarin, Waran, and Warfant) is an anticoagulant. It is most likely to be the drug popularly referred to as a "blood thinner," yet this is a misnomer, since it does not affect the thickness or viscosity of blood. Instead, it acts on the liver to decrease the quantity of a few key proteins in blood that allow blood to clot.
The later text from Wikipedia
Have you felt atrial fibrillation?
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Useful links to get knowledge of this heart condition.
- Atrial fibrillation - answers to questions
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is characterized by an irregular and rapid beating of the heart's atrial chambers and results when the normal electrical conduction system of the atria is not functioning properly.
- Arrhythmic heart
Information and really good videos about the heart and the beat
- Surgery for Atrial fibrillation
When medication is not enough - surgery is performed. This is how it is done.