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My Heart Beats Atrial Fibrillation

Updated on October 8, 2014

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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      Steve S. Ryan, PhD 4 years ago from Malibu, CA

      Thank you for listing my book, 'Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure', by Steve S. Ryan, PhD on your Amazon.com "search for information". It's based on my journey to find my A-Fib cure and on my non-profit website (www.A-Fib.com) which I started in 2002 to spare others the frustration and anxiety I went through. A-Fib can be Cured! Don't settle for a life on meds.Steve S. RyanA-Fib, Inc.

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      I also have this condition. I switched to Pradaxa last summer and got off the warfarin. No more blood tests, and I can eat anything I want (as long as I stay away from caffeine). It doesn't interfere with other meds either. I seem to have had much fewer episodes also. The Pradaxa is much more costly but it is worth it. It also is much more effective in reducing risk of stroke (35%, I think). Good lens. People need to know about this. I had all the symptoms you mention for decades but no one was ever concerned about it until a couple of years ago when I got dehydrated from a virus. Blessed.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a good write-up!! this is exactly what mom lives with,.. Chronic A-Fib... and finally I believe she has the right medication..to keep her blood pressure down and to keep her heart from racing..also she is on Warfarin and we go once a month to have a blood test to make sure it is just right..sometimes its every two weeks..but lately it has been monthly..she is doing very well on these medications...after her stroke..and it is One Year now, with no problems..!!

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      I am glad they found the right medicine for you. It must have been really scary when you went to hospital.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      This seems to run in the men in our family as my grandfather had it, my Dad takes Warfarin, and my brother had it and now wears a defibrilator. He subsequently had a stroke after missing some of his blood thinner, so it is crucial.

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      GramaBarb 6 years ago from Vancouver

      It is so scary when things go wrong with our heart! Good job on your excellent research! You have helped us all! Keep looking ahead!!

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      RuthCoffee 6 years ago

      Very interesting. I'm glad you received a diagnosis and are receiving good treatment. Doing your own research is a good thing to do to better understand your dosing, diet and it's influence, etc. My dad was on Coumadin (for blot clots) for many, many years. He had to have his levels checked routinely and adjusted. Good luck with this/1