I'm thinking I may have Afib. I finally get my cpap machine tomorrow, I pray this will make my heart better. Anyone in here with Afib? I feel heaviness in my chest quivering, palpitations and fluttering. I have a lot of testing coming up with cardiologist.

He said my ekg looked normal but if I did not have a fibrillation during ekg will not be caught?

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pickle_avery
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I do I had a stroke in 2015 because of it now I am on blood thinners

brady
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Is it well controlled with blood thinners?

pickle_avery
Answered 9 months ago    reply

It’ll prevent another stroke


Riffle.U
Answered 9 months ago    reply

My husband has afib and sleep apnea - not sure which came first. It did take a while to get his afib diagnosed. He had several ekg’s. He finally had a problem while doing a stress test and that’s when he was diagnosed. Looking back, I think we should have been more assertive about having more testing done earlier. Sending prayers your way.

brady
Answered 9 months ago    reply

thank you for sharing Ute. Did he have an echcardiogram and Holter monitor testing?


Hockett_flagrant
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I don't understand any doctor that doesn't put a heart monitor on a patient for a week or more. One momentary ekg is just silly. Afib is the fluttering, etc., which is very common. But, I used to have a distinct pressure, and it was very concerning to doctor. It was V Tach. Meds control mine. Haven't felt it in probably eight years. If you feel a distinct pressure, you should insist on wearing a mobile monitor for a lengthy time period.

brady
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I will get Holter monitor for 48 hrs, and an echcardiogram


j.newby
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Yes. My afib was diagnosed first. I read of the connection to sleep apnea, so asked for a sleep study and found it was OSA that likely drove the afib. Bad news is that it rarely resolves the afib, but appears to slow it down. The afib has a saying, “Afib begets more afib”. This is because OSA causes afib, which scars the heart tissue via fibrosis. The more afib events, the more scarring. No more OSA, can sometimes early on make the condition less frequent, but usually alone won’t resolve Afib. I have an ablation scheduled for next week. The ablation will occasionally cure afib, but it’s iffy at 70-80 % effective. And, the EP would not ablate until I started treatment of the OSA. There are drugs for afib too, but with high risks of serious side effects. My afib was not caught until I used an Event Monitor for a month or more. It is not easy to catch on a single Ecg or even a halter monitor, my first year I only had for times with afib, so very periodic. But, for some like me, my cardiologist did not assess the OSA, it was my idea to test. Don’t be put on a drug only without assessing the driver. It almost always has a probable cause. My afib almost always hits me at night. My latest bout was a night I tried a Sleepweaver Anew mask that leaked all night, and the extra SA events stressed my heart and bingo, Afib at 1am. Treat it and you should feel like you’re doing no more damage, but be aware treating OSA rarely stops afib once you have it, as it “remodels” the heart, fibrosis and new nerve excitation clusters form, often in the pulmonary vein areas of the heart.

brady
Answered 9 months ago    reply

How depressing. I'm so upset about it. I'm sure I have it as I feel the symptoms.

j.newby
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Don’t be depressed. Many people in our society die due to OSA and Afib. Afib kills many people via heart attacks and strokes, but is less dangerous when treated. Be glad at leat you know. Others die and never really were assessed for afib. There are many who have a heart attack or stroke before they suddenly found to have afib. With proper blood thinning and treatment, it can result in years added over what happens if not discovered.

geraci92
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I have Afib and have no symptoms did not even know I had it till the Dr told me. I had been on CPAP for 20 years before I know about Afib

j.newby
Answered 9 months ago    reply

torri by the way. Best to ask for an Event Monitor. Rarely will a single ecg or even a holter monitor pick it up in early stages. I needed an Event Monitor over a month, and you record when you feel symptoms. It really depends on how often you’re having symptoms. My firs year, I only had 4 afib events, which was very early. It took another year before the OSA was tested at my bequest. Be your own advocate and don’t rest until you know for sure. Then, deal with it the best you can. That’s all anyone can ever do. Best luck in getting it straightened out.

brady
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Thank you Joel!!


pasillas85
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Drs right torri I have it mostly men are born with a right branch bundle blockage where the spark from sinus node does not get to the right atrial chamber of the heart and skips and sometimes goes into atrial fib. I woke up one a.m.doing 260 a min dr said I was probably headed for pace makers farive been in hospital o4 times throughout the years and have avoided it knock on wood best wishes

brady
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Thank you George. I gotta get to the bottom of these symptoms

pasillas85
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I wish you well

brady
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Thank you so much!

pasillas85
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Your welcome


pasillas85
Answered 9 months ago    reply

However if you have a bundle bundle blockage it will show up ,mine does on an ecg


bahena.manny
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I started a 30 day event monitor today. I don't think I have afib, but my heart rate seems to go up after I eat and stays high for several hours. Hopefully if something is going on, the monitor will catch it.

brady
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I hope we both get answers soon. It's so frightening

bahena.manny
Answered 9 months ago    reply

torri, I wen through this about 10 years ago. Was getting dizzy spells so they put me on a 30 day monitor. Thy never found anything. keep us posted on how things go for you.


Ernest_wholesale
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I have been in afib to the point of the cicu in the hospital . That’s how they found my apnea and the reason why I went into afib at 34 years old . I don’t really know how dangerous it is in and out few minutes here and there . I do know pvc and pac feel like afib just small 1-2 second feelings of it . Your ekg should have shown them or the pac/pvc . I’d suggest no caffeine and take a small dose of aspirin daily to prevent blood clots and a stroke , until the doc figures out your issues

Ernest_wholesale
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I quit smoking and hopefully I’ll be off of the heart pills in a few months . Haven’t had a pac/pvc since I did so

brady
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Mattie I will be having an echcardiogram and a 48 hr holter monitor and hopefully it reflects what is going on with my heart. I have sleep Apnea, newly diagnosed, and pick up my cpap machine tomorrow

Ernest_wholesale
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Good to know they got u covered


upsethoodlum
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I have PVC's which, in my case, went hand in hand with the apnoea. Mine can get very debilitating at times so I treat mine with a low dose of Metoprolol (beta blocker). Sometimes taking magnesium powder can help and i started that 2 days ago. My cardiologist agreed that magnesium is a good thing to try. I take aspirin every day as well just to help my heart

j.newby
Answered 9 months ago    reply

My PACs almosr always precede my afib. They are supposedly harmless, but I think they were what drove mr into Afib and atrial flutter. The OSA drove PACs long before I developed Afib. Don’t buy that they’re totally harmless.

upsethoodlum
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Thanks Joel. They say they are harmless, but, as you said .. can they lead to something less harmless. Mine get so bad they do stop me from having a good day so I'm hoping the magnesium will help a bit

j.newby
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Magnesium is great. I was taking it in small doses three or four times a day, a single regular dose split up. It seemed to stop the PACs periodically. It also seemed to help from going into Afib. I stopped recently, as I’m on Warfarin for pre-afib ablation procedure. Just make sure it won’t interact badly with any other thing you are taking.


merciful_emory
Answered 9 months ago    reply

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jesica.murtha
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I go into a fib when a sleep on my right side.... And i dont use my machine... I thought a simple ekg will tell u if ur in afib

j.newby
Answered 9 months ago    reply

A simple one works when you’re in Afib. For me, I am Paroxsymal, in Afib on and off.

brady
Answered 9 months ago    reply

When I lay on my right side my chest feels heavy

jesica.murtha
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Have u seen a cardiologist or a echocardiogram

brady
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I have seen a cardiologist. He said EKG looked normal. I have upcoming appointments for echcardiogram and Holter monitor. I pick up my cpap tomorrow

jesica.murtha
Answered 9 months ago    reply

The echo will tell them alot they said my heart pumps normal but alil enlarged on my right side i have to lose weight tho


darcel
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I had a bout with A Fib last spring,have you checked your heart rate lately? Mine was at 112 bpm when my BP meter detected an irregular heartbeat,by the time I went to the hospital a few days later the heart rate was 145-155 bpm. I hope you are keeping an eye on your heart as I could actually feel it miss a beat now and then like a car missing out.

brady
Answered 9 months ago    reply

My heart is on the fast side. I do feel it beat fast. I will monitor it more closely. Thanks


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