Other common symptoms of atrial fibrillation: Some people have no symptoms and their condition is only detectable by a physical exam. Others may experience one or more of the following:
- General fatigue
- Rapid and irregular heartbeat
- Fluttering or "thumping" in the chest
- Shortness of breath and anxiety
- Faintness or confusion
- Fatigue when exercising
- Chest pain or pressure
[Above information from American Heart Association website.]
What does this have to do with us?
Bob was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation a couple of years ago. It is the paroxysmal variety. Over the weekend, Bob was not feeling well and it lasted longer than normal. Last week, the doctor had put him on a different medication. Apparently the new medication did not agree with him. His face and chin puffed out to about double size. He stopped taking the medication.
Yesterday, he went to see his cardiologist because of the way he felt over the weekend. The cardiologist said that since the medications don't appear to be working, Bob may want to consider a catheter ablation procedure. Today Bob is going to a second cardiologist for another opinion.
If the second cardiologist concurs, Bob may be going into the hospital on Wednesday or Thursday for the procedure. Bob hopes that once the procedure is done and he has healed, he will be able to go back to playing basketball and running marathons with no further AFib symptoms.
Here's hoping Bob's second consultation points him in the right direction to receive optimal care for his AFib. I am behind his decision 100%.
Travel Bug out.