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By clj01 Latest Reply 2011-05-14 23:21:21 -0500
Started 2011-05-11 10:16:14 -0500

Recently diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. I just had an echocardiogram and have an appointment in two weeks to see a cardiologist who I believe is an EP as well. I tried another site for support, and felt that it was not meeting my needs for support and information. I have been on Diabetes Connect for almost a month and found it to be a good site, so I am hoping for the same from this site. I do have a question. I have the understanding that I have paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Some of these episodes are not just annoying, but somewhat painful. Is this normal? When do you get concerned enough to call the doctor? And does the painful discomfort part of this get worse? I would like to thank all in advance for being there.

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HeartHawk 2011-05-11 22:48:12 -0500 Report


Welcome aboard! Afib is a HUGE issue in this community so you have come to the right place. There is a nice FAQ with info links at

I really learned a lot there. Yes, your symptoms are common for afib. Afib should always be addressed ASAP as there is a significant increase in stroke risk even when it is fairly benign (no pain, syncope, etc.). This may mean using prescription blood thinners like Coumadin or Pradaxa. SOunds like you are ont he right track in addressing it with your doco

Please share your experiences and thoughts no matter how small you may consider them. Many others hear will find it interesting and very useful! I know I will!


clj01 2011-05-12 00:52:58 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info on the link. Checked it out, and learned a few things. Still makes me nervous just knowing the risks associated with it. It helps to have an outlet to ask questions, express fears and maybe even vent.

HeartHawk 2011-05-14 23:21:21 -0500 Report

clj (oops, looked like "dj" a first):

Afib is, thankfully, easy to control in most cases thanks to modern technology. I hang around with a lot of cardiologists and they almost seem to think of it the way a surgeon thinks of appendicitis - not a big deal. Sure, it can kill you but so can appendicitis if you do not treat it properly!

The key is to learn as much as you can and ask questions. Alliance Health is a good place to start. Lot's of Afib info here. In fact. I just posted a new article on it.


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