Patient Comments: Atrial Fibrillation - Medications

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What medications have you taken to treat atrial fibrillation? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: dragnwish, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 24

I've been dealing with stomach issues for most of my life. I had my gallbladder removed in 1984. I was never told what I should eat or stay away from anything, I was 23 years old then. Now for the past 1 1/2 years I've had 3 endoscopies, I had food blocked in my bile duct that had been building there for who knows how long, but this girl was sick, very sick from pancreatitis. I had them removed and still wasn't doing well. I lost over 50 lb. and was sent to see one of the best specialists in the United States.

Comment from: florence, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I have had atrial fibrillation for 3 months and take nebivolol and flecainide as a PIP (pill-in-the-pocket) which do help a lot. It does take some getting used to though.

Comment from: Lime, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 05

I have had high blood pressure (BP) since age of 20. I have been on medication since the age of 30. I was treated with metoprolol 50 mg twice a day for several years. I was very tired in this times. Since four years I am treated with Micardis 40 mg a day and I am feeling great. I am taking the medication every evening before go to sleep. Also, I am taking atorvastatin 10 mg for high cholesterol level. After eight hours of hard work in my back yard I was a little tired in the evening. I went to sleep around 22:00. Around 1:20 am, my hearth woke me up because I was feeling that the beating was very fast and irregular. So, I took my pulse several times and I had a certain feeling that I wouldn’t accept that it was happening to me. After ten minutes of thinking I decided to go to the emergency. My BP was 180/112 and my heartbeat between 160 and 180 per minute. I was in fast atrial fibrillation. I had no pain or discomfort. Only feeling was that my hearth shaking in my body. Shortly upon my arrival at the emergency department, I was cardioverted under sedation with one shock 102 J and returned back to normal sinus rhythm. My BP went down to 126/87. After two hours in the emergency department I was back in my bed. I am feeling well and my heart has a regular rhythm. I will get my heart checked with a specialist. Considering my health status and my age, I will take it easy. For certain peoples the physical hard work is not good for the blood pressure and the heart. I think it is very important to know our physical limits and behave according to them.

Comment from: geokat, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 02

I have just had a heart oblation for atrial fibrillation. It has made a huge difference after 10 days of rest. I also have lost 5 more lb. but I am on weight watchers too. I feel great. If you have a fibrillation do it, it is a life changer.

Comment from: Brenda, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 04

I am a 55 year old female. In late 2012 my heart was racing and I felt funny, blood pressure was 199/110 and heart rate 140. I ended up going to the emergency room and after a few hours I was released with tachycardia. There was no follow up. Last week I felt the same way. Blood pressure at home was 179/113 HR 131, in hospital up to 160 for 9 hours. Next morning sinus rhythm with medications (not sure what) with hospital stay of 3 days with atrial fibrillation. I was placed on a whole full strength aspirin daily and metoprolol 25mg twice daily. I am still feeling heavy chested as I would call it. Follow up with cardiologist is on Friday. I am worried I will get another attack.

Comment from: PPH, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I’ve had three cardioversion procedures. I have been on Tambocor and digoxin for about three years. Since being on these drugs, I have not experienced atrial fibrillation. I do have the odd palpitation. My GP thinks I could have gone into AF originally due to the wrong dose of thyroxine, but my cardiologist thinks this is unlikely. I am still taking thyroxine for an underactive thyroid.

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