Patient Comments: Atrial Flutter vs. AFib - Experience

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Please share your experience with either atrial flutter and/or atrial fibrillation. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Mary Lynn, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

I have atrial reverse reentry flutter. I am on flecainide 75 mg twice a day. I have a terrible taste in my mouth all of the time. Food tastes terrible also. I have lost 25 lb. due to not eating enough. It was nice to slim down, but do not want to lose any more weight. Flecainide has cured my arrhythmia. I had a heart monitor recently and no arrhythmias were recorded. I have an appointment with my cardiologist 8/15/18 and hope he can change my medication.

Comment from: Tucson Trish, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I was diagnosed at age 55 with atrial fibrillation. In retrospect though I know that I had it at least 2 years before my diagnosis. I had actually at one time kept a journal for several months because I had days where I'd wake up feeling exhausted, others where I'd jump out of bed raring to go but then be so exhausted by noon I would take to my bed. I couldn't figure out what was causing my exhaustion. I thought it might be lack of sleep, a food allergy, stress and oftentimes hypochondria. Twice I had to pull off the road while driving because I was so lightheaded I thought I was going to faint. Finally one day I drove myself to the emergency room and told them I had been unable to get my asthma under control for a couple of weeks. I had tried my nebulizer, my inhalers and even steroids but still felt like I couldn't breathe. I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. They tried chemically converting me once, then knocked me out and attempted cardio conversion 4 times all of which failed to convert me to a normal sinus rhythm. Upon being admitted to the cardiac unit they tried to chemically convert me again, which eventually worked. My pulse had been irregular and at 186 for over 11 hours. I was told that I was almost at cardiac arrest. When I converted I actually put my hand up to my chest and thought I had died, because everything inside had become so quiet. I had never once contemplated that I could have a heart problem. I now take propafenone 225 mg 3 times a day, Xarelto 20 mg once a day and a statin for cholesterol. I'm at an increased risk of stroke.

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