AFIB STRIKES AGAIN!
Cardioversion for my Atrial Fibrillation, not a great way to start the year. OK I was very happy that the cardioversion put my heartbeat back in place, but realising that I’m in AFIB on Thursday night was BAD!
To say the least, I’m disappointed in my heart’s behavior. I did my part. No stimulants, no cough medicine, no alcohol, no dehydration, no excessive use of caffeine, no smoking(I, never in any case)
Every time my heart goes into AFIB I go on a sort of “fact-finding mission” What did I eat, drink or do? What should I not have done? Could I have prevented it?
I found nothing! I only went for a short cycle of 27 km (16 miles), my average heart rate was 119 bpm. I came back ate had something to drink and then sat in front of the TV. This was a short ride and I did not push myself that hard. Then I felt it.
WHY IS IT GOING OUT?
So I’m disappointed in my hearts behavior. How could he just get out of line like that? But I actually did have the answer. My cardiologist “warned” me about this possibility.
“It’s your right atrium, it’s too big, it’s huge!” This is the answer I get from my cardiologist when I go on my “fact-finding missions” about reasons for going into AFIB.
Because I was born with Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) my right atrium was forced to stretch, expand, and now it’s big. That creates my atrial fibrillation and it sucks!
CARDIOVERSION, ABLATION ANY OTHER OPTION?
In my non-doctor mind, I thought. Could they not just cut off a part of my right atrium and stitch it back again so that it’s smaller? My cardiologist laughed, smiled and said, no they(we) cannot do that.
Cardioversion for my atrial fibrillation is only a quick temporary, short term solution for me because of my enlarged right atrium. It has worked for me for the past 15 years.
The only other option is another ablation. My previous one was 70% successful. I have read a lot about ablation and there are many opinions. If I have to go again I will accept it with arms wide open. Risk? yes, there is, but being AFIB free( sort off) will be a great prize.
For now, we are going to see how it goes. Try and live as normal as possible. Still, watch what I eat and drink. Exercise and stay healthy. Pray for total healing. To be honest, my heart being in normal sinus rhythm is a bit of a miracle.
Before he shocked (cardioverted) me this last time, my cardiologist said that he is surprised every time my heart goes back into rhythm. He also cautioned me that there will be …that… DAY, the day that my heart does not go back into rhythm.
Cape Town Cycle Tour
I have already entered, and it is notoriously difficult to get an entry. This cycle race takes place at the beginning of March. I must train for it. My head is telling me to be careful, my physical heart is saying don’t push me too hard and my emotional heart is telling me it’s going to be easy.
This cardioversion for my atrial fibrillation has “shocked” me a bit and I did not cycle for a week, but next week I’m going to climb the steel steed again and train for the most beautiful race in the world, which is also the biggest timed bicycle race in the world.
Any suggestions on what to do or how to fight this thing?
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