Re: Chest discomfort

Hi Sarah,

I got no idea what I’ve too. Just sleep if sleep time. Just work when it is a working hour. I also have a sensation like an elephant sit on my chest. It was all Verapamil fault for that chest tightness. Other forum people mention if taking too much salt will cause that too. I’m going to see a gastro Dr this week so I hope something will sort out soon. Hopeful no painful procedure.
Also I felt “blowing bubbles” vibration (like the fib or flutter) travel down to my hands and legs. It stays long hours there. Do you have that feeling too? Take care.


Chest discomfort

I have no idea if I am feeling flutter, fib or stress at night. I have a tightening in my chest, a weird feeling I cannot describe and the feeling of a fist pressing down but not overly hard. Sometime I have the urgency thing. Right now my solution is to close my eyes, go to sleep praying that I wake up in the moring. I am still striving to not let the fear get the best of me. Haven’t called anyone in the middle of the night or called 911 so on that score I feel pretty successful.


Quality of Life

Many of us in this group who have some sort of arrhythmia find it harder to deal with general activities than it was before we developed our problems.
I found a questionaire in another Yahoo group that allows each one of us to put a number to that diminished ability to live our lives as we normally did before the heart problems occurred. Try taking the test and grade yourself. Then, at some future time retake the test and compare your score. This will allow you to judge on your own if things are getting better or possible worse.

Re: Re: Re: Weirdly Happ

Being so used to these support groups, I keep forgetting that the acronyms and abbreviations we use between each other are not always
fully understood by recent joiners. Even doctors with different specialties get confused, so why not the same for us non doctors?
As far as my Afib situation: Over a year ago I was reading a few references, once in a while, to the use of various vitamin and
mineral supplements and how their own condition was either helped or hindered by some of them. One ‘off the wall’ claim was that soaking
in a warm tub of water with a lot of Epsom Salts in it always converted this particular Afib sufferer. Sounded crazy, right? But that comment opened the discussion to the use of magnesium which is the main component of Epson Salts (Magnesium Sulfate).
Then I “Googled” for several days on all the information I could find on the web relating to magnesium; what it does, how and its
relationship to nerve impulses and muscle operation. One very important fact came out, that the lack of sufficient magnesium in thebody is extremely hard to test for. A normal blood test only shows how much is in the blood plasma, not actually inside the muscle cells. There seemed to be no major indication of any toxic consequences of overdosage so I started to experiment on myself. Normally I would go into an Afib condition at least once or twice a week that would last for anywhere from 6 to 12 hours; always self converting on my own. After the first week of taking 250 mg/day my self conversion time was anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes. After 2 weeks I didn’t go into arrythmia at all.
I naturally related this great information to my cardiologist the next time I went in for a check-up and he just looked at me as if I
was a likely candidate for the mental ward of the hospital he was connected with. So much for the medical profession taking any serious interest in the use of NON-prescription medications. All I can say with certainty is that it has worked for me. I still take the regular prescription medication I have been on for several years now, but I haven’t had any bouts of Afib in more than four months now. Before, even the regular medication only eased my problems but didn’t eliminate them.
Many people in other support groups take magnesium and there is always a discussion of which type is the best for them. I happen to
find that Mg Oxide works best for me. Others have different choices. Still others find Mg causes them G.I. (gastrointestinal) difficulties. Each of us has to find the best for him or her. There are probably other mineral deficiencies each of us has that all contribute to our own problems, but none of them is going to be a cure-all. All they can do, when we find them, is to help our own condition.
I hope my overly long comments on your question helps someone who may read this answer.

John S.

I never thought I could do this

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I wonder if there are some groups that meet and discuss this sort of thing in person. I live in a large city — Atlanta. I would like to meet other guys in this situation to share ideas, give support, and even be friends. I am open to friendships regardless of sexual orientation.

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Re: Re: Weirdly Happy

Thankyou John :), What did you do to beat your afibs?
I didn’t know the meaning of NSR, but learned from Spose we read alot of what might appear to be “doom & gloom” because people come to these groups looking for help & answers for them to understand their predicament. It is hugely intimidating to be thrown into the worldof ill-health, to learn “all this heart terminology”, & try to understand the irks & quirks of ones body.
This morning’s exercise was a buzz.
This is what I wrote in my journal:

Weirdly Happy

Just got back from Prince Charles (Suncoast, Qld, Au) Hosp’s pacer specialist today. They adjusted my pacer to respond better.
They also “burst” out my upper chamber’s short circuiting cycle (flutter) back into a regular rhythem: broke the flutter.
It feels really weird not getting headspins walking up the stairs etc….I can actually see my veins in my arms pumped up with blood!
This should make my daily exercise/training heaps easier & predictable, & mean I can do everday things without worry of spinning
out or feeling weird.
According to the specialist, if I heard it right, (I didn’t realise) beta blocker meds remove the heart’s ability to pace itself…..I
thought they only skimmed off some off the higher heart rate. On beta blockers still.
The hosp says to get an ecg in a few weeks time, & probably check back with them in a few months time. Possibility of ablation of
upper chamber later in the future….seeing 1st how recent adjustments work out. In the meantime I can carry on doing what I
like doing…keeping fit & healthy with walking, running, swimming & cycling.
The specialist dealt with his work like he was totally “IN THE ZONE”…..I understand how that goes being a former machine
technician myself…..not much room for idle chat or distractions. It could appear to some perhaps as aloof or rude, but it’s not the
All of a sudden, while having a bit of comfort food in the hosp cafeteria (reviewing the outcome of the visit) I realised I suddenly
was making progress & getting somewhere: my fears were allayed. Had a cry of relief over it….funny how things suddenly change. :)
Making Progress! :)


Hello–Just Joined

Hello CD

In my humble opinion, an ablation for PACs is like using a sldgehammer to crack a nut! Most people have them every day (admittedly not many, but still!) and, according to everything I have read, they are definitely not life-threatening.

If you have other problems like AF then maybe ablation might be worth considering, but before you do perhaps you could consider changing your diet, supplementing with Mg and K+ for example, and possibly changing some aspects of your lifestyle.

I have PACs and PVCs and AF and still feel that I am one of the luckier people with arhythmias. Being recently diagnosed, I too almost fell straight into the trap of ablation – don’t get me wrong, I think ablation is marvellous and I would have it if I really needed it, but it is not for everyone and it shouldn’t be the first port of call.

It’s a matter of weighing up the pros and cons – there are risks involved in all the options available to you, but some are worse than others.

Good luck!


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Hello–Just Joined

Is there anyone out there who has an atrial arrythmia, but is otherwise healthy? A pre-mature atrial contraction for example.

Maybe I should just explain mine first. I am 39 and have always been very healthy. I only have the arrythmia occaisionally and that is usually when i am pushing it pretty hard during strenuous exercise.

Saw a cardiologist and he suggested ablation. He gave me a 95% cure rate. I intend to watch one being performed if i possibly can.

The thing I’m worried about is this–I can live with this condition, but I’d sure like to be “cured” (if that’s possible). However, I don’t
want something to go wrong to leave me in a worse mess–like needing a pacer. Or my myocardial cells not functioning well because of the RF ablation. Or something else.

What does the group think about this?