I've recently joined the forum and just wanted to say thank you to all who share their experiences. I was diagnosed with Paroxysmal AF initially, by accident, after being admitted to local A&E with kidney stones at the end of December - which needed ops to remove one down one to go. The AF diagnosis was confirmed after tests with Cardiologist. However the nuclear stress test indicated some heart stress and an angiogram yesterday confirmed a partially blocked artery (fortunately a minor one). All within a few weeks- I'm on Sotalol, Aspirin and now statins.
I suspect I may have had AF for a while but simply put the heart racing down to stress. Whilst the Sotalol has contained the AF ( the Cardio gave a measure to my GP of 0.6% AF load post medication and a 16% loads previously - not really sure what that means) - I now seem to have more ectopics which are unexplained but quite unnerving and uncomfortable especially at night.
I suspect my triggers were a mix of the artery, caffeine, stress & possibly alcohol
I'm interested in peoples experiences especially in relation to AF & exercise - I have had no problem giving up caffeine, I have no problem adjusting my diet and limiting the alcohol intake - but limiting exercising is a challenge - previously I would normally have run 2-3 times a week and gym mostly aerobic work a couple of times a week.
I have been told swimming is fine as is a brisk walk but not to do gym sessions or running - any one else had experience in this area (nearly read most of the exercise threads which imply its a personal trial and error to find what works).
Also anyone with AF use a heart rate monitor to track exercise limits?
Oh I'm male 53 and I'm assuming tomorrow's Ireland's 6 Nations Rugby Match v Scotland will have a suitable level of stress to deal with
Thanks in advance.