Starting a new, well paid, full time job involving a lot of driving and some physical activity. Any advice on how to cope?

Had af and tachycardia since 2005, three ablations, numerous cardioversions. Wonderful consultant and full medication for life. Not frightened of the condition but get irritated by not being able to walk up hill and things like that and getting tired.

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  • I don't think it's a bad thing to carry on as if all was well if you feel OK when your heart misbehaves. I've been travelling away with AF and a string of appointments and trains to catch and was fine. Recently, because my other half had his own health issues, I have not mentioned my errant heart, and have been unable therefore to sit about like a limp lettuce and give the game away. But I do avoid vigorous physical activity and I don't feel confident about driving, though, if my heart is not behaving. I guess one has to look after oneself extra well to cope with the demands of work - having enough sleep, eating regularly and properly and drinking adequate fluids.

  • Best of luck with the new job, I think it's very positive that you're going for it and not letting the AF get in the way of what you want to do. If you take that attitude with you into the job, and just make sure you don't overdo it if you're actually in AF, I'm sure you'll be fine. Just listen to your body and treat yourself well. I've had to go away for work and do some fairly vigorous stuff and I was fine, though I had planned, if I went into AF, just to ease back and take more time to get from A to B.

  • I agree with both posts, pacing, good sleep, sensible diet, hydration particularly important and enjoy what you do and don't allow stress to accumulate. It's a very sneaky, pesky thing which hitches a ride when you are not noticing and then invites all his pals on board and before you know it rules your life.

    You obviously have a positive attitude, most important, notice when you stop enjoying things,good sign that stress is building and do something about it early. Best wishes.......

  • Stress has always been my biggest problem.

  • In that case, time management is perhaps something to address. Make some space for relaxation! Sounds like an ideal situation to have someone to do the household chores. And get your groceries delivered.

  • Congratulations on the new job. I agree with c dreamer about recognising when you stop enjoying something and take time to address the reason. I wish someone had said that to me when I was working. X

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