Great to meet this community and that it exists, even if the circumstances for everyone joining are not initially positive! Wonderful to see so much support and friendly help.
I have a question that I'm hoping the more experienced of you might be able to help with! I'm 40, recently diagnosed with PAF, "lone Attrial fibrillation" as they put it, as no clear cause of it other than lifestyle. I used to be very fit - up until about 10 years ago! - then life and lots of work took over! (Common I'm sure....!)
On the cardiologists advice, I have started to attempt to loose weight (currently 20 kilos above what I should be!) and take part again in exercise - swimming and fast walking.
The question that I'd love your advice on is that exertion - be it physical or occasional emotional, stress, bring on what feel like palpitations and irregular heart rhythms, which i imagine is the PAF kicking in.
The advice is that exercise is good, but if exercise appears to trigger the PAF, is it still good? My dream is to become fitter again and hopefully reduce the symptoms but is this firstly naive? And secondly is exercise really so good if it brings the PAF into action? Is it the case that exercise will help to strengthen the heart to protect it from the electrical signals around it, causing the PAF, or am I stressing out the very organ that is creating the PAF by doing exercise and would be better off not doing any!?...
Your help and experience will be much appreciated! I wish you all well in your AF related journies!