Firstly I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Ian and I am 53 and live in Worcestershire UK. I have played many sports all my life still play Cricket each year even with the hindrance of having dodgy knees, a bad shoulder and bad back. I have had operations on my knees and shoulder from general wear and tear and I recently tweaked my back by lifting something too heavy over my head.
I started the C25K app to hopefully maintain a certain level of fitness which I believe will help me carry on playing cricket for a few more years. I am currently W6D1 to do on Monday.
Whilst looking at the C25K forum I looked at all the other forums and noticed an AF forum.
My AF history is as follows
I was ambulanced to hospital with the Blues and Twos going late one night about 4 years ago as I had woken during the night with my heart trying to escape from my chest with what I assumed was a heart attack but diagnosed as AF..
I had blood tests, Ultrasound tests, ECG’s, weekly heart rate monitoring etc Angiogram and an Echocardiogram. I was diagnosed with AF and given advice by my GP on the triggers and some medication options which from memory was a ‘pill in the pocket’ to take during an episode and some kind of steroid which I reluctantly tried but didn’t like the side effects so stopped taking it within a week.
So that’s a little bit about me and why I am in the C25K forum and this AF one.
I appreciate everyone is different and everyone wants different things but I still get a couple of AF attacks a week, usually when trying to get to sleep, and to be honest I just tell myself they will stop within 20 seconds or so and they do.
I know that if I drink alcohol and or caffeine and get stressed then it might increase the AF attacks but I still get them having not had any of the above for a while and I don’t necessarily get them if I do indulge in the above so for me it’s a bit of hit and miss.
I don’t currently see a doctor about it, never knew there were any forums about it (until now, thanks to joining C25K) nor tend worry about it - I just live with it and try to forget about it..
Thought I’d post my AF story in case it might sound familiar with anyone else.
To be honest having read through some of the articles in the forum I was thinking about reminding my new doctor (moved house about 2 years ago) that I have AF and to make sure they were happy with the way I am handling things.
Thanks for taking the time to listen to me