At the age of 43 (I am now 64) my palpitations were investigated and I was told I had arrhythmia...but was given no drugs or advice to help control it. I was diagnosed with persistent AF three months ago and I now realise that I must have had paroxysmal AF for years. I realise that less was known or understood about AF when I was first diagnosed with arrhythmia and I am getting to know more about it as I continue to research it here and on other sites. However, a big 'eye opener' (and a rather disheartening one) has come from looking at my own family's health. One of 7 siblings aged between 56 and 67, I am one of 3 blondes who appear to have inherited at least one of several health problems that were common to my father and his side of the family. He died of a heat attack aged 72. The 4 dark-haired siblings appear to have inherited my mother's genes when it comes to health. Mother is almost 93 and she never took any medication until a few years ago when she was put given drugs to control mildly-elevated cholesterol and blood pressure (like many older folks). The one, to me disturbing, factor that keeps cropping up the more I look into my family's health is the fact that us blondes are worriers, often becoming overanxious about little things that shouldn't worry us. The brunettes amongst us seem to sail along through life without worrying unduly about anything, just as my mother has done all her life. They are all more relaxed than us blondes. To cut a long story short, as they say, if there is one thing I am going to try my best to do to help deal with my persistent Afib as I go down the path towards possible ablation....it's to stop worrying about things I can do nothing about and just RELAX, take life as it comes, enjoy it, try to avoid stressful situations and, if they are unavoidable, try to deal with them in a more relaxed way.