I started having an accelerated heart beat on July 1st. It happened while watching TV about once a week. My normal resting heart rate is around 75 bpm. Mine would go from 100-150 bpm. I always new when it started and when it stopped. I wasn't in pain but I felt different. So I called a cardiologist and got an appointment. They did an ekg and set me up for an echocardiogram, chemical stress test and heart monitor.
Some history, I am overweight, have hypertension, have sleep apnea and just diagnosed with Type II Diabetes though my blood sugar is normally around 105 first thing in the morning. I'm taking invokamet twice a day to keep it in check. I am on metoprolol, 50 mg once a day and Diavan 160/12.5 once a day. I've also been taking 81mg of aspirin a day.
When I had my sleep study, I was stopping breathing over 80 times an hour. I have been religiously on my CPAP machine for over four years now. I haven't missed a night without it since I got it and never have to take it off until I get up.
So the day I got my heart monitor, I received a call from my cardiologist's office 45 minutes after I left. They said the doctor had seen some anomolies and wanted to increase my aspirin to 325 mg. The next day I was scheduled for the second half of my stress test. Again the doctor's office called me in 30 minutes early as my doctor wanted to talk to me. When I got in, he told me I had Paroxysmal AFib and he put me on 5 mg of Eliquis twice a day. A week later I got the results of my stress test and echocardiogram. He said it showed a had a small blockage in one of my arteries. i was set up for a heart catherization this past Friday. He alluded to this being the possible cause of my AFib. I had my heart cath. done two days ago and it went well. I didn't need a balloon or stent. The good news is that I didn't have a blockage, the bad news is that obviously (at least to me) seems that this hasn't caused my AFib.
What to do next? I have a follow up with my cardiologist on September 20. I don't think they have any Electrophysiologist in this practice. This is a midsized town in Texas. I have a friend who has recommend his Electrophysiologist, a Dr. Charles Machen in San Antonio. He has over 36 years of experience and has done over 9000 ablations. I'm thinking I should try to get an appointment with him.