I've been reading some of Dr John's posts and I am coming to the conclusion that AF is not a disease or 'condition' on its own, but rather a symptom of something else. Obvious in a way I know but it's been quite a lightening bolt for me.
I've struggled, since diagnosis in March, with the "why me?" type questions. Unlike many I know, I'd never had a single flutter and had lived for 48 years quite oblivious to my heart beat. I was healthy, very active, with no medical issues at all, low BP et al.
Suddeny one evening while watching tv I felt the mad thumping and racing and surge of adrenaline we are all familiar with and 2 weeks later had a firm diagnosis, pills for life and a very likely 'different' old age than I had anticipated.
At the time no doctors or cardios or EPs asked about stress. I didn't join the dots. But let me tell you I experienced some of the worst stress of my life in March, after an incredibly trying year, and within days of really terrible news for our family security I had my first AF attack. Ongoing stress has been drilling away at my mind for 18 months by then and continues and will do for as long as the oil price is in a slump and our small business is clinging on in a sea of huge tax bills, school fees and an overworked beloved husband looking older and more tired each day.
It cannot be a co-incidence! I am going to embark in the New Year on a programme of self improvement - for me that will mean exercise without fear, yoga, lots of family time and trying to save cash and work a bit more to get some wool on our backs. I'm going to discuss coming off the calcium channel blockers which haven't done much besides add a stone in weight (but stay on the anticoagulant of course).
I'd love to hear others' thoughts on stress as a cause, as well as a trigger, of their AF.
Be well x