Hi guys, I am new to this forum.
So here goes... when i was 15-16 i started noticing how hard my heart would really pound when doing short bursts of exercise but kind of thought this was normal. I got to the stage where it would really annoy me keep hearing the "whooshing" noise on my ears etc so i went to see my gp and referred me to a cardiologist after telling me it was all in my head and i was just anxious. After my cardiologist gave me 24hr heart monitor the results came back to be fine no abnormalities so i brushed it off and carried on with my life like normal. A few months past and I remember running up stairs and noticing my heart was really skipping beats and adding extra beats so i led on my bed and the out of no where BOOM! My heart felt like it was boldging out my chest and was going crazy i thought i was dying i ran in to my dads room and was shouting dad im having a heart attack! We called an ambulance and was off to a&e was then confirmed it was AFIB. It lasted about 5 hours then went back to sinus rythum. I had gotten so used to my heart pounding that when it went back to sinus rhythm i thought my heart had stopped. I was put on flecinide 50mg as a "pill in the pocket" and bisprolol 5mg after this i noticed i was always sleeping and had no motivation so i stopped taking beta blockers and learned to manage what triggered my af.
A few years passed and no more episodes until i started drinking and it would be the following morning id have an afib attack so i stopped going out with mates on a nights out. I also noticed i would have short afib attacks whilst having intercourse but ive learned to cope with it.
I am now 22 and i just feel my afib getting worse by the day. I get skipped beats all the time and what i think is palpitations. After my last afib attack February last year was the worse one i had been on a night out drinking the following morning i was in a&e with afib like ive never had before i was light headed really trying to catch my breath and a heart beat of 200-230 bpm really thought my heart was going to give up on me it scared me so much. Ever since then i take a low dose of bisprolol 2.5mg and i have completely stopped drinking. Now i just feel my heart is just going to stop beating soon with all the palpitations i have and skipped beats. Touch wood I haven't had an attack since and i have been religious to no alcohol which is annoying because all my mates are going out partying and i feel out of place if i dont drink. I was in a&e last week with apparent atrial flutter. I am just so fed up of feeling like this its killing me slowly i swear. I only turnt 22 a couple days ago surley its not a good thing to be suffering with a heart problem at such a young age? It's seriously knocked my confidence and the countless times i have broke down to my mother is crazy.
I have been offered cardiac ablation at john radcliffe hospital in Oxford in march and im so scared! Does anyone have any tips before my operation and also dealing with afib related anxiety? Im also taking magnesium 125mg per day.
Thanks for your help