I was just replying to a post and ended up writing a long reply which I thought I would now share as my own post. After all, this topic comes up a lot and is different for Everyone, yet I personally find it helpful to read different views and experiences. Also, I find that when someone like myself is living 'relatively' symptom free, it is easy to forget what I have been through and how scared I was, how I thought my life as I knew it was over, and to stay off the forum. So, if one person reads this and it helps them in anyway, I guess it's worth it. So here goes!
"I think I could write a book on this myself, but will try and keep it simple for everyone's sake...I am 43, take 2 x 50mg of flecainide per day, have done since I was diagnosed 2 years ago this Summer. Last April I ran the London Marathon whilst on flecainide which had stopped me getting horrendous/scary palpitations but I was still with irregular heart beats on occasion. Is that still PAF? I'm not even sure myself.... Anyway, I found the long training runs helped me to stay in rhythm but inbetween the training runs I was doing no exercise. I completed the marathon in 3hrs 45mins weighing in at 14st 7lbs. I became a little complacement after 'my success' and had a 3 month break from all exercise whilst I completed a garden project. I put on a stone and a half. I was 16st. I noted my AF was creeping back. I decided to do something about it. I found the weight very hard to lose this time. Back in September 2016, I literally could not run a mile. It was embarrassing. I started slowly and by Christmas I was back up to 6 miles. It was very hard work and taught me a lesson. Anyway, to get to the point, since the New Year I decided I needed to do more than just running with days off to recover (I wasn't built for running my Wife tells me!) in order to shed the weight so I started swimming and cycling until I was doing something most days. I have recently joined a Triathlon club and whilst I am yet to do a Triathlon, I am loving the training and more importantly for those of you who haven't given up reading yet, my irregular heart beat/PAF has improved no end. For me, the harder I train and exercise, the better I feel, the better my heart feels. I wear a heart monitor with my running and cycling and check what zones I am in at different times but I have stopped worrying and started enjoying myself. I am now just under 14st 7 again and hope to get slimmer yet. Some nights when I go to bed and lay on my side, I feel my heart is irregular and that is the first time I notice that day but these occurences, for now at least seem to be getting less the harder I train/fitter I get and/or the more weight I lose. So for now at least, I am happy...
p.s. I am seeing a cardiologist tomorrow as it happens (coincidentally) so if anything changes, I will let you know asap! "