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Hi just an update... on my last post. Went to cardiologist and we discussed all things Heart. My cholesterol is all good now no bad numbers so no new drugs needed. I am to reduce off Flecanide over the next 3-4 months. 1/4 of a tablet reduction each time over 4 weeks for each reducing dose. It will be a quite a long time but my episodes of flutter he thinks will not be affected by the withdrawal and I have strict instructions to resume the medication should I relapse into the old AF situation. I am hoping that getting of Flecanide might help a few of the sensitivities I am experiencing while on this medication and the cardiologist feels if its flutter then Flecanide is a no-no anyway. so then I will be back to a pip with this medication. Very happy about a;l of this ...all the best to everyone cheers Jo xx

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That sounds like great news Missey, please keep us informed on how your Flecainide reduction plan goes as I want to do the same and 1/4 tablet steps seems logical.

Incidentally, I would also worry less on cholesterol levels (unless you have a special issue). From what I have read and experienced this emphasis on reducing cholesterol could be more drug company hype. My level has been static around 7 for the almost 20 years I have been testing it and I have a full fat diet deliberately for health as well as it being more enjoyable. I was a tad concerned that my heart and carotid arteries would be narrowed but tests 2 years ago re AF should they were all clear.


hi thanks for your reply. I won't be reducing the flecanide until another few weeks. The respiratory guy has put me back on Singulair which I had a reaction to last time I was on it. So 1 change at time. The cardiologist said wait till I come back from our holiday (3 weeks) post queens birthday holiday. So will do that. My cholesterol results are really good now so I will continue eating apples and having more fibre. and I've lost a couple of kg. so that's helping too. slowly slowly said the snail ...

best wishes I will keep you informed as I go.

thanks again Jo



Good to hear, onwards and upwards. 👍

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hope all goes well - but I would ask how much Flec to take if you go into AF - ie what dose will be required to get back to NSR - I found that it was quite a heavy does - but you need to ask about this as at some stage you may well find you need the info - hope not but better safe than sorry.

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