I was diagnosed officially with AFIB at the age of 27. I've had several episodes prior, never diagnosed, and in July I had two powerful episodes, the latter of which I went to the hospital for.
Right before each of the July episodes I had a sudden sense of missing heartbeats for 3 to 5 seconds before an intense surge of adrenaline and full on 190+ bpm AFIB. It was almost as if I was going to faint, pass out, and my breathing felt like it seized. Each episode I jumped up from my sitting position, quickly grabbed my chest for a beat, and fell into complete panic. For a brief few seconds it felt like it'd be "the end" for me.
Before the pause, I thought my heartbeat was normal. After the supposed pause in heart beats, I'd "kick on" with an intense flutter of a heartbeat followed by very distinguishable arrhythmia beats in my chest. At which time I was very worn out and dissociated.
When I went to the hospital I sustained an AFIB for over 20 hours before they cardioverted me.
Unfortunately I suffer heavily from anxiety as well. The combined "stop" of my heart followed by an intense flutter and uncontrollable heartbeat no doubt pushed me into a panic attack episode as well. It is arguably the worse feeling I've experienced and it's happened twice in one month.
To anyone so kind as to read my post, have you experienced anything like this?
The area I'm most concerned with is the several second "stopping" sensation of my heartbeat. In the moment I feel like I'll die, and it sends a jolt of intense adrenaline and panic through my system.
My anxiety is sadly pushing me to believe there is something beyond normal AFIB that is causing these episodes, and to be frank I'm having intense paranoia about sudden cardiac death.
I've now been placed me on a 30 day monitor to try and capture what the onset looks like for my AFIB and I still fear the worst. The doctor thinks it may be SVT related in some way.
Thanks so much everyone.