Hi all. Just got directed here from Reddit. I am male, 46 and in relatively average condition... until August 29th. I was at work, about 730 pm, and started feeling nausea and dizziness, then hard vomiting, sweating, could stand up. I work near the hospital and my coworker was pushing me through the door within 45 minutes. I was getting meds for stroke within 1.5 hours. I self cinverted to sinus rhythm about 12 hours later. I was back out the door 2 days later with a new diagnosis... AFIB with stroke.
4 weeks later, I'm back at work with little remnant from the stroke. Mild motion sickness when I move my head in strange ways... my eyes and ears are telling me different things. I had eye and balance issues but that's all cleared up now. I was very lucky. I'm diagnosed paroxysmal AFIB, rate controlled with meds, self converted.
Now I'm left with questions and an ever present sense of impending doom.
I'm on lipitor, lopressor and eliquis for the foreseeable future. If I don't have any AFIB episodes or if I do and my heart doesn't race, I'll come off the beta blocker. Also, once I get my cholesterol below 100 I'll come off that also. I wasn't very high so I'll keep it down with diet.
My questions all involve things I haven't been able to find good answers for... like how much exercise should I be doing now? What heart rate should I be concerned with on these drugs? I used to hike a lot and was starting to fet back into it... is it safe? And if course, is my romantic lifestyle going to be affected?