Hi guys and gals,
Those that have followed me and my postings about my use of diet as a tool to control AF maybe interested in my update. At around 3.30am yesterday I was asleep in bed on my left side and suddenly I felt my heart trying to break out of Alcatraz. The thumping and banging were out of belief for mere mortals like me.
I figured what had happened and got up and went straight onto my portable ECG device (a Heal Force PC-80B). Well to say that it was at least a set of totally bloody chaotic readings would be the understatement of the year, maybe the decade. Unbelievable ! HR maxed out at 136 bpm. initially, not quite believing what I was seeing on the ECG machine I hooked up to my BP monitor (a Microlife WatchBPhome device which will show both on the screen and in hard copy that I've had an AF event) I got only one BP reading (175/97 with a HR of 87) and the rest was totally gobbledygook error messages. This reading as I knew it would showed I was in AF and confirmed the chaotic activity shown on the ECG device.
Within 2 hours the chaotic electrical activity on the ECG had subsided but the HR was still up around 130 bpm. I had been summoned to work for a corporate pre media release thingy and decided to go and stay at work during the day. As the day progressed my HR dropped, but did so very slowly but within 20 hours of onset my ECG readings were normal, my HR was at its usual mid 60's bpm and my BP was normal. (a beautiful set of readings and back in NSR). During the day at work I regularly practiced deep breathing, using the diaphgram breathing technique.
So then came the soul searching. After getting home from work I sat down and gave it some thought. So, here we go ........... over the last few months I've noticed an increase of random very short run palpitations, an increase in burping particularly if I had not had food, a small increase in BP, AND my dear old friend from the past ...... BLOATING ! In the last week bloating has occurred more frequently and without reason ( but obviously I've eaten something though) then came the sleeping in bed on my left side, and in the last few days a discomfort/mild pain (like the 'stitch') on my right side lower ribcage. I have to say that I've been suffering extensive coughing fits for some 8 weeks now, the remnants of a particularly tiresome cold I picked up. Then BANG AF returns. Hopefully it'll be a one off event, and its disappointing that its interrupted an almost 3 year run without AF.
So what am I gonna do ........ absolutely damn all. Just monitor the situation on and off over the next week, after all I've got the technology at home .... use it! During the day at work I regularly practiced deep breathing, using the diaphgram breathing technique. My body will tell me when its time to call the paramedics I will also have to revisit diet and now I'm starting to be a bit suspicious of certain red meats which maybe rich. Train myself to try and sleep in a different position to avoid aggravating the vagal nerve through changes in posture.
At least this time, unlike when I was first diagnosed with AF, I am well protected by warfarin. I gotta say this though, I can't remember that I've ever boasted the diet technique of dealing with AF is a cure. Never said that, in fact on many an occasion I've said or alluded to the fact that AF is the most untrustworthy thing I know and I always felt that at some point it would turn and bite me on the ass. It just did, and in fact this time the experience was nothing like when I fell prey to AF first up, in Jan 2010. It truly is all things to all people.
OK guys and gals, that's the update.
May the force be with you all.