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Afib woes

Flecainide I started my flecainide I started taking my flecainide and I'm still having some afib but not as much next Monday I will get checked if I am in normal heart rhythm that is it I will stand that medicine indefinitely if not Unfortunately they will do electrocardio inversion which I am dreading I'm concern though I need to ask my cardiologist since I believe I may have sleep apnea I do have a little bit of fat under my chin I believe that is making me snore at night which is contributing to my regular heartbeat so I would hate to have that procedure done and it work and then the next day my regular heartbeat returns because of my sleep apnea. It would make more sense to maybe wait till I lost some weight especially around my neck area and then maybe proceed with cardio inversion does that make sense? I'll see if my cardiologist goes for it. I am currently exercising almost everyday and trying to lose weight I have lost about 8 pounds in a couple weeks so maybe I can just stay on the medication for a while and then try that procedure

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Well done for wanting to lose weight but a quick weight loss often doesn't stay off as you would wish. Make sure you are using a healthy plan that you can sustain indefinitely rather than a punishing one.

Please don't worry about cardioversion. It is a very straightforward procedure and you will know nothing about it if it needs to be done. You do not mention anticoagulation which you will almost certainly need before it is done.

If you can exercise daily that is great. Again if exercise is a new part of your day don't overdo it. I dont know if you are walking briskly or circuit training!!!

Trust your consultant to do what is right for you.

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Bagrat has got it right. Steady as you go. Big ' Well done' on your weight loss - if you can work towards the mid point of your BMI and do your daily mile your consultant will be delighted and you will probably feel a lot better. I am always delighted if I can get rid of 2 llbs a week. I don't react very well to wheat so no bread, biscuits and cake, no diet required but 'free from' got invented and I now have to watch what I eat. You win some, you lose some...

I have had a cardioversion done and I have had much better shocks after cutting through my lawnmower cord so don't be alarmed. It is a very straightforward procedure.

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I couldn't get back in NSR on Flecainide alone so had cardioversion last June. Nothing to worry about. However, I have since lost three stone and the nurse told me this is probably more effective than drugs for those overweight. Get back in NSR as soon as possible and keep going with the regular weight loss. well done!

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Thank you for your words of encouragement.

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I've had cardioversion and it really isn't anything to worry about, and it was successful in getting back into NSR. Now I'm on Flecainide and Bisoprolol and warfarin and trying to reduce the Flecainide dose on advice from my cardiologist. Good luck.

Jean

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Yes I appreciate that. I saw np instead of my cardiologist which I have an issue with since I'm there to see him. I realize they consult with him but I paid a copay to see him. Ok I digress, but np doubled dose on hopes I go into normal sinus rythim before inversion which im now scheduled to do next Tuesday but at hospital rather than cath lab. Cath lab is backed up with scheduling but I was told takes about same amount of time. Check in at 8 procedure at 10 then monitor for like an hour. It's op but in hospital so hopefully not there substantially longer because of that. Anybody know from experience that's about right. To me a hospital seems to take longer due to the volume of patients they get. I don't want to be off work for more than a day. Unless there are complications.. I don't anticipate more time right??

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My cardioversion was about 14 years ago so I'm guessing things may have improved. I think I checked in at hospital in the morning but I had to wait far too long while they got a bed free for me. It was the waiting that was the worst bit. They gave me something to help relax just before the op as I was very nervous. It did help. Then it was all over in no time at all. I was monitored for a short while and then free to go. Take it easy though afterwards and good luck.

Jean

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Thank you.

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