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Finally off the meds!

Hi All

I've finally been taken off the meds by my cardiologist, it's been three weeks now and I feel fine, although I've had the odd flutter.

I was taken by blue light four times in 2017 with a bpm of around 200 at peak, on the final visit in August I had an Angiogram and was given the all clear. I then underwent my Cryo Ablation at Harefield on September 1st and reduced my meds down to 5mg of Bisoprolol and Digoxin.

Three months after the op I cut my meds in half and I am now off them completely. I still carry them just in case as a PIP for reassurance, I have had to take one once about a week ago as I was over tired had a busy day at work and couldn't resist a couple of cappuccinos.

I have also managed to do a 15km walk for the British Heart Foundation on Sunday and raised £275. The old ticker still gave me a palp half way through just to remind me how fragile it is. I still always feel anxious if I'm working or walking alone and in the middle of nowhere but confident that I won't end up blue lighting the A&E again.

Chin up and good luck guys.

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Congratulations on your good news. Well done. BUT walking alone in the middle of nowhere is not a good idea, if you must do it ( and I can appreciate the attraction, I am off to Austria next week) get yourself one of the new garmin devices that do not need a cell phone signal. Hope you take it easy and enjoy your new lease of life.

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I frequently walk alone in lonely places and so am interested in the Garmin device - could you tell me what it is please?

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inreach-mini. It is device which links directly to a satellite and does not depend on cellphone masts. Costs about $350. Not sure about availability in UK?

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Thank you. I will research it. Many thanks, Tricia

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Good to hear and long may it last ! You were ablated early so the signs are good.

Best wishes

Sandra

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Stunning effort on the fundraising! It's a good feeling to be "free" of meds and I hope it lasts.

I'd been in that position too and although it backfired it was a good couple of months just starting to get energy back and increased positive outlook!

Considering when I had been ablated 2014 I was free and began walking 5-10-15 miles in the peak distict on days off (when days on I regularly hit 8 miles) I can understand the attraction, and I miss it terribly!

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Brilliant!

Well done with the fundraising!

Its so good to hear the positives which can come from ablation. My first, left me free of AF for 8 years during which time I kayaked, and walked, in some pretty remote places. For peace of mind, I carry a PLB when kayaking.

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Time to exhibit ignorance, what is a PLB (personal locator beacon?) and how much does it cost and where from?

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On further investigation is this the device that you refer to ?https://www.amazon.co.uk/McMurdo-FastFind-220-PLB.

at about £160

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Hiantindauk. Happy to hear you are doing so well. Just a bit envious you can walk alone in rural quiet environments as that is something that is no longer very safe for women in the US. If I am alone and walking to the car in a not very crowded parking lot I ask for a security guard to walk me to the car. Too much opportunistic crime and too many guns being carried when individuals are shopping and going about their daily lives. Take care. irina`🐱

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