My recent run of short but frequent afib and SVT episodes, and not knowing when they will hit, has started to make me feel anxious at times. I'm sure part of it is the uncertainty of how it will play out since it's so new. That and perhaps not fully accepting that things have changed.
Every few days I might take 2.5mg of Valium (Diazepam) which seems to help but probably not the drug of choice long term. Wondering what people here take for anxiety and do they do it like me as a pill in pocket or do they take something on a regular basis?
I've also read that Metropolol is used off label for anxiety. I was thinking here I might kill two birds with one stone because it's one of the drugs my EP was considering if my episodes don't die down. Have any of you noticed a decrease in anxiety when you started Metropolol? Anyone take Metropolol as a pill in pocket or just on a daily basis? Intellectually I understand that afib is not life threatening, very manageable and that people can live full normal lives with it. That said, these episodes are fairly new , came sort of out of the blue in an erratic pattern, so life as normal is easier said than done but working on it.
I exercise as much as I am able and have tried various relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and mindful meditation (not to mention Netflix ) but so far not completely doing the trick.
Concern is not only feeling anxious but that anxiety could be an afib trigger. Bad cycle.