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Atorvastatin and Afib

Hi everyone, this is my first Post on here, however, I find all your comments so comforting. I had my first AF Catheter Ablation in March this year. I had 8 wonderful weeks post Ablation and then AF crept back occasionally afterwards, which is normal thanks to all your advice on here and the post Ablation leaflets BobD suggested (thanks you)

Also the extreme exhaustion just wouldn’t go ..... I spoke to my Pharmacist who suggested I take my Atorvastatin separately from my other medication Rivaroxaban and Flecenaide. I decided to experiment and stop taking the Atorvastatin altogether 3 weeks ago and I have never felt so well! I am due to go back to St Barts for a 2nd Ablation in 3 weeks and honestly don’t feel as if I need it, as I haven’t been in Afib since I stopped taking it. Do you think it’s a coincidence?

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Welcome to our forum momo. We're a friendly group, who are willing to help and share experiences in relation to AF. Please always feel free to ask any questions.

No, I don't think it's a coincidence at all re you stopping Atorvastatin and your heart going back into normal rhythm. I was in constant AF for 8 months, stopped taking my Flecainide and Metoprolol in June and have been in sinus rhythm ever since. I also stopped taking my vitamin pills a few days later. Sometimes it's not the drugs themselves, but the additional fillers used to make them. I think that sometimes when taking lots of pills, it all becomes too much of an overload for our poor old hearts.

Jean

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Thank you Jean, that’s a comfort.

Do you think I would be wise to continue with the Ablation in 3 weeks?

Momo

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It's difficult to say! Sods law would rule that your AF would come back as soon as you cancelled your ablation! You could ask to delay it until a later date while you see how you get on? No one wants to have an ablation if it's not necessary. I'm afraid this is something that only you can decide. Jean

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Thank you Jean

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What possible evidence do you have that it's the fillers?

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Hi Alan

The answer to your question is simply by how efficient the tablets are when I take them. On a different brand of Flecainide to the one I normally had I would become very aware of my heart playing up in the evenings. Went back to my usual brand and my heart was kept in perfect rhythm all the time. I was prescribed a very low dose sleeping pill a while back and would just take half a tablet when needed. Then my pharmacy gave me a different brand which had blue colouring in, even taking two whole ones of these supposedly same tablets didn't help me sleep!

You just need to look at the contents of two different makes of the same tablet to see how it can differ. Some of us are sensitive to them, others are not, lets hope you are one of the latter.

Jean

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Hi, Nice that you are feeling great! As for me, I tend to go with the doctor recommendations on such things after discussion with them on how I feel on the medications. Helps them to re-adjust if needed. A-Fib is tricky. Be careful in your decisions and I highly advise you to keep your doctor informed of each step.

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Thank you, I have my pre assessment next week. I will discuss with him then.

Momo

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Atorvastatin is prescribed for high cholesterol so you wouldn't feel you needed it, but it is intended to help prevent stroke or heart attack so I wouldn't stop taking it without discussion with a doctor.

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But it also causes other problems. It depends how much you need it to 'help prevent'. Doctors like it!

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Hi Polska, my Dr prescribed it as a preventative about 10 years ago. My Cholesterol was normal and still is. However, since I was prescribed Rivaroxaban and Flecainide about 18months ago I have felt as if all I did was sleep and generally felt ill.

It was only when I asked my Pharmasist if he could advise me what I could do to help. He checked my medication on computer and said my problem was probably the Atorvastatin didn’t like mixing with the other medication and told me to try taking it at least 2 hours between doses.

I tried it for a couple of days and felt no better ..... so I stopped it completely 3 weeks ago and have had no Afib since and feel wide awake and very energetic.

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A bit naughty of your doctor then! They do get paid for prescribing statins I think, but it should only be if you need them.

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