This morning I was sitting in bed and my heart rate shot up to 150 and I felt extremely unwell, faint and dizzy short of breath,pressure in chest. It was a mixture of regular and irregular.
After years of having afib and svt you would think I would have found a way to cope and stay calm but since I had atrial flutter in December for the first time and felt like I was dying the wheels have come off.
I get completely terrified, I sob hysterically and and just feel so afraid,convinced something really bad is going to happen.I called my poor husband who came straight home and stayed with me until it settled down. The whole thing lasted about an hour and a half and now I’m still in bed feeling quite down and too scared to do all the things I wanted to do today in case it happens again. I’ve been like this since my last hospital admission in December, I haven’t been to work and never go out on my own. Up until the atrial flutter episode I coped relatively well with my heart problems, I am a very busy sociable person normally.
My question is how, when your heart is beating that way, can you find a calm place in your mind and a way to stay present? I literally lose it and afterwards I’m left feeling so pathetic and weak. I want to cope better but just don’t know how.