Just had surgery for a hernia, stopped Imbruvica for a week before, holding off for another week before re starting. Really feel that advice to do so was good, healing is impaired with this medication.
During routine pre opereative evaluation i was found to have premature Atrial contractions(PAC). and had a stress test that showed i had Atrial fibrillation on exercise.
Imbruvica is know to cause, or be associated with Atrial Fibrillation in 6-9% of cases.
So now i am on a Beta blocker, have an explanation for extra heart beats which i have noticed, shoved under the rug for years. Am to have a holter monitor in a few weeks.
Really a terrible dilemma. i am terrified of stopping Imbruvica, which has worked well for me, and yet Atrial Fibrillation is no joke( strokes, rapid heart rate and so on).
My preference would be to take Imbruvica, and anti arrythmic( beta blocker?) , but posts seem to lean towards stoping Imbruvica.
Will be doing research, but just tossing it out there in case there are fellow travelers.
I am 60, diagnosed October 2013. Had three rounds of FCR, remission, on Imbruvica since. doing OK.