from Sydney Australia
I have been in and out now for a couple years and I thought it was time I revisited and said hi and got my mind back into "it"
I have been losing verrrrry slowly but still losing and had a 2/3 kilo loss in the last 10 days after a hospital stay.
Have suffered from atrial fibrillation for about 5 years and had a really bad attack of it and atrial flutter which landed me in hospital. Basically your heart has a party and it feels like some drunk guy is stamping all over your heart and occasionally revving it up up to 250 beats a minute like some demented F1 driver!
Fortunately I went into flutter and AF several times while I was hooked up in hospital so they could record the whole thing and it also meant an "ablation" to fix it went from elective to mandatory so I could be treated while I was in and it wouldn't cost a cent.
When your heart goes into SVT or flutter or AF - basically out of rhythm - the electrical currents that usually tell your heart to beat...beat...beat...beat.... get a little lost and start doing their own thing.
Usually your heart can damp these down as they happen but if they get too intense they start to take over. and short circuit your heart rhythm. If you think of it like a river that has flooded.
The water breaks the banks sometimes and finds other little paths to go in but when the flood is over the river goes back to normal. The more it floods (the more times electrical activity overwhelms the heart) the more easily the river can change course (the more easily you can go into AF/SVT)
An ablation basically puts up walls to force the flood back. In reality its wires threaded into your heart through your femoral artery which are then heated and used to burn to create scar tissue on parts of your heart which prevents the abnormal currents from getting through.
It happens to me because of a combination of things from my past which have damaged my heart over time - heavy heavy drinking, obesity and smoking. The drinking and smoking I quit years ago and the weight is slowly getting under control.
SO. My electrophysiologist (EP) said he could do an ablation to try and fix the flutter/SVT but I would have to lose around 15 kgs before he would do the ablation to fix the AF (my main problem). Obesity is a big factor when it comes to AF and also how successful an ablation can be.
The first ablation was done Friday and I was home by Saturday afternoon - amazing what they can do.
48 hours ago I was on a table in a catheter lab with wires inside my heart and someone sending tiny electric shocks into my to rev up my heart and see what it was doing and 2 days later its a cup of tea at home and posting this. Amazing!
So thats where I am at.
I am feeling very motivated to continue losing weight and feel more focused than ever.
In the back of mind I know I was assuming I was kind of screwed when it came to my heart and I would have to basically be on heavy heavy drugs to stop the AF which in the process have huge side effects. I really was thinking 5-8 years life expectancy and many visits to hospital.
Now I know I have something which can (hopefully) eradicate or vastly change the strength or frequency of these problems I feel like a new man
I look forward to reading about all the newbies here and how old friends have been getting on.