Richard, Many Americans live normal lives with arrhythmia every day and I am one of them. I have had A-fib for about 20 years, so I was seeing a cardiologist about once a year. Five years ago, the doctor asked me to take a stress test. That resulted in my having a 4X CABG (so the A-fib saved my life). I still have A-fib and wear an Apple watch because it will monitor my heart rhythm and call 911 if I need it. I can even take an ECG test on the watch and record it on my phone to show the doctor. I have no physical restrictions and exercise regularly, do my own yardwork, do volunteer work with Mended Hearts, the K of C, the Air Force Museum, and the Boy Scouts. Life is good so just keep a positive attitude, do what you have to do, and have a happy life. By the way, I am 77 years old. Stay strong. Ray Steck
You're a-fib might be different than mine. Yours may be causing your heart to beat very rapidly or otherwise not allowing the heart to pump enough blood to sustain your body. Mine just sort of skips a beat every few beats. The doctor tried to shock mine into a normal rhythm several times but it always went back into A-fib pretty quickly. Finally the doctor told me that I tolerate it well, and that anything else they could try was more dangerous than the A-fib, so I should just live with it, and that's what I do. I exercise regularly because I always figure it is better to attack a problem from a position of strength rather than a weak position.
I have read that many people with A-fib do not even know that they have it, so there are different degrees of A-fib. So just keep educating yourself about A-fib, get a second opinion if necessary, and stay positive. Good luck and we will all be praying for you.
Hello Bev,So good to hear from you....and it is true that all questions should initially goto your trusted cardiologist and not Dr Google when you have questionsI have never heard about wearing out the heart either, I too wonder why thatwas mentioned.I have also learned that caffeine and some food additives like MSG and HighFructose Corn Syrup can affect the hearts rhythm and really have tokeep an eye on labels when shopping and stay away from Deli foods unlessthe ingredients are listed in plain sight
Slow deep breathing in through the nose and then out through the mouth meditationis also wonderful on a daily basis or even throughout the day to calm anxiety ...Being aware of how moods affect us is also key to recovery in many casesM