Yep. I had it while I was at home recovering from a 4x bypass over a decade ago. Scared the bejesus out of me. I woke up and felt lightheaded. Took my HR - 175 bpm. Wife drove me to the ER. An ER doc injected some worthless liquid into my veins that did nothing to slow it down. Thank God a cardiologist who knew what she was doing walked in and injected a bolus dose of a beta blocker into me and it dropped like a stone to the normal range. She told me if the drug didn't work they would've had to use a defibrillator on me and I was fully conscious. I learned later it's risky business to defib a recovering bypass patient. I just thank the Good Lord that the drug worked. But they had a difficult time stabilizing it and kept me hospitalized for 3 days - put me on some pretty heavy heart meds - then sent me home. I had to inject myself w/ a strong blood thinner for a couple weeks to prevent a stroke. I found out that as many as 25% of bypass patients experience AFib. Apparently opening the chest cavity and fiddling with the heart can disrupt the cardiac electrical system during recovery. After a couple weeks they took me off the toxic heart meds. Haven't had a problem with AFib since. In fact my resting heart rate is at about 55. During heavy aerobic exercise I can pump it up to about 135. I'm on a beta blocker. But AFib is serious and needs to be treated ASAP, as the risk for stroke goes up big time. But if I had to choose between AFib and ventricular fibrillation I'd choose AFib any day of the week. Heart surgery made my RALP look like a walk in the park on a spring afternoon.
Best of luck to ya.
My AFib story is similar. Had bypass surgery in 2000 and was prescribed an ACE inhibitor + beta blocker + aspirin (standard protocol, I believe). I had occasional AFib after that and had to wear a Holter monitor for a day. But I don't think it showed anything (really) bad. After a year or two the ACE inhibitor was discontinued, but I am still taking one (extended-release) metoprolol (50 mg) and (81 mg) aspirin a day. Fortunately, no more AFib up to this point. I see my cardiologist once a year for a check-up.
Dec 2012: GP felt a nodule and hardened prostate; confirmed by urologist
PSA: 11.9 ng/ml
Biopsy (3/1/2013): Several Gleason 4+5 loci (prostate=45 ml)
Transferred to RO
Casodex 1 month; then Lupron 5/13 through 12/14 (18 months total)
Jul-Sep 2013: SBRT (CyberKnife; 3 x 6.5 Gy) followed by IMRT (25 x 1.8 Gy)
Lowest PSA thereafter: 0.1 (3/20/15)
Latest (09/18) PSA = 1.4 ng/ml
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