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   Posted 4/15/2011 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all. When I was 8 years of age I had open heart surgery on my atria as I had a membrane (growth) separating one of them into two halves, meaning I had three chambers. I made an excellent recovery, went on to play professional sport, and 'forgot' all about the fact I was ever ill. I am now 44 and two years ago my nightmare started. I had a bout of missed heartbeats one day and was diagnosed with high blood pressure, which was treated medically. They did not abbate and a beta blocker was introduced after two or three episodes of SVT's also. The beta blocker has made a little difference, but sometimes I experience episodes of AF which make me nearly pass out.
Two months ago I had an MI, with a blockage in my RCA, and then some real problems with arrythmias soon after that,  but they eased as I improved and became more mobile. Despite reaching 12 minutes on a stress treadmill with no pain,  4 weeks ago I had another MI and I am now trying to get my head round all of this. I still have good cardiac function, which is testament to my level of fitness prior to the attacks, but I feel low, very low. I admit I did smoke 10 cigarettes a day until my missed beats started two years ago, but apart from that, I don't fit the risk factors for MI. I am not obese, I exercised regularly, I have low BP now, and eat well, low chesterol. I do get stressed at times but I just cant understand it all, and I think I'm entitled to be worried here!
I had a dream that all of this was linked. My cardiologist is saying that Coronary artery disease is not linked to my childhood congenital heart disease and is treating both things separately, and just says I am unlucky to have had two MI's!!! He also says my Heart rythm abnormalities are benign which are worse than ever, and I've just read on the internet that some missed beats can throw out blood clots on occasions. Is this true? Could that be the link? Could a blood clot be sent to the coronary artery from my heart after a flutter?
I just don't know what to do. I'm in limbo, and I'm still having chest pains that last for 30 seconds every other day, at rest,  normally pre-empted by heart arrythmias. Can anyone help??  Darren

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   Posted 4/15/2011 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Darren,
Welcome to Healing Well! I'm not a regular on this part of the forum (I'm a GERD-heartburn poster), but I'm helping out here. I'm no expert, but I believe it is common knowledge that atrial fibrillation can cause blood clots. It's interesting that your cardiac specialist didn't seem to make that connection. Hey, I'm not a specialist and he is! Here's the URL for a site that discusses it:

Of course, arrhythmias aren't AFs, so maybe that's the difference.
Anyway, welcome, and I hope somebody comes by with more information than I have! I hope you get to the bottom of this soon!
Very best wishes!

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   Posted 4/16/2011 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   

Thank you for that. I appreciate it, Thanks for your help.  Daz

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   Posted 4/16/2011 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Coronary artery disease is a risk factor for heart attacks.  Anyone with heart disease, including valve problems and a history of heart attack and heart surgery, has an increased risk of atrial fibrillation.

The treatment option best for you will depend on how long you've had atrial fibrillation, how bothersome your symptoms are and the underlying cause of your atrial fibrillation. Generally, the goals of treating atrial fibrillation are to: Reset the rhythm or control the rate and prevent blood clots.

Wondering if you have seen a Interventional cardiologists ? Interventional cardiology deals specifically with the catheter-based treatment of heart diseases. You mentioned 2 heart attacks with in weeks of each other.  Perhaps it is time to seek out a second opinion. 

It does feel to me like you need to be your own best advocate  and if you are still having chest pain do not be afraid to present to an ER.



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