atrial flutter

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bootieboots
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   Posted 4/24/2011 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I just want to connect with someone who suffers from Atrial Flutter as its causing me a great deal of anxiety. I have had it for many years and in the year 2000 had an atrial myxoma removed from my heart. I recovered but the palpitations continued and got worse. To cut a long story short i have now been put on metopropol which helps but i occasionally get bouts in which i think i am going to die. Its turning me into a couch potato as i think if i do any excercise it will bring it on. When it does happen, i go into full blown panic attack which doesnt help. I am female, 55 and live in the UK.

Thanks for listening!!

Alcie
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   Posted 4/24/2011 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
You need to talk to your cardiologist! Of course he knows your medical condition best, but I'll bet he'll say exercise will help keep the flutter from happening and being a couch potato will just weaken you. Exercise should help you keep your coronary arteries clear of plaque, which can lead to them closing up. But trust your doc, not us patients! I have lost weight, take my Crestor, and am trying to exercise more, and it's helping! White carbs, especially bread, are made into cholesterol by your liver.

I get supraventricular tachycardia, usually regular, just really fast, from eating certain foods that trigger it. For me it was almost always after eating certain meals. I worked with my allergist and kept a log of my foods and medicines for months, to find out what foods I am sensitive to. I now know which ones to avoid. My trigger foods also sometimes have given me coronary vasospasm.

My cardiologist has me keep atenolol on hand because it works faster and better for my arrhythmias than metoprolol. I also learned to do "Valsalva maneuvers" to break the arrhythmia. It usually works, but one time it went on for 5 hours and I had to get an adenosine conversion in the ER. I won't wait 5 hours again!
Alcie
 
 

bootieboots
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   Posted 4/24/2011 11:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the reply. Interesting about the foods, i should keep a diary of that too. Ive never had atenelol, maybe i should mention it to my GP next time i go there. Whats an adenosine conversion btw?? As for the excercise, ever since i went onto metopropol, i get exhausted very quickly also, walking even up a slight incline is very difficult and my legs ache. That also puts me off. My GP reckoned it was side effects, im not convinced. Im not overweight btw, just about average for my age.

Sue

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   Posted 4/25/2011 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Sue,
 
Welcome to HealingWell and I am glad to see the wise response by Alcie.  Stick with us and know we care.  I hope to get to know you better.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
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bootieboots
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   Posted 4/25/2011 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the kind words Kitt......its so nice to talk to people why sort of understand, makes a world of difference!

Sue
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