Tachy events occurring more frequently. Is this how a-fib starts?

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Alcie
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   Posted 11/5/2011 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had tachycardia events for quite a few years.  I got them under control for a long time by avoiding sulfites, which is still a trigger for me.  Now they are increasing in frequency, 3-4 a day that are annoying, at least one I need to take an atenolol plus my usual Valsalva maneuvers to get stopped.  My doc has just put me on a tiny dose of atenolol daily, since I don't tolerate even 25 mg for long.  It seems to be helping for now.
 
My question is has anyone had experience with a-fib starting this way? 
 
I've had GI tract irritation cause some events that sent me to the ER, so there could be something being missed there too.  I have a Nissen fundoplication that is partly unwrapped and some of it is again above the diaphragm, but docs don't want to do anything about it.

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   Posted 11/5/2011 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Alcie,
 

Atrial fibrillation is random electrical activity in the atrium, with ventricular beats occurring irregularly. Ventricular depolarization occurs whenever an electrical impulse arrives at the AV node when it’s ready to conduct. QRS complexes may be wide when conduction block is present. The rate in atrial fibrillation may be very rapid, or slow, depending on the conductivity of the AV node.

I do not have personal experience and hope someone that has comes along to answer your question.

 

Kindly,

Kitt


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