Hi Glen, I have had discrepancies with what the patient portal showed before. When I would check with the office I got told pretty much the same thing you did.
My husband has AFib too. Sadly, his prior cardiologist failed to tell him & did not treat him. This went on several years until he changed drs. By this time it was not reversible & quite severe. He has an enlarged heart which we are told is a normal due to his age. The dr shocked his heart but it was useless, but the dr said it was worth trying at least. Medication did nothing so he ended up with a pacemaker which helped. He had congestive heart failure for years that left him short of breath & of course he swelled up like a balloon. He was on a hefty dose of diuretics to help get some of the fluid off. It sounds like your AFib was caught early which is great.
My husband was very over weight & the weight was going to take him out because it was putting too much strain on his heart. Stay with your exercise at the gym. Losing weight is hard especially when we are older. Two years ago his cardiologist recommended that he have the bariatric sleeve surgery to get some of this weight off. He had it done & has lost a good bit of weight. A lot of his meds has been cut in half, the best part is his diabetes is better. He is down to one type of insulin only. You are at risk of getting diabetes being over weight, I am not preaching at you either. My husband commented the other day, I wish now I had taken better care of myself if I had known all of this was going to happen. He is 73. And during all of this he has never had high blood pressure either.
It is probably best to wait & let your cardiologist see the swelling & he can determine if a diuretic is needed. Sorry to read about
the PC diagnosis. I am partial to Healing Well no doubt. I think the PC forum is exceptional. There is a lot of knowledge & compassion in that forum.
I hope your echo comes out good. Please let us know.
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