badnights wrote:May I ask how you got diagnosed with A-fib and what, if any, symptoms you notice from it? My dad had it, but it wasn't discovered until after his second stroke. The ER doctor left him hooked up to the heart monitors for 6 days, suspecting AFib, but it took 6 days before an event occurred to confirm it.
If the doctors after his first stroke had done that, he might not have died when he did. But they put him on statins even though his cholesterol and blood pressure were fine. I insisted on a sleep study which showed he had severe OSA, so he got a CPAP, but he was still exhausted all the time and had episodes of apparent drunkenness even though he wasn't drinking, I don't know how else to describe it, that in retrospect were probably caused by episodes of irregular heartbeat leading to oxygen deprivation.
It's hereditary and I've felt weird things in my heart all my life but doesn't everyone ... or do they? So anyway I worry that I might have it and die needlessly before my time. But how to find out? if it's as episodic as it was with my dad, it won't be detected because they will never send me home with a Holter monitor for more than one day.
Yeah, as Steve said, we do not all have weird heart feelings/sensations. I started getting palpitations in my thirties, but never had them before so they seemed terrifying at first. What a strange feeling! Thankfully, after wearing a Holter for awhile and having a few other tests, they are not a-fib and are "just" benign palpitations. But, at least I know.
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