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AF and a Pace Maker

I have suffered with AF for 4 years, the first episode was frightening with my heart rate going up to 200. After 3 hours the hospital reduced the heart beat down to 80 but the rhythm took 3 days to go back to normal. 2 years later the same thing again, both times I had a heavy meal and red wine. I put this down to alcohol and have reduced my intake to 2 beers a week, 3 months ago I had another episode which lasted 3 days, prior to the episode I had a light meal and two beers, again put it down to the alcohol. Recently I had another episode and this no alcohol, the doctor said it was an infection (heavy cold) that set it off. I am very worried about the situation and the Doctors do not express any concern and just state there is no underlying heart condition, the only test I have had is an ultra sound.
Not very happy with the medical help and support but not sure what else I can do as it is making me very anxious.
I have looked through comments from other sufferers and would be interested if anyone has some advice.
Also if anyone has ever had a pacemaker with AF and does it stop the AF or will it still feel very unpleasant as it did before?
Regards Paul
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I'm a bit confused by your post.  You state that you have AFib but also state that the doctors tell you that you don't have a heart condition.  

I developed AFib in the hospital when I had bypass surgery.  AFib is a very common complication after bypass surgery and is usually controlled with a potent drug called Amiodarone or else an ablation procedure.  I developed AFib and have had a pacemaker for a number of years to control Brady/Tachy problems, so I would say that a pacer isn't an answer.  

You might suggest you wear a Holter monitor for a period of time that would record and interpret your heart rate and rhythm.
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Thanks for your reply
The Doctor say there is no structural problem with the heart and have advised just to carry on with small doses of Atenanol.
I just wondered if with a pace maker it would stop the AF episodes but from your experience it will not.
Just trying to work out what I can do to minimise the very poor feeling I get from missed beats etc and see if I can get back to a normal life, maybe I am asking too much.
Regards
Paul
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