I know this is prolly too much of a broad question as everyone is different ,but having been diagnosed with a-fib after I had an atttack in March ,no other symptoms for the rapid hear rate , put on toprol xl 25 mg.good for 7 mos . and another issue last week , still no other symptons but the heart flutter and rate from 50 to 160 ... Put on digoxin and it seemed to put me in a normal mode in a few hours .. I would like to know of other' s who also have this and what they believe caused the heart to suddenly go A-Fib?/// i blamed sleeping on left side ? told im nut's ..anyway any answer's would be welcome
Sleeping on your left side is a common trigger for afib but it's not what's caused it. Generally, you need some undelying problem either with your heart's biochemistry (electrolyte imbalance, binge drinking, flu, thyroid problem, etc.) or you have an enlarged atria (caused by years of high BP or due to a faulty valve). Also, the afib often needs PACs as trigger so one needs to have frequent PACs.
When you turn on your left side, portions of the heart shift positon and blood pools differently than if you were standing. This sometimes triggers afib if your were otherewise susceptable.
In my case, I have an enlarged atria and so frequently have episodes even on meds.
Thanks so much for the input ... having been just diagnosed in march a-fib and Meds for B.P, in feb. ( 140 over 78 ) I was certainly perplexed . Just so glad to know of another A_FIB ally is so comforting ...thanks again for the time to post an answer , i was on coumadin ,Benezepril ,and toprol 25 .. NOW added Digoxin and upped the toprol to 50 mg .added after the second episode last week
have a great day Tony
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