I saw my cardiac surgeon yesterday for a follow up from my surgery and wearing a holter monitor for 48hrs. The only thing of note on the heart monitor was 13 beats of A FIB. He told me I was a zero stroke risk from A fib so they took me off the coumiden. They also told me I could start going back into my normal routine. So I went out and did some stuff with my kids as far as football training. ( All I did was instruct, no running or jumping. I think I threw a few passes) I broke a pretty good sweat but nothing major. After I went inside I checked my bp and it was 136/83 my hr was 86 but I was in A fib. It lasted for maybe 15-25 minutes. I called my surgeon today and they said basically to go to the ER if I have an episode that last longer than 45 minutes. My question is this. Now that I am not on the coumiden how long do I have to be in A fib before I start having an increase risk for stroke? I only get A fib from time to time and no real trigger or cause that I know of. Thanks!
Time for a cardiology opinion versus a cardio-thoracic surgery opinion. Let the Cardio doc answer that one for you, and yes I would most definately look further into Afib especially if it is new for you.
Hi, Lady hope you are feeling better. It is not really new for me. A dianosis is new but I have had a fib for years and never knew what it was. I would go to the ER and by the time I got there I would be back in a normal rythmn. Thankfully they built a new hospital close to my house and I was able to make it in before it quit on one occasion a few weeks ago. I have an appointment with a cardiologist coming soon and I am even going to see an EP guy soon. Although I don't have presistant a fib and from what I can tell since I am on an asprin regiment and since it is so infrequent& short-lived it is not that dangerous for me. I still hate getting it. I am going to push as hard as I can. I will be asking questions and checking into everything I can.
Hey hey Bamajoe, that spinal headache is gone now, whew:). Sounds like you are already right on track with everything. I especially like that you already have the attention of an EP doc along with cardio. They'll agree, I bet, on the best course moving forward and you'll get some resolve to this whole thing. Gotta love persistence.
I'd guess your cardiologist will want you to take some stroke prevention measures, maybe just a low dose aspirin. I have no stomach or other problems with aspirin, and in your "shoes" AFib-wise I'd take an aspirin each day. I take my aspirin with breakfast...just a low dose, but I am also on Warfarin.
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