I am continually trying to understand the cause of my arrhythmia.
I have noticed that my body position seems to bring it on. Specifically, when I lean forward, lift objects repeatedly from the floor, lay on my side, or am sitting with a full stomach.
The common denominator seems to be a reduction of the size of the chest cavity.
Can anyone provide any insight. My Dr. seemed disinterested in this consistency, because I did not have gurd (gerd).
I have had atrial fibrillation for about 12 years. I have discovered several things that seem to trigger my afib. Swinging an ax or sledge hammer, lifting 30 lbs or more above my head for several times, sleeping with my hands above my head. It seems any strenious activity above my head will do it.. other things that have cause it are: eating or drinking chocolate, coffee or tea (any thing containing caffine) also getting around cigarette smoke( nicotine) and one is tequila ...man that one will do it fast... hope you the best....I recently started taking 50 mgs of flecainide 2 times daily and it seems to be taking care of my afib episodes..have had none since he flecainde.. well did have one a doctor gave me an anesthetic that caused it but took some flecainde and got ok ... if you go to the doc or dentist dont let them give you epinphrine.. it will put you in afib also.. be sure and tell your dentist... hope this helps claytex
thanks for the insight.
I am experiencing arrhythmia as I type. CHoc and caffine today. Nothing happebed until pizza at the end of the night. Again body position seems to make a difference.
This realy does suck.
I notice during my last 13 years with SVT, that doing something with fast movement or leaning forward to pick up something would cause a tachycardia. Laying on my left side when I sleep will almost guarantee me to have an episode ( have slept on that side of my body for years )
Now I am trying a new type of medication until my Ablation procedure, Propafenone 150mg twice a day. The dosage is rather small and going back to see my Cardiologist to get him to up the dose because it doesn't sustain me the whole day or the entire night.
Some arrhythmias are vagally mediated, meaning it has to do with the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS innervates the heart and contributes to heart rate control. However, attributing the sole cause of arrhythmias to the ANS is very uncommon and much debated.
In other words, it may *indirectly* trigger an arrhythmia. People often report that when they perform some sort of orthostatic maneuver (like standing up, bending over, doing something suddenly) their arrhythmias will wig out.
The ANS' job is to meet these physical challenges by changing your heart rate immediately so your body is not blood-starved during the maneuver (especially your brain). However, the ANS only speeds up or slows down the heart rate. It does not control the heart rhythm. The heart controls heart rhythm.
The indirect cause is probably the heart's normal pacers reacting incorrectly to the ANS input. Make sense?
I have Pac's that are responsive relating to body position.
They seem to be brought on by substantially elevating cardiac demand,
and then the Pac's start or worsen as cardiac demand lowers. This can be either stress or exercise induced cardiac demand.
Any how once they are present, the best way for me to reduce them it to relax, breath deeply, relax the torso area, and take a comfortable walk. If I am lying down, they are much worse on my right side, than on my left side.
Mine are rythmic, like every 3rd of 4th beat is a PAC. Sometimes at its worst every other beat is a PAC. As I can relax the interval gets longer, say every 10-11 beats, and then goes away.
I heard many times that PAC's by themselves are mostly benign.
I do think that my cardiac output is lowered when these occur though, as I am an experienced exerciser, and I don't have as much energy when these occur.
I strongly believe that your problem is not your heart, but it's in your abdomen that pushes up the diaphragm and triggers your heart, which is in my opinion exactly what happens to me. investigate your abdomen!
I would like to keep in touch with you if possible so we can share our progress and help each other with the diagnosis.
my skype: mycelticwings
regards from northern Italy
What are PACs? I get arrhythmia when I get back into bed and lie down after getting up during the night for the toilet. It seems as if the lying down again triggers them. They are either gaps in my regular rhythm and /or double beats every changeable number of regular ones. Any comments appreciated.
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