I think there is a correlation between tall and AFib. I was about 6'6" before age started to move my physic shorter and wider :(
I am in permanent AFib and take Warfarin for clot control, and also a half 325 mg aspirin, my choice, I could take the low dose instead. I recently switched from a beta blocker (Metoprolol) to a lower dose BB and a high dose calcium channel blocker. So far, just over three months, this combination does a better rate-control job than the BB alone. I run in the 70s at rest and the 90s when walking around. All safe numbers. But the AFib and my advanced years have stopped running and hard bike riding...guess I'm thankful I didn't get hit with AFib until I was in my mid 50s. I am conscious of the risk of uncontrolled bleeding due to the blood thinners, but I don't hold back a lot, I was on Warfarin while my AFib was in remission for a few years, and I ran and rode bikes and never fell, good thing I guess.
Hi. Like Jerry, I have been on coumadin for almost three years now. My transient paroxysmal atrial fib and sick sinus syndrome sent me pretty much straight to the EP for ablation of the left pulmonary re entry veins in 3/09. I was on the table for 11 hours March 10th 2009 while the EP painstakingly tested and burnt several areas in my left atria. I have to control tachycardia with flecainide and a calcium channel blocker now.
I still have bouts of tachycardia but not the skipped beats and shortness of breath that came with the afib. I was 44 years old when this started and I had no idea what was happening to me. I went through Atenolol, digoxin,sodelol, propafenone, amiodorone, and then had to have the ablation, all in a matter of two months. Seemed as if no drug was working for me and my heart. Post ablation, my rhythm morphed into flutter with Tachy bouts, but those rjhythms did not seem as symptomatic as the afib. In April 2009 I went in to the hospital for the third time for cardioversion, but my cardiologist tried flecainide first instead. My heart dropped into sinus rhythm the third morning in the hospital so we cancelled the cardioversion and I have been on the flecainide ever since. All that being said, there are many anti arrhythmic drugs to try if one no longer does the trick. I used to worry all of the time that the flecainide would stop working. Nothing held back my heart, it always felt like a racehorse needing to run. I have been in fairly normal rhythm. If I have a tachy bout, I take extra non time release channel blocker and (knock wood) it has worked for me thus far. I check my bp and hr twice a day when I feel symptomatic and often check my own pulse daily just to see where things are. Just wanting to let you know that at 46 years, I am still here and thriving. If my rhythm gets worse or I fall back into afib, I would not hesitate to have a "touch up" ablation. Try not to worry. There are lots of drugs that your husband's cardiologist can try if Atenolol doesn't hold the heart rate down. My heart rate fluctuates between 77 and 88bpm when I am feeling well and once every three months or so climbs up over 100 for a little while, that is when I take the extra verapamil. Post ablation for me, I find that things are not perfect in the way of rhythm, but the symptoms are so much lighter and I lead a pretty good quality of life now. Good luck and you are doing the right thing to handle the questions so your hubby doesn't have to. Stress has everything to do with my heart rate. Remaining as calm as my OCD type personality allows me to is the best medicine of them all. It is hard when you feel so out of control with this type of heart disease. At least it has been for me. Keep taking good care of him! :)