Patient Comments: Atrial Fibrillation - Effective Treatments

What kinds of treatments have been effective for your atrial fibrillation?

Comment from: ct916, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 02

I've been dealing with atrial fibrillation for about 3 years now. My father and grandmother also have the same issue. I take diltiazem extended release once a day and metoprolol 25 mg twice a day. I've been doing some research and I have been taking a magnesium, potassium, and taurine supplement along with a daily vitamin. I have pretty good success with it. Only on occasion do I get an occasional flutter if I get dehydrated or overdo it at the gym. Hope this helps someone.

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Comment from: flutemon, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

I began having atrial fibrillation on and off in the late 1990s. The doctor prescribed atenolol which controlled it well. In 2010, the atrial fibrillation came back and I visited another cardiologist, where I was diagnosed with tricuspid valve issues. Leading up to valve repair surgery it was decided that it was a congenital defect linked to Ebstein's anomaly. While the valve was being worked on, I had the Maze Procedure. Other than having a somewhat faster heart rate (80-90s) the atrial fibrillation has been gone since surgery in early 2011.

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Comment from: messerchristie, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: July 17

My dad, 83, has had atrial fibrillation for 20 years. He is on Coumadin and metoprolol. He had several occurrences in a row last year and had a pacemaker put in. His atrial fibrillation is not better and he is exhausted all the time. It's frustrating for him because he has always been very active. He is used to riding a bike every day (20 plus miles), lifting weights, etc. The extreme fatigue is new. He just saw a second cardiologist who told him that an ablation would not work for him. He is a retired physician and feels 'badly' for getting more opinions. My mom has dementia and I care for her full time. It has been very hard on dad. His outlet was exercise. I believe that his tiredness is due to depression, but he refuses to consider that; it would be an admission of weakness for him. Meanwhile I'm manic depressive and he doesn't view it as a weakness in my case.

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Comment from: Jo, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I developed atrial fibrillation in November of 2005. I had three ablations. It lasted about nine to 10 months for each. I was on amiodarone for almost three years, but the side effects were bad. I have been on Cardizem LA (300 mg) now. I am also on metoprolol (75 mg) and have no energy and no breath. I have been told my mitral valve is leaking, but I have not received the results of tests that were taken here in town or in Chicago. It is most frustrating because I cannot walk across the house without panting. My heart hurts, and I am really depressed.

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Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I wore the kings heart monitor. At the beginning my blood pressure was 150 and pulse 166, then another reading was 168 and pulse 150. The heart monitor people called an ambulance. Results: Fluttering; sinus rhythm; tachycardia; PVC; atrial fibrillation and heart out of rhythm. The heart doctor put me on Diltiazem 180mg twice a day; Coumadin 5mg every other day and 2.5 the other days; amiodarone 200mg a day. The last AF, I got very week and felt like fainting, so that's when he upped my medicine. I was getting very sick at my stomach with the amiodarone so now I only take a half. Now my feet and ankles are swelling and has been for awhile; my heart doctor didn't seem concerned, but I am very concerned. I will call. I have read that Diltiazem can cause legs to swell. If I still have AFib in 6 months, my doctor wants to do the TEE and I'm a little concerned about that. I had rheumatic fever as a child and prolapse mitral valve.

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