Today when I woke up I felt lightheaded and dizzy, my heart was racing and fluttering, and I was short of breath. I went to an urgent-care facility and they hooked me up to an EKG. They told me that I was experiencing some arythmia. My blood pressure was around 90 / 40 and my pulse was very erradic. They sent me, via ambulance to a nearby hospital. There I had x-rays taken, blood tests, and hooked me up to another EKG. I was seen by a cardiologist and he informed me that I had atrial fibrillation. I got the following info off the web:
Atrial fibrillation is a disorder found in about 2.2 million Americans. In it the heart’s two small upper chambers (the atria) quiver instead of beating effectively. Blood isn’t pumped completely out of them, so it may pool and clot. If a piece of a blood clot in the atria leaves the heart and becomes lodged in an artery in the brain, a stroke results. About 15 percent of strokes occur in people with atrial fibrillation.
Anyway, the cardiologist isn’t sure yet what is causing my AF but he wants to monitor me closely and do further tests. For now, he put me on coumadin, a blood thinner and metoprolol, a beta blocker used to slow down rapid heart rate associated with AF. He said that I shouldn’t be worried and that I can still live to very old age with AF. He said he wants me to stay off work a few days and relax. I asked if I could just pass medicine at my nursing home and he said he doesn’t want me to work at all for at least 48 hours if not more. This will be hard on us because I may not be able to get sick pay and now we will have more bills to pay.
Please keep us in your prayers and we will keep you updated as we find out more information.