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About a month ago, I was diagnosed with atypical atrial flutter. That's kind of a catch-all term for types of heart arrhythmia that are similar to but don't actually fit into the diagnosis of atrial fibrillation. My case is not really serious (atrial fibrillation was ruled out by EKG), but is still something for me to keep in mind.

Essentially, when my body is stressed or impaired, the electrical signals in my heart may become chaotic, leading to heart palpitations. This disorder can lead to weakness, disorientation and anxiety if I have an extended event, as well as long-term effects such as increased risk of stroke if it becomes chronic. While I usually just have the occasional flutter, I did have a persistent flutter one evening a couple of months ago, which prompted me to see a doctor. Given how temporary it was and under the circumstances that it occurred, the persistent event was likely more the symptom of an electrolyte imbalance than chronic fibrillation. It does, however, underline how important it is for me to pay attention to my health.

The doctor recommended that I avoid stress and intense physical activity. Alcohol also contributes to the disease.

I stopped getting drunk sometime last year. Fortuitously enough to happen at the end of the year, I've stopped drinking completely, not even beer or champagne on New Year's Eve.

I've cut back on the intense exercise, which was the most regular circumstance under which I'd have the little flutters. Instead of the HIIT routine I had been doing, I just do sledgehammer now to work on tone.

While my particular life essentially means that I can't avoid stress and anxiety, I definitely think I've been dealing with it better than I had been. Still nowhere near where I want to be, however. Hopefully, I'll be able to move forward with it significantly in 2018. With psilocybin studies showing a huge benefit in dealing with anxiety, depression, OCD, etc., I may find a way to make some powerful changes in my life soon.

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am sorry to hear you diagnosed with this soo young. i ekg certified so i know this affects older people moresoe than younger. did he recommend blood thinners?

Posted January 9th by Brandy

am sorry to hear you diagnosed with this soo young. i ekg certified so i know this affects older people moresoe than younger. did he recommend blood thinners?


There's no actual arrhythmia unless it's triggered by specific circumstances that are mostly avoidable, so he didn't recommend any medication. Since changing my habits a few weeks ago, I haven't felt any palpitations, not even the rare momentary ones.

Posted January 9th by nullfather

I'm starting to feel pains in my own heart/chest these days. Even without a diagnosis it's pretty stressful and really makes you start rethinking your health and longevity...

Sorry you're getting warnings from your doctor relatively early, but that's part of getting old.

Posted January 9th by Agis
Agis
 

Have definitely experienced various health issues over the past two or three years - intense acid reflux, chest pains, general pains for no reason. Had to get some steroid treatment in my foot (that worked for all of like, a month, before the pain came back).

Can appreciate the changes you've committed to making. Never easy to make huge changes. Probably worth it for everyone to give up a bunch of stuff. (I just don't think I could cut out booze entirely. I know my doctor suggested it, and I've definitely reduced it, but I can't. I like it too much and it's too important a factor in my social life.)



Posted January 10th by Jet Presto

Good to hear that you're doing well for yourself. I've had quite a few health issues myself, I know it's not any fun.

Posted January 10th by Xhin
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Well I mean no one said to not be healthy.

Posted January 10th by KnokkelMillennium

The doctor recommended that I avoid stress and intense physical activity.


Seems it could be difficult to maintain good health via exercise with this condition. I know you mentioned you made some changes to your routine. But still seems like that in itself would cause stress to me, worrying if I may have an episode while working out. I'm sure you are able to keep things balanced, though. I hope all is well.

Posted January 10th by Vandy

But still seems like that in itself would cause stress to me, worrying if I may have an episode while working out.


It takes an odd confluence of events beyond just physical exertion for me to have an extended arrhythmia event. During my normal exercise, I usually just got one or two momentary flutters. Since cutting back my routine to just sledgehammer and refreshing with Gatorade instead of water, I don't even get that anymore.

I hope all is well.


It's not, but I'm dealing with it.

Posted January 11th by nullfather
Reply to: Another reason to keep pushing my health and wellbeing upwards.
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