Another reason to keep pushing my health and wellbeing upwards.
Posted: Posted January 9th by nullfather
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.
I am the mighty Sun-Column.
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