Pacemaker with atrial fibrillation

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I have been diagnosed with bradycardia and atrial fibrillation and will soon be given a dual chamber permanent pacemaker. I notice that in the doctor's reply it was said that a pacemaker didn't treat AF. This has confused me since my understanding of a pacemaker is that it gives you a regular sinus heartbeat and that arrhythmias would be a thing of the past. If it doesn't treat arrhythmia, then what use is it?
Ablation of the AV node with pacemaker placement is usually reserved for cases where the heart rate cannot be controlled with medication and is only a last resort.
•Drugs to try to prevent atrial fibrillation •Drugs to prevent blood clots — Patients with atrial fibrillation and heart disease are at especially high risk of stroke. •Blood-thinning medications (anticoagulants) such as aspirin may be prescribed. Thanks for sharing and if you have any followup questions feel welcome to respond. Take care.
I was given a pacemaker, although, my pauses were up to 7 seconds, and I am in a-fib. With the pacemaker they were able to treat me with anti-arrythmic meds. for the afib. They could not do this without a pacemaker because of the fact that the heart rate also drops too low and those meds, can really slow your heart down. It really does sound like your problem. I wonder what your cardiologists will say? Good luck to you both.
Atrial fibrillation (“Afib”) with reduced heart function (low ejection fraction / “EF”) is a challenge because uncontrolled atrial fibrillation can trigger episodes of heart failure and fluid overload and vice versa – poorly controlled heart failure can worsen atrial fibrillation. Additionally, cardiac treatments need to be chosen carefully so that treatment of one condition doesn’t worsen the other.
I have a "pacemaker and chronic atrial fibrillation and palpitations" and still very active at 95. my computer replies no information available. anyone else has this condition and what can be done about it? This discussion is related to <a href="/posts/Heart-Rhythm/still-feeling-bad/show/339933">still feeling bad</a>.
i have atrial fibrillation and chf my doc want to put a Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator in me and was wondering if thats a life time thing or can i get mt heart stringer and not need it any more ?
of running - shortness of breath - leg musceles ache with latic acid buildup - chest pounding - have to stop running / stress test on 10/19 - diagnosis - exercise induced atrial fibrillation / no known incidences of AF when not excercising / appt. with cardiologist 10/23 - perscribed an echo cardiogram & 50mg. twice daily of Tambocor (flecanide) / Questions - 1) Will incidence of AF increase as I age? 2) Will AF incidences occur even if I quit exercising?
html I was diagnosed SVT in 1995 and then nuerocardiogentic disorder in Februsry 2003. I am told that this model of pacemaker will provide therapy by pacing with AF. It may or may not be the answer for you, but definately something to look at or ask the doctors about. Since it is still new here in Tennessee. I was the first to have one implanted in West TN and was having problems when I saw a Medtronics rep, because their programmer didn't even the software instaleld yet.
My husband unfortunately has much worse matters because he has Cardiomyopathy also which could have caused the Atrial Fibrillation or the Atrial Fibrillation could have caused the Cardiomyopathy. All of this is so confusing and it seems like there are no easy answers. I would sure be interested in hearind about others that are going through this and what their successes have been.
Most of them are related to structural changes in the left atrium (dilatation or hypertrophy) which tends to worsen BY having atrial fibrillation, which is why atrial fibrillation starts with brief episodes and ends up as a permanent condition. Hypertension seems to be a major risk factor. There are also a lot of non-cardiac causes, such as electrolyte imbalances (calcium especially), excess catecholamines, hyper/hypothyroidism, stimulants, drugs, alcohol.
Are there alternatives to coumadin for treating atrial fibrillation in an 89 year old male? This discussion is related to <a href='/posts/show/794153'>Live Health Chat: Atrial Fibrillation, April 13th (Special Guest Dr. Bruce Lindsay, Cleveland Clinic)</a>.
Will a pacemaker help a 90 year old woman with atrial fibrillation -otherwise physically healthy - with alzheimers. Walks only with help at present time...............
I have recently received an ICD/pacemaker implant and still have atrial fibrillation not yet treated with a cardioversion procedure. I have always been athletic as a weight lifter and jogger. My question is will continued moderate exercise help or hurt my condition as it exists at this time. I am 69 years old and all considering in very good shape and feel great.
Before I got he pacemaker i was having regular episodes of atrial fibrillation and PVC's. For at least three years oir more after I got my pacemeker, I had no problems with a-fib but some pvc's.. Recenlty I had a pacemaker ckeck and it showed I was having a lot of atrial fibrillation and pvc's and I could feel them. My cardiologist changed my dosage of Sotalol and added magnesiium oxide and he he told me to call him in two days if I still fekt bad.
Will a two-lead Pacemaker have any effect on my activity levels? How will the Pacemaker affect the AFib? I barely notice the AFib when exercising, but a try on a beta blocker kept my heartrate so low I couldn't ride my bike. Is there any advantage to getting the Pacemaker now vs waiting?
Had pacemaker fitted several months ago but still troubled with atrial fibrillation despite maximum dose of Verapamil (can't take betablockers). Any other possible treatments?
60 yr old male recently started on Furosemide, potassium and Digoxin after having nearly eight months of atrial fibrillation accompanied by persistent coughing, weakness and panting. Should I also be on any other meds. Is it proper to attempt pharmaceutical rythm-conversion after its been so many months at 145-150 with spurts of 195 upon bending or exercise. Isn't the preferred treatment modality these days rate oriented and anti-coagulent oriented? I've been unable to get a test for H.
Just so you know, I had a pulse generator implanted approx 6 weeks ago. Prior to that I had been in continuous atrial fibrillation for over half a year. My heartrate varied continuously from 140 or so down to in the 30s with no pattern, rhyme or reason to it. I felt at best half-alive and many days less than that. Because I also had my AV node ablated the device runs continuously and without it I would just go to sleep.
She did the ekg twice and then informed me that I was in an extreme bout of atrial fibrillation. Don't know where that's coming from. I've never been diagnosed with that. She put me on coumadin warfarin 2mg for 1 week (insisting that I start today) and then checking my blood next week to reset the dosage and then said to call my son's cardiologist immediately. She said it appeared that I've had this for some time because the vetricle seems to be adapting (that's how I took what she said).
The day I was released from the hospital, I had an episode of atrial fibrillation. After speaking with the doctor's office, I went to the ER. They recorded a-fib with V-tach (but my EP said the EKG he got from them only showed AF). They gave me cardizem in my IV and a cardizem drip and more cardizem afterwards. I never converted to NSR but they said I could go home after 6 hrs. with a pulse rate of about 130 (and still with very irregular beats).
I work as a physical education teacher and consider myself to be relatively healthy. I had my first episode of atrial fibrillation at the end of May. I had to be cardioverted to restore it to normal. Then about 3 months later at the end of August I had another episode of atrial fibrillation and had to be cardioverted again. It is the middle of November now, and I had to be cardioverted again yesterday for the 3rd time. My symptoms were all different all 3 times.
Consequently, I feel like I'm at the end of experimentation and anything that can be done for Atrial Fibrillation. I've holter-monitored, stress-tested, been photographed by MRIs, Xrays, Flouroscopes ad nauseum. Nothing indicates anything physically wrong with my heart, though in 1975 a family doctor said I had a "floppy mitral valve" but no doctor since has ever even mentioned that.
The ventricles ability to generate their own beat is independant of the other portions of the heart. Generally, they will still generate an escape rhythm, albeit a slow one.
I believe a pacemaker has little, even no, effect on Atrial Flutter or Fibrillation. Thus, I conclude, it is reasonable to have an ablation when also using a pacemaker. I guess the pacemaker is there to keep your HR from falling too low, it will do nothing about any extra beats that come from the Flutter problem. Good luck, let us know how it goes. We can always use current experience on ablation work for more questions that will continue to come in.
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