Hi, I'm a 61 year old male, diagnosed in 1992 with A-fib, previously with prolapsed mitral valve that was ruled out after sonar showed no leaks. I had spells of muscle weakness, faintness, rapid heartbeat, all the signs of A-fib.
After a 1995 cardioversion (unsuccessful, they couldn't stop my heart), all symptoms of A-fib went away except that I still have an irregular heartbeat. At the time of the cardioversion, the heart monitor keep saying "premature ventricular contraction." (PVC)
But the diagnosis of A-fib continues to follow me. And I am forced to stay on coumaden (rat poison--warfarin) because medical statistics" say that A-fib folk must take coumaden or risk a six fold increase in chance of stroke. I've never had a stroke, no one in my family has ever had a stroke.
Are A-fib symptoms constant or just in "spells"? Wrongdiagnosis lists 9 symptoms of A-fib. If the only symptom I have is constant irregular heartbeat....do I really (still) have A-fib?
what's the symptom difference between A-fib and PVC? Is it time for a second opinion on the A-fib? I don't want to continue taking the rat poison if I don't have to.