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My AF - what should I do about it?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 12, 2006
  • 11:32 AM

I'm an Aussie 50yo male (non-smoker, moderate alcohol drinker - no exercise though and 11KG overweight) who has suffered this condition since about 16yo. Most of the time, as a strapping youngster or then young adult it was a nuisance issue only. Now I'm turning 50yo and the frequency of the "attacks" is much greater (usually every day, sometimes multiple times each day) and perhaps more importantly the severity (or effect) is much, much greater! When I suffer a really pronounced attack I get very light headed (almost to the point of being dizzy) and have tremendous shortness of breath. It definitely is now affecting my working life in particular.

A few months ago I had a colonoscopy (obviously unrelated to the AF) but the nurse in charge was concerned enough about my pronounced AF before the procedure to (a) note it down on the chart and (b) call the surgeon.

So..given that my BP is always a bit elevated (making use of beta Blockers an issue I suspect), I am wondering what I should do. Any ideas?

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