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Atrial Fibrilation

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Nov 2019
8:08am, 8 Nov 2019
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macca 53
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Nov 2019
8:30am, 8 Nov 2019
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GregP
Macca 27117 is fascinating
Nov 2019
9:29am, 8 Nov 2019
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Flatlander
macca 53, you're right that athletes become aware of AF because we are monitoring our hearts. However, any trained athlete is at a higher risk of developing AF because the atria become enlarged due to the demands placed on the heart during exercise.

AF is also age related, and can be precipitated by other provocations, see nhs.uk e.g. I am old and have asthma although my AF was more likely caused by my dilated atria.
Nov 2019
10:36am, 8 Nov 2019
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DazTheSlug
I'm fairly sure my AF is just genetic - my mother, uncle (on mother's side) and brother have all had it, and none of them have done much in the way of regular/strenuous exercise
Nov 2019
6:40pm, 8 Nov 2019
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Heinzster
AF is really common, also picked up at routine pulse and BP checks. That's why I use a manual sphyg to check BP over an electronic one (well, one reason). I assume new stroke patients are ECGd but don't know for sure.
Nov 2019
8:46pm, 8 Nov 2019
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LouLou
Flatlander - AF is actively looked for in any person presenting with a stroke. They would have an ECG and if no AF would then have a longer ECG recording typically 24-72 hour to look for paroxysmal AF
Nov 2019
9:08pm, 8 Nov 2019
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Flatlander
Thanks LouLou, I wondered if something like that happens.
Nov 2019
6:16am, 19 Nov 2019
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GregP
So the news is all good, now I’ve processed it. I do have an irregular heartbeat and an enlarged aorta (watching an ultrasound of your own heart is pretty cool). Because of my age and fitness and low CHADVASC(?) score the cardiologist sees no need to take any action. I’m to come back in a year to make sure my aorta hasn’t got any wider and I may need blood thinners when I hit 65, but apart from that I’m to carry on. He even encouraged me to run more because it is good for my heart. Yay.
Nov 2019
7:16am, 19 Nov 2019
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Mrs Jigs (Luverlylegs)
Most excellent news Greg :-)
R4R
Nov 2019
9:11am, 19 Nov 2019
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R4R
Good news Greg :-) but I can trump your ultrasound - my PVI was done under low sedation rather than general anaesthesia, and I could see the screen that the surgeon was using to perform the procedure
For the uninitiated, the procedure involves passing a catheter from your groin into your heart, and burning around the Pulmonary Vein to isolate it from the surrounding area :-)

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