I was Dx'd w/A fib just late last summer. I had only occasional symptoms that I was aware of. Actually one episode a month, never lasting more than 10 minutes at most. Until a episode that lasted about 4 1/2 hours and was accompanied by quite a bit of chest pain which I hadn't encountered before. Ended up going to ER and being Dx'd w/A fib. Referred to a cardiologist for a 30 day event monitor. Surprisingly, given my prior history, I had two events I was aware of whilst wearing the monitor. One event was a "critical" event: they called my cardiologist who called me and told me to go to ER but by then the event was already passing and I passed. I had one other event" a "serious" event, where in my cardiologist again called me to go to ER and again the event was just about over when he called so I passed. When we got the full event monitor report I had had quite a few other events that I was totally unaware of and that were of importance for my cardio to be aware of but not of any great or immediate worry.
So now I am on coumadin (warfarin) to prevent blood clots (when the heart beats irregularly as in A fib, blood tends to pool in the heart, clots can form, can be passed out of the heart and into the brain causing a stroke). I'm also on Rythmol which is an anti-rhythmic to keep the heart in rhythm and Toprol a beta-blocker to keep the heart rate slowed. We tried Dilitazem, a calcium-channel blocker first in place of the beta-blocker but I developed some edema w/it so the switch to the Toprol instead. TO MY KNOWLEDGE, I've not had an "event" since the first day of starting Rythmol. (I had another event monitor for 21 days during initial treatment until we found what seemed to be working). I will be having another 30 day event monitor in January to confirm things are still hunky-dory.
A 24 hour holter monitor would have been a waste of time and money given the irregularity and undetectable events I was having. Nothing ever showed up on echos, stress tests, nuclear stress tests, etc., etc. Only w/that 30 day event monitor (which is just a glorified holter monitor).
Moral of the story: don't ignore mild flutters' rapid, erratic heartbeats, etc. If they don't occur often enough to warrant a 24 hour holter monitor consider discussing a 30 day event monitor w/your doctors.
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