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  • A Fib or what?

    For the past couple of months (probably about 6 times total) I get where my heart feels like its beating irregularily, and I get a weird very slight shakiness or fluttery feeling in my chest. I also noticed that just before it converts back to a normal beat, I get this feeling of blood rushing to my face. It only lasted a few seconds each time, but when it does happen I start to feel a bit lightheaded. Is this AFib?

    I have worn the 24 and 48 holter. It has never been caught.
    I currently have the loop monitor with me(which is kind of useless). Before I could even get the monitor up to my chest and push the button-it was gone. Not to mention, the last thing I am thinking during these few seconds is "I should be recording this".
    What is out there that is a bit more permanant so they can catch whatever these are. Ugghh... I can't stand this.

    I see my cardiologist this Friday, thank goodness.

    Thanks all
    It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.

    Dx in Feb/99. Obstructed. No ICD, no surgeries, no family history. 2 sons ages 14 and 6.

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    Re: A Fib or what?

    There are other monitors that you wear like a holter but you wear it for a whole month. That eliminates you having to remember to put the monitor on and all of that jazz. The one I'm talking about records all arrhythmias on it's own but you can push a button like a holter to mark the spot. Ask your doc about this.


    Husband has HCM.
    3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.


    • #3
      Re: A Fib or what?


      There is no way for us to tell you if that is afib or not. It could be one of several types of arrhythmias.

      You definitely need a different kind of monitor to capture those episodes. Also log them to see if they coincide with anything like after meals or medication or stress or anything at all.

      Take care,



      • #4
        Re: A Fib or what?

        The monitor that Reenie is describing is called the King of Hearts. It works by recording constantly, and when you feel symptoms, you press a button and it backs up for 30 - 60 seconds and then preserves that recording. Otherwise, it erases over itself. When you have collected 5 recordings, the monitor is full. Then you call a telephone number where you play the recording for them (it records in an audible tone) and they transcribe it and send it to your doctor. That is how my v-tach episodes were discovered, but I had to wear the monitor for a month.
        Daughter of Father with HCM
        Diagnosed with HCM 1999.
        Full term pregnancy - Son born 11/01
        ICD implanted 2/03; generator replaced 2/2005 and 2/2012
        Myectomy 8/11/06 - Joe Dearani - Mayo Clinic.


        • #5
          Re: A Fib or what?

          I really think monitors are a potential CURE for arrythmias!!!!!!!!!!

          Anytime you try to catch the little bugger - it waits till the day you return the monitor then BAM there it goes again!

          Good luck and I hope you record an event soon...and that is is just PVC's!

          Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
          YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

          Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
          lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
          Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
          Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
          Currently not obstructed
          Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)


          • #6
            Re: A Fib or what?

            I've never been able to capture anything significzant on any of the event monitors I've had over the years. I've had exactly the feeling you describe, many times. When I did go into AFib (in the Hospital), it lasted a looooooong time & felt differently from other episodes. However what did feel more like what you described was VTach (also in Hospital). Good Luck


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