Newly Diagnosed Resources and FAQs

Newly Diagnosed Resources and FAQs


Resources and FAQs - For Patients

Interactive AFib Patient Guide
Partnering in Your Treatment 
FAQs about Afib
Guidelines for Treating AFib
Medication Tracker
Information Sheet

Resources and FAQs - For Providers

AFib affects about 2.7 million Americans, and AFib patients have a five-times greater risk for stroke. Get the below resources, in either print or downloadable versions, sent to you for free by completing this simple request form now.

2012-2013 Annual Impact Report
Interactive AFib Patient Impact Report
Living with AFib Brochure
AFib Toolkit for Professionals
AFib Infogra

Recent Discussions From The Newly Diagnosed Forum
masheely avatar

I was recently diagnosed with AFib and may need an ablation or two. How much time did you have to take off work after the procedure to heal? What can I expect having an ablation procedure? 

BobbaLee avatar

8 weeks ago I was diagnosed with AFIB. I retained a lot of fluid which I lost while in the hospsital due to the constant IV Diuretics I lost 15 pounds of water. Now at home I regained 10 pounds even though I am only eating less than 1800 calories per day and trying to drink less than 40 ozs of fluid.. My Doctor just upped my Furosemide 20 mg to 4 tablets a day.

I just had my first succesful cardioversion and out of AFIB for now. Any ideas to hasten the fluid loss? It can be very uncomfortable. Thanks

yollicsa avatar

I went to the ER at approx. 8:00 PM Friday, 7/13/18 with an odd feeling in my chest and a heart rate averaging 164 BPM up to 189, per my Polar HRM.  Diagnosed as being in AFib VERY quickly by ER staff.  I converted to sinus rhythm about 4.5 hrs later (12:30 AM) and then went back into AFib about 17 hours later for a short time.  I was released from the hospital around noon on Sunday and was sent home on Eliquis (5 mg, 2X) and Cardizem.  On Tuesday, my cardiologist deleted the Cardizem and put me on Sotalol (1/2 80 mg tablet, 2X).

I am 66 years old and am quite active.  I exercise regularly, play softball and, most importantly, played hockey 3 plus times a week in the winter.  I am VERY concerned about the impact AFib and the associated medications will have on my activity.  I know "contact sports" are not recommended for people on blood thinners but our hockey is mostly "old guy" hockey where checking is not permitted.  Unfortunately, contact is not totally unavoidable so I am looking for input on people's experiences in this area.  My cardiologist was clearly leary of me playing hockey but did not say "no."  The cardiologist in the hospital felt it wasn't a big problem given that is not highly competitive and I wear a helmet with a face mask.  Additionally, I have been talking to some of my leaguemates and already know of several that have been on blood thinners for some time.  All words of wisdom will be appreciated!

Thanks,

Steve

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