Afib

Discussion in 'General Bike Discussion' started by John Robbins, Nov 19, 2020.

  1. John Robbins

    John Robbins New Member

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    Anyone else have afib, and how does it affect your riding? Mine was just diagnosed after I got a burning chest pain on slow, 10-mile rides. Seeing a cardio guy next week but have been told not to ride at all until more tests are done.
     
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  2. Germanrazor

    Germanrazor Well-Known Member

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    I thought burning chest pains came with riding!

    So you do not know really yet what the issue may ultimately be? Hope all is good though.
     
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  3. John Robbins

    John Robbins New Member

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    Well, I know one doctor says i have afib and he referred me to a specialist. I never had pain like this just from riding before. Thanks.
     
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  4. Germanrazor

    Germanrazor Well-Known Member

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    I guess anything can develop at any time. Praying that it is not too serious and maybe even corrects itself so you can keep riding.
     
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  5. John_V

    John_V Moderator Staff Member Mod Team Tavern Member

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    My wife has AFib and rides. With the right medication, you should be OK to ride. You won’t be able to ride hard because the medication will control your heart rate and keep it below 100. This will be true with any medication they give you for the AFib. You’re also going to be given a blood thinner or anti-coagulant so you’re going to need to ride more carefully as to not crash. The important thing is that you’ll get to ride.
     
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  6. maelochs

    maelochs Old, fat, and slow

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    Afib … whatever. It is no big deal. I got Afib without even trying …. You fast guys train so hard, and I got it same as any of you. Hah.

    It was interesting, actually. I refused to go to a doctor for a couple years, and when I finally broke down he sent me for emergency surgery. I guess it gives doctors a sense of importance. He acted like a 150 resting heart rate was a big deal … little did he know I had been living that way for two years. Joke’s on him.

    Anyway … I am like you guys in some respects … a little bit of an over-achiever in some ways. I wasn’t content to just get medication, I went for the ablation---where they stick a sensor up one femoral artery and a microwave gun up the other, all the way to your heart, and selectively burn out heart nerves. I heartily (!) recommend it if you get the chance. You will feel terrible for a few weeks afterwards. Best part of all that, my doctor didn’t warn me, so I figured I wasn’t fixed. Wonderful recovery.

    I got the heartbeat-regulation drug, but I stopped taking it. I also quit the blood thinner, because my blood wasn’t unusually thick. I cannot recommend ignoring doctor’s advice … I do, and it hasn’t killed me yet, but your mileage might vary.

    I do tend to be a lot more careful when climbing or trying to push … there are some sort of peculiar pains or feelings of discomfort which Might not herald an oncoming heart seizure … but they might …. So I make sure to ease up before I am forced to because I fell down.

    So … Afib. Just pay attention to what your body tells you. If you do the drugs you will be safer but slower, until you crash, when you will be bloodier. If you don’t take the drugs, just be really careful.

    All kidding aside, you were smart to go to the doctor. Your heart can probably handle the overwork just because of your years of cycling, but it can only take so much … early treatment will hopefully keep you on the bike for many years more.
     
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  7. John Robbins

    John Robbins New Member

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    Thanks, John_V and Maelochs!
     
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  9. maelochs

    maelochs Old, fat, and slow

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    Thanks for that.

    This is funny, in a totally unhumorous way---"The dose-dependence of exercise in relationship to AF is a key question and one that we are currently working on." (Translation: yeah we are clueless. And we are the experts.)

    "In mice we see that there is "threshold" effect of exercise on atrial remodeling, suggesting that intensity is important. But the total integrated work also matter." (translation: racing might be killing you or commuting might be killing you or both---or neither. Have fun!)

    My favorite: "I feel that when I start to get bouts again, I'll get another procedure done. Like getting your car maintenance."

    Yeah, ummm .... I hear there are 22 nodes and to cure me the first time they had to kill 11. Not sure how many more times I can go back for "tune-ups" unless I get a pacemaker.

    Interesting approach to life, either way.

    Oh, and proof this guy rides: "I do not believe that alcohol increases atrial remodeling..so its safe in that respect."
     
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  10. Dos_Ruedas

    Dos_Ruedas Well-Known Member

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    I’ve had Afib.

    At it’s worse, i was in Baaad shape. Far too weak to hold my head up for long. This was 6 days after open heart surgery though and I’m sure that had something to do with my weakness.
    Laying on the table just moments before they shocked me to try and bring my heart back into sinus rhythm, i “self converted.”
    I felt remarkably better just minutes after. The next day i was up walking the halls.

    Jump ahead four years. Afib was back but in a lesser capacity. I just didn’t feel right. I wore a ZioPatch monitor three times (two weeks each) over the next year.
    Did meds. No real help, that i can tell but doctors say it helped some but not enough.
    Had an ablation last November. Stopped it dead in its tracks, but for some reason I’m still on the meds.
    I’ll be speaking to them about this after the new year.

    Anyway, as i understand it, the big concern with Afib is stroke!!

    When the heart is in its quivering state, the blood can pool in specific areas in the heart. One is a pocket in an upper chamber. Anyway, this can cause a blood clot which later can flow through the body and cause a stroke.

    Thanks but no thanks, i don’t want a stroke. I pay good money, and lots of it, to learn from some of the brightest cardiologists in the nation. They went to school for a very long time to become experts in their fields. Obviously, i trust them with my life.

    Just listen to your doctors John and, get a second opinion from a place unrelated to your current Dr.

    Good to note that I read once that endurance athletes often encounter this problem. That’s exactly what you are.

    Best of luck my friend. My family will keep you in our prayers.
     
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  11. Germanrazor

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    Most of us are probably riding with some underlying conditions in various forms. With my agency and the hazardous chemicals, explosives and biological agents we encounter I have to go yearly to Duke to get a physical. Every year the same old speech from the doctor/director of the program,

    Doctor- “You have a few moles you should keep an eye on!”

    Me- “How are my labs doc?”

    Doctor- “Oh, get that cholesterol under control!”

    Me- “That all doc?”

    Doctor- “Yeah, when was your last prostate exam?”

    Me- “Hey doc, my phones ringing and we just had a emergency....gotta go!” LOL
     
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  12. Dos_Ruedas

    Dos_Ruedas Well-Known Member

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    You're killing me this morning
     
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  13. MilesR

    MilesR Mom's Taxi Tavern Member

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    Just wait until he has a prostate biopsy. :eek:
     
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