Check up - What my Doc said re: blood thinners, AFIB, supplements,, Watchman, etc.
Hi PM peeps. Had a semi-annual cardiologist appt. yesterday, and my doc (who is always patient with me) addressed my several questions. Keep in mind these refer to my specific situation-AFIB/Aflutter with AV Nodal Ablation & PM Dependent.
First, I'm doing great! Implanted October 2018, and it worked to eliminate my symptoms (3 years of disability and misery). Second, it's always nice to impress my doc -- now that I'm no longer sick, I've lost 45 pounds so far, and that helps a lot with everything.
I asked him about the progression of AFIB from paroxysmal to persistent to chronic, and we talked about better screening. He said that regular EKGs don't catch AFIB, and many people (not me!) don't have symptoms, so the first time they realize they have it is when they land in the hospital with a stroke. Not optimal!
We talked about the Watchman device - really only for people who cannot take blood thinners. He stressed that it's vital for me to take my blood thinner every day: "AFIB is not forgiving."
I asked him about supplements, e.g., magnesium, and he said that may have been beneficial in the beginning, but because of the AV Nodal ablation, "that ship has sailed" and I am not at risk of heart failure anymore (still at risk for stroke, though).
I am grateful every day for the care that I've received and that little battery.