AFibbers Database: Todd Pearson
|Location||Vashon Island, WA|
|Diagnosed condition||Refractory atrial fibrillation|
|Years with condition||20|
|Frequency of episodes||8-10 per month|
|Duration of episodes||12-40 hours|
|Event preceding first AF||None|
|General health||Very good. I run 25-30 miles per week. Resting HR low 40's |
|Current state||Living with it. Continue to run and exercise and pretend that it is not there.|
|Triggers||Lack of Sleep.|
|Current medications/side effects||Coumadin.|
|Past medications/side effects||Atenelol.|
All pretty ineffective - continued episodes in spite of taking the damn drugs for 15 years.
After my first ablation procedure I was given Amiodarone for a very short time. I had what doctors have called an allergic reaction, which threw my thyroid way out of whack. I know from my own experience and my mom's toxic reaction to it late in her life that it is a dangerous and excessively aggressive drug. Avoid it at all costs.
|History of surgery||I've had 2 ablation procedures, each performed by my cardiologist. He is an excellent doctor, the head of Electrophysiology Services at a major hospital in Seattle. The first surgery was ineffective, but the second one gave me nearly 2 years of symptom-free living. Gradually, however, the symptoms returned, though they are not as severe or debilitating as they were prior to surgery. Having tasted the magnificence of living without afib, I will not stop trying for a cure, and to that end have decided to have another procedure. My cardiologist agrees that my third (and hopefully final) procedure ought to be done by another doctor. I'm currently trying to convince my insurance company that the best, most effective clinic (ergo, ultimately the least expensive) is the Haut Leveque Hospital in Bordeaux, France. The father of the catheter ablation procedure, and the most consistent innovator in heart rhythm technique is Dr.Michel Haissaguerre. I think this clinic presents the best chance in the world for a cure, and I'll be going there soon, I hope. |
|Future plans||Live a healthy, active life that is free of the cursed atrial fibrillation.|
|Personal comments||Unfortunately, most of us live acutely aware of our symptoms. It's hard to avoid feeling the slightest rhythm variation, and to feel the disappointment, anger and sometimes fear as another episode bears down on you. |
I have trouble differentiating between PAC's and afib, and for my money PAC's are nearly as insidious. I feel them almost as strongly as afib, and if I don't push myself they will keep me from living the life I want to lead. I want a life free from all arrhythmias, and I won't quit till I get there!!
You have to fight the bastard.
|acebutolol||amiodarone (cordarone,pacerone)||anisindione (miradon)|
|digoxin (lanoxin)||diltiazem (cardizem)||diphenylhydantoin|
|disopyramide (norpace)||dofetilide (tikosyn)||dronedarone|
|flecainide (tambocor)||gallopamil||ibutilide (corvert)|
|lidocaine||mibefradil||metoprolol (lopressor,toprol xl)|
|propranolol (inderal)||quinapril (accupril)||quinidine (quinaglute)|
|tocainide||trandolapril (mavik)||valsartan (diovan)|
|verapamil (calan,isoptin)||warfarin (coumadin)||asthma|
|heart block||myocardial infarction||rheumatic heart diease|
|sick sinus syndrome||stroke||WPW|
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