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Are they used as a temporary measure to kind of hold things in limbo pending the outcome of further investigation or am I barking up the wrong tree?
Once you are one them, does that usually mean on them for good?
depends on what they are being used to treat?
As the others say it depends why you are taking them, but they are a bit of a favourite with doctors because they are so effective, the unfortunate side effect for runners is they have a tendency to limit your heart rate and hence ability to work at higher levels.
Sorry, I should have given more info. Went into AF around 150bpm last Saturday week at teatime, felt really rough, into A&E, 2 lots of beta blockers Bisoprolol, then an anti arrhythmic flecainide before it popped back into sinus rhythm after 7 hours (why are all these words so hard to spell). First time it hasn't reset itself in less than a minute or so (like it did at Outlaw) and first time it has lasted long enough for them to record it (and first time I felt this shite). Medics said it was deffo the right call to go in. My wife said they seemed very concerned and "upgraded" my bed four times. Told no exercise though they did say they they would have treated me earlier if I hadn't been so fit that my ticker was used to 150bpm for hours. Sent away with Bisoprolol 2.5mg daily pending consultant appointment.
They are HORRIBLE!
Ticker is structurally sound bar slight enlargement of left atrium (apparently likely down to IM training). BP was 140/80 in A&E, usually sits around 118/75 these days.
Anyway, I am just kinda hoping it's short term meds and clutching at straws TBH. I just want to move again without feeling like I am about to keel over. And yes I am moaning a LOT more than usual and are they supposed to get you down?
If I am honest, had been caning the Xmas juices for 3 weeks.
So hit me with the bad stuff, then the good stuff, if there is any. Will I run/bike/swim again? Am I just overblowing everything and need to HTFU. I don't know so am an open book!
Been in sinus for ten days now with occasional slips into AF, maybe a few times a day, but never more than a couple of seconds. If anything that is more frequent than normal. Told to take 75mg aspirin a day so far as well. Not touched a drop of happy juice since.
A&E note recommended consider ablation in the note to consultant.
So would a 7 hour spell in AF make you more likely to go into it again or doesn't it work like that?
Guess I am just hoping that an "afferlete" would have that aspect considered when looking at treatment options.
Holds on to, " I'm sure you'll be able to get back to training and racing but need to respect it while it's getting sorted"
Presumably can only shock when you are in AF?
So I suppose the answer to the original question is they can be temporary then.
Noted SR. Just really trying to get a bit of a wider picture if I can. Maybe a bit of personal experience.
And appreciated Frazerelli. I guessed you might be in the profession.
SR does have a point that there have been a number of untrained responses to various issues over the years on these fora, but equally, there are some very respected medical bods on here too. And, from time to time, I have been most grateful.
Dustboy, good luck in getting the AF episodes sorted out. I have different cardiac problems and have managed to avoid BBs so far. There is a site where fellow 'cardiac athletes' hang out, http://www.cardiacathletes.com/. Let us know how your consultations go.