WARNING: Always seek medical advice from a qualified medical practitioner. If at any time you suspect you have a disease or even an “event”, get to either a doctor or an emergency hospital room to have a qualified medical practitioner perform a diagnosis. Heart problems are not something you ought to try to sleep off…If you suspect a heart irregularity, be sure to act quickly to have a doctor perform a proper, thorough diagnosis. The following is meant as information only and not as a recommendation.
Heart problems are often related to a lifetime of messing up those things that make the heart strong for long. A major destructive force on our health is the FOOD WE EAT and often enjoy the most…
One of the common heart problems people experience, including young people, but especially people over 35 years of age, is what I will label as a RACING HEART. The atrium of the heart, an upper chamber, beats so quickly that blood can’t properly flow through the heart. People experiencing an Atrial Fibrillation, (A-Fib), episode may not be able feel it. If a person suspects “Something is wrong with me. I just can’t explain it. But I just don’t feel quite right.”, that person may be having an A-Fib episode. One of the first reactions is to try to count one’s own pulse or to have someone nearby do it. But often, during an A-Fib episode, we can’t feel a pulse with our finger because the heart beats are so fast that the pulse appear to run together and a more sensitive instrument is required than merely a finger at the wrist or at the neck. Though you, yourself, without proper monitoring equipment may not be able to detect it, an A-Fib episode exposes the person to a high probable event of a stroke or death. A-Fib, left untreated is just not a good idea.
If you can’t feel it or detect it, how do you know you have it?
That’s the problem.
Unless you are a qualified doctor, you can only guess that you may have had, or may be experiencing, A-Fib until a doctor does a proper diagnosis and rules it out. Of the people who have had an A-Fib episode and survived to tell about it, some report being dizzy, some just feeling “crappy”, or suddenly “strange”, and others symptoms similar to that of having a heart attack as commonly advertised on TV. We each feel physical events differently from one another. Worse, you may not even notice your are “off center” and experiencing an A-Fib episode if you are one of those who are used to pushing through physical feelings of “being off” or if you have been drinking alcohol, or, these days, smoking up.
Some people are aware that they have HAD PAST EPISODES of A-Fib, yet, have not visited a doctor. They are being foolish. It is NOT CLEVER to try to handle it with your own idea of home-folk remedies.
A friend to mine told me of someone he distantly knows. It’s an A-Fib story of one ROOF-TOP WORKER, who has recurring episodes of A-Fib. That roof-top worker simply makes his way home to sleep it off. THINK ABOUT THE DANGERS this guy encountered: 1)-rooftops are high–danger from heights; 2)- driving a vehicle while susceptible to passing out/death–danger to others; and 3)- trying to sleep it off–may never wake up. Let me make this plain and clear: don’t act as your own doctor or try to wait it out or to sleep it off!!
While the heart is in a state of A-Fib, even if you try to sleep it off, or to wait it out, your arteries can form BLOOD CLOTS which can block blood to the brain and cause a STROKE. The lack of blood supply to the brain can cause problems that come from damaged brain cells. You may lose some or all of your memory, nerves and sensation may be permanently damaged, or some or all of your physical motor skills may be lost forever.
Only your doctor will know how to diagnose Atrial Fibrillation and only your doctor will know how to treat it.
Listen to this expert in the video at the link below. If you find it useful, send my web post or the following link to your friends who have A-Fib, …you can be prolonging their life.
In this video, Dr. John Mandrola, M.D., an EXPERT, a SPECIALIST on doing cardiac procedures and helping people with their overall health, explains that there is evidence that DIET is one of the upstream causes of heart damage and of possible episodes of A-Fib. He explains that when a patient is discovered to have Atrial Fibrillation, [ if they make it to the hospital in time to get a diagnosis], he will check and discuss with the patient such risk factors and potential causes as the following:
- Alcohol consumption, even small quantities of alcohol can trigger an A-Fib episode. It gets even more dangerous for more serious and regular consumers of large quantities of alcohol, especially alcoholics or binge drinkers, because they may not even notice they are in a state of A-Fib. So, be very careful reaching for those social drinks and especially do NOT BINGE DRINK!!
- Blood pressure, often another result caused by diet and lifestyle over a lifetime, even short lifetimes such as 20 years. Yes, you can have high blood pressure while a young person.
- Diabetes can trigger an episode, or several episodes of A-Fib. Sadly, diabetes is prevalent in North America. So, the writing is on the wall, so to say.
- Stress. (Environmental stress, social stress.)
- Stress. (From over exercise. Marathoners beware?)
- Sleep patterns.
- WEIGHT has a big bearing as well.
- Thyroid disease.
- Other risk factors may also present.
If you think you, or a loved one, or even a friend you don’t like all that much, has had a “racing heart”, be sure to encourage that person to visit a doctor for a thorough diagnosis, even if that person appears to have made it through their episode without any observable damage. The strong possibility of a stroke may be in the offing. NEVER mess around when it comes to heart or artery problems!!
If you suddenly feel crappy and can’t seem to get a pulse, you may be having an A-Fib episode! Your heart may be beating in the 160 or higher range, sometimes more than 200 beats per minute…not something you want your heart to do for any length of time!! Be sure to have a doctor examine you.
For those of you who have been diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation, or suspect you have it, or even if you want to try to avoid having it, take 5 minutes to watch this video over at Dr. John McDougall’s website. But if you suspect you MAY have A-Fib, or may have had one in the past, get to a doctor for a proper diagnosis.