“During an A-Fib episode, when should I call paramedics (911 in the US) and/or take my husband to the hospital? I’m petrified. My husband’s A-Fib is getting worse. Our doctors say don’t worry unless he shows signs of a heart attack or stroke. I need a plan.”
Keep in mind, as bad as it feels, an A-Fib attack usually isn’t life threatening. (A-Fib doesn’t cause or immediately lead to a heart attack.)
Develop an Action Plan: for your own peace of mind, you and your husband need to work out an ‘A-Fib action plan’ with his doctors.
You and your husband should know:
• when to contact his doctor
• your doctor’s cell number or email address for emergencies
• when to go to the emergency room
• whether or not to call your doctor from the ER
• if your doctor will call and talk with the ER staff
• when your husband should “just ride out” the episode
• the signs of stroke, and what you should be watching for
You need specific steps and a specific plan of action. Having a plan is reassuring and helps you stay calm. When having an A-Fib attack, you and your husband will be confident you’re taking the right action.
If you feel your doctor isn’t working with you (to develop a specific action plan) and/or if your spouse is getting worse, it may be time to interview and change doctors.
Read more at: Why & How to Create Your ‘A-Fib Episode Action Plan’
Having a plan is reassuring and helps you stay calm… and be confident you’re taking the right action.
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