Reader Poll: Where were you when A-Fib first struck?
In our last issue of Steve’s A-Fib Alerts, we asked you to tell us about your first A-Fib attack. Thanks to all who shared. Here are the responses to our poll (14 responses):
Where were you when A-Fib first struck?
• Being prepped for a colonoscopy
• at my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary party. It began after I had a large piece of very rich chocolate cake, and lasted for, I don’t know, at least 15 minutes.
• In my garden, in hot and humid weather
• I was not feeling well but went to the SPCA anyway to look for a new dog. Ours had died 15 months prior. When I got there and took one dog for a walk, I had fast heartbeat non-stop, throat hurt, head hurt, the whole shebang. I headed back, jumped into my car and drove to the nearest ER, luckily very close by. It took sixteen hours to bring my heart rate back to normal. Now I seem fine, lots of self-monitoring.
• In bed at home
• In bed fast asleep
• Cancun Mexico resort
• At home talking about stressful subjects…It lasted only a few minutes….I thought that was the caffeine i had all day.
• Asleep at home. It happened during the night
• At home on my couch.
• In the hospital fighting serious bacterial pneumonia which had also invaded the pericardium. I left the hospital with a-fib.
• The first time I found out that I had it was in my primary care office during a routine physical exam. No telling how long I had it before.
• At home while washing the car.