Doctors & patients are saying about 'A-Fib.com'...


"A-Fib.com is a great web site for patients, that is unequaled by anything else out there."

Dr. Douglas L. Packer, MD, FHRS, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

"Jill and I put you and your work in our prayers every night. What you do to help people through this [A-Fib] process is really incredible."

Jill and Steve Douglas, East Troy, WI 

“I really appreciate all the information on your website as it allows me to be a better informed patient and to know what questions to ask my EP. 

Faye Spencer, Boise, ID, April 2017

“I think your site has helped a lot of patients.”

Dr. Hugh G. Calkins, MD  Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD 


Doctors & patients are saying about 'Beat Your A-Fib'...


"If I had [your book] 10 years ago, it would have saved me 8 years of hell.”

Roy Salmon, Patient, A-Fib Free, Adelaide, Australia

"This book is incredibly complete and easy-to-understand for anybody. I certainly recommend it for patients who want to know more about atrial fibrillation than what they will learn from doctors...."

Pierre Jaïs, M.D. Professor of Cardiology, Haut-Lévêque Hospital, Bordeaux, France

"Dear Steve, I saw a patient this morning with your book [in hand] and highlights throughout. She loves it and finds it very useful to help her in dealing with atrial fibrillation."

Dr. Wilber Su,
Cavanaugh Heart Center, 
Phoenix, AZ

"...masterful. You managed to combine an encyclopedic compilation of information with the simplicity of presentation that enhances the delivery of the information to the reader. This is not an easy thing to do, but you have been very, very successful at it."

Ira David Levin, heart patient, Rome, Italy

"Within the pages of Beat Your A-Fib, Dr. Steve Ryan, PhD, provides a comprehensive guide for persons seeking to find a cure for their Atrial Fibrillation."

Walter Kerwin, MD, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA



A-Fib Patient Story #45

My Xanax (alprazolam) Experience: Eye Drops Bring on A-Fib Attack

By Sally, 2011

I just wanted to share this experience with you. I was given Brimonidine eye drops for possible glaucoma and high eye pressure twice a day.  I noticed not long after using them, that I would feel very jittery.  I told the optometrist, and he just laughed and said I was probably jittery all my life.

So, I kept using them. And one day, about twenty minutes or more after taking those eye drops, I began to feel really strange…like I was going to faint…and clammy…very frightening.  I felt my pulse, and it was in strong A-Fib…not even readable.   I called my G.P, and they said to come right over.  They did an EKG and said I had to go to ER immediately, that I was in serious A-Fib, and that they were calling 911.

I begged her to let me just go home (I live near the doctor’s office) and take my Xanax. She was very angry at me for not agreeing to go. I told her no way I was going…for many reasons.  One, my dog won’t let anyone in the house but me and my sons, and they were away at the time.  I wanted to go home and get a neighbor to come down and see if she could stay with my dog, so I’d know she was taken care of.

I went home and called my neighbor. But she didn’t answer the phone. So I took the 0.5 mg. of Xanax. (I usually just take half of one.) And in 20 minutes or so, the A-Fib was gone, and my pulse was normal! I took a long nap. When I woke up, I dreaded telling my Nurse Practicioner that I didn’t go to ER after all. She later showed me my EKG when I refused to go. It looked like a scan of the sky with stars all over the place. She said it was the worse she’d ever seen.

I still take my half dosage of Xanax before bedtime and a whole one on occasion. It seems to work for me thus far.

I am convinced that the Xanax is keeping the adrenalin from going into my heart and causing the A-Fib.  Before I took it, I was getting A-Fib every time I went to bed. It was very frightening.  Pfizer says they didn’t know of this effect of Xanax, that they are still learning more about this drug as time goes by. Also, only one brand of the generic works for me…the round peach one. The oval yellow one doesn’t. I tried it several times.

Xanax may only work in my case, but I don’t think my A-Fib is from panic or anxiety. It seems more of a structural problem with my heart. And lying down makes me aware of it, or it just begins when I do lie down.  Who knows?

Sally

Editor’s comments:
Stan, in permanent A-Fib for 8 years, writes of his experience with Xanax.
“This drug [Xanax] has been very important to me. I use it as a kind of panic button, and just knowing it is available helps me to cope. At times the electrical tension (the only way I can describe it) of my heart cycles up, and Xanax brings me, within minutes, back to my normal comfort level. The effect seems to last for days.”

Return to A-Fib Patient Stories by Posting Date

Related Posts

Follow Us
facebook - A-Fib.comtwitter - A-Fib.comlinkedin  - A-Fib.compinterest  - A-Fib.comYouTube: A-Fib Can be Cured!  - A-Fib.com


A-Fib.com is a
501(c)(3) Nonprofit



Your support is needed. Every donation helps, even just $1.00.



A-Fib.com top rated by Healthline.com for fourth year 2014  2015  2016  2017

A-Fib.com Mission Statement
We Need You

Mug - Seek your cure - Beat Your A-Fib 200 pix wide at 300 resEncourage others
with A-Fib
click to order

Home | The A-Fib Coach | Help Support A-Fib.com | A-Fib News Archive | Tell Us What You think | Media Room | GuideStar Seal | HON certification | Disclosures | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy