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Why & How to Create Your ‘A-Fib Episode Action Plan’

Do your loved ones know how to help you during an A-Fib episode? That’s the topic of this email we received from the spouse of an A-Fib patient:

“My husband’s A-Fib is getting worse. When should I call Emergency and/or take him to the hospital? I’m petrified with fear for him. Our doctors say don’t worry unless he shows signs of a heart attack or stroke.”

For your family’s peace of mind, you need to create an ‘A-Fib Action Plan’. During an A-Fib episode, having an action plan is reassuring to you and your loved ones, and helps everyone stay calm.

Your A-Fib Action Plan

To develop your A-Fib Action Plan, you need to team up with your doctor. Discuss the following. You should know:

• When to contact your doctor’s office
• Your doctor’s cell number and email address for emergencies
• What symptoms or criteria should send you to the emergency room
• When at the ER, if you should call your doctor
• When at the ER, if your doctor will call and talk with the ER staff
• When you should “just ride out” the episode
• How to recognize the signs of stroke

Keep Calm and Follow Your A-Fib Action Plan - A-Fib.comWrite Up and Post Your Plan

Write up the answers to these questions. Add other helpful information, i.e., name of your local Emergency Room, directions, map, and phone numbers, etc. Store the original of your A-Fib Action Plan in your A-Fib binder or folder.

Post a copy in a prominent place your family can find easily. Discuss your A-Fib Action Plan with your loved ones and answer their questions.

Consider: What about your workplace? Should you discuss your Action Plan with your co-workers as well? Should you post a copy at work?

Be Confident & Stay Calm

During an A-Fib attack, an A-Fib Action Plan with specific steps is reassuring and helps everyone stay calm. Your family will be confident they’re supporting you in taking the right action at the right time.

Note: If your doctor is reluctant to develop a specific action plan or your Atrial Fibrillation is getting worse, it may be time to change doctors.

Have a Contribution to Make?

Do you have ideas for other content that should be included in an A-Fib Action Plan? I welcome your input. Send me an email with your thoughts.

FAQs Coping with A-Fib: Develop a Plan

FAQs Coping with A-Fib: An Action Plan

FAQs A-Fib afib7. “My husband’s A-Fib is getting worse. When should I call paramedics (911 in the US) and/or take him to the hospital? I’m petrified with fear for him. Our doctors say don’t worry unless he shows signs of a heart attack or stroke.”

Keep in mind, as bad as it feels, an A-Fib attack usually isn’t life threatening. (A-Fib doesn’t cause or 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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