AF Information & Advice For Patients
Living with AF
Philip was diagnosed with AF at the age of 57, after suffering a stroke while on holiday. Initially he was misdiagnosed as having a viral infection. A simple pulse check could have indicated he had AF which can contribute to AF-related stroke.
Adrian noticed that an exercise machine at the gym indicated a 'false reading'. After seeing his GP, he was sent to A&E where he was quickly diagnosed with AF.
Margaret had all the signs of a mini stroke but thought she was fine. After a friend instructed her to go to A & E, Margaret realised the damage could have been a lot worse.
Sylvia experienced a TIA in May 2015. Thankfully there were few long lasting effects.
Andria was diagnosed with AF aged 39. With a family history of stroke and heart problems she was fearful of the diagnosis but found comfort in finding a consultant she felt she could discuss her treatment options with.
Brian, 65, was diagnosed with AF five years ago after noticing shortness of breath during exercise. His story highlights that even those with a good level of cardiovascular fitness may be at risk of developing AF.
Christine first experienced palpitations in her 30s but was only diagnosed by chance in her late 50s. Here she tells her story of how seeing the appropriate expert can make all the difference.
Julia first had symptoms of AF in her twenties. After many visits to A&E, going into AF while getting catheter ablation done and other complications, Julia isn't letting AF beat her.
Graham was first diagnosed with atrial fibrillation almost four years ago after contracting a flu virus which affected his lungs and heart.
Bev showed no risk factors for AF-related stroke. Despite this, at the age of 45, she suffered a stroke out of the blue. Here she describes how a 7-day monitor finally led to a diagnosis of AF.
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Within the space of a few hours, Claire had been diagnosed with AF, and told she’d suffered a stroke. Here she shares her story.
Chris was 29-years-old when he suffered two strokes, three days apart. The latter stroke was near fatal. After a life-changing experience he is now living life to the full.
Clive thought he was going for a routine medical check-up two weeks after running the Venice marathon. He wasn't prepared for being rushed to A&E after AF was detected.
During a challenging time in his life, John thought his health problems were down to stress, tiredness and worry. Little did he know that he actually had AF.
Diagnosed with AF aged 63 and four years later, Stuart has run full marathons each year! He is set on not letting AF scupper his passion for running.
Paul talks about his AF story - from first being aware of symptoms to suffering a mini-stroke.
Gwendoline, of Middlesborough, documents her AF journey – from misdiagnosis to diagnosis.
Martin, 51, speaks of his struggle with atrial fibrillation
Dennis, 61, details his six-and-a-half-year struggle of treatment following his diagnosis of atrial fibrillation in October 2005.
My Experience of Cardiac Arrhythmia – David, 64
One evening in November 2009, I came away from a long, competitive game of tennis feeling I had overdone it. For a few minutes towards the end of the game I experienced discomfort in my chest like a kind of burning...
Ginny had always been fit and was considering a career in the outdoors.
She talks of her experience with Atrial Flutter and her adventures in the mountains.
Eileen's AF started about 10 years ago.
I woke up one morning and found that I couldn't stand up for very long without feeling very faint.
It started with palpitations - Dave's story.
I’m not certain why I ended up with AF at such a young age...
Atrial Fibrillation and Me - David's story
Trying to remain a marathon runner got harder and harder, I was constantly tired whilst in AF.
Ian explains his story as an endurance athlete living with AF.
AF Association member
Living with AF can be extremely difficult and individuals and their families often have to overcome physical and emotional.
As one AFA member explains, not everyone understands.
Silent AF may not be recognised or detected . . .
. . . for James, the diagnosis of Atrial Fibrillation followed the shock of suffering a stroke when he was just 58.
Gary: My AF Story so Far.
Atrial Fibrillation has so far taken away Gary’s health, job and home – now he is desperate to find a successful treatment.
Out and about with AF is not so easy as Liz found.
After several years of “funny turns”, lasting from a few minutes to several hours, repeated visits to the GP etc, a serious episode in November 2006 with a heart rate of 160, cold sweats, breathlessness & feeling very faint, led to an emergency 999 trip to the hospital and finally a diagnosis of Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation.
AF but no NHS, a distant dream to more help, John's story from India.
In June 2006 I noticed I was breathing with irregularity, so went to a local cardiologist for a checkup. I already had hypertension and was borderline diabetes, now, after tests were carried out, I was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation. Current drugs continued with Warfarin being added to my daily cocktail.
Finding a Life I can enjoy alongside AF.
"I went on working for two to three years after developing arrhythmias, during which time I had twenty + admissions, which rendered me unreliable for my nursing posts as it affected other team members.
Hence my premature retirement at the age of 55 on medical grounds, after 37 years of service with the NHS!
How AF has affected my Life, by Rufus.
Rufus explains the effect successful treatment by Catheter Ablation of AF has had on his life.
Premature ageing and AF, Sam's struggle to manage a life alongside AF.
I first displayed the symptoms associated with AF in 2001, and for me the symptoms originally consisted of palpitations, general shortness of breath, and fatigue which was not improved by rest or sleep.
A Woman's Guide to Saving her Own Life by Mellanie True Hills.
# 1 Female Health Hazard Nearly Killed Her - Now She Helps Women Fight Back
Interview by Mellanie True Hills
(DALLAS) Heart disease kills more women than men in the U.S. and has for 20 years. How could we possibly lose almost half a million women each year in the U.S. to cardiovascular diseases (heart disease and stroke) and not hear more about it? The American Heart Association also reports that heart disease and stroke account for 40% of women's deaths.
That's almost 1,400 women every day-1 every minute-10 times as many as we lose to breast cancer, and 5 times as many as to all cancers combined. Forty percent of us - 2 of every 5 women - will get, and die from, cardiovascular disease. If you have a family history of heart disease, your risk is even higher.
Mellanie True Hills, author of A Woman's Guide To Saving Her Own Life: The Heart Program For Health And Longevity, is a heart disease survivor, nearly dying in emergency heart surgery several years ago. Using her second chance, she coaches individuals on creating healthy lifestyles and works with organizations to create healthy, productive workplaces. She is also the founder and CEO of the American Foundation for Women's Health, a non-profit organization dedicated to education and awareness about women's health issues.
Hills can discuss:
- Her surprising story of heart disease
- What a heart attack is and why it is happening at younger ages than ever before
- Why we lose more women than men to heart attacks
- Why women are more vulnerable to workplace stress
- The four main symptoms of a woman's heart attack & how they differ from men's
- What men need to know about protecting their wives from her worst enemy
- Why you're still at risk even if you don't smoke, don't have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or family history
- Stroke symptoms
- An effective health regimen for women and how people can create a plan they can stick to
A Woman's Guide to Saving Her Own Life is Hills' story and a workbook designed to guide readers through the process of making permanent and life-saving changes.