Fear, anxiety, and panic attacks are real.

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I love my cardiologist. He keeps my heart in rhythm. He is the fixer. His knowledge of my heart and heart rhythm keeps me going. He has insight into what type of medicine will keep me in rhythm.

He has the tools of the trade.

The echocardiogram is also known as ultrasound and it scans the heart and also creates an image of the heart. It looks at heart chambers, movement of the heart, and also the heart valves.

He uses his electrocardiogram to record the electrical signals inside my heart. The stethoscope is used to listen to my heart…

I was only meant to go for a consultation but things turned and a heart ablation was on the cards.

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My heart went out of rhythm 5 times this year. The first one was on 6 January 2020.

I don’t smoke, not overweight, do not misuse alcohol, and don’t have high blood pressure.

But I was born with Tetralogy of Fallot(TOF). And I have had a long heart journey.

I’ve had 4 cardioversions this year.

All of them were for atrial fibrillation (AFIB)and I felt blessed that my heart cardioverted after the joules were administered.

Some of my cardiologist’s comments.

Diet tips to prevent afib may only be one of the guns you use to shoot down the AFIB monster, but use it!

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The best chance you have to beat the afib dragon is……

Know as much as you can about it and then act on it.

We understand that our body is a system and everything is connected, maybe more than we think, THEREFORE!

Can you afford to ignore diet tips to prevent afib?
This post will concentrate on diet tips to prevent afib, with the understanding that your doctor, cardiologist, healthcare worker, and healthy lifestyle must always be the center of your management of atrial fibrillation and most of all. …

This was not my first AFIB episode or cardioversion.

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I feel it!

Many people have asked me how I know if my heart is out of rhythm. In my case, I feel it. In many of my previous episodes, I even know the precise moment it goes out.

In nearly all the cases I hope and pray that it’s Ectopic beats(I have written about them previously) but this year I’ve had 4 AFIB “attacks”. I call them attacks others call it an episode. Well, they attack me. My life changes immediately after I feel that beat go out.

I start thinking about my…

The “benign” condition that causes so much anxiety.

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I have had a few ectopic heartbeats in my time and it can be very scary!

It’s the beat then the pause and then the HARD beat. Some of you know exactly what I mean. That forceful beat brings a lot of relief after that PAUSE!!

Here’s the deal.

You will agree with me that any “EXTRA” heartbeat that you can physically feel in your body or neck can upset you.

Here is some of the stuff that I have learned about this -“extra”- ectopic heartbeat thing.


Ectopic means “wrong place” as…

Here are a few pointers to get your life back.

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My trauma was AFIB AND TOF, but all of us face this monster Corona aka Covid-19.

Can it be a BLESSING?

You would agree with me that feeling your heart going crazy in your chest, fast/slow then a “stop” and sometimes hard beats scares the life out of you! You start to think about……. the big D? Death yes. Same with this corona, with every news update it feels like it’s getting closer.

Many of us are experiencing trauma. Trauma is “a deeply distressing or disturbing experience”

But the flip side is life! If it does not kill you it makes you stronger(hopefully). Afib, TOF, and Corona can be a blessing.

Is atrial fibrillation harmless? Can it cause a stroke?

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The most serious risks emanating from Afib are:






But the main and most serious problem is the risk of stroke.

In short, a stroke is a brain attack and happens when the blood supply to a part of your brain is cut off, according to STROKE.ORG.

This can happen if you have afib because the upper chambers of your heart (atria) do not contract properly, they only quiver. …

Manage your anxiety attacks without medication. Take control!

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My Quest.

I was born with a CHD called Tetralogy of Fallot, operated on at 5 years old, parents divorced at about 10 years old, and diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation at 23. Anxiety and panic invaded my life.

Feeling how your heart races too over 200 beats per minute while you just sit messes with your head! You feel life going out of you, it sucks!

I went to a psychologist and psychiatrist. …

My practical and free heart rhythm management tool.

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This is not something out there, airy-fairy, it is my way of dealing with 49 years of heart disease, arrhythmia, and ectopic heartbeats.

I think you’ll agree with me when I say that dealing with AFIB or any palpitations is actually a type of heart arrhythmia management. People that have had some experience with AFIB know that the end of it is not always the end of it. The promise of a cardioversion or even an ablation may not be the final word on your arrhythmia.

That is why journaling may be…

I’m not anti-coffee, just looking for healthy alternatives. The best tea?

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I drink coffee every day and love it in the mornings. I like the smell the taste the feeling. It’s just that I have to check my caffeine intake due to my atrial fibrillation.

My family has used Rooibos tea for ages. I grew up with it. I never knew how healthy it actually was until I did some research. So in my quest to find a healthy alternative for coffee, I re-discovered Rooibos tea.


Rooibos tea is a natural angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. This helps regulate blood pressure…

Janco Vorster-My Afib Heart

www.myafibheart.com Blogger, Tetralogy of Fallot(TOF), AFIB(Atrial fibrillation) and panic! survivor. Mountain Biker.Married and father of 2.South African.

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