AF Suppression Therapies
For over a year my heart rate was stuck at 80. Even though my original settings were 60 resting and 130 max, all I got was 80. Resting was 80 and if I tried to exercise my HR would not excelerate more than 80. Everything I liked to do was gone--pickleball, hiking, gym workouts, and even housework like mowing and vacuuming. I was constantly breathless. My cardiologist (who is history how) said patronizing things like "you aren't an iron woman" and "you aren't in danger" when I complained. He never told me he saw some Afib and applied a type of Atrial Suppression Therapy. When I had an in-person interrogation yesterday with a new cardiologist they could see historically that my heart rate was at 80 a huge amount of the time. When they removed the suppression, I am functioning much better, back to 60 resting and 130 max. What a relief!
However my Afib burden is up to 7% and I'm wondering if the Atrial Suppression might have caused that since my Atria was unable to beat normally.It was less than 1% before. I have a complete heart block and usually my atria would beat some of the time, but this past year it didn't beat at all because of the suppression.
I am not very trusting of Western medicine. My heart block was originally caused by a drug, Armour Thyroid. I couldn't get a confirmation of this because they don't do a differential diagnosis and my sinus node might have been failing and the drug was the clincher.
Since I am almost 100% paced, would a sinus node ablation fix the Afib problem or is that not likely?