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25-07-2021, 02:52 PM
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Thank you for the summary Bob and I'm with Meg inasmuch as these specialists often don't like patients who question their suggestions (been there, done that but not with heart problems).
But that's being a bit previous because who knows?
You might get somebody with an open mind.
My fingers are still crossed for you, now also in the hope that you don't have a long wait before you get to see someone.
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26-07-2021, 11:30 AM
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Originally Posted by JBR ->
I found all of this very interesting, OGF.

Like you, I would really not want to have any ablation in the heart, and may have said so before.

I'm glad that you are having all the necessary medical attention, though. A pacemaker does sound a safe option, the more I have read up on the matter. Should I ever be advised to have one, I'm sure I'd take the advice willingly.

Just one comment, I'd add, and that is that we are all growing older and, much as you'd like to continue to be able to run for miles (I wish I could!), the time will come when you'd be well advised to take life much easier. Sorry if I'm sticking my nose in where not wanted!


No need to apologise JB, I value your, and others opinions on the matter, and I welcome the feedback...
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26-07-2021, 11:46 AM
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No need to apologise JB, I value your, and others opinions on the matter, and I welcome the feedback...
Thanks.
I've just telephoned the GP for an appointment now that my results are in.
Next appointment 10 August.
I was hoping for something sooner!
I can only assume that my problems are not particularly urgent.
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26-07-2021, 11:53 AM
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That's quite some summing up Bob
Looks like you will go well armed to the consultant but prepare for battle , they don't like patients who form their own opinions I was dropped from my yearly checkup at the arrhythmia clinic because I refused to consider an ablation . They said come back if anything changes in other words my mind

Assuming you have AF and not some other heart condition.
My philosophy when dealing with my condition is ...
''And always keep a-hold of Nurse
For fear of finding something worse.''

The treatments on offer (treatments not cures)appear to hold the prospect of 'something worse' so I 'hold on to nurse' ie my current situation because at least I have some quality of life most of the time for now.
I do take some medication though because my 'risk score' for a stroke is high.
Thanks Meg, I also have a good quality of life at the moment and am very reluctant to accept any kind of invasive treatment, and that includes drugs. (If it ain't broke )
Two things spring to mind about this. Firstly, as I said in my summary, because I haven't been monitoring my heart until recently it could have been going on for some time, although the signs of there being something wrong have been there for over two years. Runners are very aware of any performance changes and as JB points out, I must accept some deterioration with age and I know the day will come when even walking will be hard work, but the changes seemed too rapid for just the passing of time....

And secondly, even If I elect not to have any treatment, the doctors time has not been wasted. Who but a doctor could convince me that running was harming my health, many family members and friends have tried in the past, to no avail.... I believe the time has come to re-evaluate my fitness regime, and I still believe that with careful monitoring I can still do an occasional short jog during a walk.....

With that in mind, I have a confession to make....
I have actually done a few short jogs while out on my 5 mile walk, it's so hard to resist when I feel this good...As soon as my heart rate rises and I start getting out of breath, I walk until my heart rate returns to normal, and interestingly, if I jog very slow and relaxed it's taking longer for my heart to reach my self appointed limit. Good news Ay?
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26-07-2021, 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by JBR ->
Thanks.
I've just telephoned the GP for an appointment now that my results are in.
Next appointment 10 August.
I was hoping for something sooner!
I can only assume that my problems are not particularly urgent.
Good luck JB, I hope it turns out to be something you can manage without the need for serious medical attention...
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26-07-2021, 12:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Zaphod ->
Thank you for the summary Bob and I'm with Meg inasmuch as these specialists often don't like patients who question their suggestions (been there, done that but not with heart problems).
But that's being a bit previous because who knows?
You might get somebody with an open mind.
My fingers are still crossed for you, now also in the hope that you don't have a long wait before you get to see someone.
Thanks Zaphod, I'm still waiting....However.... I had to visit my local surgery this morning for a well man checkup. Because I've had a heart attack in the past I have to go in for an annual service...
The nurse extracted a large amount of blood, took my blood pressure, weight, heart rate, and asked me why I don't have the flu vaccine each year....She didn't mention the covid vaccine....

Anyway, blood pressure was 120/60 weight was 10st 10lbs (it was 10st 12lbs last year) and pulse was 55 bpm and she told me that because I have exercised all these years (43 to be precise) I was very fit and healthy and I looked young for my age.....
And when I told her about my recent visit to the specialist, she looked it up on the computer, and there it was, all the results.... So the specialist has done what he said he would and it's just a case of waiting until the NHS get in touch with me..
 
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