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Suggest remedy for palpitations,breathlessness and chest pain

Hi,I have had both atrial Fib & atrial flutter for approx 3 years.I have undergone cardioversion which lasted 2 weeks,then cardiac ablation which lasted 1 week.am awiting follow up in approx 5 weeks.Although symptoms are not as severe am still having palpitations,breathlessness,chest pain etc on average twice a week.I take warfarin and flecainide. Would it not make sense to fit me with a pacemaker as my quality of life feels poor and as a 57 yr old man i can t except that.Thanks Dave                                                                  
Mon, 18 Feb 2019
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Hello,

I suggest you see your cardiologist and do a 48 or more ECG Holter monitoring to see the heart rate trend. Based on the result the doctor may change the medications. It's not a problem to destroy your normal biological pacemaker and put an artificial one, but it is better for your heart to work by itself, and regulate the heart rate with medications.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

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Dr. Anila Skenderi, General & Family Physician
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