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Any docs or experienced cardiac nurses - Frightened and need advice

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Flopsygrowsup Sun 11-May-14 20:51:14

2 years ago I had a NSTEMI. It was a real shock I had been very very stressed anyway felt better but then in nov/oct had some palpitations. Long and short ended up with a diagnosis of paroxysmal AF. I am so so frightened I am paralysed from taking any action I know I need to get on with my life get fit manage my stress etc. I know by having medication it reduces my risk but I am terrified I am going to have a stroke, MI die young.

Blueuggboots Sun 11-May-14 21:00:36

Many many people have af and go onto live very long, healthy, full lives.
Many people have nstemis and worse and go into live long healthy full lives.
Yes, you need to take your medication, and yes you need to sort your stress if it is causing major problems but you may need some therapy. thanks

Neonbabyblue Sun 11-May-14 21:01:26

Hi Flopsy

I'm not a doctor/cardiac nurse but thought you needed some hand holding.

It might be worth seeing if your hospital does a cardiac rehab group- your consultant would probably be able to tell you. It's specially designed for people who have had some sort of cardiac problem and is designed to very gently improve fitness. Our local hospital runs them 3 days per week and it's run by cardiac nurses or cardiac physios.

Also British Heart Foundation are great, their website has a wealth of information and you can look for local support groups etc.

Have you spoken to anyone about what happened? It's a massive situation to be in and perhaps some counselling might help?

Flopsygrowsup Sun 11-May-14 22:29:35

Thank you so much xx

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