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Christine aka Moonchild Posted 5 months ago
I have AFib and want to know if its OK to continue kayaking on lochs. TIA
10 replies
    • Daisychain 17th August 2021 at 6:58 pm

      What does your medic say. Might be worth asking.

      If it was me, I’d continue if it gave me pleasure.

    • Gary K 17th August 2021 at 8:51 pm

      You’ve said your doctor has advised against. Its unfair to ask any unqualified people on this forum to support your wish to ignore qualified advice. If you don’t like the advice your doctor(s) have given, you can obviously carry on as you wish, but any adverse consequences can only be your responsibility. Of course, if you believe that advice is wrong, you are free to seek a second opinion from another doctor.
      I have heart failure, a permanently damaged heart wall, and a couple of damaged valves. Before my heart attack, which was not diagnosed for four weeks, I was very active and fit, weight trained four times a week, plus a bit of swimming and walking.
      I have been told by two cardiologists not to pursue the same activities in the way that I did, or I will probably kill myself. I’ve found alternatives, and established my limits, in consultation with them. I’m back to being just as active as I was before my heart attack, just in different ways that have less impact, and are of a lower risk given my current condition. I understand where you’re coming from, it’s frustrating, but take it from me, you don’t want permanent damage.

    • Christine aka Moonchild 17th August 2021 at 9:33 pm

      I was looking for advice from folk that may have been going through similar choices/decisions. I don’t feel unwell apart from the wrong meds being prescribed to me at the moment. 🙏

      • Gary K 18th August 2021 at 8:33 am

        Understood, but sometimes you don’t feel unwell until you feel unwell if you know what I mean. My heart condition is different to yours, so I’m not going to compare. My meds will be different to yours as well, but a lot of people with what I’ve got have AFib as part of their symptomology. One thing I would say is if you are fairly new to your diagnosis, the drugs regimes take time to get right. It took over six months to get mine sorted so I started to ameliorate the symptoms. I’m pretty much asymptomatic now, but these are not pills to cure the ills, most cardio active meds are to stabilise, correct and maintain. You may have alternatives to particular pills. All to discuss with your cardiologist/doctor.
        Re the sport, maybe look at alternatives, even if it’s just for a few months. Just take it steady. Heart issues take time, and you’ve only got the one!

    • imw 18th August 2021 at 9:48 am

      Hi, ive had AFib for 7 years. Had 2 Cardioversions and in June had an Ablation.
      Prior to that i used to do a lot of cycling. I have started doing a lot of walking and back to cycling but not as much. To be honest my Cardiologists havent told me not to do anything. Ive just reined in the amount i now do. Waiting for a follow up appt regarding the Ablation.
      I think its a matter of taking things easy and realising you may not be able to do as much as you used to be able to do.

      • Christine aka Moonchild 18th August 2021 at 3:43 pm

        Thanks very much for your advice. So far I haven’t been called back to see the cardiologist although they did get me to wear the holter for 3 days and I’ve had an electocardiogram recently. But no specialist visit since last August, when I was diagnosed. Once again thank you 🙏