I came across this blog entry from John Mandola, MD, a cardiologist who is also an avid cyclist. He describes his experience with an episode of atrial fibrillation (AF), an irregular heartbeat that originates in the upper chambers of the heart.
We’ve talked about this problem previously here at the blog, but I thought that this cyclist’s personal account would hit home about how the patient feels.
The account could also provide some reassurance that, sometimes, AF terminates quickly, a normal heart rhythm is restored, and no further treatment is needed. But it’s important to note from the account that the cyclist took the symptoms seriously, went to see the doctor quickly, and was evaluated thoroughly. A good example to follow.