I have AFib, medication manages it and my cardiologist said it will not harm me as long as it's under control, it may become more of a worry after 60.
See a cardiologist and you'll be fine. I did go through testing and wore a holter monitor before diagnosis. I also bought https://www.amazon.com/KardiaMobile-Single-Lead-Personal-Monitor-FDA-Cleared/dp/B01A4W8AUK/ref=mp_s_a_1_1_sspa?adgrpid=56419504979&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIhZHY8cKf-wIVmjizAB2fCAH7EAAYASAAEgKRd_D_BwE&hvadid=274797286041&hvdev=m&hvlocphy=9... to monitor and my docs think it's great.
I'm not sure what you're trying to monitor but this thing was recommended by my cardiologist and does a pretty good job. It's not continuous like the watch though.
If you are suffering from afib, you could also get a Kardia device. They are really expensive for what they are and in this case, showing in the app that you have afib or any other heart issues won't be classed as a diagnosis, but will get you in the door at a cardiologist.
The general belief is that a young female is "too young" to have "real" heart problems.
I have a terminal heart condition that was diagnosed in my early teens. DM me for suggestions on how to talk to doctors without getting labeled as crazy or difficult.
Please buy this ecg machine. It's totally legit even though you wouldn't think that little do dah was a real ecg. I s. It also sends irregular ecgs to a doctor when you ask it to--so if her heart rate shoots up, capture the ecg, and you can send it to a doctor immediately, 24/7. heart problems.
Buy this ecg machine. It sticks to your phone or you can just keep it in your purse. It's totally legit even though you wouldn't think that little do dah was a real ecg. I highly recommend it so you have a record to show the doctors. It also sends irregular ecgs to a doctor when you ask it to--so if her heart rate shoots up, capture the ecg, and you can send it to a doctor immediately. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01A4W8AUK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_sWINFbWZX9XTM
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It was very random for me. Sometimes, I would have it once every few months. Sometimes, I would have it once a week. I had an ablation done through a catheter. It was very simple. During the procedure, they trigger episodes while you're under an XRay to identify where it's coming from and why. Then, based on that decide what to do. The reason I had the ablation, is that the medication did not work well for me. How we treat Tachycardia has changed recently. So if you haven't seen a cardiologist recently for the problem, I would recommend doing so. The treatment options in the last 20 years have changed. Buy a heart monitor like this one to capture the episode and share with your doctor: https://www.amazon.com/Alivecor%C2%AE-KardiaMobile-Wireless-Detection-Smartphones/dp/B01A4W8AUK/ref=sr_1_3?crid=2S0CJYEYBANLF&dchild=1&keywords=kardia+mobile+heart+monitor&qid=1595126797&sprefix=kardia%2Caps%2C224&sr=8-3 Some smartwatches can also capture EKGs that doctors are comfortable using. Check if your smartwatch is one of them. Your doctor may recommend wearing a heart monitor for a few weeks to properly capture your rhythm.
Your primary care doctor will be able to order preliminary testing while you wait for an appointment from a cardiologist. Since I knew I was getting the procedure, I purposely bought an insurance plan for the year that would fully cover it. I will be changing my plan next year.
The technology exists, it's not expensive either. We're talking sub-100$
and this shit is trusted by cardiologists.
I recommend a few things, but as always consult with a doctor. There is medication that can help. For a lot of people, that is enough. There's a ton of things and tips I have. You got to find what works for you.
When you do experience an episode, sit down, lay down, and try to relax. You may feel mild chest pain and cold sweats. There are maneuvers that you can do to stop the episode: https://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/atrial-fibrillation/vagal-maneuvers-and-heart-rate
If an episode lasts a long time, the ER can administer a small shock that will regulate your heart rate.
My doctor wanted me to go to the ER every episode to get tests done to make sure that I was safe. This would involve various blood tests and a chest X-Ray to make sure that fluid wasn't being pushed into the lungs by an episode. It is common to cough after an episode. It doesn't mean that you have full-on pneumonia.
The main thing is identifying the cause. Yes, you developed it post Covid, but maybe Covid triggered something else in your body to cause this. Maybe Covid is still the reason. Your primary care doctor can order some preliminary tests while you wait on an appointment from a cardiologist. There is medication you can take daily to prevent episodes. They will figure out why it's happening and develop a plan from there. I developed this condition when I was 10 years old, so doctors thought I would grow out of it, but I didn't. The reason I ended up getting the procedure done was that I didn't react well to the medication.
If you have a heart monitor on an apple watch, you can capture an EKG of an episode that your doctor can use. I used this because I didn't want to buy a smartwatch. I works with any Bluetooth smartphone: https://www.amazon.com/Alivecor%C2%AE-KardiaMobile-Wireless-Detection-Smartphones/dp/B01A4W8AUK/ref=sr_1_3?crid=2S0CJYEYBANLF&dchild=1&keywords=kardia+mobile+heart+monitor&qid=1595126797&sprefix=kardia%2Caps%2C224&sr=8-3 Only certain smartwatches can provide proper EKGs that doctors will trust, so check that before purchasing one.
I literally printed out the EKG I got from this and went to the ER with it once, it's all the doctors needed to fast track me in the ER queue and start testing.
I hope this information helps and I hope you feel well soon.
I'd add, if you are buying a smart watch, get one that monitors for AFib, or get something like this (https://www.amazon.ca/AliveCor-1141-Kardia-Mobile/dp/B01A4W8AUK/) Afib is no fun either.
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as for any adverse effects due to these medications, I can only say to be be careful and do your own research. if you're worried about the QTc prolongation specifically, you might want to get one of these https://www.amazon.com/Alivecor%C2%AE-KardiaMobile-Wireless-Detection-Smartphones/dp/B01A4W8AUK/.