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    AFib and Heart Failure - Have to work
    An_267709 posted:
    I have had AFib and Flutter for over 40 years. I was finally diagnosed about 20 years ago and have been on nearly every med, had cardio aversion (paddles and drugs) more times that I can remember. I had ablation 14 years ago. In the past 2 weeks I have been to the ER 5 times and admitted twice because my rate was over 120. I am in mild heart failure and my heart is severely enlarged. Next week I have an appt with the Electro Physiologist to see if I can have ablation again. But apparently because my heart is enlarged severely I may not be a candidate.

    I have to work. I've been on med leave for over two weeks and will be on it until next week. If I get up and just do a load of laundry, my rate goes over 120. I don't know how I am going to stay calm and not over exert myself when I go back to work. Does anyone have any suggestions for minimizing stress and exertion?
    cardiostarusa1 responded:

    "I don't know how I am going to stay calm"

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    onestormie responded:
    I'm so sorry to hear about your situation!!
    You may want to try to get on temporary disability or permanent. Not sure what your job is, but I knew a truck driver that got on disability because he failed his physical because of high blood pressure of all things. They wouldn't let him drive and that's all he knew how to do. All cases are different, but you may want to look into that. Stress about not being able to work or do stuff around the house is not good for you either, and if you can get disability at least temporarily that may help a bit with stress.
    You can contact the social security administration to see what you need to do. Their website is
    Good luck and I hope you are okay.

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