Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Livin' in a Poor Man's Shangri, La. aka New Orleans
some jumbled knee jerk thoughts...
drugs can control it, but it would theoretically always be a "worry." Procedures (Ablation) can be considered if the "bad area/nerves" can be discerned. The offending area is burned (ablated) so it doesn't fire anymore, thus knocking out the cause.
Most people respond to medical (drug) therapy and respond well. Some are candidates for ablation. IOW, there may be an electro-physiologist in your future
People with it controlled drive cars and otherwise have no limitations on their lives other than "being careful."
But, as we all know motorcycles are different. Still, driving a car and "syncope" could be fatal, and such patients DO drive.
One thing to consider is the anticoagulants you are on. Anticoagulation and motorcycle crashes are not a happy combo. Not all anticoagulants are equal. A baby aspirin is way more benign than warfarin.
Have you done the halter thing yet? There are devices that are implanted and connect to your smartphone which calls in to an MD on a daily basis for a read of the prev 24hrs ECG. Amazing tech
Just because afib does not always lead to passing out as you did, it still can be dangerous.
I would guess that at least until you are cleared by a cardiologist, your riding is on hiatus. There are no studies out there investigating afib and motorcyclists.
At least two major issues can be life-threatening, apart from riding a mc.
Clots are dangerous, forming in the heart and getting "thrown" to wherever they may land, like lungs (pulmonary embolism) or brain (stroke). Hence stop clots with anti-coags
the other is if the fibrillating atria get those fibrillating impulses down into the ventricles--the heart fails as a pump. There are check points in the way like the "AV Node." The AV Node is your friend.
I am thinking that anyone treating you, when asked if you can ride, would first respond with "Are you nuts?" But it would not be unreasonable to persist a bit and ask, once you are controlled can you revisit the question?
I will add that there are some patients out there who have one episode of it and then no more.
But, right now, you are lucky to have survived as well as you did.
one last thing and please keep us posted, but you do know how to feel your pulse, right? Do the wrist, not the neck. You do not want to be pressing on your neck.
Anyway, the pulse of afib is described as "irregularly irregular," meaning it is irregular in a random, irregular way. Sometimes pulses can be irregular, but the pattern repeats. Not so in Afib, irregularly irregular. You won't have to imagine it. That irreg irreg can be a bit harder to tell if your pulse is faster.
When you are controlled, your pulse will be pretty regular