I wanted to write on the topic of COVID-19, vaccines, and atrial fibrillation because I wanted to provide a place for you, the reader, to voice your thoughts, opinions, and experiences on the topic.
Most websites these days don’t allow you to leave comments, and those that do aren’t particularly friendly to “free speech.” I was shocked to see that the Afibbers.org forum, a forum that was established on the idea of sharing information you can’t find on mainstream websites, has completely shut down any discussion on this topic. Why?
What is the harm in having a discussion on this topic (or any topic for that matter)? I don’t get it. I’ll never understand the desire to shut down free speech. It’s a completely foreign concept to me. This blog will always allow comments and will always allow people to voice their opinions on any subject as long as it stays civil.
To that end, I encourage everyone reading this to leave comments below this blog post and start a discussion. All I ask is that you keep it civil. If you don’t, I won’t publish your comments. That’s the only rule I have.
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My Experience with COVID-19 and Atrial Fibrillation
As many of you know, I’ve been afib free since my 2015 ablation so during this entire pandemic I haven’t had any afib episodes. I’ve also been fortunate enough to be spared from COVID-19. I haven’t even had as much as a cough since the pandemic began (but then again I haven’t had a cold or any kind of sickness in years).
Fortunately, that’s all I have to say about my experience with COVID-19 and atrial fibrillation. I haven’t had an experience with either one since the pandemic.
How I Protected Myself from COVID-19
It’s interesting, as much as I fear afib, I had ZERO fear of COVID-19 from day one. I still have zero fear of it. I suppose the reason is I don’t consider myself to be in a high-risk group. I’m 49, relatively healthy, haven’t had any afib since 2015, and I’m not obese (although I am overweight). If I was 65 or older with active afib, then I might have a different perspective.
Because I didn’t fear COVID-19, I lived my life just like I did before the pandemic. If I had someplace to go, I went, and I only wore a mask when and where it was required (with great consternation because I HATE masks). And no, I didn’t wear N95 masks either. I wore the same worthless cloth masks everyone else wears, and like most people, I pulled it down as often as I could so I could breathe!
I followed the “six feet of social distance” rule out of respect for others even though I thought it was ridiculous.
I didn’t wash my hands any more than usual, nor did I use hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes more than usual.
The only extra precaution I took, and that I continue to take today, is I became extremely diligent with my vitamin C and vitamin D intake. I’ve always taken large amounts of these vitamins but when the pandemic hit, I figured it made sense to increase my intake of both. I also became very diligent about measuring my vitamin D levels every month to ensure they were adequate at all times.
I also started taking N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine, zinc, and a targeted immune multivitamin daily.
My Experience with COVID-19 Vaccines and Atrial Fibrillation
I reluctantly (and regrettably) had one Pfizer shot. I was never going to get a vaccine, but my wife was pressuring me so hard that I felt I had no choice. You know what they say, “happy wife, happy life.”
For some reason she was very scared of getting COVID-19 so she couldn’t get a vaccine fast enough. The minute they were available, she lined up for one immediately. I held off for several weeks, but she wasn’t happy with me at all. You could cut the tension with a knife. I felt I had no choice but to cave, so I did and got the first shot. Thankfully, I had zero side effects from it. My arm didn’t even get sore.
Since I caved and already took the first jab, I had every intention of getting the second shot, but then during that three-week period between the first and second shots, I learned more about COVID-19 and vaccines. I decided getting the second shot wasn’t for me so I “accidentally” forgot about the appointment I had for the second shot.
By that time my wife had been fully vaccinated for a while so she had cooled down about the whole subject. While she believed I should be fully vaccinated as well, she finally realized I was going to do what I wanted to do so she just rolled her eyes when I told her I forgot to get my second shot. For the following few weeks she kept gently reminding me to get the second shot but she eventually dropped it.
The reasons for my skepticism with the COVID-19 vaccines are many. Mainly, I’m not convinced that the vaccines do anything and can potentially cause more harm than good. This is just my OPINION. I fully admit my opinion may be totally wrong, ignorant, etc. but it’s my opinion nonetheless.
Your Thoughts on COVID-19, Vaccines, and Atrial Fibrillation
I encourage all of you to leave comments below this blog post and start a discussion. Again, all I ask is please be respectful and keep things civil!
I’m curious to get your thoughts on any of the following:
Do you have afib now because of getting COVID-19? I’ve read that a potential long-term side effect of COVID-19 is getting afib and other arrhythmia.
Do you have afib now because of getting a COVID-19 vaccine? I’ve had people email me asking if I know of any connection between the vaccines and getting afib.
Has the COVID-19 vaccine made your afib worse, or affected your heart health in anyway?
Have you avoided getting a COVID-19 vaccine for fear that it might make your afib or heart health worse?
Like me, did you get a COVID-19 vaccine because you felt pressured by your friends or family? I can’t be the only one that reluctantly got a vaccine because of intense pressure from their family!
Were you ever denied treatment for your afib because you weren’t vaccinated?
Did you have afib when you got COVID-19? If so, what was it like? Did COVID-19 make your afib worse? Did your afib make your COVID-19 infection even harder to cope with?
Are you suffering from any long-term side effects after recovering from COVID-19 as it pertains to your afib and heart health? Perhaps after your recovery you now experience more episodes of atrial fibrillation, or maybe your episodes are more intense or last longer?
Did you experience heart palpitations when you wore masks? This is one of many reasons why I hated masks. I would experience noticeable heart palpitations when I wore a mask because my oxygen was being restricted.
Did your afib make you especially scared of COVID-19? If so, how did that fear affect you? Did you rarely leave your home? Did you take extra precautions when leaving the home such as only wearing N95 masks? And are you still just as scared of COVID-19 today?