I’ve always advocated taking responsibility for your own health. But until recently, it was difficult to monitor your heart without a costly visit to your doctor for an ECG, or the uncomfortable—and expensive—ordeal of wearing a Holter monitor for days or weeks. Now, the HeartCheck Pen, the only device of its kind cleared by the FDA for consumer use, makes it possible to monitor your heart health at home and get reports from a physician remotely, at a fraction of the cost.
This post is a paper I wrote for school. While it will probably be of interest mostly to other students of Chinese medicine and nutrition, I’ve decided to post it for the benefit of fellow suffers of atrial fibrillation. If you find it intriguing, I would strongly recommend that you seek an acupuncturist who also practices Chinese dietary therapy and herbology. I have found this combination tremendously beneficial in the management of my own atrial fibrillation.
I have written elsewhere about the comforting experience of listening to my heart with a stethoscope. This morning I discovered that listening to a normal heartbeat while in atrial fibrillation may have the ability to restore normal sinus rhythm.
My experience with atrial fibrillation has taught me a number of things about health care and healing. These are some of the general principles, or lessons I have learned thus far.
If this is the first time you’re having symptoms of atrial fibrillation— palpitations, rapid or irregular heartbeat, chest pain, anxiety—you should consider calling 911. These symptoms may be indicators of a more serious problem, including heart attack. But if you’re confident that you don’t need to go to the emergency room, here are some tips that may help you manage atrial fibrillation in the middle of an attack.