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    noob health question?

    are there any riders out there that have had
    a past problem with atrial fibrillation?
    a couple years ago i felt real sluggish before work
    so i drank a bunch of sun tea then stoped at the corner store
    and saw the huge monster energey drink and thought
    hey that'll do it!!! it landed me in the hospital for five
    days with a fib but i converted and haven't had a problem
    since also i don't do caffiene any more-- should i still worry
    when riding?

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    noob health question?

    Ask your doctor.

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    would love to but i am currently out of work and have no health insurance

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    I don't think anyone will offer advice on something this serious. If they did I'd be skeptical of the advice they offered. I think mbmb65 has the best advice, with deference to your current situation, I'd defer any decision until you have medical clearance.
    The most expensive bike in the world is still cheaper than the cheapest open heart surgery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcaz View Post
    would love to but i am currently out of work and have no health insurance

    Honestly, do you have any idea how much a doctors visit is? I bet you'd be surprised how inexpensive a trip to the family doctor is. Call into their office and ask how much a visit to see the doctor would be.
    When I was no insurance, a visit to the family doctor was $90.


    Certainly cheaper than an ambulance ride.

    People quite often think they are getting some massive deal with health insurance for your basic visit. You are actually paying darn near 50% of the visit cost, plus paying your premium!

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    Testing and a pro would be my recommendation.

    http://www.azahcccs.gov/community/Do...quirements.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcaz View Post
    would love to but i am currently out of work and have no health insurance
    Everyone knows a doctor or five. Advice is free.
    ...and proud member of the anti-sock puppet desolation

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    I have been hospitalized three times and had two cardioversions due to atrial fibrillation. For many years I've been medicated for it and had no further issues. I've spoken with my cardiologist about my biking/racing habit. He's all for it. He asks me how my activity tolerance is the day after a 16 mile race....I tell him it could be better, after all, I finished 18 out of 36.
    Seriously, we've had the discussions about my high and low heart rates, etc and whether or not the benefits of the greater cardio fitness outweigh the risks of getting fit.
    I would certainly consult a cardiologist if you're anywhere near the level of risk that I'm at.

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    If you're out of work why don't you apply for Medicaid and make sure you're healthy. We can't diagnose you, and we can't really help you. I have a heart condition and I can't imagine going by forum advice when it involves my life and wellbeing. Not trying to be a dick, but seriously.. Even a dr couldn't give you advice without looking at your medical history and testing you.

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    I have a current problem with afib - you should see a cardiologist to make sure it is not a symptom of something more serous.

    I have been fighting it for a little over a year now and currently it is (somewhat) controlled with drugs. It seems to be not very well understood, and is a pretty frustrating condition to have.

    This guy is a good web resource, he is a cyclist, a heart doctor, and has also had afib episodes:

    Dr John M ? cardiac electrophysiologist, cyclist, learner

    Good luck and stay healthy

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