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05-30-2014, 10:31 AM   #1
Andy1982
 
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Atrial fibrillation

Hi guys I've recently been in hospital with atrial fibrillation which is uncommon for someone who is 30 years old.
I was wondering if anyone else has had this happen to them and I also wondered if there's a link between crohns and atrial fibrillation??
I've had crohns since 2007 had a right hemi and currently on pred for a flare up.
05-30-2014, 04:43 PM   #2
DustyKat
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There could be two reasons that I can think of that may have led to your AF and they both relate to active Crohnís.

1. When flaring it seems it is not uncommon, when presenting to hospital, to have a low potassium level (hypokalemia). It was certainly a feature for my children and needed to be addressed via IV and oral therapy. Whilst they did not have AF as a symptom of their hypokalemia one of the side effects of low potassium is AF.

2. High doses of Prednisone, like those needed to bring a flare under control, can also cause AF.

Did the docs offer up a reason why you had AF?

Dusty. xxx
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05-30-2014, 05:42 PM   #3
Andy1982
 
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They never said how it happened they just gave me an Iv and it sorted it's self out.
They said they checked bloods but I'm not really sure what they checked.
Waiting on a ultrasound on heart to see if there is something causing it
05-30-2014, 05:45 PM   #4
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Well I hope it stays sorted and it isnít something related to your heart. Good luck!

Please keep us posted with how you get on.

Dusty. xxx
05-30-2014, 06:04 PM   #5
Andy1982
 
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Thanks,I have suffered from low pottasiam in the past and was given pills.
Fingers crossed..
06-02-2014, 09:44 AM   #6
Andy1982
 
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Got pottasium levels checked 3.6
Been drinking coconut water and eating more bananas to try and raise it a bit.
12-20-2015, 06:18 PM   #7
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Hi Andy. Was curious what ended up happening with this? I have recently been in a similar situation to yours.
08-07-2017, 02:13 AM   #8
Christelle
 
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Hi Andy

I was diagnosed with Crohn's in 2010 and had another flare up in 2014. It became so severe that I had SVT and Atrial Fibrillation. I had ablation surgery for both. The specialists were unsure of the link between Crohn's and my heart problems, but I was convinced that the extreme inflammation was the cause. I was extremely ill and I wasn't sure whether I would survive or not. Thankfully, I did. I have to monitor my heart ( I have an implant called a LINQ loop recorder which records ECG rhythms. ) I am currently in another flare up which is going on for almost 11 months. I have a lot of inflammation which affects my eyes, skin, joints etc. and my immune system is not great. My advice is to get an excellent cardiologist who specializes in heart rhythm issues and to take good care of yourself. If you are having a bad day ( or week) just take it easy. I didn't do that - I thought I could do it all. You can't - ask for help and get rest. The inflammation is no joke - it affects your entire being. Good luck.
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