Thank you for writing in to Ask the Expert and we are sorry to hear about your son and his health concerns.
Atrial fibrillation is a common cardiac condition in which the atriums of the heart rapidly and irregularly contract and cause an irregular heartbeat to occur.
Bigeminy is where there is an occurrence of two beats of the pulse or heart beat in rapid succession.
Atrial fibrillation and Bigeminy management should have been discussed with your son by the Cardiologist and depending on severity can be either observed or treated by means of medications or surgery such as the introduction of a pacemaker.
It is natural for your son to be concerned and we are sure that he will have regular appointments with the cardiologist in order to monitor the condition and to effectively manage the condition.
However, anxiety may in itself not help improve the condition as when one is anxious the body produces adrenaline and this can cause the heart beat to become faster and may make the AF more frequent and pronounced.
We would suggest to your son that he talks to the specialist about his worries and that he wants to be sure that the management he is receiving is appropriate at this time.
The GP may also be good to see as they may suggest further investigations and perhaps direct him to appropriate support networks too.
We would perhaps also suggest that when your son is more anxious that perhaps he considers using deep breathing exercises and distraction to slow breathing down and to slow his heart rate down too. Maybe CBT may help him with these anxieties.
Another way to encourage your son may also be to suggest that he tries to lead a healthy lifestyle by reducing alcohol and smoking intake, eating healthily, maintaining a healthy body weight and exercising as this again can help reduce the risks of heart disease and strokes as well as other conditions such as diabetes.
Some useful information sites that may assist with understanding and also for support are:
Atrial fibrillation - NHS
Stress & Anxiety - NHS
CBT - NHS
We hope this is useful and we wish you and your son all the best.
Answered by the Health at Hand nurses
We’re here to help you take care of your health - whenever you need us, wherever you are, whether you're an AXA PPP healthcare member or not.
Our Ask the Expert service allows you to ask our team of friendly and experienced nurses, midwives, counsellors and pharmacists about any health topic.
Atrial fibrillation or AF is the most common abnormal heart rhythm...Read More
A couple of weeks ago whilst on my way in to do a night shift, I had a bad dizzy spell on arrival at Euston station.Read More
It is not advisable to have an angiogram without preceding chest pains because of the unnecessary risk of the procedure that you would be put through (artery damage, bleeding, infection etc.).Read More
The really good news is that if you lose 10kg in weight (if you’re overweight) you can reduce your ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol by about 15% and increase your ‘good’ HDL cholesterol by about 8%.Read More
Erectile dysfunction – not being able to sustain an erection until ejaculation – is a recognised side effect of many medications, including statins.Read More
Most patients who are taking tablets for high blood pressure (hypertension) can also take Viagra for erectile dysfunction safely.Read More
There are two well recognised connections between thyroid function and statins...Read More
A health check MOT is something that can be done for free at your normal NHS doctor’s surgery.Read More
It sounds like your GP has done a thorough assessment of your cardiovascular risk already.Read More
For many years pacemakers have been used to stimulate the heart when the heart rate becomes too slow.Read More
One of our AXA Health Tech & You Award winners, HealthUnlocked, brings together health and wellbeing articles from leading organisations to help you get the right information when you need it most.
This questionnaire is designed to recommend some excellent resources to help you better understand how you feel. You should answer based on how you've been feeling over the last....Read More
Worried? Nervous? The distinction between anxiety disorders and "normal" anxiety isn't always clear.Read More
Explains anxiety and panic attacks, and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself.Read More
When you're feeling anxious or stressed, the strategies listed below can help you cope.Read More
If you experience anxiety or panic attacks there are many things you can do to help yourself copeRead More