Firstly with pAF you need to be on anti coagulants such as Aspirin or Warfarin (that is whether you are running or not)
Having pAF does not rule you out from running at all but, despite my earlier joke about doctors definitely consult your Cardiologist (don't bother with GP - not that they aren't great btw!)
I'm not saying pAF is completely safe but with good anti-coagulation it needn't be a huge problem. How much are you in AF and how much a normal rhythm?
You can run with Beta blockers but as the slow your heart rate you would have to take it easy otherwise it can cause you to faint.
I wouldn't recomment carotid sinus massage (arteries in neck) you can actually faint from that too and if you are in AF I cant actually see it being overly helpful anyway.
As a nurse I'm sure you have some knowledge of heart problems which is both a blessing and a curse (knowledge of problems/worry of very worst case scenario!
How long does the tachycardia last?
I think another attempt at an ablation is really a good idea.
I spoke to a physiologist who works at Harefield (he does lots of mapping for ablations actually)so he is a true expert (sh*t hot is the phrase someone used to describe him!). He was a little worried about the ectopic focus's proximity to the ventrical as it can cause more serious rhythms.
If it were me I would run but take it
VERY easy... frustrating but safe.
A successful ablation will give you a solution to the problem whereas drugs cover it so it really is worth pushing for another try.
Sorry my reply took so long.
* Just to edit with this disclaimer... Toni check with your Cardiologist before running!
Posted: 30/04/2009 at 23:51