A rock drummer’s take on atrial fibrillation

6 Oct


The incidence of atrial fibrillation increases as we age, so be on notice, you Baby Boomers. It’s the most common heart rhythm condition, and it’s also the most common heart-related reason for hospital admission. And as shown in this 90-second Heart and Stroke Foundation film (featuring Toronto musician and former Our Lady Peace drummer Jeremy Taggart, author of Canadianity: Tales from the True North Strong and Freezing), we should all know more about this heart rhythm condition which can triple our risk of stroke. 

Some people diagnosed with A-fib may feel absolutely nothing, while others experience a range of symptoms (such as the oft-heard complaint: “I feel like there’s a fish flopping around in my chest!”).

A-fib symptoms may include:

  • Irregular and fast heartbeat
  • Heart palpitations or a rapid thumping in the chest
  • Chest discomfort, chest pain or pressure
  • Shortness of breath, particularly with exertion or anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness, sweating or nausea
  • Light-headedness or fainting

For more on atrial fibrillation, visit cardiac electrophysiologist Dr. John Mandrola’s helpful website.

Q: Have you or somebody you know been diagnosed with A-fib?.

4 Responses to “A rock drummer’s take on atrial fibrillation”

  1. AFibDad October 28, 2012 at 7:07 am #

    Wow. You got reTweeted by Our Lady Peace. Cool . . . Glad that Jeremy stepped up to do this PSA for the H&SF.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Carolyn Thomas October 28, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

      I think it’s cool too! I’ve been telling my grown kids for years how cool their mother is . . . 😉


  2. Genevieve Fire October 12, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    Read the sanitized version of my 14 year journey with AF.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Carolyn Thomas October 13, 2012 at 7:05 am #

      Hi Genevieve and thanks for this link. Your story is a good example of how AFib symptoms can come and go for years before finally being correctly diagnosed, and also that treatment (ablation in your case) may not be a one-shot “cure”. So glad you are doing much better now!


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