Atrial Fib, drug related?
Feb 1, 2002
Have always been very athletic, very low heart rate, associated with great cardiovascular exercise. Over the past 12+ months, have been diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation. Drug related? Have been taking a variety of meds for 5+ years, changing every 12-18 months or so to avoid resistance. No AZT, but, Zerit, Viramune, Didex, Sustiva, etc., etc. Enjoy undetectable viral load, high t-cell count (800 - 1000) and no symptoms related to HIV . . . is this Atrial fib drug related? What can I expect? My cardiologist ruled out a chemical and/or electrical cardio-version (sp?)
Response from Dr. Boyle
There are no studies that indicate that the antiretrovirals you are on cause atrial fibrillation and I doubt that they are the cause. Are you on any other medications? Have you had a thorough chemistry/metabolic workup? I would look for other causes.
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