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afib and guns

Discussion in 'Fitness' started by glenbo, Mar 5, 2020.

  1. glenbo

    glenbo New Member Lifetime Member

    Sep 3, 2014
    San Leon
    My doctor thinks I have afib, or atrial fibrillation, since it runs in the family and my heart has been going into palpitations lately. She's set me up with a cardiologist, should be going in a week or two for echocardiogram and sonograms. Meanwhile, I'm wondering if anyone who has or has had afib had any problems with the recoil and blast from large caliber handguns? 44 magnums and larger do have noticeable recoil and the blast can certainly be felt all over. I'd ask the cardio but I don't really expect a doctor from India can relate to handguns and their use.

  2. Whistler

    Whistler Well-Known TGT Supporter

    Jan 28, 2014
    Northeast Texas
    I have afib, have had a handful of heart attacks and have four stents. I've never noticed recoil being an issue. Cheesecake yes, recoil no.
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  3. ZX9RCAM

    ZX9RCAM Over the Rainbow bridge... TGT Supporter

    May 14, 2008
    The Woodlands, Tx.
    Maybe Tony will chime in.
  4. candcallen

    candcallen Well-Known

    Jul 23, 2011
    Little Elm
    So Schumer must be attempting suicide. Over and over and over...
  5. skfullen

    skfullen In the woods... TGT Supporter

    I had A-fib. It lasted for 3 months straight, 24/7. I was exhausted!
    I had a cardiac ablation and it helped. I still had 2-3 days a month when I would go into tachycardia or arythmia. Then I was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea.
    I was staying with family and was told I kept the house awake snoring. Since my deductible was paid already I did a sleep study.
    Turns out there is a major connection between apnea and A-fib and my cardiologist never even pursued it. When I started sleeping with a CPAP my A-fib was gone except for the occasional skip of a beat- maybe once a month.
    Go do a sleep study. When you stop breathing at night the pressure in your thoracic cavity builds up greatly. This leads to heart damage which causes AFib.
    To answer your original question, I have never noticed a connection between recoil and heart rhythm.
    However, deep, loud bass in music has made me feel pressure in my thoracic cavity.
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2020
  6. glenbo

    glenbo New Member Lifetime Member

    Sep 3, 2014
    San Leon
    Thanks for replies. I also asked my older sister, who has had afib for over 20 years. She said she doesn't think it would be a problem, since one of the quickest ways to end an episode is making yourself cough as loud as you can, over and over, until it quits. So I'm not going to worry about it and hope to get to the range soon since there are 2 44 magnums needing breakin.
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  7. mongoose

    mongoose Member

    Sep 10, 2012
    My Uncle has AFIB. Until recently he regularly shot both .338 Win Mag and .300 Win Mag rifles.
  8. benenglish

    benenglish Lifetime Supporter Staff Member Lifetime Member Admin

    Nov 22, 2011
    My sis used to regularly shoot 7x47 and .30-30 pistols back before her heart problems had been fully diagnosed. She never had any ill effects from recoil/blast/concussion.

    Further, she never has had sleep apnea but did eventually go into serious, long-running AFIB and VFIB problems. One night it got so bad she wound up in the emergency room where they had to stop her heart to reboot it. (It's really odd watching a team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists gather around a family member for the purpose of killing her, even if she was only "dead" for less than 15 seconds. Despite my rational brain knowing it was for her own good, I still have nightmares about it. But that's another story.)

    She had an ablation. It was a total miracle. They don't all work as well as hers but she got a perfect, total cure instantly without another instance of heart palpitations of any sort over the last ~15 years.

    If you need such a procedure and you're near Houston, PM me for info about her doc. They guy is, literally, one of the best in the world.
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  9. single stack

    single stack Active Member

    Oct 27, 2011
    TWIMC, the folks that may have a pacemaker in their future, please note that the doctor may have a preference for which side to install the device but it is fine to have it put in the opposite side of your long gun mounting shoulder.
    An unrelated issue is lasik surgery.
    Be mindful of which eye you want to use for front sight clarity and which eye for distance.
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  10. motorcarman

    motorcarman Compulsive Collector

    Feb 13, 2015
    Rural Wise County, TX.
    Whenever I hear "afib" I think of Pinocchio!

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