Diastolic dysfunction and resulting a-fib
My doctor wants to add a beta blocker to control my blood pressure. Mayo research suggests that’s a mistake for someone with diastolic dysfunction (DD), which I may have (based on BP readings in recent months). I’d like to hear from anybody who has been diagnosed with DD about symptoms and treatments.
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Good question @predictable. I think @hopeful33250 @cynaburst @dawn_giacabazi @evelyn247 @matthewbosner may have some thoughts and experiences related to diastolic dysfunction, symptoms and treatments.
Hi @predictable: I have DD it seems to be due to multi-valve regurgitation with the aortic valve having moderate regurgitation with a DX of aortic insufficiency. (My heart valve probs began at age 11 and I’m 68 now, so I feel that I’ve done pretty well, overall.) At this point I’m just taking an Ace Inhibitor but as my last cardio-pulmonary stress test showed a reduced heart functioning from the previous year’s test, my meds may change. I had one cardiologist explain DD this way: if you have DD when your heart is at rest it will remain stiff, not relax entirely. My only symptom seems to be exercise-induced fatigue. It seems that no amount of physical training can help that type of fatigue. If I exercise, I know that I’ll be very fatigued. I still keep exercising, though, because I know that the long-run benefits outweigh the fatigue. I’m looking forward to hearing what you and others have to say about DD as well.
First, I am not a doctor or nurse. However very familiar with hypertension & DD. May I ask what your BP readings have been? Sometimes DD is very mild and the risk does not out weigh the benefit for treatment of the BP. Have they confirmed the DD is the cause of elevated BP? My BP was 300/200’s when I was admitted to St Mary’s Hosp Mayo Clinic. I have DD & hyperaldosteronism. DD is minimal problem. Regular tachycardia which we treat with another hypertension medication along with three others. I would however recommend PGx test for medication management before starting new meds. It will eliminate guessing game on which medications you respond to best
Thanks, @dawn_giacabazi. Under moderately aggressive medication for hypertension, BP in recent months averages 148/98. Diastolic has crept up steadily since a-fib diagnosis two years ago and now repeatedly appears a little above to a little below 100. DD is not yet confirmed (I’ll know more Monday after seeing a cardiologist); it’s a new possibility for me that may explain what caused my a-fib. What is “PGx test?”
Here’s some information on the PGx testing http://mayoresearch.mayo.edu/center-for-individualized-medicine/drug-gene-testing.asp?_ga=1.112643268.1540398701.1440666505
Thanks @cynaburst. Exactly what I needed.
Thanks @dawn_giacabazi. News to me!
Martin, Nice to see you as well as read your messages @predictable. Thanks for adding your avatar picture.
I would like to add the PGx testing is now covered 100% by medicare and most private insurances. It is currently covered by medicaid in 39 states.