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Heart Rhythm Conditions – Welcome to the group

Posted by @kanaazpereira, Feb 14, 2018

Welcome to the Heart Rhythm Conditions group on Mayo Clinic Connect.
Did you know that the average heart beats 100,000 times a day? Millions of people live with heart rhythm problems (heart arrhythmias) which occur when the electrical impulses that coordinate heartbeats don’t work properly. Let’s connect with each other; we can share stories and learn about coping with the challenges, and living well with abnormal heart rhythms. I invite you to follow the group. Simply click the +FOLLOW icon on the group landing page.

I’m Kanaaz (@kanaazpereira), and I’m the moderator of this group. When you post to this group, chances are you’ll also be greeted by volunteer patient Mentors and fellow members. Learn more about Moderators and Mentors on Connect.

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@ch665296f

I am not sure who to ask this question, but has anyone gained a significant amount of weight while on heart medications. I, too, am/was a very active man of 71 years. Since I started taking metoprolol and verapamil, I have gained 7-8 lbs. in about a 7 month period of time. I have been told by my cardiologist not to do any strenuous exercise, snow removal, etc. So, my inactivity could be a part of the problem. Could the weight gain be contributed to a different issue? I don't see the heart specialist I have been referred to for another couple of weeks. To remind others, my problems include apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with ventricular tachycardia. I have had all the tests. Any thoughts?

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One of my heart meds caused water retention which I treated with raw celery at bedtime, BugsBunny approach. After I was removed from it, I dropped water, probably a couple of pounds. If you take something to slow the heart rate, you are going to be less active it would seem. I think more weight means the heart has to work harder. ? Thanks for sharing. I use prayer and yoga stretches and meditation with beautiful music to practice calming methods. I'd check the local health food store to see if any heart support supplements would be helpful? Also, low sodium is important.

Recently put on.25 mg of metropol for Pacs, also ,25 if Zoloft to help with anxiety, I am experiencing debilitating fatigue, I’ve been on Zoloft before and doing ntvthink that’s the culprit, has anybody tried any other meds for these? I’m hoping the Zoloft will calm me down and they will stop I’m still having them break through on the metropolol, Thanks everyone.

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Hi @scardycat,

I moved your message about metoprolol and Zoloft back to this discussion, since you’ve posted in this thread and you can reconnect with fellow members.
It takes time to adjust to some beta-blockers and your doctor might have to adjust the dosage. Are you still experiencing fatigue?

@kanaazpereira

Hi @scardycat,

I moved your message about metoprolol and Zoloft back to this discussion, since you’ve posted in this thread and you can reconnect with fellow members.
It takes time to adjust to some beta-blockers and your doctor might have to adjust the dosage. Are you still experiencing fatigue?

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Its actually getter no better but I still am having breakthrough pacs, Zoloft has helped tame the anxiety, thanks.

@scardycat

Its actually getter no better but I still am having breakthrough pacs, Zoloft has helped tame the anxiety, thanks.

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Hello @scardycat

I also had problems with Metoprolol. My cardiologist switched me to another beta blocker. I take it mid-day. I feel much better. Lots of people have problems with Metoprolol. Have you discussed this with your doctor?

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@hopeful33250

Hello @scardycat

I also had problems with Metoprolol. My cardiologist switched me to another beta blocker. I take it mid-day. I feel much better. Lots of people have problems with Metoprolol. Have you discussed this with your doctor?

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The fatigue is lessening, but I still have the pacs so freaked out that it will go to afib.

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@healthytoday

Sadly, I have dropped the last of my stimulants, chocolate. I tolerated it for a couple of years but no longer. I eat alittle sugar, maybe a teaspoon a day. Any natural ideas on lowering heart rate?

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To lowering heart rate, I walk. I do 10,000 steps a day. That mean 3 times 15 minutes walk. Morning, after lunch at day time, and sunset time 15 minutes. This controls my heart pulse rate, and blood pressure. After morning walk I take the two meds, than test pressure and pulse with a micro-life tester, than both test looks good. I repeat at sunset the walk the meds and the test. I quit drinking beer ( : ( ) but its ok. Limit coffee (morning) and wine (at night after dinner) to small cup ie glass works for me…

@hopeful33250

Hello @scardycat

I also had problems with Metoprolol. My cardiologist switched me to another beta blocker. I take it mid-day. I feel much better. Lots of people have problems with Metoprolol. Have you discussed this with your doctor?

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What is the name of the other beta blocker where you feel better?

Have been on metropolol for awhile and just want to sleep (50 mg er succ) twice a day if cut down heart pounds. Also ondiltiizam 60 mg twice a day and digoxin once a day. Feel like a zombie.

@healthytoday

What is the name of the other beta blocker where you feel better?

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@healthytoday
It is Atenolol, I take the same dose, 25 mg, but there are no side effects. One of the worst side effects with Metoprolol was very vivid dreams. They were not nightmares but dreams where I was extremely busy, I used to wake up tired from all of the dreaming activity. I was also anxious because I had not slept well. Sounds unusual, but the vivid dreams are listed as a side effect on the drug's website. Not so with the Atenolol, though. Much better, feel more relaxed. Might be worth a try, if your doctor is agreeable.

Any opinions on taking Eliquis verse baby aspirin?

@healthytoday

Any opinions on taking Eliquis verse baby aspirin?

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For blood thinners. For what purpose

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@suscros68

For blood thinners. For what purpose

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Afib, stroke prevention.

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Can anyone tell me how long Afib has been around, seems like it’s becoming very prevalent, I wonder why?

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