Heart Rhythm Conditions – Welcome to the group

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.

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@healthytoday

Put on beta blocker to reduce afib, and getting closer to normal heart beats. However, heart rate still in the 90's. Got the result of a thyroid blood test, and it's a bit high. Bring this down by reducing the thyroid hormone will reduce my heart rate. I am moving closer to the sweet spot.

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That's great! I'm going to start taking a beta blocker too. Metrotoprol. Hoping it will get me back in rhythm. Have to pick up the prescription today. Happily, I am actually in rhythm today! And feel great. Maybe I don't need it? Ha ha.

@dyannne

That's great! I'm going to start taking a beta blocker too. Metrotoprol. Hoping it will get me back in rhythm. Have to pick up the prescription today. Happily, I am actually in rhythm today! And feel great. Maybe I don't need it? Ha ha.

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Stay in it. It's great drug.
Along with Flecinade.
I take those and Xeralto
For my AFib.
It's all been good to me.
I started when I was 64
I'm 75 now.
Success101

@dyannne

That's great! I'm going to start taking a beta blocker too. Metrotoprol. Hoping it will get me back in rhythm. Have to pick up the prescription today. Happily, I am actually in rhythm today! And feel great. Maybe I don't need it? Ha ha.

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deanne,

I hope you do well on THAT drug. My cardiologist took me off that one. I didn't do well on it.

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@success101

Stay in it. It's great drug.
Along with Flecinade.
I take those and Xeralto
For my AFib.
It's all been good to me.
I started when I was 64
I'm 75 now.
Success101

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So it's actually helped keep your heart in rhythm for 11 years! That is great to hear!

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@healthytoday

Put on beta blocker to reduce afib, and getting closer to normal heart beats. However, heart rate still in the 90's. Got the result of a thyroid blood test, and it's a bit high. Bring this down by reducing the thyroid hormone will reduce my heart rate. I am moving closer to the sweet spot.

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How is your heart rate now after taking the Beta Blocker and reducing the thyroid hormone for awhile? I started on a beta blocker today (Metoprolol or Troprol 50 mg am and pm).

@eileena

deanne,

I hope you do well on THAT drug. My cardiologist took me off that one. I didn't do well on it.

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I hope so too, @eileena. I started it this morning. BB has been all over the place today. Low as 82/71, high as 134/83. Still in a-fib, but I feel really good today. Even raked my back yard and filled my green bin! And vacuumed the house! Lots of energy today. But I don't know if I can attribute it to that med! What were your symptoms of "not doing well?"

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I recently bought an app[e watch. I started monitoring by heart rate and found that by afib is occurring more frequently than I thought. I'm a little concerned

Did any of you hear the story of the man who just walked across the antarctic? As a young person he was in a fire and his legs and feet were badly burned. Doctors said he'd never walk again. While hospitalized for months, his mother sat with him everyday telling him he would recover, walk again, and do whatever he wanted to do. His life philosophy is don't let what ails you victimize you.

@dfelix

I recently bought an app[e watch. I started monitoring by heart rate and found that by afib is occurring more frequently than I thought. I'm a little concerned

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If you are really concerned look into a Kardia device and check your heart frequently. Then maybe learn the 5-6-7 style of meditation. Inhale to the count of 5, hold that breath to the count of 6, then exhale to the count of 7. I'm not sure it will help in your particular case, but I also don't think it will do any further damage.

BTW…Mayo clinic has finally stated that Afib is not so dangerous to your heart as once thought, but PVCs are seriously wrecking the hearts of those who suffer with them. They cause heart failures due to the need to pump out large amounts of blood after the quick beats that fail to pump enough blood. The heart has then to send out a double amount in the follow up from the PVC. AND it makes the sufferer do a similar thing as if they had a heart attack…profuse sweating, shortness of breath, severe fatigue…all signs of a heart attack, but no heart attack.

@dyannne

How is your heart rate now after taking the Beta Blocker and reducing the thyroid hormone for awhile? I started on a beta blocker today (Metoprolol or Troprol 50 mg am and pm).

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My heart rate 82 this morning. Improving!

@healthytoday

Did any of you hear the story of the man who just walked across the antarctic? As a young person he was in a fire and his legs and feet were badly burned. Doctors said he'd never walk again. While hospitalized for months, his mother sat with him everyday telling him he would recover, walk again, and do whatever he wanted to do. His life philosophy is don't let what ails you victimize you.

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I have a son who was badly injured at age 11 in an auto-bike accident. He is hemiplegic (like a stroke victim). While he was in the hospital I was called into a staff-v-family meeting and asked what I expected from his rehab. When I told them I expected them to help him get stronger and to be able to walk a bit using a leg brace and a forearm crutch. The rehab team leader, an idiot doctor, looked directly at me and asked me in reply "Are you prepared for failure?" My reply to him was "Are YOU prepared for success?" This caught all at the table by surprise and as they were looking for the signal from each other to debate me, the same idiot doctor then agreed they would help him regain as much mobility as possible keeping in mind that it would be a long haul and he would never be exactly the same.

He learned to drive at age 26,(could not figure out how he was going to shift gears in my car and I told him he'd have to drive an automatic as you only change gears while stopped) has been extremely mobile ever since. Now drives (with the assist of a left foot gas pedal) for a ride share service, tutors, holds a credential in Special Education and in History, has his own life though still living with me. His only real complaint, and I agree with him it is unfair, he can't get a girlfriend. He's smart, a great person and is solvent.

@eileena

If you are really concerned look into a Kardia device and check your heart frequently. Then maybe learn the 5-6-7 style of meditation. Inhale to the count of 5, hold that breath to the count of 6, then exhale to the count of 7. I'm not sure it will help in your particular case, but I also don't think it will do any further damage.

BTW…Mayo clinic has finally stated that Afib is not so dangerous to your heart as once thought, but PVCs are seriously wrecking the hearts of those who suffer with them. They cause heart failures due to the need to pump out large amounts of blood after the quick beats that fail to pump enough blood. The heart has then to send out a double amount in the follow up from the PVC. AND it makes the sufferer do a similar thing as if they had a heart attack…profuse sweating, shortness of breath, severe fatigue…all signs of a heart attack, but no heart attack.

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@eileena, could you give us a link to the Mayo statement that Afib is not so hazardous? Many people need to see that in all of its glory! Martin

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@predictable

@eileena, could you give us a link to the Mayo statement that Afib is not so hazardous? Many people need to see that in all of its glory! Martin

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I'll find it once again and post it when I do. Have you EVER suffered from PVCs? Let us know if you have this dangerous problem.

@healthytoday

Did any of you hear the story of the man who just walked across the antarctic? As a young person he was in a fire and his legs and feet were badly burned. Doctors said he'd never walk again. While hospitalized for months, his mother sat with him everyday telling him he would recover, walk again, and do whatever he wanted to do. His life philosophy is don't let what ails you victimize you.

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Sounds like good words of advice to live by. Thanks for sharing.👍🏻

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@eileena

I have a son who was badly injured at age 11 in an auto-bike accident. He is hemiplegic (like a stroke victim). While he was in the hospital I was called into a staff-v-family meeting and asked what I expected from his rehab. When I told them I expected them to help him get stronger and to be able to walk a bit using a leg brace and a forearm crutch. The rehab team leader, an idiot doctor, looked directly at me and asked me in reply "Are you prepared for failure?" My reply to him was "Are YOU prepared for success?" This caught all at the table by surprise and as they were looking for the signal from each other to debate me, the same idiot doctor then agreed they would help him regain as much mobility as possible keeping in mind that it would be a long haul and he would never be exactly the same.

He learned to drive at age 26,(could not figure out how he was going to shift gears in my car and I told him he'd have to drive an automatic as you only change gears while stopped) has been extremely mobile ever since. Now drives (with the assist of a left foot gas pedal) for a ride share service, tutors, holds a credential in Special Education and in History, has his own life though still living with me. His only real complaint, and I agree with him it is unfair, he can't get a girlfriend. He's smart, a great person and is solvent.

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A wonderful story.
Mothers we are. And, I don't care which place your at. You, must stand up for your children.
No one else will.
If, your back is turned
You can miss.
A great ending.
Success101

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