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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Let’s chat. Why not start by introducing yourself?

@elizabeth1941

Hi my name is Beth. I was diagnosed with afib September 2018. I am 78 years old. Recently my doctor said I need to have ablation. Would like to hear from anyone my age who has had an ablation

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I'm not your age but I've had two ablations. It's not a bad procedure, it's worth it and you'll get better

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@elizabeth1941

Hi my name is Beth. I was diagnosed with afib September 2018. I am 78 years old. Recently my doctor said I need to have ablation. Would like to hear from anyone my age who has had an ablation

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@elizabeth1941, I was 65 when I had an ablation for a pesky PVC. I had to spend one night in hospital for observation. I still get the PVCs, more rarely these days, but the procedure is very short. You go in and get prepped and you are sedated, and are in the recovery room waking up. It was much easier than my previous stay for a quad bypass.

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@suscros68

I'm not your age but I've had two ablations. It's not a bad procedure, it's worth it and you'll get better

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Thank you for your response. Glad to hear it is worth it

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@eileena

@elizabeth1941, I was 65 when I had an ablation for a pesky PVC. I had to spend one night in hospital for observation. I still get the PVCs, more rarely these days, but the procedure is very short. You go in and get prepped and you are sedated, and are in the recovery room waking up. It was much easier than my previous stay for a quad bypass.

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Thank you for your response

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@grandmar

Hi,

I’m Ronnie. I am 63 years old. I am a wife of 43 years. I am a mother of a son (39 years old), and a daughter (42 years old). I am a grandmother of 3 who stole my heart (pardon the pun). A 7 year old granddaughter (my daughter’s daughter), a 6 1/2 year old granddaughter and 4 year old grandson (both my son’s children). A mother-in-law to the best kids. I am also a retired educator.

About 4-5 years ago I was having a rapid heartbeat and I did not feel well. My husband and I were about to leave on a trip and he wouldn’t go until I went to our doctor. Now, I’ve always had a rapid heartbeat when I went under for surgery, but not just like this. The doctor sent me right to the hospital. I didn’t have any pain but she was concerned. When I left the hospital, it was suggested that I have a full cardio work up. I did. Nothing was wrong except for the beating of my heart which was rapid. The doctor said that it is just my natural heart rate.

Two years ago, I began the process for weight loss surgery. Part of the process was having a full cardio work up. I did and the results were the same. My heart is fine. My heart rate was up during surgery. Again, it is a natural part of me. I let all new docs know and when I have a procedure where I will be put under, I let them know as well.

Today, my heart rate fluctuates depending on my anxiety and pain level. I suffer from anxiety and chronic pain. Even when I feel good and have no pain, my heart is tachy. It is something I have to live with.

So I am happy to get to know others like me.
ronnie

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I had a fast and irregular heartbeat. The doctor prescribed a beta blocker (metoprolol) which brought down my heartbeat to between 62 and 66. I am surprised your doctor didn't prescribe any medication to slow down your heart.

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@mezzosoprano

I had a fast and irregular heartbeat. The doctor prescribed a beta blocker (metoprolol) which brought down my heartbeat to between 62 and 66. I am surprised your doctor didn't prescribe any medication to slow down your heart.

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grandmar,
Have you looked up the bad stuff Metropol does? I was on that one for a short while, but my heart rate kept dropping to the 40s, so moved on. Carvedilol was equally bad, but suppressed the migraines. Took 2 years of trying to get off carvedilol, but finally got off that one. Still have relatively low heart rate, but don't believe it is from the meds. I can recall when I was around 40 and went to give blood, I was a bicyclist then and rode daily, and was almost refused the donation due to the low heart rate. I'm almost 30 years past that almost refusal, stopped all beta blockers, take a few supplements, a statin, some Potassium, levothyroxine and losartan potassium. I'd have to say my Quad bypass was a great decision as it really did take care of most of my problems I had at the time of the surgery.

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@eileena

grandmar,
Have you looked up the bad stuff Metropol does? I was on that one for a short while, but my heart rate kept dropping to the 40s, so moved on. Carvedilol was equally bad, but suppressed the migraines. Took 2 years of trying to get off carvedilol, but finally got off that one. Still have relatively low heart rate, but don't believe it is from the meds. I can recall when I was around 40 and went to give blood, I was a bicyclist then and rode daily, and was almost refused the donation due to the low heart rate. I'm almost 30 years past that almost refusal, stopped all beta blockers, take a few supplements, a statin, some Potassium, levothyroxine and losartan potassium. I'd have to say my Quad bypass was a great decision as it really did take care of most of my problems I had at the time of the surgery.

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How much metoprolol were you taking to slow your heart down to the 40s???? I take half of a 25mg pill which is 12.5mg. That's a low dose and my heart is between 62 and 68 beats. Maybe you were taking a higher dosage??

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I take metoprolol 50mg twice a day. Makes me very tired . Slows heart rate but not to 40, s.

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@1943

I take metoprolol 50mg twice a day. Makes me very tired . Slows heart rate but not to 40, s.

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I take .25 Extended release but my heart rate still upper 40’s,

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@1943

I take metoprolol 50mg twice a day. Makes me very tired . Slows heart rate but not to 40, s.

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I take 50 mg metoprolol (generic for Troprol) twice a day. Doesn't make me tired at all. Heart rate varies from high 40s to low 80s.

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@dyannne

I take 50 mg metoprolol (generic for Troprol) twice a day. Doesn't make me tired at all. Heart rate varies from high 40s to low 80s.

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Me also. No problems
With it.
I'm working on holding
My own.
Succeds101

@1943

I take metoprolol 50mg twice a day. Makes me very tired . Slows heart rate but not to 40, s.

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You are taking 50mg twice a day? That's a very high dose? No wonder your heart rate is in the 40s.. How come your doctor is giving you such a high dose. I would question him about it. Is he a cardiologist? Does he know that it makes your heart rate in the 40s? You should ask him about this.. I always speak up with the my doctors. They are only human beings. They are not God.

I take 150 and have been at 200. The Cardiologist said that it takes large doses sometimes to do what it needs to do. It depends on how your body metabolizes it. Even at my dose I have no side effects and my heart rate is in the 40s. They don't want it to go higher as I also have 2 aneurysms. They said that as long as I do not get light headed from the dose 40s is fine.

@lynnw

I take 150 and have been at 200. The Cardiologist said that it takes large doses sometimes to do what it needs to do. It depends on how your body metabolizes it. Even at my dose I have no side effects and my heart rate is in the 40s. They don't want it to go higher as I also have 2 aneurysms. They said that as long as I do not get light headed from the dose 40s is fine.

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Maybe you should ask your doctors about supplements like Hawthorne. It is known world wide as one of the things heart patients are in need of.

Your doctors aren't wrong about a heart rate in the 40s. Again, in other countries 40 is thought to be good. The Chinese have a philosophy…we only have a certain number of beats, and after that we die. So…if you are only beating 40 times a minute your body will last far longer than those like Jim Fixx who died at age 52 and was a runner getting his heart rate up every day of his life after his dad died at age 43. BTW…Jim needed some cardiologist intervention for his blocked arteries he had not had checked out.

https://www.nytimes.com/1984/07/22/obituaries/james-f-fixx-dies-jogging-author-on-running-was-52.html.

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