I have a history of a myocardial infarction and afib
I have a history of a myocardial infarction and afib together with type 2 diabetes. I use one of those finger insert gadgets that gives oxygen together with pulse rate. Im 76 and walk every AM for a mile and I don’t hit 150 until I get to the last minute. My cardiologist knows all of this and is oK with it, but prescribes metoprolol 25mg AM and PM. Does anyone think I am pushing the envelope too hard? Just looking for another opinion.
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Just a few PS’s. My meds are the aforementioned metoprolol 25mg 1AM &1PM, lisinopril 20mg once daily, atorvastatin 20mg once daily, Asprin83mg daily , Furosemide 20mg once daily,Metformin500mg 1.5 daily. Oh there are others but not relevant. I am a good friend of the local pharmacist. I do have a BP gadget that also does pulse but I can’t drag it along with me when I walk. I am beginning to thing maybe you are right…I fret too much over this pulse rate as I haven’t had any serious pain and my blood thinner should keep the lumps from forming into a clot. My blood pressure has always been normal. Thanks and merry Christmas to all.
Glad to hear your warm spirit as Christmas approaches, @motiger. Your meds and mine are similar with two exceptions: I don’t take Metformin or another diabetes treatment, and I don’t take Furosemide (Lasix) any more. Low potassium (hypokalemia) is one of my problems, thanks to a genetic problem with my kidneys, so I stay away from Lasix or see my potassium drop below a safe level. That happened a few years ago and sent me to the ER for rehydration. My diuretic is Amiloride (10mg AM and the same PM). Generally, our medications combine to keep blood pressure down, along with their other benefits for the heart.
I should have realized that my BP meter is no solution for someone who needs (or wants) to track their heart rate while walking briskly. My wife solves that with a Fitbit wrist watch that I bought her last Spring. She’s a diabetic and a workout nut, like yourself! She rarely feels faint, as do I. Best wishes for Christmas and the holidays! Martin
Well I never have thought of myself as a workout nut but I live in a retirement community that is focused on keeping us fit and I think it does keep me moving. Sorry to learn that Lasix isn’t your cup of tea but it sounds like you have made a successful adjustment. I don’t know how your fitbit watch works but hopefully you don’t have the same multiplier approach. If it gives you an accurate reading I might be interested in one. My wife and kids are always wishing I would give them a wish list but like most of us we usually just go out and get want we fancy. By the way I have had 76 birthdays…not really that many when compared to my friends around here. Go Tigers!
Hi, @motiger. Hope your weekend is rewarding! We’re in a “retirement community” as well. Eligibility limited to age “55 and better.” A golf course I don’t use (I knew I could quit smoking 20 years ago, because I was able to quite golfing before that!). My wife tells me her Fitbit gives results for a whole minute after making a legitimate count for 60 seconds. Her resting rate is 58-62 bpm and runs up to 125-135 when she’s biking or speed-walking. I got the Fitbit Charge 2 for her last Spring for $79 (half price). Birthdays? I’ve had 82 and when I get up in the morning, try to remember to answer the question, “What shall I do today that can occupy me 20 years from now?”