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Wed, Aug 7 11:47am · HCM-ers: Introduce yourself or just say hi in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

My physician is a cardiologist. Not sure if he is a HCM specialist. The Losartan was prescribed for hypertension, which had been determined as the likely cause of my cardiomyopathy. The metoprolol alone had not sufficiently controlled my blood pressure. Two years after taking Losartan, my blood pressure began to rise again. A person on this blog suggested adding supplements in lieu of increasing my Losartan dosage. The one which has helped a great deal is Hawthorn Berry. In my case, it has been of enormous help.

Tue, Jul 23 9:43pm · HCM-ers: Introduce yourself or just say hi in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

—Thanks. Will dutifully take the stress test and will let them know of any difficulties. Will also send you a note here. —Sounds as though you have a fine system of care. My very best to you. Again, sincere thanks. Very kind of you to take the trouble.

Tue, Jul 23 5:48pm · HCM-ers: Introduce yourself or just say hi in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

—Thanks. Your post does indeed help. My Toprol dosage is 50mg twice a day and Losartan 25mg once a day. Not sure why it is not Lisinopril (the ACE inhibitor). This, we are told, is fairly standard. My stress test is tomorrow afternoon. Really hope to survive it without my morning Toprol. Without it, there is usually continuous angina and unsteadiness. Have you ever had a stress test and had to abstain from the beta blocker? Again, sincere thanks.

Tue, Jul 23 10:24am · HCM-ers: Introduce yourself or just say hi in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

—Sincere thanks for the response. Will go tomorrow for the stress test.
—Another question, something brought up some months back: Does anyone take metoprolol? How much? My dosage is 50mg twice a day, and my symptoms have recently worsened. Wondering if it is at all common to have the dosage adjusted/increased?

Mon, Jul 22 5:40pm · HCM-ers: Introduce yourself or just say hi in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

Somehow, lost my post in mid-sentence. The point was this: a stress test requires abstaining from beta blocker for 24 hours. Since my morning and evening Toprol literally saves me every time taken, will it be safe to go onto a treadmill without it?

Nov 23, 2018 · MEDS FOR HCM - DOSAGE in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

—Sincere thanks for the info.

Nov 23, 2018 · MEDS FOR HCM - DOSAGE in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

No pacemaker. That has not been discussed. So far, we've been told that the condition is relatively minor. Of course, one wonders about that. After all, the echocardiogram showed the thickening, and there is the constant symptom of dizziness, sometimes near-faint.