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Sat, Mar 30 10:16pm · Sinus Node Dysfunction (SSS) - Chronotropic Incompetence in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Did you get any help with the questions you had? Your esophagus is very close to your heart. I've read of a man with an arrhythmia that was solved by slightly relocating his esophagus.

Another thing, has anyone considered the possibility of a Hiatial Hernia, where part of the stomach protrudes up through the opening in the diaphragm. This can be constant or sliding (comes and goes).

Fri, Mar 29 1:37pm · Weaning off Metoprolol in Heart Rhythm Conditions

The level quoted in this article on MayoClinic is 30 times higher than the 2000 IU that I take. I don't believe in Mega Vitamins myself, but 2000 IU has been beneficial for me. For those on Medications, or with illnesses, consulting a Doctor might be best before taking any supplement.


Fri, Mar 29 1:30pm · Weaning off Metoprolol in Heart Rhythm Conditions

My email backed up. Sorry for taking longer to respond. I'll keep your discovery in mind. My neurologist tested the Vitamin D3 levels, and it's good, she was concerned I wasn't taking enough.

Fri, Mar 29 1:23pm · Sinus Node Dysfunction (SSS) - Chronotropic Incompetence in Heart Rhythm Conditions

You've done the right thing being seen by your doctor and having tests. Don't be afraid to return to him or her if you still have concerns, or get a 2nd Opinion.

I'm not sure what you mean by "Feeling OG liquid and food going the wrong side near heart". Can you talk a little more about this?

Tue, Mar 26 12:00am · Weaning off Metoprolol in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I used to get Seasonal Affective Disorder, SAD, likely from limited exposure to sunlight in the winter. I began taking Vitamin D3 once per day, 2000IU, year round and really have not had it since.

Wed, Mar 20 8:18pm · Afib with Rapid Ventricular Response in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Hi, Thanks for writing back.

1. "Pulmonary edema is often caused by congestive heart failure. When the heart is not able to pump efficiently, blood can back up into the veins that take blood through the lungs." If Edema occurs, the natural functions of the lung are impaired. Myself, since I was diagnosed with Chronic Urticaria (Hives) I was put on Singulair. As a result, my breathing has been much more normal now, and the rate of contracting colds seems to be at an adult (for me) all time low. Prior to taking Singulair, I was using a Steroid Inhaler, it just didn't work as well as Singulair does for me. If your lungs are compromised, it may be contributing to infections that are the prelude to pneumonia.

2. You may be regarded as Pacemaker Dependent, but ask your doctor for more specifics. The heart beat originates in the SA Node on the top of the heart, travels a pathway to the AV Node between the top and bottom of your heart, and then down to the bottom. Some patients with a Pacemaker have AV Node Ablation, preventing the erratic signals from your AFib from reaching the bottom of your heart. I'm no doctor, but I've read that once the patient is provided with a Pacemaker, and at some point the AV Node is ablated, that Atrial Fibrillation ceases to be a problem for your heart rate, it can't reach the Ventricles.

Is your fast heart rate due to Afib? What are they trying to ablate? The Pulmonary Veins that return oxygenated blood to the Left Atrium are a common source of Afib, there's 4 veins, and they have the unique distinction of being the only veins (vs Arteries) that carry Oxygenated Blood.

Look forward to hearing more.

Mon, Mar 18 12:24pm · Afib with Rapid Ventricular Response in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I'm sorry to hear of your health issues, though mine aren't identical, they are extensive. 15 years having seizures that went undiagnosed, they weren't Grand Mal. Years of visual migraines likely related to the seizures, but never proven. I've gone blind in one eye for less than 15 minutes twice over 15 years, nearly blind several times, experienced periodic episodes of double vision, one almost resulting in loss of consciousness, and believed to be Basilar Migraine. I've had bouts of PVCs, premature ventricular contractions, and one doctor wanted to ablate an episode that was particularly persistent but there was no emergency reason to do it, so I waited and they subsided. And I developed Chronic Urticaria, aka Hives, that lasted almost 2 years. To top it off, last November, I went into Afib, and am still in it today.

So, I understand, but the doctor's have no real answers for me either.

I'm curious about your heart rate, is it caused by the Afib/Atrial Flutter or not? The heartbeat originates at on the top of the heart, travels to the junction between the top and bottom known as the AV (Atrio Ventricular) Node. This node ordinarily keeps the very fast Atrial Signals from being conveyed to the bottom of the heart, at least not at the extremely fast rate of the atria.

If I'm not mistaken, sometimes a Pacemaker is used in the case of Afib, but I think they ablate the AV Node so that no activity from the top of the heart can reach the bottom. It makes the person Pacemaker Dependent for the rest of their life, but it should stop the fast Ventricular Rate.

Why were you given a Pacemaker? Are you currently considered to have Congestive Heart Failure, if so, my wife thinks that's contributing to the pneumonia?

Sun, Mar 10 1:59pm · Weaning off Metoprolol in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I agree. I'm on 350mg of Metoprolol Succinate (200 in the morning, 150 mg in the evening), my resting heart rate on good days is finally getting down to the upper 60s. Beta Blockers are generally well tolerated, effective, and comparatively safe. I'm glad to hear of your success. We're fortunate to live in a time in history where these medications are available.

Best regards.