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Fri, May 10 6:09am · V. tachycardia, Apical Hyp, Card. & myocardial bridging in Heart Rhythm Conditions

It would be great if I could eliminate a few of the meds I currently take. My next concern, if this study works, is what to do about the apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and myocardial bridging that I also have. I'm definitely in a wait and see time line.

Thu, May 2 6:27am · V. tachycardia, Apical Hyp, Card. & myocardial bridging in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I have been through the gamut of tests and studies. I am scheduled for an electrophysiology study the end of this month. I understand that this study does nothing for the other conditions I have. I am curious as to what happens next? I'm on a boat load of meds, and not that interested in adding to that menu. Does anyone else have similar combinations of heart conditions, and how are they being treated. Thanks for any advice.

Tue, Jan 15 6:47am · Heart Rhythm Conditions – Welcome to the group in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I am not sure who to ask this question, but has anyone gained a significant amount of weight while on heart medications. I, too, am/was a very active man of 71 years. Since I started taking metoprolol and verapamil, I have gained 7-8 lbs. in about a 7 month period of time. I have been told by my cardiologist not to do any strenuous exercise, snow removal, etc. So, my inactivity could be a part of the problem. Could the weight gain be contributed to a different issue? I don't see the heart specialist I have been referred to for another couple of weeks. To remind others, my problems include apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with ventricular tachycardia. I have had all the tests. Any thoughts?

Wed, Jan 2 7:05am · Heart Rhythm Conditions – Welcome to the group in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I'm not sure if I'm registered with this group or not. I did post some information about me, but it may not have been recorded. I am a 71 yr. old male that is suffering from apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and non sustained ventricular tachycardia. I think I have had every test possible including echo's,ecg's, nuclear stress test, heart catheterization, and cardiac mri., and wore a holter monitor twice; one for 24 hrs. and the other for 48 hrs. Due to the complexity of my problems, I have been referred to a specialist. Unfortunately, my appointment isn't until Jan. 28. The appointment was made the middle of Nov. I'm wondering what the next step(s) in this adventure will be? I have been several different medications including metoprolol and verapamil for some time, and my symptoms haven't changed. I have read that there are a couple of surgeries that can be done if medications are not working. If anyone could enlighten me as to what to expect, it would be appreciated. This whole issue started last June. I'm getting more and more anxious. Seven months of waiting for some kind of treatment is wearing pretty heavy on my mind. I use to be a very active person. Being told not to do any strenuous exercise or labor, and the fact that I have gained around 7 lbs. is very frustrating. Is it normal to go through a waiting period before any kind of treatment is suggested? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks, Dennis

Dec 10, 2018 · Heart Ablation vs. Septal Myectomy in Heart Rhythm Conditions

In an earlier post I mentioned that I have been diagnosed with apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy along with non-sustained ventricular tachycardia. I have worn a holter monitor twice, and am taking a combination of hydrochlorothiazide, verapamil, and metoprolol. These drugs have not lowered my blood pressure significantly. I have now been referred to another specialist dealing with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, but don't see him until the 28th of January. This whole adventure started the end of June. I have been told not to do any strenuous exercise, snow removal, etc. I am a fairly active person so, needless to say, my anxiety level is not the greatest. My question is, what would/could be my next step? I have read about heart ablations as well as septal myectomy. From what I understand the septal myectomy is the gold standard for a cure. I am a 71 year old male. Would I be a candidate for such a procedure? I just want some kind of treatment. My symptoms have not changed. Seven months is long enough to wait for action. Thanks in advance for any advice.

Nov 13, 2018 · Heart Rhythm Conditions – Welcome to the group in Heart Rhythm Conditions

You have really gone through your share of symptoms and various drugs to remedy your condition. I have similar issues, although my ejection fraction was excellent, 60. I understand anything over 50 is good. All I know is that I have these three or so conditions, and they all seem to be electrical in nature, and like you no artery disease at this time. Since the drugs don't seem to be lowering my blood pressure, and my symptoms have continued, I'm not really sure what is next. And, like you have mentioned, sort of living out of yourself is not pleasant.

Nov 13, 2018 · ventricular tachycardia with apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in Heart Rhythm Conditions

On Friday of this week, I finally get to see my cardiologist and review the results of my 48 hr. holter monitor. It has been a very long (4 months) to try and get a plan for my condition. The meds…metoprolol and verapamil have not worked. Plus, I have gained about 5-6 lbs. since this whole adventure started. I have always prided myself on being fit…ran marathons back in the day. The extra lbs. has been frustrating; especially since I haven't changed my diet. On top of it all, my wife will be having foot surgery on Thursday, and will not be able to put any weight on her foot for a month. She almost cancelled her appointment in order for her to be with me for an extra set of ears. We do have a good friend that will act as a substitute. I had prostate surgery 20 months ago, and as a result wear a diaper. Although my friend knows this, I'm a bit nervous if my diaper is visible. Any time I am front of someone in the medical field I get a little anxious about being seen in a diaper.I am trying to formulate a number of questions to ask the cardiologists, and could use any advice/suggestions/questions anyone can share. One question I have, if the drugs aren't working, what's the next step? Thanks for any help.

Oct 8, 2018 · ventricular tachycardia with apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Martin. Thanks for the quick reply. I guess it's the waiting game, and the uncertainty that worries me the most. This whole adventure started the end of June when I mentioned to my GP during my "well man's" physical about certain symptoms I've been experiencing. As a result, I have had all the tests that were for the most part good. My blood flow is good. No arterial blockage of significance, but definite thickening of the muscle. The 24 hour holter monitor is what set off the alarms. At the present time, the meds don't seem to be doing much. I am incontinent due to a history of bladder problems as well as a prostatectomy combined with a diverticulotomy 18 months ago. So, when a new health issue arises, my anxiety level increases. At 71 I guess I should expect certain changes, but when you have been a very active person for so long those changes can be difficult to deal with. Again, thanks for the reply. I will try and keep you posted.
Dennis