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6 days ago · Heart disease and left ear in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Since my last post, I have seen my cardiologist and my ENT specialist. The urologist has now ordered a blood pressure cuff, loop recorder, and to have genetic testing done. My daughter is having similar heart thickening issues, so the genetic testing should determine if the cardiomyopathy I have is hereditary or not. I'm thinking it probably is. I expect my 9 yr. old grandson should also be tested. I'm hoping the 24 hour blood pressure cuff and the loop recorder will give all these "specialists" enough information to be a little more proactive. As for my ear problems, there is probably no connection to my heart. I still think there may be a connection. The perforated eardrum has not closed entirely since the tube was removed, so another patch will be put over it. I found out the patch is made out of cigarette paper…strange! So, that's my update to this point. The last 3 years has been one health issue after another. I guess it's to be somewhat expected when one reaches "geezerdom".

Tue, Nov 19 8:46am · Heart disease and left ear in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I will try. It's very possible that there is no connection at all. I may have to go back to the ENT doctor, but not sure what else he could do.

Tue, Nov 19 8:26am · Heart disease and left ear in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I have been seeing a cardiologist for over a year and a half. I have numerous conditions that are being monitored with a variety of medications. I have ventricular tachycardia, apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and some myocardial bridging. I have had about every test imaginable for these conditions including mri's, catheterizations, pulmonary tests, electrophysiology studies, etc. etc. So far, none of these tests warranted any invasive procedures. Although, some of those tests seemed pretty invasive to me. I have notified my heart failure team through my-chart, and will see them next Monday. Hopefully, I can get some answers. My reason for my question was to see if anyone else has had similar issues.

Tue, Nov 19 6:33am · Heart disease and left ear in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I am wondering if there is any connection between heart disease and a full,somewhat numb feeling I have around my left ear radiating down my jaw? I had a series of treatments for that ear including drugs, drops, and a tube. This all started about the same time my various heart conditions surfaced. According to the ENT doctor I saw the eardrum is fine, and time will take care of the rest. However, I continue to have this sensation in that ear with compromised hearing from it. There is not a lot of pain associated with this, just extremely annoying. Both of these conditions started a year and a half ago. Could there be a connection?

Sun, Jun 23 12:29pm · Apical Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Tachy & Myocardial Bridging in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

In a previous thread, I mentioned that I have several things wrong with my heart…Ventricular Tachycardia, Apical Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, and Myocardial Bridging. I have had a years worth of tests, procedures, and medications revolving around the arterial, pulmonary, and electrical phases of the heart with no definite diagnosis. So, I am wondering what's next???

Fri, May 10 6:09am · Apical Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Tachy & Myocardial Bridging in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

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 · Apical Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Tachy & Myocardial Bridging in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

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?