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Jun 11, 2018 · Heart Rhythm Conditions – Welcome to the group in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I'm in no way an expert and my symptoms are 1/8 of what you are experiencing, thus my "story" may not help. However, I too was diagnosed with PVC's (about 9,000). On top of that, I had serious sinus problems & finally had sinus surgery which cured much of my sleep problems. Sounds odd, but you might check into that because after my sinus surgery, MANY of my previous health issues vanished (I had major sinus issues; bacterial/fungal infection/polups, etc.).

Back to the heart issue. I am 44 yr old, 180 lb. and "used" to exercise a lot, but haven't done much at all in the past 15 yr. I don't smoke, drink a few beers now/then and 4 cups of coffee/d. I am overly cautious about any meds, so much that it took me many discussions with my Heart doc, a few more with a cousin who is a "brain" at Duke (heart doc) to finally try metotoprolol after diagnosed with PVC's. The 1st night of taking 25 mg pill (this is after my sinus surgery), I slept better than I have in 20 years. It was life-changing. However, you want to make sure that your blood pressure doesn't drop too low; mine never did (min. of 110/60 or so). I am not taking toporol sporadically and only 1/2 pill at a time. Was told that I could take it like tylenol; just when needed vs. every day.

Hope something in my story helps you out. I've been extremely lucky over the past 3 yr "side-stepping" malignant melanoma, getting my sinuses cleaned out, and no issues with PVCs other than discomfort at times. Travis.

Feb 14, 2018 · Heart Rhythm Conditions – Welcome to the group in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I\'m 44 yr old. My problems started about 2 yr ago when I started getting dizzy while driving (having to pull over and then completely stop driving for awhile. Tons of tests and very worried about a brain tumor (I\'ve had malignant melanoma cut out). First find (MRI) was a terrible sinus problem; 110% blocked :). 2nd find was about 8,000 PVC\'s/day. I have felt weird heart beats for 20 years, but… Got sinus surgery done and started taking Metoprolol Succinate(15 mg/d). Literally overnight, I woke up rested for the 1st time in about 10 years and 100% of my issues went away (except for still being able to feel my PVC\'s). I\'m now \"sinus clear\" and taking a 1/2 of toprolol/day. My heart doc is awesome, but I\'m lucky to have a cousin who\'s a cardio. at Duke. She\'s been reviewing everything (halter monitor, recommendations, etc.) and says (like my hometown cardio.) that all is well. That PVC\'s are not destructive, just a nuisance. I\'m in good shape (not running shape :), I\'ve never smoked/done drugs, but drink lots of coffee and a lil\' bit of Lone Star Beer! You have to drink Lone Star in Texas while BBQing… it\'s the law.

Luckily, for now, I don\'t have 1/100th of the issues that others are dealing with in regards to their heart; prayers go out to all of you. The joys of getting old…er!
WE PRESS ON…

Aug 4, 2017 · Afib & PVC's in Heart Rhythm Conditions

My story isn’t as severe as the others’ here, but I have always had a “hard” heart beat, but never thought much of it until around age of 40 (4 yr ago). Last year, went to a cardiologist, halter monitor reported 8,000 pvcs. In summary, ran multiple tests and he and my cousin (cardiologist at Duke) said that it’s not destructive or bad, just irritating. Thus, no discussion of ablation at this point. So, here’s my opinion after discussing with 2 great cardiologists (cousin and my current Dr.): Since it’s not destructive (not going to increase my problems for a heart condition in 10 or 30 years), then I can put up with the heart beats. However, I am VERY reluctant to take any type of medicine. My Dr. (& cousin) suggested I take a low dose (25 mg) or metoporol. I resisted for 6 months and decided I’d give it a try. The very 1st night of taking it, I slept better than I had in 10 years! Totally different person. I think that my “hard” heart beats, etc. were waking me up out of deep sleep; metoporol calmed that down. In addition, my sinus surgery (I had terrible sinus problems) also added to a good nights sleep. Thus, I’ve been on toporol for about a year now and when I get off of it for a week or so, I can tell a difference. Thus, I’m sticking to it. Might reduce the dose as suggested by the Doc, because he said I only need to take it for “comfort;” it’s not required.

Thought I’d share, even though I doubt it helps much on this string of posts

Dec 19, 2016 · Xarelto in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I too, did not have any issues with the dye/stress test. Did a scan. Then went to the treadmill. They put dye in and I ran. I guess I’m in pretty good shape because my heart rate stayed steady till around 8 min. Then, just stayed around 140. FINALLY, went up past 150 (or 160) and they stopped it. I hadn’t ran that far since my early 20’s!

Oct 28, 2016 · Sinusus in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)

still doing great. I agree with your husband, it is amazing when the stints come out. Been congested, getting cleared up, but no complaints. Had to get on an antibiotic/decongestant to help clear me out, but even with the congestion, it’s still 50% better than I’ve ever been. Can’t wait to feel as good as I did the day he removed the splints/cleaned me out. It was life changing. No more headaches, no dizzy spells, and overall better health. Hope it stays that way.

Oct 22, 2016 · Sinusus in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)

Just an update. Sinus surgery went great. Was unbelievable how open my airway was after they removed the splints. I can’t remember when I ever was able to breath like that. Now well see if all the issues disappear.

Oct 13, 2016 · Sinusus in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)

Not sure my story directly applies, but due to me having light-headedness spells, pressure in my head, etc., I went in for an MRI. No tumors! but packed sinuses with polyps. Went to ENT specialist, did a cat-scan of sinuses, & Front sinuses 100% blocked. Surgery today to rotor-rooter them out and re-set a crooked septum that’s blocking 1/2 my airway. Hopefully this will open my head up and eliminate my dizzy spells. I’ll let you know.

For a bad cough, other than what’s been posted here with acid-refulx, I suggest seeing an ENT (ear/nose/throat) Dr. My sinuses are so packed that nothing is coming out through my nose; all going down my throat. Not causing bad coughs, but none the less. Good luck.

Sep 20, 2016 · AFib questions in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Another update. I reluctantly (I hate meds) started Toporol (low dose) a few weeks ago and immediately felt better; more energy, reduction in my being able to feel my PVCs, etc. However, still have headaches/dizzy spells. Did MRI last week; brain good but tons of sinus polyps which are probably causing some of my headaches., “head pressure, dizzy, tired in mornings, etc. Now, focused on the sinus. Thus, toporol worked for me, but I have a co-worker in which it didn’t; lowered blood pressure too much.