Update On Cardiologist Visit!
Posted 08 October 2007 - 09:51 PM
My Cardiologist said that he didn't think I had PH, and the PA pressure was normal. My heart rate was not normal though, and he has presribed a Beta Blocker called Atenolol (Noten), to be taken on a low dose at first.
He aims to get my resting heart rate at around the 70 mark, and when exercising, my heart rate should be around 120bpm.
Currently it is 100-120resting and when walking for 5 minutes is at 172bpm.
I just thought I would give you all an update, but it still does not answer why I have SOB. I hope that the Respiratory Physician can help me in that department.
Posted 09 October 2007 - 02:22 AM
Posted 09 October 2007 - 02:54 AM
Thanks for the update Darlin'. WOW, your heart is beating too fast. I have atrial fibrillations and they're fun at times.
Do you have Raynaud's? If you do, did you tell that to your Cardiologist? I'm certainly no doctor, but from all the literature about Raynaud's and from my own cardiologist I know that beta blockers should be avoided if you have Raynaud's. They can aggravate and even cause Raynaud's. See this link from the our treatment page on Raynaud's.
How is Raynaud's Disease Treated?
Hopefully you don't have Raynaud's so that the medication can work for you without creating additional problems. I hate it when that happens. Taking one pill to counter the side effects of another. UGH!
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Posted 09 October 2007 - 06:14 AM
Janey made a good point... about the Atenolol that I did not realize... in regard to Raynauds. Why it was prescribed for me (although no longer on it) is something I don't fee very assured about. Also, the rheumatologist who prescribed it... also does research on our very diseases! This is all the more reason for us to be aware. I always thought my mother was too compliant when it came to the many meds she was on... years ago. However, since I have been caregiving her, I find that she doesn't have near the "arsenol of meds she used to have, for which I'm pleased .
I hope that your heart rate can get controlled soon. I am glad to read that your results seemed to show no PH and that your PA pressure was normal.
Please let us know how your heart rate is doing?
Posted 09 October 2007 - 06:33 AM
Anyway, I left there feeling much better. Now, to find out what is causing the symptoms I'm having.... maybe another look at my gall bladder?
Posted 09 October 2007 - 01:11 PM
Janey, Yes I do have Raynauds, mainly in the feet though, I did mention it to my Cardiologist and that It is why he has started me on a low dose of Atenolol at first.
I may have to increase the dosage though. It is all trial and error.
Susie, I was a little apprehensive at first taking another med (this is now my 6th tablet). I asked the Cardiologist that if I decided not to take Atenolol could it damage my heart with it beating so fast all the time.
All he said was this -Large animals live a long time because they have a slow heartbeat, Small animals die in a few years as their hearbeat is fast.
He also said that if It was him he would take it.
My husband watched some medical show on the television the other night, and it was all about the heart. What I didn't know was that your heart is only supposed to beat a certain number of times in your life time.
Posted 09 October 2007 - 01:35 PM
I sure learn alot of great stuff from my cyber family... thanks for posting all of this, Celia
Hugs to you, Susie
Posted 10 October 2007 - 06:20 AM
Years ago, I had a similar problem, although at that time I didn't have this disease that I know of. I was given the same med you were just prescribed. It worked well - however after awhile I took myself off of it (don't you do that without Dr. permission) and haven't had any problems to speak of since. I'm sure it will work well for you.