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I've never heard of such a high figure Rick. A couple of years ago mine suddenly one morning went up to 120 and I took myself straight to the hospital. They altered my medication and since then it's been in the mid 50's, according to my "watch" it's currently 57. Do make sure that the problem is completely solved even if it means changing cardiologists.
120 ,wow that would be awesome. I get off the couch and itís in the 150ís .
Guys Iíve had this issue for years , so itís nothing to be alarmed about . I was just wondering if anyone else has dealt with it and had it corrected .
I think they want you to drop dead , actually I know they do . This way your not a burden to the system .

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During a months stay in hospital in late 2015 my heart rate started to go erratic, I wasn't fully aware of what was going on but have been told that it was decided to STOP my heart then re-start it hoping that it would get back into rhythm. Apparently there were three doctors and two nurses present, one of the doctors was on the phone to a specialist cardiologist at one of the major hospitals. Fortunately everything went as planned and I'm still here!
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Just came back from the hospital stress test , and even on medication for atrial fibrillation, my heart rate is 230 bpm while walking .
Will find out late next week what their plan is . The 200ís are a very bad place to be ,so Iím going to quit doing my 2 mile walk every second day .

Iím getting severe headaches , which I never got since I used my CPAP , but Iím suspecting this worsening A-Fib is the culprit now , as Iím noticing a shortness of breath .
If I quit posting ,itís not because I donít like you guys, itís probably because my heart quit lol


This is something I can actually have some insight on, since Iím in emergency healthcare.

Iím not familiar with your medical history, but if youíve been diagnosed with A-Fib, chances are youíre on an anti arrhythmiacs such as Sotalol, Amiodarone, Digoxin or any other potassium channel blocker. If youíre having headaches combined with tachycardia (abnormally high heart rate), it means that your blood pressure is low and your heart is trying to compensate. Your shortness of breath comes from both, because the heart canít pump oxygenated blood fast enough (extremely fast heart rate means minimal cardiac preload). Thatís the basic mechanics of whatís happening to you.

If you have any comorbidities such as atherosclerosis, hyperlipidemia, CHF, COPD etc, theyíll be contributing factors. 200+ heart rate is SVT (supraventricular tachycardia) material, and you donít want to mess with that...


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This is something I can actually have some insight on, since I’m in emergency healthcare.

I’m not familiar with your medical history, but if you’ve been diagnosed with A-Fib, chances are you’re on an anti arrhythmiacs such as Sotalol, Amiodarone, Digoxin or any other potassium channel blocker. If you’re having headaches combined with tachycardia (abnormally high heart rate), it means that your blood pressure is low and your heart is trying to compensate. Your shortness of breath comes from both, because the heart can’t pump oxygenated blood fast enough (extremely fast heart rate means minimal cardiac preload). That’s the basic mechanics of what’s happening to you.

If you have any comorbidities such as atherosclerosis, hyperlipidemia, CHF, COPD etc, they’ll be contributing factors. 200+ heart rate is SVT (supraventricular tachycardia) material, and you don’t want to mess with that...


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Thank you for the info Dennis, and welcome to the forum. I was wondering what the heck was causing the shortness of breath , now I understand it better.
Hopefully they will have a better idea how to deal with this next week when I talk with the heart specialist.
I’m ready for the knife if that’s what it takes . But I mentioned earlier, they had mentioned bigger doses of drugs to slow it down

This is the medication I’m on .
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Thank you for the info Dennis, and welcome to the forum. I was wondering what the heck was causing the shortness of breath , now I understand it better.
Hopefully they will have a better idea how to deal with this next week when I talk with the heart specialist.
Iím ready for the knife if thatís what it takes . But I mentioned earlier, they had mentioned bigger doses of drugs to slow it down

This is the medication Iím on .


So, youíre on a beta blocker and a blood thinner. Metoprolol is, indeed, sometimes used to treat abnormally high heart rate, but it is primarily a hypertension medication. And by no means it is not an antiarrhythmiac. Plavix, on the other hand, is a medication that prevents your blood from making thrombice in your blood vessels. Maybe the doctor is planning an angioplasty for you (thatís when they put stents in your arteries to improve the blood flow). At any rate, like I said - Iím not familiar with your medical history, havenít seen your labs and definitely cannot give medical advice over the internet.


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So, you’re on a beta blocker and a blood thinner. Metoprolol is, indeed, sometimes used to treat abnormally high heart rate, but it is primarily a hypertension medication. And by no means it is not an antiarrhythmiac. Plavix, on the other hand, is a medication that prevents your blood from making thrombice in your blood vessels. Maybe the doctor is planning an angioplasty for you (that’s when they put stents in your arteries to improve the blood flow). At any rate, like I said - I’m not familiar with your medical history, haven’t seen your labs and definitely cannot give medical advice over the internet.


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lol, you know what’s funny , I trust you guys way more than these horse doctors down here .
Last visit I they put some dye put in me , and I laid under a machine that rotated around me doing a scan.
Not an mri ,but something that should give them a decent look I hope .
I really don’t want open heart surgery. Can’t see bench pressing ever again after that one

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lol, you know whatís funny , I trust you guys way more than these horse doctors down here .
Last visit I they put some dye put in me , and I laid under a machine that rotated around me doing a scan.
Not an mri ,but something that should give them a decent look I hope .
I really donít want open heart surgery. Canít see bench pressing ever again after that one


It was a CT scan with contrast. Angioplasty isnít as bad as it sounds, I know a few people whose lives are much better with arterial stents. I can certainly empathize with the way you feel about the doctors, but if you can get them to talk to you & explain what exactly is the plan of care, it might help. And feel free to ask me any questions, Iíll try my best to answer.


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Rick,

All of my life I've had an erratic heart beat. It was so reliably erratic that when I was in the rescue squad, they would come and find me whenever they wanted somebody new to know what an erratic heartbeat sounded like. Well, some years later I ended up needing a triple bypass and valve repair at the age of 58 (yr 2000). After the valve repair, no more erratic heartbeat. It was rough after that surgery, and for about 3 months I wasn't sure that I was going to make it. Then I began to realize that I was doing more and felt better than I had before all the work was done on me. Another 3 months and I felt like I was 15 to 20 years younger.

Well, that wonderful feeling only lasted me 14 years. Since then I have had to go back on the table 5 more times to have stents installed. I have 6 of them now, and died on the table when the last one was being installed. They got me going again and I'm feeling pretty good, but I tire easily now. At a fast walk I can now only go about 400 ft before I need to stop for a few minutes. They told me that they have done about all they can for me, except for fine tuning of the medicines, which they are doing every time I complain.

The last time that I got on an airplane I warned security that I had a lot of metal and plastic in me. When I went through the scanner the guy yelled "wow, you twinkle like a Christmas Tree", but they let me fly. I have metal knees from a fire fighting accident and I have survived cancer twice too. I consider myself to be sort of a time bomb now. I have no idea when the end will come, but I'm betting that it will be quick when it happens.

I'm kind of afraid to slow down, because every friend that I've had who slowed down significantly after they retired, aren't here any more. So I keep as busy as my body will allow. Right now I'm building a photo/video studio in an 18 X 26 second master bedroom in my house. (the reason why I haven't been posting woodworking projects this year). I've done a lot of photography in my life, but I never had my own studio or did many portrait type photography. I'll be able to do it now. I have most of my digital dark room set up and have ceiling mounted rollers with backdrops installed on them. I have all the lights for taking still photos and I'm gathering the props and building a posing bench.

My #2 son and his wife have started a business and they want to make some videos for their website. I have cameras with full HD 60 fps video capability, so all I need now to help them with the video production is a few more lights (different requirements for video) and they'll need a 4' X 8' white board that I'll mount on the wall behind the back drops. I've been re-finishing the floor, re-wiring, and painting the walls and ceiling in this room for the last 2 months and only the trim and doors need a fresh coat of paint now. A walk-in closet also needs re-painting. It will hold all of the photo equipment that isn't in use. Another small room needs work so it can be a hair and make-up area / dressing room. I'll be beginning work on these next week.

See, I'm staying about as busy as my body will let me, and I have a goal to keep me from getting depressed.

Take care buddy, and get them to tell you what they are doing and what their long range plan for you is. If they can't or won't tell you, find a new heart doctor. I got lucky and have one of the best in the Southeast USA taking care of me. He didn't do the bypass surgery, but has been keeping me going ever since.

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lol, you know whatís funny , I trust you guys way more than these horse doctors down here .
Last visit I they put some dye put in me , and I laid under a machine that rotated around me doing a scan.
Not an mri ,but something that should give them a decent look I hope .
I really donít want open heart surgery. Canít see bench pressing ever again after that one
Probably a CAT scan(?).
https://www.healthline.com/health/ct...ct-scan-vs-mri
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