Posted By Jackie Mossburg on June 10, 1999 at 11:37:27
Yesterday morning when I got out of bed, I lay down on the floor to do abdominal crunches. As soon as my head touched the floor, I felt my heart go into afib. I checked my BP and it was 150/100; my pulse was 70. I took my .125 daily dose of lanoxin and went for a four mile walk. (I normally take my lanoxin with my breakfast after I've finished my exercise. I believe that minimizes the drug's effect.) At the end of the walk, my heart had converted to normal sinus, my BP was 130/80 and my pulse was down to 50; I felt fine. Within an hour, my pulse was down to 39 and my BP was 90/60; I felt weak. No matter what I did all day (including a ten mile bike ride), I could not get my pulse to even reach 50. In your opinion should I be taking lanoxin? I have been taking it since I was diagnosed with afib two years ago. My Dr. has tried topral and cardizem C.D. I felt rotten most of the time when taking either of those, and my afib has gotten worse since I've been on medication. I take coumadin and have had no ill effects from that.
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