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Nov 24, 2014 in the Heart Rhythm Community - 4
There are a couple of things you can try to convert them to normal rhythm. 1) Valsalva. Sit on a step so your knees are brought up towards your chest. Take a shallow breath and bear down. Tense you stomach muscles keeping the force up high rather than down towards your bowels. Hold it for no longer than a few seconds. It's the initial rise in press...
Nov 21, 2014 in the Heart Rhythm Community - 4
I think your physician was correct in asking you to stop the amiodarone a full two months before you procedure. The elimination half-life of amiodarone is highly variable, but very long, averaging about 58 days. So allowing two months would put you right into the average time. He obviously wants you in there in Afib, and of course with good reason. Metop...
Nov 20, 2014 in the Heart Rhythm Community - 5
When you push while on the toilet, your doing something called a Valsalva. This causes an abrupt, momentary jump in internal pressure and can create a brief arrhythmia. A sitting or squatting position is an ideal position to create the desired result when performing a Valsalva. I used this technique for years to convert episodes of SVT back to normal rhyth...
Nov 20, 2014 in the Heart Rhythm Community - 5
Eating and digesting food triggers the release of hormones that can increase your pulse rate. It's dependent of course on the size of your meal. Larger meals may cause a larger release of such hormones and significantly increasing your heart rate long after a meal is over. Additionally, large meals may contain high amounts of fats, which can increase ...
Nov 20, 2014 in the Heart Rhythm Community - 7
What are your concerns about using Metoprolol Tartrate? Thye are weight for weigh the same, so if you take 100mg of Metoprolol Succinate once a day, you could quarter a 100mg tablet of Metoprolol Tartrate and just remember to take it four times a day. Of course you'd have a period of time during your sleep cycle where the dose level might decline a bit...
Nov 20, 2014 in the Heart Rhythm Community - 14
Have you had a heart attack? Have you had heart surgery? Do you have cardiomyopathy or myocarditis? These are main causes of VT. There are other, less common causes of VT; decongestants, "energy" supplements containing ephedra, electrolyte imbalance, cocaine and other illegal drugs, even some antiarrhythmics can cause VT. Is it possible you ...
Nov 19, 2014 in the Heart Rhythm Community - 18
In the everyday world, the term "Gurgling" indicates the mix of a liquid and a gas. Such is not the case with your circulatory system. Consider that what you're feeling is some sort of brief rapid arrhythmia, perhaps NSVT, SVT, or perhaps even Afib. If when you feel this, immediately stop what you're doing, pause and "listen" ...
Nov 17, 2014 in the Heart Rhythm Community - 6
If you went ahead with the procedure, figure that you'd be two days, the day of, and the day after. Beyond that, there's no lifting for a couple of weeks; kids included! getting it done now while you're young means that you'll snap back quickly.
Nov 16, 2014 in the Heart Rhythm Community - 6
I think many people who have SVT symptoms may refer to it as WPW perhaps because there seems to be a lot written on it. The fact is, WPW is uncommon, and to have the potentially dangerous type is even more rare. When it co, es to diagnosing it, there is a clue the MAY confirm it. When carefully examining an EKG from a patient with WPW, there is a distinct ...
Nov 16, 2014 in the Heart Rhythm Community Best Answer - 6
Welcome to the forum. I'll try to answer you questions for you, but understand that we're not physicians here. Some beta blockers can be used safely during breastfeeding. The amount that is passed through the milk is very, low and is of little concern. There are list online that can guide your selection, but I sure a physician would know. T...