I was diagnosed with an arrythmia just a month ago. The only time I experience it is when I take certain medications and especially when I receive medications intravenously, I can even feel saline go through my heart, when a nurse flushes my IV line. I don't experience my arrythmia any other time.I also have normal blood pressure and heart rate, this morning it was 114/74 pulse 71. This has become quite a burden, because I have asthma and take Pro-Air inhaler. I've had asthma since I was a kid (I'm 40) and now when I take my inhaler, it feels like I'm having a heart attack! (extreme heart palpitations!) I know asthma inhalers are supposed to kick up your heart rate but NOT like what I've been experiencing!! It seems like my heart has become ULTRA SENSITIVE all of a sudden and my doctor just doesn't get it. He prescribed Atenolol at 50mg and the first time I took it, it took my blood pressure all the way down to 77/55 pulse 54. I felt dizzy all day and nauseous. I went to sleep during the afternoon and wet the bed, something I haven't done since I was 8 years old! I told my doctor this and he said to lower the dose down to 25mg by cutting the pills in half. I tried that and an hour after I took it, I started to experience heart palpitations and it was difficult to catch my breath. Bloodpressure at 74/50 pulse 41. I felt like I was drowning.
After saying all of that(WHEW!) Is what I am describing sound familiar to anyone? I really don't think that Atenolol is the right drug for me. I'm scared out of my wits to take it again. I wish my doctor would give me a referral to a cardiologist!