Hi from new member and question about Metoprolol and low blood pressure
My Norwegian mom is 79 and just had a pacemaker placed in three weeks ago. She has always had low blood pressure and was misdiagnosed with aFib, and has now been given the diagnosis of "sick sinus syndrome" after having swings in her rhythm that had her alternately faint and have rapid heartbeat.
She was on beta blockers and blood thinners at various points since her aFib diagnosis about 7 years ago, and they made her feel dizzy and have little energy.
Now with the pacemaker, she was placed on Isoptin, but had problems such as swinging rhythm, legs felt like stones, her head felt heavy, a sense of imbalance, and little energy.
Yesterday the doctor switched her to Metoprolol (50 mg 2x daily), and the heart rate is at 65 beats per minute.
She and I are wondering why she needs to take beta blockers in the first place, and if they have made her intial problem worse? She feels skeptical towards the medication, with good reason, but the doctors say she must take them with the pacemaker. I'm not really finding clear info online geared towards her particular issue, and hope that some of you can help us find some clarity on what is going on.
Thank you so much,