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Just got my first implant June 29, 2022.  I am 63 years young and will be 64 this Friday.  Feel good some days, then next day feel crummy at some point.  So glad I found this website.  No one prepared me for how difficult and long this recovery could be.  Started on blood thinners, no side effects, just being really cautious in the kitchen, etc.  My doctor is suggesting Beta Blockers.  I hate adding another Big Pharma.  Does anyone have experience with this medication?  Does it make you feel better?


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by Lavender - 2022-08-22 17:53:09

Hi there! I'm not on any meds so will not comment on that. Just saying ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿผ hi! Be patient with yourself! Lol I looked up my papers that came home from the hospital with me. Those said I would be fine in one to two weeks. ๐Ÿฅด๐Ÿ˜ฌ

It was more like months. I'm fine now though. Just kept thinking I was being a wimp for not recovering speedy enough. Come to find out that lots of folks need more time to get better! YOU ARE NORMAL!๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy birthday Friday๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽˆnow you can really celebrate with your new lease on life!

medications

by Tracey_E - 2022-08-22 18:14:41

Why do you have the pacer? Just having the pacer alone doesn't usually require us to be on any meds. It just adds beats as needed. 

That said, I've been on and off beta blockers a couple of times. It takes 4-6 weeks on them to adjust. They make me a little tired, but that's about it. I generally feel good on them because without them I get racy at night, the beta blocker calms it down. 

Beta Blockers

by meking - 2022-08-22 22:29:54

Thanks.  Doc said they saw atrial flutter longest was 4 minutes.  That must be what he means, if that bothers me I could use beta blockers.  It doesn't bother me enough, hoping it doesn't worsen.  Take care!

Beta Blockers

by Marybird - 2022-08-23 00:22:09

I have taken metoprolol tartrate for many years to control my supraventricular tachycardia,(SVT), any side effects (tiredness) I may have had at first are long gone. This medication has done a great job at controlling the SVT.  I feel much better taking this medication.

Fast forward a number of years, I now take 150 mg/day along with diltiazem ( 180mg/day),to control paroxysmal A-Fib- thank goodness mostly short runs at random times,,and longer runs that hit infrequently. The beta blocker controls the heart rate, so that even in the event of A-Fib or A-Flutter, the high atrial rate ( caused by the "fibrillating"or "fluttering" of the atria) is not passed along to the ventricles. The beta blocker keeps the heart rate under 100, making the a-Fib or flutter somewhat less symptomatic, and avoids the possible heart failure that could occur with the very high heart rates associated with uncontrolled A-Fib/flutter. 

There are numerous beta blockers out there, others can relate,their experiences with those. Calcium channel blockers ( ie, diltiazem, verapamil) can also be used for heart rate control, and some people who can't tolerate beta blockers ( either because of side effects or low blood pressure) find calcium channel blockers more satisfactory. I use both as it seems a low dose of diltiazem along with a higher dose of metoprolol works better than metoprolol alone to minimize breakthough tachycardia/ A-Fib for me. But everyone is different. 

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