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AFibbers Database: Ruth


LocationBoston Ma
Diagnosed conditionA fib, A tachycardia, high bp, PVCs and PACs both
Years with condition10?
Frequency of episodes1 or 2 a day
Duration of episodesshort
Event preceding first AFWish I knew! Not in recent family history
General healthotherwise ok I have mild hayfever type allergy, what I believe to be sensitivities to foods~milk, nuts, sugar and salt mostly
Current statesame
TriggersDon't know triggers. I awake with the tachycardia sometimes at night
PreventionsWish I knew
Current medications/side effectsThis is the problem. I don't seem to do well at all on the meds. Atenolol 25 mg worked for many years without serious side effects and then suddenly dropped my bp to 90/40 and sent the pulse into the 40s too. I was sweitched to Labetalol which made me horribly fatigued and feeling a strange inner tremor (feels like a fluttery small motor is running inside my head and body) I switched to a cardiologist at Brigham and Womens Hospital who, I heard, specializes in arrythemias in women. She started me on I Cartia XT 180mg. I feel better than I did on Labetelol, but still the motor and still fatigue but not as bad as on the Labetelol. Taking the drug at night helps. Although older, I have a lot of social and family obligations, chronicly ill husband and 90 year old mother who needs help. I need to feel ok
Past medications/side effectssee above
History of surgerynone
Future plansI need suggestions how to manage things. Otherwise, I feel overwhelmed by what needs doing and how I am feeling. No one in my family knows how little strength I have at times and I don't like to complain.
Personal commentsI have been treated in the past for acid reflux with famotidine. After drastic diet changes (low fat) I don't have much acid reflux and don't take it except on rare occaisions. I am currently on Zetia for high cholesterol, which remains high despite eating a 40gm fat/day diet (Husband has chronic pancreatitis, non alchohol related, so I cook very low fat. The doctor who prescribed Labetolol took me off my zetia for a month during which time my total cholesterol shot up (shown in a blood test at the end of that month). So I know where I stand with that!
Check list
crossacebutololcrossamiodarone (cordarone,pacerone)crossanisindione (miradon)
tickatenolol (tenormin)tickaspirincrossazimilide
crossbepridilcrossbetaxololcrossbisoprolol (monocor,emconcor)
crossdigoxin (lanoxin)crossdiltiazem (cardizem)crossdiphenylhydantoin
crossdisopyramide (norpace)crossdofetilide (tikosyn)crossdronedarone
crossencainidecrossesmolol (brevibloc)crossersentilide
crossflecainide (tambocor)crossgallopamilcrossibutilide (corvert)
crosslidocainecrossmibefradilcrossmetoprolol (lopressor,toprol xl)
crossphenytoincrossprocainamidecrosspropafanone (rythmol)
crosspropranolol (inderal)crossquinapril (accupril)crossquinidine (quinaglute)
crosssotalol (betapace)crosstedisamilcrosstimolol
crosstocainidecrosstrandolapril (mavik)crossvalsartan (diovan)
crossverapamil (calan,isoptin)crosswarfarin (coumadin)crossasthma
crossdiabetestickGERD/acid refluxtickhypertension
crossatrial fluttercrosscardiomyopathycrossCHF
crossheart blockcrossmyocardial infarctioncrossrheumatic heart diease
crosssick sinus syndromecrossstrokecrossWPW
crosselectrical cardioversioncrossdefibrillatorcrosspacemaker

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