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10-17-2013, 05:29 PM
does anyone take beta blockers
10-17-2013, 07:23 PM
I do. They lower blood pressure by slowing the beat of your heart. My heart beats so slowly, I should have the body of an athlete.
10-17-2013, 07:40 PM
(10-17-2013, 07:23 PM)Bobshouse Wrote: I do. They lower blood pressure by slowing the beat of your heart. My heart beats so slowly, I should have the body of an athlete.
This is what concerns me b/c I don't have high blood pressure. I read about the beta blockers, etc. and I am very scared of them, especially since I don't have high blood pressure and because I am by myself during the day.
Thanks for the info.
10-17-2013, 09:27 PM
(10-17-2013, 07:40 PM)me50 Wrote:(10-17-2013, 07:23 PM)Bobshouse Wrote: I do. They lower blood pressure by slowing the beat of your heart. My heart beats so slowly, I should have the body of an athlete.
If you don't have high blood pressure, why are you considering beta blockers?
10-17-2013, 09:34 PM
(10-17-2013, 09:27 PM)JJJ Wrote:(10-17-2013, 07:40 PM)me50 Wrote:(10-17-2013, 07:23 PM)Bobshouse Wrote: I do. They lower blood pressure by slowing the beat of your heart. My heart beats so slowly, I should have the body of an athlete.
I'm not considering them. My cardiologist wants to do a ct angiogram due to losing 2 brothers to heart attacks at a young age and he wants me to take beta blockers 2 times per day for a week prior to the test. If my heart rate drops too low and I am by myself, nobody would be here to help me during the day (except the 3 fur children).
10-17-2013, 10:23 PM
I take beta blockers also for atrial fibrillation.
It took 6 doctors (3of them cardiologists) and a stubborn wife to convince me to start.
Then I cut my dose in half and the cardiologist didn't like that so back to full dose.
I never had hi blood pressure, and have not noticed any side affects, unless CA can be caused by the meds.
10-17-2013, 10:47 PM
It does not slow the heart rate down low enough to be of any danger. Any activity brings it back up. You'll be just fine.
I am moving this thread to the Off Topic since it is not about sleep apnea.
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10-17-2013, 11:14 PM
I've been on beta blockers, ace inhibitors, and calcium channel blockers (heart rate too high, BP fine to low). Depending on what you take, and the dosage, most of them simply lower your heart rate to XX number. For me, the big issue was my BP would drop so low I would feel 'punky' - like 62 over 35 and the like (just prior to being taken off the ace inhibitor).
A few of the newer beta blockers instead lower your heart-rate a percentage - those are the possible ones to be concerned about. The main thing is to both be around people the first 2-3 days that you start taking a new med, and, get one of those automatic pulse and BP checkers that fit on your wrist - easy to use, easy to read, and accurate enough for our needs. A pulse either under 40, or more than a 30+ point drop below your norm is something to watch, and a BP below 70 over 50 will make you feel lousy. So, simply be aware, and pay attention, and watch out for dizziness when standing up are the keys I've learned.
Side effects - that's another story, and the main reason why they had put me on so many different meds. But they were also needed, and most likely why I am still here too
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10-18-2013, 12:35 PM
(10-17-2013, 10:47 PM)PaulaO2 Wrote: It does not slow the heart rate down low enough to be of any danger. Any activity brings it back up. You'll be just fine.
Sorry I posted in the wrong area. I thought since high blood pressure, heart issues could be related to apnea that it was okay where I posted it.
I didn't intentionally post in the wrong place. Thanks for putting this post in the proper section.
12-05-2013, 09:25 AM
I looked at my script and it is for 25 mg 2 times per day. the med is called metoprolol tartrate