Ventricular bigeminy/Arrhythmia

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 6/3/2008 2:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, this is my first posting. Sorry if it is a bit long but obviously I have a lot to say in my first post.Like many I have joined due to the worry of my new condition.
I am 57 and have had high blood pressure since the age of 29. I have always been fairly active and for many years ran 5-10 miles every day. I have always had a slow pulse it ranges from 45- 55 at rest, I have for the last 4 years walked briskly 2 miles to work every morning and my pulse stays around the 104 when doing so, I never get any chest pains etc.
Last year I did a heck of a lot of manual work building my new home, I felt very fit and healthy when doing it. When I finished it and started relaxing again I noticed this strange fluttery feeling in my chest, when I took my pulse it was missing beats. This has been getting worse over the last 6 months and as I have such a slow pulse it can be a 2-3 second delay when it misses a beat, this is scary. I had a 48 hour ECG and they said that I go down to 30 bpm when asleep.
They did a heart scan and said I have a leaky valve but they will just leave that, it's nothing to worry about. The heart is woking ok and is very slightly elarged probably due to 25 years of high blood pressure. They have put me on beta blockers but said they will have to be carefull due to that they will make my pulse even slower. The doctor said it is not life threatening just annoying but yester day the travel insurance company I use now refuse to insure me, I live in the Uk and will miss my trips to the USA and that really hurts.
Forgot to mention the symptoms get worse when I eat or drink, I have only just today started the low dose of beta blocker.
Anyone else have this condition?

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Date Joined Oct 2005
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   Posted 6/7/2008 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi yar, Welcome to Healing Well forum we are glad to have you join us here.  I am sorry you havent had any responses to your post.  Sometimes when a lot of people start to post other ones will get bumped to the bottom of the forum and most people dont see them.

Anyhow, I do have a slow heart rate...diagnosed as Bradycardia; I had to have a pacemaker implant done 3 years ago as my HR got down into the 20's and wouldnt come up, even with medication.  I was 31 yrs old at the time.  It was all quite sudden, I didnt know I had a problem with my heart at all.  I just had been feeling really sluggish and flu like symptoms for a few months before. 

Have you been treated for your Hypertension?  I wouldn't worry too much about the medication lowering your HR at night more than it is because beta blockers are meant to correct abnormal heart rhythms.  That is what would be the primary cause for your slow heart rates.  Here is an article on Beta-Blockers from WebMD.  I hope it helps.

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 6/9/2008 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi els, thanks for your reply.
I Have been on medication for my hypertension since being diagnosed at the age of 29. I had some bad side effects, they gave me atenolol at first and this gave me asthma. I then went on metholdopia (probably spelt that wrong) I ended up in hospital with jaundice. They then put me on enaparil which I have been on ever since. I have been on the beta blockers for over a week now and when I do my fast two mile walk my pulse dosen't go over 85 , it was 104. My pulse is only getting up to 42 when working, my fluttery feeling is getting worse but my next appointment is a month away.
I must be the only person that would welcome a pacemaker but for some reason my cardiologist seems to think I don't need one. I feel that I am just waiting for something dreadfull to happen before they take this seriously. As you know our medical services are free over here but I have paid private to try and get things sorted but I still don't feel too confident with the doctors.
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