Are you just on Cardizem or Cardizem and Atenolol? Did the same doctor put you on both?
Usually, if you have an infection, like the common cold, your heart rate would be higher.
Is your pulse regular at 50 to 60 beats/min?
I'm curious about the stress test reference, specifically the mention of a shadow. What type of test was it? Nuclear test, Stress Echo? What was the shadow.
I have asked my cardiologist's office if they could do an EKG then show it to him when it comes in, which they have done. Truth be told, the nurse that works at the office probably knows what to look for as well. Consider that option. This latest bout of ecotopics had me to the E.R. Twice and the plant medical center (at work) once. I'm not proud, if you're concerned, and your physicians aren't being helpful, go to the E.R.
As to pain and heart rate, I found the following:
"Fast arrhythmias (tachyarrhythmias) may be triggered by exercise, emotional stress, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, or use of drugs that contain stimulants, such as cold and hay fever remedies. Slow arrhythmias (bradyarrhythmias) may be triggered by pain , hunger, fatigue, digestive disorders (such as diarrhea and vomiting), or swallowing, which can stimulate the vagus nerve excessively. (With enough stimulation, which is rare, the vagus nerve can cause the heart to stop.) In most of these circumstances, the arrhythmia tends to resolve on its own."
Click on topic: Abnormal Heart Rhythms
<edit> I shortened up your link as it was stretching the screen. Thanks,Kitt
Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 7/19/2014 11:15:45 AM (GMT-6)