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   Posted 12/30/2015 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
 I am new member of this forum. back in May I had a heart attack. Heart never stopped but I needed 4 stents. My recovery was quick. I felt great, lost some weight and was walking almost 2 miles a day. At first I was anal over my diet. No salt. lots of veggies and zero fast food. But naturally that did not last. However I still try to be careful. about 3 weeks ago I started to feel something was wrong. My BP became high. Up to 165/95. I felt my heart beating and it was not normal. I upped my Ramipril but it was 2.5mg and I doubled that. BP remained high. I went to see a cardiologist ( we are on a winter vacation)He did an EKG and I have arrhythmias. He gave me a holter. It shows lost of arrhythmias. He prescribed Cordarone (amiodaron) but also wants me to have a Dipyridamole scan. But aren't there other means of doing this: MRI or a stress test? is one method better than another? Although he stated that my condition was not an emergency he wanted this done soon. Is he being over cautious? Are arrhythmias dangerous?  Thanks 

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   Posted 1/1/2016 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I have to say listen to the dr on this. You already have some prior issues & he is the expert here. Perhaps if this particular test is disturbing to you, discuss your thoughts with the dr.

Take care.
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   Posted 1/14/2016 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Definitely follow your Drs. suggestions. If you really have second thoughts or doubts about your MD, you should get a second opinion. It's your health, your the end of the day, you have to be your own advocate.

Just out of curiosity, what arrhythmias did the holter show? Many arrhythmias can be dangerous, but he said that it's not an emergency for you, so hopefully yours is not.

Also, a Dipyridamole scan is a type of stress test. It will show if the heart is getting the proper perfusion of blood.

I am a cardiac intensive care RN, which is why I am asking. Again, the best I can tell you is that if you have any doubts, either ask your MD specifically, or seek another opinion. I could help shed a little light or answer a question you might have about an ordered test or your arrhythimias, but I can't give you any medical advice.
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   Posted 2/1/2016 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I take magneseum and trace minerals, which has helped. Potassium is mentioned on some sites but makes it worse for me. Google and try whatever is mentioned, but carefully and slowly, as everyone is different.
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