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Bajoey
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   Posted 3/27/2007 12:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone,
 
I have been diagnosed with having pvc's.  I had a stress/echo test done last October, everything turned out fine.  My Dr. gave me a beta block (toporol xl) to help with the annoying pvc's.  I only get a couple pvc's a day now :)  hooray!!  My question is I always feel like my heart is "pounding"  not a palpitation.  I called my Dr. and the nurse took a msg.  She called me back and said don't worry about it.  You are young and healthy!  This seems to bother me a lot at night when it wakes me up.  I'm not sure if I am having panic attacks or what.  This pounding is more apparent after I eat.  Also, do any of you drink alchohol and then stay awake all night because of a fast heartbeat???   There are times I will have a glass of wine or a cocktail and I am awake all night long with a racing heart.  I do not remember this happening in the pass.   I am feeling that my cardiologist thinks I am a paranoid person, but I am not.  I do not worry about things, I love like and enjoy living it well.....Any advice would be great...thank you for your time  :)

Sarita
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   Posted 3/27/2007 1:48 PM (GMT -7)   
The pounding heart feeling should taper off soon with the Toprol.  How much are you taking?  Usually this will clear it up within a few days...but alcohol can definitely make heart palpitations worse, so you might want to abstain from drinking for a while to see what kind of effect that will have on you.  Also, have you ever had a thyroid panel done? 

Bajoey
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   Posted 3/27/2007 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Sarita,
 
Thank you for your response, I have been taking toporol for almost 6 months.  I only take 25mg.  I notice my heart pounding when I am laying down or sitting down.  Not so much while being active.  My thyroid is normal  :)   These feelings are not palpitations, it's just a real strong feeling normal heartbeat.  It's really just very annoying especially when I am trying to sleep.

Sarita
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   Posted 3/27/2007 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   

Do you take your Toprol at night or in the a.m.?  Taking it at night, about an hour or two before bed, might really help with the sensation...have you asked your doc about increasing your dosage?  I was on 25 mg of atenolol and found that 50 mg was much more relieving.  I know about the horrible pounding heart feeling, it's incredibly annoying.  I found out mine was caused by hyperthyroidism so that's why I asked! 

You might find that exercising 15-20 minutes, getting your heart rate up to 70-80% of your max (although in your case you might want to go slightly lower because you're on the beta-blocker), might drastically improve your symptoms for several hours afterwards.  I've always found that helps a lot.  I've been on the atenolol for about a month now and find that my heart rate is significantly lower when exercising than it used to be; but it's still okay to exercise on it as long as your blood pressure stays within the normal range.

I know how uncomfortable this is, hang in there!


Bajoey
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   Posted 3/27/2007 9:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Sarita,
 
Hi  :)  yes I take my toporal around 7pm....I was going to maybe call my dr. for a higher dose, but I am scared that it might lower my blood pressure to much.  I have always been on the normal low side.   I did start Birth control pills last month, I am wondering maybe if the hormones in that might be causing these strong beats.  As far as thyroid, my TSH was running a little on the higher side so my endocrinologist told me last Tuesday to stop taking my thyroid medicine.  It was to supress a cold nodule....I would think after a week of not taking the thyroid med that my heart would be beating at a more normal rate.  I have so many questions and I think my Dr.'s think I am nuts...LOL...anyways....your suggestions have been much appreciated!
 
Mary
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