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Take Beta Blocker
Not advised.: It is not a good choice for asthma. If there is no other option, you may ask your doctor to try a low-dose cardio-selective blocker. One study showed that although the lung function did decrease slightly when people with asthma are treated with a selective beta blocker, their bronchodilator response actually improved. I have not seen this study confirmed however. ...Read more
Beta blocker: Discuss this with your physician. When you are on beta blockers as a regular med your doc will likely want to continue them. Beta blockers for noncardiac patients before/during surgical procedures are presently somewhat controversial and your docs input should be sought for you. ...Read more
Yes: Beta blockers block the beta 1 receptor on the heart. Some are not specific for that and also block the beta 2 receptor in the lungs which can worsen asthma. Choosing a selective beta 1 blocker (metoprolol and atenolol are probably the most commonly used) at the appropriate dosage eliminates this problem. ...Read more
I take beta blocker in morn and CCB at night for high HR. There are times throughout whole day when my HR dips pretty low (sometimes into high 40's)?
Dizzy?: My first question is this: are you symptomatic when the blood pressure is low. By this I mean are you dizzy, light headed, short of breath or weak? If yes see someone immediately. If not you should probably see your clinician soon and have an EKG done to be sure there are no signs of a heart block or other problem. And lastly, is this regimen controlling your blood pressure adequately? ...Read more
Depends: There is no reason to wait any time between taking a beta-blocker and a glass of wine, as long as you are limiting your wine consumption to 7 drinks/week in women (and older men, twice that in men). Wine makes some people flush and get lightheaded, and beta blockers can do the same thing, so if you are drinking 2-3 glasses of wine on one occasion, shorter acting beta blockers (inderal) should wait. ...Read more
Pulse is at 50 while resting lying down but 120 while standing and walking. Can I take beta blocker or is it to dangerous in resting state?
Investigate (pcp): Cause of irregularity- who gave you the beta blocker- see that person. ...Read more
Befinfits or side effects of taking coq10. I'm 30 in good health, low energy, take beta blocker for pvs. Could I benefit from coq10, any dangers?
No proven benefit: Don't waste your hard-earned money, the supplement industry is a multi-billion dollar fraud perpetrated on the american public. No proven benefit on pvcs. ...Read more
Been on Propranolol 20 mg 2 x daily for Wolff Parkinson white syndrome. Everyone tells me it's unsafe to take beta blocker for WPW? Is this true?
Sometimes, the health care providers especially in er, give complete different or opposite medical advises? For example, my sister has diagnosed tachycardia for which she takes beta blocker. The condition was diagnosed by the electrophysiologist. Then t
I agree with you, this definitely happens. It can depend on the doctor's training, their practice, what they themselves have seen and diagnosed in the past, and the way they understand the question. It can also depend on their "frame of reference", or how they are viewing the situation based on their fund of knowledge.
The same thing most likely happens in other professions, such as investment advisors giving conflicting information, or even mechanics. It is frustrating for patients and their families, but it is good to keep asking the questions and obtaining different opinions. ...Read more
40yr old female. Take beta blocker for pots, no other heart prob. What r chances of heart attack from stress alone? I have no risk factors except that
Just about 0.: Acute stress would be very unusual cause of heart attack in relatively young females because they have no significant underlying coronary artery disease (cad). Stress can cause angina in well established CAD and in some, heart attack. Role of chronic stress is debatable. Traditional risk factors for cad: smoking, hypertension, diabetes, age, sex, family history and cholesterol level. ...Read more
I had tachycardia echo show mild mvp, trivial mr I take beta blocker, still got palpitaion, fast beat chest pain inc by smoke, I will not quit solve plz?
Balance benefits: Generally, in any treatment you have to balance risks and benefits. Beta blockers should help your symptoms, as will avoiding (or minimizing) stimulants. Quitting smoking sound like a really good idea--in general, as well as in an effort to help your symptoms. Something to consider... ...Read more
PVC's more often everyday. Random dizzy feeling in head when walk /sit (progesing symp)Cardio doc says take beta Blocker. HR reg. Temp fix. Real cause?
PVC's and dizziness:
Premature ventricular contraction (PVC) may induce symptoms: palpitations, shortness of breath, hypotension, anxiety, insomnia, etc.. Over time, frequent PVCs can, in some patients, cause changes in the heart function.
You should have a Holter, a cardiac Th. Viability scan, an ECHO, look at the valves and LV thickness. Start on Beta blockers, metoprolol. You must see a cardiologist. ...Read more
Bronchitis. Dr offered albuteral breath treatment even tho I take beta blocker, have rapid hr. I declined. Was I right? Dr said I had a chest wheeze.
You were wrong: In fact if you were on a beta blocker, reconsideration for a selective one should have been made to avoid the bronchospasms created by the nonselective ones. The nonselective bblockers can cause bronchospasm and can be reversed by b-agonists in the lungs. Of course there is some systemic overflow. Once it happens they are hard to reverse, hence we don't use Propranolol challenge anymore. ...Read more
Probably not: Most patients with mitral valve prolapse (mvp) do not need beta blockers. In a few, there may be symptoms such as palpitations or chest pain which may improve with beta blockers, but the need should be determined based on the specific patient's history and testing with a stress test or holter monitor. Taking beta blockers just because one is diagnosed with mvp is not recommended. ...Read more
Night: Once a day bb is best taken at night. ...Read more