Cardiologist visit.

Well, today was my cardiologist appointment. The lowest my heart was in his office was 97, when I was lying down for the 12 lead EKG. It was about 108 when I was sitting up. The 12 lead EKG looked fine. A normal heart beat, just fast. The doctor felt like the heart rate was a faster than he would like. He decided to re-check my bloodwork, just to make sure that I am not anemic. He also wants to re-do the echocardiogram, just to be sure that there is no disease process going on. He also wanted to start me on a beta blocker to try to slow the heart rate. He checked with my OB before prescribing the medication just to make sure that it was all right. I walked out of the office with a presciption for metoprolol.

I took one dose, and I can actually walk around the house without shortness of breath and my heart racing. I tried taking my pulse, just to see what was going on, and my heart seemed confused. (I take my pulse with the doppler on my wrist, BTW. A little weird, but it works.) It ranged from 90s to 105. Not too bad, and definitely better than what it was! I think I am able to feel the heart rate going up and down. Sometimes I am fine, other times, I can feel my heart rate increasing and I get slightly short of breath. I was glad that I was able to clean our bathrooms and clean the kitchen without extreme shortness of breath. But I have only had one dose. We will see how I fare over time. Hopefully my heart rate will settle soon.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. JamieD
    Nov 03, 2009 @ 00:50:36

    I hope the metoprolol helps – it sounds like it is already trying to make a difference.Will you follow up with the cardiologist?


  2. ~Jess
    Nov 03, 2009 @ 01:39:40

    I'm so glad the doctor was able to help you! And that you're responding to the meds.


  3. mybumpyjourney
    Nov 03, 2009 @ 21:00:33

    A loved metoprolol when I was on it. 🙂 It also helps with mood swings- believe it or not! 🙂 I hope that it really helps you, and you feel better soon. Don't be surprised if you are little tire from the med while your body gets used t it. 🙂


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