... which runs between 80 to 270 does depending on activity does anyone else have this issue?
I wish I had an answer. My Dad is having the same issue. Not happy with his cardiologist so we are seeing an electrophysiologist tomorrow. I agree it is a terrible med. He was given it without trying any other beta blocker. He was originally on atenolol for 25 years after his bypass surgery and did great. Then his tolerance diminished and it made him ill. So the Dr. put him right on amiodarone. This is supposed to be a last resort med. I don't understand! Hope someone will be able to answer this question. Sad to hear how many folks have had to have multiple cardioversions. That will most likely be the next step. I wish you well. If we get any good info, I will pass it along to you.
Amiodarone CAN slow your heart rate as it has Beta blocker "like" actions on the heart but that is not it's primary function. It is classified as a class 3 antiarrythmic agent. Basically, VERY long explanation short, it alters the length of time that your heart's conduction prepares to fire again keeping it from triggering the arrythmias that are causing you problems. It basically keeps your heart rate more "steady" if you will, instead of just slowing it down. It would seem however that most of your issues consist of atrial conduction mediated arrythmias, so I'm suprised that you are on Amiodarone vs a couple of other drugs named Sotalol or Flecainide. Amiodarone is typically used for ventricular arrythmias and is not approved by the FDA for atrial fibrillation. Even though your ventricular heart rate gets very fast, it, at least from the rhythms that you have listed here, are triggered primarilly by your SA node Hope this helps but of course only your electrophysiologist has all of your history and tests at thier disposal and knows what works best for you.
- Amiodarone Information for Consumers
- Amiodarone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Amiodarone (detailed)
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