I take a beta blocker, metoprolol. I’ve been on it about 4 months. No problems until recently. I’ve been going though a or of stress with a death of a close family member and trying to catch on in school work as I’m in college. My heart skips a beat quite a bit during the day. I also feel like I’m having trouble breathing sometimes. I also feel sad and anxious sometimes. I had a heart echo and they said something about 2 valves opening and closing too early, but it was only mind and not to worry about it. I’m hoping this arrhythmia goes away soon. My heart rate and blood reassure have been good. Even lower than they usually are. Any thoughts?
If your doctor has not already done it, "an ambulatory EKG may be required. During an ambulatory EKG, the patient wears a portable EKG machine called a Holter monitor, usually for 24 hours, but sometimes much longer. You will be taught to press a button to record the EKG reading whenever you experience symptoms. This approach is especially useful if your symptoms are infrequent." Don't let your doctor walk away from you until he/she has given you a clear, understandable explanation. If your only encounter has been with general practitioners, demand a referral to a competent cardiologist. (I have had an periodic irregular rhythm for 55 years due to LBBB which was fully explained to me when it was diagnosed and so I never felt any anxiety over it. Yours may be something similar and nothing to worry about.)
- Metoprolol Information for Consumers
- Metoprolol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Metoprolol (detailed)
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