Digoxin and potassium

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I have awoken and passed out completly many times and right before I experience one or all of the folllowing will also occur;diarea, vomit,cold hands & feet, pass out completly. I did a little research and think I may be suffering from hypoklemia. This is freaking me out I still can'tgo to bed because I am waking to make sure I breathe. Can I stop taking Dig and if so are there side affects to that? What should I expect? Please help me!
With chf the heart's contractions are weaker than normal, and digoxin helps provide a stronger beating heart. If one has increased functionality of the heart, the drug may be dropped, also, there can be a tolerance that develops with digoxin that may require discontinuation for a period of time.
It depends a little on why you take it. Digoxin inhibits a active channel in your heart that pumps potassium and sodium ions. It changes the gradient of the ions and leads to increased calcium in the heart. Increased calcium inside the heart cells can lead to a more forceful contraction and improve symptoms and decrease hospitalizations in people with heart failure. It also increases "vagal tone," the arm of your autonomic nervous system responsible for slowing your heart rate.
I found it interesting however, that he has also taken every one of the medications, digoxin, vasotec, and lasix, which the previous patient listed. I would be very interested in your opinion on this. If possible, please pass my email address on to the person who first posted to this list about foot pain and Coreg so that we may compare notes.
Prior to his hospital stay, his only prescribed drugs were Diovan for hypertension, allopurinol for gout, demedex diuretic, cardura diuretic for urinary/prostate, prescription potassium and darvocet for pain, and a daily aspirin.
It can be a tall T wave and the cause includes hyperkalaemia (too much potassium in the blood), hyperacute myocardial infarction (heart attack...heart muscle damage) and left bundle branch block (causes arrhythmia). Usually requires other abnormal wave forms in addition to the t wave abnormality. Causes of small, flattened or inverted T waves are numerous and include ISCHEMIA (blocked or partially blocked arteries), age, race, hyperventilation, anxiety, drinking iced water, LVH, drugs (e.g.
Complete blood cell count Markers for heart injury (enzymes such as troponins and creatine kinase [CK]) Digoxin drug level (in patients taking this medication) Prothrombin time (PT) and international normalized ratio (INR): If you are taking warfarin (Coumadin) to prevent blood clotting, these tests show how well the drug is working to lower your risk of a blood clot.
Both times I stayed four days. One time my sodium and potassium were extremely low and the second time my heart rate was around 170 when I stood up or walked a short distance (any type of activity). After three days and many tests the cardiologist said my heart was very strong but I have vasculitis. He has put me on digoxin and motoprolol both of which I have to monitor and take smaller doses of because the dose he wanted me on lowers my blood pressure too much.
I was in th hospital for four days in December with a high heart rate and low sodium and low potassium and then back in in January with high heart rate and high sed rate. If I got out of bed to brush my teeth the niurse would run in to see if I was ok because my rate would go up to 160 that easily.
Two days after the episode (and after having been given potassium and mag. IVs), I agreed to have an echocardiogram done (mind you, all my ekgs had been normal). The echo showed a severe mitral valve regurgitation, EF of 50% and a "slight heart enlargement" according to the cardiologist. My cardiologist thinks it might be pregnancy related (PPCM). A CT scan 2 days ago showed a 100% normal heart but can't detect regurgitation (EF 47%). My question is: 1.
( I was a regular salt-a-holic) Cut out the salt and potassium in my evening meal /drinks and the next morning my heartbeat turned normal again and has been normal every since. My question is when and if I can I stop taking Digoxin, and Plavix . I have never has a heart problem before the irregular heartbeat, however, Have a family history of heart problems on my fathers side and stoke history on my mothers side. How long does it take Plavix to clean out the artiery plaque?
I can't take beta-blockers such as digoxin or lanoxin and such, as it keeps me bradicardic.. and that's not a good thing. My heart rate is almost always in the 70+s.. but these past few days its been relaly low. Not quite sure what is causing that. I am currently without a cardiologist. I have one.. but I am not comfortable with him Every time I saw him for a check up, he'd look at my EKG and say GREAT!! Your pacemaker is working so good! The thing is .. I DON"T have one!
I have had to go to the hospital twice in the last two months. Both times I stayed four days. One time my sodium and potassium were extremely low and the second time my heart rate was around 170 when I stood up or walked a short distance (any type of activity). After three days and many tests the cardiologist said my heart was very strong but I have vasculitis.
Blood tests show everything but potassium was ok...potassium was high. Certainly things like stress and sleep deprivation can bring out PVCs. As physician we notice that people with anxiety and depression tend to be more bothered by them, but I am not sure that this is a cause. 4.) Since my cardiologist is putting me through all these tests...is he looking for something and not telling me, or just being thorough? I'm mid 30's with no other health problems. I doubt it.
Then starting in November this last year I started having heart palpatations and my pulse was in the 170's. I had to go to the hospital and I had low sodium and low potassium, so low I had to be in the hospital for four days. Once month later (3 weeks ago) my pulse rate went up again evrytime I got up out of bed or off the couch. My pulse was 166 and I had to go to the ER. I was in there for three days before they figured out I have vasculitis around my heart.
And my cardiologist can offer no treatments except digoxin (which seemed to make the arrhythmia worse) and Toporol (a beta blocker which turned me into a zombie after about 4 days). A psychotherapist diagonesed me with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and treated me with EMDR (a mild form of hypnosis). Acupuncture also seemed to help somewhat, mostly for helping me to regain my stamina. I often find that listening to my own heartbeat with a stethoscope seems to help.
I can tell in my case this is Magnesium and potassium and I'm ahving a hard time keeping it in balance. Once you loose your magnesium balance a the cellular level, it can be VERY hard to get it back. May need IV injections, which I may have to talk to my doctor about this week. Most conventional docs won't help you with that, so I may have to find someone in alternative field who is willing to do it. Search the web: Walt Stoll- magnesium, and you can dig through the archives.
Some medicines for treating heart problems or high blood pressure, such as beta-blockers, antiarrhythmics, and digoxin.
My cardiologist is afraid to put me on any medication because of the pregnancy and wants me to lay down as much as possible. My thyroid, sodium, potassium and other bloodlevels are normal. Questions:1. Should I be on medication? If so, what is safe to take during pregnancy? 2. Will the daily tachycardia and irregular heart beats damage my heart? 3. Do I have an increased risk of going back into A-Fib? Are the irregular heart beats the beginning of A-Fib but it is converting back on it's own? 4.
It is not an uncommon EKG tracing, often meaningless and requires supporting evidence for any dx. There are heart drugs e.g., digoxin, quinidine, tricyclics, and many others and there can electrolyte abnormalities of potassium, magnesium, calcium that will cause an non-specific ST- The electrical impulses follow a conductive pathway and non-specific intra ventricular indicates there may be a right side interruption (in matter discussed, can be left side) to an impulse causing dyssynchrony.
My daugher in law has intercranial hypertension and just starting on her 2nd time being placed on the drug acetazolamide, after about a six-eight time period of not needing it. She is now also taking birth control pills and want to know if she can continue taking them or will they interact with the drug and make the acetazolamide not work?
Heart medicines, such as beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, antiarrhythmics, and digoxin can slow the heart rate. I have not found any side effects for the symptoms you have taking adderall. Hope this helps. Thanks for your question and if you have any further questions you are welcome to respond. Take care.
I went to my cardiologist, she increased my digoxin from .25 to .375 and told me that my potassium level was on the lower end of normal to eat a banana or drink a glass of OJ daily. I had asked her if she thought it was some sort of panic attack (I have no prior panic attacks) with really no response other than lets monitor for the next 3 months. Well it has been 3 weeks now and I have woken up at least 2 times a week w/ the same problem.
I just have the a. fib. I am on Rhymol, Cardiazdem, Coumadin, a diauretic, and Potassium. I am also Asthmatic. I guess I am scared it will go out again, what can I do to keep it in normal rhythm? I find myself depressed, and really scared to do alot in fear I will go back. I also can tell when out. The s..o.b., chest pain, achy muscles, and edema. Any answers? This discussion is related to <a href='http://www.medhelp.org/posts/show/238797'>Rythm is perfect afer five months can it last?
I have had to go to the hospital twice in the last two months. Both times I stayed four days. One time my sodium and potassium were extremely low and the second time my heart rate was around 170 when I stood up or walked a short distance (any type of activity). After three days and many tests the cardiologist said my heart was very strong but I have vasculitis.
I have atrial fibrillation.. I have been on Digoxin, Flecanaide and sotolol. The sotolol worked really good for me for a while and then quit working. the digoxin made my heart flutter so bad i had to sleep sitting up.. so i took myself off of that. TheFlecanaide made me feel so very sick..I am going in to have the ablation surgery in April to get rid of the aib. They want you to take the warfin (rat poison) to thin your blood so you dont hve a stroke.
After three weeks her episodes returned to 4 weekly. All occurred with activity and were relieved by rest and sublingual nitro. Her daily medications include Digoxin 0.125 mg, Furosemide 40 mg, Warfarin 5 mg, Lovastatin 20 mg at HS. Captopril 12.5 mg. KCL 20 mEq BID, and the nitroglycerine described above. We are to describe the pharmacological treatments present in this persons treatment plan.
Potassium-binding ability is reduced; avoid concurrent use • Tetracycline, Atenolol and potentially other beta-blockers, iron, fluoroquinolone antibiotics, alendronate, sodium fluoride, and zinc absorption are significantly decreased; space administration times • thiazide diuretics can cause hypercalcemia (milk-alkali syndrome), monitor response • food: 1. food may increase calcium absorption; 2. calcium may decrease iron absorption; 3.
(Event though they did not see ANYTHING, they gave me metoprol) I was told the next time it happens to goto urgent care right away, so they could get an EKG. I went in, and they took and EKG, it came and went and they got thier EKG, afterwards the Doctor gave me some Sotalol and asked me to walk around. It didn't really help and I had to sit down. Eventually they said it was not settlign down and they said it could either stay or wait for it too settle.
When this happend to me, the ER Dr's tried IV Cardizem, Lopressor and Digoxin. All did nothing but drop my bp to 60 palp. Ultimately had to be cardioverted.
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