Toprol xl for atrial fibrillation

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My Family Physician put me on 25 mg of Toprol for a premature heartbeat. I took the medicine for about 4 weeks, and all was well. But at about the 4 week period I began getting side effects that were since determined from the medicine. These included dizziness, nausea, severe weakness, heat exhaustion, muscle cramps, etc.
I am currently on 50mg Toprol XL. 40 times a year when I first lay down at night I sense a fluttering in my chest but maintain a normal pulse. I get very light headed, somewhat nauseous and dizzy and fill up with gas. It generally gets worse until I get up and pace the house for twenty minutes, releasing gas by burping. This will sometimes take care of the problem but if it doesn't a half tablet of zanax usually will. Is there a possibility that this fluttering I feel is a-fib?
Too high (or too low) calcium may cause a variety of arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation may have a lot of causes. Most of them are related to structural changes in the left atrium (dilatation or hypertrophy) which tends to worsen BY having atrial fibrillation, which is why atrial fibrillation starts with brief episodes and ends up as a permanent condition. Hypertension seems to be a major risk factor.
Hello, I have been taking toprol xl 25 for about 3 months for palpitations and high blood pressure. Recently I had a visit with an awesome electrophysiologist who is 95% convinved that I have SVT due to my symptomology and triggers. He was happy to do an EP study ASAP but I am not entirely convinced and so I asked to do a holter monitor in 2 weeks and he obliged. Problem is he wants me to completely stop my beta blocker Toprol XL 25 before I strap on the holter monitor. I am terrified!
I guess my question is, do I just keep going drug free (was on Toprol XL, but it had bad side affects and effectiveness wore off), or should I look at a procedure to fix this? (note that when I am in afib during exercise my heart rate goes from 150 to 78-80 (slow ventricular response)). My doc says I am very low risk for stroke determined by the medical rule books (less than 1%) good life style.
He may need medications for his atrial fibrillation. He may also need medicines for the heart enlargement, if the heart is also weak - a cardiologist will be able to sort out all these issues for him. The enlarged heart could predispose to atrial fibrillation, or the atrial fibrillation could have lead to the enlarged heart; it is difficult to say. Since his heart is enlarged and he has atrial fibrillation, he should not drink alcohol at all - it can make both conditions worse.
The day I was released from the hospital, I had an episode of atrial fibrillation. After speaking with the doctor's office, I went to the ER. They recorded a-fib with V-tach (but my EP said the EKG he got from them only showed AF). They gave me cardizem in my IV and a cardizem drip and more cardizem afterwards. I never converted to NSR but they said I could go home after 6 hrs. with a pulse rate of about 130 (and still with very irregular beats).
Heart rate appears to go down immediately after terminating exercise. Had an EP study with ablation in the left atrium for an atrial flutter but had no effect. Have no problems at rest. Did you have Afib at rest?
(PAF episodes occurring once per week and lasting 2-4 hours) I recently (Nov 8, 2007) underwent a pulmonary vein isolation procedure using RF ablation at a major medical center I have continued to take flecanide 100mg bid and toprol xl 12.5mg daily. My episodes of PAF have continued although changed somewhat in character. The rhythm seems less irregular, but I experience the same discomfort and anxiety these episodes have always generated. My question...
I have been on coumadin for 2 years for atrial fib and a prosthetic mitral valve. I have had to hold it for procedures like cardiac cath, surgery etc. Basically, there are little consequences for doing that. Usually I go off for a day or two and then may start Lovenox or Fragmin until the day before the procedure. After the procedure, I start the coumadin again and continue with Lovenox until my INR is therapeutic.
I had a pumonary vein ablation at Cleveland Clinic in October, 2003 to hopefully elininate paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. The procedure was sucessful to the point that I have not had extended periods of Afib since. However, I am cursed with PAC's and bouts of atrial bigeminy whenever I am stressed by exercize or other anxiety. The problem appears to be getting progressively worse. I wore a 24 hour holter monitor recently and my local EP did not see anything that overly concerned him.
Dear fjp, My opinion is that you are an ideal candidate for an atrial fibrillation ablation procedure. You have persistent afib despite medications and have an otherwise normal heart. We are currently able to cure >80% or individuals like yourself with this procedure. If your doctor thinks it would be a good idea to proceed with afib ablation he can make arrangements to have you see Dr. Andrea Natale the day before the ablation. His office number is (216) 444-4293.
I have an extensive cardiac history. I started with uncontrolled Atrial Fibrillation and severe mital valve regurgitation about four years ago. I had the valve replaced but there were problems with how the valve was seated. I developed CHF and in eleven months after the first surgery had to have the valve re-done.
I now have heart palpitations and tachycardia and am on medication for the tachycardia (Toprol XL). What exactly does the Atrial Dialtion mean and can it be the reason for the palpitations and tachycardia? Is this reversible? I am also overweight, will losing weight help? Is it ok to exercise? Should I start on an aspirin a day? I am really scared and dont know what to do. Is there anything I can do? Help please!! My Doctor says dont worry about anything!!!
Is there any evidence that this class of drug (fluoxetine, paroxetine, etc) can precipitate atrial fibrillation in an otherwise healthy 45 year old heart? Thanks for any comments.
it can fire one or more electrical signals independent from the rest of the heart, which may trigger or cause a variety of atrial arrhythmias, where the most common is atrial fibrillation, but also runs of atrial tachycardia (which in some cases initiate atrial fibrillation). They can also produce a fair amount of PACs.
Atrial fibrillation or flutter affects about 5 out of 1000 people. It can affect either sex. Atrial fibrillation is very common in the elderly, but it can occur in persons of any age. Prevention: Follow the health care provider's recommendations for the treatment of underlying disorders. Avoid binge drinking.
I was put on toprol xl. Metroprolol is the generic for toprol xl. I stayed on it for years. I usually took 50 mgs twice daily or 100mgs daily. It is a very mild arrythmia medication. It slows the heart rate and helps keep you from going into afib. I could not take the generic metroprolol... It gave me flu like symptoms... bronchittis, chest congestion etc... but the toprol was fine... It worked about like you are saying it works for you..not perfect but helped. I took it for years...
What are the side effects to Toprol. A: Toprol XL is a long acting version of metoprolol. This drug is a beta-blocker. Potential side-effects of beta-blockers include fatigue, problems with diabetic control, and impotence. Q: It seems that the better physical shape I stay in the less I have a problem with A.F. Could exercise have an impact? A: There is no known effect of exercise on atrial fibrillation (AF). Q: Is a pacemaker an alternative?
david, Thanks for the post. 1. What is the consensus of the medical community in light of the CAST study regarding whether flecainide increases my risk of sudden cardiac death? My cardiologist says the flecainide is safe for me, but is that because, say, doubling a small risk is still small, or because the flecainide doesn't change my risk? The general consensus is that in patients without significant coronary disease, flecanide is an acceptible medication for atrial arrythmias. 2.
What are the side effects to Toprol. A: Toprol XL is a long acting version of metoprolol. This drug is a beta-blocker. Potential side-effects of beta-blockers include fatigue, problems with diabetic control, and impotence. Q: It seems that the better physical shape I stay in the less I have a problem with A.F. Could exercise have an impact? A: There is no known effect of exercise on atrial fibrillation (AF). Q: Is a pacemaker an alternative?
What are the side effects to Toprol. A: Toprol XL is a long acting version of metoprolol. This drug is a beta-blocker. Potential side-effects of beta-blockers include fatigue, problems with diabetic control, and impotence. Q: It seems that the better physical shape I stay in the less I have a problem with A.F. Could exercise have an impact? A: There is no known effect of exercise on atrial fibrillation (AF). Q: Is a pacemaker an alternative?
Atrial flutter is most often associated with a heart attack (myocardial infarction) or surgery on the heart. Atrial fibrillation or flutter affects about 5 out of 1000 people. It can affect either sex. Atrial fibrillation is very common in the elderly, but it can occur in persons of any age. Prevention: Follow the health care provider's recommendations for the treatment of underlying disorders. Avoid binge drinking.
The longer you have increased atrial pressure, the more likely you are to stay in atrial fibrillation. I bet you don't like the way you feel in atrial fibrillation -- now with HCM does. You need the atrial kick to help fill your ventricle. Medications may help keep you out of AF for now, but the future may be more difficult to treat. I am sure you have discussed a defibrillator with your doctor (if you don't already have one). If not, make sure it comes up.
Blood pressure may be normal or low. An ECG shows atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter. Continuous ambulatory cardiac monitoring--Holter monitor (24 hour test)-- may be necessary because the condition is often sporadic (sudden beginning and ending of episodes of the arrhythmia).
Was diagnosed over 4 yrs ago with episodes of superventricular tachycardia/high blood pressure and had been on Toprol XL 100mg since. Within past 6 mo, Ive had episodes of chest pain w/left arm/jaw/neck pain. Ive also had episodes of fluttering/palpitations coming on regularly in the middle of the night, waking me up. Went to a cardiologist that did stress test, showing 3 "pre beats" which was stated indicated possible arrythmia.
Do not know if these were successful or not, any thoughts? thanks for the forum, Thank you for your question. Atrial fibrillation is a difficult condition to control and you have my commendation for continuing on. The treatment you are referring to is called the "Maze procedure". What this procedure does is create multiple blockages in the atrium (the site of atrial fibrillation) and creates a "maze" that channels the rhythm down a normal pathway.
Thank you so much for this forum - it has been very helpful. I am 52 with a long history of mitral valve prolapse & increasing regurgitation. I have also had severe arrythmia problems - both atrial & ventricular. I have been taking flecainide for 10 years and toprol xl for 3 years. Last year I went into congestive heart failure & had to have a mitral valve repair. In preparation for surgery, they discovered my right coronary was 50% blocked.
Good morning - I have been suffering from afib for about 5 years. In the past 5 months my antiarrythmic meds stopped working. Since Aug 25, 2005, I have been to the ER 9 times, for 7 cardioversions, and have been hospitalized once to switch medications. I have poor to non-existent rate control from medication while in afib, and jump around from the 120s to the 170s. I have had a couple episodes of aflutter and sinus tach.
They still put me on Toprol-XL 25mg, After taking Toprol for 3 months, i was feeling fatigued, depressed and thereby i tapered it to 12.5 mg for 3 days and i stopped it. I am a hyper active(personality) and over anxious persion, My resting hear rate is around 80-90bpm.
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