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How Long Have You Been On Beta Blockers?


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Just curious-----------how long have those of you who take beta blockers been on them.

I've been on 60 mgs of propranolol for 16 years,

Today I had another failed attempt at a high speed 64 slice CT scan. They need your heart rate at 60bpm to get a decent picture of your heart and arteries. They were concerned that even if they get my heart rate lowered, the injection of the CT contrast will rise it right back up, so they called Dr. Grubb's office to discuss it with him. I'm not sure what he said, but I went to his office and talked with the nurse about possibly trying a new beta blocker, or adding something else to lower my heart rate. She was pretty cool about it, and I think I'll have to wait until I find a beta blocker that controls my heart rate better.

Maxine :0)

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wow had trouble again that really bites...

Um Ive been on one beta blocker or another now since i was 19.. so likeallmost 6 years.. the past 5 years with no break in between right from one to another.....

good luck with a new bb girl....

:)

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There's a new type of scanner that can be used without beta blockers. They were able to get a clear image of someone's heart with a 180 heartrate without beta blockers. I don't know if it's available in your area yet. It said it was only available in 5 hospitals in the country in October. I heard about it recently (I think on the news). I did a search for you, and I found some information about it: http://www.charlestonbusiness.com/pub/12_22/news/7807-1.html .

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I've been on beta-blockers since 1994. First I was prescribed nadolol and then atenolol. My dosings range from 40mg to 25mg at present so not very high dosing. Higher doses made me feel very fatigued and I was on a higher dose when I was 40lbs heavier than I am now. I guess the weight loss helped lower my blood pressure and the doc thought it unadvisable to have me on higher doses of bb's.

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Thank you so much for your replies!

Guess what Shiner Kitty?-----------------They have one of those type of CT scans at the Cleveland Clinic1

Two hours away from Toledo------------------------ :(

Thank you so much for sending that information! I have saved those Cleveland Clinic pages in my favorites.

http://www.clevelandclinic.org/heartcenter...MRI/default.htm

http://www.gundluth.org/web/glnews.nsf/9ca...33;OpenDocument

http://www.clevelandclinic.org/heartcenter...summer/msct.htm

Thanks so much!

I'll certainly be calling the Cleveland Clinic!

Maxine :0)

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I'm so glad. I really hope you'll be able to have the newer type of CT scan.

I forgot to mention that I can't take beta blockers. They make so many of my symptoms worse (breathing problems, anxiety, chest pain, Raynaud's, fatigue, whiting out/graying out and on and on), and they don't control my heart rate or blood pressure either. I took metoprolol for almost 2 years. I think I took 50 mg. or 100 mg (can't remember anymore). My electrophysiologist wouldn't listen to me when I told him I thought I was having extensive side effects. He wanted me to double the dose. I was taken off it for testing at Mayo and diagnosed with POTS in 1998. I didn't go back on any beta blockers after I found out for sure that they were making me worse.

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