Re: Echo cardiogram and SSS
Did the doc mention atrial fibrillation (afib) as a possibility? afib causes a very fast and sometimes erratic heartbeat. I think it would show on the EKG, though.
I have experienced both brachycardia and afib within the last couple of years. Brachy caused a heart rate of 29 to 30 bpm. Atrial fibrillation sent it to about 165 bpm. On two separate occasions, my heart had to be shocked to convert the afib back to normal sinus rhythm.
My cardiologist took me off coreg and digitalis (which evidently were causing the brachycardia), and put me on another beta blocker (sotalol) for the afib. So my heart now beats at a steady 45 to 55 rate, and I've had no further episodes for over a hear.
If your doctor isn't a cardiologist, I'd suggest that he refer you to one. I have an excellent primary care physician, but want my cardiologist to take care of my heart problems.
Last edited by Fizzickle; 11-20-2004 at 09:22 AM.