Originally Posted by jdr
I asked her again what target range I should be in, and she said it didn't matter as long as I wasn't having symptoms.
This REALLY amuses me. What I couldn't resist would be to tell the doctor that I want to stop taking all hypertensive meds.
He would ask, "WHY? your numbers are too high!"
And I would reply "those numbers didn't matter as long as I wasn't having symptoms.
If I had a drum with me I'd also play a little rat-tat-tat.
<I tend to be a bit "cheeky"
There is ONE big danger to beta blockers...certain kinds of heart attacks depend for survival on the effects of adrenal hormones to keep the heart beating through the crisis. Beta-blockers block these hormones so some people who might otherwise survive the heart attack, but for the beta blockers, DIE instead.
On bradycardia, I'd say that a rate in the 50's is not too low PROVIDING that exercise tolerance remains at a decent level. If you dip into the 40's time for a doseage adjustment or another drug class.
Beta blockers are best for people with hypertension AND angina or tachycardia...not so wise a choice with only hypertension.