Skipping heart beats
My dad's heart skipping its beats, he's 86 years old, smoker. It's been a year since he'd noticed this problem. His blood pressure averages 150/78/73.
He went to a doctor & got some medications but no help, so he stopped taking them a long ago (6months).
His heartbeat goes the following way:
3 beats 1 skip - this continues about 20 times, then it goes back to normal about over 100 beats then starts again. During this irregular beats he feels no weakness, leghtheadness, short of breath; just feels normal.
His current medication's are nifedipin for high blood pressure when it goes up, but not that often, and bayer (aspirin) daily.
I don't know what else could help him besides the medications he's taking. He takes daily walk about a 1/2 mile, drinks coffee but I had him cut it a month ago.
Smoking??? can't help it, he'd die rather quitting.
Please advise, what should he do in regards to diet & other regular activities.
Are there any good websites with helpful info about heart disorders?
Last edited by r00kie; 11-06-2006 at 02:42 PM.