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Board: Heart Disorders 04-23-2015, 07:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 224
Posted By Machaon
Re: Echocardiogram results

Hi Amy! :wave:

Your EF is a slightly low and your stroke volume is low, IMHO. One thing to consider is the expertise of the echocardiogram technician and how well he or she was able to do the...
Board: Heart Disorders 04-22-2015, 12:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 169
Posted By Machaon
Re: change from amiodarone to Sotalol failed

I just got the script filled and started taking it at home.
Board: Heart Disorders 04-21-2015, 04:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 169
Posted By Machaon
Re: change from amiodarone to Sotalol failed

That was nice of you to say. Thanks! :wave:



I have never had a problem either increasing, decreasing or starting Coreg. But... it does really tire me out, and sap my energy, especially in the...
Board: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 04-21-2015, 08:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 279
Posted By Machaon
Re: Cause of IBS

I just recovered from a nasty bout of IBS-M, which started as a result of a chemical encounter. In fact, my previous bout of IBS-M was also caused by chemical fumes.

Prior to that I suffered from...
Board: Heart Disorders 04-21-2015, 08:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 169
Posted By Machaon
Re: change from amiodarone to Sotalol failed

Sorry that you had such a nerve-wracking experience.

Most of the time, doctors/cardiologists are just guessing what meds to use on a particular patient. They use trial and error. If one med...
Board: Sinus Problems 04-21-2015, 07:47 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 148
Posted By Machaon
Re: Persistent Light sensitivity

Hi! :wave:

Is your vision blurred, at all? Ever been tested for cataracts?
Board: Sinus Problems 04-17-2015, 08:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 176
Posted By Machaon
Re: Vasoconstrictor Herbs for sinus congestion?

From what I know, Ephedra based products were banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in 2004 because of links to many cases of stroke, irregular heart rhythm, and death. So... it...
Board: General Health 04-13-2015, 04:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 294
Posted By Machaon
Re: I've had a physical problem for 7 years, losing all hope, please help

Amazing effort and dedication! One would think that you would be rewarded by feeling great and sleeping great and waking up refreshed in the morning, albeit a little stiff from all of the physical...
Board: Heart Disorders 04-12-2015, 11:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 291
Posted By Machaon
Re: Feels like my heart stops and then starts again.

You might want to research Paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT) and see if the symptoms match up with what you experience.

With PSVT, the beginning of an episode can begin with a pause...
Board: Ear, Nose & Throat 04-11-2015, 12:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 240
Posted By Machaon
Re: Thick mucus problem

For many years, I used to suffer from multiple sinus infections each year. There were many visits to ENTs, many prescriptions for antibiotics and much misery.

I finally found a way to rid myself...
Board: Eye & Vision 04-10-2015, 08:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 538
Posted By Machaon
Re: Far/Far IOLs for cataracts, or Far/Near?

I hope that you are doing very well after your cataract surgery! My wife is going to need cataract surgery in both eyes.

Did you have laser or conventional surgery?



How is your vision...
Board: Allergies 04-07-2015, 11:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 290
Posted By Machaon
Re: In "agony" from vacuuming????

Deke, what kind of vacuum is it? Is it a Hepa Filter (High-efficiency particulate arrestance) vacuum? Hepa filter vacuums greatly restrict the amount of particulate that gets recirculated into the...
Board: Asthma 04-06-2015, 12:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 320
Posted By Machaon
Re: Need some advice on breathing problems

Hi Chris! :wave:

Sorry to hear about your health problems.



The bed is one of the worst places for an allergic or non-allergic asthmatic; or allergy sufferer.

The mattress, blankets,...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 04-06-2015, 08:15 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 150
Posted By Machaon
Foot Drop suffered May 2014, now almost completely better.

Last May, 2014, I woke up and was not able to lift my left toes or the front of my left foot. When I walked, my left foot would drag on the floor and I would constantly trip; and I limped quite...
Board: Lung & Respiratory Disorders / COPD 04-05-2015, 04:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 179
Posted By Machaon
Re: Pulmonary Embolism Came back Again

I don't mind being on a blood thinner the rest of my life. I've been on the blood thinner Warfarin for 28 years. I get my blood tested every six weeks. I experience no side effects.

If I didn't...
Board: Diabetes 04-04-2015, 09:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 275
Posted By Machaon
Re: Type 2

Hi Toypoodle!

Treatment for Diabetes 2 can be either medication, diet and exercise, or both.
Board: Heart Disorders 04-04-2015, 06:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 331
Posted By Machaon
Re: Heart dropping feeling.

I don't think that heart murmurs are felt. The heart murmur sound is picked up via a stethoscope.

By "dropping" do you mean "skipping a beat", or "beating, once in a while a little harder than...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 04-04-2015, 06:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 273
Posted By Machaon
Re: Why is Blood Pressure Radically Different in Each Arm?

It could be that the blood pressure guage is not lining up correctly over the brachial artery on one arm versus the other.

The brachial artery runs up on the inside of the upper arm.
Board: General Health 04-02-2015, 07:51 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 166
Posted By Machaon
Re: Spider bite

Any time that I get bit by an insect (usually red ants), I immediately blend a thick paste of 3% hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, and apply it to the site. By the next day, my discomfort is...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 03-16-2015, 08:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 688
Posted By Machaon
Re: My Blood Pressure Soars at Night

No. As I had posted, "HBP spikes at night are very common with either Diabetes or a pre-Diabetes condition called Insulin Resistance."

Over time, a diet too high in carbohydrates, for your...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 03-13-2015, 01:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 688
Posted By Machaon
Re: My Blood Pressure Soars at Night

HBP spikes at night are very common with either Diabetes or a pre-Diabetes condition called Insulin Resistance. I am surprised that your doctor did not know this. Even if you do not have either...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 03-13-2015, 12:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 391
Posted By Machaon
Re: Blood Pressure monitor recommendation

I've used the Omron HEM-711 for thousands of readings and they have all been quite accurate and basically matched what I also get at the doctor's/cardiologist's office. I was at the doctor's office...
Board: Shingles 02-27-2015, 11:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 587
Posted By Machaon
Re: Only itching, tingles but sick 4 weeks

Diagnosing Shingles, thru blood tests, is not necessarily accurate, especially when there is no rash and no pain.



If it were me, I would look into other opinions of my malady, just in case...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 02-24-2015, 11:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 303
Posted By Machaon
Re: Atenolol vs ARB

Sounds like Atenolol is an effective, if not perfect medication for you to take. Personally, I prefer Coreg (Carvedilol), a non-selective beta blocker, which has more side effects, but it is more...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 02-24-2015, 08:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 368
Posted By Machaon
Re: high day time blood pressure , normal night time pressures ?

During your daytime readings, were you physically active? Were you at work?

It is quite expected to have lower blood pressure readings, and lower heart rate, while someone is at rest. I would...
Board: Asthma 02-23-2015, 12:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 410
Posted By Machaon
Re: Miserable

Hi Lissaleigh88! :wave:

I am sorry that you are in so much misery with your asthma. I thought that I would provide some feedback based on my own personal experiences.

I would assume that, if...
Board: Heart Disorders 02-23-2015, 11:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 226
Posted By Machaon
Re: Results of a CT angio:

I can offer what happened in my case.

I had high cholesterol, high triglycerides, chronic high blood pressure, heart failure, leaky heart valves and permanent atrial fibrillation. In other words...
Board: Heart Disorders 02-23-2015, 11:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 327
Posted By Machaon
Re: Sub Acute Endocarditis?

Doctors and medical specialists are mere humans. They got into medical care rather than car repair or financial services. When they don't have an answer, they can either say that they have no idea,...
Board: Heart Disorders 02-21-2015, 11:24 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 208
Posted By Machaon
Re: Worried About my Heart

Your endocrine system produces hormones that can stimulate, or over-excite your heart, raise your blood pressure, make you dizzy, cause headaches, along with all kinds of other problems and...
Board: Exercise & Fitness 02-20-2015, 07:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 319
Posted By Machaon
Re: Out of breath after going up stairs?

Going up stairs is very strenuous and uses different muscles than running. I'm 70 and I have heart failure. Whenever I go to a multi-story building, when possible, I will take the stairs instead of...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 02-20-2015, 06:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 306
Posted By Machaon
Re: High blood pressure/high blood sugar/Hip Replacement

If I was going to have major surgery, I would want to be as healthy as possible prior to surgery. I would, at least, make sure that the doctors and surgeons were well aware of any health problems...
Board: Asthma 02-13-2015, 08:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 390
Posted By Machaon
Re: Exercise improves my Asthma symptoms!

Exercising not only used to help to relieve my asthma, exercise also helped to open up my sinuses. I used to go to the stairwell, at work, and run up and down the stairs, especially when my sinuses...
Board: Heart Disorders 02-10-2015, 12:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 334
Posted By Machaon
Re: Desperate for a diagnosis. Ill for 4 months :((((

If it were me, I would look into Asthma and either Diabetes or Insulin Resistance, to either rule them in or out.

How is your diet? Is it high in carbs?



Asthma is a very complex disease....
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 02-10-2015, 11:58 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 324
Posted By Machaon
Re: Atenolol & Amlodipine issues

Sorry to hear about your heart disease. I have severely enlarged atrium, which, apparently, will never get any better. I used to have thickening of my left ventricle walls, but that has greatly...
Board: Dental Health 02-08-2015, 12:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,410
Posted By Machaon
Re: Best Fluoride-Free Toothpaste?

For what it is worth, I've brushed my teeth with 3% Hydrogen Peroxide for decades. It hasn't seemed to do any harm and it has been great for my gums!
Board: Heart Disorders 02-08-2015, 11:54 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 367
Posted By Machaon
Re: Please help me interpret echocardiogram results

We've had similar experiences with palpitations and tachycardia. My heart would race to 160 bpm. I also suffered from chronic high blood pressure. Doctors were not able to get my blood pressure down...
Board: Lung & Respiratory Disorders / COPD 02-06-2015, 08:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 394
Posted By Machaon
Re: shortness of breath

As we age our body and our metabolism ages and changes. Plus... colds, infections, environmental changes, diets; can all effect us. Our metabolism, and how our body works, are extremely complicated....
Board: Lung & Respiratory Disorders / COPD 02-04-2015, 12:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 394
Posted By Machaon
Re: shortness of breath

Are you still taking Coreg, Adalat, Lisinopril, and/or Losartan?

Any or all of those drugs can cause shortness of breath, or asthma symptoms, especially at night.
Board: Heart Disorders 02-02-2015, 09:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 283
Posted By Machaon
Re: 27 High Heart Rate - Concerned

Dizziness, while hiking outside, could be either related to allergies/asthma, the heart not pumping as well as it should, or both.

Do you have allergies? Allergies can cause the adrenal glands to...
Board: Heart Disorders 01-31-2015, 07:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 345
Posted By Machaon
Re: Scared to go to the doctor because it sounds like the heart

You might be effected by allergies and/or environmental sensitivities. Reactions to the triggers, of these health problems, include breathing problems, fatigue, problems concentrating, discomforts,...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 01-31-2015, 06:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 506
Posted By Machaon
Re: Resistant Hypertension

In my case, I found that most of my health issues; and chronic, high blood pressure problems came from my diet and my pre-diabetic condition (Insulin Resistance). I went on a frequent eating, low...
Board: Diabetes 01-28-2015, 12:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 657
Posted By Machaon
Re: "Pre-diabetes"

I experienced a rapid weight loss and dropped from 180 pounds to 130 pounds in a short period of time.



The weight loss was not a factor in my recovery. The weight loss was just the result...
Board: Diabetes 01-28-2015, 11:55 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 313
Posted By Machaon
Re: On pills, need to follow diet???

It would amaze me if his Diabetes was well controlled, regardless of his medication.

The longer that he continues to abuse his body with alcohol and an unhealthy diet, the worse his Diabetes and...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 01-28-2015, 11:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 697
Posted By Machaon
Re: Fluctuation in blood pressure

Rising evening blood pressure could be a sign of a diet too high in carbohydrates.
Board: Dental Health 01-28-2015, 09:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,646
Posted By Machaon
Re: Filling in gold crown after root canal

My endo said that he was supposed to use a temporary filling, but used a permanent one instead.

I told my current dentist that I thought that the use of a temporary filling was wrong and just...
Board: Asthma 01-27-2015, 12:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 477
Posted By Machaon
Re: Chest tightness and effort to breathe with asthma

I am so very sorry that you have had such a bad time with your asthma. I've got asthma and heart failure and permanent atrial fibrillation, all of which can cause breathing problems. It drives me...
Board: High Cholesterol 01-24-2015, 10:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 632
Posted By Machaon
Re: Statin induced Diabetes and ext. High choleterol

I used to have high Cholesterol around 300 and high Triglycerides around 500; and high blood sugar readings, back around 13 years ago. I never went on statins or metformin. I preferred to try diet...
Board: Asthma 01-23-2015, 09:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 636
Posted By Machaon
Re: Does this sound like asthma? Need advice, very confused

My asthma has come in many varieties, from severely constricted breathing, where I wasn't able to breath either in or out (with my heart either pounding thru my chest, or weakly beating very fast);...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 01-18-2015, 11:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 988
Posted By Machaon
Re: Huge Spike Early Evening - Urgent

I had chronic, untreatable high blood pressure for many years, until I finally started getting a handle on it in 2004. I had to take my blood pressure almost 31000 times from 1998 thru 2010. I was...
Board: Death & Dying 01-17-2015, 07:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 607
Posted By Machaon
Re: Two sons died instantly in a car accident on July 4 2014

I am so sorry that this happened to your sons and you.



I cannot imagine how very difficult this has been for you.



I think that your sons would not wish this upon you. Your sons would...
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