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Old 01-04-2013, 05:33 PM   #9
Join Date: Dec 2003
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pohjonen HB User
Re: beta blockers reduce the heart rate

I spent Christmas in the hospital because I was having chest discomfort and a very fast, irregular heartbeat - that being 140 sitting still and quite high blood pressure as well. I was ultimately diagnosed with Multifocal Atrial Tachycardia and a Wandering Atrial Pacemaker. In other words, too many electrical impulses from different places telling my heart when to beat. I was put on metoprolol 75 mg twice a day. My blood pressure is normal now and my pulse is in the 80's (which is slow for what I am accustomed to, even when I was normal) and even goes into the 70's sometimes. I no longer have what was becoming the familiar sensation of my heart galloping along like a humming bird on crack. I am more comfortable then I have felt in years. The beta blocker is like a wonder drug for me. It's like coming off of a 15 year adrenalin rush. Or the short answer - YES.