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Old 08-09-2003, 08:54 PM   #1
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Question Alternatives to Beta Blockers?

I am 27 years old and I had an ablation 2.5yrs ago for SVT. Turns out I had 2 places but one was too close to my natural pacemaker so they skipped it. I also had a pacer implanted 6mo later for bradycardia. I hate having a pacer this young but it did fix the problem. Now I still have lots of SVT runs and PVC's. I realize they are not dangerous themselves but they come with chest pain, make me sick and dizzy and it's just very uncomfortable. I have to stop what I'm doing and lay down. Anyway, my cardio put me on Verapamil which helps a bit but not enough. He said what I really need are beta blockers but because I have asthma, I can't take them. He said there is nothing they can do at this point. I asked them to do another ablation to take out the other SVT spot since I already have a pacer now anyway but he wasn't willing to do that. I've seen 2 EP's who agree. Ok, I know it's not life or death, but it does affect my quality of life and I have 3 kids to keep up with. My question is, can anything else stop SVT and PVC's besides beta blockers? Anyone had this problem before?

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Old 08-10-2003, 03:42 PM   #2
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I suffer from tachycardia, and have tried beta blockers in the past. From researching the alternatives, I can tell you that SSRI drugs, such as Zoloft and others in that category, are one alternative. There must be other alternatives besides SSRI drugs, but in the meantime that's something to look into, and there are lots of those to try.

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