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Board: Heart Disorders 11-23-2017, 11:10 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 61
Posted By Machaon
Re: Tachycardic everday!

Hi LilSquishiness! :wave:

Most doctors, when they do not have the knowledge or experience, to properly diagnose a health issue, will ALWAYS diagnose stress or anxiety or panic attacks. Doctors...
Board: Heart Disorders 11-21-2017, 12:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 175
Posted By Machaon
Re: Heart Monitor and Doc Disagreeing

What are your severe health issues?

There are many things that can cause either a high heart rate or higher blood pressure, like caffeine (in coffee, tea, chocolate, energy drinks).

Diet...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 11-15-2017, 01:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 312
Posted By Machaon
Re: Labile Hypertension?

I don't have OCD, but I took my blood pressure over 30,000 times from 1998 thru 2010, or about 7 times per day. I wanted to find out what was causing my high blood pressure and do something about it....
Board: Heart Disorders 11-15-2017, 09:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 213
Posted By Machaon
Re: Heart Attack With An Ejection Fraction Of 25-30

Coreg 3.125 mg twice a day is a small amount. Do they intend to increase the dose over time? This medication also has a tiring and weakening effect.

He has a weakened heart. I have suffered from...
Board: Heart Disorders 11-15-2017, 09:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 172
Posted By Machaon
Re: Can anyone help interpret my 5 year olds echo?

Poor little girl! I hope that you have found the cause of her heart problems and have been offered a good solution!



That is absolutely not normal for a little five year old child. It shows...
Board: Heart Disorders 11-03-2017, 09:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 575
Posted By Machaon
Re: How many PVCs are too many

The electrical impulses running thru my atria are fibrillating all the time. I asked my cardiologist if an ablation was possible. He said, "No way! Your heart is too stretched out and enlarged. We...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 10-29-2017, 09:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 396
Posted By Machaon
Re: Blood pressure at 156/113

Your blood pressure is much too high. There has got to be a cause. Blood pressure medications, on average, only lower the blood pressure an average of about 7 points. That's all!

You and your...
Board: Heart Disorders 10-29-2017, 08:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 575
Posted By Machaon
Re: How many PVCs are too many

In my case, I've got severely enlarged right and left atria, with valve leakage and permanent atria fibrillation, plus asthma/allergies.

I used to get tons of irregular heartbeats. For instance,...
Board: Heart Disorders 10-26-2017, 09:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 575
Posted By Machaon
Re: How many PVCs are too many

I am sure that you will agree that your heart is under constant stress, which is not healthy, especially in the long term.

There are many things that can agitate, or over-excite, one's heart,...
Board: Heart Disorders 10-13-2017, 09:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 431
Posted By Machaon
Re: Random Rapid heart beat prescribed Atenolol

When our body feels like it is under attack, which can come from allergens, pollens, pollutants, chemicals, odors, etc., the adrenal glands pump extra hormones to provide us more energy to fight the...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 10-11-2017, 10:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 695
Posted By Machaon
Re: Eating Healthy still have high BP

Hi Hulagirl2! :wave:

I've had to struggle with Chronically High Blood Pressure, Heart Failure and Insulin Resistance/Pre-Diabetes for almost three decades. Over this time, a lot of the help I got...
Board: Heart Disorders 10-11-2017, 09:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 550
Posted By Machaon
Re: questions about CHF flare ups

Hi kattatudez!

I was first diagnosed with Heart Failure back in January 1987 in the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami. That was the beginning of a real nightmare. I did not really understand...
Board: Heart Disorders 07-16-2017, 12:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 411
Posted By Machaon
Re: Dilated Cardiomyopathy- prognosis?

Coreg (carvedilol) is great at protecting the heart and allowing it to recover. Unfortunately, Coreg comes with a price: tiredness and weakness.

I've 73 and I've had heart failure since 1987. I...
Board: Heart Disorders 04-25-2017, 02:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 828
Posted By Machaon
Re: I have heart arrhythmias and I think I passed out, HELP!!

Hi, Careful1! :wave:

I'm 72 and have been able to deal with Heart Failure and permanent Atrial Fibrillation for 30 years. My heart NEVER wants to beat correctly. When my heart gets too erratic...
Board: Asthma 04-14-2017, 09:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 755
Posted By Machaon
Re: Asthma flare-up in brand new home

I've got both allergic and non-allergic asthma. It took me years of learning and experimenting to get my home asthma-free. Over time, we got rid of some cabinets, rugs, electronics, furniture, etc....
Board: Heart Disorders 04-13-2017, 11:59 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,907
Posted By Machaon
Re: Heart problem newbie

Blood pressure can vary considerably during the day, to a greater extent as we age. Blood pressure also is usually lower during the earlier part of the day and gets higher as the day progresses.
...
Board: Allergies 03-31-2017, 12:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 469
Posted By Machaon
Re: can fragrance allergens include essential oils?

Most articles say that there is absolutely no proof that the electronic pest repellers work against insects or rodents. We wanted to try them for both spiders and ants. They had no effect on ants,...
Board: Allergies 03-31-2017, 09:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 469
Posted By Machaon
Re: can fragrance allergens include essential oils?

Down here in South Florida, we've got a permanent spider problem. I can't use pesticides because I have extremely reactive allergies/asthma.

Instead of pesticides, we've used Electronic...
Board: High Cholesterol 03-31-2017, 09:07 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,047
Posted By Machaon
Re: First symptom of Ageing at 40, high LDL

Before I would go on a lifetime of medications, I would ignore the doctor's irresponsible guess that the cause is genetic and reduce the bad fats and refined carbs in my diet; exercise daily; and...
Board: Heart Disorders 03-30-2017, 12:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,907
Posted By Machaon
Re: Heart problem newbie

There are many of us who have unexplained problems with the way that our hearts beat. There are external or environmental triggers that can negatively effecting our heart's electrical system and...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-29-2017, 12:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 10,168
Posted By Machaon
Re: Foot Drop recovery stories ... Looking for help

I tried something else that seems to work. I just placed the heel of my left foot on a foot stool while sitting in my office chair. If I pull back with my left knee/leg and keep the heel of my left...
Board: Heart Disorders 03-29-2017, 11:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 735
Posted By Machaon
Re: Low Ejection Rate

Does his blood pressure stay low normal during the afternoon, evening and late at night?



I've been on Digoxin for my Heart Failure since 1987. It slows the heart and helps the heart to beat...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-23-2017, 12:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 10,168
Posted By Machaon
Re: Foot Drop recovery stories ... Looking for help

One exercise that might have helped... I found that if I positioned the heel of my left foot over the end of the recliner foot-lift, I could lift my left foot by slightly pulling back my left leg....
Board: Eye & Vision 03-14-2017, 08:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 849
Posted By Machaon
Re: Strange visual symptoms -spots both eyes

One possibility, you might want to research, is Migraine Aura, with or without a headache.

Best of luck and health! :wave:
Board: Heart Disorders 03-04-2017, 01:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 925
Posted By Machaon
Re: Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Stress or anxiety is blamed most of the time, correctly or incorrectly, when the doctor doesn't know what is wrong.



When I was at my worst, the slightest physical effort would strain my...
Board: Heart Disorders 03-02-2017, 10:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 925
Posted By Machaon
Re: Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Sorry to hear of your diagnosis. I also suffer from non ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy. Mine was caused by an uncontrolled rapid heart beat that I let continue for 7 months, until the breathing...
Board: Heart Disorders 02-26-2017, 09:32 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 531
Posted By Machaon
Re: Tachycardia 150 bpm 2 hours from brief cigarette exposure

I am 72 and asthmatic. After I quit smoking I became very sensitive to cigarette smoke, even to the extent of getting nauseous, fast heart rate, wheezing and feeling very ill after being exposed to...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 02-24-2017, 07:17 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 711
Posted By Machaon
Re: Pressure Question

There are two kinds of stress, physical stress and mental stress, both of which can effect blood pressure.

If physical stress, or physical work, causes significantly higher blood pressure then...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 02-23-2017, 10:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,629
Posted By Machaon
Re: BP Spiked

I was very sick and weak, and had very high blood pressure 24 hours per day for years, despite numerous meds! I've taken my blood pressure almost 31,000 times since 1998 and used the readings,...
Board: Heart Disorders 02-06-2017, 07:52 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 239
Posted By Machaon
Re: Coated Meds

Hi vooda!

When I was on multiple meds, I found out that I could avoid unpleasant interactions between the meds by spacing the doses at least an hour apart. In one case, I had to separate the...
Board: Heart Disorders 01-28-2017, 12:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 735
Posted By Machaon
Re: fluttery feeling in chest

If the complex electrical signals flowing thru the heart have issues then you can have palpitations, PACs, PVCs, Atrial Fibrillation or flutter, tachycardia, pauses, skipped beats, and even a normal...
Board: Heart Disorders 01-27-2017, 08:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 735
Posted By Machaon
Re: fluttery feeling in chest

Palpitations effect the heartbeat. If your heart beats regularly then you might not be suffering from palpitations, but with problems with your heart's rhythm. An EKG would quickly detect any...
Board: Heart Disorders 01-22-2017, 09:39 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 469
Posted By Machaon
Re: Severely enlarged left atrium

Hi Ladybud! I hope that you are doing well today! :wave:

Your previous echos did not show a severely enlarged left atrium. How long ago were those echos? If relatively recent, it seems strange...
Board: Eye & Vision 01-11-2017, 07:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,343
Posted By Machaon
Re: Seeing a transparent circle in each eye!?

Your vision "circles" could be migraine auras, which can effect the vision with, or without the headache. I get similar vision disturbances without the headache. The vision distortion is caused by...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 12-21-2016, 08:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 917
Posted By Machaon
Re: High BP only at night

Hi shajal!

Higher blood pressure readings at night could be a symptom of insulin resistance, which is a pre-diabetic condition, in which blood sugar readings can be normal. It's called...
Board: Diabetes 12-01-2016, 09:38 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 671
Posted By Machaon
Re: Pre diabetis & in a rut.

If it were me, I would continue to cut the carbs, and if necessary, make sure to limit carbs to low glycemic carbs like broccoli, green beans, peas, Romaine lettuce, etc; until I could eat without...
Board: Asthma 12-01-2016, 09:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,116
Posted By Machaon
Re: Cats

Have you tried sleeping over your friend's place?

In my case, my asthma is so sensitive to cats and dogs that my asthma will act up even if the animal stays permanently in another part of my...
Board: High Cholesterol 11-03-2016, 01:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,441
Posted By Machaon
LDL 179; Non HDL 190; Total 270; HDL 80; Triglycerides 57 - Your views on my results

Latest results: LDL 236; Non HDL 248; Total 322; HDL 74; Triglycerides 62, VLDL 12.

I don't smoke. Don't drink alcohol. Eat about 1400 calories per day, divided into six meals. The increase in my...
Board: Exercise & Fitness 11-03-2016, 09:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 592
Posted By Machaon
Re: Heart Valve Poblem With Weight Lifting Machines

Hi needto exercise! Hope you are doing well this morning! :wave:

I'm 72 dealing with Heart Failure with both atriums severely enlarged; permanent Atrial Fibrillation; and mild to moderate problems...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 10-18-2016, 12:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,418
Posted By Machaon
Re: Confused about my blood pressure?

I am more concerned about if the resting pressure within my veins, arteries, organs, etc., is high or unhealthy; especially if it is constantly high. But, high Systolic is also unhealthy.



In...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 10-17-2016, 01:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,418
Posted By Machaon
Re: Confused about my blood pressure?

In order to get Diabetes Type 2, one must first become Insulin Resistant. Insulin processing is an extremely important process, and when dysfunctional, as is the case with Insulin Resistance, can...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 10-17-2016, 09:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,418
Posted By Machaon
Re: Confused about my blood pressure?

Hi Chris! :wave:

I can't directly answer your questions, but I will add what I have learned about my own blood pressure fluctuations, by showing how much my blood pressure fluctuates, throughout...
Board: Sleep Disorders 10-13-2016, 09:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 826
Posted By Machaon
Re: No relieve or answers from constant sleeping problems?

You might be reacting to your bed. The bed is one of the most unhealthy places in the home.

There are many chemicals associated with beds, such as fabric softeners, dyes, detergents, fire...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 10-06-2016, 08:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 618
Posted By Machaon
Re: Germs

Lysol contains things like Ethanol, Butane, Propane, Ethanolamine, Isobutane, Alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium saccharinate, MEA-Borate, MIPA-Borate and Ammonium Hydroxide. :eek:

Are you sure you...
Board: Diabetes 10-04-2016, 02:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,046
Posted By Machaon
Re: I think I've tried it all with no success

It's been over two months since your post. I just came across it. I was wonder how you were doing? Any success?

I've had my Diabetes and Insulin Resistance totally under control solely through...
Board: Heart Disorders 09-30-2016, 08:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 986
Posted By Machaon
Re: The Pause After a PVC

I've got heart failure with severely enlarged right and left atria; along with some heart valve damage and permanent Atrial Fibrillation. That said, in order to survive with a good quality of life,...
Board: Vitamins & Supplements 09-21-2016, 12:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 925
Posted By Machaon
Re: Low D Please Help

How much do you trust your doctor?

It isnít a very useful thing for most people to know their vitamin D level. Most experts canít agree on what constitutes a low vitamin D level. Some define it as...
Board: Eye & Vision 09-20-2016, 08:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 577
Posted By Machaon
Re: Eyes and computers

I've been programming computers since 1962 and have been staring at computer screens for over 30 years, both at work and at home, for many hours per day.

It hasn't seemed to effect my vision at...
Board: Heart Disorders 09-17-2016, 10:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 479
Posted By Machaon
Re: Athlete's heart w/ Myocarditis or Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy?

Your young friend has both heart muscle damage (Cardiomyopathy), heart enlargement (Hypertrophy), which could provide some explanation for her SOB(shortness of breath) and chest pains.

A strong...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 09-14-2016, 10:31 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 814
Posted By Machaon
Re: Feel Better w/Higher BP

Higher blood pressure frequently makes one feel better. You feel better when the higher blood pressure is caused by an increase in adrenal hormones. The increased hormones raise the blood pressure...
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