Quote from Leela_C:Hi zosolizard. I have to tell you that I have had MORE problems since I quit smoking too. I had a really high heart rate (especially in the mornings) so I was put on a beta blocker. I never felt PVCs or PACs until I started taking the beta blocker. I think we feel them more when our heart rates are lower. I had to quit taking the birth control pill back in March and shortly after that my heart rate was dropping too low, so my cardiologist cut my beta blocker dose in half. When I quit smoking my heart rate was getting really low again so I cut the dose in half again. At that point I was only taking 1.25mg of bisoprolol daily. I went to another doctor for something else and my BP was 80/60 and my heart rate was 60. He told me to stop taking the beta blocker at all. Now my heart rate is still in the 50s all day and when I do anything strenuous (like walking up stairs) it will immediately shoot up to 120. They keep telling me there is nothing wrong. I hope they're right and not missing something that is going to kill me! :-) But I'm with you...I think I would rather start smoking again than having to worry about my heart all the time. (Sounds crazy, I know.) What is your heart rate like now on the beta blocker? And what was it before you started the beta blocker? If you don't mind me asking.
Wow your story is pretty interesting. How about it - I often think I'd rather be a smelly, coughing smoker - and then if/when I got seriously ill, at least I'd know what the H*LL caused it!!
My heart scares the crap out of me! Every day. It's really hard to believe this is all BENIGN and normal.
My HR was at about 70 and BP normal (120/75). But both tend to go up & down a lot. I don't know how accurately I am taking my pulse, but I guess my HR is now around 60. I've only been on the BB for 9 days. I'm supposed to see my doctor next week to check everything.
To complicate matters, I just weaned off Xanax (which I started, and became physically dependent on - as a result of the heart problems freaking me out. Doc said "here, take these to calm down).
So I'm very confused about what feelings I'm experiencing are organic (my heart), what are side effects of the Atenolol
, and what are WD's from the Xanax, which can last for a long time!!
I do think I'm feeling a bit worse since starting the atenolol
though - so I may stop it now while I can & just see how things go.