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 Do heart problams run in family?
I never new my mum or her side of the family when i was growning up and after finding them i found out my sister has heart problems and she just told me today my mum has found out she has something ...

 is 140/90 super high for blood pressure.. (more details inside)?
i was at the doctors yesterday and when they took my blood pressure they said it was 140/90. i asked her if that was good and she said it was high.

i don't work in the medical field ...

 A friend's husband is going to the hospital tomorrow for a heart procedure.?
The doctor intends to install a stent, but depending on what he finds, might have to do open heart surgery. These are all the details I have. I am just wondering if this is NORMAL? We live in an ...

 My mother is hypertension, I want to know how to lower blood pressure? Thank you!?

 Is it possible to die of a broken heart?
and if so, than why am I still walking? Because I feel my soul has been stolen from me, what now?
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Thank u, all answers are appreciated. But if I were referring to ...

 why my girlfriend's heart always beats fast?
my girlfriend has a very weak body n sometimes she throws up,she always looks for pills and doctors and tests but they said there is nothing wrong with her,her heart beats fast even without being ...

 recipes to help lower blood pressure?
Hi I have high blood pressure , I am on medication but I also want to help lower it through my food intake. Can anyone recommend any good websites that do recipes which can help manage blood pressure?...

 do i have heart problems or am i unfit?
Ok i am 40lbs overweight, i ran 150m well there abouts when i say ran i jogged realy anyway during that 150m in my chest i had throbbing pains i could feel my heart beating fast and everytime it ...

 Is something wrong with my heart?
I am a 47 yr female, with heart disease on both sides of the family. My mother had stints at 48. The problem is my heart feels as though it is flipping over in my chest. Several times a day. My neck ...

 Does high cholestrol cause high blood pressure?

 Can someone that has a heart condition still play sports?
My friend has a heart problem and can't play sports even though she is really good. I am very sad for her and want to know if there is anything she can do about it. Please help....

 Can hot bath help lower blood pressure?
My blood pressure has benn so high that the meds don't ...

 Is there a more effective treatment for my erratic heartbeat than what I'm currently receiving?
I am 55 and have been under treatment for an erratic heartbeat since I was in my late 20's. However, the treatment I'm presently receiving - 320 mg. of Inderal per day plus 1.5 mg of Xanax -...

 heart and arm pain ? plaease help?
I keep on gettin heart pain and upper arm pain in my left arm
im kinda gettin scared now about it ...
any ideas on wat it is??...

 Could I be heading for a heart attack?
I've had major depression for a few years now and I feel like it puts a lot of stress on my body, it's on my mind constantly. I read that if you have suffered from depression for a long ...

 What could be the cause of my chest pain?
I'm 18 years old and I've been having pain in my chest, not so much the middle, but more towards the left, for almost a week. I've had pain like this before, and my mom told me it was ...

 How do you lower your cholesterol levels without taking medication?
does exercise help?...

 I have a heart condition and feeling week. What should I do?

 Medical Scenario! Whats wrong with her?
56 year old female
*Shortness of breath, occasional pain between shoulder blades
*Suffers from intermittent heartburn, little relief from antacids
*Post menopausal for 8 years

 can very skinny people get high b/p?
can very skinny people still get high blood preasure? 90 lbs and 5.`5...

I'm 20 is my heart problem life threatening?
I have had supraventricular tachycardia since birth. I have been to doctors and specialists since I was 13 years old. I had a heart ablation when I was 18 years old. The ablation was a failure. My heart beats get up to 200 BPM when I exercise or do anything like clean, run, work etc. I have been back to the Cardiologist about a year and a half ago and he recommended either beta blockers or a pace maker... I don't want to do either.... Can this be life threatening? Should I seek another doctors opinion? Should I do anything about it? Sometimes it's hard to just get up in the morning... I WANT A NORMAL LIFE! But, beta blockers can be dangerous... I have severe allergies and have to take meds daily for them... I have asthma and require an inhaler... I also get chronic pneumonia... Any advice and/or help will be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks
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To answer some questions out there as to why I haven't seen my doctor within the last year and a half is due to family medical reasons. My father passed away in March from a long 2 year fight with cancer and I guess for the moment I stopped caring about myself and my health issues and concentrated on him. Now that he is not suffering anymore I feel like it's my place now to take care of myself. I agree that a pace maker would be my last choice. And I have gotten many good ideas... First stop is to get a second or maybe thrid opinion. The cardiologist didn't give me any reason as to why the ablation failed... but, he didn't realy give me the option of another ablation. I had no idea that there were other options as far as beta blocker like meds out there... I will have to look into it... Thank you everyone for your help!! I really appreciate it!

dont worry about your heart. heart problems start at age 40 eat healthy exercise thats what my grandfather did and now he is fine and he still goes to work!

there is other meds for this
and if you have to have a pace maker then you have to
you must do what ever will make you feel better

Dinty Moore
I don't know how you can take beta blockers when you are an asthmatic. If that was me I would get a second and maybe a third opinion. You want to know why the ablation failed. Is it worth another try. Maybe see if you can be seen at an academic University center that handles referrals of difficult cases. it doesn't sound life threatening but you don't know how things are going to shake out in regard to your heart as your get older. There are many meds available, most with some side effects of one form or another but beta blocker doesn't sound like a real good choice.

whitney houston
your still here girl! dont give up hope, and dont stress. plenty of people in this world, have heart problems. ask your doctors whom is the prime source. Good hope bye!

valerie w
don't play with your heart rate talk to your Dr. about this!
I to have asthma and use inhaler 3 times a day plus I use breathing machine and my Dr. told me if heart rate goes up to call him. I have rapped heart rate since birth.

maheswari m
This Patient Guide is written for the loved ones of heart patients who are dealing with the short-term stress that comes with a test, procedure or recent diagnosis of heart disease. It explains why support is so important to a loved one with heart disease. It also offers practical strategies on how to support a loved one while also taking care of yourself

politically correct
Yes, SVT can be life-threatening. To me, worst-case scenario is not death, but STROKE; to me, partial paralysis is worse than death. Otherwise, if you have untreated SVT for a long time, you can develop heart failure. Heart failure is one sure way to NOT ever lead a normal life again; especially if it ends up meaning you need a heart transplant.

If you want a normal life, you should seriously discuss SVT treatment options with your doctor. Beta-blocker will help prevent runs of SVT that you get, and a pacemaker would help to stop a run of SVT if you get one. This would HELP you lead a noraml life. May you could ask your doc for an alternative to a beta-blocker? There are lots of choices out there. You're already taking daily meds, so what's one more pill? If you don't trust your cardiologist, go get a second opinion.

One last thing - are you sure you're not depressed?

Sounds like you're pretty frustrated for sure!!

What I can tell you, however, is that it looks like there's options available, but you have yet to commit. Perhaps this is due in part to a failed ablation attempt, or a fear of taking medication. Either way, it's your decision.

A heart rate of 200 bpm sounds pretty scary and concerning to me. Yet...you are not treating it, and believe that beta-blockers are dangerous? I can assure you, a heart rate of that magnitude is far more dangerous than a beta-blocker will ever be. You need medication, and that's about all you can do....for now.

Your ablation failed, likely due to the fact that a heart of such a young person can (and often will) find alternate pathways very quickly. If you had a repeat in your 20s, you may be more successful.

Beta-blockers are not "that" dangerous...even if you have asthma. Non beta 1 specific blockers ARE contraindicated in people who have asthma, but we don't often use them much. Even with people who may have asthma, I often use a beta-blocker named "Toprol XL," quite often // but at LOW doses. The higher in dose you go, the less beta 1 specific they get.

An alternative to using a beta-blocker would be to use a "Calcium Channel Blocker." I would propose the use of one named "Cardizem." It will help to control the rate of the heart, but without the potential for respiratory side effects that beta-blockers give.

Of course, a pace maker should be the last resort, and after ALL medication options have been exhausted. I think you really should reconsider the medication part of this (especially the Cardizem), as I can almost guarantee you that (a) you'll start to feel much better soon, and that (b) you will improve your own safety as a result.

No one WANTS to have to take a pill, but in this case, I don't think you have much of a choice. There may be opportunity to repeat the ablation later in life, so that you may NOT have to take medication to help this matter. Just a thought.

Having not seen your cardiologist in over a year and a half makes me wonder just how important this issue is for you. I realize you're scared and worried, but you really need to discuss some alternative options so that you can be relieved of these symptoms. A rapid heart rate like that is VERY threatening to your health, and to the life of your heart. You only have one, so treat it well.

Please....talk with your doctor soon. If you start the Cardizem, I'm certain you'll be glad you did.

All the best.

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