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I'm a reasonably fit 73 year old man and here is my experience of Bisoprolol. In August 2015 I started having fits of what I define as arrhythmia. My pulse went into a '1 2 pause, 1 2 pause rhythm. It lasted for a couple of house and then stopped for no apparent reason. This happened on just 3 or 4 occasions. It resumed in 2016 in August and would fire up in the night. It got so bad that I went to A & E on several occasions. By November 2016 the arrhythmia would start up as soon as I got out of bed in the morning. I was also feeling unwell, with dizzy fits and on a few occasions getting some slight but sinister sensations inside my chest. I was given an Exercise ECG, an echo-cardiogram, a CT scan on a machine designed for coronary analysis, and an MRI scan on a specialist scanner in London to check for muscle failure of the heart. The result was my heart was signed off as mechanically sound and some minor calcification of the arteries was detected. The arrhythmia was put down to electrical malfunctions, with ablation an option. By now I felt as if I had a ticking time-bomb in my chest and from being active was now semi house-bound and feeling very fragile. My heart specialist then put me on Bisoprolol 2.5 mg and instantly the arrhythmia stopped. But the drug itself induced all manner of unpleasant heart palpitations and bouts of ectopic beats that lasted for an hour or so and had my heart heaving around in my chest. I then adjusted my medication to have 1.25mg Bisoprolol morning and night, as I was getting night palpitations and occasionally a racing heart. Night time became a dread for me.To cut a long story short, I've finally started to feel a lot better - in fact I have a sense of well-being I've not experienced for a long time. I've not needed to increase my Bisoprolol dosage, and this drug is really working for me. I hardly ever get an ectopic heartbeat, and the arrhythmia has never returned. The Bisoprolol has reduced my heart rate from over 80 to around 50-55 and my BP is, on average, 136/70. My heart was definitely heading into crisis before taking Bisoprolol, despite the testes indicating that mechanically all was well, and this drug has slowed my heart and given it respite, and enabled it to mend itself. Bisoprolol has really worked for me. And I think the lesson is that one has to give a drug like this a chance to work, and wait for ones body chemistry to adjust. I realise now that I also needed to moderate my lifestyle and stop trying to be as active as I was 30 years ago.
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