ectopic heart beats

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hi All im just hoping for some advice, around 12 months ago i started with ectopics beats. to say they scared me would be an understatement but after having a holter monitor and a echocardiagram the fear has eased but the annoyance of them havnt.

some days there not so bad, but some days they are awful literally every few beats also worse when im lay down at night or active. i was put on bisprolol 1.25mg which didnt make any difference but made me very tired, so the doctor has no given me a calcium channel blocker called Diltiazem. has any body used this and had any good results ? i dont understand why but i am so scared of taking this in fear of how i will react so any advice would be greatly appreciated.

i do need to get these under control as there taking over my life in a big way.

any advice please

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    Diltiazem lowered my BP drastictly and caused me to be light headed. The dosage was twice reduced but that made no difference and I had to stop it.

    It causes water retention/swollen ankles in a lot of people.

    For many people activity, exercise, running or cycling stops the ectopic beats.

     

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      Hi Derek thank you for the

      Your reply. Can I ask what dose you was on ? I don't have high blood pressure so that ls worrying that it did that to you.

      Unfortunately exercise doesn't work for me makes them worse.

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      With Diltiazem my GP was surprised that the hospital had prescribed it after I had a pacemaker fitted . He said that it had been out of favour for many cardiac conditions but now found to be beneficial for others. From memory it was 360mg then 240mg and finally 120mg all in the slow release versions. What really surprised me was that after a couple of days the pharmacy phoned to ask how I was getting on with it.. They had never done that before with any new medications.

      I then discussed the lowered doses with them when getting the other prescriptions. 

      A friends wife had ectopic beats and was precribed a beta blocker. She does a daily run from 3 to 6 miles and found that the ectopic beats stopped when running and for a while afterwards.

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    Hellos Matt 1410, your could do worse that start learning about this type of condition via Wiki and I would suggest a starting point of :

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premature_ventricular_contraction

    All the best in your learning.

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      Hi Thank you for your reply I have done alot of learning about them. I no mine are harmless but they areally starting to affect my life so just need to get them under control
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