Heart palpitations, leg pain, fainting, etc

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 Hi,

I have been diagnosed as having a hole between the two chambers of the heart. My doctor put me on metoprolol xl to slow down the palpitations. I am wondering if anyone has this problem & suffers any of the following symptoms; severe chest pain, nausea, dizziness with fainting, leg pain, breathing problems? I do have autoimmune diseases (sjogrens) so I know that having autoimmune diseases intensify the heart issues. I am just concerned that it is possible there could be something more severe going on. 

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    On it for afib to slow the heart. Had no symptoms until a recent one..dizziness...felt faint. not sure if from panic. standing up to quickly..not eating enough or heart condition. Do not know anything more..
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      Hi Betty. I was having dizzy spells on Metoprolol. My heart rate was slowing right down. I told my cardiologist had a 48 hr holter and it showed l had developed sinus node disease and had to have a pacemaker immediately. Dont want to scare you but its safest to get it checked out.
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      you developed sinus node from the meds? I have sinus node disease but never told I had to have a pacemaker. 
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      Hi Betty. No the meds didn't cause it. He said it is like a sister condition that sometimes goes with AF. If you haven't needed a pacemaker that's good, although you don't really notice you have it. No one on this forum has really discussed it before so l don't really know how common the two together is.

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    Hi there, I was born with a hole in my heart called a ventricular septal defect. It was fixed when I was just 3 years old. I am now 58. I have lived a normal healthy life. I even gave birth to twin boys 28 years ago. I also have Mitra valve prolapse with regurgitation and A Fib. I guess I'm lucky as I don't have any symptoms except with the A Fib and they can be brutal with that. Today having a hole in the heart surgery is still serious however it is much more mainstream and very common compared to when I had mine done 50 something years ago. It might be worth a try to check out the FODMAP diet. I've always had palpitations as far back as I can remember. This new diet has helped sooo much with both palpitations and A Fib. And it's non invasive.

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