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I'm 63 year old male, with average weight and keep fit.
I had my aortic valve replacement 3.5 years ago and my mitral valve repaired.
I take warfarin and my INR is table. My cardiologist told me a year ago that
I do not need to take beta blockers as I was on warfarin. They were causing
me all sorts of problems, depression, headaches, dry throat, gout, and just a
lack of enthusiasm for life. It also effected my libido. I know thy kill
adrenalin, I just hated taking them. Since I came off the beta blockers I have
found the spring in my step and feeling very well mentally and physically.
Since my op I always had a shortness of breath when exorcising. I keep fit
and play tennis and badminton 3/4 times a week. It is noticeable watching
Others play, my breathing is always faster and very short breathing.
Earlier this year I had an angiogram and myocardial perfusion scan and I'm
still waiting for the results.
Meanwhile my GP has insisted I must start taking beta blockers again.
I am reluctant to take them. She prescribed 25mg of carvedilol twice a day,
so 50mg a day.. My blood pressure is at the high end of normal, 140/85.
I'm at the point of thinking isnt quality of life more important? Did I hear my
Surgeon right, I'm on warfarin so don't really need to take beta blockers?
Any help experiences would be much appreciated. Thank you
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