Warfarin and beta blockers

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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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    Did you have a tissue or a mechanical valve fitted? I presume because of your young age it would be a mechanical one.

    I have not heard of not taking beta blockers as on Warfarin.

    I was prescribed a beta blocker right after my Aortic valve replacement when on Warfarin and many other drugs. 

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      Yes it was mechanical one. That's interesting. Straight after the op

      I was on beta blockers, warfain and statins that all. I so don't like

      what beta blockers do to you, horrid drug.

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      Bisoprolol was the problem one for me and for most people.

      Atenolol and Propranolol were almost as bad.

      A professor I saw at Imperial College was so pro propranolol that my GP practice switched all the patients to it! I only lasted six weeks on it.  

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