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I have been on atenolol for 30 years. They cut back from 100 Mg to 50 MG per day about a year ago since my heart rate was somewhat low. I was feeling tired and I would feel my pulse and it was very low. This past week I took my pulse and it dropped into the 30s. I panicked and my husband rushed me to ER. They could hardly get a BP reading. They hooked me up to a monitor and I was all over the map with high readings. They took an EKG and it was normal. They admitted me and ran some tests, echo, blood tests, etc. Everything was normal except my heart rate was all over the place. They took me off atenolol cold turkey. This was a nightmare. They called an Electrophysiologist . He said I could continue 25 mg. He ordered event monitor which I will wear for 3 weeks, and then I will see him in his office. I'm home now. Trying to get off the atenolol completely and it is a total nightmare. If I walk from one room to another my heart rate jumps sky high. My pressure is all over the place. My insides tremble, I'm so anxious, which doesn't help. Had I known of all the rebound effects, I would never had taken it. I guess I'm looking for some support from others who have been through this as some comfort in knowing I'm not alone.
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