Hello there. This is my first venture on to this forum so please be patient with me!
I am male and 60 years old, and I must say that compared with what some people out there have to put up with my symtoms are pretty mild, but they are getting worse and beginning to get me down and I would be most grateful if anyone has any words of wisdom. Can you have Tachycardia without your heart beating too fast?!
I started with what I call my wobbly ticker about 10 years ago. The rhythm either becomes completely random or goes one, two, three... miss one... one, two, three... miss one... etc. An episode would last perhaps 30 mins and leaves me feeling pretty drained, but after an hour or two it would all be over and I'd forget about it until next time, which might be a couple of months later. There seems to be no pattern in what brings it on (activity, time of day or whatever). After a year or two of the G.P. trying different beta-blockers a cardiologist diagnosed (I think) Atrial Premature Beat and prescribed Atenolol, which seemed to be of some benefit but by no means "cured" it. I've been on them ever since, until recently.
About six months ago the episodes started to happen a lot more frequently, and the fluttering sensation which always precedes them happened more frequently still. (I'm reluctant to use the word flutter because I understand that Atrial Flutter is a separate condition, but a flutter, or "heart in the mouth", is what it feels like). I had a 24 hour (Holter?) monitor (during which, needless to say, things were better than usual!). There was one very brief "wobble", which showed up on the monitor, but the dozen or more times I pressed the button when the fluttering feeling came did not show anything unusual. That feeling is now with me almost 24/7.
The same cardiologist has now diagnosed Atrial Tachycardia and prescribed Bisoprolol, starting at 5mg and increasing by 2.5mg per month until "symptom control" is achieved. I'm now in the second month, so I'm on 7.5mg.
The thing is (and thank you for reading this far, if you have), that the syptoms are no better - worse if anything. I'm trying not to be a hypochondriac but I know that Tachycardia means rapid, and as far as I know my pulse has never been unusually fast. Irregular yes, but not what I would call palpitations. Beta blockers slow down the pulse; are mine doing more harm than good?
Thank you and best wishes,