Hello, I have read your various posts with great interest. My GP told me I have AF and has put me on various pills to reduce my BP, but each one has given me an irritating cough. The most recent, Doxazosin 2mg twice a day, has also left me with a cough - a sort of scratching at the back of my throat which affects me during the day and at night. I have now worked my way through countless packets of mints and at times it feels as if my head will come off.
I have two questions: 1) I don't know if it's my imagination but, after one month on the above pill, my cough seems a bit better - or am I just getting used to it. Hmmm. Can this happen, do side effects lessen over time, or am I kidding myself. I'm reluctant to change yet again, as it is bringing my BP down.
2) My BP is coming down but at times I am still conscious of my heart rate - sometimes up to 99.
It's weird because when I'm resting I can often feel my heart jumping around, yet yesterday I pulled a 20 kg suitcase through Gatwick from the carousel to the car park (quite a way) and my heart felt fine. So my question is should I ask my GP for something to help the erratic heart beats, or am I expecting too much. At what point do I ask to see a specialist?
I have a lot to learn I know, but any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.