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Pulse rate after taking Flecainide

Anybody out there with experience of a dropping pulse rate on Flecainide only?

The medics say Flec does not reduce the pulse rate but just governs the rhythm i.e. AF However...... I am pretty sure my pulse dropped from 60 to 56 after going on 200mgs/day and now I note after 3 years at that dose level, my pulse is down another 4 points to 52. I don't suspect anything else as I take no other drugs and lifestyle is pretty constant plus I regularly check my supplement levels. Any ideas, please.

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I think even anti-arrhythmic drugs can have a very slight slowing affect and these are very small reductions on an already quite low heart rate. Normal is considered around 70 bpm with a range of 60 to 100 so you were already at the bottom of the scale. Why not discuss it with your medical team if you are concerned?

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Thanks Bob, I'll follow it for month and then pester my cardiologist, it may just be the nudge I am looking for to decrease my Flecainide which the cardio is sitting on the fence on.

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I was put on Flecainide and Diltiazem, which reduced my RHR from 47 to 44. I started on 50mg bd, but increasing to 100 didn't make much difference.

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I have started having a low pulse rate, but specialist say not Flecanide, I am on verapamil too, and says mine is that on about putting me on a pacemaker, but now you have got me wondering if it is Flecanide , I will have to check it out,

Suzy

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My cardiologist doubled,y flecinainde from 50 mg's a day to 100 twice a day. My pulse rate dropped so low, I had actual pauses in my heart rate that were picked up on an event monitor. I saw an EP, who took me completely off the flecainide and scheduled me for an ablation. Do not mess around with the lower heart rate!

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Thanks everyone. Need to contact the medics for their side of the story. Have a great day.

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