12 months go diagnosed with AF and mild CHF. Cardiologist wanted me on Ramipril, Bisoprolol and a blood thinner. I am quite active cycling and walking so stayed off them. This August/September had what I felt was 'cold' on the chest which resulted in me having a couple of nights with fast heart beat. So Doc., agreed to go on lowest dose of each. Worst thing I ever did after 9 days came of both, but started taking Ramipril a couple of days later. Side affects of which made my muscles painful and stiff, gave me more AF, affected my eyes, upset my stomach and made my head feel like the inside of a 'cement mixer'. Looked on internet for alternatives for blood pressure and CHF. Found a Life Extension Magazine Report of 2003 regarding natural approaches to treatment of CHF regarding use of amino acids, vitamins, herbs etc., also found advice else were on Web regarding reducing blood pressure.
I have purchased a blood pressure monitor and Fitbit. I 'blue tooth' both devices records to my smart phone. At my last check up with Cardiologist on 5 December I showed him my very good BP tests and my Fitbit daily 50 minute walk HR rate Cardio., agreed it was OK to drop off Ramipril considering the side effects and my BP results. Since coming off Ramipril BP as remained excellent, HR on BRISK walks [including up and over railway foot bridge twice] Resting HR averaging 55/65 every day as per Fitbit recording. Sleep pattern on FITBIT also good. Eating lots of BP lowering fruit/veg etc., has also reduced my weight by 4/6 lb and my muscle tone is v/good, however still feeling after affects of Ramipril eg. painful hip, shoulder and upper body muscles, especially around rib cage.
I say take control of your illness, discuss it with your Cardio.,/Doc., but make sure you take the decisions regarding your wellbeing! The Pharma industry make a lot of money out of selling drugs. Why should they promote natural remedies/ Mind you the natural remedies are not that cheap, but do tend to have little or NO side affects.
One last piece of advice rid yourself of ALL the Stressful situations whether at work or home. If necessary change your job or retire! A life style change is necessary and unavoidable if you wish to live the rest of your life happily and healthily!
Relax, find tranquillity, contentment and peace! BE HAPPY!!!! Have faith and believe!