For the past four months I have been taking bisoprolol 5mg, mainly to control my heart rate; I am in permanent AF. Recently I have noticed that at night I find it harder to breathe. It’s most noticeable when first I lie down, even if slightly propped up. In fact I’m more comfortable lying in the three-quarter prone position either on the right or the left hand side.
When I say “harder to breathe”, it’s hard to describe but it’s like my lungs refuse to take a deep breath. I start to draw in breath and then my lungs sort of say “ok, that’s enough, breathe out now” when I know full well I want more air and there is room in my lungs for more air. So, I’m almost panting. It does calm down after a while though. Don’t know if that makes sense to anyone other than me.
Now my questions to you guys out there in BHF world are;
1. Could this be a side effect of bisoprolol?
2. Does anyone else suffer from this? I am certainly experiencing other noticeable side effects.
I should say that I do have other comorbidities, some that I have had for a long time, but I just want to ascertain if what I am now experiencing is primarily due to bisoprolol.
I’d be grateful for any input and thank you for reading thus far.