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I am recovering not to badly from my Aortal valve replacement plus double bypass at end of March. From the plethora of pills I am taking I think the betablocker Bisoprolol is the one that is affecting me most: fatigue etc. The doctors don’t really tell me how long I have to be on it. My blood pressure has been fine before the op, and I think it’s low blood pressure that may be the issue, not high. Advice welcome. Regards to all,


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You should discuss it with your doctor and/or call the BHF Heart Helpline on 0300 330 3311 (office hours) and talk to a cardiac nurse about it.

I had a bypass operation last October. It took four or five months before I was no longer feeling constantly tired, and it wasn't until I started exercising to the NHS recommended level of 150 minutes of aerobic activity per week that I fully got back to my previous energy levels.

Recovery is a long slog!

Hi, worried about Brexit, and wonder about the supply if my Wafarin and beta-blockers. Anybody know about the preparations and what exactly we do if the poor chemist says “sorry we can’t get them” ? Any good leaflets or announcements from NHS, GMC, BHF or others? Cheers, Otto

StillConcerned in reply to OttoK

If it's any consolation it still may not happen. The majority of parliament think that keeping the status quo, and them having the final say is more important than achieving what the majority of the UK voted for.

I doubt the rest of the world is envious of our 'democracy'.

I know it may not happen and sincerely hope it does not. I just want to know if someone has stockpiled warfarin etc. The following is from Reuters:

"No-deal Brexit could deepen Europe's shortage of medicines - experts"

Maybe the HealthUnlocked gurus can advise us. Not getting much out of NHS et al.

Prada47 in reply to OttoK

"No-deal Brexit could deepen Europe's shortage of medicines - experts"

Yep we supply a lot of meds to the EU so they need to start to stockpile in France/Germany/Netherlands etc' -)

I heard yesterday, nearly 50 % of the worlds medicines are produced in India don't think they are in the EU !!! Stay Calm and carry On !!

OttoK in reply to Prada47

It looks like the whole issue has gone viral on Twitter under


Can the heart specialists give us some feedback please.

Hi OttoK I had same op as you 6 years ago and been on minimum bisoprolol dose ever since. GP won’t take me off as they are good for the heart. Had low no before op and very low no now. It’s not nice and it also makes your body put on fat round the middle.

Not sure where to go from here, don’t get to speak to GP at med review anymore.

OttoK in reply to Helen_B

Hi, I finally got an appointment with my GP five months after the op. He said to carry on taking all the pills (including bisoprol). So not sure what to say. Maybe the best advice I have had is to do a lot of walking and drink a lot of water. This seems to work a little. I have a big waist and I don’t see any alternative. I am still in rehab. Maybe you could ask to join some kind of rehab or fitness group. Cheers, H

I found the material below from the NHS. All sounds a bit vague. Seems like "our doctor or pharmacist will advise you ....". Oh yes? Took me 5 months to even get a conversations about my pill regime. Trouble is I don't believe anything from this government anymore. Let's hear it from BHF or HealthUnlocked .... please.



"Will I still be able to get my prescription medicines and medical products?

Yes. The Government is working closely with the NHS and suppliers to make sure medicines and medical products continue to be available in all scenarios. Occasionally, however, the NHS does experience temporary shortages of specific medicines. If this happens, you will be prescribed the best alternative to your usual medication as is normal. This will ensure that your treatment continues as normal.

If there are any shortages of medicines after EU Exit, your doctor or pharmacist will advise you of the best alternative to treat your condition, as per normal.

This will typically be a different brand of medicine or perhaps lower strength medicines to make up the same dose. On rare occasions, it may mean a different medicine to do the same thing, but prescribers will be supported on how best to do that should it be necessary."

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