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Bell99, Iím on Atenolol, but only 12.5mg twice a day which is a tiny dose. I refuse to take more as I play a lot of squash and I get away with some great benefits and no side effects that Iím aware of. I was in a bad way for quite a while though and even now when I feel an irregular beat my hand races to take my pulse to check that Iím getting the appropriate number of 'regular' beats to the skipped ones. A couple of times in an ambulance really hit home that I needed to get something sorted. I had the usual tests, stress test, echocardiogram, 24 heart monitor, none of which really did that much good for me in the short term. What really made a difference was some concerted effort to relax using relaxation techniques. I still don't really believe deep down in my heart (excuse the bad pun) that everything is quite right, but I rule it with my head and now understand so much more about how thinking you have something really can bring on the symptoms.

How many times do you tell yourself 'Everybody else's might be anxiety related and just benign, but what if there is something wrong and they're just dismissing it!". I lived by that thought for too long and here I am, still alive and kicking. It's a battle with the mind that manifests itself physically and luckily for me Iíve just about beaten it. It's a tough ride though especially if you try to do it alone, but forums like this can be a lifesaver for those of us who don't get told much by our doc's! The most important thing I can tell everybody is that there is more light at the end of the tunnel than it may appear at first. Your mind is your best friend, but can also be your worst enemy, so treat what it tells you with due suspicion!

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