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My husband recently started having 'heart flutters" - he had them for a few days just for a short period of time, then they started lasting longer. It was almost always in the afternoons or evenings. He was recently put on Lipitor for his slightly elevated total cholesterol and high LDL. He has been taking Lisinopril for blood pressure for about a year. Can the 2 of them taken together cause this fluttering to begin?
These heart flutters came out of the blue, he has had a few times were they are lasting for several hours. Most of the time he notices a couple times at night where his heart will flutter. He has a normal heart rate that is low. He has had 3 EKG since Jan 28, 2 were perfect ( in doctor's words) one showed PVC's so he was referred to cardiologist.

He has been wearing a Holter monitor (event monitor ) for about 10 days, he has to wear it 3 more days then send it back for results. The first evening he wore it one of the cardio doc called to say he had an A FIB that lasted 11 seconds. Husband said he didn't feel it.
Since the heart flutter has started he is tired all the time, has no stamina.
I am out of my head with worry. We don't go to see the cardiologist for another 3 weeks.
[QUOTE=NJWM;5493087]My husband recently started having 'heart flutters" - he had them for a few days just for a short period of time, then they started lasting longer. It was almost always in the afternoons or evenings. He was recently put on Lipitor for his slightly elevated total cholesterol and high LDL. He has been taking Lisinopril for blood pressure for about a year. Can the 2 of them taken together cause this fluttering to begin?
These heart flutters came out of the blue, he has had a few times were they are lasting for several hours. Most of the time he notices a couple times at night where his heart will flutter. He has a normal heart rate that is low. He has had 3 EKG since Jan 28, 2 were perfect ( in doctor's words) one showed PVC's so he was referred to cardiologist.

He has been wearing a Holter monitor (event monitor ) for about 10 days, he has to wear it 3 more days then send it back for results. The first evening he wore it one of the cardio doc called to say he had an A FIB that lasted 11 seconds. Husband said he didn't feel it.
Since the heart flutter has started he is tired all the time, has no stamina.
I am out of my head with worry. We don't go to see the cardiologist for another 3 weeks.[/QUOTE]

I had the same for 15 years. They are really alarming aren't they? When mine began I was about 50 yrs old, was a vegetarian, had been running for about 20 years - super fit - and had a naturally slow heart rate and they occurred most often when I was resting. My heartbeat would hesitate a long time, but there was some kind of pressure and then when my heartbeat finally came it was a THUMP! I couldn't believe the doc would make me wait weeks before an appointment - I thought I must be dying. At one point they were almost constant. The only thing that made them stop was to go running. But once I was cooled off and resting, they would start up again. I slept with the phone in my hand. I was sure this would not end well.

But I'm still here and the PVCs are gone. No one knows why they started and no one knows why they ended. The Holter monitor showed nothing but the out-of-phase beat do show on EKG. It has nothing to do with caffeine or any other stimulants - a lot of people, including docs who aren't cardiologists, think that this is the same as a racing heart - it's the opposite - so don't listen to that. The PVCs are scary and annoying but apparently as unbelievable as it sounds when you're having them, they are harmless.
Dear YaYa,
My husband could stand to lose about 10-15 lbs. He used to be one of those guys who could eat anything and not gain an ounce. Once he hit his 50's that changed. His eating didn't slow up but the pounds crept up. Most all of the extra weight is belly weight. :(

His diet is terrible, very few vegetables or fruit. He does drink V-8 which helps a bit. He does do salads, we don't eat many potatoes, I have been adding flax seed to some of our meals, unknown to him. He is a meat -protein guy. We do raise our own beef so we know it is lean. We also eat venison and elk as he is a hunter.

He has been going for walks when he has time for them - we are coming into a busy time here getting fencing etc done for spring.

He is not feeling like doing much exercising as he is very tired all the time. In my opinion, it is from taking the BP and cholesterol meds. Lisinopril and Lipitor. Since he started the Lipitor in early Feb, he is worn out with just minimal effort. His GP said taking them together wouldn't cause him to be tired. Cardio doc says he thinks the tired is caused by the heart issue (whatever that is)

He goes today for an echocardigram but we won't know results for another 2 weeks. He goes tomorrow to his ortho surgery follow up, it is expected that the ortho doc will release him from all restrictions. He has healed up quick and is far beyond where he should be according to his PT.

Part of me says if this heart stuff was serious the cardio doc would be seeing us sooner. But I also know at this point, all they are doing is tests and don't have much information for us yet. He will be off the 2 week Holter patch in 3 days so that information will get processed and sent to cardio doc.

I am worried that the heart flutter is AFIB. He went all day yesterday with no fluttering. When he does have the fluttering it is almost always in the afternoon/evening. Most of the time lately they have only lasted a few minutes and then are gone. i wonder if once we get more active with our outside chores if they will disappear or if they will increase.

April 8 is the carido visit. I am praying that we will have some answers and know what is going on. He is my best friend, married 42 yrs.

I worry that we will be forced to give up our lifestyle. We are both active -horseback riding, roping, cattle work --these are not only our jobs but our hobbies. Giving up that way of life would send him into a deep hole.

Thank you for your suggestions.





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