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  • pulse in neck

    anyone have pulsating in neck sometimes when laying down? related to beta blockers?? how does a beta blocker help with tachycardia? (specifically)
    \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

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    Re: pulse in neck

    Dear Cynthia,

    You can see my pulse in my neck--all day, every day. It isn't anything to worry about.

    Here are links to more info on beta-blockers and how they work (in English, not doctor):

    http://www.bupa.co.uk/health_informa..._blockers.html

    http://www.tmc.edu/thi/betameds.html

    http://www.surgerydoor.co.uk/medcon/...eta%20Blockers

    Beta-blockers prevent adreneline (sp?) from getting into your heart, so it is physically incapable of going faster.

    S

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      Re: pulse in neck

      It is common in HCM to have this happen - our hearts are strong and this can lead to the pulse being very strong in the neck also.
      Lisa
      Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
      YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

      Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
      lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
      Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
      Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
      Currently not obstructed
      Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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        Re: pulse in neck

        This is very true. I just started beta blockers along with a Pacer implant in April, and the pulse in my neck has become strong right after that. I have been thinking it coucl be because of the Pacer. It could be BB too.
        Also, it is very odd to feel that pulsing in the neck when you lay down.
        I never had this until this April.
        Also, I have started feeling the occasional PVCs since april. I never felt them before.
        Ketan Thanki

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          Re: pulse in neck

          Cynthia,

          I've always been able to feel the pulse in my neck and hear it pounding in my head which has irritated the heck out of me. Depending on the time of day or situation, like the rest of you i'm sure, i've felt my heart beating just about everywhere in my body, head to toe. It's so strange when you're trying to fall asleep at night and you swear you can literally feel the blood coursing through every vein in your body.

          From what i understand Cynthia, tachycardia results from our hearts not being able to pump very efficiently so it has to work faster. (If you try to fill a tub with water a tablespoon at a time rather than a gallon at a time you have to make a lot more trips and work a lot faster to get the same job done.) Beta blockers relax the heart and enable them to do their jobs without as much extra work, hence the heartbeat slows and symptoms are (hopefully) relieved. Please somebody correct me if i'm wrong.

          I've tried several beta blockers now and since switching to Atenolol my heartrate has dropped to about 70 bpm consistently, where before it was always 110 or more at rest. Now, i can hardly feel my heart beating at all sometimes, which i have to admit was a bit scary at first. LOL.

          Jim
          "Some days you're the dog... some days you're the hydrant."

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