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  • Zoloft

    I wonder if anyone with HCM has taken Zoloft. I think it has a profound effect on my heart: marked reduction in PVCs, much less hyperdynamic...just feeling better. Is it real all all just in my head?
    David in Indianapolis

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    Re: Zoloft


    I take it only 50 mg but i feel no different on it or off it,

    But it is great if you feel better, it could be you are taking the stress away therefor relaxing your heart

    Hope you have good luck with it

    Diagnosed 2003
    Myectomy 2-23-2004
    Husband: Ken
    Son: John diagnosed 2004
    Daughter: Janet (free of HCM)

    Grandchildren: Drew 15,Aaron 13,Karen 9,Connor 9


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      Re: Zoloft

      Hi ,

      Zoloft is from the family of medications called SSRI's ( selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). These medications prevent the nervous system from snatching up the serotonin from free flowing in the blood stream.

      It is known that many who suffer from depressin and very mild anxiety have a deficiency of this chemical in that it is always being manufactured but taken back up and kept from allowing us to feel that cookie and milk feeling we might have gotten when mom had a snack for us after school, or we laid eye's on our babies and or we fell in love. The nervous system in its ultimate wisdom of sensing our need for this chemical , ultimately hoards it and prevents us from reaping the benefits from it. .... Can we think of another major organ or a sytem or systems that need assistance in reversing processes that ultimately can do more harm ? Ex: the heart in it's attempt to remodel itself, the kidneys as they sense a fluid imbalance thereby excreting chemicals that can worsen chf. The systems of our bodies are complex and often need assistance and aren't we glad there are chemicals that can help?

      To really focus on you question, it could just be that you are feeling so good and nice and relaxed with the positive effect of this med, that you are dealing well, not having any added stressors trigger those extra beats that many of us get when our rates are up or we are presented with emotional bombardment. While you are on this med you are training your nervous system to react differently and probably developing some very sound coping strategies as well.

      Good for you I am glad zoloft has helped you. Continue to feel well.
      Dx @ 47 with HOCM & HF:11/00
      Guidant ICD:Mar.01, Recalled/replaced:6/05 w/ Medtronic device
      Lead failure,replaced 12/06.
      SF lead recall:07,extracted leads and new device 2012
      [email protected] Tufts, Boston:10/5/03; age 50. ( [email protected] 240 mmHg ++)
      Paroxysmal A-Fib: 06-07,2010 controlled w/sotalol dosing
      Genetic mutation 4/09, mother(d), brother, son, gene+
      Mother of 3, grandma of 3:Tim,27,Sarah,33w/6 y/o old Sophia, 5 y/o Jack, Laura 34, w/ 5 y/o old Benjamin