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    I notice that when I am in a smoky environment I have increase in my arrhythmias and frequent forceful palpitations. What is the mechanism for this? I am able to stay away from smokers for the most part, but I love to go to the casino on vacation and I hate the non-smoker room. Do you think I should not go this summer?

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    I get the same feeling but don't you just love those casino's Foxwoods and Moheghan Sun. Actually I have only gone a couple times , but just love it . The smoke is tough because we have compromised cardiac respiratory systems and that air is polluted. I say go just take a lot of breathers away from the areas. a Smoke adds to the pulmonary obstruction that we already feel if we have a bit of CHF or a gradient and because our hearts work so hard and are stiff. Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor so the blood vessels tighten down even more from the smoke exposure that can be prolonged in those places. When the blood vessels constrict from the toxin it can cause us to feel more irregular heart beats. You may find that your tolerance is less and less with this disease. You will have to experiment a little so you can still have fun. Just be attentive.

    Pam
    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

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    • #3
      My smoke tolerance has gotten lower and lower and now even an hour or so is bad. A whole night in a bar and I feel like crap for days.

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      • #4
        I know the feeling my husband and daughter still smoke i do tell them they have to go outside to smoke but even that bothers me if i happen to go on the porch after they have smoked or when my husband happens to come up to me right after he has smoked, i'm getting where i can't stand the smell of them anymore

        Shirley
        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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        • #5
          I never go to bars, I have not for years, I don't drink, I don't smoke, I'm boring in bars.

          When I was much younger I used to work in bars, it was the one of the only ways for me to make enough money to live. And I made pretty good money in tips.

          I can no longer tolerate second hand smoke for a long period of time.

          I have a really good friend, but she smokes like a chimney. I would do some more things with her, but every chance she gets, she has a cigarette dangling out of her mouth stuck to her lip.

          Barbyann, it is your decision whether or not to go. Maybe you can limit your time in the casino, that may help. Regardless, have fun on your vacation!

          - Eve
          49 yrs. old
          Diagnosed at 31.
          Cardiac Arrest 2003, RF Ablation in AZ, no positive result -
          First ICD 2003 - In 2006 lead went bad, abandoned lead, threaded new one & new generator
          Myectomy 5-5-05 at The Cleveland Clinic - Dr. Lever & Dr. Smedira -heart surgeon.
          Currently have Grade 2 Diastolic Dysfunction with pulmonary hypertension & pulmonary edema.
          My brother passed away suddenly at 34 yrs old from HCM.
          2 teenage children, ages 17 and 15.

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