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  • meds for arrythmias?

    are there any meds for these? or do you have to have an ICD placed?
    \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Re: meds for arrythmias?

    Cynthia, you just asked one of the proverbial "loaded questions." Yes, there are anti-arrhythmic drugs. It depends on what type of arrhythmia you are having what the treatment will be. You should ask your doctor about what would be best for your particular case. I know, that sounds like a pat answer, but it's just too complicated on a message board.

    Reenie
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    Husband has HCM.
    3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.

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      Re: meds for arrythmias?

      Yes, you can use some drugs - here is the catch...some of the drugs are rather harsh and can cause long term damage to other parts of the body. Some people must be on meds (anti-arrthymics) and have a defib...some are on beta-blockers and or calcium channel blockers and have a defib.

      It is a very individual thing. It also depends on what country you live in. In the USA you are more likely to get an ICD than in Europe - many factors play a role in why this is the case.

      read other links about amiodrone and sotolol for more information on anti-arrythmics.

      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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