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    [HCM and A-Fib Relationship?]

    Author: Craig (12.47.64.---)

    Date: 05-02-02 12:42

    First of all, I would like to thank all of your for your responses to my recent posts about obstruction and gradients, as well as my question about the effects of alcohol on my HCM. I take all of your advice very seriously and greatly appreciate this community of folks helping each other out. This is the best of what a community can do for people.

    On to my next question: is there a relationship or correlation between HCM and A-Fib? In other words, are folks with thicker septums (HCM) more likely to go into A-fib? If so, I certainly understand the concerns about drinking alcohol and HCM.

    Another question: I'm on Toprol 100mg and Norvasc 5mg. Aren't these meds also used for folks with high blood pressure? The reason I ask is that my blood pressure (which I try to monitor once daily now) has recently been around 150/80 --even right after awaking this morning. If Toprol and Norvasc lower blood pressure, does this mean that I should be concerned about my recent readings? I have an appt. with my regular cardiologist in a few weeks and will certainly let him know about these readings, but I was just curious.




    [Re: HCM and A-Fib Relationship?]

    Author: Glen (---.com)

    Date: 05-02-02 13:49

    Hi Craig, absolutely HCM people are at higher risk for A-fib and adding alcohol is like throwing gas on the fire.

    Norvasc is probably for your high blood pressure, if it is still high you should go back to the doctor.

    If you are prone to a-fib then you should also let your doctor know.

    Have you worn a Holter Monitor for 24-48 hours, if you have a-fib regular it would probably pick it, you may need to go on an arrhythmia medication.

    Good Luck



    [Re: HCM and A-Fib Relationship?]

    Author: beckley (---.dsl.mindspring.com)

    Date: 05-02-02 17:04

    Dear Craig,

    Definitely talk to your doctor about your blood pressure findings. You are correct that those two drugs typically lower blood pressure.

    As for a.fib. and HCM, many people with HCM have afib but I don't know if anyone has done a study to see if there is a correlation between your gradient and your frequency or risk for afib. My heart is in pretty good shape, no obstruction, but I have a big problem with afib --as does my whole family. It is a good question and I'll see if I can find any research.

    Take care,

    NOTE: This is a post from the previous forum message board.