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    [New Meds]

    Author: Bruce (---.ipt.aol.com)

    Date: 05-24-02 11:46

    I've been having frequent firings of my ICD over the past three months (four events total 12 shocks). After the first event my Toporal was adjusted from 50 to 75mg. After the second event they discontinued my Cholestrime (spelling?). After the third event they increased my Amiodarone from 200 to 400mg. Started to notice some shortness of breath and a few extra beats but just thought it was from the increase in the Amiodarone. Then I had a Holter monitor and an echo. Before the results were in I had my fourth event (seven total shocks). The only thing that seemed to stop the firing was when they started an Amiodarone drip. Within two days I was fine. No extra beats no short of breath. Another holter was scheduled and the tech that read the results couldn't believe the data was from the same person two weeks before. The echo had shown some decrease in the ejection fraction since my last echo ~ 5 yrs ago. A stress test was ordered and the results looked bad enough that a Cath was performed. Had the Cath yesterday and thankfully there were only small blockages that did not need the balloon or a stint. They did find a weakening of the heart muscle compared to my last Cath 11 yrs ago.

    Now to the medication question:

    They prescribed an Ace inhibitor (Appapril?) Is it normal to be taking beta blocker, pacing drug and Ace inhibitor together?

    Most of the messages I've read here the people are on one or two of these drugs together but not all three?

    The cholesterol drug will now be Zocor? Mixed with Amiodarone ? Seems like a liver function nightmare?

    I have an appointment with my EP and Cardiologist next week but thought I pass these questions by your group too.

    Any response would be greatly appreciated.



    [Re: New Meds]

    Author: Lisa Salberg (---.dyn.optonline.net)

    Date: 05-27-02 11:26

    Dear Bruce,

    This is not an easy posting to reply to... You have had a really difficult few months.

    To begin with I think it is important to have a good long talk with your doctors and I mean doctorS.. we need to make sure your EP and Cardiologist are on the same page here. Sometimes there can be gaps in communications, you need to be your own advocate and insure the communication is crystal clear.

    Your concerns about your medications are all well thought our and valid concerns, however I can not comment if they are or are not appropriate for you as there are many factors that have not been stated and it appears that you may be "converting" from traditional HCM to a"burnt out" form of HCM... which is similar to dilated cardiomyopathy. If this is the case, in the medications will be vastly different than before.

    I would be happy to discuss these issues with you in detail and assist you with sound questions that you may want to present to your physicians.

    Please call the HCMA office or e-mail us directly.

    Best wishes,

    Lisa Salberg


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

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