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    [Shortness of breath]

    Author: Marie (---.proxy.aol.com)

    Date: 06-20-02 15:38

    Does anyone else experience shortness of breath on the slightest exertion? Sometimes just walking across the room can bring on heavy breathing. Climbing the steps are very difficult. I actually stop half way up one flight to catch my breath.

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    [Re: Shortness of breath]

    Author: Lynn S. (---.dsl.dytnoh.ameritech.net)

    Date: 06-20-02 16:16

    Hi Marie,

    I also experience shortness of breath (SOB) on doing the littlest things and yet oddly at other times, I'm just fine. Steps are really tough to do and walking around after eating a meal can also bring on my SOB. Since my doctor prescribed Toprol for me, and my heart hasn't been working quite so hard, some of that has went away but not entirely. It's very frustrating I know, I'm learning to try to pace myself a little better and if I've been sitting and stand up to walk around I try to give myself a moment to 'get moving'. I'm anxious to see if others have additional advice for us with this symptom.

    All the best,

    Lynn

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    [Re: Shortness of breath]

    Author: Board Moderator--Sarah Beckley (---.dsl.mindspring.com)

    Date: 06-21-02 00:25

    Dear Marie

    Please talk to you doctor. You may be on too much medicine, not enough medicine or require treatment for an arrhythmia you are not aware of. The HCMA office can help you find an HCM specialist, too.

    take care

    But yes, we all get short of breath sometimes.

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    [Re: Shortness of breath]

    Author: mia (203.167.97.---)

    Date: 06-21-02 07:12

    hi! yes, most of us do get SOB especially after exertion and even a heavy meal. sarah is right. you should go to your doctor. i would also stop halfway the stairs to rest. i started on 25mg of metoprolol which didn't seem to do much good. i am now on 150mg of metoprolol per day and feel so much better. i am now able to climb stairs and even run if the occasion calls for it. it is also best if you would avoid caffeine, alcohol and smoking. there are other stuff you should also stay away from like grapefruit, meds-vasodilators,sympathomimetics, decongestants. check old messages here in the board which have a lot of advice on what we shoul and shouldn't do. good luck!

    mia

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    [Re: Shortness of breath]

    Author: Susan (---.ceg.com)

    Date: 06-21-02 08:14

    Hi!

    I get SOB just sitting in a chair and watching TV! I now exactly how you feel. I used to judge how my day was going to be on whether I could climb the stairs from floor 1 to floor 2 in the morning at work. Some days it was a zip and others I could barely make it. I could feel just fine and get out of my car and walk across the parking lot (very short distance, level) to the store and hardly be able to breathe, yet the next day not have a problem at all. I do find that eating a large, heavy meal does not help at all and if it is a hot humid day I'm done for the outside. I am curious if you also experience a tightening ( not really pain) in your chest and sometimes going down your left arm. I have this sometimes with the shortness of breath. I'm taking 75mg of atenenol a day. I have to take 50mg in the morning and another 25mg in the evening. Seems like it wears off around 6:00pm and I really get symptoms in the evening without it.

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    [Re: Shortness of breath]

    Author: Board Moderator--Sarah Beckley (---.dsl.mindspring.com)

    Date: 06-21-02 11:33

    Dear Susan

    Does your doctor know about the arm thing? How often do you see your doctor? Are you seeing an HCM specialist? It just sounds like you may benefit from a stronger beta-blocker or perhaps an anti-arrhythmia. You can call the office to get a referral.

    take care

    Sarah

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    [Re: Shortness of breath]

    Author: Dora (---.proxy.aol.com)

    Date: 06-21-02 15:26

    Hi all,

    I just wanted to add that I found that if I eat anything with Sorbic acid (preservative) or nutur (miss spelled) sweet in it I will have a hard time with tightness in my chest as well as SOB.

    If I eat a heavy meal I also have trouble.

    Dora J.

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    [Re: Shortness of breath]

    Author: Debbie (---.glen-net.ca)

    Date: 06-21-02 15:32

    Susan you sound just like my husband. He has a great deal of tightening which is worse after he eats. He is on 50 mg of atenenol, and it also wears off late in the day. The last time he had severe pain with the tightening we went to the hospital , and were told that it was just a new pain and that he would have to live with it. The humidity is very hard on him also, which makes me nervous with summer just starting.

    take care.

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    [Re: Shortness of breath]

    Author: Lisa Salberg (208.47.172.---)

    Date: 06-21-02 16:07

    Hi -

    Large meals require a great deal from your system - it is best to eat small-light meals, you can eat more than 3 meals a day if your hungry, just try to keep it small and light---no heavy fats or greasy food,,, yeh I know thats to "good stuff" but it really is the bad stuff.

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

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