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  • Giving Blood vs Arrythmias

    Hi

    I had a very bad case of arrhythmia in July of last year. I complained to my Cardiologist and he adjusted my dosage of Verapamill and got me on a cpap machine. I also started taking fish oil because I have heard the omega 3 fatty acids can reduce the risk of arrhythmia and other things. I am also taking the CO Q10 pill just because that might help too. Long story short is that I have not had any problems for a few months

    Today at work they had a blood drive. Seeing as how my Cardiologist has given me the okay to give blood, I did. Keep in mind that this was my 28Th pint that I have given to the Red Cross and about the 10Th since I have been diagnosed with HCM.

    I am now having very brief, for lack of a better word, flutters. I still feel great but I am wondering if giving up a pint of blood did this to me?

    Since HCM is pretty rare and I can't ask my neighbor if he has had this problem I am asking the HCM world. Has anybody had this problem besides me?
    Every day is a present I was diagnosed when I was 38, I have asthma which made me assume it was ashtma, getting old, and being about 30 lbs over what I should be. I have days when I would rather not know. Myectomy club 3Jan06 CCF, my life is so much better!!!!

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    You may have become a bit dehydrated with giving the blood. You might want to talk to your cardiologist and see if he changes his opinion on giving blood, or if he thinks this is causing your problem today. I hope it resolves quickly for you, but let your doc know if it persists or you have other probs - Linda

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      I have given blood a number of times since I was diagnosed with HCM. I can't say that I have had any problem with arythmias, but I do have to be very careful about dehydration. My cardio told me that giving blood was OK, but I should be careful to hydrate throughly before and after. The one time that I neglected hydration before giving blood, I was very light-headed, and even close to fainting at the top of a few stair steps. Other times, I have been fine.

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