Chronicles of the Heart, Part 43 – progress at last…
Posted Aug 17 2012 12:26pm
Well, as of right now, the toxic beta-blocker, Nebivolol, is out of my system after taking the final fractional dose (0.3mg – ish), at 06.00 today.**
For the first time in a month, I feel almost well. Almost, because my legs and feet are hugely swollen though, after a week of agony, they’re going down again slowly.
Obviously, I still have a lot of ground to make up (and the underlying conditions remain), but at least the light at the end of the tunnel may no longer be an oncoming train…
** Diltiazem, 180mg twice a day, seems to be capable of keeping my tachycardia under control (frankly, I’ll worry about my blood pressure later – one thing at a time). I say “seems” because last night I woke and my heart was going like the clappers – I didn’t dare check it but I’d estimate it around 200bpm – I was vibrating!
If that’s repeated (just once means little – it could have been pushed up by a dream), then clearly I’ll have a problem, but until disproved, I’ll take this as a win.
And as I might have said, there is no point whatsoever in my going back to Arrowe Park Hospital (hi guys!), cardiology OPD in January. I’ve seen two cardiologists so far, one did nothing in 5 months, the other one actually made me a hell of a lot worse. APH would no doubt claim that’s my fault for insisting on Nebivolol, but no it’s bloody not – I was assured that it was safe when, in fact, it was not even remotely safe, for the reasons I’ve already described here and here.
If you have COPD and/or heart failure, I strongly recommend avoiding Nebivolol like the plague – as far as I’m concerned there is no safe, effective, dose in those circumstances – no matter what assurances you might be given.