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What can I do about persistent symptoms associated with my arrhythmia?

I have had a heart arrhythmia for several years. I take 100mg metoprolol daily and I continue to have a few heart flip flops off and on. If I am taking that much medication, should I still be having these symptoms from time to time? My doctor says that I just need to live with it and I am fine. But I am in constant anxiety over this. Any advice?

submitted by Diana  from Sherman, Texas on 5/20/2013


by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, George Younis, MD    

George Younis, MDMany patients still have symptoms of palpitations despite medical therapies. This is common. Anxiety can make the problem worse. There are other medical options that may work if initial trials have failed. In rare circumstances, a procedure such as an ablation can be performed.

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Updated May 2013
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