My cardiologist has checked my potassium level 4 times in the last month and says it is still elevated.
I was prescribed Cozaar for hypertension about 1 year ago by him and he took over the zocor my PCP presribed. After the 2nd blood test for potassium the cardio doc said to stop it entirely [zocor]. as a side note: the PCP was handling another hypertension drug called atenolol which was cut in half because I was dizzy and my pulse was sometimes in the low 40′s but usually around 60. [about 2-3 weeks ago]
Been monitoring B.P. which has been consistent since February around 148/78.
Why is the cardiologist concerned about potassium?
The simplest way to put it is that potassium regulates your heart beat, too much or too little can cause irregular rhythms.
I am concerned about my heart. My heart seems to skip beats. I always had them but early on they were so infrequent that I hardly noticed them. Last June after driving 30 minutes to meet my husband, my heart did a skip that I almost passed out. Went to hospital. Had blood work done. Doctor came back and said that I was fine and the bloodwork was good. No sign of stroke. BP was good. My heart seems to skip beats regularly now and more so after eating. Not long ago I experienced another near black-out while driving. I want to know what my next steps to take.
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