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GPConbeer said in September 15th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

I’ve been reading your blog with great interest because (1) my wife age 57 has had two bouts of aFib in the past year but is otherwise the healthiest person I know, and (2) I worked with a scientist who was studying drug induced arrhythmias for a few years and, while not a scientist myself, found it fascinating.
To the latter point, you gave us some new information in this latest post, your frequent and increasing use of albuterol over the past year. Albuterol is known for being pro-arrhythmic. Did you discuss this with your cardiologist?
Also, albuterol should not be taken if you are taking metoprolol. They interact. Be careful.

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admin said in September 16th, 2010 at 9:03 am

I very much appreciate your comments. Luckily, I haven’t been taking the metoprolol since about a week after the attacks, so that’s not an issue, but the relationship between albuterol and arrhythmias is certainly a disturbing one. Can you direct me to any research on the subject?
Cheers, and I hope your wife’s heart settles down!

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Rose said in September 18th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

I would like to read about the reactions of your two kids, your wife, your colleagues and your students regarding the health issues you have experienced this summer. I’m especially interested in knowing how you have explained this all to your youngest daughter.

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admin said in September 28th, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Well, they’ve all been concerned. My colleagues (and my soccer-playing friends) have come out with stories of their own issues, especially cardiac issues, so the whole episode has really drawn me much closer to several people. My wife has had her own anxieties, naturally, so we’ve really been going through this in tandem, almost. Both my daughters are very good at giving sympathy, but I don’t think they’re become alarmed that they were in imminent danger of losing their father. I try to approach my own fears by informing myself, insofar as that’s possible, and I think that has helped in setting a tone for those around me. But that’s easier to say given that on the whole I’ve been feeling gradually better rather than gradually worse!
Thanks so much for your concern.

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Jennie said in November 27th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Hi Bro, how is the heart now? My heart palputations and irregular rhythms are not related to exercise, infact I’ve just had one as I sat at the pc and typed this. All very strange. What medication did your GP prescribe? Al hasn’t reported any heart problems over the last couple of years despite the awfullness of his diet and the unrelenting stress. I can’t help feeling that his will rear its ugly head again sometime….Just sent you an email by the way Jenxx

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Ted Montgomery said in February 2nd, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Hello Tim, your writing is as brilliant as ever… I am trying to empathize a bit with you as I understand more about your heart challenge. Perhaps this Sunday we can catch up. Sweet Aloha to you and your bride.

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