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06 Apr 2006

Heart - Pulse rate of 117
Hi
My mom, 57 years has been diagnoses with COPD 16 years ago. She has been experiecing severe pulpitations and feelings of bodily tremors. She is not on any medication aside from Atrovent and Berotec which is used in the Neb machine. She has slight swelling of the angles. Is there anything she can take to drop the heart rate and reduce the feeling of shakiness she is currently experiencing or should we rather seek medical attention.

Thank you for your time,

Dale
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HeartDoc

01 Jan 0001


Dear Dale,

Your Mom should be seen by her doctor, as she may need to have her overall condition re-assessed, and her medication modified. The Atrovent and Berotec for the COPD can cause a very fast pulse, palpitations and tremors in some people, so she may need to be placed on other treatment. With longstanding COPD, there is also a possibility of heart strain or failure, which can confuse the picture as well : heart failure symptoms may be difficult to distinguish from her COPD symptoms at times, and she will need certain tests to determine this. The swelling of the ankles may be due to mild heart failure, sometimes seen with COPD. Why it is important is because the meds she is on can aggravate heart problems IF SHE HAS THEM, so this needs to be sorted out clearly.

As this may be a complex problem, I would suggest that you ask your doctor to refer you to a specialist physician, as soon as possible. I hope she feels better soon.

Regards,

HeartDoc
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