High heart rateWed, 12/19/2018 - 12:44PM
My husband got a HeartMate3 on Sept 13, 2018 - his 76th birthday. He went from final stages of heart failure - basically send him home on a drip to die - to a remarkable recovery. Other than his heart, he has always been physically fit. After surgery and adjustment, he went home after 2 weeks, weak but improving every day. His heart rate was normal. Suddenly, several weeks ago, his heart rate jumped to 120's. An increase in his Coreg brought it down a little and we are starting another increase to 12.5 MG x 2 per day. Metoprolol made him very sick - vomiting etc. so we are on Corge (carvedilol) His MAP jumped from the lot 80's to the low 90's.
I am desperately concerned about this sudden high rate. Has anyone else experienced it? Duke University Hospital - and I cannot say enough about the excellent care and support we have received there - tell me this is not common. Does it mean we are experiencing additional damage to the right ventricle???? I have no experience or info to help me put this into perspective.