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Capa
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I am back from the ER after being sent due to a slow heart rate. I have experienced dizziness, lightheadedness, mild chest pain, and swollen/potruding veins. My heart rate is about 40 on average.


Are there others who suffer from this condition? Any suggestions on finding a Doctor that is Lyme literate and familiar with bradycardia?


My LLMD will not let me take abx until I am cleared by a cardiologist. She is afraid that a die off may cause heart block and/or drop my heart rate further.

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What was your heart rate before getting Lyme? Mine's been in the 40s for years before getting sick. Pro marathoners can be in the 30s.

Cardiologist always tell me I have Bradycardia. I don't... maybe you don't either. Maybe your natural rate is just lower than "normal".

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You will find some answers if you do a search here on lymenet,
Click on search bar and type in (NMH)
Most but not all have tachycardia ,Some have Bradycardia. Dizziness and fainting are common.

PS. Have you had a Tilt table test done ??

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Capa
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I'm not sure what my heart rate was prior to Lyme. The bradycardia causes a lot of symptoms for me so I don't think that this is "normal" for me.

I am trying to sort out how serious this is as I have had more frequent fainting spells. Hopefully others can chime in.


Thanks!

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Lisa D

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I had the tilt table test done previous to lyme diagnosis. That was the last time I discussed Bradycardia with a doc. You might look into that. They also do one where you lay down, sit up and then stand.

I've never heard of a lyme knowledgeable cardio doc. Maybe ask your LLMD if he has friend.

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Updated 02.06.10 On an ABX break since July 09, gluten-free, lots of exercise.

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I suffer from Bradycardia and dysautonomia as well! I'm so happy to find someone else who can relate, yet I'm so sorry that you have to deal with this too because it's so miserable and it's rather scary at times. I have bradycardia, dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pain, left arm pain, and palpitations. I can't take much to kill of the bacteria right now because herxing does make it worse for me. I know this isn't the case for everyone though; your heart symptoms may improve when the bacteria dies. It all depends on your body's tendencies! I do hope that you find a doctor that can help and some answers soon.
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Thanks so much LittleLymie, sorry that you are going through it as well. It sounds like there is a delicate balance between killing off bacteria while not putting an overload on the heart. Finding a LLMD is key!

If anyone knows of a cardiologist in the NorthEast who is Lyme literate then please send me a message privately.

I have not had a tilt table test yet. Hopefully a new cardiologist will have one done.

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