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    Irregular Heartbeat and Nosebleeds
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    HealthCuriosity posted:
    Hi: My partner has been experiencing irregular heartbeats over the last few weeks. He had a triple bypass three years ago. He is 58. Meds: Ramipril, Novo-Hydrazide, Crestor, Low Dose Aspirin. The episodes seem to have been brought about, as far as we can tell, by drinking binging and once by rushing about at work plus anxiety. He is taking steps to find out the problem and to amend his lifestyle (i.e., he took a stress test and no problem and is waiting to have a halter monitor attached and also to see his heart specialist). Since these problems have begun he has had 2 nosebleeds, last Sunday and the Sunday before, which were fairly heavy and which took between 15/20 minutes to staunch. He has no history of nosebleeds. My question is, could these nosebleeds have anything to do with the irregular heartbeat? Our theory is that the surplus blood pumped that wasn't circulated properly had to be flushed and thus the nosebleeds? Is that poss.? Should he stop the aspirin temporarily?
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    James_Beckerman_MD responded:
    I don't recommend stopping any medications unless recommended by his doctor. It is unlikely that the nosebleeds and irregular heartbeats are related. Irregular heartbeats can have many causes - one of which is called atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is more common in people have had open heart surgery and who binge drink. I recommend that he cut down his alcohol intake. I think the Holter monitor and cardiology consultation will be very helfpul and should shed some light on what's going on. Take care.


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