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rapid heart rate and tremors
EW4567 posted:
This may be an unusual question, but I don't know where else to turn. I was diagnosed with Parkinson's about 7 years ago and was put on Toprol xl. My meds for Parkinsons's never have worked real well, but recently not at all. I;ve noticed that in the past week, for some reason if I forgot to take my toprol my tremors are much worse and Parkinson's meds do absolutely nothing. Is rapid heart related to Parkinson's or could I be diagnosed wrong. What do you suggest? Thank you.
cardiostarusa1 responded:
Hi EW:

"I've noticed that in the past week, for some reason if I forgot to take my toprol my tremors are much worse."

As reported, beta-blockers, such as Toprol-XL, when taken as directed, may/can be effective in treating/controlling certain types of tremors (familial or hereditary essential tremors).

"Is rapid heart related to Parkinson's"

Not typically, though in studies, it was reported that some PD patients experience tachycardia (heart rate over 100 beats per minute).

Also, there have been reports of Parkinson's tremor-induced electrocardiogram artifact (false reading), such as mimicking ventricular taychardia (VT).

"Or could I be diagnosed wrong?"

Anything is possible today.

Mayo Clinic

Parkinson's disease

Tests and Diagnosis

No tests exist to diagnose Parkinson's disease. Your doctor will diagnose Parkinson's disease based on your medical history, a review of your signs and symptoms, and a neurological and physical examination. Your doctor sometimes may order tests to rule out other conditions that may be causing your symptoms.

In addition to your examination......

Best of luck down the road of life.

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