Heart spasms

sdchris34
By sdchris34 Latest Reply 2010-10-06 09:06:58 -0500
Started 2010-09-30 16:15:31 -0500

I have severe heart spasms which have caused a mild heart attack. Does anyone have any ideas how to help? I have good days where life is normal and bad days where I can hardly get out of bed because I am very weak and having spasms. Since there isn't much research on this, I am looking outside the box. Any ideas?


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John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2010-10-04 09:44:47 -0500 Report

Welcome, sdchris34,
I don't know much about heart spasms. But I was able to find this article which says that calcium channel blockers can help reduce spasms of the coronary arteries. Is that something you and your doctor have tried before?

Here's the article:

http://www.heartconnect.com/health-center/documents/9767-calcium-channel-blockers-for-heart-attack-and-unstable-angina

sdchris34
sdchris34 2010-10-04 11:31:53 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info John. I am currently taking a high dosage of calcium channel blockers and a maintenance nitraite. I take nitro regularly as the pains start. The drs. aren't sure what to do. I failed a stress echo and the angiogram was completely clear till the spasm hit. At least they know why I failed the echo.

ca0371
ca0371 2010-10-05 22:36:56 -0500 Report

Hi sdchris34. I also suffer from spasms. It is likely from Raynaud's. Before that possible explaination, my doctor tried me on Imdur. I don't tolerate nitro well at all & had a bad reaction. So my doctor had me try L-arginine (1000 mg) & Zantac (150mg). The Zantac is for the upper chest/lower throat spasm's. This combination has worked well. The L-arginine is available over the counter. I get mine at Walgreens. They always have it buy one get one free! Nature's Bounty makes it & is available in 500 & 1000mg's. Hope this outside the box idea helps!

PS. I also take Diltiazem (Cardizem).

sdchris34
sdchris34 2010-10-06 09:06:58 -0500 Report

Hi Ca0371, I looked up Raynaud's. While I do have cold feet and hands, I don't have the other symptoms. I am taking a form of Indur currently and take nitro whenever the chest spasms start as they don't want another heart attack happenning. I will check into the meds you reccommended and talk with my cardio doc. I am allergic to Diltiazem so that one is out so I am Verapamil. Thanks for the info. The more knowledge I find the better I can deal with this. Thanks again.

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