I was diagnosed with congenital 2nd degree and some 3rd degree av block and about 5 years ago at age 21. As of my last Cardio appt on 9/9 I was in complete block. I have also been diagnosed with depression, panic disorder/anxiety, and ADHD among others. I was taking 20mg of Lexpro for the depression/anxiety for about 2 years. I have recently began to taper myself off of it. The fatigue that it causes on top of the fatigue I experience because of my block make it almost impossible to get through the day. The only thing that helps at all is the Adderall for my ADHD. My psychiatrist recently decided to try me on a new medication called Viibryd. I never take anything without running it by my cardiologist first but she hasn't heard of it yet. It's a VERY new medication. From my research, I've found that it contains 5-HT1A receptors that lower blood pressure and heart rate. Of course that is a red flag for me because I can't afford to lower my heart rate one bit.
For those of you out there that deal with depression and heart disease:
Which medications have you had a good experience with?
Has anyone heard anything about Viibryd?
Any insight into depression medication and heart disease would be GREATLY appreciated!