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I have been experiencing dizziness and slight faintness

I am a 55 year old male, work in an office, exercize three times weekly at moderate pace for 20-30 minutes. ?
I am 20-30 lbs overweight. I am pale and have been experiencing dizziness and slight faintness for weeks. My pulse has been between 40-48. My doctor is not concerned and reduced my BP medicine. Should I seek further treatment?
Mon, 14 Dec 2009
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You say your pulse is 40-48 and this sounds terribly like your doctor has put you onto beta-blockers. They have exactly the side-effects you describe,- low pulse rate, plus many more, -tiredness, general malaise, impotence, but mainly many more patients die who are on them than other anti-hypertensive drugs. Your doctor is unconcerned because he's got lots of other patients. Reducing the dosage is immaterial because they're not dosage-sensitive. IF you're on beta-blockers (they nearly all have names ending in "----OLOL " such as Atenolol, Propranolol, etc) I'd sincerely urge you to wean yourself off them, beginning now. DON"T suddenly stop taking them, because you'll get a beta-blocker Bounce" effect... Just decrease the dosage, and take them less frequently until you're completely off them. Beta blockers have been officially withdrawn in UK as first-line treatment for so-called hypertension ( in 2006) due to the horrendously high mortality rate they caused, in the largest-ever test-trial ever conducted (the ASCOT Trial). In due course they'll be withdrawn in other countries.
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