Heart Information Center
 
Ask a Heart Doctor
  Back to previous page

 

Help us improve this service.

Your feedback will help guide us in developing this site.

Ask a Texas Heart Institute Doctor 
Informed patients make better patients.

Question:

Is metoprolol or diltiazem better for my PVCs?

I have had serious Afib in 2011 and was hospitalized 4 times for that. Recently I started having PVC's and spent 24 hours in the hospital for tests. My medicines previous to the PVC's were Diovan and metoprolol. Since that the doctor changed to losartan and diltiazem. I am having trouble taking those meds and blood pressure does not seem to be controlled, but I have had no further PVC's. Without seeing my medical history, would you recommend the best for PVC's to be the metoprolol or diltiazem?

submitted by Nancy from Charlotte, North Carolina on 4/7/2013

Answer:

by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Roberto Lufschanowski, MD  

Roberto Lufschanowski, MDDear Nancy: Both are good medications. Like any other drug, the dose can be adjusted in order to control the blood pressure. You need to discuss these issues with your cardiologist.  

See also on this site:       

Has your question or a similar one already been answered?
Search all the Heart Doctor questions and answers.

To search for a doctor or access St. Luke's physician referral service, use the "Find a Doctor" link at the top of this page.


Updated April 2013
Top  

If you need information about keeping your heart healthy, e-mail the
Heart Information Center or call 1-800-292-2221.
 (Outside the U.S., call 1-832-355-6536.)

Texas Heart Institute Heart Information Center
Through this community outreach program, staff members of the Texas Heart Institute (THI) provide educational information related to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiovascular disease. It is not the intention of THI to provide specific medical advice, but rather to provide users with information to better understand their health and their diagnosed disorders. Specific medical advice will not be provided and THI urges you to visit a qualified physician for diagnosis and for answers to your questions.
Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Subscribe to us on YouTube Find Us on Flicikr Follow Us on Pinterest Add us on Google+

Please contact our Webmaster with questions or comments.
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy
© Copyright 1996-2014 Texas Heart Institute.
All rights reserved.
This website is accredited by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. U.S. NEWS America's Best Hospitals 2013-14