Posted by: Marita | 2003/01/29

Diabetes with irregular heartbeat, bloating & sleep apnea

My husband has been a grade 2 Diabetic for 3 years. He is less than compliant, but his sugar levels seldom go higher than 10. Since the beginning he has had skipped heartbeats, which cause symptoms similar to a panic attack. He also gets very bloated. The heart discomfort lasts for up to 3 weeks at a time and then will go away for a week to 6 weeks with no symptoms. He has had several ECGs, where the skipped beat shows up, but doctors and physicians have not seemed to take it seriously - basically saying he just has to live with it. Lately the irregular beat has caused sleep apnea.

All of this leaves him feeling very tired, grumpy and hopeless. Please help.


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Marita, the irregular heartbeat might not be so serious, but the same can’t be said for the sleep apnoea. The sleep apnoea together with the irregular heartbeat may be a sign of and/or lead to serious problems. The best would be to get a second opinion from a different specialist physician. Good luck.

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