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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - July 15, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 - THE LETHBK1DGE HER AID - Thursday, July 15, 1971 LAWRENCE E. LAMB, M. D. Rapid heart rate can be puzzling Your Horoscope By JEANE DIXON Dear Dr. Lamb - Could you help my husband? He has had a complete checkup even at the Mayo Clinic and so far there isn't a doctor who can help him. He gets this fast pulse, so fast you can't count it. He gets pale and has to lie down. It lasts a short time then sometimes it lasts up to two hours. For a while he has it every day then there will be weeks before he has it again. Doctors told him, he is as healthy as a horse, and many wish they had his health. Then why this pulse? He is 62 years old, five feet 11 and weighs 205 pounds. He is a bricklayer but has trouble putting in a full week because of his fast pulse. If he didn't have a good boss he would have lost his job long ago. Dear Reader - One of the difficulties doctors have in dealing with this type of problem is that the patient always has the problem when be is not in the doctor's office. Any medi c a 1 examination, even at the Mayo Clinic, is just a brief glimpse of what occurs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The best approach is to try to document the nature of the rapid heart rate. There are little tape recorders that people can wear and record the heart beat for 10 hours at a time and by changing the tape, records for days can be obtained. Unfortunately, these are not available in all doctor's offices and the procedure is expensive. There are several irregularities of the heart that could cause the difficulties you describe in your husband. Many of these examples of "rapid heart action" occur in people who are "healthy as a horse." In others, an overactive thyroid can cause the heart to be more irritable than normal and cause such episodes. If there is no apparent cause for them that is fine, but they can still be disabling, just as you describe in your husband's case. Whenever the heart beats too fast for any reason it becomes inefficient and can actually decrease the heart's ability to pump enough blood. If it beats fast and in an irregular manner this is even more likely to occur. If the heart can't pump enough blood, the brain is affected and a person feels faint and may need to lie down. Most individuals with this problem can get some help from stopping smoking in all forms, and eliminating coffee and other stimulants. Your husband is also too heavy for his height and needs to lose weight. If he has as many episodes of rapid heart action as you describe he should be given medicine to control his heart rate or prevent such attacks, even if he doesn't have my other evidence of illness. Medicines do exist for this purpose SPAIN'S population Spain's population is 33 million. GOREN ON BRIDGE BY CHARLES H. GOREN [c Wl: Br The Chicago Tribune] East-West vulnerable North deals. NORTH West Pass Pass Pass Pass A AK864 2 A65 0 K4 * A J WEST EAST A Q 9 5 A J 10 7 J 10 8 4 O Pass 5 O IS O Pass Pass Opening lead: Jack of