Chemically, electrolytes are substances that become ions in solution and acquire the capacity to conduct electricity.(Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, and Bicarbonate)
Chloride is the major anion (negatively charged ion) found in the fluid outside of cells and in the blood. An anion is the negatively charged part of certain substances such as table salt (sodium chloride or NaCl) when dissolved in liquid.
Sodium is the major positive ion (cation
) in fluid outside of cells. Sodium regulates the total amount of water in the body and the transmission of sodium into and out of individual cells also plays a role in critical body functions.
Norvasc (amlodipine) belongs to a group of medicines known as calcium-channel blockers (calcium antagonists). Calcium-channel blockers lower blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessel walls and would not likely cause skipped beats.
Clonidine lowers blood pressure by decreasing the levels of certain chemicals in your blood. This allows your blood vessels to relax and your heart to beat more slowly and easily. This can cause the feeling of a skipped beat as we talked about above with the pause and then a strong beat.
Avapro is an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB). It works by relaxing blood vessels. This helps to lower blood pressure.
With the combination of the three they can cause a pause in the beat so you feel the next beat stronger than normal and this is recognized as a "skipped beat" This is not unusual and should not be of concern.
People can have an irregular heart rate at times and it return to normal without any ill effects. With the medications being taken regular doctor visits are important to monitor blood pressure, heart rate, etc but just the usual follow-up schedule.