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Posted by novie on 2015-02-04 10:26. 1 comments. 127 reads
 
Warm regards to everyone!
It's been ages since I last post. It's really nice to know that some people that I can remember are still out there giving there best when it comes to opinions,advice...and whatever they can do to help.
I had TIA two summers ago (it was gone even before paramedics arrived) was sent to ER and went thru all the test needed ( 5 long hours of my life!) and got all the negative results and was sent home. I was sent to a neurologist (who told me he never want to see me again, I promised....a promise that I've been keeping until now!) I was prescribed Apixaban 5mg twice a day. The best replacement for my blood thinner ( not that I have high blood pressure...it's always low!) with the combination of Diltiazem ...


Posted by Tattoo Man on 2015-02-03 14:58. 2 comments. 144 reads
 

.........Paul .....how are you doing ??

Tattoo Man

Posted by TDAV on 2015-02-03 14:49. 8 comments. 136 reads
 
Hello new wired family !
i am a 48 yr old woman
hx of AFib ,cardiomegaly,CHF and ive had two valves replaced.
I will be having a pm and defib put in this thursday as well as an ablation.I dont know anyone personally who has had a pm put in, I worry that im not ready for this, I worry that this wont fix my problems and Im going through yet another surgery, every time i have surgery I come back feeling weaker. Im worried i wont feel as good as the doctors say, how soon until you guys felt the difference(better) did anyone regret it? Will I be able to dance at my daughter wedding (August) without feeling sooo tired so soon?

Posted by Tillmanb4541 on 2015-02-03 14:35. 3 comments. 102 reads
 
Hi everyone,
I,m a 65 year old male and I had a PM put in 2 years ago.
I have had afib all my life. The reason for the PM was because I was having slow beats as well. My EP thought by putting in a PM it would help the slow beats and then he could increase my Cardizeum to 420 mg. a day to help the afip and not have to worry about slowing my heart down.
My question is: I,m thinking now of having my AV Node ablated and would like to hear comments of others who have had this done. I,m concerned if I,m doing the right thing.

Thanks so much !


Posted by jane32 on 2015-02-03 07:28. 11 comments. 280 reads
 
I have been having trouble with my pm bulging when I lie on my side in bed at night, it sticks out and feels weird but slips back into position when I lie on my back, this happens several times at night. I had thought it might be because I have lost about 4kgs and gone down a bra size so weight has come off in that area, also have had a cardioversion about 6mths ago, but after having a chest xray to check position of pm it shows pm has changed position and Dr has sent urgent referral thru to cardiology department. They are suggesting twiddlers syndrome. I have had pm three and a half years and have never been aware of twiddling with it, in fact I almost never thought about it until this starting happening. I am sure Dr will never belie...


Posted by lisa123 on 2015-02-02 23:31. 1 comments. 116 reads
 
I have a dual chamber pacemaker set for 50bpm and have a current heart rate of 90bpm (resting) - should I be worried? My last checkup they were doing a wait and see as they perceive a problem with one of my wires. What do you think?

Posted by dizzy on 2015-02-02 17:59. 3 comments. 118 reads
 
hello i have to have an mri of my shoulder will that bother my pacemaker? right shoulder


Posted by TraceyE on 2015-02-02 17:54. 0 comments. 49 reads
 
From ACHA's Facebook page, thought it looked very interesting. These are topics you don't often see addressed for those of us who are congenital.

Mayo Clinic to Host Webinar: Congenital Heart Disease What Patients Need to Know
During this free, one-hour interactive webinar hosted by Mayo Clinic on February 13 at noon CT, Drs. Joseph Dearani and Carole Warnes will provide an overview of congenital heart disease, including transition of care into adulthood, pregnancy, surgical risks, valve repair and replacement, innovation, and lifelong follow-up. A question and answer period will follow their discussion. To register, visit http://mayocl.in/1L4USlR.

Posted by TraceyE on 2015-02-01 21:09. 1 comments. 117 reads
 
Yes it's ok to wear a fitbit but we are not supposed to use the scales that measure bmi, etc. Stick to a regular scale.

Posted by mom0f6 on 2015-02-01 14:58. 4 comments. 89 reads
 
Hey all,
It has been a while since I have posted! As an update, I am doing great! PM is working like it is supposed to and finally have all the settings where they need to be! I did develop Atach/SVTs and had a failed ablation and another TIA. BUT, I am well.
I am still chasing chickens and ducks and am looking foward to my first powerlifting competition at the end of the month.
I hope everyone here is doing good for where they are also!

Terri

Posted by flutetooter on 2015-02-01 00:03. 4 comments. 116 reads
 
--Also just dropping by to say how thankful I am to have had my pacemaker put in a year ago. We had several lovely vacations, did gardening and hose remodeling and I had other abdominal surgeries in July - all with extra energy to spare. Right now I especially glad to have that energy boost because I am coping with a horrible fall my husband had on the ice on Jan. 6, landing on the back of his head with a subdural and subarachnoidal brain hemorrhage. After 3 1/2 wk. in intensive care and regular hospital care, he is now getting intensive physical training in a rehab center for lost weight and muscles, but seems mostly fine as to minimal, if any, memory loss. He is a runner and biker still at 78, and was in top shape. I would never hav...


Posted by ballydhanoa on 2015-01-31 22:38. 11 comments. 132 reads
 
hello friends i am 21 years old male patient of chb have dual chamber IPG pm. on november 2014 i start feeling heart palpitations dr check my pm it was doing good. now sometimes the palpitation go away for days and again come back. today after 20 days without palpitation again i start feeling palpitations dont know what is the reason of it. i hope someone can help me out.. i feel something in my heart.

Posted by Runningmama on 2015-01-31 22:16. 3 comments. 65 reads
 
It's been a while since I was on, just wanted to drop by and say hello to everyone! I am always glad to be a part of this great group of awesome peeps!!!

Posted by Grateful Heart on 2015-01-31 22:03. 17 comments. 193 reads
 
I notice when I sign in, 99% of the time I am at the bottom of the list. Now I'm not complaining....in fact, I find it rather amusing.

So am I "bringing up the rear" or am I the caboose. As I understand it, the caboose is a very important part of the train.

Be kind in your responses. :-)

Grateful Heart

Posted by WYknitter on 2015-01-30 11:13. 10 comments. 309 reads
 
This is a response I got from Medtronic when I inquired about beeping that woke me up at 1AM on Monday AND after a 240 mile round trip to the cardiologist ofc yesterday, at the recommendation of their nurse practitioner, I might add.

I hope this information will help those who have current models of Medtronic pacemakers avoid the frustration and embarrassment that I still fell.

"Thank you for contacting Medtronic Patient Services with your question about the Medtronic Adapta pacemaker. The Adapta pacemaker along with all other current models of Medtronic pacemakers do not have audible capabilities. This device will not beep under any circumstances."

This was a learning experience for me and for the nu...


Posted by Cobpop on 2015-01-29 16:01. 1 comments. 86 reads
 
On Friday morning I will have my original pacemaker replaced with a pacemaker with b-ventricular pacing.

Anyone who has gone through this - any advice? How did it go? I would be glad to know of things I should expect, and what to be aware of in the future.

Thanks.

Cobpop

Posted by tammyjk1021 on 2015-01-29 15:34. 8 comments. 201 reads
 
Just got my micra put in last week and wondering if anyone else has participated in this study as well.

Posted by suzip on 2015-01-29 11:04. 5 comments. 183 reads
 
I have very recently been diagnosed with cardioinhibitory syncope following a tilt table test...during this test I blacked out and my heart stopped for 20 seconds. I have seen a cardiology consultant who said that I would benefit from a pacemaker and that it was the best treatment to have.
I also have nocturnal bradycardia and have recently had a ecg of 47bpm.
Can anyone tell me what the regulations are for driving with this condition after a pacemaker is fitted and maybe the length of time I could be looking at for not been able to drive. I have only had a syncope episode 3 times in the last 10 years.

Posted by lizdonaldson on 2015-01-29 09:28. 3 comments. 159 reads
 
I have a Medtronic Revo MRI Sure Scan pacemaker and need an MRI. MY local hospital will not do it. Has anyone had a problem with having an MRI with this pacemaker?

Posted by Dave H on 2015-01-28 17:21. 2 comments. 173 reads
 
Just returned from an overnight stay at the hospital after having my 2.5 year old Medtronic Consulta CRT-P replaced with a Medtronic Viva XT CRT-D. EP felt the new device would serve me better. It is approx. 50% larger and heavier than the Consulta, and has the ability to deliver a "shock" when needed. Procedure lasted about 2 hrs --- I was in La-La-Land. A little sore today, but no big deal. Medtronic Reps were on hand every step of the way and delivered tons of info. Only thing I didn't like was the uncomfortable hospital beds. I spent the night in the ICU, and there were folks there in much more dire shape than I was. My goal is to not become one of them. I spent 45 mins walking the floor a few hours after the procedure, and I intend ...




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