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Posted by dorcasrn on 2015-04-08 15:50. 2 comments. 188 reads
 
I had my pacemaker placed in March. I have had high blood pressure for about 5 years that has been in good control with Diovan and Toprol. Right after my pacemaker was placed my blood pressure went sky high. My family dr increased my Diovan but it is still really high. I am trying to convince her to change meds. Any ideas on what is a good choice? I have afib along with my sinus brady. I see from other posts that this is a common problem. Thanks!

Posted by jam44 on 2015-04-08 10:12. 11 comments. 299 reads
 
It has been a little over two months since I received my pacemaker. At night it seems to shift a lot. Then it aches and I have to change sides to get back to sleep. I thought it would stay in place by now, but it still moves around. How long does it take for it to not move around.
Thanks for any help.

Posted by bobc on 2015-04-03 13:47. 2 comments. 308 reads
 
Anyone out there having problems with the MedTronic SureScan pacemaker. Implanted eight weeks ago. Having problems with heart racing on the upper end, like 180+ bpm during moderate exercise. Didn't have any such problems before getting the pacemaker, only a very infrequent A-V block problem. Lots of adjustments since implantation, but worried that this (new) type of pacemaker may have unforeseen issues.

Posted by Peanut40 on 2015-03-29 08:55. 2 comments. 209 reads
 
Thanks to my co-workers and EMTs for there work on me on 02/09/2015 for saving my life not once but twice. But this sternum and rib pain is almost unbearable at times.Have even called off work twice because I couldnt move when I got up in the morning. Granted I do seem to over to it at work, but just doing my job. Heard it could take up to a year for the pain to go away, Any truth to that ?

Posted by Wunderwoman803 on 2015-03-24 18:52. 7 comments. 473 reads
 
Hi. I just found this website, as I was searching for the links between dehydration and bradycardia.

After fainting 3 times in the last year - the last time I was standing in line at WalMart! - my doctor finally explained to me that dehydration causes my blood to thicken. Normally, when this happens, a person's heart will start beating faster to keep pumping enough blood to the brain to keep you going. But, since my pacemaker only pumps at one speed, if I stand in one spot too long and am dehydrated....PLUNK! I pass out.

Does anyone else have to deal with this? I'm wondering how much it helps to take salt tablets. I don't usually eat much salt, which leaves me susceptible to dehydration. That, plus I tend to dr...


Posted by Peanut40 on 2015-03-23 20:29. 2 comments. 204 reads
 
had ICD put in 02./13/15, feeling good. But dealing with this itching is me nuts. Do they make acream for that

Posted by beaver on 2015-03-20 08:47. 3 comments. 214 reads
 
Is there any bad effects when operating a SAD light box wearing a pacemaker .Make:SOR.Sorin Biomedica Model:Esprit DR Type:DDDR.

Hope someone has information regarding the effect of SAD light on a pacemaker. If ok to use.

Posted by Vinnie on 2015-03-18 14:51. 1 comments. 159 reads
 
While searching the web I came across this site which may be helpful------- thanks to all for your info.
http://www.uwhealth.org/files/uwhealth/docs/anticoagulation/Periprocedural_Anticoagulation_Guideline.pdf

Regards
Vinnie

Posted by PoodleLady1 on 2015-03-18 09:49. 6 comments. 275 reads
 
I have been suffering from rashes for the past 11 months. I have a defibrillator installed in my chest since 11/13. The biopsy of my rash revealed chronic hives from unknown cause. Could it be possible my body is allergic to something in this Merlin transmitter? I have been eliminating all possibilities causing rashes such as soaps and vitamin supplements to no avail. Anyone else out there have this problem or who have been diagnosed as an allergic reaction to the device in your body?

Posted by lorine on 2015-03-17 17:28. 3 comments. 174 reads
 
PLEASE HELP I had a Icd for 15 yrs now in August they add a pacemaker . Now I have a burning feeling through my left chest to back. Please anybody ever heard of this! I really need help.

Posted by Vinnie on 2015-03-16 19:08. 9 comments. 402 reads
 
Need some help. I had a T.I.A. stroke a couple of weeks ago because I stopped PRADAXA for 3 days. My problem is --- the last time I changed my CRT-P Pacer ( June 2013 ) I stopped the PRADAXA for 4 days ( doctors orders). Now I am wondering If there is any rule as to how many days you should stop or do doctors just pull a number of days out of the air. Obviously if I got a stroke after 3 days stoppage; stopping it for 4 days means I'm pushing my luck each time I change a Pacemaker. Anyone out there have a similiar dilema? I guess people taking Xerelto,or Eliquis face the same problem as people on Pradaxa. What do you do when you have to change a pacemaker or have to pull teeth or any other time of proceedure that involves bleeding ie hemorr...


Posted by Porkypig on 2015-03-16 17:06. 3 comments. 383 reads
 
Hi not feeling good and was wondering if anyone has same sort of thing, to cut very long story short I have had 3 pacemakers in 18 months due to infection, first infection was iv treated for 2 weeks before new one put in on other side, new one didn't heal properly for 6 months and I was constantly made to feel I was wasting doctors and cardio time and told its only scar tissue that wont heal not pocket infection, I was so fed up and depressed with it all, after 6 moths a hole appeared like a maggot hole in an apple and gallons of fluid was coming out, I had an appointment with cardio anyway so went to that and that point they admitted me stated iv antibioctic and next day the planned to take out pacer, at this point the cardiologist was v...


Posted by mara on 2015-03-15 13:00. 4 comments. 254 reads
 
One year post dual PM for AV block. Echogram = significant issues developing, although syptoms lacking
1. Ischemic cardiomyopathy
2. supraventricular tachycardia, likely atrial flutter
3. systolic function has deteriorated with EF EJECTION FRACTION 40%.

appoinment tomorrow to find out what all this means


Posted by DMJ on 2015-03-14 22:07. 2 comments. 277 reads
 
Hello all,

This is a follow up to my post about not being able to exercise without feeling sick and throwing up etc. This past Monday my Husband and I walked to our mailbox which has a slight hill to climb. I got dizzy and had to be helped back home, started the old sick, throw-up thing. Set a interrogation of my pacer to doctors and they called saying I had 18 episodes of V_Tach in the last month up to 180's yet below my VT zone. Was told to go to local ER. Tried to get it done with and used adenosine 6 mg and 12 mg, not help and started on amiodarone 150 mg which did get it back after 4 hours to 65 hr. No beds in my state of NH on a cardio unit. That was my luck, was sent almost 2 hours to Boston's Brigham and Women'...


Posted by Laughing on 2015-03-14 13:54. 4 comments. 269 reads
 
I had a pacemaker fitted last Thursday and I am experiencing twitching on my left mid abdomen, I'd this something tobe worried about, not sure if I should ring my doctor.

Posted by Sandies on 2015-03-14 12:53. 2 comments. 175 reads
 
Sorry for all the spelling errors in my post! Did not proof read.
Sandie

Posted by Sandies on 2015-03-14 12:46. 1 comments. 258 reads
 
I have a 2 month old pacemaker that is cauing me pain along the scar and around the outside edge of the divice. Also have a medtronic heart loop. There does not seem to be an infection but just a bothersome pain. Wakes me up, hard to sleep on stomach. Almost like a burning sensation.
I was having syncopes, heart pausing, reasons for PM. Was suppose to correct but it has not and infact the syncopes are getting worse. Today 1 about every hour or so. They are very destressing casuing you to feel week, tired along with the PM pain not a good day. Going to see a neurologist about the syncopes as heart dr. thinks they may be autonomical reactions, something about the vegas nerve. Any one else have any insight about these issues? Thanks, Sa...


Posted by pondwater on 2015-03-13 19:15. 2 comments. 295 reads
 
Hello,

I was just told this morning that my father has an afib in the upper part of his heart. He had a pacemaker put in in 2012. The afib was just found because of a reading and a regular checkup with the VA. Per records the afib showed up in Dec of 2014, Jan, Feb of this year.

We've many questions of course. My concerns are if he would have to go back into surgery for treatment? Has anyone here been in this situation? Do or can pacemakers cause afibs?

He is awaiting a call from his local VA clinic to get in to see someone. He told me he saw a nurse up where he went (has to travel 4hrs to see a dr) and the clinic where he lives will call him. He told me he called them this morning. Its Friday and...


Posted by bearss27 on 2015-03-13 18:42. 4 comments. 323 reads
 
When I had my pacemaker originally put in they just put it in under the skin but soon after it started moving around and almost flipping over. The cardiologist recommended getting a pocket revision and having it put in the muscle. I got my pocket revision about a year ago. I fell the other day and started having a lot of pain when I move my arm and went in to make sure nothing was wrong. They did a x ray and had the tech check the devise but the doctor was not there. I asked the tech if everything looked okay and was told that the devise was fine but was shifted more toward my shoulder and that was probably what was causing the pain. He said it's not effecting the devise but it will continue to hurt if I didn't have another pocket revision...


Posted by murdock on 2015-03-13 16:30. 4 comments. 178 reads
 
I got my pacemaker two years ago and l have lumps around it also they were very soft but now a couple of them feel like small peas. It took almost this whole time for the soreness to go away, I thought it was just scar tissue, it seems like my body didn't like having it in there. I had a mammogram and that was ok but I don't think it goes that high so I am going back to my cardiologist next week and see what they say. I hope it's nothing and I let it go, my mammogram was ok.



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