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Posted by mojo on 2014-11-24 05:29. 3 comments. 84 reads
 
I had a pacemaker fitted January this year. Have been on warfarin for 12 months during which I am in and out of range which for me is 2 to 2.5 Due to an unrelated illness in September I was put on 60mg steroids daily. Although I am now off them they really screwed up my INR readings which one week was 4.9 then dropped to 1.2 in 2 weeks. I am having to inject myself daily with Dalteparin even though my INR is steadily climbing and is now 1.5. Is this a new thing in the UK because I have been this low before without treatment other than increasing my warfarin. My maintenance dose seems to be 6/7 mg daily. I ask because after 3 weeks my belly is lumpy, swollen and horrendously bruised. My INR nurse doesn't seem concerned, but I dread the aft...


Posted by vraghup on 2014-11-20 09:56. 2 comments. 83 reads
 
Hi everyone,
I had a head injury and my pulse went down , got a pacemaker as part of treatment . Is there anybody in this forum who needed a pacemaker because of head injury ? My current utilization shows 93% . I want to know if the head injury is completely healed will there be any need for pacemaker

Thanks,
Venkat

Posted by Bebie on 2014-11-17 03:14. 6 comments. 162 reads
 
I had my pm inserted 3 months ago. I was diagnosed with Afib so I am having pradaxa as my maintenance although I can not even feel when I have Afib. My problem is If i will take pradaxa I am not really comfortable. Has anybody experienced having afib with out having to take blood thinning. Another one is , is there a possibility that my afib will be gone? I practice life style change and have regular exercise and some health practices followed.
By the way, I suffered a mild stroke that is caused by blood cuagulation(not sure of the spelling) because of afib.and drs. said they would not want to let it happen again. Please advise me oon these issues.

Posted by Riahamilton101 on 2014-11-16 23:14. 3 comments. 118 reads
 
Has anyone else taken a bunch of different meds I also have ADHD so I take meds for that

Posted by cans624 on 2014-11-16 12:22. 5 comments. 211 reads
 
I have not been on here for a long time so many things going on in my life this year has not been a good one but my parents were both ill but slowly getting better my mom had to get a pacemaker this past February my question is I recently had an echo done and was told my ejection fraction is 50-55 percent low normal is that something I should be concerned about cause last year my ejection fraction was 55/60

Posted by jstowe on 2014-11-15 22:30. 3 comments. 185 reads
 
Hello,I had my pacemaker installed 3 months ago and still have no energy,yet doc says its working perfect.any advise on where energy is?

Posted by Bebie on 2014-11-14 04:32. 1 comments. 256 reads
 
Thank you very much for the information I have been getting here. It is a real comfort that experiences really help. Thank you also for the comments. My concern now is the safety of having some desk top computers and even laptops in front of you most of the time. Is there an effect of this one to our pm. I was operated last Aug 12. What bothers me now is the tight feeling that I experience any time during the day,.Is there anybody who can shed light why I feel this way?

Posted by rolson on 2014-11-11 13:46. 6 comments. 203 reads
 
I have had my pacemaker one week today. Before pacemaker I had low (35 resting) normal pulse rate and blood pressure. Now if I move around my pulsar rate and blood pressure gotta high until I stop moving them it slows down again. I have a doctor appointment in Friday but wonder what's going on.

Posted by Bebie on 2014-11-11 04:31. 1 comments. 117 reads
 
After the pm implantation, I had some adjustments. however i am fine now. Just lately I can feel tightness in my chest. Is it normal and what might be the factors that triggered it? thank you.

Posted by pacingdiva on 2014-11-08 03:40. 1 comments. 159 reads
 
I have a St. Jude Accent Dual Pacemaker. Since last year when I go and have PM check it give out alerts. I had over 22 High Ventricular Heart Rates they put me on medicine called Cardizem cause anything else will irritate my asthma. The alerts has pick up very high rates over 300bpm. I have the dual pacemaker for Sick Sinus Syndrome. My heart completely stop for 33 seconds and started back beating on it's own. Why is it now I'm having tacky?

Posted by LitLady on 2014-11-07 11:38. 1 comments. 109 reads
 
Really appreciate your time in sharing your post PM experiences. Agree fully--pacemaker=good; no pacemaker=dead---I'll take "good" all day, every day! Knowing what others are experiencing provides peace of mind and thoughtful ways to live a PM lifestyle. Thanks a million to you who kindly and candidly responded.

Posted by ariashabb on 2014-11-07 10:42. 5 comments. 180 reads
 
Does anyone have any info on getting a mammogram with a pacemaker?

Posted by Chase on 2014-11-05 23:48. 2 comments. 173 reads
 
Will taking OxyContin effect a person's pacemaker?

Posted by Bebie on 2014-11-05 13:30. 3 comments. 161 reads
 
Hi everyone. May I take this opportunity of thanking everyone who shared some information which is so beneficial to us all who have pm. I have mine last August 2014 because of AFib and experienced a mild stroke the reason why I was diagnosed with having AFib that caused the stroke. My lipid profile is okay. However, I am ask by my Neuro and Cardio to take pradaxa, losartan and simvastatin in a lowest dose. While light headedness and dizziness were gone after the PM, I still have my energy at 3 and even have a hard time sleeping straight at night. Are the meds that I am taking causing the low level of energy and not being to sleep well. I still feel that generally I feel better before the PM.

Posted by NormaLou on 2014-10-30 22:54. 2 comments. 160 reads
 
I had my first PM implant in 2010 and after three years the battery died. They told me it was defective. I had PM replaced in 2013, about a year ago. Every since the first PM implant I can hear a "squishing" or "crunching" sound in my left ear. My EP dismisses my concerns about this saying it is just blood flow I'm hearing.

Has anyone here every heard of this. I never had this before the PM. And it is annoying and a bit concerning.

Thanks.

Posted by Roys on 2014-10-30 19:13. 5 comments. 216 reads
 
Hi
Are some of you using Eliquis ( Apixaban ) and do you have any problems or side effects, like upset stomach or pain? My Doctor would like me to use Eliquis. The cost is not a problem as in Australia I would only pay $6 each month. Thanks for any info you can give me.
Cheers Roy

Posted by Dave H on 2014-10-30 17:49. 0 comments. 94 reads
 
Hey gang: It's been an exciting month for me------4 or so EMS supplied visits to the ER, Panic attacks -1st full blown one for me, 3 days in the hospital cuz I went crazy due to a "low sodium condition" (124). Too lengthy to discuss here. One question: Home health nurse and visiting paramedic yesterday commented that I should keep my INR between 2.6 + 3.5. I do my own home testing with a Remote Cardiac Services INRatio2 device and have kept my INR usually 2.4 to 3.0 Anyone using this device? Do you trust its results? Thanks!!!
---Dave--

Posted by pacingdiva on 2014-10-28 23:15. 7 comments. 196 reads
 
I have a question what is Sinus Arrest? And for you to last in it for 33 second then your heart start beating on it's on.

Posted by Tinkergirl on 2014-10-25 22:21. 9 comments. 278 reads
 
Question, has anyone when they have gone in for an EKG after getting their PM implanted have theirs still say Abnormal ECG? When I got my first one since the implant last week my Cardio said it looked good, then I noticed it said Abnormal ECG and also under all of the numbers by where it has the T wave results it said " can not rule out Ischemia".

I was wondering if the machine said these things because it was picking up my PM.

Posted by Lizzie on 2014-10-23 23:47. 2 comments. 140 reads
 
Hi everyone,
Just had my yearly check. Noticed on print out that AFib suppress mode was off. I have a lot of trouble with AF.. Asked for it to be on.
Short story, two days later 8 hour bout AFib. Made no difference at all. I have St JudevZephyr in snce 2009.
Anyone else get help from Afib with their PM?
Cheers
Lizzie



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