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Posted by jonhendry on 2014-07-23 19:07. 3 comments. 35 reads
 
Hi,

My father received a pacemaker last Friday. Today he's in the ER due to a fall, and hooked up to a monitor that keeps giving a bradycardia alarm, for heart rates under 40 bpm.

Do hospital monitors get confused by pacemakers and report a lower-than-actual heart rate? Or is it possible that the HR is correct and his pacemaker leads were dislodged by that fall?

Thanks,

JH

Posted by Roys on 2014-07-22 20:49. 3 comments. 78 reads
 
Hi
My doctor would like me to start taking Warfarin, and suggested that I get a machine to check my INR at home. Has anybody got one, and if so what is the accuracy? to that of a laboratory check, and do you still need a pathology check as well?
Cheers Roy

Posted by josjos on 2014-07-22 12:37. 4 comments. 84 reads
 
good morning,
I am new to this PM. 7 days post op. Doing fairly well. But woke up this morning with my shoulder and all around my PM extremely achy. I took 2 ibuprofen but didn't make much difference. I really don't care for prescription pain killers. Does anyone have any advice how to make this more comfortable?( I love this site, people seem very nice and helpful.) thanks.

Posted by terrylong on 2014-07-22 10:51. 2 comments. 74 reads
 
Hi everybody,
I recently had my regular PM checkup. The technician advised that for the last 2 months my atrium has been beating at 3 times the rate of my ventricle. the rhythm is absolutely regular. I have had no symptoms.
My GP has put me on 20mg of Xarelto (rivaroxaban) to thin my blood instead of aspirin which I've been taking for years. This would increase my chances of having a stroke by about 2% per year.
My consultant says I have 2 options:-
No symptoms (that's me) continue with the blood thinner.
Or with symptoms they could try ablation.The success rate of this treatment is apparently 50-60%.

Anyone with similar experience out there.
What is going on.
Apppreciate any comments anyone ma...


Posted by Rog on 2014-07-19 20:48. 4 comments. 95 reads
 
Been a while since I posted. Around dinner time tonight I had this aching around Crt-d. It was almost like angina but in the area around pm. Wondered if anybody else had anything like this? I've had this one for just about a year and an ICD since 2009 and never had anything like this! Any suggestions?

Posted by daisydunn on 2014-07-19 01:08. 5 comments. 149 reads
 
So I'm due for my annual mammogram and had an ICD implanted 2 months ago. I'm concerned about the placement of my MP in relation to all the squishing that occurs during a mammogram. I talked to a mammogram tech and she said oh nothing to worry about, we 'workaround' pacemakers all the time without problems.
So any experience to share, words of advice?

Posted by momhead4 on 2014-07-17 11:17. 2 comments. 198 reads
 
I keep hearing beta blockers....I am a fit, active 70 yr old female...6 days out from PM implant...implant for low heartrate...my heart is strong and my cholesterol, etc numbers are great...not on any meds other than 10mg of Lisinopril a day and 1 baby aspirin....but, the electrophysiologist said the cardiologist had mentioned putting me on a beta blocker....have no idea why but wondering how others feel about them....once you start are you on them for life??...really, really don't want to do meds....any thoughts/ideas/experiences welcomed....thank you!

Posted by drswett on 2014-07-15 16:42. 5 comments. 222 reads
 
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Posted by bowdy on 2014-07-11 22:01. 2 comments. 185 reads
 
I've had one hell of a bad run of almost everything! I had a double bypass in 2010 and have had some of the worst advise ever given from some idiots who call themselves Drs!
I was given a normal course of meds to supposedly ease my rehabilitation-exercise and doses of Beta blocers,Lipitors,aspirin among others. The doses got steadily stronger! After approx. 6 months I began to suffer terrible head aches,slurring speech,memory loss and dribbling! So my dosages were eased. I finally had enough and threw the lot away. I was promised some support with counselling however after numerous phone calls this did not happen! After a year I had gained 30 kilos! I went back to the gymn contrary to the advice from my G.P.I'd wake every morning find...


Posted by flutetooter on 2014-07-10 15:21. 8 comments. 208 reads
 
My worrisome multiple surgery on July 8 is over. Yeah! I am in excellent shape - doc said she knew doing surgery I would come out of this as a rock star. Open hernia, (small indirect iguinal) while followed a different team and different body positioning, doing vaginal hysterectomy, sling procedure, and various stitch ups internally. TMI Much laughter, all along I knew questions to ask about things to done. Grounding pad (for electrocautery) put on thigh away from pacemaker and surgery site. (Thanks to donr). The anesthesiologist preferred not to use the magnet at all (which sets my heartbeat at 100 throughout) at all because he felt as I had suggested that maybe that was too high for me for a long surgery. Total time including i...


Posted by myrosie on 2014-07-08 19:59. 4 comments. 178 reads
 
Has anyone out there in PM land ever had an MRI since their PM? They told me that mine was MRI compatible. Not sure what that means. Not sure if I want one. My knee has been bothering me, had xray and ultra sound already, next is the MRI. Any idea what I'm in for?


Posted by Jardiniere on 2014-07-04 09:55. 1 comments. 168 reads
 
Well, I am now at the five week point and back to doing more strenuous gardening and lifting 5 lb. weights, although not above my shoulder as advised by my cardiologist surgeon.

I am feeling fit and have been to the golf course and putting and chipping a little wee bit. I don't feel worse for any of it.

I can't wait to have my next check up in two weeks time to determine how my pm is doing. Two days after that and we will be celebrating our fiftieth anniversary with a large party with friends and family. I am emotionally better than I was two weeks ago but still am in awe that I needed this at all. There are many worse things but you can't help how you feel after all.

Thanks again for the support. ...


Posted by MelanieCraven on 2014-07-03 21:43. 2 comments. 168 reads
 
Hey Everyone!! I am 32 and my Cardiologist told me back in February I now have Malignant Neurocardiogenic Syncope and there is nothing else he can do for me. I have the Biotronik Evia pacemaker and take Concerta. I can no longer receive my monthly Hespan infusions because my blood pressure is running high. My blood pressure is running 140/90-150/100-160/110 daily. My doctor is out of options and I am scheduled to go to Mayo in a few weeks. Does anyone else have NCS and struggle with both low and high B/P? If so, what works for you? I do not know anyone else who has high B/P as part of their NCS. I look forward to hearing from you!!!

Posted by trimit on 2014-07-03 20:37. 4 comments. 231 reads
 
Dear all,
Advice needed.
I've had my SJM CRT-D since June 30 2014.
Early days but so far everything's ok, except I have been experiencing what I recognise as palpitations, which have woken me up at night.
My doc advised me this is to be expected and the EP showed me an example of how it should feel when the gadget is doing it's tests - much like palpitations. All well and good and nothing to worry about.
However, now I've had a chance to level out after all the drugs I've been given, I've started to become anxious about the defib going off which led me to read up a bit more about my device.
What I've found was somewhat contradictory to info I've received from the doc in that palpitations are bad and that I nee...


Posted by Scout on 2014-07-02 23:15. 3 comments. 163 reads
 
Hello again. I was wondering, I had pacemaker put in 1/14, and now have afib. Do people have afib before the pacer and just don't know it? I am 57 and on xeralto, norvasc, ziac, c0q10, vitamin d, potassium, Flecainide. My norvasc was recently doubled and I feel lousy about 10% of the time. Also, does anyone experience problems driving - I guess with the vista- I know it has to be one of the scripts. Seems like an awful lot of drugs. Thank you all and I don't mean to complain. The pacer is great, obviously. When BP meds are doubled, how long until you are used to increase?

Posted by coachmom25 on 2014-07-01 15:02. 3 comments. 173 reads
 
Not sure I can explain all I want to know. :) The biggest question was today was my first time with almost near faint episode since my ICD was installed. I have also been light headed all day. I also wonder if people feel the pacing? I feel flutters but more controlled, make sense. The last thing. When I feel this, or a have been exerted, etc. I feel a tightness in my back - but the shoulder blade and also a tightness in my arm. I also wonder if anyone gets updates on what your heart is doing, other than when it is a bad thing. :)

I know several questions in one, but just learning my new friend and curious. Thanks so much for your time!

Posted by azviking on 2014-07-01 00:04. 4 comments. 219 reads
 
I am scheduled to have one next Monday.. Anyone experienced in this type of test?

I read that they can be risky. Need I be concerned?

Posted by ArchGirl09 on 2014-06-27 20:03. 13 comments. 327 reads
 
I wasn't sure which topic to put this under...This is half rant and half an actual question or two...

I am currently renting a condo, have been for the past year, and new neighbors moved into the unit below us a few weeks ago. One of them smokes. The rules state the only place they can smoke is on their patio, which naturally allows all of it to drift upwards and into our apartment via our windows and open deck door. It's summer right now, 80 and rising, and there's no a/c because "you don't need it in Vermont" -_- So, we open the windows and doors in the evening and overnight to cool down the apartment. Now it seems it's a choice between breathing in cigarette smoke and being very hot. I don't deal well with heat in the first p...


Posted by daynanestor1 on 2014-06-27 20:02. 3 comments. 233 reads
 
Just wondering if anyone has had experience with CO Q 10 supplement? I heard it is good for the heart and I have a pacemaker and now have myocondritios. Yes, I am now on beta blockers for my condition, but just wondering what else I can do to get back to myself again!

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