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Posted by Cahardesty on 2015-01-27 14:43. 3 comments. 125 reads
 
I just found out, that for the last four months or so, I have been having runs of ventricular tachycardia but I did not know what was going on until yesterday. I typically would be at rest and feeling fine and then all of a sudden become very symptomatic with chest pain, shortness of breath,dizziness & lightheadedness etc, not to mention scared while trying to remain calm.

I have gone to the ER numerous times over the past four months, just to be checked out and confirm that I was not having a heart attack but never address the palpitation concerns that I had. This last Sunday was my last episode and I went to the ER I typically go to, only to be treated very badly. The doctor treated me as if I was a drug seeker from the ver...


Posted by mkyah09 on 2015-01-27 07:26. 9 comments. 133 reads
 
My dad had the below report , i just need to know how to read it..Because the doctors here are rarely telling us about these stuff..Appreciate your help

Battery Voltage : 3.13 V

Pacing History
As- Vs : 2.2%
As - Vp : 97.1%
Ap - Vs : <0.1%
Ap - Vp : 0.7%

Impedance
Atrium : 475 ohms
R.V 285 ohms
L V 722 ohms

RV Defib 41ohms
SVC 54 ohms

please point me to a link if there is a explanation already available.

Let me know if you need more details.

Posted by tessenne on 2015-01-27 03:18. 2 comments. 106 reads
 
With a PM, does the heart condition continue to deteriorate? So I have a third degree heart block. Symptoms started roughly five years ago- near syncope. The PM will stop the symptoms and force the heart to beat but will the condition continue on its natural path and just not cause me any symptoms? Is it possible I would go from 3 percent paced to, potentially, 100 percent paced? Can I expect to be pacemaker dependent? I am 28 now....and I know you guys could not possibly predict my outcome but, humor me, is there a trend for people going from a lower percentage being paced to a much higher one in, say, ten years?

Posted by Roys on 2015-01-25 18:37. 0 comments. 29 reads
 
Hi
I have two blood reports from Pathology, one says Mild normocytic anaemia, the other says Moderate anaemia. the results are the same, Haemoglobin 106 g/l. which correct, is it moderate or mild.
My Doctor does not think it needs treatment.
Cheers Roy

Posted by Cartman on 2015-01-24 18:50. 1 comments. 58 reads
 
I have been on metoprolol, sotalol, and veraparmil with limited success for ventricular tachycardia. I started taking Ranexa 6 weeks ago. I went from having V-tach once or twice a day to none in the past 6 weeks. This is a miracle drug for me.

Posted by cathieflorida1 on 2015-01-24 13:47. 1 comments. 88 reads
 
Just thought I'd share.

On my last visit with my cardiologist, he asked me if I had ever been tested for lyme disease since it has been discovered to cause conductive heart disease in some. Since my condition has been from the teen years (40 years ago), I doubt it is mine.

However, I am very lyme-literate due to one of our adult daughter's having chronic lyme. It is debilitating if not caught early on (acute lyme), and not curable. In my research, I knew that if it settled in the heart, it would cause severe complications. Being tested (40% false negative rate on the AMA approved test) is a start, but one must often pursue additional testing for appropriate diagnosis and care.

I was just thrilled and encou...


Posted by kmom on 2015-01-24 12:47. 2 comments. 84 reads
 
No good! At least for me. Good news was that I think I was starting to feel better on that medication. Bad news was that 3 days later had an ekg and my qt was over 512 so I was immediately taken off the drug with explicit instructions that if I got into trouble call immediately or go to er. Iam fine by the way just bummed out that my body couldn't tolerate the med because I was finally beginning to feel better hands weren't swollen when I woke up and could actually go up and down stairs without SOB. And heart racing oh well back on the rhythmol as most know taking that for afib/ flutter and PSVT.

Posted by pumpkin4 on 2015-01-17 11:23. 1 comments. 141 reads
 
I want to know my moms pacer alert was found in the echo gram that it is working a 100 percent now. How does this affect her? She is very limited due to SOB, but she says she is not going to sit in a chair the rest of her life to live.

Posted by cindyredd on 2015-01-17 07:13. 0 comments. 129 reads
 
Hello all.. well its been quite a year , after getting PM, took 10 trips to get settings right, then all that SOB issue ,they kept telling me it was in my head or anxity as usual.. ugrrrr.. come to find out I had a Pritzmingle attack, and they had to inject nitro in the thing...

took 2 week to recover from that easy ..

good to go for about 3 months, them I am getting svt again about 180 in 86 days average when they checked the PM , not to high 160ish however 189 in 86 days, also showing pvc not a whole lot but never had that before....

PM is doing its job, its the electrical side, I have had 4 ablations , 2 worked 2 missed,

so now.. the drs are like well we just dont know what to do with you i...


Posted by Artist on 2015-01-15 20:45. 3 comments. 198 reads
 
I'm a 73 year old female. I was a sickly kid and I learned not to complain and tried not to trouble my parents. I developed the attitude that if I just try harder or wait long enough I could make problems go away. I have learned that I need to be more assertive and proactive in managing my health. Case in point:
I wore a 30 day Holter cardiac monitor last year. There were times that I could be resting in my recliner and my heart would pound so much that it rocked my body from side to side, lots of irregular heart beats etc. Similar symptoms occurred two years previously during a 30 day monitoring session and I was told the report was normal at that time. So, this time I decided to request a copy of the report. When I got the report...


Posted by Bebie on 2015-01-13 01:41. 6 comments. 200 reads
 
I My pm was inserted last August 2014. From then on I have no problem with it in fact it improves my condition. The problem I have now is my sleeping and the discomfort I have when taking Pradaxa(blood thinning). by the way the reason for the pm is the atrial fibliration I have. Does anyone having this issue and can give me some advice esp of my sleeping problem. Thank you.

Posted by DazzleMePink_101 on 2015-01-12 23:46. 6 comments. 236 reads
 
I am a 17 year old junior girl and for the past 5 months I have been going crazy. In the beginning of September I started getting these really bad headaches on JUST the left sides of my head. After about 15 minutes of getting these headaches my heart would start pounding really hard and slowly in my chest and my body would feel warm. It sounds really weird and is hard to explain, but that's how I felt. Anyway, after the feeling of my heart pounding I would faint. Between September and November I have about 12 of these little episodes. Randomly they would come on. I'm a cheerleader and one of these fainting things happened during a football game. It has also happened sitting in class listening to a teacher, watching tv at home, walking to c...


Posted by rolson on 2015-01-12 02:02. 3 comments. 145 reads
 
New issue, I have been on flecainide for a couple of weeks. First on 50 mg then 100mg was givingme chestpain, then 75mg. The second day of the 75mg I started having a pounding heart beat add soon as I lashed down and relaxed. That means add I am falling asleep the old ticket started beating hard. Not fat, nor adding ore shipping, just hard enough I could feel it in my neck and arms. I have not slept more than a couple of hours at a time in 4 nights now. Exhausted. Tried sleeping in semi reclined position. No good, I have to be almost completely upright or it starts. I sit up, it stops, i lay down, it starts back up. It seems to go away, while laying down for about an hour or two after taking a dose. Don't know if that is a resu...


Posted by Sandman on 2015-01-02 00:24. 1 comments. 263 reads
 
Hello all.
I am a 49 year old male with a very symptomatic LBBB. I have had many visits with doctors and stress tests. I was getting a very hard sinus rythem pounding in my chest and short of breath. I have one lesion in LAD 40% and good EF. The pounding in my chest is consistent and confirmed as LBBB. Episodes of LBBB last anywhere from 30 seconds to hours and happens multiple times during the day and night when sleeping waking me up. When they start, it feels like some thing is stabing my chest then a constant pounding in neck and upper chest cavity. The cardiologist stated that this is rare to be symptomatic. I have been on metoprolol 100 mg 2x daily. Finally cardiologist stated to me that the only way to eliminate this is to syn...


Posted by KeelyLatterner on 2014-12-31 15:17. 6 comments. 323 reads
 
Okay all - I am having some serious and painful acid reflux. It literally hurts to take a deep breath. I am about 5 months out from first pacemaker implant and taking metropolol beta blocker once a day. I have never experienced acid reflux in my life and really am not sure that's even what it is - but the symptoms seem to fit.
I swear its the meds and was wondering if anyone else has any experience with indigestion or acid reflux because of pacemaker or because of medicine??? I swear that if this is the cost of taking the betablocker - I honestly would rather not take it. I seem to constantly be eating antacids and taking ibprofen for the pain (and spending a fortune on them!) I have my next check-up in about a week but would love so...


Posted by gardener on 2014-12-31 09:43. 3 comments. 190 reads
 
Hello, I am having problems with side effects from Carvedilol that I have been taking for a few months now.
Main worry is my eyes, having migraine like flashing lights, tingling and slight numbness spreading down face, neck and left arm, lasting average of 40 minutes several times a week. Also indigestion, headaches, dry eyes & mouth. Frequent waking in night & other milder effects. Have you experienced this type of thing or other effects. This is the 4th Beta Blocker I have tried, all with problematic side effects.
Look forward to hearing from you.

Posted by whick on 2014-12-30 20:36. 7 comments. 221 reads
 
Hi, I have had a pacemaker for several years and have been doing well. However, I have recently been diagnosed with Intestinal Bowel Syndrome. My Gastroenterologist will not prescribe the medication that would help because he said it would interfere with my heart (the medications are muscle relaxers). It seems I'm going to have a difficult time getting my cardiologist and the gastro. doctor to coordinate with one another. Any suggestions on how to proceed will be appreciated--I'm miserable!! Jane

Posted by Teijee on 2014-12-28 12:18. 10 comments. 384 reads
 
Did you guys had any problems with your memory because of the slow heart rate??
Like short term memory?

Posted by Riderfan on 2014-12-23 20:07. 0 comments. 148 reads
 
Hello all,
Thank you for letting me join your forum. I am 34 yo make with paraxoimal a fib, 3rd degree heart block and myocardial bridge on my LAD. My question is I was started on norvasc after a ct angio showed my myocardial bridge. Since all of my exercise induced episodes of disappeared. I had a nuke scan 2 weeks ago that showed no cad and only marginal narrowing of my lad at the bridge. Was told I am in perfect health and to redo the scan in 5 years. My question is a natropath has till me l arginine will help keep my LAD open as it's a vasodilator and it also helps with hgh release with will help my heart in the long run. My issue is I can't get a medical doctor on my team to yeah or nay this.
If anyone has any experience wit...


Posted by Bigheart1 on 2014-12-18 18:51. 4 comments. 218 reads
 
Hi All. I just had a BIV with ICD implanted for a LBBB and dilated cardiomyopathy I have had since 2000. MY EF had recently dropped from 40 to 30 over the past year. So the pacer was recommended to try and rid of the dysynchrony from my LBBB (with the BiV) in hopes of improving my heart function in time. Is there a standard time post surgery that an echo is done?
I was thinking 6 months post op but I don't know. My doc says it's more important how I feel. I agree but I was told this surgery was to improve my heart function. So I'm a bit confused. Thanks for any insight!




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