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Posted by Sanune on 2015-04-25 08:39. 2 comments. 84 reads
 
Hello everyone,

I'm new and searching for some feedback from those who are willing to share their experiences about what's really happened to them or what to expect in the future.

Two years ago my 48- monitor was 80,000 and as of 4/24/15 I find out my 2 days found 68,000 (pvc). I'm 42 F and I feel left in the dark because, I've had the echo stress test with injections and echo cardio and more blood work ups.

Nobody wants to answer my questions until they get this test back or that test back. It's driving me crazy! I feel them all the time. I can't even sleep on my left side due to the pounding and does anyone have sharp "electrical pains" that spread like lighting and take your breath away? and then its ...


Posted by momhead on 2015-04-24 09:18. 1 comments. 54 reads
 
I am 9 months out from having my pacemaker implanted and have had no big problems so far....but the last few months I have had a lot of neck/shoulder/ear/jaw pain on the side of the pacemaker. Am just wondering if anyone else has experienced this??

Posted by gaman on 2015-04-21 19:50. 4 comments. 235 reads
 
Is it recommended to take a dose of antibiotics an hour or so before dental cleaning or other dental procedures if you have a single or dual lead pacemaker? I've heard some Dr's recommend it to protect against possible lead or pocket infection but not sure it's an issue.

Posted by raiderralph on 2015-04-20 19:00. 11 comments. 159 reads
 
Does anyone with CHF have low blood pressure 89/60 without any symptoms?
. The doctor didn't seemed concerned thoughts please

Posted by kyle0816 on 2015-04-20 12:32. 0 comments. 54 reads
 
I was wondering if any of you with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy have taken CoQ10 with any success? There has been very limited study with this drug for HCM, but one study (an old study that apparently wasn't conducted properly) showed great promise in reducing wall thickness and reliving fatigue.
Just curious if any of you out there have tried it.


Posted by tabel513 on 2015-04-19 17:31. 3 comments. 60 reads
 
It has been along ride but it looks like my reconsideration for my secondary conditions have came through with a C&P eval.. My question and concern is that they have scheduled a ekg tracking only w/o report and a echo-cardiogram to include ejection fraction. All of you that has helped me in the past with some spot on info here is my question? Having a two lead pacemaker could this test the echo ejection fraction possibly show a false negative because of my pacemaker? By not giving the proper percentage of the blood pumping out of my heart.. is this anyway possible and thank you in advance for any feedback..

Posted by candi on 2015-04-19 15:15. 2 comments. 108 reads
 
metatoprol and amylodopine
I am currently on these two for my high b/p which developed after they put the pm in. I am having angina and severe headaches as well. BTW, the headaches are Not from nitro, had them before so am on Butal-apap-caff for them.I also take Gabapentin for pain....
I am wondering if one of the meds, or more, is responsible for my fatigue. BTW, also on Vit D as deficient in it, per blood work.
I see my Cardiologist next week for a follow up so will talk to him. My hubby is really concerned over the fatigue because of course, everyone tells him the pm should have been a miracle cure. It has been 5 months and I am alive so consider it a miracle. Done on emergency basis, no warning.
Candi


Posted by natlat on 2015-04-15 07:42. 2 comments. 84 reads
 
So I had my yearly Echo and no events this year. In short, last year in March and April I experienced fainting episode while running and sustained vtach. I got an Icd and also on Sotalol 40 mg 2x per day. I continue to run and workout, not doing heavy mileage nor high intensity. I feel great. Docs say I can now come off the meds! I am interested in anyone else on here who has successfully come off meds, but are runners and athletes who still workout and have an ICD. Hope to hear from you! I have not yet come off the meds...

Posted by Dave H on 2015-04-10 13:19. 8 comments. 274 reads
 
With all the Beta blockers out there,how does one know which is right for them? Typical Doc prescribng is: "Take this, and let's see what happens." Personally, I've been bit in the butt with drug interactions in the past. A few years ago, an EP took me off carvedilol (Coreg) and put me on Metoprolol (Lopressor). I haven't really seen much of a difference.I know Metoprolol specifically targets the heart, where Carvedilol targets everywhere. Anyone have any specific info on how these two drugs affected their issues?

Posted by doublehorn48 on 2015-04-08 14:07. 2 comments. 137 reads
 
On March 31 I had robotic prostate cancer surgery. I've had a dual chamber pacemaker since 1987. Four leads in my heart. Two, of course, are disconnected. I had a MRI a week before my surgery. There were risks involved in the MRI, but the information gained, made the MRI necessary. I had everything done at MD Anderson in Houston. I live in Dallas, but in my opinion, no hospital in the DFW area measures up to MD Anderson for cancer treatment. If this helps anyone that's great. God bless.

Posted by Newfie1980 on 2015-04-07 15:53. 3 comments. 226 reads
 
My wife had a pacemaker installed last thursday and the next day after the doctor's monitored her overnight they were pleased so they released her the next day (Friday) now today (Tuesday) she had her 1st follow-up and again things were good but my question is can a pacemaker make her feel dizzy because she is experiencing some dizziness but its not major it last a minute or two and its gone so I'm also just wondering if its something we should be concerned about?

Posted by bartz7007 on 2015-04-06 18:55. 4 comments. 235 reads
 
Hi, have not been on here for awhile, but would like to know if anyone is on Amiodarone, and have they had any side effects like rage or depression. I have been on this med for little over two months, and feel as though I get real angry and depressed very Easley. My wife and son have noticed to. So I am asking this because I don't want to call the Dr. just yet until I here if this could be a side effect. I have read where it can happen but would like to know if some has experienced this same thing.

This just started about two weeks ago.

Posted by matkim6 on 2015-04-03 23:45. 1 comments. 145 reads
 
Had AV node ablation 6 months ago. I'm always 100% paced now in ventricle as am dependent with no escape beat. My atrial pacing has increased to 50% as it was only 8% at 6 months ago. Why is the atrial pacing increasing too? I understand the ventricle 100% as I have no AV node, but don't understand why my atrium is being paced more. If CLS is turned on, could this be why?

Posted by irish_jessi on 2015-03-31 12:23. 4 comments. 272 reads
 
I've been doing this a long time. This going to the cardiologist thing. Since I was 12. I've got 7 surgeries and 3 units under my belt. I usually handle it pretty well. It doesn't normally scare me. Maybe it should, idk.

I have a combo unit. Pacer/Defib. My defibrillator keeps giving me little shocks. I've only gotten a couple of full-blown-know-you-on-your-ass shocks. So, I went to my pacer guy a few weeks ago and he checked me out. Made some adjustments and gave my printouts to my cardiologist. Average SVT rate 173, Average V-Tach rate 170. SVT runs of 3-5 or more. I have a lot of different arrhythmia's, but this is what my pacer guy was focused on at my interrogation.

My cardiologist's office called me last week an...


Posted by rolson on 2015-03-28 01:29. 2 comments. 185 reads
 
So, at my check up 2 days ago my doctor said I have long qt syndrome. I now need to be careful of what meds I take, even over the counter meds. This was never mentioned before, and I had many "normal" EKG. I am very confused. Did I always have this and now it is worse or its it new and from my meds. I do take flecainide, only 50 mg the times a day. Anyone know about this? Thanks in advance.

Posted by Laura2017 on 2015-03-25 16:52. 1 comments. 188 reads
 
Hi my name is Laura I have long QT syndrome and I have had a pacemaker sense I was 3! Do u have long QT syndrome and if so how long have u had a pacemaker?

Posted by donr on 2015-03-24 06:26. 3 comments. 294 reads
 
The US Magazine "Scientific American" has just published a "Report" by a pair of EP types at Johns Hopkins Med Ctr in Baltimore.

I received an e-mail; advertising it this AM. Thought some of you might be interested in it.

Title is: Atrial Fibrillation: The Latest Management Strategies

Straightforward answers to your questions about living with atrial fibrillation -- the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia -- with expert medical guidance incorporating recently updated clinical practice guidelines.

The link below will take you to the description of the document.

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Posted by zawodniak2 on 2015-03-23 19:54. 4 comments. 289 reads
 
I have a Medtronic rate responsive pace maker due to bradycardia and a left bundle branch block. I am 99.9% (AP-VP) dependent on the pace maker---so the techs tell me and the interrogation reports confirm that. I am taking 50mg of atenolol and 40mg of lisinopril. I am on my second pace maker and have felt well during the eight years since the initial insertion. I normally do not exercise vigorously---just brisk walks. But when I push myself to see how high my heart rate will go, I can' get it above 110 bpm. The rate response on the pace maker is set at 110bpm. My question is----is the beta blocker preventing my heart rate from going over 110bpm or is it that my heart can't beat faster on it's own once it reaches the upper rate re...


Posted by Janenotarzan on 2015-03-23 10:32. 4 comments. 211 reads
 
Has anyone out there had vision/eye problems related to medicines they were prescribed? Thanks for your comments.
~Janenotarzan

Posted by cathieflorida1 on 2015-03-19 19:35. 5 comments. 284 reads
 
The oddest thing started this morning. The area surrounding one side of my pacemaker started jumping this morning, continuing off and on all day. At first, I thou Thanks!ght it just a fluke, but then at a meeting, I had to hold my arm behind my back to get it to stop. My pulse is 82, a bit high for a resting heartrate. I just hate the thought of going to the hospital...I've done the ER bit before. It was horrendous, and it was a horrid waste of 3 days. Anyone ever heard of anything like this? My lead is 25 years old. I just got a new pacer in January.



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