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Posted by rgh718 on 2015-08-02 03:06. 2 comments. 62 reads
 
Hi everyone my Name is Ray. I've had sarcoidosis since 2012. Went into remission for about 8 months. A few hours after a family even I become nauseas and for the next day cant hold any food down. to make a long story short go to the hospital they start running test and find out sarcoidosis has attacked the wall of my heart and now I need a pacemaker/defibulator. Things are moving fast. I have a lot of questions. My procedure is Tuesday.

Posted by lizzie on 2015-08-01 09:40. 0 comments. 23 reads
 
Hi I wondered if any fellow pacemaker device patients have had a Ph acid test done. I'm bad with stomach acid and have a feeling I may need further investigation but don't know which tests are suitable.

Posted by terrymac12345 on 2015-07-30 04:17. 1 comments. 57 reads
 
From time to time I feel a strong pinching in my 9 month old pacemaker. Anyone else have this? Thanks!

Posted by Grete on 2015-07-16 02:11. 2 comments. 267 reads
 
Hi,
I have had my pacemaker Biotronik Ecuro since October last year and don't feel well. I suffer from constant arrhythmias and have recently been diagnosed with paroxyxmal atrial fibrillation. My pacemaker has been re-programmed four times (DDDR). My cardiologist in Germany put me on xarelto 12 mg, bisprolol 2.5 mgs and digitoxin 0.07 mg in early June. I have since had several episodes of afib and feel quite unwell at times, particularly when I'm active. I saw a specialist in Italy (whre I live for the moment) on Tuesday, who re-programmed my pacemaker (without informing me, I just saw this on the documentation when I got home) from 60 bpm to 55 pbm. He also asked me to stop taking the digitoxin and prescribed flecanaide instead (...


Posted by iantok@optusnet.com.au on 2015-07-16 00:12. 2 comments. 191 reads
 
MY MOTHER INLAW HAS BEEN TOLD SHE HAS A BUILD UP OF FLUID AROUND THE HEART. SHE IS SEEING HER HEART SPECIALIST TOMORROW BUT WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT THE FAMILY CAN DO TO AVOID A HEART ATTACK.


Posted by judyblue on 2015-07-15 17:54. 6 comments. 226 reads
 
Wow! I called my local hospital (not small by the way) to schedule an MRI for my hip. I have a surescan Medtronic pm. The first person said MRI's are not done with pacemakers. The second one said that it has never been done at this hospital and the third who was a tech said its a REALLY BIG DEAL and can only be done on the brain- no other body parts. I then called Metronic and spoke to someone with a brain. He said MRI's can be done on any body part and gave me the name of two other hospitals that have been trained by Medtronic.It does sound a bit complicated, but hopefully all will go well. Can anyone share with me their experience with getting one? Thanks. I did do a search and did not find any posts detailing their experience.
judy

Posted by Kend on 2015-07-13 03:53. 6 comments. 247 reads
 
During my last pace maker checkup, I was told that I depend heavily on my pace maker. Therefore, I would like to know what that condition will have during the replacement of my pace maker? Is there any risk to depend heavily on my pace maker?

Posted by rolson on 2015-07-10 13:46. 5 comments. 175 reads
 
Hi everyone, it has been a while since I posted. I got my Medtronic 11/14 and after a few trials and med changes I did great. Now I am having chest pains like before the PM. They are, I think but not sure, Angina pain as I had a cath before the PM and doctor said my heart was great with no blockage. I don't understand the pain now. I am taking Flecainide 75mg morning and night and 50 mid day (weird schedule but it worked). The meds have given me borderline LQTS. I also get light headed if I get up to fast or walk to fast. I have been having a few PVC but not huge, more than a month ago but not as bad as before PM. Advice??? Do I need to alert the Doc or wait it out??? I am not due for a appointment until end of September. Any advice would...


Posted by SUPERSALE on 2015-07-07 21:30. 9 comments. 251 reads
 
my pacemker doctor be me on lisinopril take one a day anybody tell what this do ?? my pm doctor is on computer while i talking top him.

Posted by skirabbit on 2015-07-06 14:03. 0 comments. 199 reads
 
A cure?

this is my story and I hope it can help anyone who reads its. For years now I have been aware of ectopic beats. At first way back in 2011 I would feel one every now and again then in September last year they suddenly got very bad - I had two 48hr Holters which showed I had around 7 to 10% of my beats were ectopic. I was also suffering from a lot of burbing and of course had the constant feeling of anxiety and dread you get with ectopic beats. I went to several different doctors - all said the same thing - your heart is fine - no idea why you have these beats - yes it is horrible, sorry nothing we can do. By march this year the situation was so bad I was in permanent state of bi and tri gemini with some periods where the ...


Posted by hicsalta on 2015-07-05 09:19. 5 comments. 200 reads
 
Hi,
I have a question that I hope people can help me answer.

I am a 44 year old male with no underlying health problems. I have a low resting heart rate - it can go as low as 41 after a night's sleep. Even during the day, without exertion, it is below 60.

I know that very fit athletes don't need to worry, but I'n not a very fit athlete! I'm not exactly sedentary, but running two miles a day is my average - not exactly elite athlete territory!

Is this something to worry about, and what should I do about it?

Thank you for taking the time to read this,
Sean

Posted by LJRytel on 2015-07-01 13:07. 2 comments. 168 reads
 
I hate to be a negative Ned.... but after several years of daily PVCS, one month as high as 100,000, they suddenly, drastically reduced. I now have them only after intense exercise or alcohol consumption.

I'm very happy for this change of events, however, I have been experiencing headaches, vertigo type dizziness, neck stiffness for the last 6 weeks that seems to have happened around the same time the PVCS reduced????

I've had a dual lead pacemaker for 4.5 years for 2-3 degree AV heart block.

Question is whether the reduction of PVCS can ever be a negative symptom?

Posted by DMJ on 2015-06-30 17:57. 4 comments. 182 reads
 
I have been more dizzy of late, going in for pet-scan tomorrow since I have cardic sarcoidosis which I have been on Prednisone for the last 3 months to see if any improvement. Also have CHF so take Lopressor and Aldactone. These are new also the last 3 months. It seems if I walk on a uneven surface, or in a old building that tilts it brings up syncope and dizziness. Today I almost passed out and have not been feeling well all day. Heart pain and tired. I have a CRT pacemaker with a ICD. I have been defibrillated 3 times in the past 2 months. I feel worse since starting all these meds and think I should just trust my pacemaker and icd and stop the heart meds since I'm so sick on them. Does anyone else get syncope from uneven floors...


Posted by holly99142003 on 2015-06-28 11:43. 9 comments. 239 reads
 
Hi all,

I had my ICD?PM implanted on June 19th 2015. I was put on Carvedilol -low dose 3.25 and i have been having headaches and nausea . I was just wondering if anyone else ever had these side effects from this medication? Oh and i did call my doctor's office only to be told that this is the lowest dose. ugh...i need to work and it's hard when your head is pounding and your stomach is doing flipps.
Thank you for your help
Sue

Posted by AVJim on 2015-06-27 10:41. 6 comments. 294 reads
 
Greetings all -- and best wishes!

Since November last year I have had bouts of breathing problems, as well as fog-head (not quite dizzy). This all came about suddenly after a really bad bout of bronchitis. No symptoms before, then I passed out. Since then, rather constant fog-head, with energy/breathing having better and worse days.
On Tuesday, after coming from yet another doctor (walking) I collapsed and was told in the ambulance that I will probably need a PM (went down to 30).
So I was diagnosed with AV Block III, and the PM was put in on Thursday. Just came home a couple of hours ago.
My problem is, no doctor can really tell me if this is going to resolve my symptoms! I fell fog-headed (yesterday was the wors...


Posted by jstudnic on 2015-06-26 16:47. 1 comments. 297 reads
 
I am 2 plus years post implant. 72 years old..Still try to exercise daily. Chronic fatigue and dizziness , especially in the morning . Some balance problems while walking. Is it the meds , the pace maker , the exercise, or just aging ? Is this the best I can do? JS.

Posted by EdGraham on 2015-06-24 20:26. 1 comments. 151 reads
 
My 2nd PM is a Medtronic put in 1 1/2 years ago. The aortic valve was replaced with a TAVR 1 year ago. For more than 6 months I have seen quite a few specialists in a search for something that will quiet the pounding heartbeat and SOB that occur with very little physical exertion. The pounding persists for hours even when I am lying in bed. The various specialists say: the lungs have no problem, the PM is working well, the aortic valve is functioning, the endocrine system has no abnormalities. In spite of this good report card, I spend a lot of time lying down or sitting with a very uncomfortable tired chest and short breaths.
If you have encountered a similar set of circumstances and found some relief I would like to hear from ...


Posted by pagettwoods on 2015-05-15 11:51. 2 comments. 277 reads
 
My pacemaker turns over when I lie on my right side in bed. Is this safe? What can I do to stop this? I go to sleep on my left side but move in my sleep.

Posted by rolson on 2015-05-13 13:11. 5 comments. 332 reads
 
Hi everyone, its been a while since I have been on. I have noticed a new issue and wondered what to do. I have noticed water retention in my ankles and feet. It was just a bit to start and now it is painful even though it is still not what the doctor calls bad. Is there a diet I should follow to help reduce. I am sure it is caused by my Flecainide that I take 3 times a day. Since the meds have been working for me I really hate to ask for a change and wondered what else to try. I would gladly change my diet to make it better, especially since I know mine isn't the best and just don't know how to change what I eat to be better. I know I am not putting this correct but would appreciate any help. As always, you guys are great and thanks in adv...


Posted by SUPERSALE on 2015-05-12 15:09. 1 comments. 241 reads
 
The current battery status is 12.5 years. There have been atrial high rate episodes, but all three of these were less than one minute. You have used the pacemaker 21.5% of the time. All of the testing looks acceptable.


anybody tell me what that is ???




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