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Posted by Tattoo Man on 2015-05-22 10:48. 1 comments. 58 reads
 

.......This morning I received an invitation from my local hospital to attend a clinic next month to be screened for Abdominal Aortic Aneurism..

This service is offered only to men over 65...not women. It seems that 1 in 70 men will be found to have an AAA issue...men are SIX times more likely to be affected than women...( Why ?? ).

Risk increases with age and if family members have been affected. My Dad had a 'terminal' aneurism at a similar age to myself and had emergency surgery that kept him going for another 12 years or so.

When I had open heart surgery 8 years ago they also gave me an Aortic Wrap..( essentially a bandage ) round my aorta as it leaves the heart so maybe I have a propensity tow...


Posted by Spunky_1 on 2015-05-21 15:41. 8 comments. 151 reads
 
Good morning fellow pacers!

Quick question for my European friends - My EP has me on 4 drugs to slow my rhythms (Dixoxin, Cardizem, Pindolol and Flecainide). The only one I feel ever truly did anything for me was the flecainide.

Since Ivabradine was just approved here in the states last month my EP wants me to try it. I am game, but the issue is my EP has taken me off the flecainide - which has been working REALLY well for me - and left me on the other 3 drugs that I really dislike in order to try the Ivabradine.

I think I remember reading that some people take flecainide and Ivabradine together. Is this true?

I have a call into my EPs office begging him to put me back on Flecainide - just ne...


Posted by kennyg on 2015-05-21 12:39. 4 comments. 109 reads
 
Hi,
Had the pacemaker replaced in December. The actual would, although it looks good, seems to be causing minor problems. Running my fingers over it is ok until I get to one point where it feels like a pin prick. Occasionally when I move I get a feeling like that of a scab not healing. Doctor is over 2000 miles away.
Except for that, all is well.
comments?

Posted by suzie2127 on 2015-05-18 19:48. 2 comments. 95 reads
 
My blood pressure monitor has always registered an irregular heartbeat. Since I recently had an AV Node ablation and am completely pacemaker dependent, will it still show irregular heartbeat for AFib and Aflutter or just reflect the pacing of the pacemaker?

Posted by pagettwoods on 2015-05-15 11:51. 2 comments. 181 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. 193 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. 153 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 ???


Posted by hanginginflorida on 2015-05-12 03:14. 6 comments. 197 reads
 
I wonder if anyone has had this problem. I need an MRI, and do not have a MRI compatible Pacemaker. Docs suspect I had a stroke from a Complicated Migraine, or a Opthalmoplegic Migraine. 3 months after the neurological event, I still have right eye numbness and visual impairment.I saw 3 different docs, and all need an MRI. Otherwise, we don't know what we're treating. Does anyone know of any centers in Florida doing MRI's on non compatible Pacemakers?

Posted by natlat on 2015-05-10 08:40. 7 comments. 221 reads
 
So I was doing very well, I have an ICD, and take 40 mg of Sotalol am/pm. I tried to lower my dose last Saturday from 40 to 20 mg, it is a 12 hour med. On Sunday last week , while running, I had my first event - sustained vt. My ICD was able to outpace me, thankfully. My doc now put me on an HR restriction of 130 and I am back to my normal dose of sotalol 40 mg at 9am (after I workout) and 9pm. I ran this morning, very slowly and kept my HR under 135.

Doc thinks the reduction of meds (which he said was like having nothing in my system) and the running caused the event.

Could a one day reduction of my meds cause an event the very next day? I find it odd that it did happen the very next day.

Hope to ge...


Posted by Sandune on 2015-05-09 14:31. 5 comments. 213 reads
 

So, I saw the EP and he said the cardiologist never should of said I had Brady because, well I don't. I have PVC's (I made the post earlier 68,000 pvc) he said there is no way that I'm a candidate for a PM. He said seeing that you have asthma you can not be on any beta blockers and put me on -Verapamil 120mg. and I asked "what if these meds don't work"? then we try the next one and I can't remember what he said the other one was. I asked "what if that don't work"? then we will do the catheter ablation surgery-unless you want to have the surgery right away? hmm, I will try the meds. Well I asked "how many people take the meds first end up having the ablation"? He said, it's 50/50 chance you will need it or get by without it.


Posted by abbygirl on 2015-05-09 07:29. 0 comments. 129 reads
 
I have had my pacemaker since 2003 (not the same one) and have recently been having runs of v-tach. I have shortness of breath and light headedness with them. My blood pressue also started to rise. My EP was concerned because of a history of Torsades. He put me on Metoprolol. My heart rate is running between 55-60 but now I have bouts of rapid heartbeat again. This time the heart rate is 85-90 with the same symptoms. It leaves me short of breath and feeling light headed. Also my PVC's have increased tremendously. I was having about 7000/month, now they have doubled with the lower heart rate. I have been on the Metoprolol about 2 months. I emailed my EP and he emailed back to stop the Met. Nothing else, no recommendations for any other drug...


Posted by Gatsey on 2015-05-08 10:27. 2 comments. 150 reads
 

Hi to all my pacemaker friends , I had a pacemaker fitted in 2013 due to having heart block from Myocarditis since having this I have started having panic attacks and I cannot tell you why as I am a confident person and I am not a worrier , has anyone else experienced this before ?

Thanks




Posted by Hidayah on 2015-05-08 09:39. 2 comments. 178 reads
 
Hi everyone!! I'm 25 years old, lady who was diagnosed cardioinhibitory syncope on 2005, Feb. I had a few episode of syncope for almost every year, and when it happened my systolic pressure went own until 30. Doctor told that there are two things that they can help me which are by implant the pacemaker and medication but both of the treatment was not advisable for me since they told that I still young for those things and they advised me to continue with healthy life style and avoid the trigger sources that can cause episode of syncope. currently in this 3 month after they diagnosed me, I had no episode of syncope but I had few episode of nearly syncope. I had make some research regarding my condition but I can't find any info regarding it...


Posted by casmered on 2015-05-07 16:40. 3 comments. 154 reads
 
I'm supposed to have an MRI for my knee tomorrow, but am a little hesitant because of the PM. I have a Boston Scientific K173 (Ingenio) pacemaker. Most of the searching on here shows older posts on the matter unless I'm just overlooking them.

This model is not listed as tested or mri friendly. I have some approvals from my pm doctor, but still a little hesitant. Why are the current thinkings of the community?

Posted by 2for1 on 2015-05-06 16:29. 1 comments. 195 reads
 
Dear All,

I am seeking advice about "upgrading" my 2-lead pacemaker to a 3-lead pacer to improve the function of my left ventricle.

Has anyone else had such an "upgrade"? I am trying to get a read on the likelihood that this is necessary or helpful.

I had a 2-lead pacer implanted in 2013 for 2-1 AV heart block, at age 55. I felt completely health prior to the implant and only stumbled on the irregular EKG due to a minor doctor's visit. Since then I have had *decrease* LVEF, it is now around 35% (pre-pacer more like 60%) according to 2 echos, 8 months apart. For 9 months after the implant I had a lot of fatigue, shortness of breath etc. but now I'm feeling fine again.

I have spoken to 2 ca...


Posted by Alastair on 2015-05-06 04:22. 0 comments. 87 reads
 
I'm a Brit guy in London. 45, previously very fit swimmer and triathlete. I had an episode of VT, non sustained, over a year ago. I had a Medtronic icd fitted, 4 months ago, it's been dormant. I take 1.25mg of Bisoprolol every day. I was originally taking 40mg of Nadolol / Corgard. I found the Nadolol made me feel like a zombie, the bisop less so. I just wondered if anyone has come off meds entirely and how you they are finding it? The docs here seem fairly adamant that meds will be required for ever, but in general they take the most conservative approach. Any views out there? Many thanks. Alastair

Posted by libbyg on 2015-05-05 15:24. 0 comments. 154 reads
 
Does anyone here know of alternatives to local anesthetics?

I'm in the middle of some dental procedures, and have experienced that my body can't handle lidocaine. I have bradycardia and an arrhythmia. Has else had similar experiences?

Posted by libbyg on 2015-05-05 15:24. 0 comments. 90 reads
 
Does anyone here know of alternatives to local anesthetics?

I'm in the middle of some dental procedures, and have experienced that my body can't handle lidocaine. I have bradycardia and an arrhythmia. Has else had similar experiences?

Posted by 20yrsoldx on 2015-05-05 14:28. 6 comments. 256 reads
 
Hi all, bit of a long story sorry! Just looking for advice really as I'm very confused. I'm a 20 year old female and since I was 3 years old I've had episodes of fainting/seizures. I've seen numerous cardiologists and neurologists to no avail - until now. I recently had a 5 day heart monitor fitted (I've had them before) but this time it picked up a second degree type 1 heart block. Reading the letter I was quite confused and worried, I'm only 20 and after googling what it actually means - was slightly concerned. They now think this could be causing the faints/seizures. It picked up that my heart stopped for 2.38 seconds (I don't actually know how bad this is). I'm to have a heart monitor fitted for a year.

I sometimes wake up ...


Posted by Narda on 2015-05-03 17:17. 6 comments. 283 reads
 
I have recently been diagnosed with heart failure. I am also totally dependent on the pacemaker. I am wondering if the pacemaker will help my ailing heart to pump more efficiently. And does anyone else have this same condition. Thanks.



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