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Posted by wonderboy on 2015-08-29 07:42. 2 comments. 69 reads
 
any relation to inability to sleep more than 3 to 4 hours and having a pm/df?


Posted by Happiness88 on 2015-08-17 19:49. 8 comments. 375 reads
 
Hello
I am new to this forum. If anyone has had similar symptoms/experiences I would love to hear from you, as I am currently confused about it all.
I am a 26 year old female. For the last 19 months I have been suffering with dizziness, syncope and chest pains. These have been increasing in frequency, especially in the past few months. I have had repeated trips to hospital in the ambulance, and have recently returned home from an inpatient stay due to these symptoms. I have been attending cardiologist appointments since January this year. Each time I have an ECG done, a marked arrythmia is noted. I was told last year that I have bradycardia, with my heart rate falling into the 40s. However, last week my ECGs when I was seate...


Posted by raiderralph on 2015-08-17 18:44. 6 comments. 229 reads
 
I am experiencing a modest amount in my left ankle area only. I sent the doctor an e-mail this morning I am awaiting her response I know I have gone over board with salt. Any one else with these issues

Posted by dkburnes on 2015-08-17 18:21. 2 comments. 174 reads
 
I have had my pacemaker (Metronics dual lead), for a year in July, due to electrical issues related to a slow heart rate. I have two issues.
One of the leads from my pacemaker bulges under my skin and hits my shoulder bone when I move. Also, the pacemaker itself has moved closer to the bone. Is this normal?

Also, I am continuing to experience a shortness of breath when lifting, pushing, bending, talking excitedly, lying down. I have been to a pulmonologist, cardiologist, and a gastroenterologist.I experienced the shortness of breath prior to the pacemaker implant. The breathing has improved some but not that much. I see lots of posts on breathing issues. Any insights to share?



Posted by Kris1942 on 2015-08-14 22:07. 2 comments. 186 reads
 
I am 74, and got my PM 5 weeks back. Couldn't sleep at all so Doc gave me sleeping pills (Restoral), which I am taking every night.

I still feel dizzy as before the implant. I am not sure if it is because of the low pulse setting (60), or some other issue like balance, or the lingering effects of Restoral.

Any advice, please?

Posted by marine8914 on 2015-08-13 21:33. 7 comments. 290 reads
 
Hey all. So I am not sure what to think at this point. This past week I landed in the CVICU because I went into complete heart block and was extremely hypotensive and bradycardic. I was out of town so I was hospitalized where no one knew me or my condition. When I got back to my home I was still going in and out of complete heart block. I do have a MedTronic CRT (biventricular). When I called my cardio/EP today to see if I should go to the ER, he said to drink more fluids and see him in the office tomorrow morning. My concern is that my blood pressure is ranging from 60/28 to 90/52. My heart rate is ranging from 46-64. I am extremely dizzy, nauseated, have chest pain, cannot get out of bed without getting very short of breath and everythin...


Posted by Patsy2728 on 2015-08-13 15:29. 2 comments. 153 reads
 
Has anyones blood pressure went up while on Lasix? I have had nothing but bad experience with this pill.

Posted by judyblue on 2015-08-08 22:41. 0 comments. 158 reads
 
Well, I never got the MRI for my hip because out of pocket expense was $700. Thankfully, it is not a life threatening condition. It would have been nice to know why the pain is there and not just guess, but I would rather have the $700!

Posted by hilowell on 2015-08-07 17:12. 3 comments. 202 reads
 
So I'm very new to this website and other people with pacemakers so does everyone have to get their sternum cut through to get to the heart and get the pacemaker implanted?
Or is like completely different way of being handled for everyone.
I got my sternum cut through for my surgery and both of my lungs got collapsed. Recovery was the most painful thing after getting surgery!
Anyone else have a really hard time when they removed the tubes out of your stomach? LIKE HOLY &*^% that was painful.

Posted by Pinkshirlz on 2015-08-06 12:29. 8 comments. 318 reads
 
I posted a message a few weeks ago after having my pacemaker fitted at the age of 28. It has not been an easy journey as I am sure most of you have experienced in your own way.
My biggest mistake was returning to work too soon after only one week. I put alot of pressure on myself to forget the surgery and push forward with my stressful job. I have been back at work for 1 and a half weeks already and I have has 2 meltdowns already. Feeling like I have no strive to live, every day its a new challenge. Kinda feeling like its a never ending struggle.
I can say that nearly 3 weeks post surgery, I can sleep on my sides and lift my arm up slightly. Thats the positive, the negative is that I initially was rushed to ICU more than a mont...


Posted by Kriscon41 on 2015-08-06 11:01. 0 comments. 149 reads
 
Has anyone ever developed afib after being 100% paced for over a year ? If so what steps were taken ? Thanks.

Posted by rgh718 on 2015-08-02 03:06. 2 comments. 189 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. 134 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. 138 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. 376 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. 267 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. 311 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. 346 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. 266 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. 327 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.



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