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Posted by manasi on 2016-02-01 16:44. 2 comments. 174 reads
 
Hello ,

I am from India , Pune. I have congenital complete heart block.
I am under treatment of Dr.Anil Katdare. Currently , I am not under any medication. Doctor is advising to prolong PM as much as possible which is good.
My question is how to live normal life with CHB. I get little bit of chest pain or fatigue when I try to do something more.
My daily activities are just 20% of normal human being. I want to improve my stamina. Currently , I take 1 mile beginners walk by Lesile as exercise. I am vegetarian.
Please advise.

Posted by braveheart on 2016-02-01 16:17. 1 comments. 217 reads
 
Hi friends,

Hope you are all well!

I have PM put in Mar. 2015 and have gone thru some ups and downs, overall, I had been feeling pretty well until last week when I swept curling, I all of sudden felt lightheaded and very dizzy. I went to Hospital A where the PM was installed to have it adjusted. However, the following week that I have been feeling weak, dizzy sometimes and went Hospital B and being kept there for further assessments. Here are some of the possibilities:

1.) suspect there is inflammation in surrounding areas of the heart, been given anti-inflammation drug in an attempt to resolve the soreness
2.) Been put on beta blocker in hope to control heart rate that went too high when I was ex...


Posted by mchokozi on 2016-01-30 21:05. 7 comments. 348 reads
 
Hi Everyone,

Let me state a quick disclaimer here.
I am a bit cynical about HMO's continual emphasis on saving money.
Sometimes it seems they cut corners at patients expense.
(My insurance provides this coverage.)

Having shared that with you, here is my question:

Yesterday I had my battery replacement.

At the pre-op appointment, the surgeon said that the ECHO from 2 years ago displayed my heart looking "small and healthy."

I noticed that she did not order any preoperative labs nor an ECG.

I know that a pacemaker battery replacement is a minimal procedure, but I had still expected rudimentary preoperative labs and an ECG.

When ...


Posted by Sylvia1 on 2016-01-27 14:53. 1 comments. 204 reads
 
I have a St Jude ICD which was implanted in Oct 2015(2nd device) and was on 10 mg of bisoporol daily but before being discharged from hospital I was having ectopic heartbeats they upped dose to 12.5 mg daily.Today had cardiac assessment before starting cardiac rehab and nurse commented she never known anyone havingore than 10mg.

Posted by Sara82415 on 2016-01-25 02:02. 2 comments. 224 reads
 
I'm a 46 yr old woman who was diagnosed with CPVT in Aug 2015 after failing a stress test. Got a Medtronic defibrillator 3 days later. I have no family history (that I know of), no previous heart issues, perfect BP, active (cross fit etc), until after a horrible virus in June. Had several episodes over the summer that I chalked up to my "lungs". I'm looking for a 2nd opinion on my condition/treatment. Wondering if anyone has a doc recommendation in California. I'm wondering about genetic testing for my 2 kids (18 and 13) and can't get any traction with my current doc.
Thanks for any help/advice as I navigate this "new normal".

Posted by Willsr61 on 2016-01-24 19:36. 4 comments. 260 reads
 
I just had my dual chamber Medtronic put in two weeks ago. I had bradycardia that caused junctional accelerated rhythm. My Bpm was 44. My EP set it at 70. But now my resting bpm bounces between 77 and 89. I don't understand why.


Posted by Tash123 on 2016-01-24 16:26. 5 comments. 373 reads
 
Hi everyone,
I had my new Boston Scientific pacemaker implanted July 2015 (device #5, old leads replaced) and has been taking longer to heal since he removed a lot of old scar tissue. I am still set at default and my next check up is in March.
The past few days my jaw has been hurting and I realized I have a wisdom tooth coming in that somehow cracked and is very painful. I am aware that I do not need any type of oral bacterial infection but I recently moved and do not have a regular dentist and have never had a problem like this before. I have insurance but I know it could take a few days to get in with new drs. I already took an antibiotic (Bactrim) but I only had two left.
Does anyone know how to prevent infection ...


Posted by Klstephens on 2016-01-22 20:12. 4 comments. 300 reads
 
I'm so thankful to find this group! I'm feeling a lot better about my life expectancy! I am 34 very active, 4 little children, runner, love to stay as healthy as possible while still enjoying life to the fullest.

My chest has had an ache to it (for three months now) and I've noticed skipped beats and slow heart rate. Do you have a heart ache with av block? I had the holster monitor, and my cardi doc also noticed a murmur. I'm scheduled for a echo on Monday. Is this truly important? I'm a little worried that av block could be caused by something else more serious, is this common? Does anyone else have a murmur along with it?

Is there anyone who can explain why this happens? I get how, but what causes it? Is there...


Posted by Msat on 2016-01-22 18:37. 4 comments. 265 reads
 
Have SSS. Biotronik PM implanted Thanksgiving. Difficulty tolerating rhythmol and beta blocker, so started Multaq 2 weeks ago. FELT AWESOME until started having sustained atrial flutter episodes a few days ago. Flutter over 300bpm and ventricular rate at around 150. Anyone else experience this? Could it be Multaq side effect or is it just not working? Is ablation next?

Posted by SLy on 2016-01-22 15:01. 3 comments. 182 reads
 
I had a Biotronik Entovis SR-T implanted on 5/21/2015 for my bradycadia (40 to 50 bpm during resting). It helps to maintain my heart rate above 60 now. But off and on I feel palputation when I am driving or just slow walking. This PM has CLS (closed loop stimulus algorithm) feature that suppose to help me during exercise. But I don't like it when I have palputation, with heart rate go over 100 bpm (lasting from 30 seconds to 5 minutes), during resting or driving sometime. Does anyone have simular symptom? Thanks in advance for any feed back.

Posted by VickiB on 2016-01-22 13:52. 3 comments. 252 reads
 
I had my pacer implanted about 5 years ago. I have a bruise over my pacer that has been there for several days. I didn't hit it or bump it. Could the leads be leaking? Anybody else have this happen?


Posted by Sheppey on 2016-01-17 21:10. 3 comments. 235 reads
 
Just recently had persistent Fast A/F. Pacemaker implant for SSS ..Tachy/Brady:
Kept increasing Bisoprolol to 10mg daily..to no effect.
500mcg Digoxin (single dose) followed by 250mcg daily.
This dosage is keeping my Rate down below 100HR -and the Pacemaker is keeping me above 60HR .
Having blood tests.
This seems like a very high dosage to me?
Has anyone had a similar experience?

Hoping they will cut these levels down?

Best regards to all.

Posted by Bebie on 2016-01-15 18:43. 2 comments. 284 reads
 
Hi everyone. I am now in my third year of my PM. I thank God that with my PM I am free from the fatigue, tired and even dizzy most of the time. May I inquire if taking blood thinner because of my Afib is the reason why I am gaining more weight from time to time. with in the period I gain more or less 15 lbs already. Is it because I have to eat more so prevent some stomach discomfort because of the meds I am taking? Thank you for your insights.

Posted by Bebie on 2016-01-15 18:43. 0 comments. 171 reads
 
Hi everyone. I am now in my third year of my PM. I thank God that with my PM I am free from the fatigue, tired and even dizzy most of the time. May I inquire if taking blood thinner because of my Afib is the reason why I am gaining more weight from time to time. with in the period I gain more or less 15 lbs already. Is it because I have to eat more so prevent some stomach discomfort because of the meds I am taking? Thank you for your insights.

Posted by triciag on 2016-01-15 17:07. 3 comments. 262 reads
 
Hi, I have been on Coumadin since 1997 for pulmonary embolism and A-fib and I can tell you that it all depends on the milligram you'll be taking. I take 20mg a day cause when I take less my level drops way too low. I test my own blood with my INR machine and as long as I'm under 4 I'm ok. With the dose I take almost every single over the counter medication interacts with my level. I bled internally and 18 inches of small intestine died inside of me and had to be removed from taking two Tylenol for a headache. This medicine can save your life, but just know that it effects everyone differently. Do you research and ask your Dr. questions.

Posted by C130 on 2016-01-14 07:21. 3 comments. 231 reads
 
The pacer lab is getting my PM readings through my Latitude Monitor. This I know only because we get a bill here occasionally
for my portion ($10.00) reading cost after Medicare pays their portion, otherwise no one from the pacer lab calls or sends a letter to even let me know when they are going to take a reading, I could be gone at that time to inform me of what the readings were- just a bill. Makes me want to remove the monitor! I shouldn't have to call them to find out when and/or the readings from such a test. Does any other member get better treatment from their lab other than an occasional billing??

Posted by Mona on 2016-01-10 23:13. 4 comments. 344 reads
 
I've had my Boston Scientific CRT-D device since Feb 2015. Have never even had a sniffle - In fact I selcom get a cold or any kind. Lo and behold have come down with a "doozy" of a cold. Aching, sniffling, sneezing, etc. If there anything special to be aware of when you have a device and a bad cold. I have the device because of arrythimia and CHF.

Mona

Posted by Msat on 2016-01-09 00:58. 1 comments. 254 reads
 
Doc just switched me from Toprol and Rhythmol to Multaq because my blood pressure was dropping too much with first two. I also felt like I was in a fog and sleepy all the time. First dose Multaq in the morning. Anyone, have any experience with it? Interested in efficacy and side effects.

Posted by Lake Breeze on 2015-12-29 20:52. 3 comments. 378 reads
 
I had a PC put in 4 1/2 years ago due to a 2nd degree block which caused very slow heart rhythms. At my last check up the PC nurse noticed a few tachicardias (280 beats per 2 seconds time). I checked when these occurred and found that they happened during my tap class (both times).
So, I had an echocardiogram and CAT scan done and they found nothing unusual.
Now, my doc has put me on Atenolol, a beta blocker.
My questions are:...Does this med help get rid of tachicardias? Has anyone else had extremely fast rhythms even though they have a heart block? If so, did the medicine help? Did you resume normal exercise activities?
I'm feeling really depressed because I don't want to stop exercising.



Posted by HybridLisa on 2015-12-29 06:57. 1 comments. 299 reads
 
Hi. Since having my pacemaker implanted in 2013 I have suffered with Asthma and chest infections. I did not have problems beforehand. All medical professionals say it's coincidence and there is no correlation. Are there any others out there who have similar problems?



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