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Posted by NormaLou on 2014-10-30 22:54. 1 comments. 66 reads
 
I had my first PM implant in 2010 and after three years the battery died. They told me it was defective. I had PM replaced in 2013, about a year ago. Every since the first PM implant I can hear a "squishing" or "crunching" sound in my left ear. My EP dismisses my concerns about this saying it is just blood flow I'm hearing.

Has anyone here every heard of this. I never had this before the PM. And it is annoying and a bit concerning.

Thanks.

Posted by Roys on 2014-10-30 19:13. 4 comments. 59 reads
 
Hi
Are some of you using Eliquis ( Apixaban ) and do you have any problems or side effects, like upset stomach or pain? My Doctor would like me to use Eliquis. The cost is not a problem as in Australia I would only pay $6 each month. Thanks for any info you can give me.
Cheers Roy

Posted by Dave H on 2014-10-30 17:49. 0 comments. 18 reads
 
Hey gang: It's been an exciting month for me------4 or so EMS supplied visits to the ER, Panic attacks -1st full blown one for me, 3 days in the hospital cuz I went crazy due to a "low sodium condition" (124). Too lengthy to discuss here. One question: Home health nurse and visiting paramedic yesterday commented that I should keep my INR between 2.6 + 3.5. I do my own home testing with a Remote Cardiac Services INRatio2 device and have kept my INR usually 2.4 to 3.0 Anyone using this device? Do you trust its results? Thanks!!!
---Dave--

Posted by pacingdiva on 2014-10-28 23:15. 6 comments. 123 reads
 
I have a question what is Sinus Arrest? And for you to last in it for 33 second then your heart start beating on it's on.

Posted by Tinkergirl on 2014-10-25 22:21. 9 comments. 221 reads
 
Question, has anyone when they have gone in for an EKG after getting their PM implanted have theirs still say Abnormal ECG? When I got my first one since the implant last week my Cardio said it looked good, then I noticed it said Abnormal ECG and also under all of the numbers by where it has the T wave results it said " can not rule out Ischemia".

I was wondering if the machine said these things because it was picking up my PM.

Posted by Lizzie on 2014-10-23 23:47. 2 comments. 84 reads
 
Hi everyone,
Just had my yearly check. Noticed on print out that AFib suppress mode was off. I have a lot of trouble with AF.. Asked for it to be on.
Short story, two days later 8 hour bout AFib. Made no difference at all. I have St JudevZephyr in snce 2009.
Anyone else get help from Afib with their PM?
Cheers
Lizzie

Posted by wjs1954 on 2014-10-23 09:21. 3 comments. 74 reads
 
just a update.
Surgery scheduled for 11-4. Doctor said because of PM surgery has to be done in hospital rather than OP Center. Also requires a cardiologist check prior, going today for that check up. looks like
no running or biking till after thanksgiving.Oh well could be worse, doctor said other than meniscus which will be fixed and a little arthritis of the knee i am good to go....

Posted by Chazz on 2014-10-22 20:29. 1 comments. 142 reads
 
My Cardiologist mentioned a sack would form around my recently implanted pacemaker and I regret not questioning him about the remark. I would be grateful if anyone can
explain what he was reffering to.

Chazz

Posted by ODIN on 2014-10-21 08:29. 5 comments. 255 reads
 
Got a PM 8 weeks ago. It is a dual PM attached with hooks. Got it because I had Lyme which became Carditis. Yesterday they turned off the PM and the Doc said my heart was was working perfect. So he set it at 60 and said if I have no issues in 4 weeks it can come out. I had issues last night. Felt like my heart was working hard. Anyways much better this morning. WOndering if anyone has had their PM pulled and how it worked out. Thanks

Posted by Bebie on 2014-10-19 12:20. 3 comments. 193 reads
 
Hi everyone. I just had my PM implanted 3 months ago. Currently, I feel like my heart is tight unlike before where I just dint even notice that I have a heart problem like the fib that was recently diagnosed right after my stroke. Is this a normal feeling? I also have difficulty of sleeping. Is there anybody there who can assure me that everything is normal and I have nothing to worry about my PM? Thanks a lot for your concern.

Posted by kathyk on 2014-10-19 01:13. 3 comments. 115 reads
 
Has anyone had to use the PaceMaker transmitter (mine is Merlin@Home)--and use a Heart Event Monitor, too?

If so, why is this?

Thanks so much

Posted by Shagood on 2014-10-18 14:24. 5 comments. 153 reads
 
I'm 1 week and 2 days out from pm being put in. The journey started with episodes of A fluter and just jumping out of rhythm. Was started on multaq and tolerated that for about 2 weeks before I started having shortness of breath and various other side effects. I was on nothing for about 2 more weeks and was back out of rhythm in just a few days with sky high heart rate. Then started on amerodone and scheduled for cardio version. When I went in for that my heart was back in rhythm but was having severe sob and let pain. Turns out my heart rate was in the low 40's. So then enters the pm. So now I have a pm and am on rhythmol. I still feel sob but I think maybe it's because I still have inflammation from the pm being implanted.
What is ...


Posted by wjs1954 on 2014-10-18 11:08. 3 comments. 190 reads
 
Had my MRI yesterday, Medtronic advisa PM
Rep showed up did her thing, had the MRI. The rep did whatever they do. No problems what so ever.. Well except they are not reading the MRI for a few days : (, oh well have to wait and see if i get yet another surgery to add to my list of many... guess no running or biking for a bit.......

Posted by Lee24 on 2014-10-17 13:50. 7 comments. 421 reads
 
Hi guys, something weird is happening to me. I have a pacemaker due the slow heart rate I had. Recently I've been having syncope events. When my doctor check me out she says somethin he doesn't understand is happenin to my le atrium. Which Is making my heart beat for abt 370 bpm for 29 seconds when that happens I immediately loose consciousness. Today it happend again when I called him he said he doesn't know what is happening. I'm scaredwhat is happening now? I wish I could afford another cardiologist. I don't wanna die I'm only 25 yrs.

Posted by Stillrunning on 2014-10-14 21:02. 2 comments. 151 reads
 
Anybody got any comments about experiences with lisinopril and or carvedilol ,,, after after 14 months after stint and PM inplant and many attempts at settings and adjust to help me run with some oxygen and reasonable comfort not worked so far struggle to run a post PM pace of 10 min/mile with pre PM of normal 8:30 - 9:00 pace, I'm nearly 70 runner for nearly 50yrs , can do everything as before but running is always like the nd of a race breathless and uncomfortable !!!
Thanks for your input,,,

Posted by wjs1954 on 2014-10-13 21:33. 4 comments. 128 reads
 
Not happy, oh well.

Need a MRI of my knee. I have a Medtronic advisa MRI pacemaker. You would think pretty easy, wrong!! lab says " not on fda list of approved pm. So I call my cardiologist she says have the doctor set up the MRI at hospital where they put in pm. Now I need to wait for them to contact Medtronic so the pm rep can be there for MRI, not as easy as one would think. Meanwhile my knee is killing my, thank goodness for pain medication, . Maybe I will hear back tomorrow, well no work for a bit....,,

Posted by skuhl5 on 2014-10-11 08:49. 11 comments. 361 reads
 
I am 34 years old a mother of 3 very active busy kids! They are involved in everything they can! Select Sports to competition cheer to basic clubs like Girl Scouts & 4H! In July of 2012 I have my first episode. A coworker took me to the ER I was in the hospital for 2,days with every test in the book! They sent me home with a clean bill of health and said if this happened again I would need to consider a PM.

Exactly a year later I had another bad episode that landed me back in the hospital. They gave me an aspirin watched my heart rate diagnosed me with Sinus Bradycardia and suggested I make an appt with a cardiologist! I saw that Dr for a year with no signs or episodes! Then a few months back I started having symptoms again! Sma...


Posted by ODIN on 2014-10-08 07:35. 1 comments. 137 reads
 
4 weeks and 1 day ago ended up in the ER. Pulse about 32. Got me a dual PM the next day. 1 week later tested positive for Carditis which is Lyme disease. I am on shots of Ceftriaxone daily. If they new it was Lyme causing the Heart block most likely would have put in a temporary PM. If my heart starts firing again the said the can pull the PM. Cardiologist said he can pull the PM with 18 months. About 8 yrs ago I had SVT. the did the oblaqtion [ not sure on the spelling]. Only other heart trouble I have had.

wondering if anyone has had Lyme disease. If so did you keep the PM or have it pulled ? Thanks

Posted by Roys on 2014-10-03 19:00. 2 comments. 275 reads
 
Hi
Can low Sodium cause an electrolyte imbalances, and arrhythmia?
Cheers Roy

Posted by pacergirl on 2014-10-02 22:48. 7 comments. 338 reads
 
Greetings fellow PM people!

Well, it's been awhile and I see many new names and stories. It seems odd to say "Nice to see you all" as it means that you have had to get a PM or an ICD.

Had my PM check-up (yearly) a few weeks ago. Everything seemed to be fine.... then the test came back. Seems my BP was in the "stratosphere" (a direct quote) and my heart was beating like a racehorse! 200+ plus range. It was so bad at times that my PM actually recorded it on 3 sep. occasions. So.... new medications for me. ugh. One pill is so large it looks like a JAWBREAKER! Does anyone recall those? :-) Just sayin' Then... the blood work comes back a few days later and I get a call for the nurse.... Apparently my bad cholestero...




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