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Posted by belle on 2014-09-29 10:59. 0 comments. 106 reads
 
EASIER FOR ME TO TYPE IN CAPS. I HAVE NO IDEA WHETHER THE FIRST POST WENT THROUGH, BUT I WILL POST AGAIN. I HAD NO OPERATION, I HAD A LONG TEST LIKE AND MRI TO SEE IF MY HEART WAS VIABLE. IT WAS, BUT MY EF WAS ONLY 10%. THAT IS REALLY BAD, HAD ALL THE TESTS DONE, ARTIES ARE CLEAN, HAD A SCAN OF MY HEART WHICH LASTED OVER AN HOUR. MY REGULAR CARDIO SENT ME TO COLUMBIA PRES HOSPITAL IN NY TO A DR WHO DOES HEART TRANSPLANTS. SO I SAID NO TO LET ME SEE HOW THESE MEDS WORK, ETC. THE DRS WOULD NOT PUT ME ON DISABILIT!!!! SO I WORKED, NO SMOKING OR DRINKING, SINCE MY FIRST EPISODE WITH CHFG I HAD NO SHORTNESS OF BREATH, BUT I HAD TO GET A BI VENT PACEMAKER. FAST FORWARD 2013 GOT PACEMAKER REPLACED. 8/15 I HAD TO HAVE A PROCEDURE DONE WH...


Posted by lray on 2014-09-27 19:10. 3 comments. 150 reads
 
I had my pacemaker installed Sept. 10, 2014. My electric heart fraction was 35 percent which caused me to have CHF and bracardia. I was told if I did not have pacemaker installed I might live a year, A cardio psychologist installed it and I also have a cardiologist who seem to be very optimistic about improvement, I am a 58 year old female.
I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THERE IS ANYONE else THAT HAS LEFT BUNDLE BRANCH BLOCK THAT CAUSED THEM TO have SUCH A L LOW HEART FRACTION. The Doctors also wanted to install a defibilator but my insurance would not approve unless it dropped another percent.
I WOULD appreciate ANY COMMENTS.

Posted by ravindermalhotra on 2014-09-27 09:38. 1 comments. 112 reads
 
since a pace maker is to be implanted for my son's heart who is 22 years old , thus , please let me know which pace maker should or is the best one available in India and it's warranty / guarantee period .

Will an implant of pace maker would make the right ventricle work properly after the implant.

How would my son come to know about expiry of the pace maker and how it's working would be monitored
.

please help me in all aspects of implant of a pace maker.

ravinder malhotra.

Posted by Brightstar on 2014-09-20 14:35. 3 comments. 148 reads
 
I have a bifascicular block, and get many symptoms. I feel like I am going to pass out if I go up two flights of stairs, have chest, arm, neck and back pain with exertion, and get breathless.

I am going through tests right now, but my next appointment to see the Cardiologist in in January 2015!

I am currently off sick from work, and am desperate to get back, but everything is so dragged out, and in the meantime, I feel ill. I also have hypertension, high cholesterol (due to family trait, not diet).

The Cardiologist only mentioned a pacemaker as a last resort, but I am so unwell.

Have any of you any ideas on this please?

Posted by lucyb on 2014-09-19 20:36. 8 comments. 152 reads
 
I got a Zio Patch stuck on for the first time ever yesterday, and I have to say, what an improvement on the old holter monitor! I'm only 29 but I remember the days when the holter monitors came with a box the size of a brick (which seemed even bigger to me as a 10 year old!) I didn't know the Zio Patch even existed until yesterday (I was preparing for all those holter leads and a couple of days without a shower) instead I got this nifty little waterproof thing that I can wear for 2 weeks.... technology is amazing!

I popped a photo on the member gallery in case anyone wants to see what it looks like.

Posted by HoneyBadger on 2014-09-19 19:04. 4 comments. 111 reads
 
A follow up to my earlier post. Went to a dermatologist who says my welts and rash are not a reaction to the Metoprolol but poison ivy after all! I am so relieved as the med is working well to curb my tachycardia. I am so happy that I can continue to take beta blockers. My cardiologist said if my skin reaction was an allergic reaction to Metoprolol, then all beta blockers would effect me in the same way. He also said that in all of his 36 years in practice, he had never seen a bad skin reaction to Metroprolol. Never been so happy to have a bad case of poison ivy! Thanks for the kind posts and the support from our club members.

Posted by civilcy on 2014-09-19 11:12. 1 comments. 115 reads
 
It looks like I will probably be getting a pacemaker next month. The doctor best described my problem as high vagal tone, but he hadn't really seen anything like it before.

The top part of my heart pauses for 5 seconds at a time, some times more some times less. It is usually set off by indigestion and some smells. It was only caught by a halter monitor because every other test looks great. I've always had little headaches only to find out its my heart not beating.

The doc has let me put off the pacemaker for the past 7 years, but I can't push my luck any more now that I have an 8 month old.

Does anybody else have anything similar to this? My doctor was having a hard time finding cases like mine.
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Posted by justice on 2014-09-18 14:41. 3 comments. 239 reads
 
Hi

I am a 68 year old male in generally good physical condition,
I am not going to rehab and have no other issues except for the low pulse rate and syncope.
2 years ago I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, and tested 38% ejection fraction. I was told I need a defibrillator.
Last year I was tested at 44% EF and no one could explain why.
I had an angiogram and all arteries were clear

As a result of subsequent syncope low pulse (20 bpm) and history I was scheduled for a dual ICD (pacemaker and defibrillator) and just before surgery my ejection fraction was measured at 57%. No one can explain why

They proceeded to install a pacemaker only on August 18, 2014 and all is well (except for a li...


Posted by orca58 on 2014-09-18 01:14. 0 comments. 67 reads
 
4 wheeldrive unit
when I was sick and before that I trained myself to speed walk so when my pacemaker
kicked in I was like flying all over the place
believe it or not that made people nervous
lol

Posted by orca58 on 2014-09-18 01:02. 0 comments. 70 reads
 
I forgot to also mention when I experienced that syncope I was
bright red and covered in sweat head to toe . I didn't find any of this out until the next day .

Posted by orca58 on 2014-09-18 00:56. 2 comments. 142 reads
 
this how hot I was before I went down, I was helping with supplies , and it was like minus 65 below and I was sweating ,I
mean it was pouring out of me . I don't how I did that job ,
when I was sick I was only getting only 4 hours of sleep a night
and I was working 84 to 90 hours Weeks .
before I got med evact I had 5 syncopes , the first three were bad
a few months back , I was at work , I got up at around 9:00pm to
the restroom , after that I do not remember anything , for some reason I got dressed to go to work , I do not work nights , I work
days , the night bullcook asked if I normally come in this early and I said yes , then he said 9:30 pm at night ! it didn't dawn on what he said until 1/2 h...


Posted by orca58 on 2014-09-17 18:58. 2 comments. 131 reads
 
I had this pacemaker put in November 2012
I worked up in Prudhoe bay , Alaska for almost 9 years for the same company ,
I worked 84 to 90 hour weeks , 2 weeks on 2 weeks off .
before I went down I was sweating alot , I lost
68 lbs all together , after I got my pacemaker I gained about 22 of that back .
that's pretty much all water weight , a little of it is body weight , I'm not even trying !
my last hitch I lost 22lbs of water in one week , that scared everyone including myself
my question is : is anybody else experiencing
this ?

Posted by krolikj on 2014-09-16 12:12. 2 comments. 138 reads
 
i have pacemaker for low pulse since March of this year and now doctor wants me to start on Coreg, beta blocker.I am 66.
This is after Lexiscan stress test shows no problems.

looks like a myriad of possible side effects are possible.

Any pertinent comments



Posted by MyOwnArcReactor on 2014-09-08 20:37. 2 comments. 153 reads
 
Has anyone else had a pacemaker or defibrillator implanted due to Long QT Syndrome? I am 27/F and had mine put in due to 16 bouts of cardiac arrest over a period of 48 hours which was later determined to have been caused by Long QT. While it's not unheard of, I guess it's still kind of rare because I can't seem to find anyone else to share thoughts on this particular condition. Any thoughts, guys? Maybe if you don't have it you might know someone who does? Just gets kinda lonely in my own little condition, sometimes. :)

Ashley

Posted by revelation on 2014-09-06 01:17. 1 comments. 170 reads
 
I had an MI about 8 years ago, had bypass surgery the next year, six months later had crt-d device put in. The doctor told me that I was in the bottom of class 3 CHF, that i also have had a viral infection to damage my heart muscle, and also a left bundle branch block. I'm paced 100% in the 2 bottom chambers and 92% paced in the two top chambers.I've been 100% paced on the bottom chambers ever since I got my first PM in 2007. But then I was at 75% on the top. I had my second device put in in November 2013. Having said all this, I wonder if there is anyone else that has the same bio and feels bad most of the time like I do. I have to lay down a lot, no energy, can't walk very far. my ef is back up to 45% from 20% in 2007. But reading some ...


Posted by Lizzie on 2014-09-04 03:58. 10 comments. 235 reads
 
Hi everyone,
My PM is behaving beautifully.
I have been on holidays in sunny Queensland for a couple of months. Only one episode of AF and went back into NSR after about 8 hours and 100 mgs Flecanide. I have a scheduled apt with Dr. next week. Have to decide between Warfarin and on of the new drugs. I know one has been taken of market due to bleeding deaths. Pradaxa I think.
Any comments on pro's and cons appreciated.
cheers
Lizzie

Posted by bj on 2014-09-03 04:50. 1 comments. 95 reads
 
Hello folks, you may not remember me as Ive not posted for quite a while. Fortunately everything has been great so Ive just been reading your messages instead. Recent change though, am 12 months post PM implant and have arrythmia as well. Have started to get short of breath and fainting again and saw my GP today and BP is 150/100. This is a major increase for me. Am already on Atenolol and Rythmodan. Has anyway else had this occur suddenly? I see my GP monthly (I have autoimmune arthritis) and he checks it each time and its normally very stable. Any thoughts out there? Cheers

Posted by howdoyoumendabrokenheart on 2014-09-02 13:05. 1 comments. 83 reads
 
Hello all,

Thanks to all who replied to my inquiry about this test.

I had the test done today and it was really very easy. I felt nothing more than some dizziness (and with the meds I take that was nothing) and had a slight headache, just a slight one and that is gone now. I am lucky and very happy about the test as I thought it was going to be a lot harder. For some it is, but I am grateful.

It was even easier than when they do an interrogation.

I did suggest to them that they have sandwiches and coffee there for when you finish, lol. After all no coffee for 24 hours and no breakfast is extreme, lol.

Again thanks everyone, you really put me at ease.

Posted by golden_snitch on 2014-09-01 16:26. 5 comments. 128 reads
 
Biventricular (BiV) pacing failed to significantly improve outcome compared to right ventricular (RV) pacing in patients with atrio-ventricular block (AVB) according to preliminary results presented at ESC Congress 2014 today.

http://www.escardio.org/about/press/press-releases/esc14-barcelona/Pages/hotline-three-biopace.aspx

There is also a video with a discussion of the trial at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLN5RC1OF9yB6uEhwM15xVbx0eG6R-aeKg&v=pbYpeDKe6B4&feature=player_embedded

Inga

Posted by Frederica on 2014-09-01 09:53. 2 comments. 113 reads
 
Pacemaker implanted in January - single chamber. I am 79. Since then I have had pain/stiffness in most of my joints and muscles.This is painful especially when I get up in the morning but gradually eases but never goes away. Blood tests have been carried out to see if I have Rheumatoid Arthritis or Polymyalgia, all tests negative. Now awaiting to hear with results of the X-Rays from the Rheumatologist. I am wondering whether a nerve has been damaged during the implantation? Has anyone had this problem? Pacemaker is OK and I no longerget breathless. I did see a Dermatologist before implantation as I am allergic to certain metals and they wanted to be sure the one chosen was OK.



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