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Posted by Gina0101 on 2016-05-01 20:33. 4 comments. 114 reads
 
Had more of what I thought was excessive pacing and finally were able to catch it happening...new diagnosis---afib. Events documented over 7hrs with rates over 460bpm. My EP was in office and was able to see me for a few minutes. He added metoprolol and flecainide to my meds, gave me some afib brochures and told me to read about the condition along with catheter ablation, bring husband back with me to appt on May 25th. Afib events are still happening but not as intense as they were. Any advice to a newbie, on this condition and the ablation procedure???

Thanks!
Gina

Posted by popolop06 on 2016-04-26 19:20. 1 comments. 131 reads
 
Don't know if my clinic is always telling me the truth about my pacemaker check ups. After 2 bypass surgeries and stent, I landed on my feet with sinus Brady/tachy cardiac. I have palpitations that mysteriously doesn't show up on my checkups, am I crazy or what?

Posted by arbnor85 on 2016-04-24 21:02. 2 comments. 124 reads
 
Hi,

It has been 3 months since I had a surgery - Dual chamber ICD implant. I've been diagnosed several months ago with ARVD, haven't had any serious issue so far but almost every 10th of heartbeat there is one palpitation (sometimes, they are up to fourth in a row) and sometimes every third or fourth heart beat.

I am taking sotalol for a few months now, in dosage up to 240 mg per day. Is there any other remedy that I can use or is there anything I can do to reduce these palpitations, since they are affecting the quality of my life ? What food should I eat more or what should I avoid, is there anybody that can help ?

Thanks,

Posted by Raphe on 2016-04-20 12:40. 2 comments. 198 reads
 
Is there any connection between height blood pressure and the need to have a pacemaker. My BP fell after my Pacemaker was fitted

Posted by trapper99 on 2016-04-19 19:03. 3 comments. 227 reads
 
Hi
I have settled into my PM pretty well. I have a Medtronic MRI safe model. I am scheduled for a pelvic area MRI in a few days and asked the doctor what I can expect, but did not get much of an answer.
Is there a certain procedure that they follow? Is there supposed to be a PM Tech there? Will they change the settings prior and post test? Will I feel anything regarding the PM, or how I feel, during the test?
I thank you for any help you can provide. I saw the NP this morning and could barely get a grunt out of her. Quite frustrating.

Lou

Posted by Megan on 2016-04-15 17:47. 10 comments. 441 reads
 
I have recently had a pacemaker implanted and have been told that I need to take medication to thin my blood ie. Warfarin, Is this correct. Advice is appreciated.

Posted by nina2301 on 2016-04-15 15:47. 2 comments. 207 reads
 
Ok I am 34 year old female that is dependent on a pacemaker and have done several ablations and still having issues... They have switched medications on me several times and now they put me on corlanor .. Anyone else on this ??? I'm just tired of feeling like lab rat and every dr o have seen always changed settings and medication ...

Posted by donr on 2016-04-12 09:28. 1 comments. 239 reads
 
Sometime in the last month someone asked about the Lexiscan chemical stress test. Well, I just had one on Mon, 11 Apr & made a mental note to give some details about it for those interested.

Apparently everyone reacts differently to the test & an individual's reaction may NOT be the same in successive tests a year or so apart.

I had my last one THREE yrs ago & it was a real disaster - the most unpleasant experience I've ever experienced in testing. The effects came on in a rush & were most unpleasant - very bad SOB & a very light headed feeling for several minutes, followed by a headache.

I did NOT look fwd to this one & became very stressed out about it over the three week run-up to the test.



Posted by Papajoe on 2016-04-08 00:19. 2 comments. 204 reads
 
My psychiatrist prescribed Vyvanse 70 mg for my recently diagnosed ADHD. What a mistake that was. It was like drinking 10 cups of coffee at once and my heart and pacemaker was revving. Is there anyone that takes an ADHD med without a side effect? Thanks Papajoe

Posted by rod80s on 2016-04-07 05:03. 2 comments. 211 reads
 
I had my Biotronik dual lead PM surgery 2 weeks ago. I have increased physical energy, but my head is soo tired. My eyes are constantly heavy and just have an overall tired feeling in my brain. I don't feel depressed or anything. I had some settings changed yesterday but have seen no improvement. I'm really starting to worry. Any feedback would be much appreciated.

Posted by lisapaulina1 on 2016-03-28 07:34. 4 comments. 320 reads
 
Hello

I had echo last month and i need help to understand the result

Ive been diagnosed with non sustainable VT so the doc did the echo

Here is the result

M mode
Ivsd 0.6 cm
Lvidd 3.8 cm
Lvpwd 0.7 cm
Ivss 0.8 cm
Lvids 2.8 cm
Lvpws 0.9 cm
Edv cube 55 ml
Edv teich 62 ml
Esv cube 22 ml
Esv teich 29 ml
Ef cube 60%
Ef teich 52%
%fs 26%
Sv cube 33 ml
Sv teich 32 ml
Lvd mass 69.29 g
Lvs mass 55.71 g
Lvd mass ase 66.91 g
Lvs mass ase 56.04 g
Ao diam 2.0 cm
La diam 2.8 cm
La/ao 1.43

Doppler
Pv vmax 0.75 m/s
Pv maxpg 2.23 mmhg

Any...


Posted by Francisca on 2016-03-26 08:18. 4 comments. 360 reads
 
PM installed on 3/12/16. Prior to this my only symptom was occasional visual blackout, lasting 1 to 3 seconds, no dizziness, no shortness of breath. I am very healthy, exercise and eat very healthy foods. Went to consult a cardiologist and was put on Metropolol and a blood thinner. Within 4 days I had my first ER visit; dizziness, sweats and thinking I would die. I have normally a nice slow blood pressure and never had these problems before, except the visual black outs. At my 4th ER visit within 3 weeks I was hospitalized. A different medication prescribed but the attacks continued now on a daily basis. Doctor felt he could not up the meds because of my low blood pressure, A PM was installed .But now I have these a-fibs, loudly beating ...


Posted by DEVjer18 on 2016-03-25 13:33. 1 comments. 249 reads
 
received results from recent nuclear test. Said no ischemic changes. EF was 23% Normal CV size. What does that mean?

Posted by trish76975 on 2016-03-20 23:44. 11 comments. 300 reads
 
I don't mean to start out negatively, but I am so scared of this whole thing. I don't even have my pacemaker in yet. I don't know why I need one--I've had a right bundle branch block for decades and no one ever said anything. Is this a reason alone for a pacemaker?

Posted by Barnes42 on 2016-03-20 22:02. 4 comments. 366 reads
 
Hi everyone , I had a dual chamber pacemaker fitted on 8/3/2016 due to 2nd degree heart block. Everything went well , have been quite active and up beat about the whole process and what's to come , 0n Friday 18th (2 days ago) i went for a walk in the morning , came home made a cup tea and sat down to watch tele . What happened next I can honestly say scared the life out of me , I started to feel hot and dizzy , dry in the mouth and started to shake , the dizziness increased to the point that I called an ambulance . They took me to hospital and checks were completed and everything was ok apart from a slight change to the pm that was done , since leaving hospital I've gone from being up beat to almost worried about going out , the bouts of d...


Posted by Berry on 2016-03-19 09:29. 8 comments. 375 reads
 
Hi wondering if anyone has the Same happen. I am on my 3rd pacemaker . First implanted 20 years ago . Second 8 years ago. Third 7 weeks ago. The day after this one was implanted I started gettin red blister spots on stomach which then went to the back. This then has travelled all over the body. The spots are very itchy and there are hundreds of them. Nothing has shown in bloods taken. I have finished a weeks course of antibiotics for the skin and steroids for the spots. They helped but once stopped the spots are back and the site is red and sore and I feel dizzy and lightheaded. Went to docs again and they did bloods which show no infection. I am unable to sleep with the itching. Any ideas anyone??

Posted by Mia929 on 2016-03-17 16:59. 2 comments. 214 reads
 
I take Solatol (120mg twice a day) and Cardia XT (240mg once a day) since January 2015 when Pacemaker was implanted. Cardiologist wants to increase my Solatol mg as I have SVT as well as AFIB.

I don't like to take alot of medications and think increasing Solotal might be too much for me as I am only 118 pounds.

Has anyone taken both of these medications?

Posted by natlat on 2016-03-17 11:57. 2 comments. 171 reads
 
I just had a successful ablation for Vtach. I am still in the hospital. I had an ICD implant two years ago and was put on Sotalol which made my life miserable. As an avid runner, my exercise tolerance diminished substantially and at 40 years old I felt like I was 80. So I sought out the best ablation doctor in the states and he was able to induce the VT in the lab and successfully ablate it. He said 6 weeks of just walking and I was put on a low dose (20 mg of Nadalol/Coregard) to allow the ablation scars to heal. Then he said in 6 weeks we will do a stress test without medication and if all is well, off meds. That was my goal.

Anyone else have a similar experience.

Posted by xoxoashhh on 2016-03-16 21:46. 0 comments. 246 reads
 
Just went for my 3 month PM check up. Before the PM was implanted I had an ablation for SVT. But got the PM cause my SSS. I have been taking metoprolol 25mg twice a day until today. My EP interrogated my PM and stated I was having SVT episodes again, which he suggested Id either get another ablation or try switching my meds around. I opted for the med change and am now taking 120mg 24hr ER of Cardizem. My questions are.. Has anyone switched from metoprolol to Cardizem and saw a difference or have you noticed a difference while taking Cardizem. I asked my EP if I did the ablation and it still didn't fix the issue what the next step would be, but he didn't really seem like he knew what to do.. Anyone have issues with their SVT and ablations!...


Posted by DEVjer18 on 2016-03-13 13:41. 3 comments. 255 reads
 
Does anyone know what happens when you have a stress scan with a pacemaker? I am having a chemical one and not a treadmill one.



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