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Posted by Janenotarzan on 2015-03-23 10:32. 4 comments. 213 reads
 
Has anyone out there had vision/eye problems related to medicines they were prescribed? Thanks for your comments.
~Janenotarzan

Posted by cathieflorida1 on 2015-03-19 19:35. 5 comments. 286 reads
 
The oddest thing started this morning. The area surrounding one side of my pacemaker started jumping this morning, continuing off and on all day. At first, I thou Thanks!ght it just a fluke, but then at a meeting, I had to hold my arm behind my back to get it to stop. My pulse is 82, a bit high for a resting heartrate. I just hate the thought of going to the hospital...I've done the ER bit before. It was horrendous, and it was a horrid waste of 3 days. Anyone ever heard of anything like this? My lead is 25 years old. I just got a new pacer in January.

Posted by Mia929 on 2015-03-19 19:20. 3 comments. 217 reads
 
Does anyone know if a Barium Swallow test is safe for a pacemaker?

I have an esophagus issue and need this test but was told chest x-ray is bad for a pacemaker.

Thank you,
Mia

Posted by bevlaar on 2015-03-19 10:11. 5 comments. 326 reads
 
I'm driving myself mad with confusion here!
Had a PM fitted only 2 days ago because i developed very low HR whilst in hospital for tests to clarify Sinus node tachycardia and AF episodes. Unable to do ablation due to location - too near or in middle of sinus node??
Decision taken to fit PM following two episodes of dangerously low HR. So dual PM fitted and set to control low HR but why isnt it set to sort the tachycardia as well?
Im so confused because iv read that a pm doesnt fix fast hr but then iv also read that it does??
My cardiologist has discharged me on bisoprosol for fast heart and erratic rythms with a follow up to be reviewed in 3 months.
Depending on how the SNT has been he will make a decision to eith...


Posted by Dave H on 2015-03-17 11:25. 1 comments. 176 reads
 
I'm curious -------- When one (like me) has had an AV Node ablation and is 100% pacemaker dependent, how would a 12-lead ECG be interpreted as compared to a "normal" heart's ECG?

--Dave--

Posted by Art714 on 2015-03-16 01:18. 4 comments. 377 reads
 
Hello, I recently got diagnosed with Sinus bradycardia at a Hospital. My ekg showed I had sinus bradycardia but otherwise normal ekg, this was kind of odd for me since I've never noticed a low heart but apparently my heart drops to the low 50's I'm not sure if that's really serious or not? I do have a cardiologist appt this coming Thursday but I'm worried something bad may happen till then like faint or my heart rate dropping to low. Ive never fainted or anything but the ER doctor said I'm probably fine and just have a healthy heart, I dont excersise or play sports my older sister has a heart rate of 50 but she runs like marathons a lot so it's understandable. I'm not quite sure what the cardiologist will say or do. One other thing is that...


Posted by Motown61 on 2015-03-14 09:42. 7 comments. 257 reads
 
Does anyone have bad side effects from this blocker? Do they go away? Been 6 months and I had to reduce to 6.5 mgs, wipes me out.

Motown61

Posted by donr on 2015-03-12 01:05. 7 comments. 311 reads
 
Today about 10:30 rec'd a text msg from "Younger" sister (She's 72). Dave, her husband just rec'd a PM. went into hosp for creation of a new fistula in the event he needed dialysis. Came out of OR, was in recovery & Surgeon calls sister i & tells her he needs a PM - RIGHT NOW. His ECG during the procedure went berserk.

His cardio reviewed the ECG data & agreed. They had to wait about 30 min for the mfg rep to get there to set up the PM for them.

I asked her if she knew what the precise diagnosis was. All she knew was that he got a PM - had no idea whether it was a PM, CRT-D or a ICD. She was in shock. B-i-L hadn't the foggiest idea what was happening, he wasn't awake yet.

I told her what to ask...


Posted by Peach1445 on 2015-03-11 23:33. 5 comments. 214 reads
 
I received my pacemaker in December of last year (2014). Soon after I developed what my doctors think may be Reynaud's.
Has anyone ever heard of connection between the two? Just curious. I am 69 years old which according to what I have read is pretty late in life to get Reynaud's.
Thanks for any thoughts on this.

Posted by brushmore on 2015-03-07 16:04. 6 comments. 291 reads
 
I had a pacemaker put about 15 months ago for vasovagal syncope. Overall I am doing great with the pacemaker and haven't passed out once. However, during one of the remote checks of the device recently the doctor thought that I might be having episodes of atrial fibrillation. This was a big shock to me since I have been feeling great.

So now I need to wear a heart monitor the next 21 days. Unfortunately I've been through this several times before and I am not looking forward to it. Just wondering if anyone else deals with a-fib. What does it feel like? Does it cause any problems for you?

Posted by DMJ on 2015-03-07 14:01. 3 comments. 212 reads
 
Do a lot of you out there have congestive heart failure as well as other issues for a pacemaker? Mine started out electrical, yet due to single side only PM became cardiomyopathy, low ef and the need for CID due to v-tach. Is this common.

Posted by Sparkie on 2015-03-07 12:41. 0 comments. 226 reads
 
Hello All,
I have a CRT-D implant . I was only pacing 40 percent after the devise was put in.. Doctors said wait 6 months and see what happens. After the 6 mths my EP doctor and cardiologist said there was nothing they can do for me.( still 40 percent and getting dizzy holding on to walls, shortness of breath) And told me at least I have my brain. I refused to settle and asked my Primary care for a VCU doctor. Researched and found Dr Jordana Kron. Specialist in arrhythmias ( I have all of them ) and EP for women. She decided to load me with Tikosyn 250mcg in the hospital for 4 days due to some complications But after trail and error she re-paced my CRT--D implant and the Tikosyn 250mcg is working!! I am pace at 92 percent ! I wai...


Posted by Bebie on 2015-03-05 10:49. 3 comments. 212 reads
 
This is to express my heartfelt thanks to your advises, esp the having of a meal 30 minutes of taking Pradaxa. It worked well in me, however, up to this time, It will just take few hours and my stomach is again aching. I believe it is still because of the meds I am maintaining like ( pradaxa) for blood thinning.
In connection with it, is there anybody who is having Afib, thus advised to take blood thinners to avoid stroke, fortunately cured, so the blood thinning is not anymore taken. How I wish, i can know of some so I will have hope of not having it in the future.

Once again, thank you everyone. although I am out of the forum once in a while because of my so heavy sked, and even internet connection prob but, I always...


Posted by Narda on 2015-03-05 06:30. 3 comments. 218 reads
 
My physician has ordered an echocardiogram for me for next week. I was wondering if it can be done with my pacemaker?
Thanks, Narda


Posted by Janenotarzan on 2015-03-03 02:21. 1 comments. 197 reads
 
Hello! Want to share info that might help another. I, like my father was, have frequently been tormented by refusal of my body to regulate blood viscosity on warfarin. INR all over the place, with overabundance of adjustments & testing. Last year, at 51, I learned that (again, like good 'ole Dad,) I had Paget's disease of bone, which can thwart regulation of INR when in active stage. This is caused by increased blood vessels throughout re-modeled bone. Paget's generally affects one area of bone only, affects more men than women, and usually affects persons age 55+. I met only one of the 'at-risk' groups: persons of European desceent. This fairly rare condition was determined to get me, though, since testing showed I have it extensivel...


Posted by bartz7007 on 2015-03-01 16:22. 4 comments. 363 reads
 
So had three shocks on the first of Feb. and last Thursday had test done on my icd.

Well I get to the hospital and nurse starts IV, then two people from Boston scientific show up and start checking my icd. Then Dr shows up and tells me what they are going to do. So go down to room and their are about 8 people in this room. A bunch of docs. nurse's and the techs for Boston. It sure made things a little more scary. They kept asking me if I was ok, of course I said yes, but my blood pressure was showing different.

So they started to prep me by stick big pads on me to shock me, strap me down like I was a crazy person," that felt strange" and then knocked me out.

Well woke up about 45 min. later and they took...


Posted by Dickyboy on 2015-02-28 14:58. 5 comments. 252 reads
 
Hi, I'm 69yo and have been fighting (on and off) aflutter for the last 9 months. My heart rate averages 123 (when I'm in aflutter) and I have no symptoms. Its my understanding that many times aflutter will correct it's self. My question is: how long is it safe to stay in aflutter to wait to see if it will resolve it's self?

Posted by Janenotarzan on 2015-02-27 02:26. 5 comments. 241 reads
 
I understand that sleep apnea and arrythmias often go hand-in-hand. While recovering from PM implant, overnight stay, I was directed to wear my cpap machine & had brought it along, disinfected, with brand-new, factory-sealed hose and mask. The RN on shift, however, though I asked at least twice for my machine, purposefully kept me on oxygen instead, yet monitored me/hovered over me all night. In the early a.m. my Mom, a retired LPN, came in, and questioned why I wasn't on my cpap. The RN explained her observations that my breathing stopped several times per hr. causing the heart to skip beats/pause , my oxygen to drop, & the PM to kick in. She said she left the cpap machine off to document my problems/ need for cpap & PM on the data s...


Posted by Dustydog on 2015-02-25 01:08. 4 comments. 226 reads
 
Hi all, my apologies if this msg is a bit scattered, I'm unsure if I'm in the right place but in case I am- I'd appreciate any advice on this situation.

My Dad is 66 and apparently had several 'mild cardiac arrests' yesterday. He's in hospital now, awaiting surgery for a pacemaker which is deemed essential.

Complications- History:
- Type 2 diabetic for approx 30 years. Surprisingly few end-organ problems (at least, that's what one GP recently wrote on his file recently, but it doesn’t sound like ’few problems’ to me)
- Had a quadruple bypass 3 years ago, as a result of calcification of the arteries. This was considered a result of long-term diabetes.
- Pacemaker-fitting was discussed at the time ...


Posted by CDubsDaBaddest on 2015-02-22 23:18. 9 comments. 424 reads
 
Hi all--

I'm new here to the group and looking for some other opinions to help ease my mind/provide some direction.

To provide some background on my heart issues... I had been an athlete my entire life, had my first episode at 13. Took a long time to find a doctor that didn't tell me I was just stressed. Once I was able to find a pediatric cardiologist that believed me, we caught an episode on a monitor and an ablation was set, I was 17. Once they were in there they discovered I had a "severe case of SVT, a-fib and flutter." Couple days after the operation my heart went into a life threatening rhythm that it couldn't get out of due to the first ablation, had to go to the ER so my heart could be stopped and restarted. ...




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