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Posted by Papajoe on 2016-04-08 00:19. 2 comments. 267 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. 259 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. 392 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. 422 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. 301 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. 321 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. 421 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. 419 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. 260 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. 194 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. 270 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. 269 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.

Posted by michaelprice on 2016-03-10 03:29. 2 comments. 308 reads
 
I am post op 8 weeks with mo issues until yesterday I had bleeding at the insiscion site. I am wondering if something I should be concerned about.

Posted by ac2526 on 2016-03-09 19:52. 2 comments. 246 reads
 
hi all:

I had a medtronic dual lead PM placed in November 2015, followed a week later by pericardiocentesis and a lead revision. I'm 100% paced in the atria, with minimal ventricle pacing. My PM is doing great--no worries there.

What I am concerned with, however, are the ongoing problems I have with the resulting pericarditis. Understandably, my pericardium became irritated and inflamed post the two surgeries, and since then, my cardio is following the gold standard for pericarditis meds--colchicine, indomethecin, and prednisone (14 day period, with tapering completed a few days ago). Still, with the surgeries way back in November 2015, and here we are in March 2016, I'm currently facing almost four months of pericard...


Posted by seasider18 on 2016-03-02 11:37. 4 comments. 341 reads
 
I have been waiting for over two months for local hospital to agree a protocol for scanning patents with Boston Scientific compatible pacemakers at the same time I am waiting for an AV node ablation.
If I have the ablation and am pacemaker dependent does that make having the scan more problematic. The pacemaker clinic technician suggests that it would be better to have the scan first.


Posted by jyeich87 on 2016-02-29 19:36. 2 comments. 265 reads
 
Hello,
My grandfather recently had a pacemaker implanted and he cannot seem to find a neck brace that does not hit the pacemaker area or interfere magnetically. He requires the neck brace due to Dropped Head Syndrome, as he cannot lift his head. Does anyone have any recommendations on neck braces that work well with the pacemaker?

Thank you so much in advance!

-Jessica

Posted by j2m1h2 on 2016-02-27 17:26. 5 comments. 372 reads
 
I am trying to see if there is anyone here who had sleep apnea prior to finding you needed a pacemaker? I'd like to see if I could ask you some questions.

Posted by J2m1h on 2016-02-26 03:27. 9 comments. 487 reads
 
I don't know where to turn for help so I'm glad I found this site. I'm not going to use the proper medical terms probably so I hope people here aren't too critical.

I just was told that I have Sick Sinus Syndrome and Third Degree AV Heart Block, and a pacemaker was suggested.

Here's my backstory:

In 2004 I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and put on CPAP. It never seemed to help and I had several other studies changed settings, masks, machines nothing worked.

In 2009 I had to have my tonsils taken out so they decided to do the UPPP surgery with the hopes that it would help but it didn't. Years went buy basically the same thing repeating itself, in I think 2013 they switched me to a bipap, seemed...


Posted by imdar844 on 2016-02-24 16:12. 4 comments. 377 reads
 
Anyone on Flecaniade for AFib? I would like to get off it and wondered if anyone has done this successfully. I am so sick of taking medication and I really feel it was not necessary to be put on it. I read up on this medication and do not see why my cardiologist which by the way i switched put me on it. Just looking for others thoughts.

Posted by oli on 2016-02-21 17:53. 2 comments. 379 reads
 
Hi

I had my ATP, MRI compatible pacemaker fitted eight days ago. Since having it implanted my blood pressure has suddenly shot up. Has this been caused by the pacemaker and if so what can I do about it.
Any information would be helpful.

Many thanks





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