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Posted by Dickyboy on 2015-02-28 14:58. 5 comments. 236 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. 222 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. 210 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. 401 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. ...


Posted by chorlz on 2015-02-20 06:17. 3 comments. 244 reads
 
im getting palpitations from my pacemaker , the best way I can describe it is like a heart beat , I don't get them all the time but they occur on a regular basis , is this natural or should I get it looked at

Posted by 2219kg on 2015-02-17 21:24. 2 comments. 161 reads
 
I got my first pm inserted last April. This past November I had 3 blood clots in my arm. My cardio put me on xarelto for 3 months. This past January I had some bloodwork done which indicated that I have a clotting dissorder and the hemotologist switched me to coumadin a week ago. Yesterday and today I have had several dizzy spells. The room just spins. Its horrible. Of course I googled it and saw lots if reports of this same issue, but when I told him about it he said that is not a side effect (or at least not common). He said maybe inner ear. I find the timing to be suspect. Has anyone else had this same issue while taking coumadin?
Regards
Kelly

Posted by boochance on 2015-02-15 08:01. 9 comments. 312 reads
 
I have what I think is a pulled muscle in lower back that isn't getting better. This has happened in the past and on occasion before I had a PM and I would be referred to a physical therapist who used massage and the electrodes to stimulate the muscles in the painful areas and it worked quite well. Is this treatment safe with my PM? My cardiologist is hard to reach and I need to get this pain treated. No ibuprofen allowed for me because it's bad for heart and older folks doc said.

Posted by duffy on 2015-02-14 11:30. 3 comments. 190 reads
 
Hi. HELP, PLEASE. I have a DEFIBULATOR. Dr.’s can’t find where exactly my pinched nerve is located. Dr.'s and physical therapy just keep shipping me from one to the other for three months. Can't do a MRI. Had CAT= no results. Tried nerve test with electricity and stopped it after the first shock, which made me jump, dizzy and in more pain. I can't imagine a series of these is okay for me, which they said was okay. My right arm now is very low in muscle, movement, and looks half the size of the left. I've pinched a nerve in my shoulder or neck. Both are always in pain and most times severe. Also, it comes on even more severely in sudden bursts throughout the day and night out of the blue. PLEASE HELP! WHAT OTHER TESTS OR ANY OTHER OPTIO...


Posted by fishingmema on 2015-02-13 11:53. 4 comments. 240 reads
 
Can doctors still do ekg's if you have a pacemaker?

Posted by labor99 on 2015-02-11 16:15. 3 comments. 159 reads
 
Have not been here for a few months. I,ll get right to the problem.
I am currently taking Eliquis 5MG twice a day
Digoxin .125MG once a day
Diltiazem 120 MG twice a day.
I have developed swelling in my left foot and ankle for a month now. I have noticed a marked reduction in urine output lately. I just did a stress test (chem test) and I did a kidney test last week. They called this morning to say that they had goofed my test up so I went in and they took some more blood. Has anyone here had a problem with swelling due to these meds I am on? Can't seem to get my doctor all that excited about finding out the problem. My foot is almost normal in the morning but as to day goes on it swells pretty much. Thank you.

Posted by cbrown1392 on 2015-02-10 03:03. 3 comments. 184 reads
 
Hello,

I recently read about Johns Hopkins Hospital being able to give an MRI for someone with a pacemaker. I live in Queens, New York. Does anyone know if there is a a hospital in New York that would also offer this??

Posted by jericho on 2015-02-04 18:46. 3 comments. 232 reads
 
Hi Everyone
Thank you for all your comments and support
Just to ask if anyone has kaleidoscope effects at night when going to sleep, I also have vivid dreams, not every night but several occasions The colours are so vivid and extreme.



Posted by Calvin on 2015-02-02 10:54. 3 comments. 195 reads
 
I just joined your valuable group.

I enquired about PM's and fatigue and noticed that the last postings were entered in 2011.

Are there more?

Reasons for gap?


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Posted by judyblue on 2015-01-30 12:25. 1 comments. 214 reads
 
Many of you may know I am one of the few whose pain never went away. I finally had a doctor confirm it is nerve damage from the pm implantation. This was not the cardiologist who put it in! He won't discuss it. And my primary prescribed an anti- imflammatory. Both which got me no relief for over a year. My gynocologist said, "of course its nerve damage. You have neuropathy. There are medicines for that". OMG! I have about a 75% reduction in pain! I am sad the other docs were too afraid to prescribe this for me (yes, I said "afraid"- that is what my gyno said). I could have been spared a very unpleasant year of pain. I never knew what chronic pain does to someone. Without knowing, I was a total crab to my students. After the meds, I am a ne...


Posted by Cahardesty on 2015-01-27 14:43. 4 comments. 303 reads
 
I just found out, that for the last four months or so, I have been having runs of ventricular tachycardia but I did not know what was going on until yesterday. I typically would be at rest and feeling fine and then all of a sudden become very symptomatic with chest pain, shortness of breath,dizziness & lightheadedness etc, not to mention scared while trying to remain calm.

I have gone to the ER numerous times over the past four months, just to be checked out and confirm that I was not having a heart attack but never address the palpitation concerns that I had. This last Sunday was my last episode and I went to the ER I typically go to, only to be treated very badly. The doctor treated me as if I was a drug seeker from the ver...


Posted by mkyah09 on 2015-01-27 07:26. 12 comments. 371 reads
 
My dad had the below report , i just need to know how to read it..Because the doctors here are rarely telling us about these stuff..Appreciate your help

Battery Voltage : 3.13 V

Pacing History
As- Vs : 2.2%
As - Vp : 97.1%
Ap - Vs : <0.1%
Ap - Vp : 0.7%

Impedance
Atrium : 475 ohms
R.V 285 ohms
L V 722 ohms

RV Defib 41ohms
SVC 54 ohms

please point me to a link if there is a explanation already available.

Let me know if you need more details.

Posted by tessenne on 2015-01-27 03:18. 2 comments. 246 reads
 
With a PM, does the heart condition continue to deteriorate? So I have a third degree heart block. Symptoms started roughly five years ago- near syncope. The PM will stop the symptoms and force the heart to beat but will the condition continue on its natural path and just not cause me any symptoms? Is it possible I would go from 3 percent paced to, potentially, 100 percent paced? Can I expect to be pacemaker dependent? I am 28 now....and I know you guys could not possibly predict my outcome but, humor me, is there a trend for people going from a lower percentage being paced to a much higher one in, say, ten years?

Posted by Roys on 2015-01-25 18:37. 0 comments. 92 reads
 
Hi
I have two blood reports from Pathology, one says Mild normocytic anaemia, the other says Moderate anaemia. the results are the same, Haemoglobin 106 g/l. which correct, is it moderate or mild.
My Doctor does not think it needs treatment.
Cheers Roy

Posted by Cartman on 2015-01-24 18:50. 1 comments. 127 reads
 
I have been on metoprolol, sotalol, and veraparmil with limited success for ventricular tachycardia. I started taking Ranexa 6 weeks ago. I went from having V-tach once or twice a day to none in the past 6 weeks. This is a miracle drug for me.

Posted by cathieflorida1 on 2015-01-24 13:47. 1 comments. 149 reads
 
Just thought I'd share.

On my last visit with my cardiologist, he asked me if I had ever been tested for lyme disease since it has been discovered to cause conductive heart disease in some. Since my condition has been from the teen years (40 years ago), I doubt it is mine.

However, I am very lyme-literate due to one of our adult daughter's having chronic lyme. It is debilitating if not caught early on (acute lyme), and not curable. In my research, I knew that if it settled in the heart, it would cause severe complications. Being tested (40% false negative rate on the AMA approved test) is a start, but one must often pursue additional testing for appropriate diagnosis and care.

I was just thrilled and encou...




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