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Posted by annie21 on 2014-03-20 14:31. 1 comments. 104 reads
 
new box June 2013, had tickley cough since, should i get it checked out? next appointment 2/2/2015

Posted by labor99 on 2014-03-19 09:19. 5 comments. 174 reads
 
Hello all,,, I am wondering if anyone has ever had sores in the mouth while taking Metoprolol. After having taking this med for about six weeks I've got very sore gums (just on the inside of my gums under my tongue. Looking back I had a sore on the inside of my lower lip the day I left the hospital. I'll be calling my Dr. as soon as they open. Got my ICD on 01/30/14 thanks everyone.

Posted by Jcole on 2014-03-16 17:14. 2 comments. 204 reads
 
I have had my PM for four months and I still find myself short of breath during minimal activity (walking, showering, etc). However, I am able to exercise on elepitcial and rowing machines for 30 combined minutes with no problems. It doesn't make sense that I get short of breath so easily but then have no problem with exercise. Has anyone else had the same problem?

Posted by Teijee on 2014-03-15 15:07. 18 comments. 433 reads
 
When they diagnosed you with this, did they immiedetly implanted a pacemaker with an ER procedure or did they wait a couple of weeks? Months? Years?

Posted by Lolo on 2014-03-15 03:22. 2 comments. 131 reads
 
I will be having a single lead pacemaker implanted in May to correct a junctional rhythm (hopefully). I have other arrhythmias that have shown up on holtor monitors and stress tests in the past 6 years, but the jr is causing a lot of symptoms and more and more days when I am unable to function due to shortness of breath, lightheaded, shakiness, nausea, headache and chest pain so....... I am curious to know if anyone on here has/had either an escape junctional rhythm or accelerated junctional rhythm, (I have both and only the escape rhythm can be corrected) fixed by a pacemaker insertion.

Posted by alegv on 2014-03-13 15:52. 6 comments. 185 reads
 
Does anyone feel hot all the time? I am grasping at straws but I ruled out everything else. I am soon going on my 3rd pacemaker totaling 13 yrs so far, just about as long as I have been experiencing this too hot feeling and being uncomfortable all the time. Just wondering.

Posted by Teijee on 2014-03-13 14:21. 3 comments. 145 reads
 
How did you tilt table test go? Did you passed out by yourself or what? I had one today and didn't passed out so they stopped it at 20 minutes.

What are your experiences with this test?

Posted by Dazzler on 2014-03-13 11:34. 6 comments. 113 reads
 
Hi

Has anyone taking Atenolol or any other BB with PM came off them, was told last may to take 25mg a day for palpitations untill my pacemaker has been "reviewed"....due to be replaced since 2012 but battery not at ERI yet. Not been picking palpitations up in the several checkups since. Wont see consultant untill new one has been put in so cant get more answers. Basically the consultant sent me a letter 2 weeks after my appointment with her and said on further thinking about the palpitations she would like me to take 25mg of atenolol a day. they thought the battery would be replaced in 5 moinths at the time

Posted by Teijee on 2014-03-12 12:26. 10 comments. 245 reads
 
When you fainted did you feel it comming or was it straight knock out?

Dear regards,

Teije

Posted by judy on 2014-03-11 21:31. 5 comments. 213 reads
 
I researched this site for information on this condition, but did not find much. Right now I am waiting for cardio to order genetic testing for long qt. A so called expert EP tells me maybe I should replace pm with ICD so in case I have this condition (yes, it has been found in my family) I will not die of sudden cardiac death. I am uncertain whether insurance will 1- pay for test, 2- put in ICD without definitive diagnosis. my therapist say I need a lawyer and threaten them with a law suit (post mortem of course).
Has anyone had ICD implanted due to long qt? Has anyone opted for implant without definitive diagnosis? The literature is confusing: some says it can be diagnosed with EKG, but EP says it must be genetic test. I think insur...


Posted by draegompf on 2014-03-11 14:26. 3 comments. 139 reads
 
Hi, How long does the medication Flecainide acetate take to leave the system? I am scared to take this medication because I do not know if I am having a palpitation for sure. I have a pacemaker this was placed in august of 2012. I was wondering if you feel a skipped beat or fluttering if you have SVTs? I do not ever feel my heart racing. I just feel chest pain. So, I felt fluttering the other day so It my med how the label said to do. I took 2 100 mg tablets the first day and then I am supposed to take 1 two times a day for 48 hours. I only took one yesterday and I am going to take one today. I do not want to take two. This med makes my body feel weird and y pupils dialate to a pin point. can anyone please give me some advice.

Posted by IAN MC on 2014-03-10 15:15. 17 comments. 440 reads
 
I am in my 3rd year of having a PM which was fitted for Sick Sinus Syndrome and I have had Rate Response turned off most of the time as my HR seemed to be increasing adequately with exercise.

I am now wondering if I should have it switched on again as I believe that my sinus node is deteriorating . Easy question you may think ! Some facts I have picked up after loads of reading :-

- Chronotropic Incompetence ( i.e heart rate not increasing appropriately with exercise ) can be progressive and can worsen with time. If you have it, you need RR switched on ! One paper suggests that :-

- at implant, 42 % of PM patients show signs of C.I. and could benefit from RR being switched on

- after 2...


Posted by trish on 2014-03-09 13:29. 3 comments. 180 reads
 
Have had pm 8 weeks controls bradycardia but now have runs of SVT and a fib in addition to increased PVCs. Was prescribed Rythmol Friday . Is any one else taking this drug? Trish

Posted by Mooserunning on 2014-03-08 01:18. 1 comments. 196 reads
 
I recently had my second pacemaker (Boston Scientific) implanted about 2 months ago. About 2 weeks after implant I started having palpitations, flutter, and tachycardia is the latest which lasted for 34 seconds. The tachycardia makes me cough to get my heart back in rhythm. Doctor put me on medication to help with the arrythmia but doesn’t seem to be helping. I had another arthymia that made me cough today. I sent the information through my Latitude but it didn’t pick up on the irregular heartbeats. I am not sure why this is happening. My pacemaker is set with the rate response (DDDR). Has anyone else have/had the same problem? I have experience with the extra heartbeat but not these tachycardia and irregular heartbeats that I am havin...


Posted by manaman on 2014-03-07 18:11. 0 comments. 48 reads
 
Had breathing test today (at cardiologist request) to check out lung scarring. Results were minimal airway obstruction and caused by 25 years of heavy metal. exposure.
anyone know a good lawyer!
Cecil

Posted by taylorsmom on 2014-03-06 19:24. 2 comments. 133 reads
 
Well we went to the children's mercy cardiologist.
It is the neurocardiogenic sncope. However she told us to tank up on salt and water. She wants her to do that for a month before she does the tilt table test. SHe stated she was sure Taylor would not do well on the tilt table so she wanted to wait. The echo came back fine and so has the majority of test. However,I am so frustrated with doctors that say well at tleast her test are normal. Yes,normal so whats wrong???? So when you finally find one that let's you know youare not crazy it is a breath of fresh air. This doctor told me she had not had someone that up on their childs care or educated on what coud possibly be wrong. I told her I am tired of my daughter going through this and ...


Posted by Mojo on 2014-03-05 12:50. 2 comments. 99 reads
 
Hi all! I am the lady that complained of dizziness yesterday and asked for suggestions. I managed to get into my cardiologist yesterday. They always squeeze me in when I call my wonderful heart doc's office. You were right Donr, it most likely is a sinus type infection or vertigo problem for which he gave me a prescription. I always think heart right away as I am still like a babe in the woods as it's only been 9 months since implantation. You all are so encouraging and put my mind at ease. Thanks for all the suggestions. And I am so thankful for all of you. Have a blessed day.

Posted by Mojo on 2014-03-04 11:19. 6 comments. 195 reads
 
Hi everybody,
Just wondering if anybody has an idea as to why I have been experiencing dizzy spells. I had a dual-chamber Medtronic Pacemaker implanted last June. I still experience -fib also. But the last week I have had these weird spells where it feels like a shade is going down over my eyes and I feel like the room is spinning. Sometimes I have a slight headache with it, but the dizziness is what bothers me the most. I am on Lisinopril for high blood pressure also, but on a low dose of it. The upper back of both thighs hurt also. Maybe I just need Spring to come a little quicker than it wants to, because it sure is cold here in Chicagoland. Anyway, just wondering if anybody has some ideas for me. Thanks all.

Posted by Royale on 2014-03-04 01:16. 6 comments. 207 reads
 
I know this is a popular topic and thanks to Donr for his previous explanations - a wimpy beat followed by a strong one. Just curious though - does anyone experience them so strongly while lying on their back that their torso literally leaves the mattress by what feels like about 6 inches. Feels like what you see when they use a defibrillator on someone in tv shows and their body arches up. Has woken me from blissful sleep previously and happened to me while having a ct scan yesterday. My heart just wouldn't behave and I couldn't keep still for a few minutes as it kept whacking me (don't know how else to describe it). I put it down to nervousness about the iodine contrast, but that would usually just manifest as rapid heartbeat for me, no...


Posted by natlat on 2014-03-03 07:38. 21 comments. 449 reads
 
Hi everyone, I found this site, thankfully! For at least a year I have been experiencing abnormal levels of fatigue. Recently after a long run, of 8 miles, I fainted after the run...felt heart skipping. It happened several weeks ago, but I did not faint but felt like I was going to. I also feel my heart skipping a lot. I was rushed the ER where they found that I had bradychardia and arrhythmia. I am scheduling an appointment with a cardiologist hopefully today. I was reading that runners with these sort of symptoms get pacemakers! I am 39, female, and love to run. If the Drs. decide that this is the solution, will I still be able to compete as a runner and train? I am thinking I will feel better after if I get a PM. Looking back...




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