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Posted by michaelprice on 2016-03-10 03:29. 2 comments. 285 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. 223 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. 315 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. 255 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. 352 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. 469 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. 351 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. 366 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



Posted by annie21 on 2016-02-18 12:16. 2 comments. 353 reads
 
Have been beta blockers for 4 weeks due to heart problems, i have constant discomfort, feels like a tight band round my bra line. My heart feels heavy.

Posted by ashaark on 2016-02-18 03:34. 0 comments. 253 reads
 
I had a pacemaker implanted three weeks ago. Yesterday I started experiencing arrhytmia. My EP told me to come in to check my heart rate. Since my pacemaker is only three weeks old, he cannot make adjustments until the third month of implantation.

He prescribed Rythmol for the arrhytmia, but after checking all the side effects of this drug, I am hesitant to start taking it. Does anyone have any experience with this drug?

One of the side effects state this drug could make arrhytmia worse.

Posted by Jonnyhall32@gmail.com on 2016-02-17 19:44. 4 comments. 393 reads
 
Hey everyone, I am a little freaked out about my current situation. I am 32 and was in the ER last Monday and Tuesday for my heart. Since returning from Italy two weeks ago, I have had a really slow heartbeat and some chest pains associated with palpitations and just being plain tired. I had tests for my cardio system all last week and this week, pretty much everything showed up normal with the exceptions of bradychardia and some abnormal heart beats. I had a heart murmur as a child, and the doctor said that I have an AV blockage known as a bundle branch block. I am going to a electrophysiologist soon to see about a heart monitor, and it looks like I need a pacemaker. Did anyone here have a similar thing happen to them? Just out of t...


Posted by roro on 2016-02-17 02:11. 5 comments. 421 reads
 
Is it necessary to take a bloodthinner after you have a pm put in. Dr has tried me on 3 and they all give, me a problem with my stomach is there anything else to try.

Posted by wantok on 2016-02-17 00:25. 6 comments. 237 reads
 
I have a 4+ year old EnRhythm pacemaker which I got for sick sinus syndrome and absolute bradycardia (also had a cardiac ablation for a-fib). I was told that my accelerated junctional rhythm problem is caused by a non-functional p wave due to my sick sinus syndrome. This arrythmia plagues me when I exercise strenuously (15 minutes on an elliptical, if that is strenuous, for example) and as I am a 68 year old female, I don't see giving up exercise as an option. I have appointments with both my cardiologist and EP in a month, but you all are so helpful I thought I would get some feedback. The cardiologist wants me on a beta blocker. I am very sensitive to drugs and have side effects. I took atenenol once and didn't sleep that night, an...


Posted by manasi on 2016-02-01 16:44. 2 comments. 304 reads
 
Hello ,

I am from India , Pune. I have congenital complete heart block.
I am under treatment of Dr.Anil Katdare. Currently , I am not under any medication. Doctor is advising to prolong PM as much as possible which is good.
My question is how to live normal life with CHB. I get little bit of chest pain or fatigue when I try to do something more.
My daily activities are just 20% of normal human being. I want to improve my stamina. Currently , I take 1 mile beginners walk by Lesile as exercise. I am vegetarian.
Please advise.

Posted by braveheart on 2016-02-01 16:17. 1 comments. 402 reads
 
Hi friends,

Hope you are all well!

I have PM put in Mar. 2015 and have gone thru some ups and downs, overall, I had been feeling pretty well until last week when I swept curling, I all of sudden felt lightheaded and very dizzy. I went to Hospital A where the PM was installed to have it adjusted. However, the following week that I have been feeling weak, dizzy sometimes and went Hospital B and being kept there for further assessments. Here are some of the possibilities:

1.) suspect there is inflammation in surrounding areas of the heart, been given anti-inflammation drug in an attempt to resolve the soreness
2.) Been put on beta blocker in hope to control heart rate that went too high when I was ex...


Posted by mchokozi on 2016-01-30 21:05. 7 comments. 535 reads
 
Hi Everyone,

Let me state a quick disclaimer here.
I am a bit cynical about HMO's continual emphasis on saving money.
Sometimes it seems they cut corners at patients expense.
(My insurance provides this coverage.)

Having shared that with you, here is my question:

Yesterday I had my battery replacement.

At the pre-op appointment, the surgeon said that the ECHO from 2 years ago displayed my heart looking "small and healthy."

I noticed that she did not order any preoperative labs nor an ECG.

I know that a pacemaker battery replacement is a minimal procedure, but I had still expected rudimentary preoperative labs and an ECG.

When ...


Posted by Sylvia1 on 2016-01-27 14:53. 1 comments. 338 reads
 
I have a St Jude ICD which was implanted in Oct 2015(2nd device) and was on 10 mg of bisoporol daily but before being discharged from hospital I was having ectopic heartbeats they upped dose to 12.5 mg daily.Today had cardiac assessment before starting cardiac rehab and nurse commented she never known anyone havingore than 10mg.

Posted by Sara82415 on 2016-01-25 02:02. 2 comments. 355 reads
 
I'm a 46 yr old woman who was diagnosed with CPVT in Aug 2015 after failing a stress test. Got a Medtronic defibrillator 3 days later. I have no family history (that I know of), no previous heart issues, perfect BP, active (cross fit etc), until after a horrible virus in June. Had several episodes over the summer that I chalked up to my "lungs". I'm looking for a 2nd opinion on my condition/treatment. Wondering if anyone has a doc recommendation in California. I'm wondering about genetic testing for my 2 kids (18 and 13) and can't get any traction with my current doc.
Thanks for any help/advice as I navigate this "new normal".

Posted by Willsr61 on 2016-01-24 19:36. 4 comments. 403 reads
 
I just had my dual chamber Medtronic put in two weeks ago. I had bradycardia that caused junctional accelerated rhythm. My Bpm was 44. My EP set it at 70. But now my resting bpm bounces between 77 and 89. I don't understand why.


Posted by Tash123 on 2016-01-24 16:26. 5 comments. 554 reads
 
Hi everyone,
I had my new Boston Scientific pacemaker implanted July 2015 (device #5, old leads replaced) and has been taking longer to heal since he removed a lot of old scar tissue. I am still set at default and my next check up is in March.
The past few days my jaw has been hurting and I realized I have a wisdom tooth coming in that somehow cracked and is very painful. I am aware that I do not need any type of oral bacterial infection but I recently moved and do not have a regular dentist and have never had a problem like this before. I have insurance but I know it could take a few days to get in with new drs. I already took an antibiotic (Bactrim) but I only had two left.
Does anyone know how to prevent infection ...




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