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Posted by libbyg on 2015-05-05 15:24. 0 comments. 173 reads
 
Does anyone here know of alternatives to local anesthetics?

I'm in the middle of some dental procedures, and have experienced that my body can't handle lidocaine. I have bradycardia and an arrhythmia. Has else had similar experiences?

Posted by libbyg on 2015-05-05 15:24. 0 comments. 104 reads
 
Does anyone here know of alternatives to local anesthetics?

I'm in the middle of some dental procedures, and have experienced that my body can't handle lidocaine. I have bradycardia and an arrhythmia. Has else had similar experiences?

Posted by 20yrsoldx on 2015-05-05 14:28. 6 comments. 272 reads
 
Hi all, bit of a long story sorry! Just looking for advice really as I'm very confused. I'm a 20 year old female and since I was 3 years old I've had episodes of fainting/seizures. I've seen numerous cardiologists and neurologists to no avail - until now. I recently had a 5 day heart monitor fitted (I've had them before) but this time it picked up a second degree type 1 heart block. Reading the letter I was quite confused and worried, I'm only 20 and after googling what it actually means - was slightly concerned. They now think this could be causing the faints/seizures. It picked up that my heart stopped for 2.38 seconds (I don't actually know how bad this is). I'm to have a heart monitor fitted for a year.

I sometimes wake up ...


Posted by Narda on 2015-05-03 17:17. 6 comments. 300 reads
 
I have recently been diagnosed with heart failure. I am also totally dependent on the pacemaker. I am wondering if the pacemaker will help my ailing heart to pump more efficiently. And does anyone else have this same condition. Thanks.

Posted by Hairy on 2015-05-02 05:49. 0 comments. 126 reads
 
I have had Reiter's since the mid-70s. Two of my heart valves have been replaced. I had a pacemaker put in last year.

I take the blood thinner Warfarin to avoid clots.

I recently saw a new rheumatologist. She has prescribed sulfasalazine. However, doing some reading reveals that sulfasalazine decreases the effectiveness of Warfarin. This leads to significantly increasing the warfarin along with a lot of testing to determine if a theraputic level has been reached.

Does anyone have any experience with taking both sulfasalazine and Warfarin?

Posted by Mona on 2015-04-30 13:13. 12 comments. 345 reads
 
Does anyone else hava a problem with "white coat hypertension"? I have have had some anxiety and depression since I got my CRT-D device in February. I understand this is not unusual and have been trying to overcome it with deep breathing and relaxation I have always had a problem with elevated bp in the doctors office. Now doing cardio pulmonary rehab and got sent home yesterday because my bp was too high to exercise. Seems like when I walk in the rehab facility I began to have an anxiety attack. The nurse in the rehab facility said she had never heard of "white coat hypertension" and that I probably needed anti anxiety meds to use before my exercise session. I don't really want any more meds - I'm on Beta blocker and several other b...


Posted by strong on 2015-04-29 22:55. 1 comments. 160 reads
 
Hi Everyone,

My dad was recently diagnosed with heart failure. I'm trying to convince him to get an ICD implant. Presently, he is asymptomatic (i.e. Stage B, HF). I'm wondering how long do most ppl stay in the asymptomatic stage? Would anyone w/ HF be able to shed some light on this?

*I know that the ICD doesn't help his condition just mitigates sudden cardiac arrest.

Posted by Nikki-porter on 2015-04-28 18:19. 2 comments. 256 reads
 
Quick history....I am 30 years old. Starting in Jan 2014 my heart rate became constantly high. In April I was diagnosed with inappropriate sinus tachycardia (IST). June 5, 2014 I had an ablation. Dr said that she had to perform very extensive ablations to my heart. On June 10, my heart rate dropped and I was taken to the emergency room. Heart rate was 26. The next morning I had a pacemaker put in. It has taken until a month ago to get my pacemaker settings correctly configured for me. A few months ago I had an episode of ventricular tachycardia while having the pacemaker interrogated. I was put on metoprolol. When I went for my checkup 2 weeks ago, I was told that i am now having runs of Atrial flutter. My list of diagnosis keeps getting l...


Posted by csvh on 2015-04-26 14:36. 1 comments. 138 reads
 
I was wondering if any women out there have a combined defibrilator and pacemaker and if you ever had a biopsy done near the implant.
I recently had a 3d mammorgram done in which they see architectural distortion but no mass. The ultrsound didn't show anything. Since i had radiation treatments in the eighties, they consider me to be high risk and want to do a biopsy on my left breast very close to where my pacemaker/defibrilator is.
I haven't scheduled it yet because they are waiting for insurance approval. I practically had to beg them to consult with my cardiologist. They said they would.
Anyway, if anyone has had a similar experience and went through with the biopsy I would like to know how it went.
Thank you!

Posted by trishas on 2015-04-26 08:53. 1 comments. 234 reads
 
I came across this blog while searching for information about
Betapace. My step children's mother who was just 68 years old died suddenly as a result of this drug. She never smoked, never drank, went to the gym weekly, ate all vegetarian and healthy foods. She had a bout of AFIB once a year that they got back into rhythm using meds or shock. For some reason this year the doctors at the hospital decided to put her on Betapace. She stayed in hospital for several days while they monitored the affects of the drug. They said it was ok and released her. She did not have a pacemaker just once a year AFIB. She was home for 2 days when she collapsed and went into cardiac arrest. Emergency people came intubated her and she was put on life supp...


Posted by Sandune on 2015-04-25 08:39. 6 comments. 285 reads
 
Hello everyone,

I'm new and searching for some feedback from those who are willing to share their experiences about what's really happened to them or what to expect in the future.

Two years ago my 48- monitor was 80,000 and as of 4/24/15 I find out my 2 days found 68,000 (pvc). I'm 42 F and I feel left in the dark because, I've had the echo stress test with injections and echo cardio and more blood work ups.

Nobody wants to answer my questions until they get this test back or that test back. It's driving me crazy! I feel them all the time. I can't even sleep on my left side due to the pounding and does anyone have sharp "electrical pains" that spread like lighting and take your breath away? and then its ...


Posted by momhead on 2015-04-24 09:18. 2 comments. 154 reads
 
I am 9 months out from having my pacemaker implanted and have had no big problems so far....but the last few months I have had a lot of neck/shoulder/ear/jaw pain on the side of the pacemaker. Am just wondering if anyone else has experienced this??

Posted by gaman on 2015-04-21 19:50. 5 comments. 324 reads
 
Is it recommended to take a dose of antibiotics an hour or so before dental cleaning or other dental procedures if you have a single or dual lead pacemaker? I've heard some Dr's recommend it to protect against possible lead or pocket infection but not sure it's an issue.

Posted by raiderralph on 2015-04-20 19:00. 11 comments. 211 reads
 
Does anyone with CHF have low blood pressure 89/60 without any symptoms?
. The doctor didn't seemed concerned thoughts please

Posted by kyle0816 on 2015-04-20 12:32. 1 comments. 106 reads
 
I was wondering if any of you with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy have taken CoQ10 with any success? There has been very limited study with this drug for HCM, but one study (an old study that apparently wasn't conducted properly) showed great promise in reducing wall thickness and reliving fatigue.
Just curious if any of you out there have tried it.


Posted by tabel513 on 2015-04-19 17:31. 3 comments. 105 reads
 
It has been along ride but it looks like my reconsideration for my secondary conditions have came through with a C&P eval.. My question and concern is that they have scheduled a ekg tracking only w/o report and a echo-cardiogram to include ejection fraction. All of you that has helped me in the past with some spot on info here is my question? Having a two lead pacemaker could this test the echo ejection fraction possibly show a false negative because of my pacemaker? By not giving the proper percentage of the blood pumping out of my heart.. is this anyway possible and thank you in advance for any feedback..

Posted by candi on 2015-04-19 15:15. 3 comments. 162 reads
 
metatoprol and amylodopine
I am currently on these two for my high b/p which developed after they put the pm in. I am having angina and severe headaches as well. BTW, the headaches are Not from nitro, had them before so am on Butal-apap-caff for them.I also take Gabapentin for pain....
I am wondering if one of the meds, or more, is responsible for my fatigue. BTW, also on Vit D as deficient in it, per blood work.
I see my Cardiologist next week for a follow up so will talk to him. My hubby is really concerned over the fatigue because of course, everyone tells him the pm should have been a miracle cure. It has been 5 months and I am alive so consider it a miracle. Done on emergency basis, no warning.
Candi


Posted by natlat on 2015-04-15 07:42. 3 comments. 126 reads
 
So I had my yearly Echo and no events this year. In short, last year in March and April I experienced fainting episode while running and sustained vtach. I got an Icd and also on Sotalol 40 mg 2x per day. I continue to run and workout, not doing heavy mileage nor high intensity. I feel great. Docs say I can now come off the meds! I am interested in anyone else on here who has successfully come off meds, but are runners and athletes who still workout and have an ICD. Hope to hear from you! I have not yet come off the meds...

Posted by Dave H on 2015-04-10 13:19. 8 comments. 319 reads
 
With all the Beta blockers out there,how does one know which is right for them? Typical Doc prescribng is: "Take this, and let's see what happens." Personally, I've been bit in the butt with drug interactions in the past. A few years ago, an EP took me off carvedilol (Coreg) and put me on Metoprolol (Lopressor). I haven't really seen much of a difference.I know Metoprolol specifically targets the heart, where Carvedilol targets everywhere. Anyone have any specific info on how these two drugs affected their issues?

Posted by doublehorn48 on 2015-04-08 14:07. 2 comments. 167 reads
 
On March 31 I had robotic prostate cancer surgery. I've had a dual chamber pacemaker since 1987. Four leads in my heart. Two, of course, are disconnected. I had a MRI a week before my surgery. There were risks involved in the MRI, but the information gained, made the MRI necessary. I had everything done at MD Anderson in Houston. I live in Dallas, but in my opinion, no hospital in the DFW area measures up to MD Anderson for cancer treatment. If this helps anyone that's great. God bless.



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