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Posted by SUPERSALE on 2015-07-07 21:30. 9 comments. 336 reads
 
my pacemker doctor be me on lisinopril take one a day anybody tell what this do ?? my pm doctor is on computer while i talking top him.

Posted by skirabbit on 2015-07-06 14:03. 0 comments. 332 reads
 
A cure?

this is my story and I hope it can help anyone who reads its. For years now I have been aware of ectopic beats. At first way back in 2011 I would feel one every now and again then in September last year they suddenly got very bad - I had two 48hr Holters which showed I had around 7 to 10% of my beats were ectopic. I was also suffering from a lot of burbing and of course had the constant feeling of anxiety and dread you get with ectopic beats. I went to several different doctors - all said the same thing - your heart is fine - no idea why you have these beats - yes it is horrible, sorry nothing we can do. By march this year the situation was so bad I was in permanent state of bi and tri gemini with some periods where the ...


Posted by hicsalta on 2015-07-05 09:19. 5 comments. 258 reads
 
Hi,
I have a question that I hope people can help me answer.

I am a 44 year old male with no underlying health problems. I have a low resting heart rate - it can go as low as 41 after a night's sleep. Even during the day, without exertion, it is below 60.

I know that very fit athletes don't need to worry, but I'n not a very fit athlete! I'm not exactly sedentary, but running two miles a day is my average - not exactly elite athlete territory!

Is this something to worry about, and what should I do about it?

Thank you for taking the time to read this,
Sean

Posted by LJRytel on 2015-07-01 13:07. 2 comments. 236 reads
 
I hate to be a negative Ned.... but after several years of daily PVCS, one month as high as 100,000, they suddenly, drastically reduced. I now have them only after intense exercise or alcohol consumption.

I'm very happy for this change of events, however, I have been experiencing headaches, vertigo type dizziness, neck stiffness for the last 6 weeks that seems to have happened around the same time the PVCS reduced????

I've had a dual lead pacemaker for 4.5 years for 2-3 degree AV heart block.

Question is whether the reduction of PVCS can ever be a negative symptom?

Posted by DMJ on 2015-06-30 17:57. 4 comments. 231 reads
 
I have been more dizzy of late, going in for pet-scan tomorrow since I have cardic sarcoidosis which I have been on Prednisone for the last 3 months to see if any improvement. Also have CHF so take Lopressor and Aldactone. These are new also the last 3 months. It seems if I walk on a uneven surface, or in a old building that tilts it brings up syncope and dizziness. Today I almost passed out and have not been feeling well all day. Heart pain and tired. I have a CRT pacemaker with a ICD. I have been defibrillated 3 times in the past 2 months. I feel worse since starting all these meds and think I should just trust my pacemaker and icd and stop the heart meds since I'm so sick on them. Does anyone else get syncope from uneven floors...


Posted by holly99142003 on 2015-06-28 11:43. 9 comments. 279 reads
 
Hi all,

I had my ICD?PM implanted on June 19th 2015. I was put on Carvedilol -low dose 3.25 and i have been having headaches and nausea . I was just wondering if anyone else ever had these side effects from this medication? Oh and i did call my doctor's office only to be told that this is the lowest dose. ugh...i need to work and it's hard when your head is pounding and your stomach is doing flipps.
Thank you for your help
Sue

Posted by AVJim on 2015-06-27 10:41. 6 comments. 346 reads
 
Greetings all -- and best wishes!

Since November last year I have had bouts of breathing problems, as well as fog-head (not quite dizzy). This all came about suddenly after a really bad bout of bronchitis. No symptoms before, then I passed out. Since then, rather constant fog-head, with energy/breathing having better and worse days.
On Tuesday, after coming from yet another doctor (walking) I collapsed and was told in the ambulance that I will probably need a PM (went down to 30).
So I was diagnosed with AV Block III, and the PM was put in on Thursday. Just came home a couple of hours ago.
My problem is, no doctor can really tell me if this is going to resolve my symptoms! I fell fog-headed (yesterday was the wors...


Posted by jstudnic on 2015-06-26 16:47. 1 comments. 373 reads
 
I am 2 plus years post implant. 72 years old..Still try to exercise daily. Chronic fatigue and dizziness , especially in the morning . Some balance problems while walking. Is it the meds , the pace maker , the exercise, or just aging ? Is this the best I can do? JS.

Posted by EdGraham on 2015-06-24 20:26. 1 comments. 186 reads
 
My 2nd PM is a Medtronic put in 1 1/2 years ago. The aortic valve was replaced with a TAVR 1 year ago. For more than 6 months I have seen quite a few specialists in a search for something that will quiet the pounding heartbeat and SOB that occur with very little physical exertion. The pounding persists for hours even when I am lying in bed. The various specialists say: the lungs have no problem, the PM is working well, the aortic valve is functioning, the endocrine system has no abnormalities. In spite of this good report card, I spend a lot of time lying down or sitting with a very uncomfortable tired chest and short breaths.
If you have encountered a similar set of circumstances and found some relief I would like to hear from ...


Posted by pagettwoods on 2015-05-15 11:51. 2 comments. 312 reads
 
My pacemaker turns over when I lie on my right side in bed. Is this safe? What can I do to stop this? I go to sleep on my left side but move in my sleep.

Posted by rolson on 2015-05-13 13:11. 5 comments. 377 reads
 
Hi everyone, its been a while since I have been on. I have noticed a new issue and wondered what to do. I have noticed water retention in my ankles and feet. It was just a bit to start and now it is painful even though it is still not what the doctor calls bad. Is there a diet I should follow to help reduce. I am sure it is caused by my Flecainide that I take 3 times a day. Since the meds have been working for me I really hate to ask for a change and wondered what else to try. I would gladly change my diet to make it better, especially since I know mine isn't the best and just don't know how to change what I eat to be better. I know I am not putting this correct but would appreciate any help. As always, you guys are great and thanks in adv...


Posted by SUPERSALE on 2015-05-12 15:09. 1 comments. 268 reads
 
The current battery status is 12.5 years. There have been atrial high rate episodes, but all three of these were less than one minute. You have used the pacemaker 21.5% of the time. All of the testing looks acceptable.


anybody tell me what that is ???


Posted by hanginginflorida on 2015-05-12 03:14. 6 comments. 330 reads
 
I wonder if anyone has had this problem. I need an MRI, and do not have a MRI compatible Pacemaker. Docs suspect I had a stroke from a Complicated Migraine, or a Opthalmoplegic Migraine. 3 months after the neurological event, I still have right eye numbness and visual impairment.I saw 3 different docs, and all need an MRI. Otherwise, we don't know what we're treating. Does anyone know of any centers in Florida doing MRI's on non compatible Pacemakers?

Posted by natlat on 2015-05-10 08:40. 7 comments. 340 reads
 
So I was doing very well, I have an ICD, and take 40 mg of Sotalol am/pm. I tried to lower my dose last Saturday from 40 to 20 mg, it is a 12 hour med. On Sunday last week , while running, I had my first event - sustained vt. My ICD was able to outpace me, thankfully. My doc now put me on an HR restriction of 130 and I am back to my normal dose of sotalol 40 mg at 9am (after I workout) and 9pm. I ran this morning, very slowly and kept my HR under 135.

Doc thinks the reduction of meds (which he said was like having nothing in my system) and the running caused the event.

Could a one day reduction of my meds cause an event the very next day? I find it odd that it did happen the very next day.

Hope to ge...


Posted by Sandune on 2015-05-09 14:31. 5 comments. 338 reads
 

So, I saw the EP and he said the cardiologist never should of said I had Brady because, well I don't. I have PVC's (I made the post earlier 68,000 pvc) he said there is no way that I'm a candidate for a PM. He said seeing that you have asthma you can not be on any beta blockers and put me on -Verapamil 120mg. and I asked "what if these meds don't work"? then we try the next one and I can't remember what he said the other one was. I asked "what if that don't work"? then we will do the catheter ablation surgery-unless you want to have the surgery right away? hmm, I will try the meds. Well I asked "how many people take the meds first end up having the ablation"? He said, it's 50/50 chance you will need it or get by without it.


Posted by abbygirl on 2015-05-09 07:29. 0 comments. 208 reads
 
I have had my pacemaker since 2003 (not the same one) and have recently been having runs of v-tach. I have shortness of breath and light headedness with them. My blood pressue also started to rise. My EP was concerned because of a history of Torsades. He put me on Metoprolol. My heart rate is running between 55-60 but now I have bouts of rapid heartbeat again. This time the heart rate is 85-90 with the same symptoms. It leaves me short of breath and feeling light headed. Also my PVC's have increased tremendously. I was having about 7000/month, now they have doubled with the lower heart rate. I have been on the Metoprolol about 2 months. I emailed my EP and he emailed back to stop the Met. Nothing else, no recommendations for any other drug...


Posted by Gatsey on 2015-05-08 10:27. 2 comments. 308 reads
 

Hi to all my pacemaker friends , I had a pacemaker fitted in 2013 due to having heart block from Myocarditis since having this I have started having panic attacks and I cannot tell you why as I am a confident person and I am not a worrier , has anyone else experienced this before ?

Thanks




Posted by Hidayah on 2015-05-08 09:39. 2 comments. 287 reads
 
Hi everyone!! I'm 25 years old, lady who was diagnosed cardioinhibitory syncope on 2005, Feb. I had a few episode of syncope for almost every year, and when it happened my systolic pressure went own until 30. Doctor told that there are two things that they can help me which are by implant the pacemaker and medication but both of the treatment was not advisable for me since they told that I still young for those things and they advised me to continue with healthy life style and avoid the trigger sources that can cause episode of syncope. currently in this 3 month after they diagnosed me, I had no episode of syncope but I had few episode of nearly syncope. I had make some research regarding my condition but I can't find any info regarding it...


Posted by casmered on 2015-05-07 16:40. 3 comments. 349 reads
 
I'm supposed to have an MRI for my knee tomorrow, but am a little hesitant because of the PM. I have a Boston Scientific K173 (Ingenio) pacemaker. Most of the searching on here shows older posts on the matter unless I'm just overlooking them.

This model is not listed as tested or mri friendly. I have some approvals from my pm doctor, but still a little hesitant. Why are the current thinkings of the community?

Posted by 2for1 on 2015-05-06 16:29. 2 comments. 310 reads
 
Dear All,

I am seeking advice about "upgrading" my 2-lead pacemaker to a 3-lead pacer to improve the function of my left ventricle.

Has anyone else had such an "upgrade"? I am trying to get a read on the likelihood that this is necessary or helpful.

I had a 2-lead pacer implanted in 2013 for 2-1 AV heart block, at age 55. I felt completely health prior to the implant and only stumbled on the irregular EKG due to a minor doctor's visit. Since then I have had *decrease* LVEF, it is now around 35% (pre-pacer more like 60%) according to 2 echos, 8 months apart. For 9 months after the implant I had a lot of fatigue, shortness of breath etc. but now I'm feeling fine again.

I have spoken to 2 ca...




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