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Posted by matkim6 on 2015-04-03 23:45. 1 comments. 180 reads
 
Had AV node ablation 6 months ago. I'm always 100% paced now in ventricle as am dependent with no escape beat. My atrial pacing has increased to 50% as it was only 8% at 6 months ago. Why is the atrial pacing increasing too? I understand the ventricle 100% as I have no AV node, but don't understand why my atrium is being paced more. If CLS is turned on, could this be why?

Posted by irish_jessi on 2015-03-31 12:23. 4 comments. 314 reads
 
I've been doing this a long time. This going to the cardiologist thing. Since I was 12. I've got 7 surgeries and 3 units under my belt. I usually handle it pretty well. It doesn't normally scare me. Maybe it should, idk.

I have a combo unit. Pacer/Defib. My defibrillator keeps giving me little shocks. I've only gotten a couple of full-blown-know-you-on-your-ass shocks. So, I went to my pacer guy a few weeks ago and he checked me out. Made some adjustments and gave my printouts to my cardiologist. Average SVT rate 173, Average V-Tach rate 170. SVT runs of 3-5 or more. I have a lot of different arrhythmia's, but this is what my pacer guy was focused on at my interrogation.

My cardiologist's office called me last week an...


Posted by rolson on 2015-03-28 01:29. 2 comments. 216 reads
 
So, at my check up 2 days ago my doctor said I have long qt syndrome. I now need to be careful of what meds I take, even over the counter meds. This was never mentioned before, and I had many "normal" EKG. I am very confused. Did I always have this and now it is worse or its it new and from my meds. I do take flecainide, only 50 mg the times a day. Anyone know about this? Thanks in advance.

Posted by Laura2017 on 2015-03-25 16:52. 1 comments. 227 reads
 
Hi my name is Laura I have long QT syndrome and I have had a pacemaker sense I was 3! Do u have long QT syndrome and if so how long have u had a pacemaker?

Posted by donr on 2015-03-24 06:26. 3 comments. 343 reads
 
The US Magazine "Scientific American" has just published a "Report" by a pair of EP types at Johns Hopkins Med Ctr in Baltimore.

I received an e-mail; advertising it this AM. Thought some of you might be interested in it.

Title is: Atrial Fibrillation: The Latest Management Strategies

Straightforward answers to your questions about living with atrial fibrillation -- the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia -- with expert medical guidance incorporating recently updated clinical practice guidelines.

The link below will take you to the description of the document.

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Posted by zawodniak2 on 2015-03-23 19:54. 4 comments. 339 reads
 
I have a Medtronic rate responsive pace maker due to bradycardia and a left bundle branch block. I am 99.9% (AP-VP) dependent on the pace maker---so the techs tell me and the interrogation reports confirm that. I am taking 50mg of atenolol and 40mg of lisinopril. I am on my second pace maker and have felt well during the eight years since the initial insertion. I normally do not exercise vigorously---just brisk walks. But when I push myself to see how high my heart rate will go, I can' get it above 110 bpm. The rate response on the pace maker is set at 110bpm. My question is----is the beta blocker preventing my heart rate from going over 110bpm or is it that my heart can't beat faster on it's own once it reaches the upper rate re...


Posted by Janenotarzan on 2015-03-23 10:32. 4 comments. 250 reads
 
Has anyone out there had vision/eye problems related to medicines they were prescribed? Thanks for your comments.
~Janenotarzan

Posted by cathieflorida1 on 2015-03-19 19:35. 5 comments. 321 reads
 
The oddest thing started this morning. The area surrounding one side of my pacemaker started jumping this morning, continuing off and on all day. At first, I thou Thanks!ght it just a fluke, but then at a meeting, I had to hold my arm behind my back to get it to stop. My pulse is 82, a bit high for a resting heartrate. I just hate the thought of going to the hospital...I've done the ER bit before. It was horrendous, and it was a horrid waste of 3 days. Anyone ever heard of anything like this? My lead is 25 years old. I just got a new pacer in January.

Posted by Mia929 on 2015-03-19 19:20. 3 comments. 237 reads
 
Does anyone know if a Barium Swallow test is safe for a pacemaker?

I have an esophagus issue and need this test but was told chest x-ray is bad for a pacemaker.

Thank you,
Mia

Posted by bevlaar on 2015-03-19 10:11. 5 comments. 354 reads
 
I'm driving myself mad with confusion here!
Had a PM fitted only 2 days ago because i developed very low HR whilst in hospital for tests to clarify Sinus node tachycardia and AF episodes. Unable to do ablation due to location - too near or in middle of sinus node??
Decision taken to fit PM following two episodes of dangerously low HR. So dual PM fitted and set to control low HR but why isnt it set to sort the tachycardia as well?
Im so confused because iv read that a pm doesnt fix fast hr but then iv also read that it does??
My cardiologist has discharged me on bisoprosol for fast heart and erratic rythms with a follow up to be reviewed in 3 months.
Depending on how the SNT has been he will make a decision to eith...


Posted by Dave H on 2015-03-17 11:25. 1 comments. 205 reads
 
I'm curious -------- When one (like me) has had an AV Node ablation and is 100% pacemaker dependent, how would a 12-lead ECG be interpreted as compared to a "normal" heart's ECG?

--Dave--

Posted by Art714 on 2015-03-16 01:18. 4 comments. 420 reads
 
Hello, I recently got diagnosed with Sinus bradycardia at a Hospital. My ekg showed I had sinus bradycardia but otherwise normal ekg, this was kind of odd for me since I've never noticed a low heart but apparently my heart drops to the low 50's I'm not sure if that's really serious or not? I do have a cardiologist appt this coming Thursday but I'm worried something bad may happen till then like faint or my heart rate dropping to low. Ive never fainted or anything but the ER doctor said I'm probably fine and just have a healthy heart, I dont excersise or play sports my older sister has a heart rate of 50 but she runs like marathons a lot so it's understandable. I'm not quite sure what the cardiologist will say or do. One other thing is that...


Posted by Motown61 on 2015-03-14 09:42. 8 comments. 296 reads
 
Does anyone have bad side effects from this blocker? Do they go away? Been 6 months and I had to reduce to 6.5 mgs, wipes me out.

Motown61

Posted by donr on 2015-03-12 01:05. 7 comments. 336 reads
 
Today about 10:30 rec'd a text msg from "Younger" sister (She's 72). Dave, her husband just rec'd a PM. went into hosp for creation of a new fistula in the event he needed dialysis. Came out of OR, was in recovery & Surgeon calls sister i & tells her he needs a PM - RIGHT NOW. His ECG during the procedure went berserk.

His cardio reviewed the ECG data & agreed. They had to wait about 30 min for the mfg rep to get there to set up the PM for them.

I asked her if she knew what the precise diagnosis was. All she knew was that he got a PM - had no idea whether it was a PM, CRT-D or a ICD. She was in shock. B-i-L hadn't the foggiest idea what was happening, he wasn't awake yet.

I told her what to ask...


Posted by Peach1445 on 2015-03-11 23:33. 5 comments. 235 reads
 
I received my pacemaker in December of last year (2014). Soon after I developed what my doctors think may be Reynaud's.
Has anyone ever heard of connection between the two? Just curious. I am 69 years old which according to what I have read is pretty late in life to get Reynaud's.
Thanks for any thoughts on this.

Posted by brushmore on 2015-03-07 16:04. 6 comments. 324 reads
 
I had a pacemaker put about 15 months ago for vasovagal syncope. Overall I am doing great with the pacemaker and haven't passed out once. However, during one of the remote checks of the device recently the doctor thought that I might be having episodes of atrial fibrillation. This was a big shock to me since I have been feeling great.

So now I need to wear a heart monitor the next 21 days. Unfortunately I've been through this several times before and I am not looking forward to it. Just wondering if anyone else deals with a-fib. What does it feel like? Does it cause any problems for you?

Posted by DMJ on 2015-03-07 14:01. 3 comments. 239 reads
 
Do a lot of you out there have congestive heart failure as well as other issues for a pacemaker? Mine started out electrical, yet due to single side only PM became cardiomyopathy, low ef and the need for CID due to v-tach. Is this common.

Posted by Sparkie on 2015-03-07 12:41. 0 comments. 250 reads
 
Hello All,
I have a CRT-D implant . I was only pacing 40 percent after the devise was put in.. Doctors said wait 6 months and see what happens. After the 6 mths my EP doctor and cardiologist said there was nothing they can do for me.( still 40 percent and getting dizzy holding on to walls, shortness of breath) And told me at least I have my brain. I refused to settle and asked my Primary care for a VCU doctor. Researched and found Dr Jordana Kron. Specialist in arrhythmias ( I have all of them ) and EP for women. She decided to load me with Tikosyn 250mcg in the hospital for 4 days due to some complications But after trail and error she re-paced my CRT--D implant and the Tikosyn 250mcg is working!! I am pace at 92 percent ! I wai...


Posted by Bebie on 2015-03-05 10:49. 3 comments. 232 reads
 
This is to express my heartfelt thanks to your advises, esp the having of a meal 30 minutes of taking Pradaxa. It worked well in me, however, up to this time, It will just take few hours and my stomach is again aching. I believe it is still because of the meds I am maintaining like ( pradaxa) for blood thinning.
In connection with it, is there anybody who is having Afib, thus advised to take blood thinners to avoid stroke, fortunately cured, so the blood thinning is not anymore taken. How I wish, i can know of some so I will have hope of not having it in the future.

Once again, thank you everyone. although I am out of the forum once in a while because of my so heavy sked, and even internet connection prob but, I always...


Posted by Narda on 2015-03-05 06:30. 3 comments. 242 reads
 
My physician has ordered an echocardiogram for me for next week. I was wondering if it can be done with my pacemaker?
Thanks, Narda




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