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Posted by Klstephens on 2016-01-22 20:12. 4 comments. 457 reads
 
I'm so thankful to find this group! I'm feeling a lot better about my life expectancy! I am 34 very active, 4 little children, runner, love to stay as healthy as possible while still enjoying life to the fullest.

My chest has had an ache to it (for three months now) and I've noticed skipped beats and slow heart rate. Do you have a heart ache with av block? I had the holster monitor, and my cardi doc also noticed a murmur. I'm scheduled for a echo on Monday. Is this truly important? I'm a little worried that av block could be caused by something else more serious, is this common? Does anyone else have a murmur along with it?

Is there anyone who can explain why this happens? I get how, but what causes it? Is there...


Posted by Msat on 2016-01-22 18:37. 4 comments. 394 reads
 
Have SSS. Biotronik PM implanted Thanksgiving. Difficulty tolerating rhythmol and beta blocker, so started Multaq 2 weeks ago. FELT AWESOME until started having sustained atrial flutter episodes a few days ago. Flutter over 300bpm and ventricular rate at around 150. Anyone else experience this? Could it be Multaq side effect or is it just not working? Is ablation next?

Posted by SLy on 2016-01-22 15:01. 3 comments. 299 reads
 
I had a Biotronik Entovis SR-T implanted on 5/21/2015 for my bradycadia (40 to 50 bpm during resting). It helps to maintain my heart rate above 60 now. But off and on I feel palputation when I am driving or just slow walking. This PM has CLS (closed loop stimulus algorithm) feature that suppose to help me during exercise. But I don't like it when I have palputation, with heart rate go over 100 bpm (lasting from 30 seconds to 5 minutes), during resting or driving sometime. Does anyone have simular symptom? Thanks in advance for any feed back.

Posted by VickiB on 2016-01-22 13:52. 3 comments. 346 reads
 
I had my pacer implanted about 5 years ago. I have a bruise over my pacer that has been there for several days. I didn't hit it or bump it. Could the leads be leaking? Anybody else have this happen?


Posted by Sheppey on 2016-01-17 21:10. 3 comments. 318 reads
 
Just recently had persistent Fast A/F. Pacemaker implant for SSS ..Tachy/Brady:
Kept increasing Bisoprolol to 10mg daily..to no effect.
500mcg Digoxin (single dose) followed by 250mcg daily.
This dosage is keeping my Rate down below 100HR -and the Pacemaker is keeping me above 60HR .
Having blood tests.
This seems like a very high dosage to me?
Has anyone had a similar experience?

Hoping they will cut these levels down?

Best regards to all.

Posted by Bebie on 2016-01-15 18:43. 2 comments. 387 reads
 
Hi everyone. I am now in my third year of my PM. I thank God that with my PM I am free from the fatigue, tired and even dizzy most of the time. May I inquire if taking blood thinner because of my Afib is the reason why I am gaining more weight from time to time. with in the period I gain more or less 15 lbs already. Is it because I have to eat more so prevent some stomach discomfort because of the meds I am taking? Thank you for your insights.

Posted by Bebie on 2016-01-15 18:43. 0 comments. 254 reads
 
Hi everyone. I am now in my third year of my PM. I thank God that with my PM I am free from the fatigue, tired and even dizzy most of the time. May I inquire if taking blood thinner because of my Afib is the reason why I am gaining more weight from time to time. with in the period I gain more or less 15 lbs already. Is it because I have to eat more so prevent some stomach discomfort because of the meds I am taking? Thank you for your insights.

Posted by triciag on 2016-01-15 17:07. 3 comments. 342 reads
 
Hi, I have been on Coumadin since 1997 for pulmonary embolism and A-fib and I can tell you that it all depends on the milligram you'll be taking. I take 20mg a day cause when I take less my level drops way too low. I test my own blood with my INR machine and as long as I'm under 4 I'm ok. With the dose I take almost every single over the counter medication interacts with my level. I bled internally and 18 inches of small intestine died inside of me and had to be removed from taking two Tylenol for a headache. This medicine can save your life, but just know that it effects everyone differently. Do you research and ask your Dr. questions.

Posted by C130 on 2016-01-14 07:21. 3 comments. 329 reads
 
The pacer lab is getting my PM readings through my Latitude Monitor. This I know only because we get a bill here occasionally
for my portion ($10.00) reading cost after Medicare pays their portion, otherwise no one from the pacer lab calls or sends a letter to even let me know when they are going to take a reading, I could be gone at that time to inform me of what the readings were- just a bill. Makes me want to remove the monitor! I shouldn't have to call them to find out when and/or the readings from such a test. Does any other member get better treatment from their lab other than an occasional billing??

Posted by Mona on 2016-01-10 23:13. 4 comments. 438 reads
 
I've had my Boston Scientific CRT-D device since Feb 2015. Have never even had a sniffle - In fact I selcom get a cold or any kind. Lo and behold have come down with a "doozy" of a cold. Aching, sniffling, sneezing, etc. If there anything special to be aware of when you have a device and a bad cold. I have the device because of arrythimia and CHF.

Mona

Posted by Msat on 2016-01-09 00:58. 1 comments. 360 reads
 
Doc just switched me from Toprol and Rhythmol to Multaq because my blood pressure was dropping too much with first two. I also felt like I was in a fog and sleepy all the time. First dose Multaq in the morning. Anyone, have any experience with it? Interested in efficacy and side effects.

Posted by Lake Breeze on 2015-12-29 20:52. 3 comments. 455 reads
 
I had a PC put in 4 1/2 years ago due to a 2nd degree block which caused very slow heart rhythms. At my last check up the PC nurse noticed a few tachicardias (280 beats per 2 seconds time). I checked when these occurred and found that they happened during my tap class (both times).
So, I had an echocardiogram and CAT scan done and they found nothing unusual.
Now, my doc has put me on Atenolol, a beta blocker.
My questions are:...Does this med help get rid of tachicardias? Has anyone else had extremely fast rhythms even though they have a heart block? If so, did the medicine help? Did you resume normal exercise activities?
I'm feeling really depressed because I don't want to stop exercising.



Posted by HybridLisa on 2015-12-29 06:57. 1 comments. 366 reads
 
Hi. Since having my pacemaker implanted in 2013 I have suffered with Asthma and chest infections. I did not have problems beforehand. All medical professionals say it's coincidence and there is no correlation. Are there any others out there who have similar problems?

Posted by steveh on 2015-12-27 20:34. 2 comments. 274 reads
 
Does anyone get dehydrated from taking Altace, metoprolol,
Norvasc,the palms become extremely dry. Steveh

Posted by jsne on 2015-12-27 15:15. 2 comments. 330 reads
 
Will be seeing my consultant on the 30th to find out what he has planed for me.
Have been on verapamil for re-entry tacchy but it doesn't seemed to be helping, I have had very little success with meds in the past and have been on this over 3 months now. , however have started getting a flop/pulse feeling under my ribs again (had this earlier in the year but got settings adjusted and they stopped) ? could this be happening again due to the verapamil .Having other side effects which are bearable if the arrhythmia's stopped but annoying as they haven't.
Think I am heading for an ablation, and |know it is not to be taken lightly I really want some stability, Have had problems for years and have reached the point were I would like to ...


Posted by alex32 on 2015-12-23 03:11. 2 comments. 356 reads
 
First of all I'm new to this site
so hello to all of you! Question is I have had a sinus node aviation and av node ablation . the question is do I still keep take all the meds. I'm on comedian sotoalol cardizem clonidin lasix and several more. any advice?

Posted by Lisalac on 2015-12-22 04:24. 8 comments. 476 reads
 
So 3 weeks in and the beta blocke is driving me crazy. I feel short of breath when I first take it and I'm exhausted. It's not really helping much with PVCs and PACs and arrhythmia that I get either so I don't know what to try next. Can't run because I run out of energy. Any suggestions to talk to my cardiologist about that are not so tiring. Also I've been reading a lot about magnesium and potassium helping others in heir PVCs and PACs; anyone tried increasing these in your diets with success. Thanks. Lisa

Posted by melb on 2015-12-22 04:12. 3 comments. 295 reads
 
Did anyone have a correlation between taking Flexeril and Bradycardia? I've been taking Flexeril for 5 years for back pain from a car accident. I just read somewhere that this could cause Bradycardia. I was diagnosed, and PM installed this past August for Bradycardia. Any one else have a similar situation?

Posted by tomdavidsonjr on 2015-12-20 17:06. 1 comments. 433 reads
 
Note - this is long, so if you want you can skip to the synopsis at the end.

I have had a Medtronic Pacemaker since 2007. In 2009 I lost my insurance, and didn't go back for an interrogation until 2015. I was scolded by the cardiologist, but after reading my interrogation report, he said my pacemaker was pacing me less than 5% of the time, and that it could have 10-18 more years of battery life. I have insurance now, and regular visits scheduled, but last time I was in I forgot to ask about something that has been an issue since the pacemaker was put in back in 2007: I can't sleep on my left side anymore. Prior to 2007, that was my preferred side. It even (to my ex-wife's annoyance) forced me to switch sides of the bed with her...


Posted by GoodDog on 2015-12-18 00:54. 5 comments. 595 reads
 
I received a new pacemaker last month that provides my PM Tech with much more data than my 12 year old PM it replaced. After my first remote check yesterday she called me to advise that I had three episodes of A-Fib during the past month. She said the longest was less than 2 minutes. She gave me the dates and time and wanted to know if I felt anything? I told her no, I didn't feel anything unusual, but that I've always experienced palpitations and I have become accustomed to them. So no big deal. She said; O.K., I'll give the doc this info and he'll be in-touch. She seems to love being able now to access and evaluate the history over time. Couldn't do that with my old PM.
So I am wondering if those episodes are sufficient to trigger ...




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