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Posted by triciag on 2016-01-15 17:07. 3 comments. 345 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. 335 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. 445 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. 366 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. 460 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. 371 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. 280 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. 335 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. 361 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. 493 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. 307 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. 444 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. 612 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 ...


Posted by Narda on 2015-12-17 19:08. 5 comments. 466 reads
 
I know I asked this question before, but I need reassurance that it is okay to have an endoscopy and a colonoscopy with a pacemaker. I am totally dependent upon mine since my AV node has been ablated. I read that the doctor could not cauterize anything using the electric current that is needed when a patient is pacemaker-dependent.

Today both of these procedures were scheduled for me on December 24 (of all times, but it is rather an emergency) and the nurse practitioner said that was not true that the gastroenterologist could do these procedures and could safely use cauterization even when the patient is pacemaker-dependent. Please reassure me that this is true.

Posted by SnailScout on 2015-12-17 11:41. 3 comments. 351 reads
 
Since my last pacemaker check in September 2015 the doctors say that it looks like my pacemaker is working faster than it should be or my body is making it faster. Though it's not clear what is happening, I had an ECG a few weeks ago, I am having a pacemaker check on the 29th of this month and will be having an echo sometime soon to ensure 1 the tumour isn't growing back and 2 to see the blood pumping through the chambers.

Warfarin has been talked about so has pacemaker lead change or adding a 3rd lead. I told them that I am breathless and rather tired but they seem to think I am going steady. However I suffer with anxiety and from the start of this week I have been sick, mega heart flutters and palpitations, headache, very tir...


Posted by Dave H on 2015-12-16 16:16. 1 comments. 312 reads
 
Kinda curious:
When one's ECG results are as such:
Ventricular rate: 76 Atrial rate: 76
QRS Duration 176 ms
QT Interval: 464 ms
QTCINT: 518 ms
P axis: ----- R axis: 14 degrees T axis: 107 degrees
How do these #'s compare with someone who is not PM dependent and has "normal" values?

Thanks for any input!
--Dave--

Posted by monkeyman on 2015-12-16 12:21. 2 comments. 344 reads
 
Had my PM implanted Sept 3rd. Prior to surgery, I had worked primarily at night, sleeping during the day. I find myself waking up at around 4am almost every night. Although I sometimes do return to sleep about an hour later, I find this pattern unusual. I have my 3 month follow up on Jan 5th. Has anyone ever experienced odd sleeping patterns following implantation?

Posted by Hartje5 on 2015-12-07 09:52. 6 comments. 463 reads
 
Hi,

About four weeks ago I was put on Flecainide 50 mg, 2 times a day and Verapamil 80 mg 2 times a day. I also take Apixaban, twice 5mg. At first I was a quite dizzy from the new meds, then a bit nauseous, had light head aces and was constipated. That all went away after the first few weeks.

Since last week though I've been having this loud ringing in my ears that drives me pretty crazy. I checked for side effects and found that Flecainide could be the cause. I really don't want to stop my meds as I seem to be doing quite well on them, apart from the ear ringing.

Has anybody had this side effect and did it go away after a while?

Posted by xoxoashhh on 2015-12-06 03:59. 5 comments. 459 reads
 
Anyone take Metoprolol tartrate and feel like crap? My EP put me on it for tachycardia a few days ago and I'm instantly feeling different.. I.e.... Malaise, drowsiness (feel like a zombie) lol.

Posted by lcw306 on 2015-12-06 03:17. 7 comments. 439 reads
 
Hi!

I was diagnosed with Congenital Complete Heart Block this past summer! I am 25 years old and had no idea I had this condition! I got a pacemaker put in right away! Everything happened really fast and I never really learned much about Congenital Heart Block! I cannot seem to find much literature about it either but it's been on my mind here lately!

Just wondering if anyone else has this condition on here! Also, wondering if anyone has an information they could share or some articles/websites! I think I would feel better about having this and having my pacemaker if I could understand it better! :)

Thanks :)



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