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Posted by LitLady on 2015-10-06 11:33. 4 comments. 382 reads
 
I've had my pacemaker for 1.5 years and since the beginning my sleep has been interrupted. I awake every 2 hours every night. My pacemaker has been adjusted several times and it working well otherwise. Have others had problems with sleep since pacemaker installation?

Also did a sleep study. One very brief episode of SA but dozens of leg movements throughout the night due to RLS and sciatica. I can't see that a CPap will help RLS and sciatica and thus improve my sleep. I now get very brief REM sleep. I don't know what to do. My husband of 49 years says I do not snore or gasp; I never wake up from same. Yes, there is a sleep problem but I don't think it is SA.

Any similar experiences or thoughts? Thanks to you all for y...


Posted by Lisamaruna on 2015-10-04 23:24. 4 comments. 343 reads
 
I am 5 weeks post op and they are saying Pacemaker is working great but I am having 47 extra beats an hour in the lower chamber. So they want me to take 25mg of metropolol twice a day. I dont want to be on meds. What should I do. Yes my heart bugs me and I can feel the palpitations. Hoping this will go away. I am still in pain .
Lisa

Posted by Cynthiaian on 2015-10-03 09:46. 0 comments. 218 reads
 
Has anyone been told that they have a neurological/autoimmune condition or disease (MS, etc) that has led to a slow heart rate? I am going to a Neurologist next week and I am not sure what types of questions to ask. Thank you so much

Posted by dhusemann on 2015-10-01 04:56. 2 comments. 320 reads
 
do have a concern with the number responses with people saying their blood pressure elevates after a device install.

I take 40mg Benicar (an arb) daily
10 mg amlodipine calcium channel blocker Daily
25 mg CARVEDILOL beta blocker twice daily
100 mg HYDRALAZINE vaso diolater 3x daily
.3 mg clonidine patch central agonists
20 mg FUROSEMIDE diuretic every monday wed friday

this just to lower by blood pressure into the 130/80 to 150/95 range. stays closer to the high end, but there are times it just bottoms out. been as low as 70/40.

The high blood pressure is what caused my heart failure and kidney failure. so hoping a device doesn't the blood pressure more.

d


Posted by my4turtles on 2015-09-30 20:17. 0 comments. 212 reads
 
I have had to wear an advent monitor for almost 2 weeks now.. Im Allergic to the electrodes and have broken out Bad.. In fact I'm worried I might have cellulitis again. .. I previous had cellulitis when my last pacemaker had got Infected and had to be removed .. My question is can this spread to my pace maker ? I tried talking with my heart Dr today and I felt like it went in 1 ear and right out the other .. I left a message for my family Dr but she is out of town until the 2nd

Posted by bgc65 on 2015-09-30 02:22. 4 comments. 416 reads
 
I was prescribed Metoprolol Tartate 25 mg a half a tablet twice a day since i got my pacemaker, on Aug18, 2015. Is anyone else on this and do you get tired really easy from this?

Posted by jjiggers on 2015-09-29 23:00. 13 comments. 432 reads
 
Saw my Dr. today. I have had my PM since april...still having PVC's but minor. Dr. wants to put me on beta blockers. I'm reluctant to go on more meds, because I got the PM to get off of them. He says the side effects are that the may make me fatigued at first, but that should go away...

I'd love some input from someone who is on them, or not on them and the effects of both, long term.

Posted by judyblue on 2015-09-29 22:53. 7 comments. 275 reads
 
Went to new cardio doc, third so far. I like her, but I guess I am cautious. My issue was the sudden appearance of something poking up under my skin. She said surgery is not necessary, but it probably happened from my yoga practice. Thus I am to cease any moves involving my upper body. I am not happy. But not sure if I have a choice. I am wondering if any other yogis out there have any words of wisdom to share, thanks
judyblue

Posted by Petie on 2015-09-28 00:11. 2 comments. 268 reads
 
This past March I had a triple bypass then a dual chamber pacemaker installed. Prior to this my BP was always aprox.120/70. Now it is in the 140+/80+ range. I currently take 2X 5mg ramipril daily. Has anyone experienced this increase in BP under similar conditions?
Petie


Posted by Tonigirl7 on 2015-09-27 01:22. 4 comments. 327 reads
 
After fainting 5months ago and having an on set of lightheadedness and extreme fatigue...I was told it was a Vestibular ear problem. Now they say I need a PM which I will be getting this Monday. My question is could my energy be better and lightheadedness gone or at least reduced after insert. One doctor says no (the implant doc). My neurologist thinks it will get better. Go fish!!!!!
I also want to wish all the members only good experiences.




Posted by Tom77 on 2015-09-26 15:33. 6 comments. 285 reads
 
Hello.

When a pacemaker battery is getting low can an individual's muscles be stiffer and knees be more susceptible to bending?

Also, being hydrated is important in general... though would it be helpful in this situation as well?

Thanks you.

Posted by matkim6 on 2015-09-25 21:22. 2 comments. 271 reads
 
I have fluctuations of my PRT axes

60 130 137 one day
41 -66 97 next day
58 135 131 2 minutes later after the above. All had same placements of ecg

I can not find how they can fluctuate so easily and what this means. Please explain the -66 as the second one is way out of range entirely so what does this mean for me.

Thanks

Kim

Posted by toni4sure on 2015-09-22 18:44. 2 comments. 338 reads
 
Hi,
Got my pace maker Sept 11 2015. Have recovered quickly but am experiencing occasional "gurgling" under my left breast. Feels internal and quite odd. Has anyone else experienced this?


Posted by Cabg Patch on 2015-09-17 19:31. 3 comments. 328 reads
 
For those of you with CHF, thought you'd like to know, there's a new drug available to treat CHF. It showed so much promise that the FDA fast tracked it in the US and it just came available. It's Entresto. You can look it up for yourself, but it might be worth a shot. It's for those of us near the 4th quarter of the game needing a hail Mary to win the game.

I'd tell you how it works, but turns out I'm allergic and had to stop use after just a few days.

Posted by Helotail on 2015-09-17 15:40. 5 comments. 394 reads
 
HI, I am 46 and have a St. Jude dual chamber PM for Sick Sinus Syndrome. I have had it about 5 weeks now. I was diagnosed with SSS for a very low heart rate, low 30's with multiple 2-3 second pauses. My lowest recorded HR was 29. Since my PM insertion I have had many episodes of tachycardia, where my HR goes all of the way up to 190-210 BPM and it takes few minutes to go down. This is usually during or after exercise where I keep my HR in the 140-155 range.

Can SSS develop into Brady-Tachy SSS even with a PM? I assume this is not normal.
Thanks

Posted by rlybolt on 2015-09-14 16:31. 2 comments. 315 reads
 
I had a cardiac angiography and a stent put in. the dr. asked me why I was not on coumadin and was put on plavix. He said I had afib. why when I go tothe cardiologist he never said I had afib? Can'titbe heard with a stethescope?

Posted by cindylou on 2015-09-14 05:27. 11 comments. 435 reads
 
HI,

I have my first appointment tomorrow to discuss my bradycardia. I'm 47 and otherwise healthy. Can you describe your experience following a pacemaker insertion for the same issues? I have a resting rate of around 32-37 upon waking at most of the day while on my feet working it stays near 47-57. Symptoms include, lightheaded, no energy for my normal exercise, foggy headed and I feel my memory is terrible. Of course short of breath and slow weight gain with loss of muscle I believe due to my lack of normal physical exercise. I use to love the gym, cycling, rowing, weights now I can barely finish my 40 hour week.
Thanks for any input opinions or experience!


Posted by steveh on 2015-09-12 15:46. 3 comments. 325 reads
 
Would like to know anybody had a St. Jude CRT-D for LBBB causing a weak left ventricular and a low ejection fraction and how successful their inplant has been.

Posted by shuffwvista on 2015-09-11 10:44. 12 comments. 490 reads
 
Hi, After one holter monitor results the doctors are telling us our 17 yr old needs a pacemaker. Two years ago after passing out several times, she had a EEG, EKG, MRI, Ultrasound and there was no evidence of any issue. So we chalked up to hormones and possible dehydration. In July it started again, in one day, she passed out 3 times. I requested a holter monitor thinking to check it off as not an issue and lo and behold her heart paused several times during night and day. Are there other test she should have before we allow a doctor to cut into her for a pace maker. I need more information. One test is too sketchy for me.

Posted by Helotail on 2015-09-08 17:19. 3 comments. 428 reads
 
Hi, I had my first Pacemaker Interrogation today and was able to get a copy of the report. There is one alert for 'PMT has occurred,' an A-tach detection at a time when I was exercising at when my heartrate went from a high of 155 max HR to 190 bpm. The St. Jude Tech did not mention anything about this as being a problem.

Can anyone tell me if this is normal or not?
Thanks



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