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Posted by orca58 on 2014-09-17 18:58. 2 comments. 210 reads
 
I had this pacemaker put in November 2012
I worked up in Prudhoe bay , Alaska for almost 9 years for the same company ,
I worked 84 to 90 hour weeks , 2 weeks on 2 weeks off .
before I went down I was sweating alot , I lost
68 lbs all together , after I got my pacemaker I gained about 22 of that back .
that's pretty much all water weight , a little of it is body weight , I'm not even trying !
my last hitch I lost 22lbs of water in one week , that scared everyone including myself
my question is : is anybody else experiencing
this ?

Posted by krolikj on 2014-09-16 12:12. 2 comments. 218 reads
 
i have pacemaker for low pulse since March of this year and now doctor wants me to start on Coreg, beta blocker.I am 66.
This is after Lexiscan stress test shows no problems.

looks like a myriad of possible side effects are possible.

Any pertinent comments



Posted by MyOwnArcReactor on 2014-09-08 20:37. 3 comments. 244 reads
 
Has anyone else had a pacemaker or defibrillator implanted due to Long QT Syndrome? I am 27/F and had mine put in due to 16 bouts of cardiac arrest over a period of 48 hours which was later determined to have been caused by Long QT. While it's not unheard of, I guess it's still kind of rare because I can't seem to find anyone else to share thoughts on this particular condition. Any thoughts, guys? Maybe if you don't have it you might know someone who does? Just gets kinda lonely in my own little condition, sometimes. :)

Ashley

Posted by revelation on 2014-09-06 01:17. 1 comments. 244 reads
 
I had an MI about 8 years ago, had bypass surgery the next year, six months later had crt-d device put in. The doctor told me that I was in the bottom of class 3 CHF, that i also have had a viral infection to damage my heart muscle, and also a left bundle branch block. I'm paced 100% in the 2 bottom chambers and 92% paced in the two top chambers.I've been 100% paced on the bottom chambers ever since I got my first PM in 2007. But then I was at 75% on the top. I had my second device put in in November 2013. Having said all this, I wonder if there is anyone else that has the same bio and feels bad most of the time like I do. I have to lay down a lot, no energy, can't walk very far. my ef is back up to 45% from 20% in 2007. But reading some ...


Posted by Lizzie on 2014-09-04 03:58. 10 comments. 312 reads
 
Hi everyone,
My PM is behaving beautifully.
I have been on holidays in sunny Queensland for a couple of months. Only one episode of AF and went back into NSR after about 8 hours and 100 mgs Flecanide. I have a scheduled apt with Dr. next week. Have to decide between Warfarin and on of the new drugs. I know one has been taken of market due to bleeding deaths. Pradaxa I think.
Any comments on pro's and cons appreciated.
cheers
Lizzie

Posted by bj on 2014-09-03 04:50. 1 comments. 133 reads
 
Hello folks, you may not remember me as Ive not posted for quite a while. Fortunately everything has been great so Ive just been reading your messages instead. Recent change though, am 12 months post PM implant and have arrythmia as well. Have started to get short of breath and fainting again and saw my GP today and BP is 150/100. This is a major increase for me. Am already on Atenolol and Rythmodan. Has anyway else had this occur suddenly? I see my GP monthly (I have autoimmune arthritis) and he checks it each time and its normally very stable. Any thoughts out there? Cheers

Posted by howdoyoumendabrokenheart on 2014-09-02 13:05. 1 comments. 109 reads
 
Hello all,

Thanks to all who replied to my inquiry about this test.

I had the test done today and it was really very easy. I felt nothing more than some dizziness (and with the meds I take that was nothing) and had a slight headache, just a slight one and that is gone now. I am lucky and very happy about the test as I thought it was going to be a lot harder. For some it is, but I am grateful.

It was even easier than when they do an interrogation.

I did suggest to them that they have sandwiches and coffee there for when you finish, lol. After all no coffee for 24 hours and no breakfast is extreme, lol.

Again thanks everyone, you really put me at ease.

Posted by golden_snitch on 2014-09-01 16:26. 5 comments. 192 reads
 
Biventricular (BiV) pacing failed to significantly improve outcome compared to right ventricular (RV) pacing in patients with atrio-ventricular block (AVB) according to preliminary results presented at ESC Congress 2014 today.

http://www.escardio.org/about/press/press-releases/esc14-barcelona/Pages/hotline-three-biopace.aspx

There is also a video with a discussion of the trial at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLN5RC1OF9yB6uEhwM15xVbx0eG6R-aeKg&v=pbYpeDKe6B4&feature=player_embedded

Inga

Posted by Frederica on 2014-09-01 09:53. 2 comments. 155 reads
 
Pacemaker implanted in January - single chamber. I am 79. Since then I have had pain/stiffness in most of my joints and muscles.This is painful especially when I get up in the morning but gradually eases but never goes away. Blood tests have been carried out to see if I have Rheumatoid Arthritis or Polymyalgia, all tests negative. Now awaiting to hear with results of the X-Rays from the Rheumatologist. I am wondering whether a nerve has been damaged during the implantation? Has anyone had this problem? Pacemaker is OK and I no longerget breathless. I did see a Dermatologist before implantation as I am allergic to certain metals and they wanted to be sure the one chosen was OK.

Posted by JohnB on 2014-08-27 15:46. 3 comments. 256 reads
 
Does a pacemaker affect sleep patterns?
It's been 2 months since I had a Medtronics PM installed and I seem to be waking up more during the night
JohnB

Posted by Jackw on 2014-08-24 15:00. 7 comments. 293 reads
 
Reviewing options on dealing with aflutter and sick sinus disease.
Taking propanalol and Xeralto. Doc says I will need a PM in the next few years due to sick sinus. He wants to do an ablation to deal with aflutter but also wants to do a PM. Hard to tell what my rate is because of the 2x flutter but after a cardioversion it was in the 50s but dips to hi 30s low 40s of I am at rest.. Flutter came back a few weeks later.

My main issues now are I get tired in the afternoon and the flutter kicks up after exercise.
My question is: if I have the ablation to deal with the flutter and get off the beta blocker, how much could I expect to improve on being tired? I tHink flutter must cause some diminution of heart effectiveness a...


Posted by Duke Heart Patient on 2014-08-23 00:09. 8 comments. 268 reads
 
Does anyone take Pradaxa , Sotalol or Enalapril ? If so what's your energy level like ?


I've been on them almost 3 years and it's hard to get my energy level up. I just stay tired and bloated feeling.

Also what's everyone's diet like ?

Since my PM I feel like I have less energy than before ......

Thanks

Posted by beachman on 2014-08-22 12:39. 5 comments. 344 reads
 
What meds are normally essential if you have a PM. I don't tolerate beta blockers very well. THANKS

Posted by howdoyoumendabrokenheart on 2014-08-22 00:41. 6 comments. 232 reads
 
Hello All,

I am having a Nuclear Stress Test and I wonder if anyone else has had this procedure. I have Congestive Heart Failure and COPD. I also have an ICD (St. Judes). I wonder what the procedure would be for a person with an ICD and just how "Stressful" this test is on your heart. I have not spoken to the Cardiologist as of yet. I am really trying to get some information from people who had this done. I know the procedure pretty much, but I want to know the effects and affects. Thanks all.

Posted by jimb on 2014-08-20 13:15. 1 comments. 209 reads
 
Good article on the dangers of antibiotics for cardiac patients.
http://healthyliving.msn.com/health-wellness/antibiotic-might-raise-heart-risks-for-some-1

Posted by emilpacemaker on 2014-08-17 21:54. 2 comments. 286 reads
 
The doctors gave me metroprolol cardiosel 50mg and its twice a day... My blood preasure going 110/70 many times... But my problem is increasing of anxiety I dont know if its anxiety I feel hard to breath and always need deep braething... I have anxiety yes after my pm but its so different to now I feel week every day after I take this med... Also taking xarelto.....

Posted by Heartoheart on 2014-08-17 21:12. 1 comments. 225 reads
 
Mom (89 yrs old) had a pacemaker implanted a few weeks ago. All went well but she complains of shortness of breath and dizziness. She has been taken to ER twice and has seen her cardiologist several times. All tests and exams show no issues. Now she is afraid to be alone at all. Anyone have a similar experience?

Posted by pp on 2014-08-13 20:08. 3 comments. 292 reads
 
My pacemaker and leads were removed 5-9-2014. Now my cardiologist is going to install a capsule pacemaker inside my heart ventricle!

Are there others with this new capsule pacemaker? If so, how are they functioning. thanks pp

Posted by jillybird on 2014-08-12 19:28. 4 comments. 294 reads
 
Hi all, it's been awhile and wanted to update you on my progress since my last appointment with a horrible EP. I had quite the opposite experience last week seeing my new, wonderful EP at the University of Washington! It was so encouraging - they shared my concerns and validated me and wanted to help me - in fact, they got me right in for an ILR the same day!!! I am scheduled for the dreaded tilt table this Tuesday, and have so many mixed emotions. I am dreading the passing out, that always gives me great anxiety. I am excited to potentially get a definitive answer as to whether my syncope is HR driven or BP driven. In a way, I hope the answer is clear - as in, you flatlined, you need a pacemaker. I know that sounds weird to say. But ...


Posted by Kelliefan on 2014-08-10 11:32. 2 comments. 261 reads
 
I've had my pacemaker 4 years. Just took aspirin till 4 months ago when I was given eliquis and sotolol. I have had chronic diarrhea for four weeks now. Has anyone else had this side effect from these drugs. If so how was the problem solved. I was on these meds for 3 months before the diarrhea began.



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