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Posted by JaneJ on 2014-05-29 00:37. 5 comments. 298 reads
 
I have been struggling with an accelerated junctional rhythm for about a year now. It overtakes my single lead atrial pacemaker and I get the ventricle beating first followed by the atrium (retrograde va conduction). It is not bad all of the time,but the symptoms can be bad a great deal of the time. My cardiologist has worked a lot with me with this. The symptoms can get bad with really bad headaches and uncomfortable pressure in the neck/ jaw area, as well as pounding in the neck. They did do an ablation because I had a very rare junctional ectopic tachycardia, which did help, but the accelerated junctional rhythm did recur again. The lower rate of the pacemaker is set at 70, which helps suppress the rhythm a bit. I tend to just...


Posted by vru1020 on 2014-05-28 22:48. 2 comments. 165 reads
 
Hello again, I am back with a new concern. I got my pacemaker Sept.2012. Recently I have been having fluttering in my upper abdomen/lower chest area. The Dr. hast me wearing a heart monitor for 15 days. Some days I have no symptoms and others it seems the fluttering is occurring quite frequently. I also have GERD and haven't been taking my PPI's at night as prescribed because I was concerned about long term negative effects. However, I have been back on the Protonix the past couple of days and no symptoms except once last night and when the flutter happen I felt lightheaded, Scared me. I am curious has anyone else had similar symptoms and if so how was it resolved. I have been reading about the Vagus Nerve and wonder if perhaps it has gott...


Posted by Jcole on 2014-05-27 21:02. 4 comments. 335 reads
 
Last year I was diagnosed with bradycardia and symptomatic PVCs. My cardiologist told me that I might need a pacemaker for the bradycardia. He also said that there was not much he could do for the PVCs since any drugs to control them would further slow the heart. He said he did not want to use any anti arrhythmia drug because of their toxic effect on the heart. I had the pacemaker implanted in November and my cardiologist put me on cardiazem for the PVCs. After 4 months on the cardiazem the PVCs have not improved. At my last PM check it showed that I was having 8% PVCs. The electro physiologist who implanted the PM recommended that I start the anti arrhythmia drug flecainide. I am concerned with starting the drug based on what my original...


Posted by natlat on 2014-05-27 17:20. 2 comments. 160 reads
 
Hi everyone, so what I thought was probable Arrythmogenic Right Ventricle Dysplasia (ARVD), after a ton of invasive tests and an MRI which showed I did not meet Task Force Criteria for the disease, after a second opinion by a specialist in ARVD who reviewed all of my records and even my MRI disc, he said it was likely hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HC) or sarcoidosis but not ARVD!! Thank God I got a second opinion!! Just got that today and sent it to my EP.

Anyways, avid runner, cyclist, female and 39. Recovering from ICD implant, been walking 4-5 miles a day until healed in a few more weeks. Also on sotalol, and I feel like a million bucks!! No side effects!!

Does anyone else have HC? or Sarcoidosis? if so, what are y...


Posted by DD on 2014-05-27 08:58. 3 comments. 253 reads
 
I am 79 years old and have been very active and normal even after my pacemaker 7 and 1/2 years ago. I have had an ablation which means all contact between upper and lower heart is through pacemaker. 100% dependent. I am nearing the end of the life and have to go about every 3 weeks. I have been extremely tired and cough a lot. I also have some shortness of breath. Its not enough to stop me from living I just take a couple of naps a day. Has anyone experienced this feeling within say 6 months of replacement? I don't know if my mind is playing with me because of worry, or if I am old and cant do what I could do once. Love to hear from you. Thanks. DD

Posted by wmark736 on 2014-05-25 13:32. 2 comments. 230 reads
 
hi every one it has been 7 months and this week i will learn what will happen with my dot card. I thank Jesus Christ for prompting my pastor to pray for me

Posted by highdesert on 2014-05-24 23:12. 7 comments. 364 reads
 
Just curious how many others here have had their doctor set up an appointment at a sleep center to be checked out for sleep apnea? Is this a normal concern after suffering a complete heart block / heart attack? Is this something i really need to be concerned with... seems like i've got enough going on right now with this pacemaker and stents. The last thing i need is to wear a mask at night...

Posted by manaman on 2014-05-24 17:37. 1 comments. 129 reads
 
anyone know treatment for atrial trigeminy? On 30 day monitor to try and catch it in action. Just got out of hospital with TIA.

Posted by Brendakayh on 2014-05-22 16:52. 2 comments. 163 reads
 
Hi all,

I'm new here, got my icd defib/pacemaker in 2012 when I had a sudden cardiac death. Lately I have developed vtach episodes that my device paces me out of. These episodes cause a near blackout 2-3 times a day, causing me not to be able to work. Ep started me on 40 mg of sotalol which so far hasn't helped. I've only started 2 days ago. I feel tired and nauseated :( wondering if anyone had gotten relief from vtach with this med? So many I've read have afib.

Posted by Cprice on 2014-05-21 14:57. 2 comments. 230 reads
 
Hello to my follow duracell bunnies!!!
Is there anyone on here who suffers from vaso vagal syndrome and POTS??? If there is i would to love talk. I live in the uk and there isn't a lot of patients over here who have these cardiac problems so i'm feeling abit like i'm the only one!!!

Posted by dk9 on 2014-05-21 14:17. 1 comments. 156 reads
 
Has anyone gone through the CRT and AV Node Ablation? My father had this two years ago. He works everyday from 6:30-2:30 Monday - Friday. I know some times he he doesnt do as many activities that he used to but he still keeps busy. Like Sunday he weed eated the yard. Sometimes he gets a little short of breath when walking short distances and sometimes he doesnt. He takes Lasix 20 mg once daily with other heart and diabetic medication. How long are you able to see the benefits of CRT-P?

Posted by ReadingFC on 2014-05-21 06:51. 4 comments. 868 reads
 
I had my PM about 5 months ago now, i am trying to find out what is wrong with me, I have called the hospital and the answer they gave me is no good for life insurance.

What happened to me was on 28th December, I passed out got in an ambulance and my heart did stop for 20 seconds, and it must have also happened before which is why I passed out in the first place. It also happened a couple more times in the hospital. I also had Afib at that time for another 24 hours.

I get my first checkup and they it is pacing at about 41 percent in the ventricle, so I did a bit of reading and though this was probably type II heart block. ( due to the lack of info from the hospital, I concluded this must be what I have). So I try and ...


Posted by btucker on 2014-05-20 19:23. 6 comments. 325 reads
 
I am scheduled to have one of these at the end of the month. Why can't a pm patient have a normal stress test (treadmill)? And is the nuclear stress test "scary"? Thanks!

Posted by DMJ on 2014-05-19 19:09. 6 comments. 321 reads
 
Does others out there feel like they were rushed into getting a pace maker? I was told I had a complete block, placed in a ambulance and had the pm the next day. I was told I couldn't drive and I couldn't reach my family. I think these kind of major changes should be given at least a day or two, so you can think it through. Do you think pace makers are big money makers for the companies and doctors? The follow seems to be non ending and cost a lot of money. It seems it is the easy answer now. Let me know if you feel the same.

Posted by johnb10000 on 2014-05-18 14:38. 4 comments. 183 reads
 
Since my medicines cost a few hundred dollars a month I was looking for a cheaper source of medications.

This site shows the prices for Cartia and similar medications. Notice the price for the three generic drugs are around 49 dollars while the brand name is a lot more. Fortunately my doctor prescribed Cartia. Has anybody found cheaper prices?

$49.15 cartia XT (generic)
$48.65 diltiazem ER (Cardizem CD) (generic)
$49.15 dilt-cd (generic)
$857.25 Cardizem CD (brand)

http://www.goodrx.com/cartia-xt/price#/?distance=6&filter-location=&coords=&label=Cardizem+CD&form=capsule&strength=180mg&quantity=custom&qty-custom=90&language=&store-chain=

Posted by sandeep2502 on 2014-05-18 14:12. 5 comments. 286 reads
 
Hi
my mother 51 is having headache/spinning from last 20 - 25 day and also faint 3-4 times just for 10 sec, Not sure what is the issue. Cardiac doctor told that he need pacemaker but I am not sure how headache/spinning will treat by pacemaker.
Nero reports are normal.
Please suggest if someone had the same problem and what did to treat it?
Please reply.

Posted by jimcummi on 2014-05-18 13:17. 3 comments. 201 reads
 
I had my pacemaker fitted nearly 4 weeks ago after collapsing with a heart rate reading below 30. I had been expecting to feel much like my old self but find I am still very tired and unable to do a lot, spend a lot of time laying down where I only feel comfortable. My rest reading is 60, it was around 70 before I had the pm fitted. I go for my monthly check on Friday. Can I ever expect to feel better?

Posted by mamagoose on 2014-05-16 14:44. 2 comments. 196 reads
 
Ive never registered in a chat room before. i am wondering...I am going in next week for sinus node modification. Ive had two SVT ablations so this is the third. Since this one is so different can you tell me what to expect after the procedure? Can I wear pants to work meetings? I must travel several days after the procedure. Also how long is pressure usually applied to the site of catheter?

Posted by Wayneflewis on 2014-05-16 03:34. 6 comments. 201 reads
 
Hi Team

I am a 2 year PM recipient who also takes 25 x 2 MG of T per day without any side effects and am able to work and exercise heavily without any problems.
However, I have recently been diagnosed with a Prostrate mild enlargement which has caused me some urination problems.

I have been prescribed Urimax an alpha blocker for this condition.

My question is: is it safe to take this while taking metoprolol?

Any advice would be appreciated.

Cheers

Posted by Boysmom on 2014-05-13 01:14. 11 comments. 299 reads
 
Holter results: intermittent high degree heart block with pauses lasting 3.8 seconds, with minimum rate 31BPM, as well as bigeminy atrial, and STV...

Been feeling lightheaded and close to passing out several times over the last two years.

I am scheduled for my pm Friday and am still trying to understand all this. I have read so many folks feel worse afterwards. I don't want to regret my decision to have the pm, but am so scared of this entire procedure... I have been told by three MD,s this is my only option... Any advice?



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