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Posted by manaman on 2014-02-02 15:23. 4 comments. 241 reads
 
I was just looking over results of pm and lead replacement done in December.
X-ray report states "apical pleural-parenchymal scarring" !
This came as quite a shock to me and a doctor has not made me aware f this finding!
I cannot imagine when this came from all of a sudden. I have had probably 20 or more x-rays in the past 25 years or so and there has never been mention of any lung scarring!
I DID work in the carbide industry for 25 years and did smoke (but HAVE NOT smoked in over 25 years).
I am retired and do nothing that would expose me to anything other than second hand smoke.
I have an appointment with my cardio doctor and my pm doctor on Thursday and I would like to get to the bottom of this.
Any m...


Posted by daynanestor1 on 2014-02-02 13:41. 16 comments. 317 reads
 
Is anyone taking a natural/herbal Depression medicine?

If so what is and where can I order it.

Posted by daynanestor1 on 2014-02-01 17:44. 5 comments. 216 reads
 
I guess I had a reacation to an antidepressent called Desipramine (25mg). I took it for almost a week and was waking up sweating and chilly, I called my doctor and he said continue taking it, well yesterday I was dizzy along with the sweats/chills and my heart was racing so I was advised to go to the ER. At the ER they ran all the tests, my heart and PM were fine and they did blood work which was fine too. To calm me down they gave me Atavan, which really helped my symptoms. On Monday I have to follow up with my doctor, but now what to do? What antidepressant medicine would be good for mild/modertate level? The Atavan made me feel better so is that what I should be on? I am very concerened on what I need to feel better agai...


Posted by Orba615 on 2014-01-31 21:58. 10 comments. 178 reads
 
Am scheduled for procedure to replace 10 year old one lead to ventricle with two lead to both left and right ventricle because of low EF score (35) and battery aging. I would like to have a MRI compatible pm. Should I tell my doc this or leave everything up to him. He is a very poor communicator and appears to think patients do not need to know everything. Also, what determines the brand and model pacemaker one gets. What can I expect as being able to do light household chores? I attend a Seniorize exercise class three days a week, so am wondering how long before I can do that? Sorry for all the questions, but I feel this is a great place to get answers. Thanks.

Posted by bjc on 2014-01-29 23:49. 8 comments. 370 reads
 
I had my pacemaker placed in Dec, 2013, I had occasional chest pain and they did a echo, which was normal. Now I am having the chest pain more frequently, it does not last long and comes and goes. Today I noticed when I get the pains I would sometimes break out in a sweat or get real hot. Any suggestions

Posted by Skier on 2014-01-29 22:41. 4 comments. 242 reads
 
Hi
I had a pacemaker put in 3 years ago for sick sinus syndrome and symptomatic long pauses- once it was put in no more problems.
Now having new short episodes or waves of lightheadness with shortness of breath and a low heart rate 50-60. Dont know why- as am paced unless it's some underlying rhythm?? QUESTION; Would a pacemaker pick up slow rhythms like 2nd or 3rd degree blocks on my clinic check ups?

Posted by Betts1963 on 2014-01-28 21:37. 7 comments. 197 reads
 
I have spinal stenosis and have already undergone fusion surgery on my c-spine. This was before my pacemaker. The surgeon informed my husband and I that the additional bone growth was so intense that I was in for multiple fusion surgeries. I believe the time has come, my surgeon has been checking on the bone growth since my first surgery. Last year we found a way to put the surgery off for a while. Those pain injections aren't working anymore. Because of the pacemaker I can't get a spinal stimulator. So I'm going back to him in March and he will find out that I had a pacemaker implant last June. He always orders an MRI and I can't get one anymore. What options do I have so he can see what's going on? Sorry this may be a stupid qu...


Posted by bullseye on 2014-01-28 15:32. 2 comments. 131 reads
 
hi everyone today my husband had his 2 lead pm removed and had a 3 lead one fitted resyncrenisation (sorry on spelling )he home now and tired an sore ,weve just looked at papper work and in the comments box it says LARGE CS LOW BRANCH can any one tell me what this means plz thank you

Posted by lplatt on 2014-01-26 17:06. 4 comments. 180 reads
 
Hi,
Just wondering who is on flecainide and what the experience has been.
I have been taking 100mg 2 x a day for about 3 months. It has really helped with the arrhythmia but I think it has zapped all my energy.
Has any one else experienced this?

LP

Posted by Dave H on 2014-01-25 16:46. 7 comments. 249 reads
 
Couple years ago, on my way to the ER, out of rhythm, and a 240 heart rate, the Medic was ordered by my EP Cardiologist to do nothing since I was scheduled for an ablation the next day." Medic was livid "I can't do NOTHING! He's in V-Tach right now! V-Fib is next!"
I signed a consent form giving the Medic (Just out of the Army medic), Jaime, permission to treat me however he wants. The next day, the EP wanted to know what the medics treatment consisted of. I answered, "He attached a Diltiazem drip to my IV." Doc responded, "Humph! Had no effect, right?" I replied, "To the contrary, in 10 minutes I was in sinus rhythm with a pulse of 90."
I dumped that EP-Cardiologist. Have had a Medtronic 3-lead Consulta PM implanted in Ma...


Posted by PatriciaB on 2014-01-25 15:55. 7 comments. 180 reads
 
Has anyone had a pacemaker fitted to stop near faint (presyncope) due to a sight pause between atrial fibrillation stopping and normal rhythm resuming?

Posted by mattsond34 on 2014-01-21 00:53. 4 comments. 199 reads
 
Hey everyone im a 28 year old male. I had my ICD implanted Sept 24 2013 for an episode of vtach that popped up over a week and turned into vfib making my heart stop and statt many times. My cardiologist had me on metoprolol to keep my heart rate down after surgery alonf with digoxin and linsaprol. I asked my cardio what would be causing me to be really lightheaded when I would stand and make everything gray. He said it was the metoprolol and switched me to atenolol. Now im having shortness of breath, chest pain, and palpitations which I never had before. Has anyone had these symptoms while on atenolol? What other beta blocker would be better or will my body just not accept any of them. Thanks for the advice in advance guys.
David

Posted by daynanestor1 on 2014-01-18 16:19. 2 comments. 164 reads
 
Is anyone on an antidepressant medication and if so what is pill to take for mild depression?

Posted by Edouard on 2014-01-16 18:51. 5 comments. 298 reads
 
Hi,
I haven't visited the Forum in a while. I'm pleased to say I don't have much time since I started a second career in translation.
Anyway, I just went to the hospital today for my annual pacemaker check-up, check the oil, rotate the tires, etc. It seems that for the second year in a row, I was in arrhythmia - tachycardic, but no fibrillation. The doctor on duty was considering putting me on beta blockers, but I resisted, being totally asymptomatic. He let me go on the condition that I discuss this with my cardiologist when next I see him. I've got a couple of questions:
1) What's with the tachycardia? I got the pacemaker because of bradyarrhythmia. Isn't it illogical that I'd be spinning in the other direction 3 1/2 years...


Posted by suekoff on 2014-01-15 10:30. 10 comments. 497 reads
 
Hi everyone - 1st post!

I just turned 50 and got my pacemaker last Tuesday (1/7/14). Other than some minor shoulder discomfort, recovery has been great so far.

When I was in the hospital, I was told that I can't take ibuprofen products but they didn't say for how long (I actually forgot to ask the doctor when I was discharged). I've been reading some of the posts on this forum and some people have said they were taking ibuprofen as soon as they were home.

I don't need it for this recovery, but Motrin is my go-to pill for a headache. I will definitely check with my EP when I see him next week, but can anyone provide some insight as to why some people are taking it and others have been advised not to?


Posted by nato on 2014-01-12 22:14. 4 comments. 119 reads
 
Does any mom within this forum had a child that was born with CHB and when doctors investigate why?they never had lupus or genetic heart related conditions within the family group.

If Yes as mentioned above,why and how did this happen?Mines is still a mystery for my son to born with CHB.

Appreciate your response...

Posted by Jonnypilot on 2014-01-12 13:50. 3 comments. 123 reads
 
I have been flying for 15 years.
I just got a pacemaker on Jan 2, 2014…Happy New Year (ugh) I am not grounded from the sport I love….Flying my plane. I have read that pilots have submitted their information to the FAA…then had to see an FAA doctor….can YOU choose that FAA doctor?
Also….as it is granted year by year….is this something we have to keep doing over and over…seeing the FAA doc every year?

If someone has been thru this….let me know .
Thanks
Shiny side up!
Jonnypilot

Posted by canada on 2014-01-09 18:57. 0 comments. 92 reads
 
To Bill that responded to me about the autonomic aystem. You are right on . It does feel like you said.

Posted by Tick-tock on 2014-01-09 01:13. 0 comments. 77 reads
 
Anyone out there dealing with EPs in lancaster, pa.?, just curious how things are going for you. I go to the heart group which I love many of the team members there, but get frustrated waiting for replays and other things. Any food for thought is appreciated

Posted by jaybe630 on 2014-01-06 20:14. 1 comments. 177 reads
 
Hi everyone;
Dont mean to pry on anyones experience re ED Drugs, but am a bit concerned as to taking ed tabs like cialis, viagra etc with my dual lead pacemaker which I have had since Feb last year. My Cardioligist and Dr have me now taking Digoxin once a day, two little blue tablets, lowest does.
My concern is wether the ED drugs will not interact or could be dangerous with above... have had to have prostate op some years ago hence need for ED `S .
Does anyone have any feedback on this issue and with these drugs. am going to see my Dr/cardio about this but they are away on christmas leave for a couple more weeks.
Thank you for any input, Kind regards, John b



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