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Posted by wjs1954 on 2014-10-13 21:33. 4 comments. 183 reads
 
Not happy, oh well.

Need a MRI of my knee. I have a Medtronic advisa MRI pacemaker. You would think pretty easy, wrong!! lab says " not on fda list of approved pm. So I call my cardiologist she says have the doctor set up the MRI at hospital where they put in pm. Now I need to wait for them to contact Medtronic so the pm rep can be there for MRI, not as easy as one would think. Meanwhile my knee is killing my, thank goodness for pain medication, . Maybe I will hear back tomorrow, well no work for a bit....,,

Posted by skuhl5 on 2014-10-11 08:49. 12 comments. 445 reads
 
I am 34 years old a mother of 3 very active busy kids! They are involved in everything they can! Select Sports to competition cheer to basic clubs like Girl Scouts & 4H! In July of 2012 I have my first episode. A coworker took me to the ER I was in the hospital for 2,days with every test in the book! They sent me home with a clean bill of health and said if this happened again I would need to consider a PM.

Exactly a year later I had another bad episode that landed me back in the hospital. They gave me an aspirin watched my heart rate diagnosed me with Sinus Bradycardia and suggested I make an appt with a cardiologist! I saw that Dr for a year with no signs or episodes! Then a few months back I started having symptoms again! Sma...


Posted by ODIN on 2014-10-08 07:35. 1 comments. 179 reads
 
4 weeks and 1 day ago ended up in the ER. Pulse about 32. Got me a dual PM the next day. 1 week later tested positive for Carditis which is Lyme disease. I am on shots of Ceftriaxone daily. If they new it was Lyme causing the Heart block most likely would have put in a temporary PM. If my heart starts firing again the said the can pull the PM. Cardiologist said he can pull the PM with 18 months. About 8 yrs ago I had SVT. the did the oblaqtion [ not sure on the spelling]. Only other heart trouble I have had.

wondering if anyone has had Lyme disease. If so did you keep the PM or have it pulled ? Thanks

Posted by Roys on 2014-10-03 19:00. 2 comments. 316 reads
 
Hi
Can low Sodium cause an electrolyte imbalances, and arrhythmia?
Cheers Roy

Posted by pacergirl on 2014-10-02 22:48. 7 comments. 421 reads
 
Greetings fellow PM people!

Well, it's been awhile and I see many new names and stories. It seems odd to say "Nice to see you all" as it means that you have had to get a PM or an ICD.

Had my PM check-up (yearly) a few weeks ago. Everything seemed to be fine.... then the test came back. Seems my BP was in the "stratosphere" (a direct quote) and my heart was beating like a racehorse! 200+ plus range. It was so bad at times that my PM actually recorded it on 3 sep. occasions. So.... new medications for me. ugh. One pill is so large it looks like a JAWBREAKER! Does anyone recall those? :-) Just sayin' Then... the blood work comes back a few days later and I get a call for the nurse.... Apparently my bad cholestero...


Posted by belly321 on 2014-10-02 17:28. 4 comments. 324 reads
 
Good evening everyone I have not been on the site for a long time as I have been looking after my mum who is ill
I am
Pleased to say that I have no pm problems but I have a question if that's ok
I am due to have nerve conduction studies done in three weeks and on the appointment letter if said IMPORTANT let the dept know if you have a pacemaker
I rang and the secretary said she would make a note and tell the consultant but as my pm isn't all that old I should be ok
I just wondered If anyone has had nerve conduction studies with a pm or had any info many thanks Anita

Posted by belle on 2014-09-29 10:59. 0 comments. 292 reads
 
EASIER FOR ME TO TYPE IN CAPS. I HAVE NO IDEA WHETHER THE FIRST POST WENT THROUGH, BUT I WILL POST AGAIN. I HAD NO OPERATION, I HAD A LONG TEST LIKE AND MRI TO SEE IF MY HEART WAS VIABLE. IT WAS, BUT MY EF WAS ONLY 10%. THAT IS REALLY BAD, HAD ALL THE TESTS DONE, ARTIES ARE CLEAN, HAD A SCAN OF MY HEART WHICH LASTED OVER AN HOUR. MY REGULAR CARDIO SENT ME TO COLUMBIA PRES HOSPITAL IN NY TO A DR WHO DOES HEART TRANSPLANTS. SO I SAID NO TO LET ME SEE HOW THESE MEDS WORK, ETC. THE DRS WOULD NOT PUT ME ON DISABILIT!!!! SO I WORKED, NO SMOKING OR DRINKING, SINCE MY FIRST EPISODE WITH CHFG I HAD NO SHORTNESS OF BREATH, BUT I HAD TO GET A BI VENT PACEMAKER. FAST FORWARD 2013 GOT PACEMAKER REPLACED. 8/15 I HAD TO HAVE A PROCEDURE DONE WH...


Posted by lray on 2014-09-27 19:10. 3 comments. 365 reads
 
I had my pacemaker installed Sept. 10, 2014. My electric heart fraction was 35 percent which caused me to have CHF and bracardia. I was told if I did not have pacemaker installed I might live a year, A cardio psychologist installed it and I also have a cardiologist who seem to be very optimistic about improvement, I am a 58 year old female.
I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THERE IS ANYONE else THAT HAS LEFT BUNDLE BRANCH BLOCK THAT CAUSED THEM TO have SUCH A L LOW HEART FRACTION. The Doctors also wanted to install a defibilator but my insurance would not approve unless it dropped another percent.
I WOULD appreciate ANY COMMENTS.

Posted by ravindermalhotra on 2014-09-27 09:38. 1 comments. 225 reads
 
since a pace maker is to be implanted for my son's heart who is 22 years old , thus , please let me know which pace maker should or is the best one available in India and it's warranty / guarantee period .

Will an implant of pace maker would make the right ventricle work properly after the implant.

How would my son come to know about expiry of the pace maker and how it's working would be monitored
.

please help me in all aspects of implant of a pace maker.

ravinder malhotra.

Posted by Brightstar on 2014-09-20 14:35. 3 comments. 273 reads
 
I have a bifascicular block, and get many symptoms. I feel like I am going to pass out if I go up two flights of stairs, have chest, arm, neck and back pain with exertion, and get breathless.

I am going through tests right now, but my next appointment to see the Cardiologist in in January 2015!

I am currently off sick from work, and am desperate to get back, but everything is so dragged out, and in the meantime, I feel ill. I also have hypertension, high cholesterol (due to family trait, not diet).

The Cardiologist only mentioned a pacemaker as a last resort, but I am so unwell.

Have any of you any ideas on this please?

Posted by lucyb on 2014-09-19 20:36. 8 comments. 484 reads
 
I got a Zio Patch stuck on for the first time ever yesterday, and I have to say, what an improvement on the old holter monitor! I'm only 29 but I remember the days when the holter monitors came with a box the size of a brick (which seemed even bigger to me as a 10 year old!) I didn't know the Zio Patch even existed until yesterday (I was preparing for all those holter leads and a couple of days without a shower) instead I got this nifty little waterproof thing that I can wear for 2 weeks.... technology is amazing!

I popped a photo on the member gallery in case anyone wants to see what it looks like.

Posted by HoneyBadger on 2014-09-19 19:04. 4 comments. 205 reads
 
A follow up to my earlier post. Went to a dermatologist who says my welts and rash are not a reaction to the Metoprolol but poison ivy after all! I am so relieved as the med is working well to curb my tachycardia. I am so happy that I can continue to take beta blockers. My cardiologist said if my skin reaction was an allergic reaction to Metoprolol, then all beta blockers would effect me in the same way. He also said that in all of his 36 years in practice, he had never seen a bad skin reaction to Metroprolol. Never been so happy to have a bad case of poison ivy! Thanks for the kind posts and the support from our club members.

Posted by civilcy on 2014-09-19 11:12. 1 comments. 251 reads
 
It looks like I will probably be getting a pacemaker next month. The doctor best described my problem as high vagal tone, but he hadn't really seen anything like it before.

The top part of my heart pauses for 5 seconds at a time, some times more some times less. It is usually set off by indigestion and some smells. It was only caught by a halter monitor because every other test looks great. I've always had little headaches only to find out its my heart not beating.

The doc has let me put off the pacemaker for the past 7 years, but I can't push my luck any more now that I have an 8 month old.

Does anybody else have anything similar to this? My doctor was having a hard time finding cases like mine.
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Posted by justice on 2014-09-18 14:41. 5 comments. 389 reads
 
Hi

I am a 68 year old male in generally good physical condition,
I am not going to rehab and have no other issues except for the low pulse rate and syncope.
2 years ago I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, and tested 38% ejection fraction. I was told I need a defibrillator.
Last year I was tested at 44% EF and no one could explain why.
I had an angiogram and all arteries were clear

As a result of subsequent syncope low pulse (20 bpm) and history I was scheduled for a dual ICD (pacemaker and defibrillator) and just before surgery my ejection fraction was measured at 57%. No one can explain why

They proceeded to install a pacemaker only on August 18, 2014 and all is well (except for a li...


Posted by orca58 on 2014-09-18 01:14. 0 comments. 151 reads
 
4 wheeldrive unit
when I was sick and before that I trained myself to speed walk so when my pacemaker
kicked in I was like flying all over the place
believe it or not that made people nervous
lol

Posted by orca58 on 2014-09-18 01:02. 0 comments. 149 reads
 
I forgot to also mention when I experienced that syncope I was
bright red and covered in sweat head to toe . I didn't find any of this out until the next day .

Posted by orca58 on 2014-09-18 00:56. 2 comments. 204 reads
 
this how hot I was before I went down, I was helping with supplies , and it was like minus 65 below and I was sweating ,I
mean it was pouring out of me . I don't how I did that job ,
when I was sick I was only getting only 4 hours of sleep a night
and I was working 84 to 90 hours Weeks .
before I got med evact I had 5 syncopes , the first three were bad
a few months back , I was at work , I got up at around 9:00pm to
the restroom , after that I do not remember anything , for some reason I got dressed to go to work , I do not work nights , I work
days , the night bullcook asked if I normally come in this early and I said yes , then he said 9:30 pm at night ! it didn't dawn on what he said until 1/2 h...


Posted by orca58 on 2014-09-17 18:58. 2 comments. 224 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. 239 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. 334 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



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