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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. 263 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.

Posted by Kelliefan on 2014-08-10 11:32. 1 comments. 181 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.

Posted by golden_snitch on 2014-08-09 02:04. 0 comments. 181 reads
 
A very interesting perspective on the causes and treatment of atrial fibrillation:

http://www.cxvascular.com/crn-features/cardiac-rhythm-news---features/what-is-the-best-strategy-for-managing-atrial-fibrillation

Inga

Posted by rmmarie on 2014-08-08 13:56. 8 comments. 414 reads
 
Hi,

I'm 21 years old. I had open heart surgery 11 years ago for an atrial sepal defect ever since the surgery my pulse was low normally in the 60s.

Recently this past year my heart rate has been trending downward. My lowest pulse is 30 asleep and the highest is 160 during a stress test. My overall average pulse is 44. I commonly have pulses in the 37s and 40s throughout the day.


The symptoms that I have that are really concerning me are:
- low pulse
- extreme fatigue
- headaches
- nausea
- difficulty focusing
- dizziness

I currently have a diagnosis of sick sinus syndrome (sinus bradycardia). I have occasions PVCS and PACS.

I was...


Posted by JoMarie on 2014-08-07 08:19. 6 comments. 241 reads
 
In February this year I had a pacemaker implanted after two failed ablations and then six weeks later, the AV node was ablated. I continued in sinus for three months without medication and never felt better. However, last night the AFib returned and I was as symptomatic as ever, having been told that the ablation of the AV node would mitigate or cure the symptoms if not the condition itself.

I read that sometimes the ablation of the AV node has to be repeated. Has anyone any knowledge or experience of this?

Posted by Natm29 on 2014-08-06 18:16. 3 comments. 215 reads
 
Hi all, I am ticking along nicely with pm but my migraines are a pain! I am trying out amitriptyline 10mg but have been reading through the side effects and it says not to take if u have heart block or other heart problems eg. Electrical problem. I my mind I have a pacemaker which corrects this so this is not an issue - what do you think? Thanks

Posted by raiderralph on 2014-08-01 14:24. 6 comments. 418 reads
 
It appears my insurance will only cover Warfarin and I am very anxious about it. The dietary restrictions not with standing. Are there any other Meds that I can take that aren't as expensive as Xarelto

Posted by jimb on 2014-07-31 16:45. 7 comments. 441 reads
 
My primary care dr has told me to take 4000 units of fish oil per day, I am on coreg 25 twice a day plavix, lipitor, losartan, clapidrogel and baby aspirin. I had been taking 1000 units per day. I just had blood work done and every thing looks really good except the "good" cholesteral is a little low. Any thoughts?
Thanks,
Jim

Posted by Tony G on 2014-07-28 23:47. 2 comments. 325 reads
 
Hello,

Got an EC in April 2014 and my EF was 30 to 35% in my left ventricle. We increased my meds and then just had a second one this month. Same EF but now added moderate to severe global Hypokinesis. We will meet with the electrophysiologist on Monday to discuss changing from my Medtronic Sure scan with two leads to a pm with a difibulator. We have been reading about GK. Is it as dire as I think or am I reading into it.

Thanks for listening,
Tony

Posted by phyllisilie on 2014-07-28 19:23. 3 comments. 266 reads
 
Was recently diagnosed with PH at age 68. Cardiologist says Revaltio, a type of Viagra, has been successful in women with PH. Has anyone had experience with Viagra for PH. Especially concerned with the side effect that causes vision problems and possible blindness. Already nervous about the beginning of diabetic retinopathy. Very depressing and sorry I agreed to pacemaker two years ago. Sometimes its best to just nature take its course.

Posted by jonhendry on 2014-07-23 19:07. 5 comments. 353 reads
 
Hi,

My father received a pacemaker last Friday. Today he's in the ER due to a fall, and hooked up to a monitor that keeps giving a bradycardia alarm, for heart rates under 40 bpm.

Do hospital monitors get confused by pacemakers and report a lower-than-actual heart rate? Or is it possible that the HR is correct and his pacemaker leads were dislodged by that fall?

Thanks,

JH

Posted by Roys on 2014-07-22 20:49. 3 comments. 320 reads
 
Hi
My doctor would like me to start taking Warfarin, and suggested that I get a machine to check my INR at home. Has anybody got one, and if so what is the accuracy? to that of a laboratory check, and do you still need a pathology check as well?
Cheers Roy

Posted by josjos on 2014-07-22 12:37. 4 comments. 243 reads
 
good morning,
I am new to this PM. 7 days post op. Doing fairly well. But woke up this morning with my shoulder and all around my PM extremely achy. I took 2 ibuprofen but didn't make much difference. I really don't care for prescription pain killers. Does anyone have any advice how to make this more comfortable?( I love this site, people seem very nice and helpful.) thanks.

Posted by terrylong on 2014-07-22 10:51. 2 comments. 269 reads
 
Hi everybody,
I recently had my regular PM checkup. The technician advised that for the last 2 months my atrium has been beating at 3 times the rate of my ventricle. the rhythm is absolutely regular. I have had no symptoms.
My GP has put me on 20mg of Xarelto (rivaroxaban) to thin my blood instead of aspirin which I've been taking for years. This would increase my chances of having a stroke by about 2% per year.
My consultant says I have 2 options:-
No symptoms (that's me) continue with the blood thinner.
Or with symptoms they could try ablation.The success rate of this treatment is apparently 50-60%.

Anyone with similar experience out there.
What is going on.
Apppreciate any comments anyone ma...


Posted by Rog on 2014-07-19 20:48. 4 comments. 208 reads
 
Been a while since I posted. Around dinner time tonight I had this aching around Crt-d. It was almost like angina but in the area around pm. Wondered if anybody else had anything like this? I've had this one for just about a year and an ICD since 2009 and never had anything like this! Any suggestions?

Posted by daisydunn on 2014-07-19 01:08. 7 comments. 348 reads
 
So I'm due for my annual mammogram and had an ICD implanted 2 months ago. I'm concerned about the placement of my MP in relation to all the squishing that occurs during a mammogram. I talked to a mammogram tech and she said oh nothing to worry about, we 'workaround' pacemakers all the time without problems.
So any experience to share, words of advice?

Posted by momhead4 on 2014-07-17 11:17. 2 comments. 355 reads
 
I keep hearing beta blockers....I am a fit, active 70 yr old female...6 days out from PM implant...implant for low heartrate...my heart is strong and my cholesterol, etc numbers are great...not on any meds other than 10mg of Lisinopril a day and 1 baby aspirin....but, the electrophysiologist said the cardiologist had mentioned putting me on a beta blocker....have no idea why but wondering how others feel about them....once you start are you on them for life??...really, really don't want to do meds....any thoughts/ideas/experiences welcomed....thank you!

Posted by drswett on 2014-07-15 16:42. 5 comments. 335 reads
 
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Posted by bowdy on 2014-07-11 22:01. 2 comments. 303 reads
 
I've had one hell of a bad run of almost everything! I had a double bypass in 2010 and have had some of the worst advise ever given from some idiots who call themselves Drs!
I was given a normal course of meds to supposedly ease my rehabilitation-exercise and doses of Beta blocers,Lipitors,aspirin among others. The doses got steadily stronger! After approx. 6 months I began to suffer terrible head aches,slurring speech,memory loss and dribbling! So my dosages were eased. I finally had enough and threw the lot away. I was promised some support with counselling however after numerous phone calls this did not happen! After a year I had gained 30 kilos! I went back to the gymn contrary to the advice from my G.P.I'd wake every morning find...




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