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Posted by ReadingFC on 2014-05-21 06:51. 4 comments. 877 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. 328 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. 324 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. 191 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. 302 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. 208 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. 202 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. 209 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. 306 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?

Posted by Sevenfoot on 2014-05-08 15:48. 9 comments. 255 reads
 
Hello everyone. I am a 36 year old male who was experiencing severe fatigue, dizziness, fainting... I'm sure you know the symptoms. I found out I have sick sinus syndrome, my resting heart rate stays in the upper 30's and low 40's. I've had a stress test, EKG, electrocardiogram, Holter monitor, and am being told I should get a pacemaker. How effective is the pacemaker with the fatigue? How long is the recuperation process? Any rehab? My head is spinning and I just feel slightly confused. 36 just feels so young, I guess.

Posted by Tgirl77 on 2014-05-04 11:08. 6 comments. 326 reads
 
Hi, does everyone that has a pacemaker have medication they have to take? I visited my doctor a couple of days ago and this is the second time they have asked am I taking any meds. I'm thinking to myself, if I were taking meds wouldn't you know before me since you would have prescribed them. Am I supposed to be on meds just for having a pacemaker put in?

Posted by ettmayr on 2014-04-30 20:02. 2 comments. 203 reads
 
My left knee began hurting. By the time my friend got me to hospital a few hours later, I was howling with pain. Dr diagnosed gout. Said it was a combination of stress and two drugs I'm on for my heart...a diuretic and a beta blocker. GP says the cardiologist, whom I'm seeing at the end of the month, must change my meds. Anyone else with this problem?

Posted by valley01 on 2014-04-30 08:48. 2 comments. 396 reads
 
I never had any type of heart issue before except high blood pressure which I started having about 3 years ago after always having low blood pressure. I was under a lot of stress at the time and attributed it to that. After several medication changes and additional medications I was still high but no longer in Stage 3. One evening last July I passed out in my kitchen after just returning from walking my dog. I was 43 at the time and I was feeling great, there was very little warning. Numerous tests showed a healthy heart but Bradycardia which I'd known I had for a couple of years and we were just "watching" it. I run and work out most days of the week so my doctor attributed it to me being athletic. I was referred to a Cardiologist but the...


Posted by Shammrock54 on 2014-04-29 14:04. 1 comments. 295 reads
 
Hello All; It has been a long time since I posted. My PM was placed over two years ago. I am coping as best as I can; I still often get very tired. My cardiologist is aware of this. My question to the group is this; I have been 5% dependent to like 25% dependent. The last 6 months I have been 99% dependent on my PM. I asked my cardiologist yesterday and he had no idea. The strange thing is just about 6 months ago I had an MRI where they turned my PM off. Since that time my pacemaker is at 99%. My cardiologist said no but it seems really odd to me that now I am totally dependent on this and not that long ago he questioned if I really needed it. Has anyone been through anything like this?

Posted by PamW on 2014-04-26 02:29. 8 comments. 482 reads
 
Hi to everyone. On 3-28-14 I received my PM implant. This was totally unexpected on my part, but per my Dr., it was inevitable! I'm over my initial reaction now and I'm researching the internet like crazy to learn as much as possible.

I have both tachy and brady and I'm on meds of course, and will go back to the EP in a month so he can figure out what's next to conquer my Afib - - wish it were sooner! I want the answer right now but looks like I'm on hold for a while longer. Are there others here who deal with the same - - and how was it controlled in your case? Did medication control the Afib okay after your PM, or did it take a subsequent procedure to bring it under control after the PM was implanted? Obviously I'm ...


Posted by taylorsmom on 2014-04-25 14:50. 2 comments. 353 reads
 
Hi everybody!
Normally I am posting on my daughter,which is doing well. Anyway, Wednesday April 23 I will remember for ever. My husband went asytole at the emergency department after complaining of chest pain. He was given routine aspirin and 1 nitro. Shortly after his pulse droped and then suddenly no heart rate what so ever. They initiated chest compressions and gave him atropine to stimulate his heart and brought in the crash cart. I had just spoken with him on the phone and was drivivng myself in to the hospital to be with him. I then recieved a phone call from hospital staff that he was being lifeflighted to the hospital in the city. I had no clue he had just been resucitated at that time till lifeflight called me to check on me....


Posted by asmita on 2014-04-25 02:57. 9 comments. 357 reads
 
Hi,

I had posted earlier regarding an ICD infection that my father had. Well, the leads and ICD were explanted in early March and a CRTD implanted last Wednesday on April 16th.

Post CRTD, he has developed SOB ( he did not have it before implant). The doctor increased his lasix dosage but that hasn't helped. His left foot is also swollen.

Does anyone have a similar experience or any ideas as to why this is happening post CRTD? Could it be due to any CRTD setting?

Thanks as always,
Asmita

Posted by Dizzytiltingwoozy on 2014-04-20 11:52. 4 comments. 466 reads
 
I just finished reading a Poll on another site I frequently visit. The Poll was in regard to how many people have Sleep Paralysis, I was surprised by the answers.

Several people had what sounded like sleep apnea. Several people had sleep paralysis as children but had it happen less often as they matured.

I know I have had sleep paralysis happen to me when I first wake up I can not move. Very upsetting to me, especially now that I have had a Stroke. I have had Sleep Paralysis since I was a kid.

I am very curious how many people in our group have had such things happen to them. I wonder if it is connected to Sleep Apnea, our cardiac conditions. Doctor's seem to think it is harmless, I am not sure what it ...


Posted by Catherine on 2014-04-19 12:02. 5 comments. 301 reads
 
Hi, I have just gotten a PM 2 days ago. After 2 syncope episodes within 1 week I was scheduled for a tilt table test. After 40 minutes in the vertical position (no drugs were administered) my heart stopped and I flatlined for 45 seconds. The doctor(electro physiologist ) insisted I needed a PM and within a few hours had installed the device. So now I am just wondering if this will fix the problem. Before they said that when I fainted I woke up because the blood could get back to my head because I was horizontal. I am now told that I fainted because my heart stopped. He also put me on a beta-blocker which I am not thrilled about. This is all so new I need much more information.
Altho I am 65 yrs old I am extremely healthy, not overwei...


Posted by mandana on 2014-04-18 09:23. 3 comments. 146 reads
 
I want the hemo-compatibility and biocompatibily tests which are used for a pacemaker device before entering to clinic. I'd be thankful if someone could kindly help me :)



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