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Posted by Boysmom on 2014-05-13 01:14. 11 comments. 301 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. 249 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. 320 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. 196 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. 390 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. 279 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. 460 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. 345 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. 350 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. 444 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. 292 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. 143 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 :)

Posted by Sharron46 on 2014-04-16 07:54. 4 comments. 271 reads
 
Hi
I'm new to the group and would like some advice please
My pacemaker was fitted last November
I went to pacemaker clinic in December to be told I have a fault on a lead and the specialist would be in touch
I had a 2nd appointment in March I be told the lead has been switched off and I am having extra beats
And the specialist will see me the following week
I've seen the specialist and told him I am feeling just the same as before having the PM fitted and asked why the lead is turned off just leaving the 1 I was informed that as I'm 46 I don't need it yet may do in 10yrs and it's standard to fit both even though not needed ?
As for the extra beats I've now developed since having the PM the specialis...


Posted by natlat on 2014-04-15 07:23. 8 comments. 370 reads
 
Hello, New here..39 year old very athletic female, never had problems in the past other than a near syncope episode in Jan, then actually fainting after a 7 mile run which landed me in the ER and the one this past week-end when I was taken by an ambulance and found to have a heart rate of 240 (scariest thing that ever has happened to me!) - I could not see, nor breathe, this was nearing the end of my 7 mile run. For the previous syncope episode I did a stress and holter and they found nothing so said it was low electrolytes. This past week-end, I had catheterization and an EP study and they said they really taxed my heart in the EP study and still could not find the cause of the VT. I am so frustrated! I now have to have a cardiac MRI,...


Posted by Catteacher on 2014-04-13 17:09. 3 comments. 201 reads
 
I have a question, it maybe just my imagination. but I'm feeling a 'lump' to the left of my PM. Could it be fluid? I'm being treated for 'lymphademia' right now. Doing compression on my legs, forcing lymph to b forced up through my system. anyway, this spot, about the size of an egg is just something I'm aware of through feeling it internally. it's not visible. Thank-u all.

Posted by amsid12 on 2014-04-11 17:45. 2 comments. 147 reads
 
Had a single lead PM put in a year ago and I still find it uncomfortable if I sleep too long on my left side. Also have numbness and at times discomfort under the arm. Is this normal?

Posted by pupu on 2014-04-11 14:42. 0 comments. 133 reads
 
I would like to ask anyone with cardiac sarcoidosis what were your symptoms and/or your cardiologist's reasons for suspecting cardiac sarcoidosis? My cardiologist mentioned three reasons for why he thinks I may need a PET scan: total AV block, hypokinesis of the septum and low EF. How likely is it that an ordinary PM needs to be changed to an ICD if it turns out that I have cardiac sarcoidosis?

Posted by labor99 on 2014-04-09 21:36. 6 comments. 321 reads
 
Hello folks,,, I am the guy that had the sore mouth and gums. Its official, I can no longer take Metoprolol. Doc took me off of that med and within 15 hours my mouth started to get better. He replaced the Metoprolol with Diltiazem. On another note he put me on Eliquis (blood thinner). I almost caused my ICD to go into action when the gal told me the charge ,,,,,I think it was around $380 for a thirty day supply. 5 mg twice a day. I had been doing fine with a baby aspirin a day. Good Lord. I didn't have to pay all that because of insurance, but there just has to be something cheaper that would do the job.

Posted by Jody on 2014-04-09 01:39. 3 comments. 147 reads
 
Forgot to ask if it's normal for the skin over the pacemaker site to be numb...it's a weird feeling.

Posted by jillybird on 2014-04-07 15:37. 7 comments. 252 reads
 
Hi all, just wanted to ask all of you who have vasovagal syncope with low blood pressure - if you maintail a high sodium intake to try to combat it, exactly how much do you take a day? Do you measure? I am drinking alot of fluids, and put about 1/2 teaspoon of salt in my 20 oz water/crystal lite mix, 3-5x a day plus salty foods so I'm guessing I get a total of 2-3 teaspoons a day? I'm wondering if I need to do even more? I have an appt with a new cardio on Thursday so I want to also ask him about just taking salt tablets. Does anyone take those? They are perscription only, right? Thanks for any input you all can give!



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