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Posted by jaybe630 on 2014-06-23 09:06. 2 comments. 196 reads
 
Goodevening people:
Wonder if anyone can shed some light or further knowledge re Digoxin and dangers if any as have read some articules e.g. The Afib Report which goes into dangers associated with this drug and toxicity.

I have a Biontronic dual lead pacemaker and have had since Jan 2013, my cardiol put me on Digoxin about 12 months ago because I still was getting fast afib sometimes and he said this drug would help but after reading a bit about it I wonder long term damage and mortality rates explained, am on a low dose have been told of 62.5mg, 2 small blue tabs daily.
As said would really appreciate any feedback re this and if anyone else has issues with this drug and have found better alternatives if this the case....


Posted by glammommieX6 on 2014-06-19 17:45. 4 comments. 291 reads
 
My pacemaker was implanted on 12/20/13 and unfortunately there were some problems. I continued to feel worse each day following it and the cardiologist felt I was babying myself too much. 8 days later went to ER rushed in for surgery to save my life, cardiac tamponade. 6 days following that, another surgery to fix the pacemaker wires and thankfully it did not puncture my heart therefore no open heart surgery was needed after all. I was thrilled to come home to my kids and thankful to be alive. Unfortunately, I still do not feel 100% good. I came back to work mid - February and continously have difficulty with walking, zero energy, zero sleep, dizziness.. Today is my worst day yet, really hurts to take a deep breath. I've told my new...


Posted by wen82 on 2014-06-18 18:48. 1 comments. 273 reads
 
Hi all,

Im new here I was sure I have been on this website not to long ago but somehow my account it deleted not sure what happened there anyway....

I am scheduled to have a pacemaker fitted end of July. I am getting this as I have had a lot of faintings (syncope) does. They did lots of tests of which one was the tilt test which showed that when I faint there is about 5.8 seconds between hard beats. Therefor they have decided the pacemaker needs to go in.

Since that decision has made and has been scheduled in I had quite an eventful weekend. On Friday night my friends notised I was slightly blue on my lips but I didn't take any notice. On Saturday morning my dad said the same. I was running about all day a...


Posted by TickTock-UK on 2014-06-18 06:41. 1 comments. 160 reads
 
Hi all,

Re AF.

A little lite reading for you...Aspirin 'not best' for preventing heart problem.

Let me know if you can't access the link and I will copy and paste.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-27760736

Len

Posted by MommyAshlie86 on 2014-06-17 10:31. 5 comments. 258 reads
 
Hi there,
I just recently got my pacemaker over 3 1/2 weeks ago. I have had a lot of other issues in the past year. They put me on pain medication (norco 10mg), and it helps, but it made me feel weird. They switched me to a stronger pain medicine (dilaudid 4mg), and it doesn't take away all the pain. So the other day I didn't take the dilaudid I only took the left over norco's (1 every 4 hours, 4 total), I was already over tired, but by the end of the night I ended up exhausted. I dozed off and I got a huge shock throughout my entire body, I jumped up... Doctor said my heart paused, and so my pacemaker shocked me.. Could the norco have had anything to do with it? And if so why would my stronger medicine not do that to me?
I al...


Posted by JaneJ on 2014-06-17 00:17. 2 comments. 208 reads
 
I have been feeling a bit worse with my accelerated junctional rhythm, which I'm not sure is related to the heat or just the way things go with this rhythm. I've been noticing worsening headaches,pressure in my head/neck/ jaw area, as well as the pounding pulse in the neck. So I gave the ep nurse a call last week and she said the doctor would want to see me or maybe he would make a medication adjustment over the phone. She asked me " what I've been doing different", to which I replied absolutely nothing. When she asked me this it made me feel as though I was causing the problem. Which made me feel bad and angry. I then asked her to call me back on my cellphone because we were going on vacation.. She then replied that the vacation ...


Posted by Alma Annie on 2014-06-15 20:49. 4 comments. 230 reads
 
I have a query about Inga's reply to Gumby about the checks on pm when they speed up the rate then lower it and people feel this. As far as I know, I have never had this check, but just the download. My heart has never sped up or slowed during a check. I have never felt anything. I have had pm 3 years. I am 100% paced in atrium. My low rate is set at 50 and upper rate at 130.
I would be grateful for some info on this.
Alma Annie

Posted by rtnievera on 2014-06-14 00:22. 3 comments. 181 reads
 
Hi to all new member from Philippines and pacemaker recipient last November 18, 2013 due to 3.1 sec. paused and low heart rate during sleep at 33 bpm and intermittent 2nd degree AV block type 1.Symptomatic bradycardia such as fainting, fatigue and shortness of breath. It's hard to accept but I know I need it to have a good life.Still fighting negative thought and stress, my inspiration is my family and I know this club will help me and guide me to win this battle.Again, thanks for being member of this club. Salamat po at mabuhay tayong lahat

Posted by ronbella on 2014-06-07 01:42. 7 comments. 330 reads
 
Hello everyone I am new to the forum and could use your advice.
In march 2014 I was hospitalized for a seperate issue not concerning cardiac but while there a heart monitor picked up my heartrate while asleep at as low as 42....My normal resting pulse rate is from 55-60 during the day. I am 53 years old and do have fatigue most of the time. The cardiologist at the hospital says I need a pacemaker. I then went to my regular doc and he had me wear a holter for 24 hrs and during the night HR dropped to 41 at the lowest but did stay in 40s -50s all night..He stated that is normal..at night it was low then occasionally shot up to 110. My main question is what are the symptoms you experienced before your PM and does bradycardia affect your ...


Posted by Billyboy on 2014-06-05 08:23. 0 comments. 107 reads
 
To the four people who wrote a comment I would like to say Thank You! It's nice to know we have a site to go to for info from people that know and have experienced the same Heart Problems. We are Blessed.

Posted by bethuel on 2014-06-04 16:30. 6 comments. 277 reads
 
Hi all, my name is Bethuel. Got a pacemaker implanted on me 6 days ago. I am forever tired, my chest is painful (not the scar) and I can only walk 10 to 20 meters and I am already out of breath. Is this normal. Please comment. I am very worried now.

Posted by Billyboy on 2014-06-04 14:39. 5 comments. 227 reads
 
1st open heart Surgery when I was 44 and another triple by-pass at age 59. Now almost 5years later I found out I am in A-Fib. Went through Testing last week and things are not so good. Found Enlarged Heart, 6.7 on echo gram and only 63 % oxygen.
Sending me to a Electrophysiologist to see if I'm a candidate for a Defibulator . After Dr. Said no more driving I did not hear another word! I want to live for my family BUT no Driving and losing my freedom sucks. How do you depend on someone else to drive you places?

Posted by anniesu on 2014-06-04 14:04. 2 comments. 203 reads
 
I have my ICD and have had it a couple years...now im having another hip surgery for a hip replacement...I had the right one done 4 years ago and its doing fine...has anyone on here had 2 hip replacement or knee replacements and did they interfere with your ICD? IM so worried having all these things in my body..2 hips and the pacemaker-defib Could my body reject these replacements. or could it cause the defib to go off,,,,? im on digoxin which i take in the morning and then i take troprol xl in the late afternoon...Is this the best way to take these meds ?dfspp some imput on this...thanks

Posted by Ziggy6 on 2014-06-01 09:38. 4 comments. 509 reads
 
I've had a pacemaker for two years. Diagnosed last year with tachycardia and put on a beta blocker. For the last two months I've been experiencing a flip-flop feeling in my chest and throat when I'm resting and have been extremely tired. Any ideas on what's going on? I also feel short of breath sometimes. Thanks for any advice.

Posted by Tucker on 2014-05-31 22:46. 10 comments. 309 reads
 
I started Atorvastatin 20 mg 1x/ day at bedtime 2 months ago. I have been experiencing muscle weakness in legs primarily. I has a total knee replacement about 15 months ago and was thinking it was related to knee but this seems to be a new development I read that stain drugs can create muscle weakness so I took my self off the Atorvastatin 6 days ago. I began feeling more strength in my legs after 3 days and they are actually feeling better after less than a week off the med. I returned to the gym today and wa able to workout again. Very weird that only being off a few days and I am experiencing more strength so soon. My cardio was notified and is prescribing something new that is not a statin. Anyone had similar experience and if ...


Posted by pcrews on 2014-05-31 17:33. 3 comments. 287 reads
 
Here's a dumb question. Doctor put me on Flecainide & Verapamil. I could swear one of the two is causing my stomach to bloat. Any body else?

Posted by sonya on 2014-05-29 14:13. 2 comments. 230 reads
 
I was diagnosed with Severe Cardiomyopathy in 2014. My EF was 10% via Heart Cath! In 2011 it went t 20% and stayed there for 2 years. My cardiologist was convinced that was as good as it was going to get. I went back last week for my echo and my EF was 50! My cardiologist was so happy that I had improved so much. He said keep doing what your doing. I just want everyone to know that it is possible for your EF to get back to normal. When I was first diagnosed I was always looking for encouragement. I am so thankful for my CRT-D device. I'm so thankful for the prayers and technology.

Posted by JaneJ on 2014-05-29 00:37. 5 comments. 391 reads
 
I have been struggling with an accelerated junctional rhythm for about a year now. It overtakes my single lead atrial pacemaker and I get the ventricle beating first followed by the atrium (retrograde va conduction). It is not bad all of the time,but the symptoms can be bad a great deal of the time. My cardiologist has worked a lot with me with this. The symptoms can get bad with really bad headaches and uncomfortable pressure in the neck/ jaw area, as well as pounding in the neck. They did do an ablation because I had a very rare junctional ectopic tachycardia, which did help, but the accelerated junctional rhythm did recur again. The lower rate of the pacemaker is set at 70, which helps suppress the rhythm a bit. I tend to just...


Posted by vru1020 on 2014-05-28 22:48. 2 comments. 190 reads
 
Hello again, I am back with a new concern. I got my pacemaker Sept.2012. Recently I have been having fluttering in my upper abdomen/lower chest area. The Dr. hast me wearing a heart monitor for 15 days. Some days I have no symptoms and others it seems the fluttering is occurring quite frequently. I also have GERD and haven't been taking my PPI's at night as prescribed because I was concerned about long term negative effects. However, I have been back on the Protonix the past couple of days and no symptoms except once last night and when the flutter happen I felt lightheaded, Scared me. I am curious has anyone else had similar symptoms and if so how was it resolved. I have been reading about the Vagus Nerve and wonder if perhaps it has gott...


Posted by Jcole on 2014-05-27 21:02. 4 comments. 382 reads
 
Last year I was diagnosed with bradycardia and symptomatic PVCs. My cardiologist told me that I might need a pacemaker for the bradycardia. He also said that there was not much he could do for the PVCs since any drugs to control them would further slow the heart. He said he did not want to use any anti arrhythmia drug because of their toxic effect on the heart. I had the pacemaker implanted in November and my cardiologist put me on cardiazem for the PVCs. After 4 months on the cardiazem the PVCs have not improved. At my last PM check it showed that I was having 8% PVCs. The electro physiologist who implanted the PM recommended that I start the anti arrhythmia drug flecainide. I am concerned with starting the drug based on what my original...




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