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Posted by KarenLF on 2014-12-06 16:31. 3 comments. 310 reads
 
Hi!

Where to start without boring you!?! Just confused about a thing or 2 . . . .

Recently had my PM renewed after 6 years because the sheath had worn away and so the PM paced randomly when it wasn't needed. I have a two lead PM. Instead of replacing the lead, they gave me an extra lead. I now have 3 leads going through my SVC. I was told before surgery they were going to replace the full PM. I felt fine after surgery, but just 2 weeks ago my RP was 100-130 measured over a few days. Last week my left hand and arm started to swell and became dusky. I took test e.g. bloods, X-ray and a C.T scan which showed there was a narrowing due to the 3 leads. I have since spent a week in hospital fighting an infection due to the ...


Posted by jenny97 on 2014-12-05 10:44. 0 comments. 240 reads
 
A recent CT scan with angiography for a GI bleed revealed enlarged right heart with dilated IVC and hepatic veins. According to the radiology report, this is indicative of increased right heart pressure. Does anyone have any experience with this? Is this associated with pacemaker syndrome? I am dual paced with POTS, vasovagal syncope, and intermittent complete heart block. I've had a PM since my early 20s, about 13 years or so. I am also treated for an autoimmune blood clotting disorder and lupus, so I'm already a little medically complex.

PS I was 5 weeks away from my first marathon when I had a serious GI bleed that landed me in ICU for a week; I'm pretty active and relatively physically fit.

PS2 Sorry for the shout...


Posted by pattysue on 2014-12-03 18:55. 3 comments. 277 reads
 
I have a dull pain around my pacemaker frequently. It's not debilitating but it does irritate me enough to notice it. Mostly it's above the pacemaker not below it. Anyone else have this issue? I have brought it up several times but each time the dr. wants to send me to the hospital where they check the pacemaker and do an ekg and I'm just fine, or so they say.

I have started a log for the days I have it but nothing jumps out at me.

Posted by Bebie on 2014-11-29 13:09. 9 comments. 310 reads
 
I had my pm last August. After that I feel great. At times I even forget that I have it. what bothers me is the heartburn that I feel every evening or even at dawn that always awaken me and even disturb my sleep. I feel it is due to the medicines ( pradaxa- for my afib and simvastatin) I am taking. Does anybody has been taking pradaxa for more or less a year already? What is your experiences about it? May I take this opportunity of getting very comforting infer from this club. It helps a lot.

Posted by mojo on 2014-11-24 05:29. 3 comments. 245 reads
 
I had a pacemaker fitted January this year. Have been on warfarin for 12 months during which I am in and out of range which for me is 2 to 2.5 Due to an unrelated illness in September I was put on 60mg steroids daily. Although I am now off them they really screwed up my INR readings which one week was 4.9 then dropped to 1.2 in 2 weeks. I am having to inject myself daily with Dalteparin even though my INR is steadily climbing and is now 1.5. Is this a new thing in the UK because I have been this low before without treatment other than increasing my warfarin. My maintenance dose seems to be 6/7 mg daily. I ask because after 3 weeks my belly is lumpy, swollen and horrendously bruised. My INR nurse doesn't seem concerned, but I dread the aft...


Posted by vraghup on 2014-11-20 09:56. 2 comments. 198 reads
 
Hi everyone,
I had a head injury and my pulse went down , got a pacemaker as part of treatment . Is there anybody in this forum who needed a pacemaker because of head injury ? My current utilization shows 93% . I want to know if the head injury is completely healed will there be any need for pacemaker

Thanks,
Venkat

Posted by Bebie on 2014-11-17 03:14. 6 comments. 410 reads
 
I had my pm inserted 3 months ago. I was diagnosed with Afib so I am having pradaxa as my maintenance although I can not even feel when I have Afib. My problem is If i will take pradaxa I am not really comfortable. Has anybody experienced having afib with out having to take blood thinning. Another one is , is there a possibility that my afib will be gone? I practice life style change and have regular exercise and some health practices followed.
By the way, I suffered a mild stroke that is caused by blood cuagulation(not sure of the spelling) because of afib.and drs. said they would not want to let it happen again. Please advise me oon these issues.

Posted by Riahamilton101 on 2014-11-16 23:14. 3 comments. 187 reads
 
Has anyone else taken a bunch of different meds I also have ADHD so I take meds for that

Posted by cans624 on 2014-11-16 12:22. 6 comments. 366 reads
 
I have not been on here for a long time so many things going on in my life this year has not been a good one but my parents were both ill but slowly getting better my mom had to get a pacemaker this past February my question is I recently had an echo done and was told my ejection fraction is 50-55 percent low normal is that something I should be concerned about cause last year my ejection fraction was 55/60

Posted by jstowe on 2014-11-15 22:30. 3 comments. 346 reads
 
Hello,I had my pacemaker installed 3 months ago and still have no energy,yet doc says its working perfect.any advise on where energy is?

Posted by Bebie on 2014-11-14 04:32. 1 comments. 361 reads
 
Thank you very much for the information I have been getting here. It is a real comfort that experiences really help. Thank you also for the comments. My concern now is the safety of having some desk top computers and even laptops in front of you most of the time. Is there an effect of this one to our pm. I was operated last Aug 12. What bothers me now is the tight feeling that I experience any time during the day,.Is there anybody who can shed light why I feel this way?

Posted by rolson on 2014-11-11 13:46. 6 comments. 284 reads
 
I have had my pacemaker one week today. Before pacemaker I had low (35 resting) normal pulse rate and blood pressure. Now if I move around my pulsar rate and blood pressure gotta high until I stop moving them it slows down again. I have a doctor appointment in Friday but wonder what's going on.

Posted by Bebie on 2014-11-11 04:31. 1 comments. 197 reads
 
After the pm implantation, I had some adjustments. however i am fine now. Just lately I can feel tightness in my chest. Is it normal and what might be the factors that triggered it? thank you.

Posted by pacingdiva on 2014-11-08 03:40. 1 comments. 229 reads
 
I have a St. Jude Accent Dual Pacemaker. Since last year when I go and have PM check it give out alerts. I had over 22 High Ventricular Heart Rates they put me on medicine called Cardizem cause anything else will irritate my asthma. The alerts has pick up very high rates over 300bpm. I have the dual pacemaker for Sick Sinus Syndrome. My heart completely stop for 33 seconds and started back beating on it's own. Why is it now I'm having tacky?

Posted by LitLady on 2014-11-07 11:38. 1 comments. 186 reads
 
Really appreciate your time in sharing your post PM experiences. Agree fully--pacemaker=good; no pacemaker=dead---I'll take "good" all day, every day! Knowing what others are experiencing provides peace of mind and thoughtful ways to live a PM lifestyle. Thanks a million to you who kindly and candidly responded.

Posted by ariashabb on 2014-11-07 10:42. 5 comments. 275 reads
 
Does anyone have any info on getting a mammogram with a pacemaker?

Posted by Chase on 2014-11-05 23:48. 2 comments. 280 reads
 
Will taking OxyContin effect a person's pacemaker?

Posted by Bebie on 2014-11-05 13:30. 3 comments. 224 reads
 
Hi everyone. May I take this opportunity of thanking everyone who shared some information which is so beneficial to us all who have pm. I have mine last August 2014 because of AFib and experienced a mild stroke the reason why I was diagnosed with having AFib that caused the stroke. My lipid profile is okay. However, I am ask by my Neuro and Cardio to take pradaxa, losartan and simvastatin in a lowest dose. While light headedness and dizziness were gone after the PM, I still have my energy at 3 and even have a hard time sleeping straight at night. Are the meds that I am taking causing the low level of energy and not being to sleep well. I still feel that generally I feel better before the PM.

Posted by NormaLou on 2014-10-30 22:54. 2 comments. 269 reads
 
I had my first PM implant in 2010 and after three years the battery died. They told me it was defective. I had PM replaced in 2013, about a year ago. Every since the first PM implant I can hear a "squishing" or "crunching" sound in my left ear. My EP dismisses my concerns about this saying it is just blood flow I'm hearing.

Has anyone here every heard of this. I never had this before the PM. And it is annoying and a bit concerning.

Thanks.

Posted by Roys on 2014-10-30 19:13. 5 comments. 428 reads
 
Hi
Are some of you using Eliquis ( Apixaban ) and do you have any problems or side effects, like upset stomach or pain? My Doctor would like me to use Eliquis. The cost is not a problem as in Australia I would only pay $6 each month. Thanks for any info you can give me.
Cheers Roy



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