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Posted by billylittle on 2014-01-02 01:09. 2 comments. 292 reads
 
I've read all the post on here about testosterone injections. I would like to share with you my situation. The result of four heart surgeries and I device being implanted, I now have to take testosterone injections weekly. My cardiologist and my urologist that have prescribed the Testosterone says it's from the stress that my body went through through the surgeries and having a pacemaker implanted, and also all of the medications that I take have caused my testosterone production to plummet. So far so good. I feel better after starting the injections. Also I can tell a little difference in losing some weight. Are there any other males on here that use testosterone replacement therapy?

Posted by clbud42 on 2013-12-31 23:41. 1 comments. 102 reads
 
Thanks to all of you for your comments. I have an upcoming meeting with my Cadiologist soon and I will go feeling better prepared. I'll post when things appear to be solved.
clbud42

Posted by clbud42 on 2013-12-31 16:40. 4 comments. 217 reads
 
I recently < 2 months ago had a PM installed to treat my heart stopping 3-4 times a day causing "black out" spells. The PM seems to have cured that problem. My Dr. started me on 3 new meds. Motoprolol to prevent A Fib, Losarten for blood pressure and Xarelto as a thinner. Since I started this regimen, I am experiencing severe joint pain and swelling in my hands, wrists, shoulders and knees. My PCP has tested for RA and says there is no sign. Beyond that, no one has a solution. I read where the possible culprit might be the Metorolol Tartrate.
Has anyone had a similar experience?

Posted by Teijee on 2013-12-30 00:46. 16 comments. 315 reads
 
Hello there,

I have been dealing with these slow heart rates for a half a year now. I never had them but last year they came and never left.

The holter monitor showed some sinus bradycardia of 33bpm during sleep. and sometimes when i take my pulse its 45 while lying on the couch. Now the first thing doctors say your are in great shape. To bad I am not.

My question to you is why did you get a pacemaker? And where there any blocks or was it just slow?

I know get a reveal recorder in January.

Dear regards,

Teije

Posted by margy1005 on 2013-12-21 14:28. 3 comments. 244 reads
 
I've had my PM since April 2013 and my cardiologist tells me that my PM recorded 2 episodes of high ventricular rate and prescribed Multaq and Xeralto. I never felt anything and when I asked to see the reports I found that the episodes were 5 months apart with a high rate of 175bpm and duration of 10 seconds. I refused the meds without my doctors approval. I'm about to see a new cardiologist and I'm hoping to get more info about the severity of these episodes. Anyone have any input for me..
Thanks
Margy

Posted by nicklepickle on 2013-12-19 14:56. 5 comments. 285 reads
 
I am 29 and I have had cardiac issues for 3 years before getting my pacemaker 3 months ago. I have tachy-brady syndrome, and prinzmetal's angina. My question is I had to see multiple doctors was told I was way too young and didn't qualify for the pacemaker by several doctors and for 3 years before finally finding someone who would treat my condition. I am wondering how many other people got this same run around and how many people as a young adult have SSS and or prinzmetals and have the pacemaker?

Posted by golden_snitch on 2013-12-19 05:35. 8 comments. 358 reads
 
I could not agree more:

"Enough is enough: stop wasting money on vitamin and mineral supplements," say medical experts in an editorial of a leading journal that has just published three new studies examining whether routine use of vitamin and mineral supplements brings health benefits.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270345.php

Inga

Posted by Smillion1968 on 2013-12-18 13:18. 3 comments. 185 reads
 
I just was told that i need an mri of my abdomen...i have a revo mri surescan PM but im still sooooo scared!!! Anyone just recently go through an MRI??

Posted by pace-man on 2013-12-16 23:55. 2 comments. 175 reads
 
Some more information in regards to Haemochromatosis and giving blood (venesections) after having a heart condition.

After the Redcoss were unable to do venesections for me after having a stent and pacemaker fitted ,(I was very happy with the Redcross and still am) I contacted Haemochromatosis Australia , they were very helpful and gave me the contacts of places that would do them, however after a visit to my GP, he agreed to do it at his surgery, which was convenient for me, as it was only 5km from where I live. as I have Haemochomatosis I have to continue with these venesctions

Now for some very important information for everyone out there, after speaking to Haemochromatosis Austrlaia, they gave me a lot of info...


Posted by dpenzer on 2013-12-16 07:43. 4 comments. 248 reads
 
Thank you for your responses (and so quickly) and the information was very helpful. I've been to the websites indicated and feel certain I need to consult with another cardio group. My biggest concern since PM was placed has been stroke - and although I was placed on warfarin initially, after major bleeding episodes with surgeries and transfusions I was taken off and told to take an aspirin - which has caused more intestinal erosion. So, for the past 3-4 yrs. I've been in daily fear of stroke. I had one consult with a surgeon while I was hospitalized for the bleeding, and he indicated that ablation surgery wasn't recommended - at that time I was in and out of A-Fib. I'm now in this mode all the time and have been for over a year. I've aske...


Posted by dpenzer on 2013-12-15 19:36. 2 comments. 205 reads
 
PM installed August 08 and placed on Sotalol 80 x2 daily and Isosorbride 30 x1 daily. Have been in Afib mode for maybe a year and was told by Cardio's PA that the Sotalol wasn't working and should be stopped and Metoprolol 50 x1 daily and Isosorbride 60 x1 daily should be started. I asked if the Sotalol should be decreased gradually (per the leaflet instructions) and was told "no." Also, what I'm reading about the Metoprolol doesn't thrill me. These are heavy duty drugs that concern me greatly, but my questions and concerns were seemingly brushed off. I'd prefer not to be taking any of these meds. and I'm wondering how long I was allowed to take the Sotalol when it wasn't necessary or even working. All the side effects cause me a lot o...


Posted by judy on 2013-12-13 21:09. 13 comments. 417 reads
 
I am slightly freaked out right now. It has been 11 weeks post implant and the pain in my site has worsened in the last few days. I used to be able to take Aleve in the morning and get through work before it hurt. Now it hurts all day. And today I felt a new bump where I would assume the leads are. It is very prominent and was not there before today. It is also tender. Earlier today during my oh so low stress job of teaching teenagers my chest felt like someone was standing on it and I kept getting pain spasms. I commented to a co worker that if I called my doctor right now he would tell me to go to the ER. Did not want that. However, now I am getting concerned.
Any thoughts my friends?
judy

Posted by pace-man on 2013-12-13 18:47. 6 comments. 282 reads
 
I have been contacted by the Australian Red Cross and have been told that they can no longer take blood from me since having my pacemaker and stent fitted, they have said that the blood would be ok, but they say that there is a risk of me having a heart attack when they are taking blood and as they don't have any doctors in attendance ,only nurses, they can't to it. The worst thing about it now is that I will have to get done at a pathology clinic and a lot of them don't even have nurses. I have to continue with giving blood as it is the only way of keeping my iron levels down. Rick

Posted by koevli on 2013-12-09 07:52. 4 comments. 302 reads
 
Hello,
I have my pm since Feb 2012 and am paced 30% of the time. Until now I am taking metoprolol but have starting having palps and irreg. pulse every day for extended periods of time. My options from my cardiologist are to either increase my metoprolol from 25mg twice a day to 50 mg (I am already slowed down from the 25 mg of beta blocker) or to take the 25 mg of metoprolol with verapamil (which I used to take before pm). For those of you experienced in this matter, I would really appreciate hearing from you which, in your opinion, is the better way to go. I have strong palpitations in my neck area and irregular pulse, feels like da, da, dda. I do know I have so many PAC'S just recently that the palps are quite strong feeling i...


Posted by pace-man on 2013-12-05 05:40. 8 comments. 238 reads
 
Hi everybody and your small electronic friends.
I have a condition called Haemochromatosis which is a high level of iron in the blood, before I had my pacemaker fitted 6 weeks ago I was getting it treated by donating blood to the Red Cross (the only way of treating the condition) I had to give blood every 2 weeks then every month and now every 2 months , I have been doing this for 12 months now and my iron levels are now normal, HOWEVER , when I told the Red Cross that I have now had pacemaker fitted they are telling me that they may not be able to collect my blood anymore, which is a problem because this is the only way that I can get my iron levels down, has anybody out there had this problem and how have you got around it ?? Ri...


Posted by Waltjc46 on 2013-11-25 22:47. 8 comments. 285 reads
 
I received my PM two weeks ago on nov.12. I've been told to get the incision wet but no soap or direct water. Wondering when I can use soap and direct water.

Posted by valley01 on 2013-11-24 21:48. 6 comments. 290 reads
 
I am so frustrated with the amount of TIME it takes just to get in to see a specialist. It took 6 weeks after my referral to get in to see an EP and then it was just an initial consult with his PA to determine a course of action. One week later I was in ER for heart palpitations and had to have ablation. 4 days later back in ER with very low pulse and had PM implant. That was on October 1st. Since then my blood pressure has been really high despite added med and increased dosages. Now my potassium is low again and I've been put on potassium chloride supplements until further notice. The week following my PM implant I was referred to endochinology. The first available appointment (after calling several offices)... January 8th! Meanwhile my ...


Posted by Al on 2013-11-23 15:26. 4 comments. 254 reads
 
Does anyone know how to reduce the fast pulse rate due to supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) with beta blockers? How long does it take if a beta blocker is taken with food or without food? Is self injection with a beta blocker faster or possible?

Posted by Dave H on 2013-11-21 18:32. 3 comments. 234 reads
 
EP Docs nurse called me a couple days ago - says the Doc wants me to switch from 12.5mg Carvedilol 2X daily to 50mg Metoprolol succinate 2X daily due to certain arrythmias noted at my Nov 4 PM download. My download showed Zero AT/AF events the past 6 mos. and one VT event that lasted 1 second. From what I've read, Carvedilol (Coreg) in numerous studies has proven superior to Metoprolol. (And cheaper). Anyone have any experience in comparing the two drugs?
Thanks!!
--Dave--

Posted by mdelfino on 2013-11-20 13:38. 10 comments. 356 reads
 
I need some input.

I have been having trouble with Syncope/Presyncope. I haven’t been able to capture my BP and heart rate at a time very close to the event until last night. I had gotten up to take my BP and after I started my BP machine I had a really bad Presyncopal event. It started almost at the time my BP was being read. What it came out to was a BP of 74/39 with a heart rate of 65. I came very close to passing out. I don’t understand how my heart rate can be 65 when the low limit for my pacemaker is set to 75. It is a St. Jude Medical PM2210 Dual Chamber Pacemaker. My cardiologist and EP doctor haven’t come up with anything yet. I see a neurologist on Friday but don’t expect much to come of it. I have passed out t...




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