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pacer inducted muscle twitching

I had my first pacemaker inserted at age 21. My replacement was put in about 9 years later. I am currently 30.

Recently, my doc told me that I have a compromised or broken lead and therefore my pacers is helping to conduct the electric current and my muscle twitches almost non-stop. Has anyone else had this? what are my surgical options? coping options?

Thanks

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Does one ever feel normal again?

I've had my PM for 7 weeks now with 3 pm checks . I still feel at times shortness of breath and at other times not really normal. I do have a bit of regurgitation apparently as well. Any one feel the same way? Any thoughts? Thanks for the help!

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Mammogram Tomorrow read article that..

Read some articles that some ladies have had their leads damaged during routine mammogram.
Anyone else had one done...should I be worried?
Of course I'll let the technician know I have one.

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Digoxin and Lepressor

hi all does anyone ever heard that digoxin(Lanoxin) and Lepressor taking together can have a bad mix and cause you to have a bad v Tach happen i have read that but i take the too combined together and i had no probelm.question is has and one taken the two meds and gone into V Tach i personly donot beleaive it could happen but wonder if it happened to other people???
newy pete
Keep on Paceing all

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Atrial flutter

Anyone care to hop on the Flutter Bus with me?

It's been a long ride so far......going on 8 hours of constant flutter ranging from 120-150bpm and that's on 150mg of Toprol XL.....I especially like the intermittent revs up to 180. Those are nice.
I wish I had a tachometer to watch when that happens. Someone needs to lay of the gas pedal, it ain't me.
Frank quit rev-ving me up like that. You little sick and twisted, thang you. I know I made your toupee blow off your head wit...

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MY HUSBAND'S PM & FUTURE ABLATION

Hi,
I've been a member here for a long time; having had a PM almost 4 years now but haven't been on lately as I have been recovering from a revised total knee surgery.

After a walking stress test where his heart rate went to 153 in about a minute on the treadmill, my Cardiologist implanted my husband with a PM the next week. He did not turn it on yet as he is going to do an ablation 3 weeks from date of the implant. My hubby's heart rate goes from 48 to 70s and then to 98 or more...

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My Husband's PM & Future Ablation

Hi,
I've been a member here for a long time; having had a PM almost 4 years now but haven't been on lately as I have been recovering from a revised total knee surgery.

After a walking stress test where his heart rate went to 153 in about a minute on the treadmill, my Cardiologist implanted my husband with a PM the next week. He did not turn it on yet as he is going to do an ablation 3 weeks from date of the implant. My hubby's heart rate goes from 48 to 70s and then to 98 or mo...

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Lipitor vs Zocor vs etc

My prescription insurance limits me to a set amount per year. I'm already taking Plavix (stent) which is like $350 for a 90 day supply and need to continue. I've been taking Lipitor, also very expensive,although my cardiologist has said we could try Zocor (which has a generic equivalent) for a lot less money.

Has anyone noticed different side effects between Lipitor and Zocor? Any other relevant info?

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DC Cardioversion

Has anyone had a DC cardioversion since pacemaker implant. I have had two of them now since my pacer implant 8/08, and am wondering the efficacy of them, as well as any potential damage to my pacer hardware.
I am having non-stop uncomfortable runs of arrhythmia and fear another hospitilization very soon if things don't settle down pretty quick.
Cardioversion shocked me into accelerated junctional rhythm, but I left the hospital in atrial flutter with variable AV block.
Every time...

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Plavix-Acid Blocker Warning

The FDA has issued a stern warning to doctors about mixing the acid blockers Prilosec, Nexium, Aciphex, Prevacid, or Protonix with Plavix. A new study shows the proton pump type acid blockers interfere with the anticlotting ability of Plavix.

Non PPI drugs such as Zantac, Pepcid, Axid, and Tagamet didn't have the effect.

frank

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Pain Meds

Well hello friends hope you all are doing well. I had a Dr visit yesterday that didn't turn out well. I am potentially in A-fib and also having PMT still. I sometimes wonder if having a complete removal of a SA Node is the cause of the extra amount of problems.
I had a question about pain meds. Has anybody had to go on pain drugs to manage your pain from the amount of surgeries you have had? I have had 5 surgeries so far and this last one has been torture on my body. They have said multi...

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PVC's

I am a 40 year old healthy BOY! I was implanted with a dual boston scientific Pacemaker on August 20th 2008 for a failed tilt table tests which revealed a 5 second pause. All was great post PM until January when I went into A Fib for the first time. That was a crazy feeling. My Cardiologist converted me on a Blast Dose of Flecainide, and sent me home on a small 50mg dose twice a day. That worked for about 3 weeks and then I started having PVC's in mass quantity. Cardiologist uped the dose to 100...

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Anyone being woke up with head rush things?

Hello,
Ever since an adenosine stress test after my pacemaker I have these strange electrical surge feelings and head rush things at night. Has anyone else had the same experience? The cardiologist says the pacemaker is fine and the adenosine goes out of you fast but I know what it feels like and it feels like the painful electical rush of the drug opening all the bloodvessels at once. I have not felt normal since the test Feb. 11th. If anyone else has had a similar experience I would l...

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sinus node syndrome

Hi All

I was diagnosed with sick sinus node syndrome and had a pacer fitted - does anyone know if this develops into (CHF) or if it is something that gets progressively worse? I have been feeling a lot of pauses lateley and am a bit worried.

Thanks

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propranolol

Hi can anyone put my mind at rest? Since having my pacemaker fitted well over a year ago i have tried a couple of beater blockers for svt and other palpitations. Havent had any luck with the meds so my cardiologist said for me to try proprananlol as it is good for the palps and it is calming. Having read the side effects that some people had a severe reaction to propranolol and the outcome was fatal i am abit afraid to take them. I do have very mild asthma at times,never had an asthma attack but...

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my father pacemaker

my father has a pacemaker he was told at his last test that the pacemaker is working at 100% all the time it jumped from 74 what does this mean

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medication not working

Hello all...I have a question, my Dr has been changing my meds to prevent me from having so many arrhythmia 's, (I was diagnosed with ARVD) Ive had my device since 2/17/09, its getting progressively worse , the first time he changed it was after I got shocked 2 times in a day, and he told me it gave me therapy 60 times within a 2 week span...after that change of meds it was 53 times in 1 week, so again 2 days ago he added another ...I cannot even walk up a flight of stairs without feeling the ti...

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Tykosin Side Effects

I recently had a bout with Afib and required the Cardioversion to get me back on track. I was prescribed Tykosin (250mg) and Coumadin. After about a week I am noticing that when I stand from a sitting position or when I bend over then stand up I am getting light headed or dizzy. It is a uncomfortable feeling where sometimes my eyes are open but I almost black out. I was wondering if anyone else had experienced these same side effects or something similar.
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What To Do?

My Mom is 71,she has HBP,some cardiomyopathy and is a Diabetic,has been since 1993.She has A-Fib and was diagnosed in 1999 with it.

She was put on Betapace in 99 and then got a pacemaker 2002.Her heart was pausing and she passed out.

She did reasonably well on the Betapace and the pacer for several years.

She began having longer and very frequent spells of A-Fib she has the kind that comes and goes on its own.Her heart goes back to normal without being shocked.Th...

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Rate Response turned off........

Hello Pace People, I will be turning off my r/r on Mon. During a recent exercise test my h/r exceeded 135 in a 2 minute tread mill run with the r/r off. Doc wanted to keep it on anyway with some of his new settings. Long story short, the settings have caused a great deal more pvc.pac, than before and I am tired of going back.(3x in 2 weeks) I had the r/r off for 6 weeks last year but returned to r/r as my h/b would not increase with exercise. What no one would tell me is b/blockers will no...

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