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Ok. Many members have been asking about all those initials and abbreviations that are always floating around this web site being used like they are common vernacular. SO...I suggest we help each other out and post what we know so that reading posts will be easier (and maybe we'll all get a little bit smarter in the process)! :) I'll even start!
VVS = vasovagal syncope
NCS = neurocardiogenic syncope
SCD = sudden cardiac death
BPM = beats per minute
ela-girl and randrews, you asked me to keep you posted on the EP visit. I can't seem to get the private messages working so I will post here. Visit went well, the ep says I have VVS. He is taking me off all meds and he raised my bpm to 70 (was 55)for now. I keep getting light headed or dizzy episodes caused by v v s and he feels that by raising the bpm that will help get me away from them. When I have not had any for awhile he will start lowering the bpm. If this does not work he said we can try...
The Hospital for Sick Children cardiology department is having their annual gathering in September 2007. We would love to host a guest speaker who is also a famous (or not-so-famous) pacemaker recipient. We are looking for a sports person or a singer or someone who tends to be inspiring. We usually host a guest speaker, last year it was a magician, illusionist.
We have about 100 children and their families who attend. It is run by the fabulous medical team at HSC.
Is there any way...
I just wanted to know if anyone ever had problems when they had a cat scan? I just had a cat scan today, I have had many in the past, so I'm very used to them, but today something strange happened, I was fine when they were scanning me, but when the machine started moving around me, I felt my heart starting to beat hard, it reminded me of when I have my pacemaker turned off to see how my heart is beating, It was getting harder and faster, so I told them to stop, they thought I might be...
Are there any ladies out who have a pacemaker and who also take HRT?
I went back in yesterday for another visit. I put off going to the ER the night before because I knew that they couldn't do anything for me. I have had my pm for 7 weeks now and this entire time has been up and down for me. My heart has started to do most of the work and has gone back into tachycardia once again. I didn't think that this would be possible as they have burned so much of my AV and SA Node. As they changed more settings on the pm they told me that overtime I would just start to ada...
I've been away for a while as I have been busy taking care of my Mom who after four months after my Father's death and my PM implant began suffering with a bit of depression and anxiety.
My Mom has always been a very strong woman when it comes to moments of crisis, she has always been someone's "Rock of Gibraltar."
After the crisis of my Father's death and my surgery passed, the reality of my Father being gone and all the concerns of being a new...
Implanted Defibrillators: Wire Trouble
Study Shows Newer Wires in ICDs May Have Higher Failure Rates Than Older Models
By Salynn Boyles, WebMD Medical News
They were supposed to be more reliable, but the wires now used in devices implanted to protect the heart actually appear to be less reliable than earlier versions.
In a newly reported German study, the annual defect rate was as high as 20% after 10 years of use for wire leads used in implantable car...
Does anyone know of any support groups in RI or maybe even Southern Massachuesetts? I am a 44 year old female ane would love to find other people to talk with!
Am 16 mos. post PM implant for 2nd degree HB and vaso vagal syncope. Went in to have my ventricular lead replaced due to a gradual decline in its sensing ability but my Ep found scar tissue and new capillaries had grown around the lead where it enters the vein totally blocking it. After 1 1/2 hrs. attempting to insert the new lead he gave up and closed.
Now before removing the old pm and inserting a new one on the opposite side he'd like to do a tilt table test saying this...
Has anyone had this experience? In the past 10 months I have been into surgery, first to implant the PM and then to repair the leads twice. In each case I have become very ill two days after returning from the hospital. I mean sick in bed! No appetite, weak, sick to my stomach for two or three weeks! The Drs can't figure it out. They say you must of caught the flu in the hospital. Three out of three times? Could a PM make you sick like that in recovery? Help
I have moderate to advanced arthritis in one of my hips and tomorrow I will have a fluoroscopy with cortisone shot. I was wondering if any of you have had this done and if it gave you nay problems with your pm. Also, did you have to take antibiotics before the procedures. I have to take that for any dental work.
Thanks in advance.
Last night I was awakened by what felt like small shocks or pin pricks in the area of my heart. I am 100% paced because of a complete heart block, have had my pacemaker for 3 years and never had this happen. It worried me, lasted about 15 minutes, with some shortness of breath, but I didn't get out of bed (was too worried to get up)
Has this happened to anyone else? Should I mention it to my EP or cardiologist? I am fine today.
I have had 3 spinal injections with cortizone where they used an xray to guide the needle in. No problem with PM. I did have to stop warfarin for 5 days prior to the procedure.
I'm 22 years old and I just got a pacemaker implanted a week ago. I'm getting married in 3 weeks and we're planning on flying to Colorado for our honeymoon. What do you think about flying so soon after having a pacemaker put in? I've never flown, so I'm a little nervous about that, plus flying across the country with a new pacemaker (I live in VA).
Also, my family is traveling to Disney World in June. I'm hesitant about riding the rides with shoulder harnesses because of the contact i...
I was going to post to an earlier topic but have had computer problems, so I thought I would start my own topic. I also get strange feelings due to NCS like ela-girl described. When it happens to me it occurs about 5-6 times in one day and then not again for a month or so. Something just happens to your brain for a short moment and all these weird thoughts rush in at once. A while ago I was having one of these days. I was at work in the tea room and while I was walking with a full cup of hot tea...
I am going for my six week exam. Is there any questions I should be sure to ask? I know I have my list but I don't want to forget anything. I still occationally have pressure in my chest which is only relieved by taking advil for at least 24 hours. I though this would be gone by now. Does anyone else have this?
Hello there! I'm 32 years old and I'm so glad to know I'm not the youngest person with a pacemaker (or will rather..lol) I'll be having my pacemaker put in on the 9th. Switching out a monitor that is alrady been hanging out for a few weeks. I guess what I wanted to ask is: How long should I take off from work. I am a retail store manager. I was fine after about 3 days when they put my monitor in. Will the pm be that much different really? Also the whole lifting my arm above my head thing. Is tha...
I have been diagnosed with Neurocardiogenic syncope (NCS) and a I had a PM implanted 1-18-07 to prevent me from blacking out. My condition is rate drop, beta blockers are not an option because Im an asthmatic. On an average I have 15 to 20 rate drop episodes daily. The parameters of my setup is a rate drop of 40 bpm in 15 seconds or less with the pacemaker intervention then raising my heart rate to 90 bpm for two minutes. During the day my low limit rate is 60 bpm & at night when in sleep m...
I have an ejection fraction of 20%. I am on meds to try and increase. I am a canidate for a bi--ventricular pacer after 3 months of meds if they fail. Does anyone know how I can get some info on the best make and model.The companys just issue some general information. I probably will get only one shot at this and would like to make the best decision possible. i am wearing a life vest at present and trying to live as normal as possible
You know you're wired when...
You can feel your fingers and toes again.
Yesterday I moved to a new place in my mind and realized how bad I felt 'before' and the difference my pacemaker has made.