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Feeling Yuck!

In two days, it will be my seventh anniversary with my little friend. The relationship has been pretty good until the last month. For a while now, I had been experiencing shortness of breath and brief (a few seconds) episodes of severe general weakness. My heartbeat was all over the place. In late March, my cardiologist put me on Atenolol, figuring that it would take care of the tachycardia while my pacemaker would handle the bradycardia.

That didn't work out so well. In the past, I...

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Reacting badly to Atenolol

OK. So I've been on Atenolol for three weeks now. I have SSS. Pacemaker for the bradycardia and Atenolol for the tachycardia. For a guy who can normally swim 3km without problem, I now have to take a break every 200 meters despite swimming easy strokes. I am out of breath and suffering extreme muscle fatigue. I know that this is to be expected to a certain extent. The thing is that there seems to be no effect on my overall condition. If anything, I am feeling worse: S.O.B., dizziness, dim...

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2017 HRS Expert Consensus Statement on Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Radiation Exposure

The 2017 HRS Expert Consensus Statement on Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Radiation Exposure in Patients with Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Devices is intended to help cardiologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, and other health care professionals involved in the care of adult and pediatric patients with cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) who are to undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), and/or radiation treatment. The document also add...

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Decrease in % Ejection Fraction after 2 years implant CRT/D

I received a Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy with Defibrilator (CRT/D) in May 2015. My Ejection Fraction at the time of implant was 20%, I also had episodes of Arythmia.

In October 2016 ( 17 months Post CRT/D Implant) my Ejection Fraction had increased to 51% - Brilliant...

Now in May 2017 ( 24 months Post CRT/D Implant) My ejection Fraction is 24% - Disaster...

I have'nt had my appointment through to see my Consultant Cardiologist as yet. But as you can imagine I'...

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Statins

Hi all

I expect many of you have the same range of issues that I have?

Pacemaker because of av block and very low heart rate, medication for high blood pressure and medication to slow blood clotting for atrial fibrillation. 

Coping ok with the mixture of meds at the moment but now my GP wants me to take a statin "just in case". He says I have higher risk of heart attack because of family heart problems.

I am not convinced, I haven't had my cholestero...

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How often will you pace if your sa node is destroyed?

Hi, I'm new here and I'm told that there is a high possibility that I am getting a pace maker and soon at that. I have svts. I was first diagnosed 4 years ago and had a catheter ablation but they left a couple of pathways as they were too close to my sa node. They've come back and the symptoms are worse (always hot, can't breath, pounding hr, fast hr, extremely tired). I'm on beta blockers now and they're helping a bit in the sense that the symptoms are manag...

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S.O.B. and dizziness

65 year-old male, swims 12-15 km per week. Received my pacemaker in 2010 for Sick Sinus Syndrome.

In January, the yearly pacemaker clinic detected some arrythmia and tacchycardia (not the first time). I have also had some episodes of shortness of breath, dizziness and a drop in my senses (the world seems to close in on me for a few seconds). I saw my cardiologist in March of this year and he put me on atenolol. I began the regimen about 10 days ago. Of course, the medication has slowed...

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New blood thinners

I have been on warfarin for over 3 years and my INR is repeatedly unstable. I have a dual pacemaker fitted and the nurse recommends that I change to Rivaroxaban. My only concern is that, unlike with warfarin, there is no antidote if I suffer a serious bleed and I have a history of stomach ulcers. Has anyone experience of this drug?

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Asprin

Can anyone help, i have really bad leg and feet burning sensation, i am on asprin .

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Still not feeling good - UPDATED

A year & a half ago, my dad experienced a syncope episode (out of the blue & for the 1st time) & was taken to the hospital. After a bunch of tests, he was diagnosed with A Flutter. However, he was also experiencing bradycardia. So, his heart was beating too fast, then too slow. His heart also paused for 4-5 seconds, which is when the doctor decided he needed a PM. He received a Boston Scientific Essentio L121 PM (dual). He has not really felt good or like himself since. He ha...

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Pacemaker mediated tachycardia

Does anybody have any experience with pm mediated tachycardia.  I have a Medtronic Surescan  ICD with pacing (100% paced atrium due to sss and ventrical pacing < 5%--at last interrogation about a month ago).  PM was upgraded about 6 months ago following SCA from vtach/vfib/asystole (only electrical problems, no blockages).  I had a stress test and echo a few weeks ago to evaluate for excessive fluid alert received by EP, indicated from defibrillator, and also compa...

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Accelerated junctional rhythm treated by pacemaker?

Has anyone had an accelerated junctional rhythm treated successfully with a pacemaker?  I had sick sinus syndrome and bradycardia and got a pacemaker, and I have this bothersome juntional rhythm that kicks in when I exercise and I read that it can be associated with sick sinus syndrome and I am wondering if my pacemaker should be able to fix it?  Thanks in advance.

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3D Mammography

Can you have a 3D mammogram with a pacemaker?

 

Thank you!

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Chronical headache with pace maker

Hi!

I have had my pace maker since 2009, im 34 years old and suffer from headache every day. It havent been like this all the time. For the last four years I have had this condition. The first three years with the PM was great, I had no problems at all. But the doctors made some changes and approximately a half year after that my headache was appeared.

The headache is not like the normal type you get when you havent sleept or drunk water enough. That is pain and it hurts...

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Fatigue

Hi again

it  is now a month since I had my pacemaker inserted and as far as the site and how it feels I have no problems. I do however  still have days when I have episodes of losing my colour feeling extremely unwell and lose all energy. Other days I can be fine and going for long walks and do everything I want to do.  My GP is  investigating this but I just wondered if any of you experience anything similar 

Thanks in advance 

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Left brundle Branch Block

Dear Friends, I had a by-pass last October. I just recently found out they messed up in surgery! One of the Grafts, (made from the internal Mammary artery was sewn shut! So basically, it never worked from day One! Two weeks ago, I went to the Hospital with the same symptoms as before the surgery, namely sore shoulders. They tried to clear the Artery , but couldn't. Now they casually mentioned that I have a Left Brundle Branch Block! I never had that before! I had a Right Brundle branch Bl...

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MRIs and pacemakers not designed for MRI

Club members may be interested in this new paper from the New England Journal of Medicine (N Engl J Med 2017; 376:755-764February 23, 2017)

The study looked at 1000 pacemakers and 500 ICDs.

 Device or lead failure did not occur in any patient with a non–MRI-conditional pacemaker or ICD who underwent clinically indicated nonthoracic MRI at 1.5 tesla, was appropriately screened, and had the device reprogrammed in accordance with the prespecified protocol.

This...

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Pacemaker

Sometimes I get a tingling feeling in my left leg, wonder if means that my pacemaker has kicked into action. Has anyone had the same feeling. Have had pacemaker for nearly 5 years.

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Entresto

I am wondering if anyone on this forum is taking, or has taken Entresto and what their experiences are/were.  I take my first dose in a couple of days.  I've read some of the article in the New England Journal of Medicine and the company's information, but thought it would be more valuable to hear from someone who has firsthand experience.  I have a rather new CRT-D and have heart failure from a cardiomyopathy.  Thank you

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Thyroid disorder and heart problems

Good evening!

Something I wanted to bring up was when I was in my early 20's, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. My doctor has repeatedly insisted over the years that if my levels were maintained with meds over the years, that my health would remain great through the years.  In just a short year after I was experiencing arrhythmia and was told I had a type 1 block. Here we are a little over 10 years later and I'm a Mobitz II. The thyroid can really take a toll o...

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