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New to Club

I am new to this site.  I am scheduled to have an ICD-CRT placed on the the 7th of December.  I was diagnosed in May of this year with Dilated Cardiomyopathy.  I am 67 years old.  At that time my ejection fraction was 15%.  Because my blood pressure runs low, the Dr was unable to titrate the medicine that he felt would be helpful for me and I'm still coping with a low ejection fraction of 20%.   My question is this:  I seem to always be in a br...

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PM DEPENDANT, in afib 100percent of the time,

What’s next?

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SVT

Just saw my cardiologist this morning. After my PM remote check last month it is showing some SVT during the time I am walking and exercising. He is suggesting I start a low dose of a Beta Blocker to help control them. I am going to wait and see what the next report shows in 2 months.

Can anyone tell me if you are taking a Bata Blocker what side affects do you have and did it help with the SVT?

Thanks, Kay

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VVI modus pacing and heart failure, HELP!

Dear all,

5 months ago i got my first (biventriculair)PM. A Boston Scientific, Visionist. 4 months ago i got my av node ablation. Everything went well. The last couple of days i've read a couple of scary stories about vvi pacing en the development of heart failure. How realistic is this? Im 39 years old.

I knew, when the doctors would let me walk around with my rythm disorders, i eventually would develop heart failure. No one said how long it should take for me to develop it....

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The Drug Entresto

Since I have the combined issues of paroxysmal A-Fib, & Heart Failure (I'm an A-V Node ablated dude) - my PM is equipped with an ICD.  Cardio Doc. wants me to try Entresto.  My LVEF was 18% 5 years ago - my 1.5 to 2.0 hrs. everyday exercise regime has raised my EF to around 25%.  Anyone have any comments regarding Entresto?

--Dave--

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Heart Disease & NSAIDS..read this & Thread Below

I just read thread below this, wondering what VIMOVO was.  Thread did not tell me, so Googled it.  I was shocked!  Vimovo is Naproxsin (aka Naprosyn) & Nexium combined in same pill.  I copied URL for article I read:  https://www.ncnp.org/journal-of-medicine/1403-heart-disease-and-nsaids-a-recipe-for-disaster.html. 

If you already knew of the dangers of mixing NSAIDS & Heart disease, pass on by - nothing here to see.  If you didn't, join me...

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Hand shaking / tremors and anxiety

I am desperate and really need help. I was taking put book vimovo for arthritis and pur book a for trembling hands and anxiety. 

I got my pacemaker about 2 months ago, and was told that I can no longer take either of those medicines. I am in extreme pain, and my hand trembling is so bad that I am no longer able to hold a phone.

I went to my doc, and did all tests etc and was actually advised to have a few drinks. 

Please - if anyone out there knows what medication...

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Do I need a pacemaker

I have been diagnosed with Sinus Bradycardia.  I am 70 year old male. I am 5'-10" around 207 pounds. My resting heart beat is around 47 bpm, while sleeping it may go as low 37 bpm.  I do not seem to be  having any symptoms. I walk a little over a mile and a third  five or six times a week.   When I do moderate exercise my heartbeat will go to 100 or so, during extreme exercise it will get into the 150 bpm range.  My doctor has suggested a...

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Any Brits having trouble getting an MRI scan?

After 2 and a half years of waiting, I finally had an MRI scan this week, at Barts Hospital in London, for an investigation into an unrelated condition.  It's a long story as to why it has taken so long, but part of the delay has been a reluctance on the part of MRI departments, even at some of London;s major hospitals, to do a scan on somebody with a pacemaker.

As you know, with a pacemaker we have to be careful about interferences, and even though my pacemaker is "MRI co...

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Twilight Anesthesia

Is it safe to undergo twilight anesthesia with a pacemaker? Are there any precautions that should be taken?  Thank you. 

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Sarcoid diabetes and prednisone

Hi guy's. Im freaking out here.. about 2 weeks ago my mom, aged 60 was diagnosed with sarcoid in her lungs and dr suspects it also caused the heart issue's. She has a peacemaker as well.fitted in April. Since starting prednisone, she has lost weight,skin is weaker and worst of all her sugar levels are all over the place. She does take metformin. Two days ago it was 2.2, tonight its28.6.has any one else had this side effect. I would appreciate any feedback. Nyt nyt from s africa

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Sudden change in my % pacing (ventricular)

Hi, All:

I have had Medtronic pace maker since 2013. My % pacing (ventricular) was 0.4%. Yesterday, I found that  my % pacing (ventricular) is 99.6%. !  I am shorcked about this sudden change. I have been felling well. 

Is it common? What might causes such change? What does it mean about my heart?

Thanks!

Pacerlily

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Hernia Surgery

Is it safe to have a hernia surgery under full anesthesia if you have a pacemaker? Do any precautions need to be taken? Thanks so much. You are all such an encouragement and a blessing. 

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10 Day count down Until Av Node ablation

We’ll it a 10 day count down until my Av node ablation wish me good luck and successful results.

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A New Adventure

Back in late August I thought my PM had a dead/dying battery.  I suddenly felt like something you step in when you own a dog.  Went to daughter's office & we ran an ECG.  PM fine, but the old ticker wasn't!  Running in steady Trigeminy (Triplets of 2 NSR beats & 1 PVC)  That 'splained a lot. 

500 mies from cardio & that happens.  Time to get a new Cardo/EP.  Daughter found one in jackson, MS, about 50 miles from home &...

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NSR--what does it mean? Off topic possibly but don't know who else to ask

Frequently, in a tone that implies I'm being congratulated, I'm told my EKG shows "normal sinus rhythm." This, despite the fact that every beat, that isn't premature, is initiated by a pacemaker. What's "normal" about that? Clearly, NSR means something other than what I think it means.

What exactly is a normal sinus rhythm, and by contrast, what might an abnormal one be?

Can someone who is more EKG-savvy clear up my...

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Skin disorder

I have had my pacemaker since Jan. of 2016. Approximately 5 months ago, I began to notice a skin condition under my left breast running from my left back side flank, under the left breast and running on around the underneath breast area and up the front stopping at about mid cleavage. This skin condition soon became more prevelant. It is only on the left side. It made me wonder if this be some sort of a risidule effect from the metal from the pacemaker. Sounds crazy.  I ha...

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Tilt table test

Hello, I've had a pacemaker for 13 years but I still have symptoms so I am going to have a tilt table test but I was wondering how accurate that test is when you have a pacemaker and also if I should take my medication as usual. I did not ask the doctors office this information and I probably should of so I thought I would ask on here and see if anyone can help me out with that information?

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Flecainide

Hello All,

Whilst feeling great overall the ongoing problem with some kind of AT is still lurking in the back ground. My consultant has decided to try me back on flecainide -  on Bisoprolol at the moment, low dose but we think that between my own rythmn the PM and the beta blocker there is a kind  of antaganism occuring.

Was on Flecainide for a very short time before my HB diagnosis and felt awful, hopeing that this time I will be ok since the PM is place and no AV block...

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Amiodarone

Moved.  New EP.  New Conditions.

Moved from Atlanta to Mississippi.  Three weeks ago had a burst of PVC's, felt rotten.  Too far from home Cardio to go back for just this episode, so found new EP here.  Downloaded PM to find I'd had 1.47 MILLION PVC's in past 6 months.  That is TEN times my normal number of about 150,000.

Bottom line, after he looked at a whole bunch of stuff about me , my heart & my PM - he wants to change me from Fle...

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