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Being Medicated to raise platelet level in order to give anti-coagulents for afib

Hi, My cardiologist is adamant that I need to anti coagulate for modest afib in order to reduce stroke risk. apparently I am at risk level 3. I am a long term suffer from ITP with a count around 30. My haematologist has been asked to use medication, tablets or injection regularly to increase the platelets to around 50-70 and then give an anti-coagulent. I am not sure if this route will improve my situation or make me at greater risk from bleeding. Antbody any ideas>

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Very odd feeling 6 months post insertion

The past 10 days I have this odd, scary, new symptom mostly when I’m on my Left side plus the now everyday jolts on my R chest 

I have Medtronic Azure put in October last year with the nightly recalibration turned off 

1) at the end of my inspiratory phase I have had pressure on my mid chest 2) every now and then there’s a sensation on  posterior R side or something way deep that something is being plucked out of my chest . 

Im seeing my...

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Junctional rhythm

My annoying junctional rhythm is becoming constant.  My pacemaker rate is set at 50 (my pulse has been low all my life so I am more comfortable with it low) but would a faster pacemaker minimum rate possibly address this problem which really takes the fun out of exertion of any kind.  Thanks in advance. (Yes, I am on diltiazem at the moment and the jury is out on whether that helps or not, but I would prefer not being on a drug.  Atenolol caused undesirable side effects, so thi...

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Diabetic medicine

I have ben having Metformin 500 one in the morning and one at night, with almost good control on my diabetics. After the PM implant, I was prescribed Glymi 1 MG along with Metformin. I find that my Sugar level has increased, instead of reducing further.. Anybody has such expetience? I wonder which medicine shall be best along with Metformin, compatible to Pacemaker. I mean without any side effects of concern. Regards, DILIP... 

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Not even 2 weeks yet

I've probably got less to complain about than anyone on here, 2 weeks ago I had no medical problems. An hour and a half after arriving at the heart hospital I was having a PM installed because of my 28 heart rate. The Dr. said 'you'll feel like a new man overnight'! Well, today was my first follow up visit and I feel worse than before the implant. I've still got occassional long pauses between beats, I feel tired and weak. They made some adjustments on the computer and add...

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Pacemaker monitor..?

Hi.. I saw a post about pacemaker monitor.. I just dont get it. Is there a pacemaker monitor given to the user? we have to carry it and can connect to a computor and do any evaluations?? can anybody clarify? I have a PM implanted, but doctor did nt tell me abot this.. Kindly advice..

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INR-FLORIDA

Hi 

I am on holiday with my husband staying at Disney Grand Floridian Hotel and wondered if anyone knows anywhere nearby where he can have his INR tested as he has been advised to as last reading was 4.3 in England and they adjusted the dose but advised to have test a week into the holiday 

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Replacement PM not the answer?

Here's the scenario: Altho I had a painful Illiotibial Band issue, I performed well on a Pulmonary Function Stress Test on a treadmill on Nov. 15, 2018.  Heart Failure Cardiologist didn't offer much info about the PFST to me afterward. I wasn't doing much for daily exercise during this period.  On Dec. 18, my Sports Medicine Doc - using a portable Echo device - spotted the area of my ITB and treated it successfully w/a cortizone injection. ( I could walk normally again!!...

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Monitor

I got a Medtronic home tester I guess is what I’d call it it sends info to my doc however in the past week my wife left me took my internet so will it still work without WiFi or is it just a paper weight

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MRI with a non-compliant pacemaker

I have had a Medtronic pacemaker since 2011, which is not compliant with MRI scanners.  There have been several situations where my doctors would like me to have an MRI but compromised on plain X-rays or CT scans.  However looking online it seems there is new evidence that maybe MRIs are not so dangerous after all.  My understanding has always been that it’s the leads that are the big problem, and that a simple box change won’t work.  Oddly when I called t...

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Atenolol

I was taking atenolol once a day in the morning and was having a problem with depression that lasted till late afternoon.  Iswitched to taking it at night and depression is gone.  My HR is slightly higher but not much in the day.  Has anyone else had this experience?  Thanks

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Pacemaker and Mammogram

I had to have a 3D mammogram completed because of suspicious calcifications just under my pace maker. The radiologist was not safisfied with the digitial pictures because the pacemaker kept obscuring the small calcifications. She told me to come back in 6 months for another mammiogram.

She did mention surgery as another alternative. But the surgeon would be unable to pin point the area of calcification with a wire. So that would mean they would have to "hunt" around as th...

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Drugs

Eplerenone ------------ anyone here use it?  Your comments?

--Dave--

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Inr

this is a question for people taking warfarin so recently my wife told she wanted a divorce and while I’ve been being as compliant as possible I have been beyond stressed anyway in a weeks time while taking same meds my one went from 2 to a 4 can stress affect it

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Pacemaker

Has anyone had an MRI after having a pacemaker implanted.  Mine is suppose to be MRI compatible but it looks like a lot of centers won’t do it!

 

 

 

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Amiodarone, Valsartan, Carvedilol

Hi. Has anyone out there experienced legs feeling like lead and unable to climb stairs? Implant was done Nov 2018 and I still have not returned to work as a mail carrier. The cardiologist and the EP keep changing my meds and I am wondering if my new combo could be causing my feeling of “heavy legs” and my inability to climb stairs without being severely winded and exhausted. I was fine before the heart failure, is it the meds causing my situation or is it the pacemaker?

Any...

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Nuclear Stress test with imaging

I was told i have sick sinus syndrem and a 2 lead pace maker was put in me . With in 2 months my systems came back . A nuclear stress test was ordered the scans show low blood flow while resting but mostly normal while stressed . I wish I could load the scan for you to see because I can not find any scans showing what mine did.The dr has not got back to me yet so I have no clue what it means . I am concerned because at this point they dont believe what I am saying and at this point are sujest...

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On my way

I'm on way to morristoen hospital shortly to meet with my EP.

I'll keep you posted.. thank you for support!!!

Laryssa

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Stress Test on Wednsday need some feedback

Has anybody here had a regular stress test to see how high you can get your Heart rate up. I have a stress test on Wednesday my cardiologist wants to see so they have a much better understanding at what the upper limit and settings need to be set at. Currently my settings are at 60/145. I wanted some feedback for those that had one as a tool the Drs can use. 

I see my EP today for a checkup since my last rate increase. I am pacer dependent and I'm curious as...

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Robo Pop

Pop - Where are you?  I've missed you these past 3 months.

I need a sarcasm fix.

Donr

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You fondly named your implanted buddy.

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