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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.

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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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Meds and a pacemaker?

Hi all 

 Following my dual lead pacemaker insertion I did not think I would need to take Flecainide 100mg twice daily  

is anyone else also taking this?  It has nasty side effects for me  

thanks x

 

 

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Mammogram after Pacemaker implant

I have seen some posts relating to how long women should wait before safely having a mammogram performed. Just wanted to share with everyone that I had one done on 3/16, exactly 3 weeks post op. My EP gave the go ahead, just said to make sure the wound was healed and that I adhered to the arm restrictions and if they had any questions to call him. My tech had to use a few tricks to get a second picture but she was very gentle and it was just the usual discomfort. But my test was not an annual...

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doctor assigned homework--off topic sort of

Does anyone know of a blood pressure monitor that's accurate while patient is standing up, stiting, or lying down?

Doctor thinks I have orthostatic hypotension. I think my blood pressure drops suddenly but I don't think the cause is postural. I think the problem is intermittant LBBB that is becoming more severe. 

The doc wants me to check my bp everytime I have the about-to-faint feeling. In eastern NC we call that a "sinking spell."  A severe &quo...

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Life (Ablation) after MAZE procedure?

I had a mitral valve replacement in 2010, while they at it, they did the MAZE procedure to get rid of the a-fib I was experiencing. This took and I was in sinus rhythm for the past six years. I am now 86. Wondering if anyone has ever had an ablation after having had the MAZE.  I have been in A-fib for three months now and my cardiologist wants to implant a pacemaker.  I am just wondering if there is possibly anything else I can do to get rid of the a-fi...

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Fast heart rate - do I need a PM??

So glad I found this site! I just joined tonight because I desperately need help, and soon! I am 86 years young and had a mitral valve replacement 7 years ago. Prior to surgery I was in a-fIb. They did the MAZE procedure during surgery. I have been in sinus rhythm this entire time (6+yrs), until just now, in January. I was short of breath and my pulse was 150. I went straight to the ER and have been on various oral meds since Jan 3rd. untilNow I have a fast heart rate 80-140, b...

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New PM, still have questions

Hello to all. I am a 48 year old Stage III Breast Cancer patient and I just got a PM implant on Feb 23rd. (Boston Scientific Accolade MRI EL DR PM, 2 leads). I had a few occasional symptoms prior to my cancer diagnosis and surgery which was in March of 2016. For instance I had fallen over a couple times when bending over and not realizing how I got there. I had a MUGA scan before chemo so I naively thought it was not heart related. May sound weird, but I can hear my heart beat in my ear due t...

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Concerns about MRI compatibility

Hi everyone, new member, 32 y.o. male; suddenly and seemingly out of nowhere developed 2nd a/v block with frequent fainting/near fainting, and had installed a Boston Scientific Altrua family pacemaker. I am now consumed with unhealthy doubts about whether I made the right decision about what device to put in. Hence me reaching out here to more senior folks for advice. I wonder if I should have put in a device that is MRI-compatible. To the point that I am thinking about removing the device to...

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Pacemaker or not

Hi

I have intermittent bradycardia <45.  First ECG noted it at 44 and a 24 tape recorded 38 overnight.  It is normally around the low 50s.  

I feel fine most of the time but very occasionally have an overwhelming sense of fatigue and this is always accompanied by pauses and a silly cough that I've been told is a vagal response? 

The 'pauses' have been felt by a nurse but never captured on ECG and are assumed to be PVC. .

I&#...

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Chest and back pain when breathing after implant

Anyone else have pain on right side (opposite side of implant) chest and all the way down the right side back when laying down and trying to breathe? Still painful when sitting up but not as bad. I had my pacemaker defibrillator put in two weeks ago. I am 34 years old. 

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Cough medicine

Hi im new but have only had my dual pacemaker since being rushed in hospital with a heartrate of 5 beats per minute and afib and bradycardia, and apart from the leads sticking up its been ok and ive felt better.

i also have osteoporosis of the spine nad rhuematoid arthritis which has given me autoammunie disease and to top it all off ive been severely allergic to Lactose and Soy for five years so a lot of the medication here in uk hta could help i cant have and im now suffering with the...

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watchman procedure

4 wks out from pacemaker...still in afib...dizzy when extended excercise....will go in for 3rd ablation and watchman procedure.....

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High Pulse Rate

This is my first post in the forum.  Have several questions.  Will only deal with one per post to keep it simple.   I am 3 months in with a Medtronic 2 lead PM.

Have had sinus bradycardia (heart rate 54-56) for 30 or more years.  Has not been a serious problem until now.

The PM is set at 60. For the first two weeks after insertion therestoing  pulse rate was alway 60 - 62.  After that resting rate is always in the upper 80's.  Does not m...

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Recovery after Heart surgery

Dear Friends, It has been a while since I posted! As some of You may remember, I had a Triple By-Pass in Oct. I was doing Great and went back to work. I am a Pastor and a Contractor! The Contracting is what pays the Bills. About a month and a half after the surgery, I began working and feeling good as I had My Son to Help! I then began to get some pain in My shoulders. This I was told was due to the Surgery. I went to see the Cardiologist and He said it was also anxiety. He wants Me to have a...

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Feelings pre PM?

Can you guys explain how you felt before PM implantation? I see that many faints, but are there other things you all kinda have in common? Like a sensation etc?

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Coincidental? Lymphoma or sarcoidosis at same time as

Five days before my fainting and pm placement the retina specialist noticed a mass in my eye. I have had numerous negative blood tests since and negative brain scan. Getting a Ct scan tomorrow to check for lymphoma or sarcoidosis. Docs are uncertain if there is a connection. Any thoughts out there?  It's been a rough few weeks. So much for a happy new year lol

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Ivabradine/Corlanor

Hi! I'm 100% paced (complete heart block) with 3 lead Medtronic. I've just been put on Corlanor/Ivabradine. Has anyone else taken this? It's just my 2nd day. The side effects aren't wonderful but it's doing its job. My RHR is in the low 70s as opposed to the hundreds my BP is 112/89 instead of 150/90 . Will the chest pain and loopy headed/dizziness subside? Last night I broke out in hives after the first pill but not this morning. A nurse suggested it was from increased bl...

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