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Multaq 400mg

 I;m a 74 year old male and have been taking Multaq 400 mg 2x/day since shortly after my pacemeker implant in 2000, The cost  of Multaq has skyrocketed and it's getting ridiculously expensive.  In addition I was having side effects (weight gain and uncontrollable diarrhea (frequently couldn't make it to the toilet in time from my recliner only 30 feet away).  I talked to my cardio about stopping Multaq and about alternatives to it.  I did m...

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Hyperthyroidism

Had pacemaker put in for Bradycardia in October 2017. Started having ventricular tachycardia incidents in May 2018. In between this my TSH thyroid levels went from normal to .263 to now it is .074. My Vtach incidents are increasing and my appointment to see the endocrinologist isn’t for 2 months. Going crazy over here. 

Nancy

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Pacemaker with wire assisted lumpectomy

I have talked to my surgeon and I will need a wire assisted lumpectomy  needed next month. She mentioned something about getting a release from my cardiologist because of the cauterization  I believe. I'm 97% paced now, and was wondering if any one else have had  this done done? As if the lumpectomy and severe anaphylactic allergic reactions I have, this was just "adding insult to injury"!!!

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leaded and leadless... now i'm scared

hey all i hope you are all well!!

 

so an update really....

i spoke to my cardiologist today and i think i'm scaring myself x 

so i have paraxsymol afib and syncope. i was told today within the next couple of weeks he wants me to have a leaded pacemaker. i was shocked!

 

i asked about the recovery time as i am a professional street and acrobatic dancer...

he then changed his mind and said " ok well let's go for leadless......

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Blood Thinners.

Gidday from New Zealand.

I have had my PM for just over 12 months now and feel great.

My condition was Atrial Flutter and I was prescribed Aspirin 100mg as a blood thinner to reduce the risk of Blood Clotting.

I am 64 years young, workout at the Gym most days and walk my dog every day.

I don't carry any extra weight - due to an active lifestyle.

The Doctor at the Pacemaker Clinic seems to think that I should be taking Warfarin instead of Aspirin.

What a...

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Heart failure

Does any one know what the symptoms of heart failure is so I can know the signs and let my heart doctor know if something is going on and what stages of heart failure are please let me know thank you in advance I am 50 years old

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Heart failure

I was told by the nurse that I had heart failure my last echo showed my ejection fraction is 60 percentile my diastolic pressure is slightly elevated so I was put on water pills and potassium but I am on pills for depression and I gained almost 20 lbs that about 2 years ago could this cause this I have good checks on my pacemaker every once in a while in will go fast just for a few seconds glad I don’t feel it any one else been told they have heart failure?

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Exercise induced AV Block

Hi. I was diagnosed finally with exercise provoked second degree block with 2:1 conduction. I started having symptoms in October 2017. Caught me off guard. I was running and then all of a sudden I got non stop palpitations. A little about me. I’m 46, active. I love running, golf, hiking and biking. I just like to be on the go and always out doing something. Since this started it has slowed down my activity. I had to learn to back off my intensities during workout in order to have a work...

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Multiple Ablations for Sustained VT (structural heart disease), Activity, Meds??

Hello everyone, I have structural heart disease from an unknown cause and source.  I have been to every top doc in Boston and continue to see the team at Brighams. I had an ICD put in 5 years ago for sustained vtach while running.  I am 43 and active.  I was seeing a doctor at the time who kept upping my meds (Sotalol) and I felt terrible for 2 long years.  I sought out a doctor, Dr. Stevenson, who said he would try to help me (this was 2.5 years ago). He performed a...

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New and unexpected to the club but still UP "BEAT"

49 good shape, avid hockey player.   Passed out three times in one day (three other previous episodes over 7 years)

Went to ER, my heart stopped for 30 secs, next thing I know I had a pace maker in set to trigger at 45 bpm, as I normally have a low HR.

Started looking for answers and dug out some old records from 6 years ago on a diagnosis of LVH --left ventricular hypertrophy.

Am now interested to sit down with the Dr. and seeing what other actions shoul...

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Pre-Dental Prep

Thank you for the feedback...the less meds, the better.....glad to have this information.

 

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Pre-dental prep.?

Has pacemaker necessitated prepping with antibiotics for dental procedures, i.e., cleaning, etc.?  Of course will ask my doctor tomorrow at inplant followup....just curious about general consensus.

Thank you for any feedback.

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Medication

Hi!

Actually, I'm not really a person with a pacemaker. I'm a writer and one of my characters is supposed to suffer from dcm. I've just signed up in order to learn more about the said device. My dear friend had also died because of a cardiac arrest. And I sincerely respect those people who are wholeheartedly fighting for their heart. I don't even know if I have the right to post here.

Is it possible to take medications for someone who already has a pacemaker? If ye...

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Rate responsive pacemaker

Hi was wondering if it was possible to get a rate responsive pacemaker for Tachycardia?
I’ve had 4 ablations. First one for atrial tachycardia 2nd for avnrt 3rd one I had for atrial and sa node modification. During the procedure I went into afib. 4Th one they induced some more atrial tachycardia ( in a different spot) and also afib in which they did a PVI. Since that ablation I’ve had more episodes of atrial tachycardia ( caught on loop recorder) also since last ablation they...

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Sotalol

Background: I’ve had a pacemaker for bradycardia 11 years, have almost no problems with it,and lead an active life. 3 years ago I began having occasional brief episodes of Ventricular Tachycardia, none resulting in fainting, and was put on a low dose of Metoprolol. In the last 5 months I had two episodes of sustained VT, both about 1 1/2 minutes, heart rate averaging 220 but topping 400 briefly. I didn’t faint but felt lots of symptoms. Had&...

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Ask your medical people

This site has numerous postings where the wonderful people who show up here wonder if they should be asking (bothering) doctors about issues that worry them. You should. You are the consumer, the medical team is the provider.

You have questions, they have answers. At least one hopes they do. Remember, it's your body and your life.

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More problems

Hi. I recently posted a message regarding my heart pausing despite I have dual chamber pacemaker for wenkebach 2nd degree heart block. My pacemaker has been readjusted to stop the pausing... That seems to be fixed... Last night I had to spend all night in A and E as my heart is going quite fast  123 bmp in broad complex something or other.. Whilst this continued for 4 hours I felt so dizzy and so out of breath... My ecgs looked like massive wide mountains... I just don't know what is...

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Question to ask

I have had a pacemaker for about 2yr 4m. Reason they put it in was heart rate of 30 when exercising. Last 8 months a drop in my ability to exercise. A hill of  2/10 of a mile that I could walk to the top of without stopping,12 months ago, I must now stop and rest two or three times. So my cardiologist sent me for a nuclear medicine stress test. Preliminary results no blockage, but a drop in my ejection fraction to 36% from about 50%,when the pacemaker was put in. I am very worried about...

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Why my heartbeat drop so fast when i got shock from hearing something sad

Hello All,

 

I am currently 32 years old female and I am very active doing yoga before doctor told me that I had bradycardia level I now. My heart rate always show 48-52 bpm. 

I don't know why my hearbeat drop so fast when I got shock from hearing something sad, My heartbeat drop so fast from 52bpm to 43bpm, I am wondering if anyone having the same issue like me and what I have to do beside see the doctor? 

Please help :(

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Cardiopulmonary exercise test

Does anyone have experience with this test? We are waiting for the results for my mom and I am so, so nervous. The cardiologist described it as a “branch point” for deciding whether to go the transplant route. 

 

I am so so confused because she just got her crt-d a couple of months ago so I’m kind of like shouldn’t we at least give it a chance to work before talking transplant? She hasn’t even started cardiac rehab yet. It just all feels lik...

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