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tachycardia-bradycardia

Brief history. Fainted. Got heart monitor. Monitor showed tachycardia, quickly followed by lots of fainting and heart pauses and emergency pacemaker in August. This week PA started me on a beta blocker and blood thinner after onset of AFIB. I subsequently read that beta blocker can be harmful if I have tachycardia-bradycardia (which seems like a possibility). Should I be concerned?

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Pacemakers and Blood Pressure - Correlation?

Hi

I introduced myself recently on another thread - as I am having a PM inserted on Wednesday.  This follows a stent last Thursday - Keeping people employed.

Briefly again [sorry]:  Age 73 with a history of controlled hypertension with relatively  strong meds.  I had a "dizzy spell" accompanied by low BP 2.5 weeks ago.  Subsequent reviews led to the stent last week and, on that occasion, the need for a PM was identified.

However 17 days aft...

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When do I go to the Emergency Room?

I was diagnosed a week ago with Atrial Fibrillation (AF), following several months with loss of consciousness episodes caused by prolonged heart pauses. I received a pacemaker during one of these pauses in August. My doctor told me to call their pacemaker clinic when I think I am having AF. However, the clinic is only open 9-5 pm weekdays. Last night after their offices were closed I had AF off and on for about 6 hours. When I woke up this morning, I had another episode of AF. I called the nu...

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EP Study question

Doctor is considering an electrical study of my heart (EP study?).  He is also suggesting I may need an ablation and then maybe a second lead and a CRT-D.  So my question is this, do they do the study first, then go back in several weeks later and put in the CRT-D and then go back again several weeks later and do the ablation?   Just trying to get a feel for what I might be expecting.

Thanks for any insight you can provide!

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Which blood thinner do I choose?

After syncopal episodes caused by asystole accompanied by bradycardia I got an emergency pacemaker Aug. 1. Two weeks later I was in the hospital for pericarditis. This week I learned that now I've started having afib for up to 4 hours at a time, with 11 episodes over two days. My doctor gave me 3 booklets and said I should choose which blood thinner to take: Warfarin, Apixaban, or Rivaroxaban. I also have Stage 3 kidney disease caused by hyperoxaluria so I asked my nephrologist and he sai...

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Heart feels like it's racing

Just wondered if anyone taking the above medication had the "racing" symptoms in stomach and feelings of being "tensed up and unable to relax" all the time. I get some acid reflux so was advised to take this, also because I am on Clopidogrel. I keep stopping and starting with this as I also developed headaches before. I'm really unsure what to do and trying to get a doctors appointment could take me a long time with the shortage of doctors at our practice. 

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Unexplained chest pain

I am 58 years old and have had 2 pacemakers in one year due to the wrong one the first time.. the first one hurt constantly as it slid over under my shoulder bone. But i never felt the kind of feelings i get now, which is a heavy feeling (pressure) with pain type prickly sensations all around where the pacemaker is, also when i stand for any length of time it hurts in that same area so badly the pains radiate all the way through my shoulder to my back and up the left  ...

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Looking for information for my mom (97)

Hi everyone,

Verna is my Mom. I'm Sally. Mom is 97 and has had a pacemaker for a couple of years. Last week we were at her cardiologist's and after some testing and getting a Medtronic rep involved, he told us that her heart's electrical system had stopped and that the pacemaker was the only thing keeping her alive. 

We were really taken aback and didn't ask the right questions, probably. I figure like any forum, ya'll cant give medical advice, but would s...

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Carelink monitor and Wirex

Yesterday late afternoon I had chest pain, a tight feeling. I ran a device check last evening,  but I don't know what time frame or how many hours that test spans. I didn't really have any other symptoms, except a bit of light headedness, which I thought might have beena bit of hyperventilating. I'm basically a healthy 60 year old female with a pacrmaker due to bradycardia. I sent an email to the cardiologist office and I'm thinking she'll want to see me soo...

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INR LEVELS

My husbands INR(he on warfarin )for AF has gone from 1.6 to 4.6 in 3 weeks and the nurse is saying it is due to the severe pain he is getting from carpol tunnel (not been diagnosed yet) and how the body reacts to nerve pain when you in warfarin.Any input would be appreciated .Thanks

 

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Cardiac Ablation left me with no pulse at all, I have zero heart beat now

When my Rhythm specialist installed the pacemaker, he also ablated my multiple electrical impulses causing my chronic A-fib. I  went for setting adjustment last week, first one done by another cardilogist other than the one that did the implant and ablation, I was knocked out of my chair to learn: I have no heartbeat now.... at all. The ablation eliminated all electrical impulses to cause a heart beat. I am now 100% dependent on my pacemaker to stay alive. Can anyone please tell me....

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Ablation left me with zero pulse!!! I am completely dependent on my pacemaker!

I moved to the Philippines within 90 days of my St. Jude pacemaker/defririlator installation. I had every intention on returning to South Florida for adjustments to meds and my device. 14 months later I am still here. I have been suffering from oxegene deprevation and very serious loss of energy...... I thought it was my meds. I read on another post here on this site that my heartrate set at 60 BPM and my accelerator set to not go off was the probable cause. I was terrified at the cost of sub...

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Adult With pacemaker

I have a friend with a son who got a pacemaker as a child. His pacemaker is in his abdomin and the leads are failing. He is now an adult at 19. Should his pacemaker be moved up? I have tried to research this and can find nothing. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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EP recommendations in south

Looking to get a second opinion for my husband. Our Ep in Louisiana has been wonderful but my husband is the youngest patient he has and I feel we need more experienced hands on deck. Anyone have any dealing with EP in Birmingham, Alabama..Dallas, Nashville or any info you can give would be helpful 

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EPS needed prior to PM implant ?

My Cardiologist referred me for the Pacemaker Implant without going for EPS. I have no symptoms at all and fairly active life at 74yrs age. My Echo and Nuclear Stress are normal.

The only reason for PM implant is the Event monitor 14 days study, which shows 280 Pauses varying 3 to 5.9 sec & pulse rate varying 35 to 60 .

My questions :

1)Does everyone usually go through EPS (Electro Physiology Study) prior to the Pacemaker procedure?

2)Is it true that...

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Ejection Fraction Percentage

What tests measure your Ejection Fraction Percentage?  My Cardiologist or EP have never mentioned this but I see it discussed on the forum.

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Doctors letter

Just seen a copy of my discharge letter from the hospital after 3 week check up. It states "Angiography did not reveal obstructive disease and cardiac MRI revealed a normal heart structure. He has first degree block and right bundle.  Single coil ICD lead to RV apex, pacing lead to right atrial appendage".

I do not fully understand the "He has first degree block and right bundle" bit is there a typo or something missing from this sentance?

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evaluating implant of Pacemaker

I seek some advice on whether to go for Pacemaker or not? I am absolutely normal 74 yrs South asian male-walk 5 miles daily- climb stairs and carryout normal house hold work without any symptoms -no pain-no palpitation-no tiredness. Normal sleep of 7 hrs. I have wel controlled Diabetes type 2 and high BP for last 12 yrs. Av built- 133 lbs and 5'- 4" ht.. 

My PCP says I have Bradycardia conditions. The Cardiologist performed Echo/Nuclear Stress, and both...

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Pacemaker

I have not felt well since April when I had the pacemaker for Arrtyhmia my heart stopped for 18 secs  I have since got labyaritas inner ear problems so don’t know if it’s just the pacemaker  but I was on the go constantly no I’m really slow and feeling sick an unbalanced every day. Is anyone else feeling like this   All my tests have come back clear x 

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Hard to accept I need a pacemaker

Hello all, i am new to this forum. 31 years of age,  single mother of 3 daughters. I have been having fainting episodes that started when i was about 12 or 13 and have got them more often since having my first child in 2006. My prior doctor procrastinated on sending me to see a specialist so i thought i was ok. Recently i had another episode where i was able to record myself (family members where with me) and after seeing the video it scared me. I then decided to change doctors and this...

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