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Functional heart block vs structural heart block

Today my doctor told me that I was having paradoxical responses to PM programming. He was extending my PR interval to reduce the incidence of atrial pacing. I told him I pace at rest, during exercise I go into NSR and stay there for a few minutes when finished. As my heart rate returns to rest I go into heart block. 

He told me this is a functional block not a structural block which makes sense since my heart block is very intermittent. He also mentioned a catacholeme issue may be...

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I Want To Know What Your PVCs Feel Like So I Know If Mine Are PVCs

I understand that a PVC is an "Extra Heart Beat" that disrupts your regular heart rhythm and this is what the defininition is. I've talked to a couple of nurses and my "Pacemaker Tune Up Girl" about my heart suddenly stopping and then starting up again and they stated they are probably PVCs. I even mentioned the PVCs to my primary and he said my pacemaker most likely did nothing to stop them. 

My worry is when I have one my "Heart Completely Stops"...

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Things are different

Prior to late Nov, 2018 I functioned just fine with my Medtronic CRT-D PM.  I performed well on a treadmill pulmonary function stress test last Nov 15. Due to low battery indication, my PM was replaced with a Medtronic Claria MRI CRT-D Surescan on Nov. 30, 2018 and I've not been the same since. Weary, weak and less able to do things.  EP has blamed my condition on the following events that happened a month afterward: Diverticulitis, C-Diff infection, then a pnemonia event. ...

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Warfarin

I've had a pacemaker since 2011 with the usual adjustment hassles but it all works so :) However, I am now being awarded a double valve replacement (atrial and mitral) via OHS. My Cardiologist was talking about natural valves because I was active and young (relatively speaking - 55). My Cardiac Surgeon went with suggesting artificial ones as natural wear out quickly which of course means Warfarin. I'm not too fussed about the regular testing and I'm happy to buy a home test machin...

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I would like to talk to some of the 'younger' pacemaker people - especially if you have congenital heart problems. I've been having some annoying issues.

Hello!

I am a 38 year old male. I was born with a 3rd degree heart block, discovered when I was 14 - thus I was bradycardic.

My cardiologists waited until I was 28 to implant my pacer. I never had any identifyable symptoms prior to this. It was put in , as an 'insurance policy'.

Three years ago, it was noted on my echo that my ejection fraction was a little low (45-50%). I am not sure if this is new, or old. Until I started a family about 8 years ago, I sadly paid li...

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Does Anyone Take Ibuprofen To Control Their PVCs?

I took a couple of Ibuprofen for a muscle ache and it seemed like my PVCs mellowed out a bit. Right now I usually have one big one a day. I actually felt kinda relieved and the next couple of days were good to me. Today I had one without the heart thump. I still felt wiped out and tired after it. I took a couple more Ibuprofen and felt better in 1/2 hr. 

I started researching and found a couple of posts in a medical forum from 2011 and 2013 where a couple of guys at different...

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Flecainide

Any one have any experience with this med? I started it about three weeks ago and seem to be doing better. Much less PVB’s and staying out of Afib. Was actually in Afib for four days (by far the longest I’ve ever been, as far as I know)      and the new med seemed to do the trick. Current on 50 mg 2X a day in conjunction with Metoprolol, 25 mg 2X a day

Thanks!

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Leaning About PVCs So I Can Feel Confident About Myself Again

"QUOTE FROM ANOTHER MEMBER NAMED MIKE" It is after midnight and I have been experienceing skipped beats and pauses (pvcs I guess) since 9:30. They scare the crap out of me when they are severe. When I get them this bad they are accompanied by bloating, burping and gas. When you tell the Doctors this they seem to think it is not inportant but there is some kind of connection. It has been a stressful day and I was at the local coffee shop listening to live musi...

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Fatigue

Between the effects of Bigeminy, low blood pressure (94/57) and the antidepressant drug, Zoloft - the only thing I feel like doing everyday is setting up camp on the couch due to fatigue. Any suggestions? Docs are all saying "hang in there!"

--Dave--

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PM AND BETABLOCKERS

I had a PM implanted 3/29/2019.  Mid February I had a TCI and was prescribed Lipitor and Plavic with a heart monitor for a month and to lose weight.  Early March I was dizzy one night and passed out.  Saw a cardiologist who recommended a PM.  But took me off Atenolol because my blood pressure was too low.  By this time I have lost 20 lbs and working out 30 minutes 5 days a week.  I was supposed to see the cardiologist a week later but I had a slow pulse issu...

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The Paced heart

I'm an A-V Node ablated dude w/pacemaker................recently, I noticed that after taking my AM dose of carvedilol (6.25mg), I feel sluggish and tired. BP hangs around 80/56 pulse 58.  PM is set for a mid-80's pace...................shouldn't it come into play?  In other words...........can a beta blocker like carvedilol create a bradycardia event regardless of what the PM is programmed to do?

--Dave--

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Medications -Entresto

Have any of you had any adverse affects with taking Entresto? My dosage for Entresto was recently increased to the maximum amount. Since then I can feel my heart beat harder, and, not sure if this is a cause, I have had 2 instances where I was paced out. My heart rate and BP has also increased with exertion.

Not sure if this is just my heart adjusting to the med dosage and if it will normalize over time. My EP mentioned that I may need to increase my dose of Coreg (above the 25mg max)....

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Bystolic

Does anyone take Bystolic? Have you noticed any side effects or weight gain from when you started it? I’m suppose to start taking it to avoid exercise induced vtach but I’m having a hard time with all the other beta blockers that were prescribed. Also has anyone ever developed Vtach that was brought on by exercise? I’m having a hard time with my limitations as with my Bi-V placement I was doing things I had never been able to do in my life. Now I feel like I had to give...

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Drugs

Any comments regarding this combination?:  Carvedilol (or any other beta blocker), Entresto, and the paced heart  ----- Anyone with personal experience(s)?

--Dave--

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Dual chamber pacemaker

I have had a duel chamber pacemaker for about 6 years for complete heart block. All my previous ECGs have showed an atrial sensed ventricular paced rhythm. Now I have switched to an atrioventricular duel-paced rhythm which means my atrium is being paced all the time. Has anyone had this happen? What is the underlying physiology? I am having problems finding out caused this. Thanks for any help.

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Cardiomyopathy

I found a support group specific to Cardiomyopathy patients. It is much more helpful to me as others experiences are very much in sync with my own. I wish I'd known about it sooner. It is on Facebook. "Cardiomyopathy Support Group"

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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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