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loop monitor

Follow up: the doctor changed his mind from medication (which is what he told my spouse when I had my EP study) to there is no medication and he now wants to do a internal loop monitor to ensure that my dizziness is from slow heart rate. I was wondering if anyone had this procedure and what to expect.

Thanks!

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Boston Scientific Pacemaker

Do any of you have what is called "sick sinus syndrome?" Also, I have a Boston Scientific pacemaker and was wondering if any of you do, and if you do, have you ever had any side effects? I just had mine implanted so it hasn't been "tweaked" yet but I was just curious. Thanks cd

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Fibromialgia

Dear all,
Last week I saw an Internist (Gastro Hepatology) and he diagnosized me that I have GERD (Reflux) and now take some medicines (prosogan FD 15mg and Braxidin 150Mg). Beside that I also suspected to have Fibro mialgia. It attacks me suddently and my muscle arround middle chest feeling hurt. This dease occur when we are under stress (physically/mentally) or expose to cold air such as AC. He suggested to do Fisioteraphy since no medicine available (except just pain killer).

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Chemical Stress Test

Hi friends,

I need some input and advice. I had an echo on 11/5 due to the fact during my PM check they saw fast beats.

My EP called my today with the results. Unfortunately, I was in the middle of teaching my class of first graders so my mind was not fully understanding.

He told me that he didn't agree with the cardiologist that read my results. My EP was not as concerned with the results that the other cardiologist was. If I am understanding correctly, some...

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is this normal

hi again i was just woundering if somone can help with a question is 100 bpm with skipped beats and a perminant pacemaker set at 60 is this a normal beat im all new to this thanx for any help

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Bradycardia and Sick Sinus Syndrome

Good evening!

I was wondering if anyone has been diagnosed with this condition. I went for my EP study and my doctor says that I do not need a pacemaker as he believes that it can be controlled through medication and I was wondering if anyone knows what type of medication that would be.(my follow up visit isn't for another week)

Thanks!

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Ultrasound with Pacemaker

I got the word today that there was something irregular in a mammogram I had on Tuesday. I'm scheduled for an ultrasound next Thursday and from a search on here, found that some medical personnel don't want to do ultrasound on those of us with devices (I have a PM/ICD). I was sort of dumbstruck when the doc called me & forgot to ask which side it was on. The Medtronic site sounds like it's a doable test. Has anyone here had any experience with ultrasounds & devices? I was looking forward to the...

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bp

i find myself here agian ?? how low is to low 77/43 today i have a pm/icd 68 was HR normal for me is 95/60 hr 75. how low before i look for help.what can i do to rase the bp.

thanks pm friends

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Excessive Sweating

My mother has suffered from terrible excessive sweating since her pacemaker was installed and even after several stays in the hospital and thorough check-ups looking for cause/effect - NOTHING is helping.

Does anyone else have these symptoms and can anything be done about it ?????????

Please help. She suffers.

Please write directly to my email: hlwebs@aol.com
THANKS

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thermostat stuck?

Hello again, All. 3 months into ICD and all seems well. But I have a question. 11 years after heart attack and bypass and Toprol, Lisinopril and now Crestor, I seem to not be able to stop sweating even after light exertion. I am overweight but active and have been a heavy sweater in the past but this is getting rediculus. Any opinions???
Thanks, Clifford

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why?

My aunt (85 years old) had a pace maker put in the past Friday, the doctor stated she would go to physical therapy for a couple of weeks, and then go home. On Saturday, she was put in intensive care saying she was dying. Hospice stated she had been in the process of dying for 2 months.

My question, is why would a doctor say she needed a pace maker if she was dying already. She pass yesterday. Less than a week after the pace maker was put in.

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scared of what is ahead

Hi Friends,

I have posted previously in the past year. On December 26, I had my 3rd pacemaker inplant. The first was at the age of 36. Friday I turn 54.

This morning I went for my pacemaker check. I have a St. Jude's model. Everything was fine until the nurse told me that I had 2 episodes of very fast beats within the last 3 months. The episodes lasted about 7 seconds.

Tomorrow I will have an echocardiogram to see if anything shows why I had those 2 episodes...

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????????

?? I have been having trouble with amiodarone first i was on 400 mg then 200 then 100 still was having bad reaction. so I stopped it DONT DO THAT I had for gotten what the defib felt like just went off called dr we are trying over the phone to get me back on track. My ? is has anyone been on the same drug had the same problem what did you change to.

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??????? more info

Franko thanks I could not eat hard to swallow , no teast to anything can't sleep ,cough double vision thats why they kept cutting dose then when most of the symtoms i still had i stopped it 2 days i felt great today my HR was150 then 60 back to 140 for 30 min thats when i called the dr then the defib went off so hr went over 170 I feel ok now we are just trying to come back stable now

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Study--Fish Oil Can Help Arhythmias

Found this today. The study is a little old (March 08), but some of you may not have heard about it.

The study is a little small, but compelling. It looks so promising I hope they do a 1000 patient study soon. In the mean time, it appears that fish oil is good for your arrhythmias!

http://www.healthcentral.com/heart-disease/news-250244-66.html

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how much lasix is too much?

I made the stupid mistake of having something salty the other day, and the demon salt seems to affect me more and more everyday. i have CHF and by evening i could hardly breathe.
of course i started into panic mode and took more than double my usual dose, normally 80 in the morning and 80 in the evening.
eventually after 5 nocturnal visits to the urinal, i started to breathe a bit easier. i'm just curious if taking too much can be dangerous. it seems to be the only thing that clears...

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Worried about hubby

Hi Everyone

Just an update on hubby. He is feeling a bit better since the difib fired back in August but he is also having hiccup affecting his abdomin from the wire. They have tried correcting this before. Hopefully this will be sorted Thursday. My concern is
that he is perspiring so much lately when we go out for walks which used to happen all the time before he had the pacemaker. His beta blockers were upped to 10 mg and hopefully the dizzyness as stopped from them. Has an...

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weaning off of beta blockers

Hi all, Has any one had any side effects when weaning down from b/b? Feeling better but have increased dizziness in the late evening. I take my 12.5 atenolol in the early am. Also have sob and slight heart pounding. Have been weaning down from .25 for almost 3 weeks.. Thanks for your feed back.....
-Philmanzwejp

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POTS

anyone been diagnosed with POTS?? I posted a week or so ago with still feeling lightheaded and dizzy and went for my second tilt table test and failed. The neuro diagnosed me with POTS and NCS along with SSS. I'm on toprol 25mg but don't really notices difference. Had my PM implanted in august so I haven't been able to get many tune ups and now I'm on medicine so that's going to be interfereing as well. Anyone else diagnosed with POTS and what mess are you on if any?

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Beta Blocker

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081024/hl_nm/us_beta_blockers_1

Another strike against Beta Blockers

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