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Just a short update: Saturday will be 9 weeks since ICD install and I feel so much better now than I did at week 2 or 3 it is amazing. Last Friday I got to spend an hour with the PM tech and he made some adjustments which got rid of that winded feeling when I went up a flight of stairs.

For those not feeling right - keep learning, asking questions and being a pain. No one else is out there that is going to advocate...

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Girls Only

Time for a mammogram. I've used the search engine to check out past messages re:others' experiences, but it seems that many of the responses can't be pulled up. So, once again, how did you all manage the mammogram issue? I've read some of the horror stories of fractured leads and all...kinda scary! My PM sits under the muscle and doesn't seem too far away from the top of the breast tissue. Unfortunately I'll have to have additional views on the left side d/t an increase in tissue density...s...

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ACE INHIBITOR

I take digoxin which in the past befor I got my pacemaker gave me terrible nausea. Since having the pacemaker I fing it very strange that I can tolerate it and do not get nausea. However I also take perindopril an ace inhibitor. When I start taking this I get a painfull pricking sensation, like having needles pushed into the surface of my skin. It starts in the extremities , toes and finger tips, and as time goes by it gets worse with the sensation travelling futher up my limbs until I cant sta...

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INR testisng

Yesterday I had my PM check/doctors appointmeny (finally!)
All went well. I was told I have asout 1 1/2 -2 years left in my pm, wich is good because that's what the said a year ago. My cardiologist is the one monitoring my warfarin/INR results. I asked him if he thought I'd be on it for life or could switch back to taking an asprin a day. (which was much easier) He wasn't sure and said he'd have to look at a video of a trnsecho that I had done a few years ago first but most likeley I'd have...

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Thanks ya'll

Just wanted to say thanks to Chiliman, and Janetinak, and especially Peter (who's responded before) who have helped ease my anxiety about AV Node Ablation. It certainly helps to hear stories from people who've been there. I seem to handle it fine, until my husband gets all worked up about it and asks all these questions. Then I get all twitterpated, confused, and doubtful. Thanks again. I'm sure when the time gets closer to insertion day, I'll be back on the message board again. Ya'll are great....

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Amioderone

My husband has been on Amioderone for two months. His doctor has suggested that he have an out-patient test to make sure that the amioderone does not interfere with his pacemaker/defib.'s performance. Apparently they change the setttings on the defib so that he will have an "incident" and the defib. will kick in. This test is only supposed to take ten minutes. Has anyone else ever experienced this? Please reply.

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Pacemaker dependency

I'm headed towards an AV Node Ablation not unless some other divine intervention pops up in my doc's head for me to try. I'm really trying everything except Amiodarone which I feel is just too toxic for my 33 yr old body. I'm anxious as all get out about the possibility of AV node ablation, and doc (who's a total sweetheart) isn't really excited about it either. He wishes that he had more options for me. I wish it wasn't my decision. What happens if I go through with the AV Node Ablation, am tot...

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Question? CHF

My husband had blood work last week to determine if he has Congestive Heart Failure and we, of course, haven't heard any results yet. Maybe tomorrow or Tuesday?

Does anyone here have CHF and if so what is being done for the condtion?

He also has atria fib but actually doesn't feel when it is happening. It shows up just about everytime he as EKG.That is how the cardiologist found it.

He has been under the cardiologist's care for 3 years now.

Thank...

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Amiodarone

My EP doc and I are running out of options for my irregular heart rate. (read my post-AV Node ablation below for more info)
I appreciate immensely my doctor's willingness to try everything possible before pacemaker implant, but now he wants me to try amiodarone. Yikes! The side effects for this drug, I believe, are not worth it, and it doesn't seem like a feasible option for me. After reading the serious side effects of amiodarone, I think I would rather just go ahead with the AV node ablat...

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Medication for PVCs - Diltiazem

Hi

Since my dual chamber PM was put in at the beginning of February for second degree heart block just at night, I have been having thousands of ectopic beats when I am resting - PVCs. My settings have been changed several times and now I am on a 'guardian angel' setting - back up VVI at 35 bpm. So I am only sensed and paced in the ventricle - nothing in the atrium. This has improved the situation but not got rid of it. When I asked if these extra beats could be dangerous, he said...

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AV Node Ablation

I have had irregular heart rhythms for 8 years now. Flutter, a-fib, SVT, atrial tach, v. bigeminy...you name it. All meds I've tried over the years have failed to manage my symptoms, and I've had 3 failed ablations with the last one resulting in phrenic nerve damage. My EP doc and I are running out of options, and I fear a AV Node ablation with pacemaker implant looms in my future. This will either be the best or worst thing for me. I wish there was a sure way of telling, but I know I can't cont...

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OUR DAD

- HELLO EVERYONE,

WELL ITS BE SOMETIME SINCE BECKY AND I HAVE POSTED ABOUT DAD (BOOG). WELL HE IS DOING SOOOO MUCH BETTER! WE HAVE GOTTEN IN HIS NEW ICD AND DOING SO MUCH BETTER! I CANNOT NOT THANK YA'LL ENOUGH FOR ALL THE PRAYERS AND EXSPECIAL POOKIE, HARLEY, MARRYANNE FOR ALL THE LONG TALKS! WE HAVE HAD SUCH A JOURNEY WITH DAD , BUT I THANK GOD EVERYDAY THAT BOTH BECKY AND I AND MOM WAS ABLE TO WALK WITH DAD THROUGH IT. THIS YEAR WELL TODAY FATHERS DAY WAS VERY SP...

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help

hi everyone,my name is linda, my husband had a pacemaker and icd put in 6/21/06 he has alot of dizzy spells, also gets a upset stomach. ALOT. is this part of the meds or some thing else. we have talked to his dr. but no real help. can anyone help us ? thank you linda

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short of breath

I had the pacemaker inserted on June 4th....have my first doctor's appointment today...but at times feel out of breath after doing something....anyone have these symptoms...my pacmaker is set at 60...thanks vtlaney

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subclavian steal phenomenon

hi there,

has anyone had experience with subclavian steal phenomenon? if so, what were your symptoms...i did find info on the internet but just wanted to talk to a real pertson who has/had it.

thank you
luckyloo

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go figure

well frank i only saw the doc intern in nov.this doc gave me the drug i have not seen her since.it appears the docs i see now do not want to take responsibility of the situation.this drug was given to me ,i was informed it was the only drug that will work.now i find out it is the last drug they give you if all else fails.i have read the fda report that is 27 pages on amiodarone.they still do not follow up the way i have read the directions on the drug,i should be monitered close.what a joke!!!!!...

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Asthma

I recently got diagnosed with having asthma. I was wondering if anybody else has this and if it has messed with your heart from medications at all.
It is nice knowing that I am not crazy when I continue to say I am sob but it took having a big spell for a regular dr to tell me that he assumes I have had it for a while. Though, the inhaler that he gave me one of the side effects says it can raise your h.r. I was wondering if this has happened to anybody? Thanks!

Tammy

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stress test

I had my chemical stress test today. Went OK, felt kinda wierd for awhile. After they finished my right arm was sort of numb and had a tight feeling in my chest, but they cleared up after a bit. Had a headache for several hours after but that was all. Now I have to wait for every doctor within 30 miles to read it so they can get a little of the money.

Thomas

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go figure

in dec.i had my pacemaker put in after 2 ablations. they also said i had an anti arith.heartbeat,given amiodarone.they set my pacer at 50. i always complained about meds and being tired most of the time .that was one hospital.i happened to be near another hospital and felt pressure in my chest ,they gave ma a stress test ,i lasted 1min 22 sec..next they7 asked me why i am set for 50,i said they could not put it any higher,they asked why not .i replied i am not the doctor.they changed my pacer to...

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Stress test

I would like to say first that I have had a pacemaker for 3 years and that I am going in for a stress test June 6. what I would like to know is.If I do this first stress test since they installed my pacemaker, and if something should go wrong, can they revive me being that I have a pacemaker?, please give your in put on this situaion..
Thanks.
Harry"O"

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