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calcium channel blockers

Any of you have experience with using calcium channel blockers instead of beta blockers? I recently switched and so far prefer the calcium channel blocker. The beta blockers always made me feel like I was operating at idle - I'm feeling more like the engine is running and responding to changes in demand. I have chronic atrial fib and hypertension. I'm taking both an ACE inhibitor as well as the calcium channel blocker. Pulse and BP both seem well controlled. My PM is set for a low pulse of...

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normsw

Hi-I'm new to this club/forum. I'm 75, on my 2nd pm after 6 years on the first. It's only a backup, as I have an electrical prob. leading to bradycardia and fainting, so it's set at 60.
My pulse rarely goes over 80 but I have 2 different situations:
1. When I lie down to go to sleep, often my pulse will drop to 46 to 50 for a while; deep breathing will get it back up again.
When I wake up in the morning sometimes it's also in the 40's.
2. Occasionally while working at my lap...

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Does It Ever Occur That One No Longer Needs a PM?

This is a question I'm having difficulty finding an answer to.

Does it ever happen that, after, say, a few years, whatever the problem was that necessitated the PM in the first place [in my case, heart block] simply repairs itself somehow and disappears? And that the PM is, as a consequence, removed?

After my last PM clinic visit, I was told that my PM was only kicking in 20% of the time. I think that this is a lot less than it was kicking in during the early years.

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celebrex

Hi does anyone take celebrex with their pm .Wonder if its ok .Thank you.Richard

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New pacemaker

Hi everyone!

Just joined this site as I had a pacemaker fitted last week - a BIG shock seeing as though I'm 27!

I have a history of black outs & had a loop recorder implanted a year ago. I blacked out on a packed train (I pick my moments!) last week & recorded my heart rate. When I went to the hospital on the monday for a reading they found that my heart stopped for around 20-26 seconds & i had an emergency pacemaker fitted on the Wednesday. I just wondered if anyone had...

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They Can't figure it out.

So I got my pace maker in May 2007 after 5 years of passing out with Vasovagal syncope. (Took them so long because they thought it was just because I was young women, then they thought it was allergies.) Anyways I am still taking many drugs and have my pace maker, and I am still passing out. Im not talking just once or twice I have passed out every day in the 23 days most days more then once. I was put in the hospital and I still passed out there to. Anyways I was wondering if anyone else still...

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poor circulation in left arm since PM

Hi, Has anyone out there experienced extreme soreness down the left arm and pain in the back of the head and neck, along with fatique? After the PM was put in, I felt pretty good for about 60 days, then I started getting a little dizzy when I was moving around in the kitchen making supper. After a while, I started waking up in the morning with a slight headache. I would check my blood pressure and it ave. around 140/75(approx). After I was up a while, I would walk on the treadmill for buildin...

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Pacemaker, Toprol XL and Rythmol

I thought I'd post an update on my condition, which just seems to go from bad to worse. Got the Pacemaker on December 14th after passing out twice (once while driving) and still haven't been able to return to work because I feel so lousy. So, I have a Pacemaker to control the slow heartbeats, I'm on Toprol XL to control the fast heartbeats, and I just spent another 4 days this week in the ICU at the hospital and left with Rythmol to control all of the extra heartbeats that they found through the...

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interpretation

Hi could someone please tell me what this is.My doctor said i have sinus rhythm with 1st degree av or au block?Thank you very much.

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Questions to ask my Dr.??

Hi Everyone,

I recently joined this wonderful group and have learned so much from you folks already!
I've had my PM for 2 1/2 years now and really have never known what questions to ask when I go to the Dr. or the technician.
My PM will be checked next week and I have learned here that I should ask for a copy of the printout which I will.
I did ask last time how much battery I had left.
Are there any more pertinent questions I should ask the tech. or the Dr?

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damage

Hello

I have had my pm now 5 years now,been have trouble so i went in this week to see if i have any blockest,Everything was ok there,but i was told that my heart has some damage to it,and the dr. think it was cause from the pacemaker.
he put me on CARVEDILOL,to see if it would help,go back in 2 week,to see if it has help
Have anyone every hear of this, and if so what will be done if the med not help

keith


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Beta Blockers

Perhaps someone can tell me why by reading all our messages does everyone end up taking beta blockers if they didn't take them before. Doesn't make sense to me.

I stopped taking the beta blockers for three days with doctors approval, I tested my heart walking and with a 60 resting pulse walking only went to 72 quite content with that, although not use to it.

Going up hill was another matter it went to 110. Not sure what pulse should be on exercise. Any ideas anyone.

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Problem with beta Blockers

Has anyone else experienced problems with beta blockers. I find they leave me depressed and feeling tired. Very dizzy as I have low blood pressure.

Doc said try Avlocardyl instead of Cardensiel (bisoprolol) might be weaker.

Can't wait to feel more like my old self.

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Hope this isn't a dumb question

I am not sure if this has been answered recently but I am wondering if u can originally be in complete heart block when u were first diagnosed as needing a pacemaker and then over a period of time not be in complete heart block anymore?? Last time I had my pacer check-I have had mine since Oct /06-the nurse seemed surprised cause I wasn't in complete heart block anymore. I don't understand -is this good, bad, or mean nothing??

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Medical ID braclets/necklace

I was wondering how many of you wear a medical alert braclet or necklace to alert medical personnel of the pacemaker. I am very young and don't want to wear one. The worst part about my decision is that I am an ER nurse and also a Paramedic. The way I look at it is if they have to work on me and put me on a cardiac monitor and they don't see the pacer spikes then they are not that intellegant to begin with. However I am 100% paced and I know not everyone is!! So just wondering if I'm the only on...

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I am constantly out of breath!

On March 31st 2007 I collapsed and was taken to the hospital with a complete heart blockage. They had me in surgery within 30 minutes and installed a St Jude Pacemaker. Since release from hospital I have constant shortness of breath. Before th Pacemakere implant, I was able to excercise vigorously, and did 4 to 5 miles/day on a treadmill at a fast walking rate of 4.5MPH. Now I can hardly get the treadmill to 3MPH and can only stay on 15 to 20 min at best. I have been check out by a pumonlogist,...

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Caffeine?

Here’s a question to help us get back to the business of helping others.

I’ve been told by fellow members that caffeine can contribute to Atrial Fibrillation and Flutter. Since I’ve been experiencing bouts of atrial flutter recently, I’m attempting to rid caffeine from my diet to test this recommendation and hopefully feel better.

I know caffeine is in coffee, tea and cola drinks such as Coke and Pepsi. I just recently discovered that caffei...

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CTA

Hi,
Has anyone ever had a CTA? I have one Tuesday and I am scared. They are turning my pacemaker down to 57 and I have to take beta blockers for 3 days ( i have not yet taken them yet..too scared to I guess).
They say they need my heart rate at 60 not any higher for the test. Well I know how I feel with my heart that low.
I would like any information from anyone that has taken beta blockers for the test only and had to have ther pm turned down,
I will take any information f...

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what to do for a cold

hello everyome i have a question about medication

what do i take when i get a cold the medication im taking now is digitek 250 mg amiodarone 200mg diovan 80 mg toprol 50 mg I take one each day and my family doc gave some other medication my heart doctor told me that any medicane will screw up the medication im taking now he said i cant take anything for a cold
i work in a cold enviromet its about 32 degrees every day 8 hrs and my condition was caused by ammonia and bronkidia...

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Post surgery condition

My husband had a pacemaker/defibrillator put in 3/22/07. He has not been able to get back his energy and says he just doesn't feel good. They said he had developed an infection and needed 4 weeks of cefritaxone injected after the surgery.

Can others who have had the same surgery tell us their condition post surgery. Have you recovered your energy and health since the susrgery.

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