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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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Getting off of Toprol XL

Well, tomorrow I am off to see my EP but not for a pacer check. I am going in to see about getting off of my beta-blocker. I've been on Toprol XL 50mg daily for about 4 or 5 years now. My old cardio prescribed it for me when he didn't know what else to do for me but drug me for my condition. (For those of you familiar with my story or even not I'll just say that I was diagnosed with neurocardiogenic syncope and severe bradycardia.) I can honestly say that I never noticed a helpful differenc...

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bradycardia

I posted awhile backBack pain - low
Back strain treatment about my current situation. Well, I have decide to go to the Mayo Clinic. My symptoms over the past couple of months have gotten alittle more narrowed and focused. I don't have the bucket of symptoms that I did before. However, I am experiencing daily:

HeartCongenital heart disease
Cor pulmonale
Coronary heart disease
Cyanotic heart disease
Depression and heart disease
Heart attack
Heart...

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Bradycardia

Sorry! I have been doing research on the internet. I have no idea why my posting got all disjointed. NO, I am not experiencing all of those symptoms. HAHA!

My questions for anyone that can help:
Has anyone gone to the Mayo for arrhythmia issues and how was your experience?
When seeking an another opinion, what kind of questions did you ask that were very important to you?

Again, I apologize for the prior posting.

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Muscle twitches - eye and heart

I still get muscle spasms/twitches (soft, and non-painful) in my heart, ever since PM implantation. They are intermittent, usually one at a time, and occasionally 6 or 7 in a row, about the rate of heart rate, but do not coincide when I immediately check my pulse rate on my wrist. 20 to 40 total a day average. Also have left eyelid twitching that I thought was not related, but naive as I am, could that be related to some of the electrical impulses from the PM and its leads?

~Jean

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Vagally Mediated Atrial Fibrillation

Has anyone been told they have Vagally Mediated Atrial Fibrillation (VMAF)? While I don't fit the profile of a male, under 50, athletically fit.....I do have the symptoms fitting VMAF such as my a-fib occurs at rest (never during exercise or stress), lying on my left side (and sometimes on my back) generates a-fib, often a-fib occurs after eating a large evening meal, sometimes just bending over brings on an attack.

My PM was put in Nov 2007, and I am being treated for the more commo...

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Pm for tachycardia

I am so glad I found this site. I am 25 yrs. old. I don't know if anyone is familiar with POTS? Postural Orthostatics Tachycardia Syndrome?? Well, I have it. It was diagnosed about 4-5 years ago. Basically my heart beats to fast and they don't know why. I have been on Metoprolol, Toprol XL, Lisinopril, Cardizem, Bisoprolol, Propanalol, and now I am on Nadolol and midodrine. My question is I guess two things: Has anyone had a PM put in for tachycardia? Or, has someone had a PM for POTS? Any info...

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knock me off my feet....

Heloo all,
well for all of my life they thought i had epilepsy? then 18 months ago i had the reveal device implanted and turns out i have very intermitant total heart block....in the last ten years i've had about three attacks.....one week after diagnosis i had a pacemaker implanted and it was pretty truamatic, i am just about human again today.......some christmas hey?.......ho hum .............cannot quite belive it.......chippy22

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No meds so far...

I have not needed to be on meds, and I got my PM just minutes after birth! Being on meds seems very strange to me... but I guess it all depends on the kind of situation you're in...

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Medications....

I have been reading that their are individuals that are taking medication because of the p.m.. I do not understand why....

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Meds

So, just a simple, hopefuly nonoffensive question. I have been off medications for...lets see since i was 8..now i'm almost 15...about 7 years. But i keep getting questions from new doctors and shocked responses when I say no. Anyone else not need to take meds? Just curious, I had to stop taking them when i was younger because they stunted my growth!! I was wondering because it seems like I'm the only one! But probably not.

Marisa
Early Merry Christmas!

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medication too?

After getting a PM for slow heart rate, today I was put on medication because my heart rate was too fast. I was told that this is common. The medication I am now taking is CardizemLA. Does anyone else have to take this or something similar for the same problem?

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Healing

Well everyone I am doing well after my pm surgery. Its been 6 days and I am already back at work. II am glad that I am out of the house. Just wanted to say that you everyone for your support and kind words. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday :)

Britt

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Toprol XL side effects

For those of you who have been on Toprol XL or are currently...HAVE YOU EVER EXPERIENCED ITCHING? At night my legs get extremely itchy and sometimes my arms, too. In the morning I get itchy as well. I've had this problem for a long time and just recently thought it could be caused by the Toprol (I was re-reading its side effects and itching is one). Unfortunately, I've been on the Toprol for years and have been itching regularly like this for years so I don't know if it all started about the...

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Kappa 700

Just wondering about the Kaapa700 series product, is it safe?

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Sotalol Experience

I have Ventrical tachycardia (4 episodes so far). One put me into the ER (240 pulse), I ended up with a defib and an attempted ablation (they couldn't get to any, though).

I was then placed on Toprol XL, 25 mg. Was fine for a while, then I got hit with another Vtach at 285 bpm. So, back to the doc, he raised my Toprol XL to 50 mg, was again fine until last Friday, when once again I got hit with a Vtach at 245, then early saturday morning (just as I woke up) at 218 bpm, which didn't re...

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