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atrial fibulatiom

does anyone know the answer to this question i have an irregular heartbeat and it skips. my doctor said i have atrial fibulation and need a pacemaker. will a pm make my irregular heartbeat beat regular. my doctor is going to set it at 50, does that mean it will not go on until my heartbeat is 50 if i have the pm put in and my heartbeat is still irregular and skipping beats what do they do. do they give you medicine for that.

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Left arm aches

Today marks the end of my fifth week with a PM. For some reason my left arm bicep really aches this evening. I may have done more than I realize, using it more than I realized. I've been feeling so great - now this. I noticed when I took my siesta this afternoon that I had actually, for the first time, rolled over to my right side. I don't think I affected the leads, my pulse continues to beat at 80 ppm. Has anyone ever had this kind of ache develop in a bicep??? Surferman

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p.m type

lenora, you said you just got a st jude5386 model. did you specifically ask for it . im getting a p.m. soon and want to know if st jude, medtronic or guidant is best. i know there are lawsuits against medtronic and guidant. can anyone out there give me any advice. i also want to know how it feels when the pulse goes to the heart. do you always feel it. does it wake you up at night when you are sleeping..thanks for the help

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operation

having pm put in thurs. do they give you medicine for your heart afterwards, not including blood pressure and coumidin

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sleep apnea??

Has anyone heard about the relationship between sleep apnea and the relationship to arrhythmias?

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having p.m done

is there a difference between a pace maker or a icd. is a st jude and leads the best. after operation do i have to stay on coumadin forever. how long after operation before i can go for a walk and get out. i sleep on my stomach is that alright. i have irregular heartbeat and misses beats will p.m. help. many questions sorry

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Ablations?

I'm scheduled for an ablation on May 23. I have at least three bad electric circuits in my heart that are causing me to go in and out of atrial flutter. I'm told this problem is common for adult congenial patients who had surgeries as a child. From what I've read and have been told by my doctors is that the success rate for such a procedure is high. I hope so! I want to get back to feeling "normal" and off my blood thinners or should I say rat poison.

Does anyone have information...

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Hashimoto's Disease & PM

$6Mman asked about Hashimoto's & problems with lab tests.I was unable to post until now because I wasn't recognized, but I have a comment.If you have Hash, it is not good enough to rely upon the TSH value when determining exogenous levothyroid.Hash is a condition in which the body itself destroys the circulating levothyroid. Therefore, the appropriate blood tests should focus on the amount of thyroid hormone actually circulating in the blood. To do this, you must be tested for Free T3 and Free...

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Lipitor & Statins

I was in perfect health until I started taking Lipitor. I have been an avid runner for 30 years and days after taking Lipitor I couldn't run one block. I only took it for 2 weeks and stopped. One month later I was in the hospital with a double block and had to have a pacemaker installed. Has anyone else had problems with Lipitor or other statin drugs?

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HELP-fast

I am to go into hospital on 4/02 to begin either sotolol or tikosyn. I have had a idc for many years for v-fib Now cardo wants me to start one of these meds. I had not had any shocks for 8 years but had one in nov. 06 and one 2 weeks ago. I am so tired each day and if I have to take any more meds that slow me down I will look like a female Budda Hope someone is awake out there. I live in rural area and have never had anyone to talk to about having icd. I DON'T WANT TO GET SHOCKED AGAIN WHI...

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Rapid Beats

Hi,
My first post. I have a Medtronic ICD because of several episodes of fast VT starting in 2002. I had a second ablation in May last year which made a huge improvement. However since January I have had about eight episodes of slow VT (105 bpm) which have lasted 1 1/2 hours on average and rectified themselves. The strange thing is all these episodes have occurred between 15:00 and 20:00 hours. Some before a meal some after food.
Any comments or similar experiences would be appreciated...

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Defibs and Hashimoto's

Hey people! I have two questions for y'all out there. With all the PM's, who has a defibrillator and what are your parameters? Second - Heart disease a primary issue for most. Mine was a dilated cardiomyopathy and becoming more of an issue these days is hypothyroidism (and last week they gave it a name - Hashimoto's) Last year my TSH was 16.5 and seemed to come under control within 8 - 9 months. Not quite so the endocrinologist raised the medication dosage and with that the TSH went up; T...

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HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

Hello my friends,

I'm feeling better each day. My meds. have changed alittle and I'm feeling better. I'm now taking Norvasc 5 mg and it really seem to be working. Just the other day I was telling my kids on how some people go to heaven alittle early because the lord likes to have different people with him. I really felt my life was coming to an end. I prepared my kids to understand if daddy is not on this earth I'm in heaven so be happy and thank the Lord for having another pla...

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Blood Pressure

I've been hold a BP at 150/115 and I've been feeling very bad or the weekend. I finally got so mad and called the doctors office and told them to have him call me. I requested that he put me on something else for my high blood pressure. He called in a some Norvasc 5 mg. It's the safest blood pressure med you can take, He said. Is there anyone else taking this med and are you feeling better? I hope everyone is doing great and keep up the faith. I have to get better by June to take my cl...

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Side Effects

My mother had a pacemaker implanted last year. It was a Guidant 1290 and she has been having side effects like tiredness, dizziness (when standing up), blurred vision, shortness of breath, and ringing of the ear. I am trying to help and find out if anyone who has had a pacemaker implanted has had the same symptoms. I'm reading up on a conditions called a Sick Sinus Syndrome, which is a result of taking meds like Warfarin and Metoprolol. Would anyone be able to tell me her side effects may be...

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Help

Does anyone know the proper protocol for administering a Stress Test to someone who is likely to experience sudden cardiac arrest , has only 1/3 of her heart , a completely defective ICD acting as a time bomb in her chest, needs a heart transplant , is deeply depressed and stressed to the max ?

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