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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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Mammogram

I'm looking for an alternative to getting a mammogram. My doctor and my cardiologist are no help. Anyone have any suggestions? There must be some other kind of screening available.

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Thanks for the feedback

To Aldeer and Smitty,

Thank you so much for your feedback. It was much appreciated.

Stuie

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PM and Meds

Hi again,

l am relatively new to PM and this club so first let me say hi to all of you. I have afib and high BP. The beta-blocker (ZIAC) I was taking was slowing my irregular heart down to much so I had a dual chamber Guidant Insignia PM implanted on November 13th. At that time I was switched to Toprol for the high blood pressure and there is come discussions about being put on Coumadin. Do any of you have a similar situation. I have heard some negative comments about Toprol on other...

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Newbie

Hello All. I had my Dual Chamber Pacemaker put in August 20,2007. it.s a St. Jude model and I will be asking you all some questions, and thanking god for you all. It,s so new to me and I have lots of questions, that i want from people like me that have been through it. First one is do you still get some of the symptoms (small ones) like a little light head, some dizzyness, only minimal, but is it normal, do you get them? Thanks and God Bless Us All msphil

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Hypotension

Hi All,
Last Friday I checked my BP and it was 90/70. My doctor (@ office clinic) told me that I've got 1st degree Hypotension and he gave me med. Akrinor (cafedrin HCL 100mg + Theodrenalin HCL 5mg). Before PM implanted, my BP is normal (120-130/80-85). Is there anyone has the same situation after getting PM? Right now I feel dizzy (mild) especially when I moving quickly.

Gandara

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Means of Telemetry

I just had a Medtronic dual-lead/dual chamber pacemaker installed. I am 4 days post-procedure. 12 hours after the operation, a representative from Medtronic came in at 0-dark-30 and woke me from a fentanyl stupor, and strapped me in, after placing what appeared to be a blue hockey-puck with leads over me left shoulder. When asked what the hockey puck was for, she replied that it allowed her to "log in" to my device and download statistics on heart rate, frequency of pacing, and percentage of...

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Recently found out.

That I have a-fib when I was brought to the ER. With an Anxiety
attack. Attmitted to the cardiac wing of the hospital for 5 days.
Now I am home, and was at the docs two days ago, and had
my second sonocardiacgram, I think that is what you would
call it. Which showed that I have CHF.
I have to also go for this other test this Friday, where they
inject dye into your body and take pictures. --sigh more stuff
to worry about.
How does one know when you need...

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valve problem

hello there,

you're a smart bunch...

does anyone know that if you have a sluggish valve, will it ALWAYS show up on ECG? or is this something the dr.'s can hear on exam and get an echo to diagnose?

thank you!

luckyloo

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You know you're wired when...

You have a dymo-powered bike.

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