Most Recent Messages in Conditions, Meds & Tests

Ejection Fraction

Thank-you for your information. It's greatly appreciated!  The cardiologist is telling me that my ejection fraction is lower-he never once has mentioned circulation.  This is so confusing to me.  He makes me feel like he just wants to make money.  They are also saying that my afib is making my heart weaker.  I have had Afib since 2003 and an Electrophysiologist at Johns Hopkins said I can't have an ablation.  I have a CRT-pacemaker.  I was alway...

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pacemaker percenttage

hi my heart surrgeon informs me my pacemaker percentage

 has dropped from 95 to 69 hence my shortness of breath again had it fitted 3 years ago and i has been great  what can I do to improve this? he has upped digoxin to 125mg can anyone help plz?

 

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QTc Relationship to VT's and PM

Hello friends. Am a dual-chamber PM pt. seeking any feedback as I’m having trouble waiting on answers back from cardio’s office.  Am also going to corner my internist today at my annual physical, for sure.  So here’s the deal.  Have experienced increasing presyncopes, a -NS of syncopes, and what I call “pre-presyncopes” which is an odd feeling that sometimes precedes an “event”.  BP has been all over the place, including dancing cr...

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Ejection Fraction

I have a Cardiologist that wants to do a cardiac catheterization and is talking about I probably need a stent put in because I didn't pass my chemical stress test.  I have let him know before that I am highly allergic to the radioactive dye, and I almost pass out.  But he won't tell me what my ejection fraction is with my echocardiogram.  He said they don't go by that.  He won't even do a CT Scan to see if there is a blockage first.  Are there oth...

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PVC’s /Palpitations.?

I have been scheduled for CRT-P on August 22nd.  I have mentioned in previous post that I was concerned about palpitations and questioned whether I should have the CRT-D instead.   I did see on screen during ECG the rapid increase in HR while feeling palpitations.  Unfortunately, there was no one in room to capture it, I had not learned that part of job yet.  I did get the doctor in ER to order me a Holter, and increase my Beta Blocker prescription which GP had not fo...

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Amitriptyline

Doc prescribed for little anxiety from pm and pins and needles in feet and hands occasionally from nerves probably 

Thoughts? Afraid to take anything???

 Thanks 

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Heart Stop/Sleep Apnea Question

I have been diagnosed with sleep apnea for a year or so.  During the sleep test at that time they told me I would stop breathing for 3 seconds at various times. 

More recently, upon review of a heart monitor report my cardiologist told me my heart stopped for three seconds on 3 occasions.  Is this cessation of breathing due to the heart or apnea?  Is there a correlation between the two?

Has anyone had a similar experience?

Thanks.

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My PVC's And Palps Are Controlled Now. The Condition Is Still There But The Symptoms Are Controlled

Along with the daily PVC I was having and they were fairly good ones my heart skips beats when I lay on my left side and back. I will use Ibuprofen in low doses when required. OK, I only take 2 200mg tabs in the morning when I get up to let the dog out. I know Ibuprofen is bad but it's OK if it's not abused. Now I only take 2 200mg Ibuprofen tabs a few times a week when I have to go out. I don't go anywhere anymore since the pacemaker was put in.

I found the vitamin, "T...

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advice because I am going to get a pacemaker

Hello All,

I am looking for advice because I was told that I will need a pacemaker "at some point" since I have bradycardia. I am 25 years post closure of congenital hole in my heart (ASD) at 69 years old now.  So, any advice of where to go to get pacemaker, what kind, what questions to ask, any books or articles to read would  be greatly appreciated. I live in Florida but can travel to get best medical care.

Thanks very much for any advice!...

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Back again back again clippity clop

Which should probably be: back again back again tickety tock.

Because my pacemaker is going tickety tock at 60 bpm. (Quick update for those who haven't seen me here before: put in last autumn with an AV node ablation to relieve 15 years of increasingly unacceptable AF symptoms not controlled by drugs -- I'm still in AF 100% of the time but my heart is beating regularly now).

Thae pacemaker still wanders as it sees fit -- up down left right -- but doesn't cause any...

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Pacemakers and sore legs and feet

I don't know if this is the section that I read it in,  but it's true!  I've had my PM for 3 months and have had such sore legs and feet.  Called my Dr and told her about problem for 4 weeks. I never had pain in legs!  She finally agreed to reset PM to single mode. (I was dual paced)  Yes, I had dizziness, but my legs were back to normal. Don't let them tell you it's not the PM. 

Functional heart block vs structural heart block

Today my doctor told me that I was having paradoxical responses to PM programming. He was extending my PR interval to reduce the incidence of atrial pacing. I told him I pace at rest, during exercise I go into NSR and stay there for a few minutes when finished. As my heart rate returns to rest I go into heart block. 

He told me this is a functional block not a structural block which makes sense since my heart block is very intermittent. He also mentioned a catacholeme issue may be...

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I Want To Know What Your PVCs Feel Like So I Know If Mine Are PVCs

I understand that a PVC is an "Extra Heart Beat" that disrupts your regular heart rhythm and this is what the defininition is. I've talked to a couple of nurses and my "Pacemaker Tune Up Girl" about my heart suddenly stopping and then starting up again and they stated they are probably PVCs. I even mentioned the PVCs to my primary and he said my pacemaker most likely did nothing to stop them. 

My worry is when I have one my "Heart Completely Stops"...

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Things are different

Prior to late Nov, 2018 I functioned just fine with my Medtronic CRT-D PM.  I performed well on a treadmill pulmonary function stress test last Nov 15. Due to low battery indication, my PM was replaced with a Medtronic Claria MRI CRT-D Surescan on Nov. 30, 2018 and I've not been the same since. Weary, weak and less able to do things.  EP has blamed my condition on the following events that happened a month afterward: Diverticulitis, C-Diff infection, then a pnemonia event. ...

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Warfarin

I've had a pacemaker since 2011 with the usual adjustment hassles but it all works so :) However, I am now being awarded a double valve replacement (atrial and mitral) via OHS. My Cardiologist was talking about natural valves because I was active and young (relatively speaking - 55). My Cardiac Surgeon went with suggesting artificial ones as natural wear out quickly which of course means Warfarin. I'm not too fussed about the regular testing and I'm happy to buy a home test machin...

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I would like to talk to some of the 'younger' pacemaker people - especially if you have congenital heart problems. I've been having some annoying issues.

Hello!

I am a 38 year old male. I was born with a 3rd degree heart block, discovered when I was 14 - thus I was bradycardic.

My cardiologists waited until I was 28 to implant my pacer. I never had any identifyable symptoms prior to this. It was put in , as an 'insurance policy'.

Three years ago, it was noted on my echo that my ejection fraction was a little low (45-50%). I am not sure if this is new, or old. Until I started a family about 8 years ago, I sadly paid li...

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Does Anyone Take Ibuprofen To Control Their PVCs?

I took a couple of Ibuprofen for a muscle ache and it seemed like my PVCs mellowed out a bit. Right now I usually have one big one a day. I actually felt kinda relieved and the next couple of days were good to me. Today I had one without the heart thump. I still felt wiped out and tired after it. I took a couple more Ibuprofen and felt better in 1/2 hr. 

I started researching and found a couple of posts in a medical forum from 2011 and 2013 where a couple of guys at different...

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Flecainide

Any one have any experience with this med? I started it about three weeks ago and seem to be doing better. Much less PVB’s and staying out of Afib. Was actually in Afib for four days (by far the longest I’ve ever been, as far as I know)      and the new med seemed to do the trick. Current on 50 mg 2X a day in conjunction with Metoprolol, 25 mg 2X a day

Thanks!

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Leaning About PVCs So I Can Feel Confident About Myself Again

"QUOTE FROM ANOTHER MEMBER NAMED MIKE" It is after midnight and I have been experienceing skipped beats and pauses (pvcs I guess) since 9:30. They scare the crap out of me when they are severe. When I get them this bad they are accompanied by bloating, burping and gas. When you tell the Doctors this they seem to think it is not inportant but there is some kind of connection. It has been a stressful day and I was at the local coffee shop listening to live musi...

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Fatigue

Between the effects of Bigeminy, low blood pressure (94/57) and the antidepressant drug, Zoloft - the only thing I feel like doing everyday is setting up camp on the couch due to fatigue. Any suggestions? Docs are all saying "hang in there!"

--Dave--

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