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Entresto

Anyone here using Entresto for heart failure and have anything to report?  I tried this drug for a couple weeks back in March, and then - after a he-man dizzy event - I stopped and resumed lisinopril use. This dizzy event was not a "spinning" sensation - I had just parked the car in the clinic's parking lot, tried to rise, and I immediately knew I couldn't walk due to lack of equilibrium. Wife fetched a wheelchair at the clinic and wheeled me in. I was OK a couple hours...

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PVC's?

Yeah, I know - I shouldn't, BUT-------  I cut my daily metoprolol to 50 mg from 100 mg. Today, I re-instated the 100mg dose. Why? BP device reported 105/64 Pulse 42.  I've had this symptom in the past: Strong beat, weak beat, stong beat, weak beat, strong beat, weak beat, and so on. BP device does not pick up the "weak" beat. I can check with my finger on my carodit artery. PVC's behave like this - with a pattern?  Tiredness is my main symptom. I always th...

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CHF

I was speaking with wife's friend this evening.  Her hunsband has congestive heart failure.  Her husband sees a cardiologist I had seen a few years ago.  I wasn't impressed with this cardiologist and went elseware. She said nothing regarding A-Fib. When I asked about her husband's ejection fraction, she was confused. Their current Doc. spoke of numbers in the "thousand's" and she did not understand. I told her to make another appt. with her hubby's...

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Scared beyond belief 😢

Hi All, 

Please can someone help allay my fears as my head is reeling?

To recap I had a heart murmur diagnosed in my 30’s which was investigated by a cardiologist & described as a ‘benign systolic murmur’.

This was investigated again in my 40’s by a different cardiologist as my feet were puffy & again described as a benign murmur.

I’m now 52 & in Feb had a ‘collapse’ at work. I had a sensation of palpitations&n...

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Shocks being felt

Hello! Just 2 weeks ago I had a 1 device inserted DDD ( dual paced) . Since then my voltage has been readjusted 3 times due to being shocks on my diaphragm . From 3.5 to 1.25 to .75 yesterday . He also adjusted my pulse width when he decreased my volt down to 1.25. I had nights that I woke up due to those shocks , at least 4-5 times since insertion. My EP Dr said I can only go down to .5 and he’s not sure my y PM will be able to support my bradycardia . I told him that my...

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Medical marijuana

Has anyone got med marijuana Ibe read where it it been suggested too be helpful to the heart  wondering if anyone tried let me know tried off all the pills 

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Anyone Else have TWO Colonoscopies in one day?

Well, I did!  Was sched for EGD & Colooscopyon same day.  (Yes, they routinely do the clean end before the dirty end).  GI Dr. wanted to check on my ulcer before going for broke to determine if I could be given a license to live another 5 yrs.  It was to be my 5th anniversary of removing the acxsending half of my colon due to a nearly malignant polyp. 

Naturally pre-op we went through all the normal questions concerning my PM &...

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Have a pacemaker with heart failure

Does anyone else battle with the fluid retention related to heart failure .I am having to increase  my lasix  medication to get rid of the fluid.

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RE Mobitz 2 AV Block

Hi all,

I hope this doesn’t sound too ridiculous? I’m new to this forum & newly diagnosed with Mobitz 2 AV Block & I’m awaiting a date to have a pacemaker fitted. I’m 52 with no known cardiac history. I’m fit and well except severe osteoarthritis.  I was just wondering whether this heart block might just simply rectify itself in time without a pacemaker? 

Also is it inevitable I’ll develop worsening symptoms without one? I...

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tachycardia-bradycardia

Brief history. Fainted. Got heart monitor. Monitor showed tachycardia, quickly followed by lots of fainting and heart pauses and emergency pacemaker in August. This week PA started me on a beta blocker and blood thinner after onset of AFIB. I subsequently read that beta blocker can be harmful if I have tachycardia-bradycardia (which seems like a possibility). Should I be concerned?

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Pacemakers and Blood Pressure - Correlation?

Hi

I introduced myself recently on another thread - as I am having a PM inserted on Wednesday.  This follows a stent last Thursday - Keeping people employed.

Briefly again [sorry]:  Age 73 with a history of controlled hypertension with relatively  strong meds.  I had a "dizzy spell" accompanied by low BP 2.5 weeks ago.  Subsequent reviews led to the stent last week and, on that occasion, the need for a PM was identified.

However 17 days aft...

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When do I go to the Emergency Room?

I was diagnosed a week ago with Atrial Fibrillation (AF), following several months with loss of consciousness episodes caused by prolonged heart pauses. I received a pacemaker during one of these pauses in August. My doctor told me to call their pacemaker clinic when I think I am having AF. However, the clinic is only open 9-5 pm weekdays. Last night after their offices were closed I had AF off and on for about 6 hours. When I woke up this morning, I had another episode of AF. I called the nu...

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EP Study question

Doctor is considering an electrical study of my heart (EP study?).  He is also suggesting I may need an ablation and then maybe a second lead and a CRT-D.  So my question is this, do they do the study first, then go back in several weeks later and put in the CRT-D and then go back again several weeks later and do the ablation?   Just trying to get a feel for what I might be expecting.

Thanks for any insight you can provide!

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Which blood thinner do I choose?

After syncopal episodes caused by asystole accompanied by bradycardia I got an emergency pacemaker Aug. 1. Two weeks later I was in the hospital for pericarditis. This week I learned that now I've started having afib for up to 4 hours at a time, with 11 episodes over two days. My doctor gave me 3 booklets and said I should choose which blood thinner to take: Warfarin, Apixaban, or Rivaroxaban. I also have Stage 3 kidney disease caused by hyperoxaluria so I asked my nephrologist and he sai...

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Heart feels like it's racing

Just wondered if anyone taking the above medication had the "racing" symptoms in stomach and feelings of being "tensed up and unable to relax" all the time. I get some acid reflux so was advised to take this, also because I am on Clopidogrel. I keep stopping and starting with this as I also developed headaches before. I'm really unsure what to do and trying to get a doctors appointment could take me a long time with the shortage of doctors at our practice. 

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Unexplained chest pain

I am 58 years old and have had 2 pacemakers in one year due to the wrong one the first time.. the first one hurt constantly as it slid over under my shoulder bone. But i never felt the kind of feelings i get now, which is a heavy feeling (pressure) with pain type prickly sensations all around where the pacemaker is, also when i stand for any length of time it hurts in that same area so badly the pains radiate all the way through my shoulder to my back and up the left  ...

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Looking for information for my mom (97)

Hi everyone,

Verna is my Mom. I'm Sally. Mom is 97 and has had a pacemaker for a couple of years. Last week we were at her cardiologist's and after some testing and getting a Medtronic rep involved, he told us that her heart's electrical system had stopped and that the pacemaker was the only thing keeping her alive. 

We were really taken aback and didn't ask the right questions, probably. I figure like any forum, ya'll cant give medical advice, but would s...

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Carelink monitor and Wirex

Yesterday late afternoon I had chest pain, a tight feeling. I ran a device check last evening,  but I don't know what time frame or how many hours that test spans. I didn't really have any other symptoms, except a bit of light headedness, which I thought might have beena bit of hyperventilating. I'm basically a healthy 60 year old female with a pacrmaker due to bradycardia. I sent an email to the cardiologist office and I'm thinking she'll want to see me soo...

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INR LEVELS

My husbands INR(he on warfarin )for AF has gone from 1.6 to 4.6 in 3 weeks and the nurse is saying it is due to the severe pain he is getting from carpol tunnel (not been diagnosed yet) and how the body reacts to nerve pain when you in warfarin.Any input would be appreciated .Thanks

 

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Cardiac Ablation left me with no pulse at all, I have zero heart beat now

When my Rhythm specialist installed the pacemaker, he also ablated my multiple electrical impulses causing my chronic A-fib. I  went for setting adjustment last week, first one done by another cardilogist other than the one that did the implant and ablation, I was knocked out of my chair to learn: I have no heartbeat now.... at all. The ablation eliminated all electrical impulses to cause a heart beat. I am now 100% dependent on my pacemaker to stay alive. Can anyone please tell me....

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