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Stress Test on Wednsday need some feedback

Has anybody here had a regular stress test to see how high you can get your Heart rate up. I have a stress test on Wednesday my cardiologist wants to see so they have a much better understanding at what the upper limit and settings need to be set at. Currently my settings are at 60/145. I wanted some feedback for those that had one as a tool the Drs can use. 

I see my EP today for a checkup since my last rate increase. I am pacer dependent and I'm curious as...

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Robo Pop

Pop - Where are you?  I've missed you these past 3 months.

I need a sarcasm fix.

Donr

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Feeling heartbeat in ears

I had my PM inserted on 3/4/19. Often I can now feel my heartbeat in one or both of my ears. Is this common?

Thank you!

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Cardiac Sarcoidosis & ICD/Pacemaker

I had an ICD/pacemaker implanted two weeks ago for cardiomyopathy. I also have cardiac and lung sarcoidosis. Can anyone with these conditions please tell me their treatment with meds and what to be concerned with? 

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time lapse

Time lapse of one month between implant and first app.   Is this about par for the course?

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Advice?

Good morning...

Well the cardiologist at hospital was very concerned . However the cardiologist I just had switched to send saw once, just chalked it off.

My primary Dr is also very concerned. I have an appt now on tue with my EP. As I swear I feel something is definitely wrong.

Why would one cardiologist feel nothing to worry about, another cardiologist extremely concerned as well as my primary  Dr.

Am I losing my mind here?:(

I pace in atrium and right ven...

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Pacemaker / Loop recorder

Can apatient have a pacemaker and a loop recorder at the same time? I have pvcs, pac;s and nsvt. I thought the nightly upload of the Biotronics pacemeaker would showh these problems but it does not. I have had a loop recorder just before the implantation of the pm but it, the loop recorder,  was removed at the time of the implant of the pm. I would really like to know if anyone has both at the same time or can't that be done? It will be June before I see my cardiologist (EP).

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Pacemaker infection

Had pacemaker put in 8/1/19 healed really well until last stitch 7 weeks on it went red with discharge...GP gave me Flucloxicillin antibiotics 500mg x2 ..four times a day..stayed red and swollen..3 days later.  Son took me to A/E hospital doctor doubled the dose for 7 days still taking ...hoping this clears inwardly ..anyone experienced this ...grateful for any replies...trust you are all having a good day....

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aromatase inhibitor/breast cancer

One of the potential side effects from the aromatase inhibitor I am taking as an adjunct therapy for breast cancer is "heart rhythm" disorders as well as "heart disease" 

And I have a pacemaker.

Does anyone have any experience with AIs having this effect?

It is a discouragement to think that this pill can do further damage (PM 2013 for complete heart block) to my heart, or dont take the pill and have a higher risk of recurrance of the cancer...I woul...

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Erratic, higher blood pressure, but pulse always 60

53 year old male, ICD 2.5 years ago

My pulse after ICD has been a constant 60 most of the time (resting) and goes up to 120-130, when I jog/run, which I believe, is normal

However, my BP has been varied from 125/79 to 147/89 (today) over the last few months - I do metoprolol tartate, 25mg BD, and plavix

Will check with my PCP this week, but wanted to get your thoughts also. 

Thanks in advance.

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Pacemaker for sick sinus syndrome, now exercise tachycardia

Hello,

I had a Pacemaker inserted Jan 2018 for sick sinus syndrome. For some reason the sinoatrial node was working 50% of the time and I was getting very dizzy (RHR in the 30’s). 

I also have ‘exercise intolerance’ so Oct 2018 the Dr increased the settings so that my heart would rise to the level of exercise. I run a lot and even completed an ultra marathon Sept 2018. 

Since the setting change I’ve had tachycardia whenever I exercise. I had...

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Dressler's Syndrome

My lead revision 5 weeks ago was apparently related to Dressler's Syndrome.  Has anyone else had this?  

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Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and Norpace

I wondered if anyone was taking Norpace (Disopyramide) and if it caused you problems with blurred vision while reading small print or viewing text on a cell phone. I don't seem to have any problems with vision other than up close reading. I do realize that it could also be an age issue but the problem occured the day after I went on the meidcation. Thanks!

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Drugs

A question for the gang.  Many here take all types of drugs - ACE inhibitors, beta blockers, etc.  If one takes, say, coreg on a daily basis and this persons BP is under control ( 110/65 with a 77 pulse) and this person experiences "lightheadedness/dizziness"  what other component in the drug may be causing this issue?

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VT Episode with Pacemaker

Hello,

I got a pacemaker in Nov 2017. Recently I was told that I had 2 monotired VT episodes. Not sure what that means and if anyone else has eperienced this. Please do let me know.

Thanks,

Champak Chidambaram

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Dentist

I have had a SEVERE toothache for days now and can no longer take it Can I get the X-ray needed for for extraction hoping it’s not abset but I know it has to go

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Pacemaker and the MRI

Evidently, the Medtronic series Claria MRI CRT-D SureScan is safe for use with an MRI.  Anyone here have experiences in this matter?

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how remote interrogations are reviwed and reports to patients

I would be very interested in hearing how the remote interrogation reports are handled by your EP clinic. Are the reports screened and then sent to EP doc. Does EP doc see reports at all or is the scrednig the end of process. Do you have access to copies of reports with or without interpretations.

My PM clinic receives the the printout and a techncain reviews them and after EP Doc review AND sign off it becomes abailable on the paitents portal, often several months later. 

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Pacemaker not recording events?

I have had a Boston Scientific pm since 2013. I also have a remote device that reads my pm and sends the info to my EP. I have had episodic A-fib about 5-6 times a year since 2004.(I do not have a defibrillator, only a pm.) A month ago I went into A-fib which seemed different from previous event with extremely heavy heartbeats, so I paid a visit to ER. They checked me over, did blood work and the ER doc said yes, you have A-fib, but everything else was ok.

I called my EPs office th...

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Curious

How many here "play" with their Rx drugs?  An example: A year ago, I was taking drug "C" at 12.5mg - I then signed up to try the drug "Entresto" - didn't work for me a major dizzy (or was it vertigo?) event occurred. Next in line was "Metoprolol" @ 100mg. Gave that up recently. Back to "C" @ 3.125mg 2X daily - until I am "stable."  What does "stable" mean? - Don't know yet.  Maybe the dosage...

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Pacemakers are very reliable devices.