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Ablation

My pacemaker has been in for one year and just had my one year checkup with the doctor.  He said I went into A-Fib around December and suggests that I have Ablation.

Has anyone had to have ablation for A-Fib?   Last May I had a TVAR.  How long is recovery for ablation?   If anyone has had ablation, does it really make a difference in heart palpatations?  

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It seems I am not bone idle but genuinely in need of some rate response

Thank you all for your helpful contributions and support to my recent post.  I thought I would do a new post. 

I have just received the following message from my pacing clinic.  Here is their response, early Monday morning.  It seems I do need Rate Response turned on and left on. 

I am having difficulties getting the graph posted, so I will try to post it to the gallery where you can view if you wish.  Update:  finally manage...

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Cold

I have a mild cold with PM IMPLANTED SIX WEEKS AGO. Advice on how to deal with it? 

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Pacemaker Install on Wed

Ok.  The doc said pacemaker and my appointment is on this coming Wednesday.  Oh do I live with a pacemaker?

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CRT-D and Warafarin

Hi Guys

For more than a year I have the CRT-D and it seems to work, at least I have no complaints of feeling my heartbeat making overtime or skipping beats

Before this I never had blood clotting but since the machine is implanted the doctors put me on warfarin; to 'reduce the event of bloodclotting'

I do not really understand that if I never had bloodclotting, spend 5-6 days a week in the gym, why I now do have to take a chemical..

Any suggestions, other C...

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Fluttering

I can feel fluttering and it seems to be getting more frequent. Mentioned it to my cardiolagist and he does not seem concerned. Should I be and is there any kind of adjustment that can be made to the device.

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Another losartin question...

I've been putting so much effort into studying Carvedilol that I really didn't look further into Losartin, and since I'm only taking those two drugs for heart failure, and of course lasix, I'm wondering why they even put me on Losartin since according to my research, it's only used for high blood pressure, a condition I have never suffered from. My blood pressure before Losartin was in the range of 120/72 on a regular basis, only going up to the 130's over 80's whe...

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Titration with carvedilol and gut feeling

"Titration: If tolerated, increase dosage to 6.25, 12.5, and 25 mg orally twice a day over successive intervals of at least 2 weeks. Maximum dose: 25 mg orally twice a day in patients weighing 85 kg or less and 50 mg orally twice a day in patients weighing 85 kg or greater.May 8, 2023"

This is the information about carvedilol on Drugs.com. For quite some time, I have been completely against the idea of taking more than 12.5mg twice daily. I found a study that indicated that th...

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mri for rotator cuff tear

Now the results of the MRI:                                

1.High-grade partial-thickness tear at the articular surface fibers of the supraspinatus tendon measures approximately 7x13mm.  The tendon involving approximately 75% of the tendon thickness.  No atrophy or fatty infiltration in the suprainatus muscle.           ...

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The beta question

In 2007 I had a bypass - they gave me the heart patient cocktail : beta blocker , Crestor , aspirin , and fish oil 

i have taken that stuff like religion since . The Beta blocker slows down my heart rate ...

could this be the cause or a factor in my hearts AV node failing 3 years ago ???

Now that I am paced what do I need it ?  Tje device controls my heart rate ...right ?

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Help with AFIB I don't know what to ask for

I was diagnosed with sick sinus node syndrome and AFIB April of 2023 and recieved a pacemaker September 1, 2023.

Prior to the pacemaker implant I was taking 40mg lisinopril nightly. I complained of what I thought was cardiac cough and the cardiac nurse switched me to losartan potassium 50mg.

I had issues with this medicine (see note to follow) and then she switched me to clonidine .1mg which I also had problems with. At this point I told her I would rather take lisonpril and cough...

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New to AFIB

Had my pacemaker implanted in 2014 with no problems to date.  Within the past year during interrogation, they have noted a concerning amount of AFIB lasting very short periods.  My last interrogation they found over 1300 incidents of AFIB.  Approx.800 or so were again for very short periods of time,  another 200 were lasting up to 10 minutes, and the one which concerned them the most was one lasting 45 minutes.  Since I'm not up to all the terminology used the bes...

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MRI

Hi folks, I had my first PM implanted in 2004 at 44 YO and second around 2014. I want to have an MRI on my lower half to check back,, hips and knees all at once. I do not have an MRI safe PM but am starting some research to see if this is possible. I will probably need a new PM in the next year or so, but the leads will not be changed to the best of my knowledge. This would be near Cedars in Los Angeles CA

Thanks All!

Eric

 

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Unusual Heart Rates

I thought I would share my current issue with you. My CRT-D fitted in September is set at 55bpm and this is mostly my actual pace when I check with my home monitor. However the last couple of weeks I have been having spells of higher rates of 85 to 102 which usually occur when, but not exclusive to, moving about. My BP also increases. At the higher heart rates, I get chest flutters and feel unwell and I have to lie down. I usually then go back to 55. As advised by my GP I have increased...

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Update and a reminder

Today I am fully recovered from the bout of diverticulitus and feeling the best I've felt in months--really since I don't know when. Happily, the improvement in mental clarity is keeping pace with the physical, and it seems reasonable to hope, i.e. within the realm of possibility, that more improvement is coming.

Let this be a reminder to us all, that yes, you have a heart condition, and yes, you have a pacemaker, but not everything that happens is being caused by the...

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Cardiomyopathy

Has anyone been diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy? What were your symptoms? What tests confirmed it? What is your treatment plan? 

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Colchicine and statin

Newbie here - thank you all for this club and forum.

I had a PM implanted 2 months ago. Been having several issues which are another topic. One is suspected inflammation. The doctor just prescribed colchicine, a double dose (.6mg x 2/day). The pharmacist said there is increased risk of muscle breakdown and other serious side effects when taken with statins.  I am already on 15mg of Atorvastatin. I don't want to trade one set of problems for another. Anyone have experience with...

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Cardiac pet scan

I had a cardiac pet scan today! I haven't discussed the results yet with my doctor but I saw that my resting ejection fraction is 72%.  Is that normal ? I read where if the EF is too high , it means there is heart damage? Have any of you had a cardiac pet scan? 

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Sudden increased pacing

Hello, has anybody ever had a sudden dramatic increase in ventricular pacingwhen they're pacemaker was routinely interrogated? If so, did you find out what caused it? Did it cause you problems? And did it need to be addressed? Thank you

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PVC Question

I have  a Medtronic Claria MRI Quad CRTD (9/7/23) and AV Node ablation.  Like so many others here, I am having PVC issues.  Had them right after device implant and ablation.  Calmed down, had rate reset from 80 to 70 about a month ago.  Had 2 weeks of really annoying PVCs and brief NSVTs.  On advice from knowledgable people here I spoke with my cardio and raising the base back to 80 for now seemed like a good move.  First week or so of that was good. &n...

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