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Carvedilol

I have a history of heart problems going back 14 years. I have three stents and have had an ablation for atrial fibrillation. I also had a pacemaker fitted, as I had developed bradycardia and this allowed me to function well and live a full life for several years. As I had had a bad reaction to a beta blocker (bisoprolol fumarate) I was put on to verapamil which I tolerated very well.

One year ago at the time of a checking of pacemaker data I reported feeling well and I was very active....

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Amiodarone

I had a pm implanted on August 31 and recently was told my upper chamber was beating at a 4:1 ratio. My pacemaker was adjusted, and I am taking Sotalol and Diltiazem. I immediately felt better, but still suspicious. Recently my doctor has mentioned amiodarone. From past research I’m somewhat reluctant to try this medication.

Any thoughts regarding amiodarone? Benefits? Side effects? I have a follow up appointment on 11/28.

Thanks in advance.

 

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Bend over

Does anyone experience skipping beats and residual symptoms of light headed ness when bending over to say put something in a cabinet or picking something up? It has been happening a bit more frequent and has been a bit of an annoyance.

when it happens, the symptoms seem to linger for a while.

Any thoughts out there and as always thank you.

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Is this Normal?

I had an AV node ablation and dual chamber pacemaker in 2014 since when my life has improved considerably to the point where I forget I have paroxsysmal very symptomatic atrial fibrillation and just take my meds.  My last checkup showed no AFib at all.  However, lately I have woken in the night a couple of times with a rapid drumming in my chest which lasts for about 20 seconds and feels very alarming.  I know palpitations etc can be experienced by those who have pacemaker...

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pulse rate with pacemaker

I had a pacemaker since my heart attack in 2008, and now on number two. It is due to be replaced within the next six months. All in all things have gone relatively well until this past Oct 7th.

A massive heart failure greeted me on Sunday, Oct 7th. Was sent home, from Brampton Civic, on Oct 10th with meds (including furosemide), and ever since, my short term memory, balance and gait have all been challenged bigly. I've been back to see the GP four times in seven weeks, and the cardi...

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12 Lead ECG

Trying to evaluate my recent ECG.................QRS complex is at 160 ms, QT interval: 440 ms

QTCINT: 514 ms.....................  P Axis: -16 degrees   R Axis: -32 degrees  T axis: 125 degrees. 

I've read where my PM will influence these numbers...........to the good or to the bad?

--Dave--

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Loss of consciousness: Pinched Nerve in Back, Migraines, Pacemaker Malfunction?

I have been losing consciousness about once every 4 months for the last year. I thought this would end in August when I had an emergency pacemaker implanted for heart pauses up to 11 seconds long. However, today I passed out again. This was followed by my body getting very warm and than a headache. Later in the day I had significant lower back pain. Then, I had a migraine this evening. I am wondering if something other than bradycardia is responsible for my loss of consciousness episodes--may...

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Mammograms

I would definetly wait a few months b/4 a mammogram.  I am sure it will hurt if you do before a good healing period. Last year I got a 3D which was 1000% better and less intrusive than what I had been having.

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Strong jolts waking me up

Well I posted last month on my 2nd week after I had my PM insertion and I’d like to thank the guy ( I can’t find his blog ) to thank him about his blog because without it I would have not solved my own PM problem. After my amplitude was changed from 5 down to 1.25 down to .75 , I was still having jolts but on 1.25 I also started being woken up every night between 0245 to 0345 , I read this guy’s blog here that it happened to him and that he called Medtronic an...

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Mixed connective tissue disease, lupus, sarcoidosis and 2nd degree heart block PPM

Anyone with any of the above medical conditions that required a pacemaker implant due to that condition?? 

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Daily Oxygen

my pm was put in July of this year.  My shortness of breath, dizziness, and, sleep problems are worse.  I did a sleep study but can I request Oxygen from my Cardio doc.  I can't even walk 5 minutes

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Mammograms

I’m 8 weeks out from getting a pacemaker and I’m way overdue for a mammogram. I’d like to get it done soon, but I’m scared it will pull the lead out or hurt when I get the test. My pacemaker site is still sore to the touch. Dr says it’s okay to get it done now. Anyone have a similar experience?

 

Thanks 

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Warafarin and tattoos

Well finally tested it been wanting to get a tattoo for a while now and was worried I couldn’t get anymore due to the blood thinners got another one last night and too my surprise very little blood which was a relief 

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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 ­čśó

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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