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Exercise induced AV Block

Hi. I was diagnosed finally with exercise provoked second degree block with 2:1 conduction. I started having symptoms in October 2017. Caught me off guard. I was running and then all of a sudden I got non stop palpitations. A little about me. I’m 46, active. I love running, golf, hiking and biking. I just like to be on the go and always out doing something. Since this started it has slowed down my activity. I had to learn to back off my intensities during workout in order to have a work...

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Multiple Ablations for Sustained VT (structural heart disease), Activity, Meds??

Hello everyone, I have structural heart disease from an unknown cause and source.  I have been to every top doc in Boston and continue to see the team at Brighams. I had an ICD put in 5 years ago for sustained vtach while running.  I am 43 and active.  I was seeing a doctor at the time who kept upping my meds (Sotalol) and I felt terrible for 2 long years.  I sought out a doctor, Dr. Stevenson, who said he would try to help me (this was 2.5 years ago). He performed a...

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New and unexpected to the club but still UP "BEAT"

49 good shape, avid hockey player.   Passed out three times in one day (three other previous episodes over 7 years)

Went to ER, my heart stopped for 30 secs, next thing I know I had a pace maker in set to trigger at 45 bpm, as I normally have a low HR.

Started looking for answers and dug out some old records from 6 years ago on a diagnosis of LVH --left ventricular hypertrophy.

Am now interested to sit down with the Dr. and seeing what other actions shoul...

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Pre-Dental Prep

Thank you for the feedback...the less meds, the better.....glad to have this information.

 

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Pre-dental prep.?

Has pacemaker necessitated prepping with antibiotics for dental procedures, i.e., cleaning, etc.?  Of course will ask my doctor tomorrow at inplant followup....just curious about general consensus.

Thank you for any feedback.

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Medication

Hi!

Actually, I'm not really a person with a pacemaker. I'm a writer and one of my characters is supposed to suffer from dcm. I've just signed up in order to learn more about the said device. My dear friend had also died because of a cardiac arrest. And I sincerely respect those people who are wholeheartedly fighting for their heart. I don't even know if I have the right to post here.

Is it possible to take medications for someone who already has a pacemaker? If ye...

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Rate responsive pacemaker

Hi was wondering if it was possible to get a rate responsive pacemaker for Tachycardia?
I’ve had 4 ablations. First one for atrial tachycardia 2nd for avnrt 3rd one I had for atrial and sa node modification. During the procedure I went into afib. 4Th one they induced some more atrial tachycardia ( in a different spot) and also afib in which they did a PVI. Since that ablation I’ve had more episodes of atrial tachycardia ( caught on loop recorder) also since last ablation they...

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Sotalol

Background: I’ve had a pacemaker for bradycardia 11 years, have almost no problems with it,and lead an active life. 3 years ago I began having occasional brief episodes of Ventricular Tachycardia, none resulting in fainting, and was put on a low dose of Metoprolol. In the last 5 months I had two episodes of sustained VT, both about 1 1/2 minutes, heart rate averaging 220 but topping 400 briefly. I didn’t faint but felt lots of symptoms. Had&...

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Ask your medical people

This site has numerous postings where the wonderful people who show up here wonder if they should be asking (bothering) doctors about issues that worry them. You should. You are the consumer, the medical team is the provider.

You have questions, they have answers. At least one hopes they do. Remember, it's your body and your life.

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More problems

Hi. I recently posted a message regarding my heart pausing despite I have dual chamber pacemaker for wenkebach 2nd degree heart block. My pacemaker has been readjusted to stop the pausing... That seems to be fixed... Last night I had to spend all night in A and E as my heart is going quite fast  123 bmp in broad complex something or other.. Whilst this continued for 4 hours I felt so dizzy and so out of breath... My ecgs looked like massive wide mountains... I just don't know what is...

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Question to ask

I have had a pacemaker for about 2yr 4m. Reason they put it in was heart rate of 30 when exercising. Last 8 months a drop in my ability to exercise. A hill of  2/10 of a mile that I could walk to the top of without stopping,12 months ago, I must now stop and rest two or three times. So my cardiologist sent me for a nuclear medicine stress test. Preliminary results no blockage, but a drop in my ejection fraction to 36% from about 50%,when the pacemaker was put in. I am very worried about...

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Why my heartbeat drop so fast when i got shock from hearing something sad

Hello All,

 

I am currently 32 years old female and I am very active doing yoga before doctor told me that I had bradycardia level I now. My heart rate always show 48-52 bpm. 

I don't know why my hearbeat drop so fast when I got shock from hearing something sad, My heartbeat drop so fast from 52bpm to 43bpm, I am wondering if anyone having the same issue like me and what I have to do beside see the doctor? 

Please help :(

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Cardiopulmonary exercise test

Does anyone have experience with this test? We are waiting for the results for my mom and I am so, so nervous. The cardiologist described it as a “branch point” for deciding whether to go the transplant route. 

 

I am so so confused because she just got her crt-d a couple of months ago so I’m kind of like shouldn’t we at least give it a chance to work before talking transplant? She hasn’t even started cardiac rehab yet. It just all feels lik...

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What next?

Well I had my Nuclear Medicine stress test last Friday. Doctor called with the results. Told me I had no blockage. There was a wakening of my heart. My Ejection Fraction was 36%, two years ago it was normal about 50%. He wants to do an echocardiogram to get more information next week. Said I could continue with my hiking and bike riding, let my body tell when to stop or rest. Might have Cardiomyopathy. I just do not understand, two years ago I had this pace maker put in because my heart was b...

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GERD and PM

hellow fellow pacers.  I need help finding info on non-medication treatments for GERD. I had to fire my gastro.  She simply ignored my reminding her I was a PM patient when she referred me for Linx surgery for the GERD and I reminded her it was not safe for PM's.  The Linx website says is contraindicated in PM patients. She could have read it herself if she didn't believe me.  Sigh.  I am keeping my appt. w/ surgeon to ask him about other options but feel I...

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Seeing spots ( a little long)

Before I was first diagnosed, I had so much trouble with seeing black spots that I mentioned them to my optometrist. She dismissed them as "floaters." I wasn't so sure. Unlike typical floaters they didn't float accross or up and down in my field of vision. They seemed to be stationary black dots on top of whatever direction I was looking in.They might appear and disappear in tenths of a second, or linger, but never for more than a second or two. Then different ones...

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Teach me new tricks!

Hiya! So I’ve been in the pacer game for a few minutes and feel like I understand enough about how it all works.

Today we found out my dad is most likely going to need a defibrillator. In January he has his second open heart along with a mechanical mitral valve replacement. He was still having issues that mimicked a lot of mine and I mentioned I thought they should put him on a 30 day halter monitor. They did. It caught him in V-Tach at 300bpm.

Today they got him in wit...

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Neurocardiogenic syncope and pacemaker

Hi! I've had my dual chamber Medtronic pacemaker for one month today. I had it implanted due to neurocardiogenic syncope and Mobitz type 2 AV blocks. I've forever had episodes of pre syncope when eating bulky food, getting symptoms whenever I swallow a big piece of bread, for example. When I wore the monitor for a week, I would push the button whenever I felt this but my EP says nothing was happening with my heart when I pushed the button. Instead, there were other times I was experie...

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Biotronic Pacemaker

Has anyone received a Biotroic closed loop pacemaker for maligant neurocardiogenic syncope.   Has it prevented fainting.   My doctor has told me there's roughly an 80% success rate.  My last faint 2 weeks ago I awoke, had enough time to tell my husband I was going to faint, fainted, had a seizure, and projectile vomited while unconscious.   EMS came and my heart rate and Blood pressure were all over, including heart dips into the teens.   wondering if...

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Pacemaker

Hi 

I got my PM on March 1st, 2018 and I've been tired and have some energy i have good days and bad days and these are the med's im on (amLODipine 5 mg 2 tabs, daily) (astorvastatin 20 mg tablet 1 tab) (folic acid 0.4 mg 1 tab ) (metoprolol 50 mg 1 tab every 12 hours ) (venlafaxine 37.5 mg 1 cap) ( Glipizide 2.5 mg 2 tablets every day) (iron 65 mg 1 tab a day) ( Low Dose Aspirin)

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