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3 Brief Blocks in 6 days: Pacemaker?

On a 6 day Holter,  had 3 complete 3rd degree AV blocks, two at 3 secs and one at 5.4 secs, all while asleep.  Also subject to SVT's when training -- just back off and they go away.  70 year old male, train every day, but not a maniac -- just maintaining fitness and tone.

No other heart disease.  Not on any drugs.

Ventricles did produce escape beats during the pauses.

The Dr. recommends pacemaker for the 3 AV blocks out of half a million beats.&n...

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stress test

92 years old have pacemaker one year everythung dandy... they suggest stress test ..why

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Sick sinus syndrome and chronotropic incompetence

Im having a PM placed for SSS and chronotropic incompetence. 

With SSS does your heart rate always stay low? Or are there times it might be at a regular resting rate? I’ve noticed the last few days mine sits in the 50’s and 60’s but that’s regardless of what I do. 

I have to wait a month and my problem is, I can’t do anything without being so short of breath, dizzy,chest pain and sometimes near syncope. Anyone with this ever find away t...

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Improvements?

My diabetes clinic nurse asked about my pm and I said about the tachies I still get. She was concerned but I said well, theyr'e a nuisance but not life threatening. She said she'd get a doctor to phone me at home later.

Two hours later at home, a doctor phoned and said, "What's this all about then!"  Having explained these tachies last from two minutes to twenty since having the pm, she said I shouldn't have to put up with them.

Thinking of what I...

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USMC Discharge for PM

Hello! I am new to the site and have been reading around for a bit. I decided to join because why not?

Hope you are all well! Just had a question. I got my pacemaker 3 weeks ago during AT. I am a reservist in the Marines. From what I have been told, I am getting a medical seperation. I am not sure what to expect from any of it, or what the timeline looks like. Ive accepted it already, I just hate waiting around and want to move on with life. Does anyone here have any experience with mil...

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Pacing

Anybody have any idea of the effect of pacing 100% on the ventricle...I have heard some say no problem, others say it may lead to congestive heart failure , I have had my device 2 years just started packing 100% the last three months, each check the pacing percentage got higher for the last year until I reached 100%..would like to hear what others say about this. Currently 71 years old with two lead st Jude’s device.

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Sudden tachycardia

Hello. I have had my Medtronic exactly two years and in the last 6 months I had 8 episodes of tachycardia which I never had before. I have just been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. Anyone out there with similar conditions?  Thanks. 

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Stress test

I am having a stress test very soon and I am very nervous. I do not know what to expect. Can some one please explain what I will be doing and what to expect? It would be very helpful for me when I go in for the test.

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Persistent Afib

I have had a sinus node ablation because of sick sinus syndrome. So I am totally reliant on my pacemaker. I just had my yearly checkup and it shows I am now in Afib 100% of the time. What are my options? I will be discussing this with my cardiologist but that isn't for 3 more months. 

 

Thanks for your help.

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pacing rate

having extreme fatigue.  should lower rate be reset above 60?

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Just wondering:

I'm an A-V Node with pacemaker kinda guy and I've noticed this scenario more than once: I can check my blood pressure and a typical reading may show 108/64  pulse 42.  The "pulse 42" gets my attention.  Usually, then, I will check my my pulse via a carodit artery with my finger, and I'll count a pulse of 80, BUT.................I've noticed this pattern:  one strong beat, followed by a barely perceptible beat, followed by a strong beat, follo...

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Diagonosed

I was just diagnosed with Bradychardia. Looking back at my health history in 2010 my heart rate was 63, in 2013 it was 58, on Tuesday it was 48. I have not seen a cardiologist (waiting for a call back) but my MD told me that a pacemaker will be an option. I read that a feeling of anxiety could be a symptom of Bradychardia, if so then that's one more that I didn't even associate with the condition. I have minor panic attacks when I lay down at night. It only lasts a couple of seconds b...

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Pacemaker

Has anyone ever had problems with a burning sensation in both arms? Everything I read says a nerve problem, I was just curious!

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New medication

Has anyone else been given Midodrine as a subsitute for pacemaker implantation?  I was prescibed this by my cardiologist and he swore that it would help my slow heart rate and low blood pressure.  I took it for a couple of weeks and was dizzy and disoriented as soon as I started.  I am 84 years old and the symptoms were debilitating. The doctor claims that the symptoms were not caused by the drug, but I was convinced that they were.  I have now gotten the pacemaker (o...

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neurocardiogenic syncope

Please can antone out there give me advice on NCS.  This has been a very frustrating journey for me, with my cardiologists at a loss as what to do for me.  I have a PM but still haveing episodes after exercise. Any help is welcomed.

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Multaq 400mg

 I;m a 74 year old male and have been taking Multaq 400 mg 2x/day since shortly after my pacemeker implant in 2000, The cost  of Multaq has skyrocketed and it's getting ridiculously expensive.  In addition I was having side effects (weight gain and uncontrollable diarrhea (frequently couldn't make it to the toilet in time from my recliner only 30 feet away).  I talked to my cardio about stopping Multaq and about alternatives to it.  I did m...

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Hyperthyroidism

Had pacemaker put in for Bradycardia in October 2017. Started having ventricular tachycardia incidents in May 2018. In between this my TSH thyroid levels went from normal to .263 to now it is .074. My Vtach incidents are increasing and my appointment to see the endocrinologist isn’t for 2 months. Going crazy over here. 

Nancy

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Pacemaker with wire assisted lumpectomy

I have talked to my surgeon and I will need a wire assisted lumpectomy  needed next month. She mentioned something about getting a release from my cardiologist because of the cauterization  I believe. I'm 97% paced now, and was wondering if any one else have had  this done done? As if the lumpectomy and severe anaphylactic allergic reactions I have, this was just "adding insult to injury"!!!

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leaded and leadless... now i'm scared

hey all i hope you are all well!!

 

so an update really....

i spoke to my cardiologist today and i think i'm scaring myself x 

so i have paraxsymol afib and syncope. i was told today within the next couple of weeks he wants me to have a leaded pacemaker. i was shocked!

 

i asked about the recovery time as i am a professional street and acrobatic dancer...

he then changed his mind and said " ok well let's go for leadless......

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Blood Thinners.

Gidday from New Zealand.

I have had my PM for just over 12 months now and feel great.

My condition was Atrial Flutter and I was prescribed Aspirin 100mg as a blood thinner to reduce the risk of Blood Clotting.

I am 64 years young, workout at the Gym most days and walk my dog every day.

I don't carry any extra weight - due to an active lifestyle.

The Doctor at the Pacemaker Clinic seems to think that I should be taking Warfarin instead of Aspirin.

What a...

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You fondly named your implanted buddy.

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Hi, I am 47 and have had a pacemaker for 7 months and I’m doing great with it.