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Low Libido

Can anyone offer me any advice. Since having an ICD fitted 2-3 years ago and taking Beta blockers twice a day - Sotalol 2x 80mg tablets, my sex drive has dropped. Is there a different medication that may help me? Is viagra an option, which increases the heartbeat and presumably works against beta blockers. I'm in my early fifties and feel a bit despondent about this. Is their anyone who can offer me some hope/optimism on the horizon. Any information anyone can share with me? That would be appre...

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late

i know it is late. anyone up for a short chat? going there now jessie

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Stevie Wonder Concert

This is completely unrelated to PM's, but yesterday my husband and I went and saw Stevie Wonder in concert. I'm still excited that we had that opportunity. It was such a great concert. His daughter was there as one of his back up singers.

Man was it a great show. We had such a good time.

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Shocking & pacing

Could some one please explain to me about the shocking & pacing. I have had a Medtronic pacemaker that is set at low 60 and high 135. I really don't feel anything other then an occasional "twinge" or slight pain in the chest area if I am stressed or over do it. At one time while doing the backstroke in swimming, I did or rather think I did feel the pm move. Is that possible? How can you tell if you pm is pacing? Thanks for any info. aljdeer

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Computer

I have heard that some pacemakers are sensitive to computers causing a rapid heartbeat. I have a Biotronic two lead pm that was put in in Feb. 2006. I dont know if it is power of suggestion or if it really does step up my heartrate and make it beat harder. Does anyone have any comments or experience with this? Love this website. Thanks! DD

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physiotherapic advise

Hai

even after six months i feel difficult to raise my right hand above my shoulder.my physician advised meto consult an ortho specialist and to take help from any physiotherapist under the supervision of the orthopediatric. Can anybody help me to clarify me whether this is common with pacemakers.

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cell phone and pm


dear members,

it is said that use of cell phones with bluetooth will interfere the functioning of pm.all modern handsets and cordless earphones are with this technolopgy.what can I do ?

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high school auto shop instructor

Just got my pacemaker Oct.16,2007 feel better but do not know the limit of what i can safety do without hurting myself.Very tired at the in of a days work.Is anyone working in the automotive field an what have they experience.

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Shocking

Hi everyone
I had my second pm in 2005, my first one was in for 17 years and no problem at all, but my second one, well what can I say. I have not been too good since having this one, it is a Medronic, that is all i know about it. At the moment it is in my left shoulder but I am having sorness around the pacing box and a little swelling. Occassionally I get small like shocking waves going down my left arm. As anyone else experienced this.
Please advice if at all possible
Thank...

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chat

any one up to chatting tonight?

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honestly i was not drinking lol lol

i tried to post a picture of jessica and michael but ended up posting a picture of alaska lol lol only i and my technical ability. lol i will have to get john to help me to-morrow actually post a picture of them love,jessie

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Size of leads??

I'm curious about the actual size of the leads/wires that run down through the vein and into the heart. I was looking at the display of PMs and leads outside the cath lab and those leads look very large in diameter, maybe 1/16" or even slightly larger. I remember seeing one post somewhere on the PMClub that referred to the leads as being about the size of a human hair. That's a lot of difference.

Does anyone know how large these things actually are?

Thanks.

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swimming

when I swim, my left arm swells up and goes numb so I have to stop for 20 seconds at the end of each length until the swelling subsides (no blood return since they put the leads in a vein).

Does anyone else experience swelling. I don't have blood clot and this happened right off the bat six years ago when I had my pacemaker.

Is there a solution to this.

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severe emphysema

aside from having total heart block for years and a pacemaker for 23 years, i'm 63. i have now been diagnosed with severe emphysema, i' really having a hard time with it. does anyone know if this is going to decrease my mortality?

have a good day and GOD BLESS,
nelson

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Nonstandard Treatment

A 63 year old woman went to the emergency room, where she was seen by a young new doctor. After about 3 minutes in the examination room, the doctor told her she was pregnant. She burst out of the room and ran down the corridor screaming. An older doctor stopped her and asked what the problem was; after listening to her story, he calmed her down and sat her in another room

Then the doctor marched down the hallway to the first doctor's room. "What is wrong with you?" he demanded. "Thi...

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chat

anyone up to chatting tonight?

pat

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christmas

i received an early christmas present to-day. the other day our grandaughter jessica was crying because her grandparents are not around at this time of the year. they have been home a few times over the years but we hadn't been out since michael was a baby and he is great. my husband surprised me and got our daughter to book flights for the 23rd fro calgary. they already have cold and a back yard rink. it is great. i am sure looking forward to it jessieto me christmas is all about family and bei...

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christmas

i received an early christmas present to-day. the other day our grandaughter jessica was crying because her grandparents are not around at this time of the year. they have been home a few times over the years but we hadn't been out since michael was a baby and he is great. my husband surprised me and got our daughter to book flights for the 23rd fro calgary. they already have cold and a back yard rink. it is great. i am sure looking forward to it jessieto me christmas is all about family and bei...

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Heart Block Cured, Should PM Be Removed

I had my aortic valve replaced at The Cleveland Clinic in September. During the surgery, the surgeon found a shelf of calcium just below the AV node and removed it. The removal of the calcium shelf has eliminated my heart block and the need for my pacemaker.

My question is, should I consider having the pacemaker sugically removed? I have had the pacemaker since February of 2007.

Thank you,
Blnmakerr

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Sotalol Experience

I have Ventrical tachycardia (4 episodes so far). One put me into the ER (240 pulse), I ended up with a defib and an attempted ablation (they couldn't get to any, though).

I was then placed on Toprol XL, 25 mg. Was fine for a while, then I got hit with another Vtach at 285 bpm. So, back to the doc, he raised my Toprol XL to 50 mg, was again fine until last Friday, when once again I got hit with a Vtach at 245, then early saturday morning (just as I woke up) at 218 bpm, which didn't re...

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