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rogaine / minoxidil hair growth products side affects

Curious if folks have had any side affects from use of minoxidil or with products where minoxidil is the main indegient. I have read several stories that it causes a host of heart related issues (including tachycardia). i myself experienced a new VT and then only thing different in my life was use of minoxidil for the past 4 months.

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unnerving

Im a little embarrassed about my question. I need to recieve my covid shot but heard some unsettling news about it causing arrhythmias and so forth. I should of done this a while ago, shame on me,  but i was nervous. What company woud you reccomend: phizer or moderna?  Thanks  .

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PVC's, arrythmia. asthma

Hi all, its been a while since I posted and asked for advice or opinions.After 3 years of being fantasticly healthy, I have succumbed to a period of PVC's, erratic heart rate and the dreaded asthma symptons.Mt fitness regime is out the backdoor and no bagpipe playing.I am not sure where I went wrong possibly too much snow shoeing and biking in cold weather that caused the asthma spike.Its day 4 which I realise isnt alot of days passed but for me seems like an enternity.

I have...

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Still learning

This month I had a remote reading successfully sent to my doctors' office. I get a copy of that in my medical test results, but that is all, just a copy of the same thing that they see. Not being a medical professional, I can't make sense of much of it. I'm wondering if any of you have had someone go over the information with you at first to explain what each reading means. I guess it is not really necessary that I know everything, as long as I see "normally functioning pacem...

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Magnetic eye lashes

Can I wear magnetic lashes with my implant, pacer/defib.

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Guitars, seatbelts, and subpectoral implant

Hi All!

Still working through my diagnosis (asymptomatic, vagal-mediated AV block) with my doctor but I wanted to float a few questions. I am in the "acceptance" phase and my goal is to get through surgery and recovery as easily as possible and get back to doing the stuff I like doing.

I am 5'10 about 140 lbs, fit but thin. One doctor kind of rolled his eyes when I asked about subpectoral implantation of a dual chamber PM. He says he does them, but said it's...

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Pacemaker - now or wait!

Hello,  I hope it was OK that I joined before I had my pacemaker surgery.  I wanted to get some opinions, please.    Dr. said I could wait 5 to 8 years before having it done. Dr. asked my opinion about waiting and I mentioned that it crossed my mind maybe I should have done sooner while I am younger (65) rather than waiting til almost 75 plus it should help with my episodes of being tired by pulse is low or BP is low.  Dr. said "OK, we can schedule it for ne...

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CRT D rookie.

Just Recieved a CRT D unit August 11th.

I have been informed that the Right Ventricle lead needs to be moved a bit.  Is this as major a proceedure as I just went through?

Kindest Regards

Emerson

 

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Left Ventrical Ejection Fraction

Had a post-Pacemake MRI yesterday--one more attempt to try to figure out why I have a blockage that required a pacemaker. No answers on that front.

But, my left ventrical EF was 45%, less than ideal. During the testing before my ultrasound, they estimated EF to be 60%. I know the ultrasound is less accurate, but anyone have experience with readings from the MRI?

Also curious whether the pacemaker can effect EF. My pacemaker is set to a low of 60, my resting pulse used to be in the...

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Pacemaker interference ??

I have a biotronik pacemaker and wonder if anyone knows if I can sleep in a caravan with the 2 large lithium batteries and power inverters etc that are under the bed?

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Urgent advice

Dear members

I have a VDD pacemaker implant since 2011 but I have paced  3% since then.  The problem  is Its now  pacing diaphragm,  I get pvcs and severe cough. drs here have confirmed  I don't need it anymore, They wanted to switch it off but the battery life is too low  to change the settings. It was on VDD mode but automatically changed the mode to VVI. 3rd day now i get severe cardiac events. The pacemaker   request immediate replace...

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Accepting Your Heart Condition

I had a 3rd-degree complete heart block on February 8, 2021, with two stents and a dual-chamber heart pacer, implanted.  It is now 6-months on and I have had some issues with pacer pocket infection and my pacer removed pocket clean and dead tissue remove and my dual chamber pacer reinstalled in the same pocket.  Since the infection, my pacer tends to move in the pocket and gets hung up on my chest muscle that tends to hurt but it will pop back out.  Doc says it will heal a...

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carotid arteries

Saw the vascular specialist today for the last time. Been with him since 2014.  He said carotids should  not have anymore plague in them.   Both are now at 45%.   Which is quite good. 

Told him since i see the cardiogist once a year now.  She can make that determination if i need anymore ultrasounds on them.  Had been seeing him every two years.  He wanted every 5 years,  His office staff said every 2 years so i would stay in the sy...

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running - pacemaker upper limit and vtach

Had my pacemaker put in for bradycardia/sic sinus syndrome earlier this year. I run a lot, so was eager to get back to it as soon as possible. On follow-up visits, they noted that my pulse had gone above 200 on a few occasions. 

Comparing to my Garmin tracking, it looks like when I run my HR quickly gets up to 140, which is the upper pacing limit for the Pacemaker. Then, it is pegged at 140 for most of my run. BUT, sometimes towards the end of the run my heartrate suddenly cli...

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Arm swelling

My husband had a duel chamber pacemaker inserted nov 2019. Just after Covid vaccine ~ april 2021 he noticed swelling around the elbow. When we checked the whole arm (on pacemaker side) it was an inch bigger than the other arm. He had CT scan , venous and arterial Doppler. All negative. It is a mystery. We saw the pace maker dr who said he has seen arm swelling but usually shortly after pacemaker insertion. We THOUGHT it could be from Moderne vaccine.

please let me know if anyone has exp...

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iPad Pro/IPad Air

  I know there are a lot of smart ppl on here and I am hoping someone can help me. I got a new IPad Pro 6 months ago and noticed no effects from the magnets involved with the device or the case at all. Then I got a new IPad Air a week ago and when I use it I feel light headed. I have an iPhone 12 Pro phone and that has never effected me. 
  I want to try to make the IPad Air work, does anyone know of a company that makes good IPad Air cases that do not have magne...

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How much dieting is too much dieting?

I am wondering what everyone thinks about dieting. I know, I know, I shoulld be asking my doctor. We did discuss this a year or so ago, and I was given the standard heart-healthy diet, which was OK. Limiting sodium & fat was not difficult for me, and I became a label-reader & (for a while) kept a daily tab. I lost about 15 lbs in the first few months, then hit a plareau & stuck there. I'll admit, that I got discouraged & stopped being as diligent as I should have been &...

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Covid vaccine

I'm getting my first Covid vacine on Friday, a little anxious because of bradycardia and pacemaker. Has anyone had Pfizer shot with pacemaker? Any side effects? 

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Metal Mickey’s time’s up.

Check today and replacement in next week or so. Put in 2009, pretty good effort for my metal mate. St. Judes Zephyr. 
thanks for all the support and advice since 2009.

cheers,

Lizzie

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Pacemaker Club - post Pacemaker/ICD implant Pain Survey

Dear Members,

Over recent months, several members of the Pacemaker Club have expressed a wish to know how many of us experienced pain following implant of our devices, the nature and extent of that pain and how it affected different age groups and gender.   

A survey has now been set up with the kind help of Club members and the link to the survey is given below.  The survey is confidential and will not be used for marketing.  All members irrespective of w...

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