echo results

hi just want to keep you informed as to how i am doing.  Pacemaker implanted Aug 21,2019.  Had an Echo done again on Feb 13,2020.  The results  from the Cardiologist this morning heart is strong  and do not need to be on blood thinners.  Will see him in a year. 

I also mentioned no need to come into his office for pacemaker check as doing the remote thing every 3 months.  He also agreed no need to come in.



Good results

by Good Dog - 2020-02-19 15:00:27

Great News! You have a long and normal life to look forward to. Normal that is; with the minor inconvenience of the 3 month remote checks and the occcasional doctor's visit.. 





by new to pace.... - 2020-02-19 15:05:33

thanks David

The news couldn’t be better

by Gemita - 2020-02-19 18:25:53

Hello Mary, you must be so relieved to get such a clean bill of health. And no blood thinners, my goodness, what an achievement.  Let us hope more of us can report similar success in the future.  

Can you share any health secrets ?   Sounds as though you have got a magic formula.

Stay well 

Good luck for the shoulder op

by Gemita - 2020-02-19 20:07:24

and perhaps don't start aspirin before your surgery since the antiplatelet effect can last for days after stopping, prior to any surgical procedure.  Aspirin like Clopidogrel can take days to leave your system apparently and this could increase risk of bleeding during surgery (as hubby found to his cost).  Also aspirin as a blood thinner is not really effective for stroke protection if you have AF or other arrhythmia and is also not particularly safe for long term use if you have gastric issues like reflux, ulcers, delicate stomach.

Unfortunately I am on low dose Edoxaban, one of the newer anticoagulants, for life for AF stroke protection because my CHADS score is 2+.

My husband had a successful left shoulder rotator cuff repair so hope your procedure will be totally successful too


by new to pace.... - 2020-02-19 20:20:46

maybe you can give me some pointers as am right handed and surgery is on the right shoulder thank goodness.  Someone told me with the pacemaker on the left side would not be able to have left shoulder surgery.

  Was one of the reasons not to start the asperin at this time.  if i do would have to find one that is not coated in lactose or corn starch.  but has to be coated .

Shoulder op

by Gemita - 2020-02-19 21:46:52

The worst part for hubby was having a sling for 6 weeks and keeping it on at night to sleep. He also found it restrictive in that he could not raise his arm, nor do any real lifting, pulling or pushing for 6 weeks so I helped with bathing, dressing. He had minor swelling but ice packs took care of that. It is important to keep up any physio exercises they give you and to keep gentle movement going while in a sling since frozen shoulder from lack of use can be a real problem and last for months.

Recovery from shoulder surgery can be slow so patience is needed but the rewards will be worth it.  Hubby used Nefopam for pain relief which he tolerates well since he could not take opioids.

Extra care has to be taken to assess position of leads/pacemaker, with left shoulder surgery but you can still have it.  Coordinated care was available (cardiology/orthopedics) before, during and after procedure. Hubby had minimally invasive surgery.  I have to say he had more problems with his pacemaker implant than with shoulder surgery since believe it or not the necessary inpatient checks of stopping triple therapy - Clopidogrel, Aspirin + anticoagulant well before implant surgery was not strictly followed by nursing staff and hubby had a serious bleed during implantation (another story).

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