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medicines

What medicines for a cold have you been told to take or avoid?

 

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Pacemaker dependent?

Three years ago I was told that my bradycardia would surely cause me cardiac arrest at some point. It was 27bpm. Now I am classified as Not PM Dependent. That is because my heart can still beat on it’s own approximately 15% of the time, according to the last reading. 

At my next checkup, I will ask my EP what the next remedy is when my hr can’t get to 60 or 70bpm on its own. Does anyone here know???

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cant sleep

i have an issue with my right forearm paining. think it's a cellulitis using ice and motrin, havent been on this site for sometime. the pain woke me up . back to sleep now

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Elevated pacing

Since my PM implant just over 6 weeks ago my resting pulse rate has been a very steady 55. Since Friday however, it has risen to a very steady 80! It stays at 80 whether I'm lying down, sitting or walking. A brisk walk will raise it above 80. I have used several ways for measuring it. A garmin heart rate moniteo arm strap, Omron blood pressure monitor and manually counting for 15 seconds and multiplying by 4. It is now always 80 and probably because of this my body is hot all the tim...

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Fitbits

I have had my Pacemaker 4yrs. Really appreciate what it has done for my health.
In this message, I am wondering about fitbit adjustments, not pacemaker adjustments.
Since my Pacemaker keeps my rate above 60, will my sleep data be accurate since it relies on heart rate slowing as well as movement) ? Should I use the normal or sensitive sleep setting on the Fitbit.com website. 
Fitbit keeps adding more functionality, which is great. I just wonder if some of that functionalit...

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Kardia Mobile - anyone use one ?

I got my device in the mail yesterday ..... I did a reading and it said a cardiologist had to review and I could use it in 24 hours .

i am able to use now. 

I have no idea how to read an EKG ......

all of the EKGs I do say "no Afib, unclassified , no tachycardia , or bradycardia but not normal per their algorithm... could be some other arrhythmias usually fast or slow heart rate or poor quality recording"

I had my wife do one and hers was "...

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Pain

Hi, it’s me again! I feel like a hypochondriac, but I know this is real and not imagined. I’m a 62 yr old female. PM, Boston scientific, dual lead, put in 9/12/19, Sick Sinus syndrome, Brady-Tachycardia. Pm set to 60, with rate response adjustment due to hr not going up enough during exercise. During exercise, intense pain in my heart. Called dr EP said, not pacemaker related, cardiologist had me come in for a pm interrogation. Tech said it appears that I’m sensitive to...

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Pain

Hi, it’s me again! I feel like a hypochondriac, but I know this is real and not imagined. I’m a 62 yr old female. PM, Boston scientific, dual lead, put in 9/12/19, Sick Sinus syndrome, Brady-Tachycardia. Pm set to 60, with rate response adjustment due to hr not going up enough during exercise. During exercise, intense pain in my heart. Called dr EP said, not pacemaker related, cardiologist had me come in for a pm interrogation. Tech said it appears that I’m sensitive to...

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I got a chuckle out of this one!

I shaerd in another post about how bad I felt after physical activity - totally washed out in fact.

I attributed it to my heart rate not getting to the level it needed to meet my oxygen requirement for what I was doing.

A close friend called me and asked how it went ...he knew I was going to attack the gym yesterday afternoon.

I explained to him my theory which was supported by evidence and how I would soon be going to the doctor with hope they could tweak my PM to help.

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I feel my ICD

Hi everyone. Does anyone else feel their ICD? I have my follow up appointment tomorrow for a wound check.  I had mine put in a week ago Tuesday but I can literally feel it right by my armpit.  On the edge of it, top of the pit. And when I move my arm across my chest I can really feel it and feel some resistance because of it there.  Also, when does the skin stop feeling so tight around the device!  I know it settles in after a while, but I think mine may hav...

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Question for pacemakers

Hi,

Is there someone that put a pacemaker because their heart was working under 30% and have also problem with arrhythmia?

I'm a bit confused about when and which pacemaker is needed with this problem..my boyfriend is up soon for a pacemaker but didn't understand which one exactly..I would appreciate it help to understand to be able to be there for him.

 

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PM affected by EMF

I`d had my combined Boston  PM/DIFIB for 6 years and during that time I swear it has been affected by electrical interference but when I`ve suggested it the idea has been dismisted. On one occasion the logging on the PM showing iregular pacing and the time of a text on my mobile were the same ! If fact I cannot prove it but I am sure on one occasion it may have caused the difib the shock me !

Has anybody experienced this? Thanks mg

 

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How Bout this....

when I go in for my interrogtion ..... first one that will be 6 weeks post op....is it possible to take data I have which is the time and date i was engaing in specific activities and the tech being able to look/compare  data thats been collected from by pacemaker?

example .....on Nov 26 at a know time for a known duration of two hours I was engaged in playing racquetball.  I have a graph showing my heart rate during that time frame- do they have the same data they can look at...

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Improvement with pacemaker

Had a pacemaker inserted for a 3rd degree heart block 3 months ago .I don’t feel that much different than before I had it inserted does it take longer to start feeling a lot better I am 69 yrs old

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Am having a Dual Chamber Boston PM replace next week for weak battery

Having My PM replaced next week. Dual Lead Boston PM. Initial Implant date 10/2012, implanted due to Bracacardia. HB dropped to 20BPM. 

Today I am 70 Years old, currently 100% paced, set at 60 BPM. Here is my question.

I currently have few if any complaints after 7-8 years. I hope when the unit is replaced things remain the same. 

Any thing in Particular i should watch out for and\or ask my PM Doctor for before the surgery.

 

Thanks Flippo

&n...

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The effect of Solar FLAres on My paCEmaker

HelLO ALL,

How HAS yOUR day BEEN? MINE has beEN PRetTY GOOD SO FAR, hoWEVER my wiFE has been NAGGING ME all daY.. UGHHHH women AM I RIGHT?

ANYWAY I WAS DOINg some researcH on solar fLARES and saw that they wouLD kNOCK OUT POWER. WOuld it fry MY pacemaker, it is kidna liKe An emP and in Call of DUTY they use EMP TO DESTROY THINGS> WOULD I BE destroyed? Really hopE NOT BUT aT LEaST I woulDN't ahve to DEAl with my WIFE ANYMORE> I wISH we could GO Back to the DAYS When it wA...

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The effect of Solar FLAres on My paCEmaker

HelLO ALL,

How HAS yOUR day BEEN? MINE has beEN PRetTY GOOD SO FAR, hoWEVER my wiFE has been NAGGING ME all daY.. UGHHHH women AM I RIGHT?

ANYWAY I WAS DOINg some researcH on solar fLARES and saw that they wouLD kNOCK OUT POWER. WOuld it fry MY pacemaker, it is kidna liKe An emP and in Call of DUTY they use EMP TO DESTROY THINGS> WOULD I BE destroyed? Really hopE NOT BUT aT LEaST I woulDN't ahve to DEAl with my WIFE ANYMORE> I wISH we could GO Back to the DAYS When it wA...

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New settings and a new episode

hello,

hope all had a nice Thanksgiving! On Monday Nov 25, I went to see my EP for a follow up. PM surgery was on 9/12/19. I have SSNS Bradycardia/Tachycardia. Pm has helped with Bradycardia, meds have not been successful for the Tachycardia. After reviewing my interrogation, he told me that 3v3n during exercise my hr is not going up very high, so he adjusted the pm to be reactionary to exercise. ( not sure if that is correct terminology, but I hope you can understand what I a...

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About to fly 1st time Post-PM

Once and for all -- I know that the consensus here is to just walk through airport security.  But I'm still a bit anxious/confused.  It seems like there are two technologies:  1) a "metal detector" which one should not walk through; or 2) "advanced imaging technology," i.e. the backscatter machine, which we should just walk through, although you do have to stand in place for few moments on this one.  You can be wanded, but the wand shouldn't lin...

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Severe Anxiety after PM insertio

Hi All,

I've just had a PM fitted 3 weeks ago and suddenly had severe anxiety attacks after I felt mild stabbing pains and palpitations. I think this maybe normal when my PM is kicking in but my anxiety is severely affecting my family, social and work life. Can anyone give me some advise to cope please? Has anyone felt this way? I'm trying Lorazepam, breathing exercises and meditation but i'm still having attacks. I'm trying to be mentally strong but I am scared of being...

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