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Frozen shoulder

11 days after PM implanted i had to go to EP because unbearable pain in shoulder.  Could not move it or use it.  He told me I was babying it too much so he preceded to take my arm and raise it up over my head, violently,  3 times and waved it around.  Needless to say I was overcome with pain and shock.  It evidentually got better but I changed Doctors!  Has anyone else had this problem?

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New member

Hi I’m a new member recently put on Entrsto I was wondering what others experience of the drug is 

Mac

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Any know the cause of their heart block???

I know this had been asked a zillion times. I'm curious if anyone knows why they developed heart block. I developed 2:1 exercise induced high grade block at 46years old.  Ruled out sarcoidosis and Lyme.  No other explanation except meningitis I had 2 years prior or my many years of exercising and sports.

 

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weird sensations on the chest near the heart

I sometimes, randomly, feel strange "sensations" on my chest near the heart. It's hard to describe it. It is not pain. It is more like the (chest?) muscle moves on its own. Is it related to my CHB (currently unpaced - waiting for the appointment to install it)? Will the PM make any difference?

I've even been told by my wife to go to the ER. When I went there, they took me in overnight and released me the next day. I was told that the sensations had nothing to do with m...

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Any cure/fix for CHB other than pacemaker?

I'm waiting for my PM implantation any day now. I can't help but wonder if there's any other solution / cure for CHB other than a PM? Medication? Acupuncture? Alternative medicine? Exercise? It would be a shame to get a PM and then later on finding out that it could've been fixed without inserting a permanent device.

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Pacemaker 100%

I received a pacemaker 5 years ago at age 70. I had about 4 fainting spells prior to the pacemaker. After receiving the pacemaker I had no change in my lifestyle. I am a land surveyor and still work everyday and do quite a bit of walking. Went for a pacemaker check this past Wednesday and the doctor told be the pacemaker was working 100%. I was told originally the pacemaker would just keep my heartrate from dropping below 60. I had a heart cath last year with 2 stents. Have to go next week to...

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SSS

I am one week post op of getting my PM.  My hospital (IU Health) has a patient portal where I can view test results,  summaries,  etc.  I had my first Appointment Monday at the Pacemaker clinic and with My Dr's Nurse practioner.   I was curious and went searching on the summary of Her Notes.  Farther down I saw Dr Kilra's notes of his diagnosis.... SSS.   Before my Pacemaker surgery the Attending Dr (i had went to the ER for slow...

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Latest Heart Failure Medication Recommendations

I am 34 yrs old and have heart failure (EF 35-40%) and ventricular arrhythmias (post ablation and left sympathetic denervation surgery).  I have a CRT-D (my 5th defibrillator/pacemaker) and complete heart block, with a history of clots (PE).  I was taking carvedilol, lisinopril and warafin for several years.

Last year, I went to Mayo Clinic Rochester for a second opinion and have since locally transfered my EP and Heart Failure cardiolog...

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AV block Progression.

14 months ago, I was diagnosed with type II AV block and had my pacemaker fitted.  At my first check-up six weeks later, I was being paced 17 % of the time in my right ventricle.  I had a check-up today, and I am now pacing over 70% of the time, so I now have stage 3 block, which frightens the life out of me.  I know that my PM will take care of it, but battery life will be reduced (8.5 years left) and if anything goes wrong, I'll be in big trouble.

I know this really...

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New to the Forum

Hello,

My name is Chuck I am 63yrs Retired and I have been diagnosed with Coronary artery disease, Afib, and Left bundle branch block I had a stent put in 12yrs ago they just checked that and it is still good to go. now they are talking a PM with a defib unit. How is it to live with one of these units?

 

Chuck

 

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Vitamin B complex

I just recently had PM surgery on October 19th.   On my discharge orders my Attending Dr at the hospital had... "Stop taking vitamin b complex "   i don't understand why.  I am asking here to get others perspective on this.  I wven asked my Cousin who is a Cardiac Nurse...and She wasn't even sure.  She thought it would be the other way around.   I'm hoping it was just a typo on my Discharge papers.   

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Restrictive cardiomyopathy and odd pacemaker behaviour

So, I went for the first stage of a heart transplant assessment on Tuesday -- mostly tests I'd had before (chest X-ray, ECG, ultrasound) but also an exercise test wired up to an ECG and monitoring breathing and blood pressure and oxygen sats.

As expected, my results showed (quoting the tech) 'you're rubbish at excercise'. Not really a surprise as persistent breathlessness and inability to exercise are why they're considering me for a hear transplant.

However, d...

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Diet

Before my PM was instated in June 2020, I was given repeat potassium level labs. My potassium was too high. The potassium lab in  August had finally reached normal value. During these lab elevations, I  changed my diet; cut out all the high potassium foods. My cardiologist visit  this month was good; he said not to worry about any diet restrictions so much. This was nice, but vague. Do other people have to  limit high potassium fruits and vegetables? Do other pts. have a h...

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Beta Blockers

I had a PM inserted in June for a sick sinus node. I am thinking perhaps a beta blocker will slow my rate to lower than the set rate of 70 continuously and then I won't have any PACs, which are very unsettling. However, I am not sure of this logic.  Beta blockers do make me tired.  

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HIS-Purkinje Conduction System failure

Hi everyone, I got my Medronic's PM about 8 weeks ago. I have probably been having SVT for years but it was never caught on an ECG. Last April after a day of hiking my HR went up to 158. I was just going to bed and wasn't sure what to do about it. My FitBit caught it and I tested it with BP cuff. it was the same - stayed up for over an hour. I was becoming very anxious as it seemed like a long time for the heart to be beating that fast. They gave me adenosine, which brought it down ri...

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HEART FAILURE

I JUST VISITED MY HEART SURGEON AND HE SAID MY PACEMAKER IS WORKING FINE BUT THE SYMPTOMS I'VE BEEN HAVING FOR 1 MONTH INDICATE I'M IN HEART FAILURE AGAIN.  I HAVE BEEN LIVING IN CA. FOR THE WINTER AND SINCE COMING BACK EAST I HAVE BEEN IN TACHYCARDIA AND BRADYCARDIA AND PULSE RATE UP TO 114..  I THOUGHT THE PACEMAKER TOOK CARE OF THIS PROBLEM BECAUSE THIS IS WHY I GOT THE PACEMAKER IN THE FIRST PLACE.  SINCE COMING BACK, I HAVE A NEW CARDIOLOGIST I SEE IN A WEEK'S...

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MRI with percepta CRT-P

hi all,

i am scheduled for an MRI of left shoulder in a few weeks.  i have a Percepta Sure Scan CRT-P.  Has anyone heard of any problems?  i am told that it is safe but need to check with this forum.  thanks.  h

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Device Detected Afib - Blood Thinners

I have had my Medtronics 2 lead pacemaker for third degree heart block for 3 years.  I have also had two ablations for atrial flutter.  My pacemaker is now detecting small amounts of afib; less than 0.1% of the time, but rare episodes of an hour or so.  My doctor now wants me to take Eliquis because of the threat of a blood clot and stroke.  I am resisting because of the small amount of afib and the risk of this new family of blood thinners and law suits for excessive blee...

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Still having symptoms

I've had my PM for almost a year to treat bradycardia.  At my 3-month check-up, they adjusted my pacer to a slightly higher threshold for day time because I still felt syncope symptoms coming on (dejavu feeling, tingling in arms, nausea).  My doctor suggested putting me on beta-blockers as well, depsite the fact that the drug slows heart rates - this made me nervous so I declined and decided to see how the PM adjustment would go.  Well, I'm still having symptoms, even w...

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SSS/ vasovagal syncope without atrial lead attached

Hi,

This may be a bit long so please bear with me. Does any one have expertise with Sick Sinus Syndrome, sinus pause and vasovagal syncope without the atrial lead hooked up?

i got my third pacemaker implanted 3 weeks ago, I'm 34 years old. The plan was to get the new PM along with remove the old leads. The old leads had been in 15 years and we knew at least the atrial lead was very damaged. When the surgeons got in there it turned out it was much more complicated than they exp...

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