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Sharing my experience this morning - went for an echo - as far as I could tell it all seemed same as last time - then as soon as done, echo tech said, now I'm going to take your BP. Tech instructed me to rise from my prone position and sit on the side of the exam bench with my feet dangling, arm resting on bench beside me. It went downhill from there - there were implications - no, make that statements - that I wasn't going to be able to go home given my high BP readin...
First, I should say that I continue to feel very well. I still walk almost every day, I'm able to do some minor home improvements, and I rest when I need to. Doctor has said a-fib is only evident a tiny percentage of the time.
Somehow I still think some tweaking couldn't hurt, and this time I've set my sights on meds. Funny how, when we are feeling well, we think, Do I really need medication? The fact is, taking Tikosyn (dofetilide) is just a major inconvenience. I have to m...
I have been prescribed ENTRESTO by my cardiologist. In trying to fill the prescription I find out I have to pay $426 for my first 90 days 2x, this is $300 to meet a brand name deductible, then $126 to fill the script and thereafter. That's a lot for me. My questions- 1. In your experience is it worth it? 2. What are you paying for it? I have Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction and apparently ENTRESTO is the only approved treatment for it, thanks for any advice.<...
i was prescribed Hydroxyzine shortly after my pacemaker surgery as a primary doctor noticed that I was showing signs of anxiety during my bandage removal visit and she said they'd be completely fine with all of the heart stuff that I have gone through (pacemaker almost 2 weeks ago and a mechanical valve in Jan of 2020).
the first time I took the meds during the day, they mellowed me out and made me feel very relaxed. I was glad they worked and didn...
If I was to ask a cardiologist at the hospital whether they ruled out the possibility I have Cardiac Sarcoidosis what answer would I be expecting to hear to confirm they had?
In other words what test is done to rule it out completely?
I was seen on the 19th for my follow up. I received a mostly good report. I am only being paced 7% in the atrium, but he still insists the pacemaker was an absolute necessity. I am having bouts of fast rates (somewhere in the 200 range), but am assuming it is a regular rhythm or not much he is concerned with as he still wants to hold off on meds.
This past weekend I was at a community fun day at the firehouse and had an episode. The heat most likely was the biggest factor, but I had dra...
From time to time I feel a pressure in my chest near my throat. This feeling doesn't last long and I am wondering am I feeling the pacemaker pacing? Anyone else have similar feelings with,the pacemaker?
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...
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...
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?
After my initial Covid vaccine and then second shot, I had to have a pacemaker implanted! I was 76 and very healthy. Fainted and had implant. Another friend, same age, had the same experience. Several people began having atrial fibrillation following the vaccine. I have read of the vaccine affecting the heart muscle but no doctors take it seriously. I am concerned about the booster and wondering if the vaccine could cause my heart weakness??
Have a dual chamber pacemaker since 2018 for AV block. Recently had an echo. Found slight thickening of aortic valve and ejection fraction in low 50's. Has anyone had an echo with similar results? Thanks!
Hi am wondering if you have ever felt strange when there is a storm brewing. Such as we have in Fl. a topical storm this weekend. When the barometric pressure drops. I have been feeling an unease. It is hard to explain.
Is this from the pacemaker or something else.? Have been drinking more water. Seem to be more tired and not sleeping well this weekend.
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Today I had a blood sample taken and they plan to check if I have certain faulty genes that were the cause ofy heart block.
Obviously the reason for this is to check if my daughters or sisters will need testing for the same defect.
Anyone else had this done?
I have another question on my recent AFIB. Since my HR was 81-82 most days, up from 70, I told my EP and she adjusted the PM somehow so now the HR is decreasing, at 74 now. What I don't understand is the PM can only keep HR from dropping why has adjusting it lowered the HR? I know I shoud ask the Dr. but it is quite complicated getting answers. The pacing % has changed from 80/40 to 35/65% ( which is when the Dr. told me I now had AFIB). Probably u...
I have had my pacemaker for 2 years now and no problems. My heart rate started to increase last month from 70 to 80HR. The Dr. said I have AFib now. He hasn't reccomended any changes to my meds, Just come back in 6 months for device check, Echocardiogram and Dr. visit. Does any else have this problem? Evidently AFib is here to stay. I am 81 so thats on the downhill slide!! I take good care of myself, good weight, exercise daily a...
Hello everyone , I had my pacemaker implanted in April this year,I was on Bisoprolol but had side effects ,recently changed to Sotolol 80mg twice a day but experiencing excessive sweating that is so embarrassing just wondering if anyone else was experiencing this. This week I had to have an Angiogram because of breathlessness the result showed there wasn't any blockages or narrowing that could have been causing the breathlessness. Now have to wait to see the next step to finding the...
Hi everyone I decided to ask this question because a issue popped up my heart was going very fast to the point my resting heart rate was 170 beets per minute. At my last pacemaker check they put me on a temporary setting ( its making me very tired) and they are going to put me on beta blocker next week and hopefully turn my pacemaker to the normal mode . So has anyone had experienced with this type of problem.
Does anyone have a pacemaker for vasovagal syncope?
My cardiologist informed me that the reason for my pacemaker is due to a 20 second heart pause during my tilt table test and episodes of vasovagal syncope at home. At this time time we are not sure what has been causing these symptoms.
What COULD cause these symptoms?
Are there other options for treatment besides a pacemaker?
Should I get a second opinion?
Just heard back from the Cardiolgist's nurse. That the medically induced stress test showed that i am "low risk for coronary disease".
Will have an in-office pacemaker check in mid August will tell her how the heart is beating.
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