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damage

Hello

I have had my pm now 5 years now,been have trouble so i went in this week to see if i have any blockest,Everything was ok there,but i was told that my heart has some damage to it,and the dr. think it was cause from the pacemaker.
he put me on CARVEDILOL,to see if it would help,go back in 2 week,to see if it has help
Have anyone every hear of this, and if so what will be done if the med not help

keith


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Beta Blockers

Perhaps someone can tell me why by reading all our messages does everyone end up taking beta blockers if they didn't take them before. Doesn't make sense to me.

I stopped taking the beta blockers for three days with doctors approval, I tested my heart walking and with a 60 resting pulse walking only went to 72 quite content with that, although not use to it.

Going up hill was another matter it went to 110. Not sure what pulse should be on exercise. Any ideas anyone.

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Problem with beta Blockers

Has anyone else experienced problems with beta blockers. I find they leave me depressed and feeling tired. Very dizzy as I have low blood pressure.

Doc said try Avlocardyl instead of Cardensiel (bisoprolol) might be weaker.

Can't wait to feel more like my old self.

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Hope this isn't a dumb question

I am not sure if this has been answered recently but I am wondering if u can originally be in complete heart block when u were first diagnosed as needing a pacemaker and then over a period of time not be in complete heart block anymore?? Last time I had my pacer check-I have had mine since Oct /06-the nurse seemed surprised cause I wasn't in complete heart block anymore. I don't understand -is this good, bad, or mean nothing??

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Medical ID braclets/necklace

I was wondering how many of you wear a medical alert braclet or necklace to alert medical personnel of the pacemaker. I am very young and don't want to wear one. The worst part about my decision is that I am an ER nurse and also a Paramedic. The way I look at it is if they have to work on me and put me on a cardiac monitor and they don't see the pacer spikes then they are not that intellegant to begin with. However I am 100% paced and I know not everyone is!! So just wondering if I'm the only on...

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I am constantly out of breath!

On March 31st 2007 I collapsed and was taken to the hospital with a complete heart blockage. They had me in surgery within 30 minutes and installed a St Jude Pacemaker. Since release from hospital I have constant shortness of breath. Before th Pacemakere implant, I was able to excercise vigorously, and did 4 to 5 miles/day on a treadmill at a fast walking rate of 4.5MPH. Now I can hardly get the treadmill to 3MPH and can only stay on 15 to 20 min at best. I have been check out by a pumonlogist,...

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Caffeine?

Here’s a question to help us get back to the business of helping others.

I’ve been told by fellow members that caffeine can contribute to Atrial Fibrillation and Flutter. Since I’ve been experiencing bouts of atrial flutter recently, I’m attempting to rid caffeine from my diet to test this recommendation and hopefully feel better.

I know caffeine is in coffee, tea and cola drinks such as Coke and Pepsi. I just recently discovered that caffei...

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CTA

Hi,
Has anyone ever had a CTA? I have one Tuesday and I am scared. They are turning my pacemaker down to 57 and I have to take beta blockers for 3 days ( i have not yet taken them yet..too scared to I guess).
They say they need my heart rate at 60 not any higher for the test. Well I know how I feel with my heart that low.
I would like any information from anyone that has taken beta blockers for the test only and had to have ther pm turned down,
I will take any information f...

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what to do for a cold

hello everyome i have a question about medication

what do i take when i get a cold the medication im taking now is digitek 250 mg amiodarone 200mg diovan 80 mg toprol 50 mg I take one each day and my family doc gave some other medication my heart doctor told me that any medicane will screw up the medication im taking now he said i cant take anything for a cold
i work in a cold enviromet its about 32 degrees every day 8 hrs and my condition was caused by ammonia and bronkidia...

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Post surgery condition

My husband had a pacemaker/defibrillator put in 3/22/07. He has not been able to get back his energy and says he just doesn't feel good. They said he had developed an infection and needed 4 weeks of cefritaxone injected after the surgery.

Can others who have had the same surgery tell us their condition post surgery. Have you recovered your energy and health since the susrgery.

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Getting off of Toprol XL

Well, tomorrow I am off to see my EP but not for a pacer check. I am going in to see about getting off of my beta-blocker. I've been on Toprol XL 50mg daily for about 4 or 5 years now. My old cardio prescribed it for me when he didn't know what else to do for me but drug me for my condition. (For those of you familiar with my story or even not I'll just say that I was diagnosed with neurocardiogenic syncope and severe bradycardia.) I can honestly say that I never noticed a helpful differenc...

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bradycardia

I posted awhile backBack pain - low
Back strain treatment about my current situation. Well, I have decide to go to the Mayo Clinic. My symptoms over the past couple of months have gotten alittle more narrowed and focused. I don't have the bucket of symptoms that I did before. However, I am experiencing daily:

HeartCongenital heart disease
Cor pulmonale
Coronary heart disease
Cyanotic heart disease
Depression and heart disease
Heart attack
Heart...

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Bradycardia

Sorry! I have been doing research on the internet. I have no idea why my posting got all disjointed. NO, I am not experiencing all of those symptoms. HAHA!

My questions for anyone that can help:
Has anyone gone to the Mayo for arrhythmia issues and how was your experience?
When seeking an another opinion, what kind of questions did you ask that were very important to you?

Again, I apologize for the prior posting.

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Muscle twitches - eye and heart

I still get muscle spasms/twitches (soft, and non-painful) in my heart, ever since PM implantation. They are intermittent, usually one at a time, and occasionally 6 or 7 in a row, about the rate of heart rate, but do not coincide when I immediately check my pulse rate on my wrist. 20 to 40 total a day average. Also have left eyelid twitching that I thought was not related, but naive as I am, could that be related to some of the electrical impulses from the PM and its leads?

~Jean

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Vagally Mediated Atrial Fibrillation

Has anyone been told they have Vagally Mediated Atrial Fibrillation (VMAF)? While I don't fit the profile of a male, under 50, athletically fit.....I do have the symptoms fitting VMAF such as my a-fib occurs at rest (never during exercise or stress), lying on my left side (and sometimes on my back) generates a-fib, often a-fib occurs after eating a large evening meal, sometimes just bending over brings on an attack.

My PM was put in Nov 2007, and I am being treated for the more commo...

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Pm for tachycardia

I am so glad I found this site. I am 25 yrs. old. I don't know if anyone is familiar with POTS? Postural Orthostatics Tachycardia Syndrome?? Well, I have it. It was diagnosed about 4-5 years ago. Basically my heart beats to fast and they don't know why. I have been on Metoprolol, Toprol XL, Lisinopril, Cardizem, Bisoprolol, Propanalol, and now I am on Nadolol and midodrine. My question is I guess two things: Has anyone had a PM put in for tachycardia? Or, has someone had a PM for POTS? Any info...

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knock me off my feet....

Heloo all,
well for all of my life they thought i had epilepsy? then 18 months ago i had the reveal device implanted and turns out i have very intermitant total heart block....in the last ten years i've had about three attacks.....one week after diagnosis i had a pacemaker implanted and it was pretty truamatic, i am just about human again today.......some christmas hey?.......ho hum .............cannot quite belive it.......chippy22

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No meds so far...

I have not needed to be on meds, and I got my PM just minutes after birth! Being on meds seems very strange to me... but I guess it all depends on the kind of situation you're in...

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Medications....

I have been reading that their are individuals that are taking medication because of the p.m.. I do not understand why....

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Meds

So, just a simple, hopefuly nonoffensive question. I have been off medications for...lets see since i was 8..now i'm almost 15...about 7 years. But i keep getting questions from new doctors and shocked responses when I say no. Anyone else not need to take meds? Just curious, I had to stop taking them when i was younger because they stunted my growth!! I was wondering because it seems like I'm the only one! But probably not.

Marisa
Early Merry Christmas!

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