Most Recent Messages in Conditions, Meds & Tests

STILL NO PACEMAKER

Hello all from Australia..
Last time I posted message under the title of "Pacemaker here I come" I advised that I was to go through a cardioversion to see if I could put off the PM, well guess what, the cardioversion
worked at 50j and for a whole three weeks I felt great then pop back to the old problems..
Well back to the Doctor expecting to be able to have PM fitted so that I could get on with my life..No not to be,he wants me to go through a RADIO FREQUENCY ABLATION..Anyone in...

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Dental Work

I had my first dental appt. this AM, the first one since having my PM implanted on 6 March, 07. Now that I have the PM, the hygienst will only use the cleaning/polishing brush and the scaling pick; she says she cannot use the ultrasound cleaning machine cause of the pacemaker. My dentist said that the AMA has developed a list causing dentists not to use certain machines/devices on PM patients. Does anyone know what the other medical devices are??? Surferman

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This is pretty interesting!

FRIDAY, June 15 (HealthDay News) -- The bizarre death of a New York City high school track star from a muscle pain cream overdose is raising a red flag once again on the hazards of overusing common over-the-counter medications, experts say.

The New York City medical examiner's office ruled last week that 17-year-old cross-country runner Arielle Newman died from an accidental overdose of methyl salicylate, the wintergreen-scented ingredient found in popular sports balms.

To...

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PM & Breast Cancer surgery

Has anyone in our group developed Breast cancer in the breast with the PM? I am going for a biopsy (& removal of lump) for IBC next week. I have been informed that my PM will have to be turned off for the surgery an dif I require radiation the PM will have to be relocated to my stomach.
I am very scared about the possiblity of BC but now even more worried about the PM (Which is reality new only 8 months. )

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pain, due to meds???

My DR.s put me on nortriptyline 75mg at bedtime, after I recieved my implant on Oct.16.06. I have bradycardia and I am 30yrs old. They said it was for chronic pain.(migraine sufferer) I was having lots of pain at/around my heart and pacer, they said it was in my head or indigestion. Well, I stopped taking meds (cold turkey) Apr.23.07. The pains have now subsided to where I may have a pain once or twice a week. I was worried about getting migraines and haven't even had a headache. Not sure wha...

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breathing

hi while i was at my cardiologist on friday i told him about my condition breathing wise and the number of antibiotics i have been on. he took pity and ordered a pulmonary function test for monday and he put me on a new inhalor which has done wonders in one dose. i can't hear the wheezing. he thinks i may have asthma. we will see . i am just so relieved i am getting some help in the right direction. we are also dealing with imminent death from cancer in the next few days for my sister-in-law. sh...

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Info on Amiodarone

Is anyone taking amiodarone for v-tach, and if so has anyone suffered it's side effects (such as lung problems)? I know the drug has some other nasty side effects, but it appears to be working to control my wife's tachycardia....

Update......my wife is doing much better and had her two week incision check yesterday.....all is well so far.....

Blnmakerr

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Consultation on June 5th

Hi everyone, thanks for your support lately. Yes I have an appointment on Tuesday morning June 5th to consult about and schedule my pacemaker implant surgery. I wish it were here already, I am so more than ready to feel better and hopefully wean off of these medications. They make me feel terrible (Midodrine 10mg 3 times per day and Toprol XL 50mg once per day at night). If they want to do it to me that day I say do it. I'm ready. Thanks y'all again and I'll keep you posted. Just trying t...

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Praying for relief

Hi everyone, my head and heart and body have been really awful to me these past few days, and I am just praying that I will wake up and it be June 5th so I can schedule the pacemaker implant. I am about to be driven crazy by the medications. Midodrine and Toprol XL. I over-did it with trying to be a good mom this past Memorial Day weekend and doing stuff with my 2 kiddos. I collapsed on Sunday at the park. Monday I woke up and cooked a big breakfast but I felt so bad all I could do was slee...

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colds

hi i hope this is not a stupid question to ask. i have been since christmas congested and wheezy. it has been in my chest and a head cold too. it never really seems to leave. i am wheezy as well and have some inhalors but the antibiotics seem to help for a few days and then bamm back again. lately i have been a bit panicky about this. i go to my cardiologist friday.i hope it can be helped. anyone else had anything similar? my pulse is fine regular and i seem okay otherwise. so thanks ahead of ti...

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Ablation Update

Only time will tell if my ablation was a success. I traveled four hours from my hometown to the hospital on Tuesday and returned home Friday evening. The procedure was on Wednesday and took over seven hours. I was heavily drugged, but was not put to sleep. What a feeling! Even with narcotics, it felt like my chest was on fire.

Three bad electrical circuits were found. The doctors tell me two of the three are corrected, but only time will tell if the third will cause atrial flut...

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Vasovagal syncope?

I've been searching for answers since receiving my pacemaker over a year ago. Even though the blackouts have stopped I am still not 100%. I experience the same strange feelings that I had before blacking out (just for a few seconds, as pre-pacemaker) and then I 'loose' a few seconds. After I 'come round' from this funny turn I feel confused for a few seconds (again, just as I used to feel after the blackouts).

I still haven't had a name for my condition. All that I know is that my h...

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Bradycardia and atenolol

After a routine check up revealed Afib, I saw a cardiologist who put me on Atenolol to slow the heart 50mgs. A week later I was having dizzy spells, went in to emergency at Brigham and Women's where it was confirmed that my heart beat was slowing down to as low as 7 beats per minute at times.The Dr. recommended a pacemaker and I reluctantly agreed. Now I am starting to wonder, if I had gone off the atenolol long enough, would the bradycardia have stopped. In other words was the pacemaker necessa...

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Questions for Dr.

Hi Everyone,
I have my first Dr. appt with the electrophysiologist since she put in my pacemaker for bradycardia. She is with Brigam and Women's Hospital and not a Doctorr on my Heath Plan (I was originally diagnosed for Afrib heartbeat speed up after a routine checkup and had one appt. with my Health Plan Cardiologist before the bradycardia started)
The pacemaker seems fine and no problems with bradycardia.
However even though I can't seem to feel any heart speedup, I do noticed...

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Bradycardia Part II

Hi,
Has anyone ever decided they did not need the pacemaker after they got one and took it out? Jim

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Heeeelp! Squeezing in throat...

I recieved my PM two weeks ago after a Holter test showed a sick sinus problem (Mobitz I & II). All went very well with the implant.
Prior to getting the PM, I would get a strange squeezing or pressure sensation in the hollow of my throat (just below the adams apple). I don't get pain in my chest though.
I have had 24 hr pH tests, X-rays, scopes, you name it - all negative. Of course, in readin many of the postings here, after a while they say it must be in your head, anxiety, panic, e...

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Read this, pretty interesting!

Hello everyone!
I was searching on the internet and found this imformation. I hope you take the time and read this. I was going to have this done at the hospital when I had my DVT ( blood clot ). The doctors decided not to, why, I don't know. Sounds pretty interesting.
HEART FAILURE: Congestive Heart failure affects about 4.6 million Americans and kills nearly 45,000 people each year. When the heart is weakened, either by disease or defect, it can't move blood through the body...

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family matters

another quick question...my cousin who is 3 years younger than me (she's 19, i'm 22) did a tilt table test yesterday and the dr. thinks she has a lighter version of my condition (vaso-depressor syncope) (during the tilt table test i passed out and flatlined for a few seconds, my cousin did the same thing except the dr. had to give her a drug to induce her passing out.) he put her on beta blockers, which i am also on, but told her that eventually she may need a pacemaker, which i just had put in...

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PM and AF

Hi All,
I had a pm implant 2 weeks ago for because of low pulse problems.I also have AF but I thought the pm did not help with AF but at least one posting indicated that the pm was helping with AF.So I'm confused. Jim

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Stroke fears

Hi All,
I keep reading how we who have AF are more vulnerable (higher risk) to stroke from Blood clots.What I don't understand is how much of a higher risk are we and what factors figure into the risk. When my original fibulation did not show up on the EKG when I finally had my cardiology appt (my heart appears fine otherwise based on echocard) my Dr. took me of wafarin/coumitin and put me on 325 mg of asprin.(i'm also on 37.5 of atonol?). At first I was glad to get off the wafarin but now...

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You know you're wired when...

Your signature looks like an EKG.

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I, too, am feeling tons better since my implant.