Most Recent Messages in Conditions, Meds & Tests

Got a new pacemaker

I had a generator change Oct 11. Before the change my resting heartrate was 73-74. Since the change it is 77-78. The pacemaker base rate, then and now, is 70.

I feel fine at rest. But I am puzzled, because I am pacemaker dependent--the sinus node working less than 1% of the time. Where are the new beats coming from?

When moving around, particularly if I'm standing any length of time, I don't feel so good. I feel weak, nauseated, dizzy, break into a cold sweat. My whol...

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Colonoscopy and a fib

Thanks Gemita!

A fib is certainly not funny is it?
best wishes

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Colonoscopy and a fib

Hi all

i recently posted that I had been asked to have a colonoscopy after an abnormal bowel test and was wondering if Edoxaban may have caused bleeding. Thanks to Gemita, Marybird and Ian for responding.

I had the colonoscopy last week, they found a polyp which they took out, but also found evidence of diverticulitis which had been bleeding. They were not sure if Edoxaban might have triggered this.

I am going to ask Cardiologist next week to look at my dosage and see if it...

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Nitroglycerin

Cardiologist prescribed nitroglycerin for emergency use at my last visit. I have sick sinus syndrome which pacemaker addresses. Wondering how many others are carrying nitroglycerin around. 
 

Thanks

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Tetralogy of Fallots

This may be a bit of a longshot (or maybe not since we're all here for the same reason) but is there anyone else here that has Tetralogy of Fallots? I've been told all my life that my condition regarding this is good, and that I may never need to get the replacement valve.

They've also said that my needing of the pacemaker, the fainting spells I get due to my heart pausing is NOT related to my previous condition? It just does seem connected but I suppose they're the prof...

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Change of Meds Sotalol 160mg

Hi All,

My pacemaker issues are well documented on here so I won't go into details again. However, post implant I've been getting PVCs, some of which are severe and leave me feeling unwell for some time post event.

My question is about the new meds my consultant has prescribed. I was on Bisop 2.5mg but my consultant has changed to Sotalol 160mg to try and 'calm' everything down.

Two weeks in and I'm finding the side effects of the new drug really unpleasa...

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Sss and frequent sinus pauses

Hello everyone. Please delete if you feel nessesary as I do not have a pacemaker currently. I'm currently in the middle of getting diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome ( suggested by an ER doctor)  and there's very little support groups or anything with information on the internet for what I'm going through. I began getting a heart workup (normal stress test and echo)  because I started having random bouts of tachycardia and then during an er visit it was found I...

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Bisoprolol dosage

Anyone here have experience with beta blocker dosages? I'm currently taking 5mg Bisoprolol twice a day to control my arrhythmias. My electrophysiologist wants to increase my morning dose to 7.5mg (and revisit it in 6 months). Is 12.5mg/day of Bisoprolol considered a low, medium or high dose?

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Abnormal bowel screening test

Hi

have been referred for colonoscopy because of abnormal test result with bowel screening (uk) 
As I take Lixiana for a fib, is it possible the anti coagulation drug caused blood in the stool?

I also have a pacemaker

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Sleep Apnea

Hi all,

For years I have made my snoring a joke. I've told my wife it's how I say 'I love you' while I'm asleep. This morning though I searched for 'sleep apnea pacemaker' and quickly found a study that says that sleep Apnea if left untreated can cause heart arrythmia and that anyone with a pm should be investigated for sleep Apnea.  I am curious to hear responses from this group on the subject.

Thanks 🙏

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Metoprolol Tartrate vs Succinate

Hello all,

Wondering if anyone has experience with both versions of Metoprolol? I have been taking Tartrate ever since I got my mechanical valve placed (50MG in morning and 50MG in evening). 

I had some SVT flare ups over the past months (pretty much all summer) and they upped my night dose to 75MG and it has mostly been calm and steady.

Then on the 25th I had a pretty bad bout of it -- I was just sitting in my chair working on my laptop (heart probably resting aro...

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Gotta love those beta bockers

I have posted before about my biggest problem with taking metoprolol--fatigue. Doctors have decided that we need to rule out other possible causes for my bone-tired, sleep-10-hours-a-night, then nap-during-the-day symptoms. I am on a waiting list for approval for a cpap device (since I've already had one & sent it back, insurance seems reluctant to try again!). I'm aso trying to address the sometimes severe depression that I experience, which is a whole other can of worms. I...

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Mammogram

Anyone have concerns about mammograms with a pacemaker? Is there a danger of crushing the device?  There should be a test specifically for pacemaker patients 

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SA Node Modification

30yr old with vasovagual syncope and POTS. I'm on Midodrine, ivabradine and propanolol with no relief. Underwent an ablation (unsure of what exactly--he said he ablated the signals that were firing first) 2 months ago with no relief. Fainting frequent times a week with a poor quality of life. My resting heart rate is in the 130s, standing it'll increase, then drop to the 30s sporadically. I have a SA Node Modification on Monday. I have been warned a pacemaker may be imminent. Anyone g...

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sick sinus syndrome

hi. i have sss and will get my pm this week. the doctor aluded to the possiblity of needeing a beta blocker- i dont understand why- at rest my rhr as 48. the sympxotms can start at 70  and the highest its gone with symtoms is 120. i assume the pm will help to increase the rhr and i thought it would also help control the elevated herat rate and encompaning symptoms of racing heart and anddizziness. 

hope this makes sense-can anyone help me understand this.

thanks

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Beta blockers

My cardiologist prescribed 12.5mg of Atenolol once a day after my pacemaker procedure on September 12th of this year.  Reading up on this med., I am wondering why he prescribed this given that I have low blood pressure and a low heart rate was the reason I had the pacemaker (40bpm, now set at 60bpm via the pacemaker).  Is anyone else taking this med. and also has low blood pressure?

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medication bone density

has anyone with a pacemaker experience side effects from taking Risondronate (Actonel) for bone density.  

I have osteopenia and am finding some negative side effects from taking that I did not have before I had the pacemaker surgery.

   

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How do beta blockers help arrhythmias

This is following on from my other recent post... Today I was also offered a beta blocker to try for "palpatations" as the cardiologist called them. I have been getting a lot of ectopic beats (mostly single ones) but had what seemed like a run of them nearly two weeks ago which was disconcerting. I wondered how beta blockers help various arrhythmias? 
 

I remember as a teenager my vasovagal syncope was incorrectly disgnosed as "panic attacks&...

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Making decisions…. Monitoring arrhythmias?

Hi everyone

I was presented with some choices today when speaking to my cardiologist. I had an arrhythmia episode nearly two weeks ago which was different to anything I'd had before and seemed to wipe me out for a few days after. Like a run of powerful ectopic beats one after another without a break.

My cardiologist offered me a loop recorder (this would be my third). But also wanted a conversation about whether this was the best idea. I found my last explant of my loop r...

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Magnesium

Hi guys

I hoped to start a chat about magnesium supplements. I noticed from some recent blood test results that my magnesium levels were at the very bottom of the normal range at 0.73 mmol/L (normal range at this lab was 0.70 mmol/L - 1.00 mmol/L). This is despite having probably above average intake of magnesium in my diet and my own decision to take a magnesium (citrate) supplement of 300mg a day (for the past few years). I was therefore very surprised at...

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I've seen many posts about people being concerned about exercise after having a device so thought I would let you know that yesterday I raced my first marathon since having my pacemaker fitted in fall 2004.