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watchman vs blood thinner

My doctor/tech keeps mentioning Watchman.  The first time when i saw him about getting a pacemaker.  Which i was not aware that i needed. The next time   was at the pacemaker clinic 2 weeks after PM implanted.  The tech said when i saw the dr. at the 6 week mark.  He will say something to me again.

  After the first time came home and looked Watchman up.  Was not thrilled with what i read.

  I was thinking if i needed blood thinner, why...

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Electro therapy for haemorrhoids

Good afternoon, posting for my Husband who is wondering if anyone has had Ultroid (USA) or Exroid (UK) therapy to treat haemorrhoids.  He will speak with his EP about this but wondered if any one else with a pacemaker has had the procedure. It is something he desperately needs done as is not a good candidate for surgery. Thank you.

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Colonoscopy with polyp removal

Hi All

A couple of questions on behalf of my Husband who had a pacemaker inserted earlier this year. Has anyone had a colonoscopy with polyp removal and / or a treatment for haemorrhoids called Ultroid therapy in the USA and Exroid therapy in the UK? John needs to have these treatments but is waiting for an appointment with his EP to check. Just wondered if any other pacemaker friends have had either treatment. x

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New symptom accompanies PVCs

History: I have had PVCS for always. To me, they are just a fact of life. Some things will make them worse--nothing makes them go away completey. I live with them. I only experience them as a problem when the rhytm goes into bigeminy. Happily, that tends to be self limiting

Two times in July, I had severe PVCs--the kind that feel like a blow to the chest. While that was happening, I began to wheeze. In seconds, ten at the outside, the rythm returned to normal, the wheezing wen...

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Ekg’s.

Hi I was curious. My last 4 ekgs show mid precordial repolarization disturbance consider feminine pattern confirmed by doctor in my chart  

The other day I was at the hospital for arm surgery and they had me hooked up to a monitor and it kept going off beeping. So after the nurse silenced it a few times, she just turned the sounds off. The monitor looked exactly like those ekgs. The nurse did mention a block  but my pacemaker wasn’t doing anything.

Does anyone...

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NSVT and VT

Hi all.

 

Has anybody with a pacemaker on here found that on your PM checks NSVT has been found? Or VT? If so what is your treatment and what did doctors say

 

Thanks

 

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slightly snoozy SSS

Many site members have been told they have Sick Sinus Syndrome.

It's a repellant term. Sinuses are not "sick" -- they're a little on the lazy side.

I  prefer "Slightly Snoozy Sidekick."

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CRT-p then Eliquis and Amiodarone

Is this a frequent combination/sequence?

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Pacemakers and LVAD's

Anyone here have this combo?

--Dave--

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Shortness of Breath After PM

I am a veteran and for about 15-20 yrs I was treated several times a year for what the docs kept calling chronic bronchitis and sinus infections. About 6 yrs ago I went to a pulmonary specialist outside the military and within 2 visits they diagnosed me with COPD. 

I'd also had 2 heart attacks in the past 30 yrs. One treated with an angioplasty, the other with a triple bypass. After the 1st heart attack it was noted I had an minor AV block. That has never changed over 30 y...

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Slow heart, and chest pain, help please

I do not have a pacemaker yet, but my heart rate at rest is often in the 40s and dips into the upper 30s at night.  I am not an athlete, but fairly active.  I have sinus rhythm, but have had a slow heart for 10 years, was told it is Sick Sinus Syndrome.  I haven't had any significant symptoms until now.  I have chest pain (angina?) often, everyday, and I read that can be from untreated slow heart, bradycardia.  My cardiologist is holding off putting in a pace...

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Echos

This past February, I had a pacemaker optimization performed.  Doc. stood behind the sonographer and watched the ultrasound images on the screen and gave instructions to a device nurse to change my PM settings to this, that or the other thing. Final result was a claim that my LVEF was raised from 20% to 35%+ altho I didn't feel that much better. Fatigue continued. Couple days ago, I had a right and left heart Cath ------------ no blockages, YAY!!  In a couple more days, I'll...

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Raised blood pressure since PM

Hi, I had a PM for bradycardia 8 days ago, and since then my blood pressure has gone up considerably. I have always had low blood pressure (107/60 ish) and a low body temperature, to do with my low resting heart rate (36-44 pre PM), but now my HR is set at 50, both my temp and BP are up too. I've been checked for infection and my bloods are all clear, so it's not that. Is this a normal adjustment?

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PMakers and chest CT scans

A safe procedure?

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DEMENTIA

My husband has had ICD for nearly 7 years now and recently has been showing signs of some type of dementia.After an initial visit to the Doctor he has told him to stop taking his statin (Artovastatin) for 3 weeks as this drug had been known to cause memory problems and see if there is any difference.Has anyone experienced any memory problems whilst taking this drug and after taking it for 5 years + would be not have been affected sooner?Is there any risk for stopping it for a short period of...

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My Story

Back in Feb. 2018 I had a 2 lead Medtronic pacemaker installed for Sic Sinus syndrome Bachcardia.  All went well even after I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgins Lymphoma that May.  Started chemo RCHOP in July and a bit of radiation in November and was NED (no evidence of disease) just last month. Pacemaker did just fine during whole time but last week I get a call from cardiologist saying that I'm showing signs of ventricular tachycardia...150 bpm.  New, visiting...

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Function

The tech told me at last appointment I had three episode, so what does that mean?  Also, how does it feel when it shocks you?

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Raising Ejection Fraction with pacemaker

In August of 2018 I had heart surgery to replace my porcine aortic valve (2011)with mechanical valve, mitral valve repair, and triple bypass. My Ejection fraction prior to surgery was 40-45%. I have had 3 echocardiograms since then, last one in May 2019. My ejection fraction has been at 20-25%, Entresto in March raised it to 30%.      I really don't have symptoms of that lowered EF, I work 50-60 hours a week, cut firewood, work out on rowing machine 6 days a week. 

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shortenish of breath

I had my pacemaker for about two years and keep getting shortness of breath.  My dr. has it set 70-110 and I am wondering if that is the problem that it is too low.  This is a single probe pacemaker to control afib.  They did an ablation to block the electrical pulses.

I am just wondering if the pacemaker set too low could cause this?

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Ejection Fraction

Thank-you for your information. It's greatly appreciated!  The cardiologist is telling me that my ejection fraction is lower-he never once has mentioned circulation.  This is so confusing to me.  He makes me feel like he just wants to make money.  They are also saying that my afib is making my heart weaker.  I have had Afib since 2003 and an Electrophysiologist at Johns Hopkins said I can't have an ablation.  I have a CRT-pacemaker.  I was alway...

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