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What Do You Take for Colds?

Hello everyone,

Hope all is well. Reaching out because I'm curious what other members take for medications when it comes to being congested or having a cold? I've noticed ever since getting my mechanical valve and PM there seems to be a list of meds I can't take (because they interact with my existing meds I would assume?). 
 

I figured someone on here must have the secrets to battling a cold!

Right now I'm on Warfarin, Metoprolol and Amlodipin...

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atenolol to treat tachycardia

I was on Atenolol for a long time to treat tachycardia they had to start reducing the dosage because of heart rate becoming to slow. That's when my cardioligist decided to implant a pm to prevent, my heart rate from going too slow and causing me to blackout again. I wasn't told whether to continue the atenolol or not. I just recently, started taking the atenolol again as my heart seems to start racing again at times causing shortness of breath. Anyone else, had these problems? Thank Y...

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Battery running low and optimization.

My ICD battery is quickly losing voltage.  In early November it was 9 months, mid November was 5 months, last week 2 months!  I will be changing from Medtronic to St Jude, as that's the hospital's device contract.  I am PM dependent due to SSS with no heartbeat when he brings it down to 30 bpm.  I have diastolic disfunction with a stiffening and thickening heart/ideopathic cardiomyopathy.  I had an optimization again last week, working on s...

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Medication

Hi Iv had the pacemaker 10 years and coming near to a change of battery just wanted to ask my cardiologist has started me on bisiporolol and ramipril few weeks now what are the long term effects as it will be my first time taking meds and do I need them for my hearts block bradycardia as my blood test came back clear 

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has anybody gone "off" their betablockers ?

Got back to my work after over a year of sick leave (severe heart failure due to a Dilated left ventricule, and got a CRT-D installed end February.

Just wondering : has nobody ever gone "off" betablockers (bisoprolol etc...)

I am struggling with one of the side effects (really bad cough) and it has lasted for months now.

I had a horrible experience with Entresto, same pb.

Both my sisters also cough with their hb pressure meds...must be a family thing.

B...

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Anti arrhythmic medication

I have a long standing history of atrial fibrillation and had an ablation 5 years ago.  Did well with very few a fib breakthrough but had low pulse.  ( mid 40's).  Was on Eliquis but no need for antiarrynmics .  In October this year I had a watchman insertion with the goal of getting off Elizuis.  Well Atrial fib went crazy and I was very symptomatic.  Bradycardia got worse. Low 30's and November 15 I recieved a dual lead PM.  Now I am metropolol and...

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Levothyroxine

Hi all can any of you tell me if it it safe to take levothyroxine when you have a pacemaker tia

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nose bleeds

What happens if you have a nose bleed while on blood thinner, how serious is it.  I am not on bblood thinners at the moment.  Do have a pacemaker.

they did cauterize the inside of the nostril with Silver Nitrate, this morning.

new to pace

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Svt return

Hi all, 

I had my post-check-up,3rd since pacemaker implant in January 2021,(Sick Sinus Syndrome), and was surprised to learn my SVT had returned with a vengeance, unbeknownst to me! I recorded 119 SVT's in three months' time.

Out of 119 recordings, I have only felt about 6 actual SVT, which is odd as when I had my first SVT bouts back in the day, I felt them all.  ( I had an ablation 7 years ago for SVT.)

Doc changed bp medicine to Ditilazam, which I...

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Test

Has anyone had a CT angiogram coronary test? They inject a dye, then get pictures if arteries in heart! Was it invasive? 

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Update on heart tests

I had cardiac biopsies, tested my RV lead to make sure it is functioning properly and will administer a shock (lead my have a fracture as my voltage is low and variable), did right heart cath to check pressures in chambers, and inspected valves.  

12 cardiac biopsies have been sent to 3 labs.  One specific lab works on genetics.  One lab will corraborate with the biopsies taken a few years ago through a German study.  My EP is excited and hopefuly they will find out...

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MRI

Lenox Hill Radiology in Lynbrook called and told me cannot perform MRI of right hip due to Biotronic Endora 8 DR-T pacemaker but they did MRI's last year.  Does anyone know of a MRI ctr in Nassau that will perform that MRI with my pacemaker?

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pacemaker and valves

I have had a pacemaker for a little over 20 years, I have now been diagnosed with severe Tricuspid leakage, the doctor has also said that I have Pulmonary Hypertension. The doc. said for me to take a diuretic, which I took for 3 days and on the third day i got an aura migraine.  So, I quit that drug.  I was supposd to take tha drug for 2 months and then get an echo.

Anyway, what I am posting about is that I have been doing a lot of reading and I have read that if you...

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PSVTs

Just saw my results from a Holter monitor test. Only significant finding is PSVTs. I can't remember having seen that finding before. 

I have a history of PVC induced PMT (pacemaker mediated tachycardia.) Here's my question. Would PSVTs indicate that PMT is happening again?

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mri with pacemaker

Today had the MRI with pacemaker.  Medtronic tech came in a put in safe mode.  After came back and put me where the pacemaker should be at 60.

Found had another torn meniscus.   My second one in 2 years.  Guess will not be dancing the jig just yet.

new to pace

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Are night "episodes" of increased HR normal?

A month after implant surgery, mostly at night but sometimes during the day, I'm experiencing episodes of elevated pulse with no physiological cause. 

My pulse abruptly goes from 65 (base rate) to 90-100 for periods of 2-5 mins, perhaps 8-10 X a night. These episodes involve more than just increased BPM: it feels like my heart is 'pounding' and it wakes me up. Subjectively, it feels like my ventricle goes rogue and disassociates from my atrium, beating at it's own p...

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AZURE pacemaker and MRI

Hi all,

Long story short, I now need a special MRI scan called a Enterography of the small bowel. I really need to know what is going on with my constant lower abdominal pain so really need to have this.

My pacemaker is an AZURE surescan MRI pacemaker. Will this be straight forward for the hospital to complete the scan? It is a huge hospital which also completes pacemaker implants.

Kind regards

quikjraw

 

 

 

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Diabetes has resolved!

About the same time (2 years ago) that I started having fatigue and bradycardia I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I worked hard at controlling calories and carbs, lost nearly 70 pounds and was able to keep my HgbA1c at 5.4 (just barely out of diagnostic range for diabetes). I had my pacemaker put in on July 30th of this year and my blood sugar has been normal ever since. I've eaten a piece of REAL pumpkin pie, had bread a few times and still blood sugar is normal. My HgbA1c is 4.9--pe...

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Biopsy scheduled

My EP has scheduled me for a biopsy in mid November.  My heart function and echo has changed since mid June, including additional thickening and stiffening and a change of movement in the septum wall.  He spent 2 hours doing the echo, working with the tech and many times doing the imaging himself, having his med students write down areas to biopsy.  What a difference with him doing it at the hospital, as when it is done in the office he will pop in and out between pat...

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NON SUSTAINED VT

Hi hope everyone is well and enjoying the late sunshine in the UK.

 

I only pop in here occasionally to say hello as I am generally well, heading up towards 70 now, 13 years pacing and on my second device.

 

My bedside monitor was assessed recently, I've not seen a doctor for about 18 months, since I had my device replaced.  Today I received a copy of a letter from the hospital to my GP stating that I had one episode of non sustained VT lasting 23 se...

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