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Echocardiogram

My EP requested I get an echocardiogram (no rush) after my recent in person checkup. Said all was fine. Have had dual pm for little over 3 years. What would be the purpose of having this echo test? Thanks!

 

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results of echo because of fast hearts seen on last remote transmission

I saw the cardilogist this morning and she gave me the results of the Echo, which i had last Thursday.  Because the last remote transmission saw a couple of time a fast heart beats of 148,159 and 148-169 for 20 minutes. 

  Said i have Atrial fibrillation and Atrial flutter for which i should take a blood thinner or put in the Watchman device to prevent clots.  Since i do not like to take medications nor do i want to have worry about cutting myself.  Am lean...

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Creatine and BUN

Hey y'all,

Sorry no updates on my listing status yet (more information on that next week, when I have answers I will make a post).

In other heart related news:

My weekly labs (now drawn at my weekly home nurse visit to change my IV line bandages) came back with elevated BUN and creatine.  I should have asked for numbers but assumed it would be uploaded to my online records (I was incorrect on that front).  So all I know is they are elevated but not how much the...

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Ejection Fraction

I have had my Biventriculator sinceMarch 15th, 2021. My new cardiologist ordered an echocardiogram a week ago, the results are still the same as before I had the pacemaker.

My ejection fraction was 20% before the pacemaker and it is still 20% three months after. Anyone had this experience as well? Anyone had ejection fraction improve and how long did it take to improve? I am starting to think this pacemaker was a mistake, or am I expecting too much too soon?

Any advise?<...

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Pacemaker

Hi, new to the site, but just had my first replacement after 9 years, dodgy lead as well!!

My first was fitted in France (left hand drive) but I have now moved back to UK (right hand drive) My device is sited on the right side and so having seat belt irritation, anyone in UK can recommend something, Soft touch products not available here!

Also, my medic has just started me on blood thinners, Rivaroxaban, because someone like me who has atrial fibrillation is at risk of a stroke. A...

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Looks Like The Monster Has Gotten Me

I had posted previously about my cardiologist getting my remote pacemaker reports showing short runs of afib, total less than 1%, and his instructions to increase the metoprolol to try and minimize even that amount. He said at that level there was no need for an anticoagulant, yet, and I did my best to avoid the triggers and keep the stupid thing at bay. And they were going to keep an eye on it.  I knew there were breakthroughs of tachycardia, but I hoped they were something ot...

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Teeth extraction

I have to have a tooth extraction on Monday. Any issues with the pm? Thank you as always 

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Mammogram

I have a mammogram booked next week. Concerned with pm... any advice pls?

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B TYPE NATRIURETIC PEPTIDE

I just had this test today and the results are devestating to me, am I too sensetive to it or am I wrong feeling this way?

B TYPE NATRIURETIC PEPTIDE and my results are 858 pg/ml, indicating heart failure, we know I have heart failure, why do the test again and again? Anyone else has been through this hoopla like I am going through it? what is the point of the test? Are they trying to figure out if I am healed from the CHF? or just because?

I am feeliing fiine, no pain, the racing...

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Pacer/defibrillator

I just got my pacer changed out for a combo defibrillator.  They also put me on Amiodarone.  I am so scared of the side effects.   I am 4 days on it and am so depressed and feeling like crying all the time.  I'm 59 and fear this is my life from now on.

Anyone have experience with this drug?

Thanks

JHF

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Smoking Weed

Has anyone had experience smoking weed with a pacemaker? I haven't since my surgery but would like to start again. I have complete heart block and had weed before the pacemaker, but I don't know if it will effect my pacemaker.

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Low potassium…

Tests went all good today.

However my symptoms of muscle cramps, sweating, elevated bp, pain, dyspnea, and nausea had become worse overnight.  I asked them to run a istat blood check on me while I was at the clinic.  My potassium was down to 3.0.  Since my doctor was out till tomorrow the in clinic heart failure doc just wrote me a new prescription for potassium supplements, told me to take a triple dose when I got home and follow up with my regular HF doctor.  The g...

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out of breath while exercising.

I had my device installed in February.  Prior to that surgery I had been taking coreg 3.125 mg twice a day.   I was able to frequently get on our ellipical machine for 45 minutes for a comfortable session with heart rate at 120.   After the insertion of the PM, the EP doc took me off the coreg and substituted Metoprolol succinctate 50mg.

Now I have no stamina.   Walking uphill I get winded very quickly.   I am unable to use the elliptical at...

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Covid vaccine

I have a Boston scientific 3 lead.  Wondering if anyone with the same device has gotten their covid vaccine?  I'm on the wall of getting one however want to hear from similar that have.  My dr can't tell me yes or no due to liability issues I guess.  

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heart skips a beat.

Hello everyone. I just past my one year mark with my Medtronic azure xt. I noticed on my home BP monitor that my pulse rate skipped a beat/s. (not often thou) My recent visit to the cardioaligist gave me my answer. The doctor said it will happen occasionally and not to worry. Its the heart interacting with the pacemaker. I hope this helps anyone who experienced this also. Thank you all for the support you offer each other...........Kevin soon to be 71 with bradycardia.

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High resting pulse even after Ablation for afib & crt d implant

Just wondering if it's common in heart failure to have a high resting pulse (110 ish) . If I go for a walk , say 20 minutes its seems to normalise but it isn't always appropriate to do so i.e late at night / social situations / bedtime etc. Doc has given me beta blockers/ ivabradine but no luck. Blood pressure is generally ok. The little research I've done is telling me the weak heart can't pump at rest and the high pulse is to compensate but is this a common issue and has any...

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Ablation

What does this mean?

It refers to 12 lead ekg after ablation: electronic "ventricular pacemaker has replaced electronic atrial pacemaker"

Is this good or bad?

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SOTALOL

I was diagnosed with AFIB about 8 years ago. The only medication that kind of worked was SOTALO, a Beta Blocker.

My Cardiologist decided to give me a cryoablation which worked. Unfortunately a while back I was diagnosed with SSS. My pauses aren't quite long enough yet for a PM. (although my cardiologist left that decision up to me) However he said that when I get the PM, he would put me back on Sotalol. I was wondering if anybody else that has a PM is on a Beta Blocker? To...

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Pacing Trends

Hi, my condition is an AV Block 3rd degree, and had a Biotronik Enitra 6DR fitted 3.5 years ago, following which I had no further symptoms at all.  About 4 weeks ago I noticed during light exercise a tightness in my chest, along with light headedness.  This continued for some days, and after a visit to my doctor he suggested I have my pacemaker checked.

They checked and said the pacemaker was performing normally, but did notice that about 4-5 weeks previously th...

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Magnesium

Can anyone recommend a good brand of Magnesium Orotate or Glycinate please?

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