Most Recent Messages in Conditions, Meds & Tests

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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pacemaker percenttage

hi my heart surrgeon informs me my pacemaker percentage

 has dropped from 95 to 69 hence my shortness of breath again had it fitted 3 years ago and i has been great  what can I do to improve this? he has upped digoxin to 125mg can anyone help plz?

 

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QTc Relationship to VT's and PM

Hello friends. Am a dual-chamber PM pt. seeking any feedback as I’m having trouble waiting on answers back from cardio’s office.  Am also going to corner my internist today at my annual physical, for sure.  So here’s the deal.  Have experienced increasing presyncopes, a -NS of syncopes, and what I call “pre-presyncopes” which is an odd feeling that sometimes precedes an “event”.  BP has been all over the place, including dancing cr...

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Ejection Fraction

I have a Cardiologist that wants to do a cardiac catheterization and is talking about I probably need a stent put in because I didn't pass my chemical stress test.  I have let him know before that I am highly allergic to the radioactive dye, and I almost pass out.  But he won't tell me what my ejection fraction is with my echocardiogram.  He said they don't go by that.  He won't even do a CT Scan to see if there is a blockage first.  Are there oth...

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PVC’s /Palpitations.?

I have been scheduled for CRT-P on August 22nd.  I have mentioned in previous post that I was concerned about palpitations and questioned whether I should have the CRT-D instead.   I did see on screen during ECG the rapid increase in HR while feeling palpitations.  Unfortunately, there was no one in room to capture it, I had not learned that part of job yet.  I did get the doctor in ER to order me a Holter, and increase my Beta Blocker prescription which GP had not fo...

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Amitriptyline

Doc prescribed for little anxiety from pm and pins and needles in feet and hands occasionally from nerves probably 

Thoughts? Afraid to take anything???

 Thanks 

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Heart Stop/Sleep Apnea Question

I have been diagnosed with sleep apnea for a year or so.  During the sleep test at that time they told me I would stop breathing for 3 seconds at various times. 

More recently, upon review of a heart monitor report my cardiologist told me my heart stopped for three seconds on 3 occasions.  Is this cessation of breathing due to the heart or apnea?  Is there a correlation between the two?

Has anyone had a similar experience?

Thanks.

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My PVC's And Palps Are Controlled Now. The Condition Is Still There But The Symptoms Are Controlled

Along with the daily PVC I was having and they were fairly good ones my heart skips beats when I lay on my left side and back. I will use Ibuprofen in low doses when required. OK, I only take 2 200mg tabs in the morning when I get up to let the dog out. I know Ibuprofen is bad but it's OK if it's not abused. Now I only take 2 200mg Ibuprofen tabs a few times a week when I have to go out. I don't go anywhere anymore since the pacemaker was put in.

I found the vitamin, "T...

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advice because I am going to get a pacemaker

Hello All,

I am looking for advice because I was told that I will need a pacemaker "at some point" since I have bradycardia. I am 25 years post closure of congenital hole in my heart (ASD) at 69 years old now.  So, any advice of where to go to get pacemaker, what kind, what questions to ask, any books or articles to read would  be greatly appreciated. I live in Florida but can travel to get best medical care.

Thanks very much for any advice!...

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Back again back again clippity clop

Which should probably be: back again back again tickety tock.

Because my pacemaker is going tickety tock at 60 bpm. (Quick update for those who haven't seen me here before: put in last autumn with an AV node ablation to relieve 15 years of increasingly unacceptable AF symptoms not controlled by drugs -- I'm still in AF 100% of the time but my heart is beating regularly now).

Thae pacemaker still wanders as it sees fit -- up down left right -- but doesn't cause any...

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Pacemakers and sore legs and feet

I don't know if this is the section that I read it in,  but it's true!  I've had my PM for 3 months and have had such sore legs and feet.  Called my Dr and told her about problem for 4 weeks. I never had pain in legs!  She finally agreed to reset PM to single mode. (I was dual paced)  Yes, I had dizziness, but my legs were back to normal. Don't let them tell you it's not the PM. 

Functional heart block vs structural heart block

Today my doctor told me that I was having paradoxical responses to PM programming. He was extending my PR interval to reduce the incidence of atrial pacing. I told him I pace at rest, during exercise I go into NSR and stay there for a few minutes when finished. As my heart rate returns to rest I go into heart block. 

He told me this is a functional block not a structural block which makes sense since my heart block is very intermittent. He also mentioned a catacholeme issue may be...

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