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What medicines do you take when you have a cold/flu?

Hey everyone!

I was wondering what over the counter medication you all use for a cold/flu? I have a runny nose, scratchy throat and a very bad cough!

I tried calling my doctor and they said I can only take medicines that don't contain Sudafed. 
 

my condition is 3rd degree heart block and I just got my PM 30 days ago.

Any help would be appreciated, thank you!!

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Failed lead

So, my latest remote check resulted in me being asked to go for an appointment where I was told that one of my 2 leads had failed and hadn't been working since April 🥴. I was told this was rare and bad luck...

So I'm now hoping for another one to be implanted asap along with a new battery, my first change (my present one has about a year left after being in fir 9 years). 

Has anyone else has this happen? 
 

 

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stress test

Was wondering why the Dr. requested a stress test?  Only thing she, said it has been two years since the last one.  What will it show?

  Also keeping a record of when  I think maybe  the fast heart beats  are as  have an in office Pacemaker check  Aug. 20,2021.  Which is about 8 weeks after the remote transmission. Which is the 2 year anniversary of  the implant.

new to pace

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struggling

HI FOLKS I RECENTLY WROTE TO THE CLUB ABOUT MY RECENT INCREASE IN PVCS WHICH MY GP TOLD ME WAS BECAUSE OF MY ANXIETY. HE SUGGESTED I INCREASE MY LEXAPRO FROM 10 MG TO 20. WELL I DID AND I CANT BELIEVE HOW MUCH OF AN IMPACT IT HAS ON ME. I FEEL LATHARGIC AND TIRED  AND IM REALLY NOT LIKING IT. I ALSO STARTED TAKING MAGNESIUM SUPPLEMENTS TO SEE IF THAT WILL HELP. IVE BEEN ON LEXAPRO FOR AROUNG 8 MONTHS STARTED WITH 5 THEN 10 NOW 20. I FEEL MOST DOCTORS JUST LIKE TO THROW MEDICINE AT YOU. I...

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Pains around left chest and lower left ribs

I had my ICD surgery in march 2018, The last 6 or so months I've been getting Aching pains on my left chest, sensitive to touch at times and stabbing pains lower left ribs. I've had blood tests and an X-ray which has shown nothing, Has anyone had similar pains and what did you do?

I will be asking for an Ultra sound soon to rule out a deep infection.

My GP has said its cartilage inflamation which other doctors agree but there is nothing to confirm this, They also said it w...

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ICD/PM and fast rates

I don't know if anybody can guide me with information, ideas, questions.  I have been having worsening fast rates when I move around, such as getting up and walking--just to get a drink of water, and now even turning over in bed.  At my appt this past week my EP called Medtronic and spent about an hour making adjustments with their guidance.  He had me walk twice down the hallway in his office--the first walk I had a HR of 137, the 2nd walk after further adjustmen...

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pacemaker modem

I have had a pacemaker for 8 years now, when I had it fitted I was supplied with a modem which I have near my bed, the light on the modem is always green , however it changed its colour to yellow the other day , it has now returned back to green, does anyone know what that may mean ?

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Pacemaker and Heart Rate Variability

I have a three year old St. Jude Pacemaker for Bradycardia which maintains my  heart rate at 60(does go down to 55 sometimes at night).  Six months ago I got an Apple Watch to record my exercise results.  It also records Heart Rate Variability and my numbers are quite low(6-9) with an occaisional spike to 30-55 lasting for 1-2 days.  My research comes up empty regarding the question: Can an implanted Pacemaker effect HRV?  My cardiology opined it was possible but...

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Post pacemaker/ICD implant pain

Dear Members,

As many of you will be aware from messages here, “post procedure pain” following Pacemaker/ICD implant is unfortunately common.  There appears however to be little in the way of studies done relating to this, other than individual case reports, whereas “complication rates” following pacemaker/ICD implant has been more widely reported and studied.

Over recent months, several members of the Pacemaker Club have expressed a wish to see a...

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Turning blue again? Milrinone

Hey y'all,

I decided to post this up here as I have come to realize there are some of you out there with more knowledge and expierience with this topic than myself.

Saw cardiologist yesterday, labs were good (creatine 1.00) so no signs of end organ dysfunction, which is of course good.  My energy levels have also been good.  However, over the last week I have started turning blue in the toes more often, and occasionally the fingernail beds.  Since it has been in...

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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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Are p and r wave amplitudes affected by pacing

I'm trying so hard to understand this, but I'm confused. I was just reading my operation report trying to take a few things in.

It says that my p waves are 4.1mv and r waves are >12mv.

What does this mean?

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Pacemaker Thump After Adjustments

I had to go in to the Device Clinic 3 weeks ago to have some adjustments made to try to extend battery life due to some problems with a lead. The goal is to extend battery life a little longer and then do new pacemaker all at the same time. Since those adjustments were made, I'm feeling a thump from the pacemaker every evening about 8:30. I'm usually sitting on my back porch reading or watching Netflix at this time and since my house is so quiet and I'm being still, I can clearly...

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Edema

Hi all - having significant swellling in just one lower leg/ankle/foot, enough to contribute to a trip and fall when not wearing proper footwear - I've looked at archives here which were helpful but if anybody would like to offer any advice it would be appreciated.  No diagnosis of HF, but haven't seen doc in 2 yrs due to covid.  I've gained the covid-19 lbs and became fairly inactive over that time due to anxiety (my bad, I know I have no excuse) does anybody have...

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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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How to be less emotional and move on?

Hi, I'm desperate to move on with life. But I cannot stop hating the fact that I have the pacemaker at 20s. I mean I had my heart rate at 30 but I ended up implanting the pacemaker because of some other surgery- got cysts in my ovaries. Life surprised me a lot. Like coping up and being less depressed became harder than ever. I really need your advice on how to move on. Please if there's anyone willing to share positive vibes, would love to hear them. 

Ps- doctors assumed I...

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I think I need to talk to people who experienced the same thing

I got pacemaker surgery 2017, when I was 20. I was unconscious at that time, but soon after I regretted getting the surgery. I can't move on with life like I used to before. I wish I can hear more positive thoughts from you guys. 

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Anybody else had trouble with consistently high BP readings on withings connect bp monitor?

I recently swapped out my old omron wrist monitor for a withings connect bp arm cuff.  It seems like my readings may be running consistently high (20 on sys, 10 on dia).  I'm testing this theory at the doctors office tomorrow.  I purchased the new cuff because my old omron wrist monitor seemed to be reading low, although that was around the time I was in cardiogenic shock before the milrinone (so perhaps it wasn't actually off...).  I halfway managed to get an...

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Scar after ICD removal?

Hi PM/ICD'ers,

I just had my ICD removed entirely and it looks like the scar is going to be a pretty gnarly, raised hypertrophic/keloid type. It was already red and very uncomfortable for most of the past 14 months I've had it in, but it looks like it's about to be a lot worse, considering they went in directly through the old scar to remove it. 

Does anyody have any experience with this and what I can expect? And what I can do to fix it once it heals/let it...

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Fast heart rate under a minute

Hello everyone. I have a dual chamber pacemaker for a complete heart block... and there have been a few times during the past year where I'll wake up in the middle of night really thirsty with a dry throat and I'll sit up to have some water but all of a sudden my heart rate will go a bit fast and I can feel my heart pounding on my chest. This usually last 30 seconds to a minute. And maybe has happened like 7/8 times in the last year... I have told my cardiologist and he says that can...

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