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Feeling various Problems after CRT

Hey guys! I am new here , i got my Crt pacemaker implanted in May 19,2020 Due to weak heart and my lv was drop to 45%. But after having crt im still having lot of complications. Short of breath , dizzy and feel like pass out. I went to my dr he checked the pacemaker and also adjusted the setting and said pacemaker is working 100%. But it still worst and im curious what should i do now 

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Pain on left side of chest

Still pretty new to the PM club...my St Jude 2 lead PM is right at 2 months old.  The last couple days I’ve noticed a burning type pain in my left chest area, below my collar bone.  My PM is on the right side.  I’ve noticed by keeping a check on my BP that when I get to feeling these pains and kinda sick at my stomach my heart rate is at the set minimum of 60.  Before the PM resting HR was more often in the 40’s and 50’s.  Does the fact th...

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Afib

I've had my pacemaker a couple months.  Lately I have been in and out of afib.  I thought the pacemaker kept the heart rate normal--in perfect rhythm.  I seem to go into afib if I get overtired or anxious.  Anybody else have afib issues.

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heart rate

I  have noticed that after doing the exacty same exercise (walking up flights of stairs) my heart rate goes up to over 120 one day and less than 105 other days. I was wondering what causes the fluxuations. Is it better to have a lower heart rate after exercise or should I push myself harder to get my heart rate up ? 

My EP only says that many of his patients who are on the same does of entresto as I am have a difficult time getting their HR above 100. 

 

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Anyone gone from one lead to two leads? Any changes in athletic performance?

Has anyone gone from having just a single ventricular lead to eventually getting the second atrial lead put in? I was hoping they could share their experiences - especially as it relates to athletic performance.

I got my first PM (a Medtronic Azure XT SR MRI SureScan) about 1.5 years ago. Right now, I have only one lead going to the lower chamber. However, I am an endurance cyclist, runner, tennis player and cannot do stuff to the extent I was able to (which is to be expected.)

Be...

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new poll

There's a new poll up. Let us know how you are handling the pandemic at this time. 

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Apixban

Can mechanical heartvakve patients switch from warfarin to Eloquis yet?

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Pacemaker change

Hi. I've just had my first PM change after 8.5 years, I am male and 73 years old, and would appreciate any comments. I have gone from a Sorin Reply DR to a Boston Scientific Proponent L211, which seems physically slightly larger. I have been a little spooked by some of the comments on the internet regarding the Boston Scientific I am now using, so any comments about their performance would be welcome. Hope some of the experts on here can give me some reassurance. Many thanks in advan...

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Leads

Who has the oldest leads?

My top lead has been turned off as it had lots of noise on it, apparently I never really needed it,  I have been told it was normally practice to put two leads in 23 years ago.

Just wondering if my pacing ventricle lead will last let's say another 20 years?

Just want to know who has the oldest

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2nd degree heart block

I have 2nd degree heart block mobitz ii and will have dual chamber pacemaker placed in about 4 weeks.  My question if you have had same how much did it help you with things like shortness of breath, muscle fatigue and weakness, etc

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Edibles for sleep

My cardiologist says it was safe to take thc edibles for sleep with a pacemaker .I take no other heart meds anyone els have experience with this?

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Head rush/pressure

When I lay on my stomach I get an immediate rush of head pressure.  This lasts for about 20 seconds.  I've mentioned this to my Dr., but he acts like he's never heard of such a thing. Anyone ever experience this?  I've had my PM since 2011.  Thanks

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pacer lab

I have had my Boston Sci. pacemaker since Jan 2015 and have always been called in for Pacer lab once a year along with appt. with Dr. Seems I have been forgotten this year as I was last year. I have had no problems with pacemaker. I am 76 yo. How often should I have a pacer lab appointment? 

Used to be on monitor and received bill every three months then the bill stopped so I unplugged it.

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Defib

I'm not posting this to concern anyone because I' sure it's rare, My defibrillator shocked me 8 times a little over a week ago duueto a malfunction. I'm having a very hard time calming down over this as it was very traumatic sitting there knowing it was going to happen again and again. It has since been shut off so I was told but my anxiety is still very high and the doctor has put me on medication to calm me but I still cry a lot. Any advice or anyone who has been throug...

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Rate Response

Hello everyone!

I wanted to get thoughts on the rate response setting on our PM. I have a Biotronik Edora 8 DR-T dual chamber PM. With that said I've learned that it has different rate response features. Initially I had the CLS setting and it capped at 140BPM but it kept going off and made me feel awful. They lowered it to 120BPM and it made a difference but I'm not sure if it helped me or not. Anyhow they've turned that feature off and activated another which responds to my...

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Pad for Backpack Straps

Has anyone found a good solution for padding a backpack strap over their PM? I packed my son around in a carrier for 30-40 minutes and it wasn't uncomfortable, but I don't know how it would feel after multiple hours. I also just want to protect my device a little more. Thanks!

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Getting ICD

I'll be getting an ICD in two weeks. I just found out about having heart problems in February. I'm kind of nervous about the surgery.

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CRT pacemaker

In January I was fitted with a dual lead pacemaker as I had a very slow heartbeat. All was well until May when I collapsed. In hospital they discovered that the left side of my heart was out of synchronisation with the right side.  I was then fitted with a 3 lead pacemaker( CRT)This happens in 1 in 100 cases. I wonder if anyone else has had this experience?

 

 

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Exercise & Diet with a PM

Had a good 3month follow up with my EP this morning. I'm 30y/o, HIS pacing, PM placed April of this year. A few questions for y'all:

 

1) my wife and I are considering a plant based diet. Have any of y'all found that to be optimal for cardiac care and performance? Or have any other diets you've tried or research you've done? 
 

2) I asked if I could get back to doing push-ups and he basically said that if it doesn't make my life le...

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Well - That's me done!

I have been in hospital for five days after being admitted via A&E / ER.

I had a feeling of a heavy weight on my chest and started to find it difficult to breathe. I was given GTN and aspirin and the weight disappeared overnight.

I have been moved to the coronary care unit after several tests, all of them looking at my heart. They found nothing out of the ordinary that they did not already know about. It was not a heart attack.

I am now being assessed for possible heart...

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Your pacemaker interferes with your electronic scale.

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