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Thu, Sep 26 11:16pm · Pacemaker recipients. in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Support and sharing is a great idea. I will be 4 years post pacemaker in January. Many odd sensations the first 6 months and I was pacing 15 and 27 %. Suddenly at about 11 months post, my pacemaker was pacing about 80% more. I have wondered if the pacemaker itself triggered the dependence. I guess that I will never know.
I also regret not getting a second opinion at the time. I only say this now to encourage others to definitely get another opinion for peace of mind. It is also extremely important to be told that the pacemaker will impact tests (MRI-even if compatible) and increased chance of infection if having a surgery after getting a pacemaker. My Dr did not mention this.
Because of increased pacing and dependence, I get an annual ultrasound to check the ejection fraction and overall heart health. So far, so good. I exercise regularly and have good habits. Getting the PM before age 65 was a surprise and caused some depression. Also my resting pulse used to be around 50. Now it’s always 70-80 and occasionally higher. I don’t like this either but there is little I can do is my understanding.
Thank you

Sat, Sep 21 2:18pm · Why Mayo Cardiology refuses to "clear" an MRI outside of Mayo in Parkinson's Disease

I am so sorry to hear of your situation. This is a lesson for all of us to have a local cardiologist as well as Mayo. Can Barrows assist your husband with a cardiology consult and sign off prior to his procedure? Good luck to you.

Sat, Sep 21 2:09pm · Video Q&A about Immunizations in About Kids & Teens

I will be a Grandma soon, I believe that I have Pertussis immunity and prefer to know that before getting the Pertussis vaccine. I received the TD 2 years ago so I do not want to repeat the immunization with the Pertussis in it unless necessary because of an autoimmune diagnosis. Is there a titer test to determine this, my clinic does not have any information? Thank you

Dec 22, 2018 · Heart Rhythm Conditions – Welcome to the group in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Thank you to you and success101; I appreciate the information & encouragement. Have a good holiday!

Dec 22, 2018 · Heart Rhythm Conditions – Welcome to the group in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Hello, I’m responding to this discussion & appreciating the information. Have PM 3 years, mid sixties and active. I am experiencing recent significant increase in palpitations, feeling like I’m anxious but am not, feeling like I’m on the top floor dropping to the first with no stops. I am wearing 30 day event monitor to sort this out. I would like to hear more about what I can control without medication. Sounds like stress, caffeine, alcohol all increase symptoms. Could you add more about this, such as diet besides chocolate, already gave that up😩. Does the one cup of coffee have to go? Wine with dinner too? My goal is to avoid blood thinners or other health impacting medication. TY

Jan 24, 2018 · Pacemaker recipients. in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I have been following this discussion and have had a dual chamber pacemaker for 2 years and I am in mid sixties.
If you have had a full cardiac work up by a very good cardiac clinic and cardiologist who specializes in only heart electrophysiology, and told that you need a pacemaker to be healthy and safe, then it is something to seriously consider. Then get a second opinion by an equally good cardiologist from a different clinic. A good Dr should tell you not only how this will help you but also:
That it can not be reversed without huge risk.; the procedure has significant risks (can puncture your lung) ; the pacemaker can get infected (very possible during a future surgery) and this can cause extremely serious complications.
If someone needs a PM, then it should be an option after necessary diagnostic testing, more than one opinion and all risks are discussed. Then you will not have doubts or be surprised by negative outcomes. I wish you well.

Sep 29, 2017 · Pacemaker recipients. in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I am responding to the posts today regarding whether or not to have a pacemaker implanted. Mine was implanted nearly two years ago. It is very important to need this device and have that verified through tests and a second opinion by a cardiologist at separate clinics. If it is absolutely needed and resolves a serious problem, that is all good and you won’t second guess your decision if these steps are taken. Pacemakers can save lives but are also invasive and can cause other problems during and after implantation. That is a fact and a good Dr will be honest about that and insist you have the facts.

Sep 22, 2017 · Pacemaker recipients. in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I did not have too many bothersome symptoms from the bundle branch , a little lightheaded occasionally. It was the bbb with bradycardia together, that produced more problems. Signals were not getting through and I could feel pressure radiating into my face and slower pulse.