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Jan 2, 2019 · Heart Rhythm Conditions – Welcome to the group in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Dennis, the other postings recommend going to the ER if you feel poorly, which I certainly agree with. The ER's job is to eliminate any life threating issues. If that means admitting you, they will do it. Whether that gets you closer to the right doctor is undetermined. I think a Board Certified Electrophysiologist is the next person I would see after reading your issues. These type of doctors understand the electrical functions of the heart and can offer recommendations as to the next step. Weight gain can sometimes be attributed to erratic heart rhythms unless you can account for an increase in foods. I use a diuretic when I see an increase that can not be related to too much food containing salt. I have a history somewhat relative to yours. It was posted on this media on November 13 by marlynkay. Good luck.

Nov 15, 2018 · Heart Rhythm Conditions – Welcome to the group in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Hello yoanne, thanks for your interest in my history, it is a bit lengthy and complex. I received the original Medtronic's pacemaker defibrillator in 2001. It is configured as you described, i.e. one lead in the atrium, the other in the ventricular chamber. The defibrillator portion is programmed to deliver a shock if the pacing of the heart exceeds the set parameters established by the doctors technicians. In 2015 the old device was replaced by a Bi ventricular pacemaker defibrillator, identified as a Medtronic's Viva Quad XT CRT. The original wires in the right atrium and right ventricle remained in place and were connected to the new device. A third lead was attached to the left ventricle and connected to the device to assist with the pumping efficiency of the lower chamber. This modification was done in a surgical procedure while I was totally sedated. The decision to install the Bi V device was made to improve the low ejection fraction. Hopefully this explanation provides the information you were asking about. Thanks again for your interest.

Nov 13, 2018 · Heart Rhythm Conditions – Welcome to the group in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Approximately 30 yrs ago I was diagnosed with AFib, Cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure. The medicine prescription at this time was coreg, enalapril, Pradaxa and baby aspirin. Because my ejection fraction was 20, I received an implanted pacemaker defibrillator in 2001 An additional drug was prescribed named rythmol which kept me in sinus rhythm for most of 8 years. However, there were approximately three or four episodes of AFib that occurred during this time which required cardioversion and a dosage adjustment of rythmol. My ejection fraction had improved to the high 40's. Rythmol eventually became ineffective and was replaced with amiodarone after a cardioversion was performed. Three years of amiodarone kept me in sinus rhythm until the drug attacked my thyroid and had to be stopped. Ejection fraction had decreased to 30 and created an episode of ventricular tachycardia which was corrected by a shock from the ICD The decision in December 2015 was to replace the original pacemaker/defibrillator with a Bi-V device to assist with the lower chamber pumping efficiency but did not correct AFib. The drug Sotalol was added. In March 2016 I experienced another episode of V Tach and was corrected by the ICD and converted me to sinus rhythm. Since March 2016 I have been in sinus rhythm. The prescription menu includes coreg, Pradaxa, sotalol, atorvastatin, furosemide, potassium and magnesium for the heart. January 2018 I experienced three V Tach episodes within a two week period and all corrected by the ICD. Since then I have had lightheadedness, headaches, vision changes, sore eyes, some nausea and some fatigue. I have had all the tests many times, i.e. echocardiogram, cardiac cath, ekg's. No artery disease, no blockage found. I had gone thru an electrophysiology study of the heart to attempt to find the cause of the V-Tach without any negative findings. Never had an ablation I have never had a heart attack. A scan of the head was performed as a possible cause of the head complaints. Head scan was negative. The cardiologist feels my head issues are probably caused by the medication but is reluctant to change because I have been without incident since January 2018. I feel my options are getting another opinion from Mayo or living with feeling as though you are in a fog, looking thru dirty glasses. Lightheadedness is not pleasant.

Nov 13, 2018 · Heart Rhythm Conditions – Welcome to the group in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Hello, I am Wally. This is my first visit to the Mayo connect site. I am a long time arrhythmia patient with some unique circumstances.