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Wed, Apr 22 10:37am · Pacemaker recipients: Looking for support from others in Heart Rhythm Conditions

@balubeje I had pacemaker put in Dec. 2019: had pain for about a month. I tend to be very sensitive to pain. I check my blood pressure and pressure/heart rate daily with wrist monitor. Have a pacemaker monitor at home, but unless I go in to pacemaker nurse, I am not notified of atrial fibrillation episodes when they come. I had the pacemaker put in for bradycardia, so I wouldn't pass out with low heart rate, but I also have atrial fib and am on blood thinner for it. I have a dual lead pacemaker and have been told 1% working in one chamber and 30% in other chamber. When my PCP put her stethoscope on it to check my breathing, she was surprised I jumped, because it can be sensitive if pushed on. As best as I can tell it is working, given I haven't passed out or fallen since on it. When my heart would have been pausing (bradycardia), the pacemaker is working to keep the rate up. Wishing you well!

Sat, Mar 28 11:09am · Pain around pacemaker site in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I need to go to dentist and retina specialist: what are the names of drugs I need to avoid? Thank you, lov

Sat, Mar 28 11:09am · Pain around pacemaker site in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Need help overcoming emotions dealing with recent AFib diagnosis 10/15/19 & placement on blood thinner & rate regulator and recent pacemaker with 2 leads implanted resulting in baseline of aching from it (12/23/19). On 4 meds for handling heart issues. Grieving over discomfort and fear of not being able to recognize signs of going into AFib. I know this sounds way out, but are there service dogs who can sniff out impending AFib like they sniff out diabetic crisis/low blood sugar, seizures, and breast cancer? Are there free emotional support groups for patients to work through their feelings about their declining health regarding heart issues?

Thu, Mar 12 8:52pm · Need help to lower high cholesterol & high triglycerides in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Thanks! Nurse said today that my cardiologist's response to my numbers was that I do not have coronary artery disease or peripheral artery disease; I think this was to allude to not needing to be vegan. He recommended omega 3 1000mg and exercise, no additional medication. Re: Esselstyn – I'm using terms incorrectly.
Guess when I read fat content in range of 9 to 12 % none from added oils- I interpreted it to mean 1/2 cup oatmeal has 3 grams fat; oat milk has 1.5 grams fat and I added these together …should have said 12 % fat, not oil. Gave my olive oil, avocado, nuts away in October.
@lov

Mon, Mar 9 7:46pm · Need help to lower high cholesterol & high triglycerides in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Thanks, are you using them with out side effects?

Mon, Mar 9 7:45pm · Need help to lower high cholesterol & high triglycerides in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I have been using Dr. Esselstyn's program from "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease" and I think his goal is no more than 12 grams of oil a day or less…no nuts, no olive oil, olives, no flesh, no processed foods. I haven't gone out to eat since Oct. 2019. I was encouraged to try the nutritional therapy 100%. This may be genetic…maternal grandfather died from a 'worn out heart', maternal grandmother died from a stroke, my half sister died from cardiac arrhythmia. Sad, but I was told years ago by my orthopedist, some people aren't meant to exercise, and he said you are one of them. Since childhood had Charlie horses, scoliosis, ligamentous laxity (lose ligaments), degenerative disc disease, bursitis, arthritis, back strain, and muscles knotting up, so when I try to do anything more than chair yoga, like walking, or exercise I end up in trouble. Have cardiologist appt. on 3/24. PCP/Internists doesn't want to handle cholesterol. I have outlived all of the family older than me, so I have much to be grateful for. My parents died in an accident when they were 48 and 54, I'm 74, so I will just keep trying options. Thanks for asking.

Sun, Mar 8 6:10pm · Need help to lower high cholesterol & high triglycerides in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I have AFib & a pacemaker for sick sinus syndrome. I have been on a vegan diet since Oct. 2019 + 4 meds for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, etc. (flecainide acetate 50 mg, diltiazem hydrocl 180 mg, metoprolol succ 25 mg). I thought very low oil and removing added salt and ‘flesh’ would help, but not really.
Any ideas…really hesitant of red yeast rice and statins. Thanks, @lov

Tue, Feb 18 10:50am · Low heart rate related to diet? in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I have had a recent pacemaker implanted and set so my heart will not go below 40, as it can also pause at low rate, leading to fall or passing out. It may not always show up on routine periodic EKG. Long term 2 week monitor likely would pick it up. Does it go low in the day? could you print EKG when it goes low in the day and send to your MD?