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Sat, Mar 28 9:54am · Pacemaker recipients: Looking for support from others in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I am always intrigued with those of us who have received Pacemakers and our symptoms and reasons for our new best friend is as individually based as we are unique. Personally, I think it takes time for our bodies to adapt and adjust to the PM. Our heart has been fatigued for so long and use to doing its on rhythm now that an insert has been placed to help and assist I’m wondering if time and medication adjustments are apart of the equation. I’ve not had constant chest pains or anything that I would call chest pains. My symptom is more like a congested freeway at times and now those times are few and far apart. By this I mean who’s in charge the PM or the heart once they figure that out life is good. Once I learned not to dwell on my PM life has been more normal. I’m pretty regular on working out several times a week and I find that most helpful. The reason I have a PM is due to bradycardia and having 6 second pauses. I have a new normal and we hit two years in June.

Dec 21, 2018 · Heart Rhythm Conditions – Welcome to the group in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Susan-my suggestion would be to get out in nature and take a walk daily of course with your Physicians approval.

May 5, 2018 · Heart Rhythm Conditions – Welcome to the group in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Hi, just curious on my end. Do you have an endocrinologist who is adjusting your thyroid medication? I would be wary of a family practice doctor adjusting your thyroid medication. Please disregard my concern if your meds are adjusted by an endocrinologist-that's their speciality. You might touch base with your pharmacist to see if you have medications that might cause the reaction you are experiencing. It may be nothing or it might be a timing of when you are taking your meds. Just some thoughts.

Mar 19, 2018 · Heart Rhythm Conditions – Welcome to the group in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Hi and welcome to the group. My suggestion is to change doctors. You may have caught him/her on a bad day that being said I would think you would want a doctor you feel hears you and it doesn't sound to me on this particular visit they were listening.

Mar 4, 2018 · Pacemaker and Asymptomatic Atrial Fibrillation in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Thank you. I found this very informative.

Feb 27, 2018 · Heart Rhythm Conditions – Welcome to the group in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Welcome aboard. If you don't mind me asking-being snoopy-what work up have you had beyond the two day event monitor? Next questions are you scheduled with a cardiologist? Or perhaps you were. On this site you will find many different heart events happening and so many wonderful people sharing and offering encouragement. Me, personally, I was dealing with bradycardia which required a pacemaker. I am not a coffee person so I can't say that was my trigger. I had 6 second pauses register on a 30 day event monitor that required more investigating. I have a strong heart just not a consistent normal sinus rhythm but then I was found to have junctional node rhythm decades ago that didn't represent itself to be a serious concern-now I am not so sure. But then the PM has been an important component for me. Here's to hoping the "mystery" gets resolved for you.

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

This side of heaven we are always going to have \"issues\". I am thankful that their are folks we can talk with about our particular \"issues\". I see my pacemaker as a miracle. Mine was inserted almost three years ago for bradycardia and without it I would probably not be here. My heart would stop beating for 6 seconds at a time-apparently that raised some eyebrows. I\'m not saying life with a pacemaker is all fun and joy but it was an option and I ran with it. I am on Metoprolol ER 25mg-which I break in half and take twice a day-12 hours apart. Last fall I was started on Eliquis as AFIB has popped up in my monitoring. When AFIB entered the scene I went through several tests and everything came back normal, fine, A okay. I was encouraged to up my exercise game and I have. I don\'t know when the Afib strikes I seem to be asymptomatic. As I told the cardiac nurse there are days I feel sluggish so I nap but those days are few and far apart. In April I will turn 64. I retired four years ago. I would suggest having a B12 level drawn if you are low on that vitamin you can be run down as well along with other symptoms. I have been B12 deficient for lots of years and just a few years ago learned by dad was also. He was bone dry and now has back the energy level an 86 year old should have if not better. Just a thought. Thanks for reading, thanks for sharing and I will keep each of you in my prayers. Thank you MAYO clinic.

Jan 23, 2018 · Pacemaker recipients: Looking for support from others in Heart Rhythm Conditions

You have some very valid concerns. I’m totally clueless when it comes to the PM and a totally blocked heart. Then again I am aware of a “friend” who wears a defib vest that “kicks in” when the heart stops and that is beyond me. I have a “team” of folks who worry about that “stuff” for me and I am so grateful that each day when I wake up I’m here and have a purpose and if I wake up in a different location it was time for me to have my room in the mansion so for me all is well and I am in a win-WIN. PS I would be concerned if you weren’t freaked out I have been in that situation during this ride.
Fine tuning for me was getting the pace maker inserted, then the six week check up and 3 month check up to follow my pm and then each quarter do the remote check…the remote check is definitely a fine tuning moment I know when I receive an envelope in the mail all is well and when I don’t and get a phone call something is up. One phone call so far-brought on some tests-but end result no definitive answers. Personally, I think you will find a new normal for you and I am more than happy to put you on my prayer list.