Drugs & Pacemaker For Atrial Fib

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  1. Lon Tanner

    Lon Tanner Well-Known Member
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    Over the 27 years that I have lived with Atrial Fib the Cardiologists have had me taking a variety of different meds to control it. All to no avail. A couple of ABLATIONS worked for a while. Along with my recent Pacemaker installation the docs had me taking a couple of drugs daily. For three weeks I suffered from Chronic Fatigue on a daily basis that was almost unbearable. The drugs were lowering my blood pressure to dangerous levels.
    VOILA!!!! Guess What? Yep. took me off all meds and let the Pacemaker do it's job and no more fatigue or A Fib.
     
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    Wow! That's great news @Lon Tanner. I'm so happy for you. And I hope your hearing implants will bring even more good news and joy to your life. :)
     
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    That is absolutely great, @Lon Tanner . Sometimes the meds do more harm than good.
     
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    Great news, Lon.
     
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    How is the pacemaker doing , @Lon Tanner ? My cardiologist said that was probably the next step for me if the last ablation didn’t work, and that they had ablated everything that could be done.
    Most of the time, I am fine; but I still have episodes of a-fib, and it has been over two months now; so I am worrying again. My blood pressure has been running low, around 100/55; but this morning, it is crazy high at 163/100, plus the a-fib, although I am not having the racing heartbeat this time, and it is still at about 55 when I checked my BP and heart rate.
    I know they want to get me off the amioderone because of possible liver damage, but since that is what is supposed to be controlling the a-fib, it is not looking like they can take me off of it yet.
    You are the only one here who has had these same issues, so I am hoping that you can help me with this, and what to expect.
     
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    My Pacemaker is doing just fine Yvonne. I don't even know it's there and I like being off all heart meds and just take the blood thinner Elequis. Like you, They ran out of hot spots with my ablations and thus the PACEMAKER.
    I use a simple but accurate wrist Blood Pressure Meter and test periodically to just be sure the meter is doing it's job.
    I joined a Pacemaker Chat Group on line and hear from these people that Pacemakers very seldom have problems. Your Cardio will check it periodically. BTW The Diltiazem that I was taking before my ablation, dropped my blood pressure so low I developed Chronic Fatigue and was a pretty sick cookie. That's what brought about the final Ablation and Pacemaker.
    I wish you the best Yvonne as you go through all your procedures.
     
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    I have also been checking my heart rate and blood pressure with one of the wrist cuff meters. I like it because I can just charge it with the usb cord like I use for my Kindle, and I do not have to mess with putting in new batteries all of the time. The last one did a great job, and the batteries would probably have lasted a lot longer if I was not checking the blood pressure and heart rate all of the time.
    Now, I can see my heart rate all of the time with the Apple Watch; but I have still been checking my blood pressure. It has always been around 110-120/70; but this summer, it started running way too low, like 100/50.
    So, now, it has reversed itself for some reason, and a week or so ago, I got up and was dizzy; so I took my BP to see if it was low. Instead it was 188/101 (or thereabouts). Bobby said maybe it was the cuff, so I charged it and tried again, and it was still in the same range. I ended up going to the doctor, and they sent me home with a little paper for a blood pressure log, which I kept for a week.
    Today, I went back to see what they thought. They are going to raise the lisinopril a bit, plus they are going to put a small implant that will monitor my heart constantly, so they can see what the BP is doing and also whether I am having episodes of a-fib.
    It will stay in for several years, and should help the doctor to know what is going on with my heart better than just asking me what it is doing. That way, they can start taking me off of the amioderone, but make sure that it is not putting me back into a-fib again.
    Seems like there is always something going on; but my heart is still improving, and that is what is important.
     
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    At least it's reassuring and comforting to know they're keeping good watch on you!
     
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