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What kind of side effects can I expect after my pacemaker is replaced?

What kind of side effects can I expect after my pacemaker is replaced?

Infection: The main risk associated with pacemaker replacement is infection. This risk is a couple % and seems to be higher than the risk with original implants. There is also a small bleeding risk. ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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Pacemaker (Definition)

A pacemaker is a device which sends electrical signals to the heart triggering heartbeats when needed. There are many ways to implant and configure a pacemaker; it may beat the top chambers (atria), lower chambers (ventricles) or both. Some systems stimulate both the left and right ventricles together. Pacemakers generally treat abnormally slow heart rhythms and certain ...Read more


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What type side effects are from comming off effexor? I was taking Effexor for 6 years 37.5mg daily. I was told i could quit. I tappored off medication and have not taken any for six weeks. I have Parkinson's for 12 years I have a pacemaker for almost 2 ye

What type side effects are from comming off effexor? I was taking Effexor for 6 years 37.5mg daily. I was told i could quit. I tappored off medication and have not taken any for six weeks. I have Parkinson's for 12 years I have a pacemaker for almost 2 ye

Any : Any time you discontinue antidepressant, especially after a long period of time, side effects or recurrence of symptoms can occur. Effexor (venlafaxine) appears to have worse withdrawal effects that other classes of antidepressants and takes up to four weeks of a slow taper to prevent withdraw side effects such as dizziness, flu-like symptoms, and anxiety. You took Effexor (venlafaxine) for a rather prolonged period of time and i can't be sure how you tapered the medication. If your symptoms are withdrawal, your doctor may tell you to restart the medication and taper for a rather extended period of time. It is not uncommon to experience symptoms of depression after stopping an antidepressant and may indicate that you truly need to take some type of anti-depressant. In your case, you have an underlying disorder that actually causes depression. Depression and anxiety are physiologic symptoms of parkinson’s disease that occur in up to 60 to 80 percent of patients that suffer with parkinson’s. In other words, people are not depressed because they have parkinson’s, but rather it is a part of the disease process itself. Your symptoms may me depressive symptoms associated with parkinson’s. You may have unmasked your depression by stopping Effexor (venlafaxine) but this is something you and your doctor should discuss. If that is the case, your symptoms may not improve without some type of anti-depressant. Although Effexor (venlafaxine) appears to be a good choice in parkinson’s patients it may not be the best medication for those that have issues with arrhythmias. Six weeks of suffering like you are deserves an evaluation by your doctor or neurologist to ensure your symptoms are not due to withdrawal, another medical issue or from depression. I would not self-treat without discussing this with your doctor. Although many claim that supplements and natural compounds are effective in the symptoms of depression and parkinson’s, there is not good evidence that it does. I would urge you to see your doctor for further evaluation of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects from having a pacemaker?

Are there any side effects from having a pacemaker?

Soreness : Pacemaker implantation is a routine procedure for experienced operators. While there are risks to any procedure, the risk of serious adverse events with pacemakers is quite low. Most people commonly are a little sore and may have some swelling in the area for a few days. ...Read more

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What r the long term side effects to being 100% paced with a dual lead pacemaker? I have one &am paced100%@bottom, 70%@top, I am almost 30yrs old.

What r the long term side effects to being 100% paced with a dual lead pacemaker?  I have one &am paced100%@bottom, 70%@top, I am almost 30yrs old.

Low: There is an ongoing small risk of infection. There is also a small operative risk associated with changing the pacemaker and the wires that attach to your heart. Sometimes the old wires need to be removed and this carries a risk as well. There is very low risk of device malfunction. Very rarely patients can develop weaker heart muscle from chronic pacing. All combined the risks remain low. ...Read more

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What r the long term side effects to being 100% paced with a dual lead pacemaker? I have one &am paced100%at top, 70%at bottom, im almost 30yrs old.

Long life: The long term side effects of av sequential ("dual lead") pacing is that you should lead a long and healthy life, assuming you don't have any other illness! the pacemaker battery will need to be changed periodically which, at your age, will add to up many changes over the course of the next 50 or so years. (maybe they'll invent better batteries? I'm sure they're working on it.). ...Read more

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What is thachy_brady syndrome?Is it the cause of pacemaker implantation by the kind of pacemaker used? Single or dual chamber.Thank you

What is thachy_brady syndrome?Is it the cause of  pacemaker implantation by  the kind of  pacemaker  used?  Single or dual chamber.Thank you

Fast and slow!: Tachy-brady means sometimes the heart goes too fast and other times too slow. We need a pacemaker to prevent the slow beats so we can more safely give medication to control the fast beats. The type of pacemaker depends on what type of rhythms are involved. Usually it's dual chamber unless someone is in atrial fibrillation all the time. ...Read more