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    Experience with Verapamil?

    Thanks for responding. I've gotten into the habit of (usually) standing for a few seconds after getting out of bed, out of a chair, etc., just to get my balance. I'm experiencing issues if I turn my head quickly, bend a bit funny, or just try to walk. I focus now on standing on my heels, and...
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    Staying the Course -- June 1, 2020

    I was surprised to get a call early this afternoon by the man who's been cutting my hair for the last 30 yers or so. The restrictions on hair cutting have been removed. I get my hair cut today (Saturday - I'm writing after midnight). My normally curly hair has, for now, lost its curl, because...
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    Post Surgery PIREP

    You referred many times to a 'Medical.' I can assume what this means - but can you explain further -- for non-pilots like me, it's just a single word that doesn't really tell the whole story.
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    Protimenow Update

    Now, if I can get rid of the damned dizziness....
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    Experience with Verapamil?

    I've been taking Verapamil ever since I was discharged from the hospital (for major rhythm problems) in early April. I was given Verapamil for the rhythm. It made me very dizzy. My electrophysiologist reduced my dose, and moved me from an extended relese version to two lower doses. Two of my...
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    Racing Heart and what worked to get it down

    That routing (the VasoVagal routing, if I remember correctly) is well known - but I'm not sure about the legs behind my head. I used to get those events and, in fact, had one slightly more than a month ago -- but this one wasn't stopping. At the doctor's office, I was told to try to press down...
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    Protimenow Update

    Amen to that.
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    Protimenow Update

    Sheenas7: thanks for the warnings. Yes, mine is wireless. I was given a Merlin@home device when I had the pacemaker implanted. This is supposed to sit next to the bed, near where I sleep. It interrogates the pacemaker nightly, and sends the data to some central service (or something) for the...
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    On-X trial for warfarin alternative treatment

    The auras that many of us get are 'orphan' symptoms -- not lucrative enough for any pharmaceutical company to work on a 'cure.' It's likely that the cure will be worse than the problem.
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    On-X trial for warfarin alternative treatment

    If something better comes along, I'm not sure that I'd take it. By something better, you probably meant an anticoagulant that doesn't require weekly testing. If, for example, one of the other anticoagulants (Eliquis, perhaps, or one of the others) gets FDA approval, my choice would be $16 a day...
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    Protimenow Update

    Thanks ATHENS1964. Now, if I can only convince my wife that it's okay to use a microwave oven (this is printed in the booklet that came with the pacemaker and the material that the hospital printed), that my bruising on the side where the pacemaker was implanted will continue to grow while the...
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    Pacemaker with home transmitter

    Twobike -- it's 3 1/2 years since you asked but, yes, I now have a Merlin@home. I got it in a box that had the seal broken - I assume that this was so that it could be paired to my pacemaker. It was missing all the documentation and a case (if it comes with a case), and I might be getting these...
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    Protimenow Update

    Thanks Sheena. The decision was quite sudden, and there was no time for second thoughts about it, but I'm glad that it's done. I stayed home most of Sunday, other than the Uber trips to and from the pharmacy for Keflex. It's a nice change to be able to hear my valve ticking fairly steadily...
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    On-X trial for warfarin alternative treatment

    I don't think that I would go for 'something better than warfarin' unless it cost the same as warfarin. These new drugs - and any future drug - will be extremely expensive, and the patent will live on for years. I'll continue taking my dime a dose warfarin, testing weekly, and. If I'm even...
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    Arrythmias since surgery

    I was getting arrhythmias before surgery - probably PVCs, then after surgery. My mechanical aortic valve didn't seem to affect my heart rhythm. Then, a little over two months ago, I developed other rhythms. These were a severe combination, with rhythms competing with each other and, as a result...
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    Vertigo, Visual Disturbances and 'wobbly' feeling

    I can't believe that cardiologists haven't heard of these. I suspect that they're more common than many of us may think -- and they just dismiss complaints as if they were uttered by people who didn't know what they were saying. For me, bright light seems to trigger these occasionally.
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    Protimenow Update

    I'll do a brief update and, if anyone is interested in a longer narrative, I'll give that, too. Briefly - my heart rate continued dropping into the 30s - measured with fingers on wrist, and no electronic device that may give bad values because of the arrhythmia. On Saturday (May 30), I had a...
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    Vertigo, Visual Disturbances and 'wobbly' feeling

    I remember vividly when I had my first migraine. I was standing for hours at a time, taking tickets at a movie theater. I figured out a way that enabled me to stand for long periods by putting one knee behind the other - I didn't think about blocking blood flow. Maybe the issue was circulatory...
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    Vertigo, Visual Disturbances and 'wobbly' feeling

    I have been getting those Ocular Migraines for 53 years -- long before my OHS. Originally, I got migraines, but in a few months the pain stopped and all I got were the ocular symptoms. These usually last for about 30 minutes. There didn't seem to be any change in intensity or frequency after my...
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    Anyone used an ultrasonic teeth cleaner?

    Those things are designed to clean ultrasonic teeth.
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