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Dr suggest dual chamber ICD unit rather than single chamber


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    I just got a dual chamber ICD/pacer the day before yesterday for many of the same reasons. My heartrate dropped into the 30s and I needed to take more beta blockers that I could tolerate with the bradycardia.

    My symptoms weren't really being controlled with the low dose of beta blockers I was taking. I was told to double my dose from 25 mg. taken 1/2 in the a.m. and 1/2 in the p.m. to 25 mg. in the am and 25 mg in the p.m. I am still working on it, because I am scared to do it at once...am increasing gradually.

    I hope it will work better, but I can tell you that my blood pressure does seem to be higher since the implant, and my HR doesn't drop below 60 now, and I think I feel less tired.

    The surgery itself wasn't bad at all. I was released from the hospital 15 hours after surgery and really felt like I could have gotten up only a couple of hours after..they wouldn't let me for about 10 hours.

    Good luck, and let me know if you have other questions.

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  • Dr suggest dual chamber ICD unit rather than single chamber

    Because of significant change in heart rates below 50, my dr is suggesting a dual chamber defib/pace maker. I just would like to know if there should be other things we should try first.
    Currently taking only 5mgs of zebeta a beta blocker. Can't go without it because of significant HCM.
    This is my first posting here so not sure how to do it.
    Thanks Kelly