Doctors reach for this mechanical miracle to sort out all manner of cardiac irregularities, but problems with pacemakers are legion from design flaws to poor placement and they are vastly overused.
For many people, an irregular heartbeat is just an annoyance, but certain arrhythmias may have serious consequences, ranging from fainting to sudden death
When we sleep, our bodies - including our hearts - rest. But the hearts of people with pacemakers may not get the rest they need, an important point since the hearts of those with heart disease may particularly benefit from periods of natural...
A patient with arrhythmias may experience a number of symptoms, including an irregular heartbeat, an occasional forceful or rapid beat, a feeling of lightheadedness or actual fainting.
Since December 2003 I have been taking digoxin (187.5 mcg) every day for atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm. I have experienced several side-effects, including tiredness and lethargy, especially after food in the evening, a lack of...
On page 1 of the January 2002 issue of WDDTY (vol 12 no 10), there is a list of causes of heart arrhythmias. I would like to suggest the possibility of there being one more.
Q I’ve just had what my doctors call a ‘transient ischaemic attack, or TIA. For about 20 minutes, my sight blurred and dimmed, and I lost my hearing and ability to speak.
I am 69, and have used Ventolin for many years for seasonal asthma, which occurs from the end of June to mid-September year after year. Sometimes, when it’s a wet season, I suffer with acute breathless attacks
Many doctors, when prescribing drugs, routinely fail to check the manufacturer’s printed material on potential side-effects. Indeed, many GPs continue to believe that drugs don’t have side-effects.