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Offline aztecan

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I'm getting wired
« on: April 24, 2009, 10:08:36 AM »
I go today to have a Holter monitor attached. I have to wear it for 48 hours.

The goal is to monitor my heart for any transient cardiac problems, i.e., recurrent problems that don't happen all the time.

Anyone else had to wear one of these?

Philicia, next time I go more than six months without a doctor's visit, kick me in the butt.

HUGS,

Mark

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Re: I'm getting wired
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2009, 10:14:04 AM »
Hey Mark, can I kick your butt too?  ;D  ;)

A friend of mine had to wear one of those once, but only for 24 hours. He said it was a pain in the ass to sleep with, but otherwise wasn't a problem. Hope it's problem-free for you too, and you manage to get a good night's sleep.

Hugs,
Ann
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Offline rondrond

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Re: I'm getting wired
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2009, 10:54:06 AM »
Wow: I'd never heard of a Holter monitor before.

How many electrodes do you have to shave for?  ;)
"I may not be exactly where I want to be, but I sure as Hell am not where I was"
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Diagnosed/HIV
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AZT
Norvir
1994-2001
Crixivan/Epivir/Zerit
No Meds for 7 Years

04jul07/DVT-right leg/Bi Lateral PE's     
16oct08/DVT-left leg
Sept '09  6 blood clots in left arm
Coumadin 5mgs
                                     
Atenolol/50mg/2x
Hydrochlorth 25mg/1x
Gemfibrozil/300mgs/2X
Symbicort
Proventil Inhaler
Potassium
Rhinocort


*APR 08~Viramune/Truvada
March08  CD4 330 23% VL 452.000 
*Jan09 Med change~Epzicom/Viramune

Aug09   CD4 523 23%  VL<48
Diagnosed: COPD
Dec 2013: CD4 645 45% VL 49
Med Change: Viramune/Epivir/Ziagen/Isentress

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Re: I'm getting wired
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2009, 12:14:27 PM »


Philicia, next time I go more than six months without a doctor's visit, kick me in the butt.


ha!  And you of all people is what surprised me about this.

Anyway, I hope whatever happens is OK.  I'm getting confused lately with all of your doctors and stuff.  It's above my pay grade :)
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Re: I'm getting wired
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2009, 01:22:51 PM »
Mark,

Never had to wear one, but thinking of you, and wishing you the best...


Ray
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Re: I'm getting wired
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2009, 04:23:09 PM »
Yeah, Mark, I wore one before, but it was when I was like 16.  I can't really remember much about it (yeah, it's been that long ago).  Good luck.
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Offline OzPaul

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Re: I'm getting wired
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2009, 05:04:29 PM »
Hey Mark

I wore one a couple of years ago, though only for 24 hours. I seemed a bit weird when they fitted me for it, including minor shaving. I slept well however and it wasn't too uncomfortable. I hope yours goes well !

Cheers,

Paul


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Offline AndyArrow

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Re: I'm getting wired
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2009, 06:08:34 PM »
Hi Mark,

I haven't had any experience with one myself but i just wanted to wish you luck!


Hugs,
AA
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Offline AlanBama

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Re: I'm getting wired
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2009, 03:59:39 PM »
Hey Mark

Yes, I've done the old Holter test a few times (I call it a "Halter" Monitor, you know like a halter top?  ;)  )

Let us know what you find out....

hugs,

Alan   :-*

PS - my guess is that the next step will be the cardiac stress test, or at least an echocardiogram....
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Offline denb45

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Re: I'm getting wired
« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2009, 05:32:32 PM »
I may have to wear one of them, as I'm having a lot of heart palpitations, ( My ID Doc thinks this is due to the 400mgs of Norvir that is causing this) Mark, I hope they don't find anything wrong in that area, you already have enough to deal with on a daily basis ??? let us all know how this plays out for you.......
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Offline aztecan

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Re: I'm getting wired
« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2009, 06:36:12 PM »
Thanks all for the support and well wishes.

The Holter contraption is really not much of a problem. It reminds me of one of those old fashioned Walkman radios, the kind that had the tiny earphones.

The difference is this one has five ECG leads that are glued to your chest. The only pain were the two right at the top of my chest, basically right above my collar bone.

I guess my skin is sensitive there, because the electrodes, or whatever they are called annoyed me and actually hurt when I took them off. It is still tender there.

But the other three were no problem at all.

No results yet. The nurse said it takes time to get the results back.

Hey Alan, I like the "Halter" name better!  :D

I already did a graduated echo stress test. It came out pretty much fine, except for an enlarged left ventricle and a leaky mitral valve, which I am told I must now tell my dentist about.
Apparently, you must be premedicated for any dental work if you have a leaky heart valve. I though my sister was just being overly dramatic, but the doctor and nurse confirmed it.

So, something new to think about come teeth cleaning time.

I'll let you know the outcome of this latest test when I find out.

HUGS,

Mark

P.S. - I am still eating a lot of vegetarian foods and now am taking 500 mg of Niaspan without any severe problems. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

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Re: I'm getting wired
« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2009, 07:06:38 PM »
Hey Mark, yeah, I've got two leaky valves in my heart, and used to have to take antibiotics prior to dental procedures (now I've got dentures, so I don't have to worry about the tooth-man anymore). 

Good luck with the Niaspan.  I'll keep wishing for good to happen with that! :-*
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Offline AndyArrow

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Re: I'm getting wired
« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2009, 08:18:57 PM »
Fingers crossed hoping for good results!

I hate pulling those electrodes off after my dilations ... rips the hairs off my chest!  Ouch!!  :'(
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Offline aztecan

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Re: I'm getting wired
« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2009, 09:01:26 PM »
Fingers crossed hoping for good results!

I hate pulling those electrodes off after my dilations ... rips the hairs off my chest!  Ouch!!  :'(

Funny thing was the nurse who attached everything shaved the spots. Then, I guess that wasn't good enough, so she used some sandpaper tape - that's what she called it - to "rough up" the skin where the electrodes were to be attached.

Of course, ever the neatnik, she then wiped all the sandpapered areas with alcohol.  :o

It was quite the experience.  ::)

I didn't have trouble sleeping with it, except once when I must have twisted the wrong way and it tried to pull off an electrode.

HUGS,

Mark
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Re: I'm getting wired
« Reply #14 on: April 29, 2009, 01:56:27 AM »
I now give myself a nice body trim before any procedure involving those d*** electrodes. They friggin' Hurt and they only shave a small circle of hair so that the edges are still adhered to hairs. Then: you look ridiculous with all the bald spots.

So:  you're off Mediterranean and on Vegetarian?
"I may not be exactly where I want to be, but I sure as Hell am not where I was"
Wynnona Judd

Diagnosed/HIV
1993
AZT
Norvir
1994-2001
Crixivan/Epivir/Zerit
No Meds for 7 Years

04jul07/DVT-right leg/Bi Lateral PE's     
16oct08/DVT-left leg
Sept '09  6 blood clots in left arm
Coumadin 5mgs
                                     
Atenolol/50mg/2x
Hydrochlorth 25mg/1x
Gemfibrozil/300mgs/2X
Symbicort
Proventil Inhaler
Potassium
Rhinocort


*APR 08~Viramune/Truvada
March08  CD4 330 23% VL 452.000 
*Jan09 Med change~Epzicom/Viramune

Aug09   CD4 523 23%  VL<48
Diagnosed: COPD
Dec 2013: CD4 645 45% VL 49
Med Change: Viramune/Epivir/Ziagen/Isentress

Offline AndyArrow

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Re: I'm getting wired
« Reply #15 on: April 29, 2009, 08:55:03 AM »
Funny thing was the nurse who attached everything shaved the spots. Then, I guess that wasn't good enough, so she used some sandpaper tape - that's what she called it - to "rough up" the skin where the electrodes were to be attached.

Of course, ever the neatnik, she then wiped all the sandpapered areas with alcohol.  :o

It was quite the experience.  ::)

I didn't have trouble sleeping with it, except once when I must have twisted the wrong way and it tried to pull off an electrode.

HUGS,

Mark


She sounds like a sadist!
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Re: I'm getting wired
« Reply #16 on: April 29, 2009, 09:23:06 AM »

I didn't have trouble sleeping with it, except once when I must have twisted the wrong way and it tried to pull off an electrode.


Mark, I think that was the trouble my friend had. He's a restless sleeper.

Hoping for good results,
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Offline aztecan

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Re: I'm getting wired
« Reply #17 on: April 29, 2009, 09:59:15 AM »
I now give myself a nice body trim before any procedure involving those d*** electrodes. They friggin' Hurt and they only shave a small circle of hair so that the edges are still adhered to hairs. Then: you look ridiculous with all the bald spots.

So:  you're off Mediterranean and on Vegetarian?

Hmmm, Ron, that conjures up some "interesting" images.  ;)

No, I haven't abandoned Mediterranean, but I did add more vegetarian or meat-free meals. I thought I would give it a shot to see how I liked it. I figured a couple days a week that are free of animal products couldn't hurt.

Some of the vegetarian stuff is pretty good, but I have to be careful because most of the prepared foods contain gluten.  So,  I do a lot of label reading.

I am trying to be creative with it.

HUGS,

Mark

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~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline rondrond

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Re: I'm getting wired
« Reply #18 on: April 29, 2009, 10:45:34 AM »
They are doing something with cell phones now that alerts you when you are close to a store that you 'shop' for specials and coupons:

I wonder if they could program in foods that are gluten free to save you from having to read all those labels....personally, I can't see half the words on those labels  :-\
"I may not be exactly where I want to be, but I sure as Hell am not where I was"
Wynnona Judd

Diagnosed/HIV
1993
AZT
Norvir
1994-2001
Crixivan/Epivir/Zerit
No Meds for 7 Years

04jul07/DVT-right leg/Bi Lateral PE's     
16oct08/DVT-left leg
Sept '09  6 blood clots in left arm
Coumadin 5mgs
                                     
Atenolol/50mg/2x
Hydrochlorth 25mg/1x
Gemfibrozil/300mgs/2X
Symbicort
Proventil Inhaler
Potassium
Rhinocort


*APR 08~Viramune/Truvada
March08  CD4 330 23% VL 452.000 
*Jan09 Med change~Epzicom/Viramune

Aug09   CD4 523 23%  VL<48
Diagnosed: COPD
Dec 2013: CD4 645 45% VL 49
Med Change: Viramune/Epivir/Ziagen/Isentress

Offline aztecan

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Re: I'm getting wired
« Reply #19 on: May 26, 2009, 11:16:58 PM »
They are doing something with cell phones now that alerts you when you are close to a store that you 'shop' for specials and coupons:

I wonder if they could program in foods that are gluten free to save you from having to read all those labels....personally, I can't see half the words on those labels  :-\

That's why I have bifocals. Without them I would be lost!  ;D
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Offline aztecan

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Re: I'm getting wired
« Reply #20 on: May 26, 2009, 11:25:17 PM »
OK, I finally got the results of my Holter Harness.

Everything came out fine. The results showed I had periods of high heart rates, but not dangerously high.

My maximum heart rate was only 133, while the lowest rate was 46, which is tolerable, or so my doctor said.

I did have a few minor things show up, particularly some supraventricular ectopy. This basically means the upper ventricles were occasionally beating more often than they should be.

But even that was nothing to speak of.

So, hurrahs are in order. I got a clean cardiac bill of health, which ain't half bad for someone who is in his 50s, smoked for 34 years and has lipids that have been elevated for so long I leave an oil slick in the bath tub.

By the way, no problems with Isentress or Truvada so far, except for bouts of gas.

HUGS,

Mark



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Re: I'm getting wired
« Reply #21 on: May 27, 2009, 12:47:45 AM »
Here's my...Hurrah...

Good news. Did you have to keep some kind of journal to explain any changes in your heart beat:  like:  I was cruising the mall and Adonis stopped in front of me and looked me in the eye?

Or:  oh that:  me and MR Hand were having a special moment...
"I may not be exactly where I want to be, but I sure as Hell am not where I was"
Wynnona Judd

Diagnosed/HIV
1993
AZT
Norvir
1994-2001
Crixivan/Epivir/Zerit
No Meds for 7 Years

04jul07/DVT-right leg/Bi Lateral PE's     
16oct08/DVT-left leg
Sept '09  6 blood clots in left arm
Coumadin 5mgs
                                     
Atenolol/50mg/2x
Hydrochlorth 25mg/1x
Gemfibrozil/300mgs/2X
Symbicort
Proventil Inhaler
Potassium
Rhinocort


*APR 08~Viramune/Truvada
March08  CD4 330 23% VL 452.000 
*Jan09 Med change~Epzicom/Viramune

Aug09   CD4 523 23%  VL<48
Diagnosed: COPD
Dec 2013: CD4 645 45% VL 49
Med Change: Viramune/Epivir/Ziagen/Isentress

Offline AndyArrow

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Re: I'm getting wired
« Reply #22 on: May 27, 2009, 04:46:24 AM »
Hurrah!!!

I'm glad the Isentress & Truvada are working out for you.

Hugs,
AA
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Offline bear60

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Re: I'm getting wired
« Reply #23 on: May 27, 2009, 10:34:19 AM »
That sounds really great,  Mark.  You are lucky.  Keep on trucking brother.
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Offline Robert

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Re: I'm getting wired
« Reply #24 on: May 27, 2009, 12:40:33 PM »

hoorah.....
..........

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Re: I'm getting wired
« Reply #25 on: May 27, 2009, 01:36:07 PM »
Great news, Mark.  This is something for you to celebrate!
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