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Posted by billylittle on 2014-07-30 22:00. 0 comments. 0 reads
I went for a pacemaker checkup two weeks ago. The cardiologist eyes got real big and he said you are going back to see the EP. (Well over 1000 high rate episodes with it set at 160bpm).
So my wife and I go to see my EP this morning, and he says that it is not Afib this time, rather he is thinking it is ventricular tachycardia basically all the time. He set a date to remove my single lead Medtronic Sensia SR, and replace it with a dual lead Medtronic Advisa MRI pacer and more ablation. This will be my fourth ablation in a year and a half. What are your thoughts on this?

Posted by boysmom on 2014-07-30 21:27. 2 comments. 17 reads
Is coming back tomorrow. Hoping it goes better then last time. Feeling much better than 3 weeks ago so I think I am ready for the battle this time!! I have also been seeing a counselor which, although I was skeptical, has really helped.

Posted by CincyGirl on 2014-07-30 21:14. 2 comments. 10 reads
I saw my EP today for my annual checkup. My current CRT has 10 - 13 months of battery life remaining (Medtronics). He wants me to check back in 9 months to see what the battery life is. He is concerned that because of my age (49) I will go through a lot of battery changes. I'm on my 2nd CRT. Got 4 years out of the 1st one. Thought I would have this one changed this month but they say it may last another year. He is considering changing my CRT from Medtronics to a Boston CRT which he says has a longer battery life. He said there are lots of strides in the industry so that may change. Just wondering if anyone else has a "Boston" model CRT and if they have had any problems. Any info would be appreciated.

Posted by @Heartthrob on 2014-07-30 16:13. 3 comments. 43 reads
I am 5 weeks post op and woke up yesterday with ton of energy.
Starting to feel like my old self again. Then after I got out of the shower this morning I noticed an Indention running about middle of pacemaker set, top yo bottom. I have an area with a small scab on the incision site snd Indention runs close to it. Strange!! I do not feel bad. Anyone else had something like this? Going to Dr in the morning. Texted him a picture and he said nothing to worry about but idk if it is normal!

Posted by Dee224 on 2014-07-30 15:32. 3 comments. 39 reads
I had a Medtronic Revo Surescan pacemaker implanted in Feb due to sudden onset of complete heart block which resulted in heart rate of 35 and lower. Echocardiogram and complete monitoring for 4 days in hospital showed no signs of any other issues. Yesterday cardiologist told me he wants to do stress test because PM readout show I have had a couple episodes of VT (one at 3 in the am). They will have to do a nuclear stress test because I have knee issues preventing me from doing a treadmill. He did not seem to worried, and the test is not until Sept. Should I be worried? My dad had electrical issues in his heart (tachycardia) and died of a heart attack so I am very concerned.

Also, I have had adjustments made to settings alread...

Posted by maheswari on 2014-07-30 14:55. 3 comments. 62 reads
My mom is 89 years old and has been wearing a Pace Maker since May/2013. She wants to visit my brother which is 23 hours flight in total. She is in good health. Will flying in plane interfere with the pace make. Does the screaming sound when the plane takes off interfere with her pace maker.

Posted by natlat on 2014-07-30 11:37. 4 comments. 61 reads
Hi, so I was implanted with an ICD in April. I am also on beta blockers. I am athletic and run. I suffered from a SVT while running prior to that and a fainting episode. I have scar on my ventricles and with every test imagineable, it remains undiagnosed. So I am back at running, with my trusty heart rate monitor. Not as much as before, and much slower, but happy and feeling good. My rate response for my ICD is now off. I have a little residual fatigue and my doc suggests we turn the rate rsponse on? I worry that it will get my heart rate too high for my needs. Does anyone have experience with this? And what are your general settings? My low is set at 60, my ICD begins to monitor at 145 and shock at 175 if it cannot outpace me....

Posted by natlat on 2014-07-30 11:37. 0 comments. 13 reads
Hi, so I was implanted with an ICD in April. I am also on beta blockers. I am athletic and run. I suffered from a SVT while running prior to that and a fainting episode. I have scar on my ventricles and with every test imagineable, it remains undiagnosed. So I am back at running, with my trusty heart rate monitor. Not as much as before, and much slower, but happy and feeling good. My rate response for my ICD is now off. I have a little residual fatigue and my doc suggests we turn the rate rsponse on? I worry that it will get my heart rate too high for my needs. Does anyone have experience with this? And what are your general settings? My low is set at 60, my ICD begins to monitor at 145 and shock at 175 if it cannot outpace me....

Posted by ryanmatthewcox on 2014-07-30 11:14. 0 comments. 24 reads
It's been exactly a week since I had my PM/Defibrillator installed. Last night I woke up and my pinky and ring fingers on post hands were asleep. My heard was racing but not beating real hard like I had been running. Didn't hurt at all but extremely weird and uncomfortable. Anyone experience this or know what is happening and should I call and get checked out. This has never happened to me at all.

Posted by TerryJohns on 2014-07-30 02:42. 4 comments. 83 reads
My PVC events only occur during strenuous exercise. I have a pacemaker because of 2nd degree A/V block. Sometimes during running, my PVCs trigger an SVT/AVNRT event. I've had an ablation procedure done that has eliminated nearly all of my SVT events. But, I still have a few PVCs during running. Immediately following a PVC, my breathing rhythm feels very labored and inefficient and usually continues that way until I stop. Usually after stopping, for as short of a period as 15-30 seconds, I can feel my breathing rhythm return to normal and I can resume running without a problem.

My questions: Does a PVC event make a pacemaker start pacing? And, is my PM pacing, the reason for the labored and inefficient breathing rhythm I...

Posted by CincyGirl on 2014-07-29 22:25. 2 comments. 91 reads
Since being diagnosed with CHF and having the CRT implanted I have really struggled with feeling like "me". For years I was always one of the healthiest people around. Ate right, exercised, actually took cod liver oil for my heart (yuck!). I never would have guessed that I would be diagnosed with CHF
with an EF of less than 20%. It was touch and go for a while. I never realized the symptoms I had was from CHF. I just thought it was "mommy syndrome" - burning the candle at both ends. Now I'm here, 8 years later. I had my first CRT in 2006. My second 4 years later in 2010. I assumed I would have to get another this year. Checked with the EP Nurse and she tells me I have 8-12 months remaining on the battery. That's good news. I k...

Posted by vsmary on 2014-07-29 22:12. 8 comments. 113 reads
Hello, it's been 5 weeks since I had a PM placed due to heart block. I'm 55, in good health, exercise regularly and my only issue before was high cholesterol controlled by meds.

Since the PM was installed (on my right side)I have felt like I'm not firing on all cylinders. I feel shaky, as if I haven't eaten and every so often I need to take a deep breath, it's as if I'm playing catchup. I do not have any pain, just discomfort at times on the right side of my chest.

I've been to the ER and was checked with blood work, X-rays, EKG and even medtronics came out to check the machine. Everything was fine, numbers were normal.

I'm waiting for a call back from from cardiologists office. I did have these tw...

Posted by aportice on 2014-07-29 22:06. 4 comments. 70 reads
I had a pacemaker placed 10 days ago. I was told to take it easy for 2 weeks and not put my arm above my head in that time.

I normally lead a very busy, active life. I run a horse farm and my daily activities include: carrying water buckets, walking fences, carrying 50lb grain bags, throwing multiple bales of hay, running, riding, and dealing with lifting all sorts of things.

How long should I be NOT doing my normal activities? It's killing me to sit and watch this Summer go by and it's only been 10 days. I don't want complications but would also like to get on with things.

Just looking for timeframes, things to be careful of, and things to NOT do.

Posted by aportice on 2014-07-29 21:59. 6 comments. 84 reads
I am wondering if others have had a feeling of being bummed after having to have a pacemaker placed. I am only 42 and all the sudden I had to have a Pacemaker put in.

I am finding myself having a problem dealing with it. I don't sit well anyway and I am sure that is part of it. I also know that finding out I am not invincible is hard too. I lead a very active, busy life and I don't want this to slow me down.

Posted by Ceecee on 2014-07-29 21:24. 0 comments. 64 reads
Hi, I've had my pacemaker since October of 2013. I wasn't sure where to post, so I chose General Posting. When I went for my 2-week checkup to the cardiologist, he had also checked my pacemaker, and said it was working fine although I had complained of throbbing sensations. Then I changed doctors and went for the one month checkup back in November of 2013 to another dr. than the one who inserted my pacemaker, and she said that the pacemaker is not working well, and it needs to be changed and that was after a minute of checking it. I declined and went to have a second opinion with the original electrophysilogist who inserted my pacemaker, she said it's working fine, did some adjustments because it was difficult to lay down on my left si...

Posted by Theknotguy on 2014-07-29 21:11. 2 comments. 65 reads
A lot of people put up posts asking if things ever get back to normal after having the PM implanted.

I was wondering about that myself, especially since my PM was implanted in an emergency situation and I woke up after everything was done. I didn't get the chance to go through the advance notice and mental adjustment before waking up with the PM already implanted. Fortunately things have progressed very well and most times I forget I even have the dag-gone thing.

After several months of rehab I was also able to go back to volunteering in the woodshop at a local charity. I started out working for two hours at a time and have gradually worked up to volunteering for four hours at a time. This isn't just standing arou...

Posted by valley01 on 2014-07-29 17:43. 3 comments. 136 reads
I've had 2 different doctors say things to me recently that almost offended me until I realized what they meant was not the way it came out of their mouth and then I laughed. Just wondering what funny things your doctors may have said to you?

1. At a trip to my cardiologist I mentioned that my PM was sticking out and "rubbing" against my skin. He took a look at it and very seriously in his accent said "If you were just a little bit fatter it wouldn't stick out so much." Nice!

2. At a follow up for my adrenal surgery the surgeon's PA came to get me from the waiting room herself as they were short nurses. She stopped at the scale to get my weight. As I stood on the scale I was thinking everything looked really good and ...

Posted by TKDMaster on 2014-07-29 16:52. 2 comments. 43 reads
Hi I am posting for my husband. He recently gotten his PM after heart valve replacement surgery. His passion is Tae Kwon Do (martial arts) and is wondering if anyone has found a light weight fairly resistant pad for protection of the area of the shoulder where the PM is? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

TKD Master's Wife

I just want to see him get back to doing what he likes

Posted by Sparky on 2014-07-29 13:30. 2 comments. 88 reads
Can I take radiation therapy with a Pacemaker (same side)

Posted by Oldman on 2014-07-29 09:08. 3 comments. 124 reads
I have aMeditronic PM which isMRI proof. The MRI proof unit was selected as I have metastasised prostrate cancer. A few weeks ago I had to have an MRI. No problem said I to the Mri ladies. I am sporting the latest MRI proof PM.
Now I have just watched a video on the Meditronic site that states and shows quite clearly that the PM mri function has to be activated proir to the scan and turned off after. Is this.correct as no one from my cardiologist down ever this.
Could this have damaged the PM?. Your thoughts please PM'ers.

Posted by Mommymissy on 2014-07-29 08:28. 7 comments. 122 reads
Hi. I'm new here. I just turned 48 and had my pacemaker implanted at the end of June. I have other heart issues as well. How do you know if your settings need to be adjusted?

Posted by msdhillon on 2014-07-29 04:23. 7 comments. 126 reads
hi all
i am new here and have just been told that i will need to have a pm put in and that has been scheduled for this saturday. today is tuesday and i am getting anxious and stressed. i know i should not be having read the postings here. i am 72, having af and blackouts too frequently. there was another unusual symptom - a buzz in my head and a slow spreading warmth down to my waist. no doctor could explain it but it is something that i now link to my heart stopping and restarting and the warm blood rushing back into my arteries. could i be right? has anybody else experienced this?
it is reassuring to read the positive comments here but i am wondering and concerned whether post implant the blackouts will cease?

Posted by Tony G on 2014-07-28 23:47. 2 comments. 74 reads

Got an EC in April 2014 and my EF was 30 to 35% in my left ventricle. We increased my meds and then just had a second one this month. Same EF but now added moderate to severe global Hypokinesis. We will meet with the electrophysiologist on Monday to discuss changing from my Medtronic Sure scan with two leads to a pm with a difibulator. We have been reading about GK. Is it as dire as I think or am I reading into it.

Thanks for listening,

Posted by Holladay Pacer on 2014-07-28 20:04. 1 comments. 60 reads

I'm 43 and I will be having my 5th pacemaker put in since I was 25 this Friday. Super fun with a premature batter replacement, pacemaker pocket infection, lead extraction and move to the right side submuscular and one good ol' regular generator replacement in 2006.

I am trying to remember what the recovery was like in 2006 so I can plan my work schedule. I seem to remember it was very painful and I couldn't lift my arm for some time.

If anyone has had this recently, I'd love to get your feedback.


Posted by phyllisilie on 2014-07-28 19:23. 2 comments. 58 reads
Was recently diagnosed with PH at age 68. Cardiologist says Revaltio, a type of Viagra, has been successful in women with PH. Has anyone had experience with Viagra for PH. Especially concerned with the side effect that causes vision problems and possible blindness. Already nervous about the beginning of diabetic retinopathy. Very depressing and sorry I agreed to pacemaker two years ago. Sometimes its best to just nature take its course.

Posted by NAck on 2014-07-28 17:19. 0 comments. 27 reads
Thanks for the post. She has a Dr. Appt. tomorrow and I will ask. She also has a bracelet. Trying to talk her into trying it. She doesn't want to give up her independence. I understand.

Posted by NAck on 2014-07-28 14:06. 2 comments. 114 reads
My Mom had a pacemaker implanted several years ago. Don't know what it's called. She recently got a life alert system at home (partly against her will; we had to talk her into it) and has been wearing the necklace. She is now telling us that she can't breathe as freely when she is wearing it and feels better when she takes it off. Has anyone else had anything like this happen? I suspect she may be being manipulative since she wasn't really happy about it in the first place. I can't find anything that suggests that life alert could interfere with pacemakers and I am assuming that many others with pacemakers have life alert. HELP!

Posted by Scottie on 2014-07-28 13:18. 2 comments. 48 reads
Hi, Folks,

Just a general post here, about to have my 3rd pacer installed (earlier ones in 1998 and ~2006).

Things have gone well overall, and I try to check in here every now and then, but haven't had much input to give as of late.


Posted by Tattoo Man on 2014-07-28 10:10. 8 comments. 120 reads

................just back from my 6th Adidas 24 hour Thunderun weekend in the UK. Shatteringly hot weather,.. 3 X 10 k relay runs,..the second in the woods at night...epic. My team of seven smashed out times to give us 24 laps of the all off-road circuit. TR 14 is quite probably the most gruelling challenge in the UK,...2700 runners in all. Magic !

A somewhat limping Tattoo Man

Posted by LLou on 2014-07-28 08:24. 3 comments. 133 reads
Just working and out of blue started passing out. GOT a Pace maker was put in in 2011. I have it for a year and have had 5 surgery lead. (2 leads came unattached, and infection, 3 issues with pace maker) I had a heart doctor and decided to change after you never even came in to see me during a year and a half. Got another doctor which everyone said was super but I he did try and figure out why this happened. Lexiscan done, catherization and arteries blocked. Put me on medicine and was told him I was allergic to sulfa drugs. Was told to take it. Ended up with Hives, another medication made me fill like I was spaced out. Called and called only nurse would not make me an appointment and was told I had to go through her. JUST gave up and nev...

Posted by Duke Heart Patient on 2014-07-28 04:01. 1 comments. 82 reads
Here we go again ..... Sleepless night ......

Posted by gelove48 on 2014-07-27 20:07. 7 comments. 201 reads
I was implanted on July 8, 2014. Dual chamber pacemaker. I was put on Xarelto and Amiodarone. The Amirodarone was bad news for me - had dizziness and fainting. Am now off of it. My question is, does anyone have atrial fibrillation, sinus node dysfunction with a pacemaker and know what life expectancy I might expect. I am 67 year old male.

Posted by daniel81 on 2014-07-27 18:14. 3 comments. 149 reads
Good day. Im from witbank south Africa. I dont have employment at this time and no medical aid. Were and how to I have my pacemaker check. Its been in from 2010 and I am starting to feel very weak and tried most of the times. Dont have money to see a private doctor and witbank government hospital can't be of any help. What sould I do or where could I find someone who is willing to sponsor me? If anyone is interested in helping me or known someone that's willing to help me. Please contact me on

Best regards.

Posted by Nana215A on 2014-07-27 11:00. 5 comments. 216 reads
Hi, all! I'm new at this website but definitely not new to owning a pacemaker. I've had a pacer for over 14 years now and used to hang out at the site. Sadly, that site has been way too quiet so I stopped going there.

I just had my annual cardio checkup and thought I should find another site where I can ask questions again. My DH and I do a lot of traveling now that we are fully retired and I was wondering what most of you are told by your cardios about use of the full body scanners that are used at the airports. To date, my cardio insists that I NOT use them and for me to get patted down by hand in order not to take the chance of the machines messing with my pacer settings when I am trying to have a pleas...

Posted by Troutfoot on 2014-07-27 10:10. 2 comments. 101 reads
It has been 3 months since my device was implanted and now my left breast is larger than my right.
No pain, tenderness, or discoloration.
While sleeping on my left side I do have some muscle twitching but that should not be enough to cause an enlarged breast.
I row a boat for a living and am in great shape and have even lost weight in the last few months.
So your collective thoughts are?

Posted by golden_snitch on 2014-07-27 02:52. 13 comments. 218 reads
I participated in my first (official) 5k run yesterday evening, and finished in exactly 32:00 minutes! Given that the temperature was 30 degrees Celsius, I am really proud of this time. Heart rate was high, mostly max. CLS rate of 160, but also had episodes of 170-190bpm due to an atrial intrinsic rhythm kicking in and being tracked by the ventricular lead. It was okay - exhausting, but breathing was fine, and legs were fine, too.

The run took me up and down the "Ku'Damm", one of the main shopping streets in the heart of Berlin. There were 3000 participants in the 5k run, and 7000 in the 10k run, and along the track there were around 30.000 people watching. The atmosphere was quite overwhelming! And was what waiting for me afte...

Posted by azviking on 2014-07-26 19:54. 15 comments. 279 reads
The FDA announced Ottawa University study results which show that Pradaxa may cause more severe bleeding than reported by the manufacturer at the time the drug was approved.

There were some deaths which may have been prevented by closer blood screening... .

The manufacturer is said to have withheld vital information.

Reported by Nathan Fortin in Wallstreet OTC two hours ago.


Posted by willronl on 2014-07-26 14:04. 8 comments. 212 reads
I just got my PM installed and have not sleep since. I also seem to have some high anxiety to go along with it. They set my PM on 70 and I seem to be speeding. Sleeping pills work for 4 hours only and are dangerous. Any suggestions, or is it just me.

Posted by book61 on 2014-07-26 12:24. 3 comments. 184 reads
Had pacemaker implanted March 2014. Been having episodes of skipped beats. Horrifying like your heart stops, flips. How can this be with a pacemaker??? Had Stress test done last week and then Echocardiogram Friday. Doc said stress test showed blood flow too slow at rest, but could be a false positive thus she ordered the echocardiogram. No results on that yet. Anyone else experience these skipped beats? If so did you see a doctor? Would appreciate any enlightenment on this matter.

Posted by capecod on 2014-07-25 22:15. 4 comments. 108 reads
had my first echo today after crt-d in april. ejection fraction went from 15 percent to 25-30! mitral valve regurgitation looked about the same but heart size may be a bit smaller. doc thinks that may improve since this is only 3 months out. yea! doc was very pleased as am i.

Posted by nonischemic on 2014-07-25 19:47. 2 comments. 121 reads
Hi Everyone,
Doing quite well. I'll have my 1st Echo next month after Medtronic's Viva XT CRD-D implant mid-March. I was 15% EF last November , with dilated LV, and mitral valve moderate-severe regurgitation. I have been "smoking " the bike trails since keeping up with the healthy bikers with 22 mile runs.
Last evening I assisted a guy 15 years my junior with making this bike run.. Yes! While he huffed and puffed up the hills and valleys, I was there to advise " I know a good cardio that can implant a pacer that can help you with that shortness of breath issue you are experiencing!"
I don't think my suggestion went over well with him but that's just what these things can do for you if your body adapts.
Enjoying every m...

Posted by MissMel on 2014-07-25 17:17. 10 comments. 291 reads

I'm new here. I had my PM changed yesterday, and cannot move without agony. My first PM surgery was not this painful, and my doctor assures me I am NOT NORMAL.
He suggested I go to the ER for IV pain meds, and in same breath assured me he has never had This happen before, and it must be ME. The surgeon used glue over incision, and the burning sensation when I move, try to walk, etc, feels like I have been shot.

How can this be normal. Anyone else totally bed bound after PM replacement?

Posted by edesano on 2014-07-25 13:47. 7 comments. 239 reads
Hello all,

I am 37 and just received a PM on June 6th. I am having a terrible time coping with this. I already struggle with anxiety and depression. I just can't believe how hard this is to get use to. I touch it every ten minutes it seems. Just looking for support...

Posted by PeteFindlay on 2014-07-25 08:02. 4 comments. 156 reads
I've just been signed off as ok to get back to skydiving! 10 weeks post-op.

Understandably, I suppose, my GP wasn't happy signing off with limited specialist knowledge, so I had to go back to a consultant (privately - not NHS. I'm in the UK). But he's now said there's no reason to seek any further specialist referrals for this in the future as long as the regular clinic checks are fine.

The only potential issue comes from direct trauma from the harness over the PM site. I'm sub-pectoral anyway, but will just check if I need some extra padding before I try anything - just in case.

Hope I haven't missed the British summer....

This now means that pretty much the only thing I can't do as before is b...

Posted by snowflake on 2014-07-25 02:47. 3 comments. 129 reads
doc wants me to have a pm
i am not sure i have a-fib out of control
heart act 2 years ago heart getting weaker
is there pain afterwards for a long time does it hurt when it heals and you do a lot of moving of your arm?
what about seat belts?
and any other info you can give me

Posted by jane32 on 2014-07-25 00:00. 4 comments. 125 reads
Recently my heart went in to Afib, so my cardiologist upped my diltizem to 240mg am and started me on digoxin 135mg pm. which worked in slowing my heart rate down. Yesterday I had a successful cardioversion on the 2nd hit, today I still feel quite tired and heavy in legs my bp is sitting at 111 ova 62 and my pulse is 66, I am just wondering if meds have dropped things too low, or its to be expected to feel like this after yesterdays procedure. Looking forward to your replys.

regards Jane

Posted by Robert122085 on 2014-07-24 18:50. 1 comments. 100 reads
I feel like my chest down to my left elbo hurts sometimes but had it checked out and said nothing but at the bottom of the pace maker it hurts when I stretch or work out I've had it in now for almost a year and I'm only thirty I should be able to work out...
Also I'm on Paxil://Wellbutrin and I don't know if it's the drugs but I'm yawning all the time and when I do it kinda gags me feels weird

Posted by PABLO on 2014-07-24 17:41. 2 comments. 159 reads
I have a heart condition as the result of a heart attack 20 years ago. In 2013 I was getting shortness of breath walking up a ramp at the airport. I had a virus 6 months before and my cardiologist thought either the virus or medication I received caused more damage to my heart. After a stress test and some other test my cardiologist recommended a PM. He said it would be a 50-50 chance it would help and I would get immediate improvement after implantation. I got no improvement, surgical Dr. said it doesn't always help.

I started working out at fitness center on the treadmill and slowly my heart him has improved. I would like to have PM removed. Any chance this will happen???


Posted by TJ319 on 2014-07-24 14:41. 5 comments. 158 reads
Has anyone had trouble at high altitudes? I spent 4 days in Colorado at 9600 feet. 4 days later I am still experiencing some racing of my heart.

Posted by AnneSalvio on 2014-07-24 13:34. 4 comments. 204 reads
I was wondering if anyone else has had this experience....after eating a healthy meal - my heart/pacemaker seems to be working harder. I feel more tired. Is that normal?

Posted by jeansheart on 2014-07-24 12:47. 1 comments. 77 reads
I had a pacemaker implanted and have yet to see a bill. I have a ma-pd plan. I suppose it will come at the end of the month. I was sure I was well and problem free with my heart after having three ablations, countless cardioversions etc. Talk about an expensive heart. So i chose the ma-pd plan. I know if I had the plan F for medicare supplements that I would not have to pay anything else but the premium. So am now trying to decide if there are anymore heart surprises waiting for me and whether to switch to a plan F during AEP 10/15-12/7 this year. It might be worth it not to worry.

Posted by culver001 on 2014-07-24 11:50. 15 comments. 208 reads
Hello all I had my PM installed in Nov 2013. I am a 49 year old healthy women. I have went back to most of my activities. I do boxing workouts on a heavy bag. Does anyone else do this type of activity? I have been experiencing tightness around my PM. Its not overall chest tightness, like muscle soreness, its a tightness around the PM feels almost like its being wrapped up or choked.
Is this still part of the healing process? I am still in shock that I have this PM and feel when I call my cardio office they can't really answer since most of the patients I saw at the office were not in my age group or physical fit relm. I almost feel like I am wasting their time and bugging them with questions.
SO I am bugging you all and...

Posted by kmom on 2014-07-24 11:11. 5 comments. 200 reads
Ok so I've had my PM since early April and have been doing ok much better than before. At the last interrogation they raised my upper limit so I could exercise( because is start exercising and everything would be great until it got to about 125 the all of a sudden I'd be out of breath and struggling so much that I had to stop) long story. Since then I haven't felt as good and get short of breath just doing normal things walking climbing stairs etc going to have them switch settings back when I see them again in aug but the other day I've noticed something new dizziness especially bending over or if I tilt my head back got really dizzy in the shower when I bent down to wash and shave legs and other times I've bent down. Could this be simply...

Posted by momhead4 on 2014-07-24 11:05. 5 comments. 144 reads
Well, I am at 13 post PM...sure have learned a lot since this all started!...thanks to all who post and help us all through this process...and it is a process!!....someone who commented on one of my posts asked me to repost a week later...feeling much better!...have more energy and don't get as tired as in that first week....anxiety and pounding chest are better; not completely gone...did a 45 minute walk this morning at a brisk pace and felt good!!...the reality check for me was my first post-op device visit...I am pacing at 73% so really am no longer questioning whether or not this needed to be done...I am wondering if anyone has experienced digestive/gastro problems in these first few weeks?....finding I am really constipated and gassy ...

Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-07-24 11:05. 0 comments. 49 reads
I am tired of buying separate free weights. Can anyone recommend either Weider speed weight dumbbell or Bowflex Selectech dumbbells (these are interchangeable weights) ?

Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-07-24 11:00. 3 comments. 74 reads
I am going to PT for groin and hip (not surgery, just injury). The PT told me misalignment, so stretching. One stretch is lying down, take big exercise ball in hands and stretch overhead and back. I notice that it is uncomfortable and its tight in the pacemaker. Does anyone have this problem with tightness ? I notice with my 2nd pacemaker more tightness because its smaller.

Posted by wjs1954 on 2014-07-24 10:56. 0 comments. 39 reads
Just a quick update

I think it is working great HR looks like it did before PM while running, went up to 158 at the end of the race. was up and down about 30 BPM during running. Took about 2-3 minutes to climb to 130 than the first hill hit 153 normal for me. Prior to the adjustment last week 150 was it.

Also prior to adjustment just could not get my pace/Running speed (not that i am at all fast) but could not run anything near what i should be able to do even untrained. last night was able to do about 1.5 minutes per mile faster than before adjustment. Like i said still not fast and will never be or really want to be any more.. But was able to feel like i can run again :>)...

Posted by IAN MC on 2014-07-24 04:30. 4 comments. 130 reads

If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhoea...does that mean that one enjoys it?


Posted by PacedICD on 2014-07-24 02:14. 5 comments. 193 reads
Hello my name is Alex. I have posted here in quite sometime but it feels like a good time. I'm 23 and I was recently with my 9th pacemaker/defibrillator and it hasn't gotten easier. On top of chronic pain from implant scars on my right and left my depression hasn't really improved and has only gotten worse sine my grandmother who also had a pacemaker/defibrillator and my same condition passed away several weeks ago. Her heart is a.decent look into the future of myself which is bleak especially since I presented with the condition much earlier. I also deal with severe chronic pain that I take prescribed narcotics for that only take the edge off. Surgery, lidocain, steroid injects all had no effect on the scar tissue that pains me on m...

Posted by heather1723 on 2014-07-24 00:33. 1 comments. 126 reads
Is it possible for the pacemaker to make it's way to pushing through the skin and making it painful to the touch? This has been happening for about 3 months now and is very painful to the touch. I've had it since June 2010.

Posted by capecod on 2014-07-23 19:38. 6 comments. 130 reads
hi all
i am anxiously waiting to have my first echo after crt-d was done in april. i hope the procedure has improved my ejection fraction which was 10-15 as well as improved mitral valve regurgitation which was severe.
would be in interested in hearing about echo test results of others on this site. fingers crossed. thanks

Posted by jonhendry on 2014-07-23 19:07. 5 comments. 183 reads

My father received a pacemaker last Friday. Today he's in the ER due to a fall, and hooked up to a monitor that keeps giving a bradycardia alarm, for heart rates under 40 bpm.

Do hospital monitors get confused by pacemakers and report a lower-than-actual heart rate? Or is it possible that the HR is correct and his pacemaker leads were dislodged by that fall?



Posted by issikkulboy on 2014-07-23 18:39. 8 comments. 257 reads
I am having a Pacemaker implanted on August 8th 2014 and I am trying to decide what Brand to choose from the two that the Hospital where I will have the procedure done works with; Boston Scientific and Medtronic. Can anyone provide me with information on which one is a better quality device? Thank you in advance for any feedback you can provide.

Posted by deeheart on 2014-07-23 18:22. 6 comments. 135 reads
Hi there all,
I'm a restless sleeper and will raise my arms above my head throughout the night while tossing and turning. I'm still wearing the sling at night just in case I do this--afraid I may do some damage. Does anyone know when to ditch the sling and how long until it's actually OK to lift your arm over your head? I've heard normal range of motion is fine after 4 weeks but it's best to wait 6-8 weeks for other movements. BTW I'm 5 1/2 weeks since PM surgery (and still counting).

Also, any info. known about using a heating pad and if so how close can it be to the PM?

Just some random questions.....Thanks!

Posted by MegLindsay on 2014-07-23 17:43. 0 comments. 109 reads
Hello Everyone

I posted back on this site in 2011 and since then I have been reading other peoples posts. Thank you everyone who took the time to read my story and comment. I really appreciate it.

I have been reading lots of comments recently from people who are getting a pacemaker for the first time. Although I am lucky enough to never have to come to terms with my pacemaker, I want to be able to help anyone who is having some anxieties about their first implant.

In every situation there are two ways of looking at it, positively and negatively. On down days it is very easy to look at your pacemaker as an 'obstacle'. Then I have to remember, it keeps me alive! Would I want a small slightly annoying bump or ...

Posted by gleesue on 2014-07-23 17:01. 3 comments. 94 reads
Need some input. A couple weeks ago I found a bruise right by my PM on the lower left side. Just happened to have an appointment with my EP, PM interrogation, stress echo, etc. Did 15 minutes and 18 degrees on the stress test and everything looked great.

My EP made no big deal about the bruise and said the PM is so strong it could take a bullet.

Now I have even a bigger bruise and tenderness. I discovered something in common. They appeared after we had spent time at our summer home. I jet skied and kayaked on both occasions.

When I jet ski I go hard and jump waves and turn hard. When I kayak I go as hard as I can for about an hour.

Do you think one or both of these are the cause? Could it be cau...

Posted by kwkonk43 on 2014-07-23 11:17. 7 comments. 182 reads
It's been 5 days since I had my PM implanted...recovery has been painful and slow. Reacted to pain medication in hospital so pain management has been limited.
I was surprised by the amount of bad brusing to my left breast.

Is this common for women after pm implantation.


Posted by azviking on 2014-07-23 11:14. 8 comments. 127 reads
79 yrs, pm 8 weeks ago; Walk daily, yoga and golf - twice weekly.

Would a monitor be helpful? How?

What numbers are important?

Most valuable to those who bike or work out?

Some posts say the pm will adjust to your body in time.

Some say the monitor output was used to change the pm settings.


Posted by emilpacemaker on 2014-07-23 10:42. 2 comments. 126 reads
Hi im 28 y/o got my pm on april this year.. I dont know if I realy
need my pm in my body I cant imagine what happen to my life or inside on my blood preasure always become abnormal 140/100 or sometimes 140/90.. I feel fear to move excersise like what happen to me like this my heart beating fast when im enjoying ride to my bike! The doctors findings to me is bradycardia thats why theythey install the dualchamber pm in my chest... If I knew what feelings with pacemaker I really really deny to have it..! Any one same expirience like this im here on philipines ty

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