Posted by JuPage on 2013-12-09 16:04. 0 comments. 0 reads
On a couple of occasions I have come over giddy and heart feels really sloiw. I am set at 48. Anyone know why ?
Posted by JuPage on 2013-12-09 15:28. 1 comments. 18 reads
On a couple of occasions I have come over giddy and heart feels really sloiw. I am set at 48. Anyone know why ?
Posted by lucyb on 2013-12-09 15:28. 0 comments. 3 reads
I had a pacemaker implanted a little over two months ago and have just moved from NYC to California (not really planned, I would have waited to get the PM after moving if I'd known!)
Anyway, I now need to find a new dr here and I'm not sure where to start so I thought I would see if anyone had any recommendations?
I am considering UCSF (they have an electrophisiology and arrhythmia service department) and also Stanford Medical Center (they also have a cardiac arrhythmia service as well as the adult congenital heart program).
If anyone has any experience with any of these clinics or drs at these clinics, please PM me!
Posted by jackcm on 2013-12-09 12:51. 3 comments. 37 reads
i see multiple posts regarding use of electric guitars by those with pacemakers --does the same apply to pacemakers implanted in the abdomen? As playing an electric guitar would place the pickup (magnet) directly over the pacemaker in this case, does this pose a potential problem or threat?
Posted by Robert122085 on 2013-12-09 12:50. 1 comments. 27 reads
I've been having mild chest pain since they put the pacemaker in three weeks ago only when I take a deep breath does this happen to others? Also I get 2 steady beats and then one really hard beat that didn't happen before the implant
Posted by BHayes on 2013-12-09 12:12. 1 comments. 47 reads
Hi all! I do not currently have a pacemaker, but I am looking at the need for one in my future.
I was diagnosed with 3rd Degree AV Block when I was a teenager. At rest I have a steady rhythm on both atrium and ventricles, but they are completely disassociated with each other. Looking back at my past history, my Cardiologist back then determined that it was congenital and told me that when I started feeling like I could not function any longer, that I may need a pace maker.
At almost 43 and feeling a bit run down, I decided that it was time for another checkup (after 10 years) and made an appointment with a new Cardiologist. They put me through my first ever stress test and found that my ventricles are very unstabl...
Posted by Spin on 2013-12-09 09:36. 1 comments. 44 reads
Hi All (especially Pam, rnff2 and Tracey),
Posted a follow up to my original post rather late (I was working then....off now), so copied it below & so hopefully you can read this one now:
It is rather good news to hear that I am not alone with this rather unusual issue, as you all seem to know exactly what I am talking about. (If any talk of needing extraneous electrical equipment stuck inside you to keep you alive can be quoted as "good news"....but you know what I mean)!
It becomes frustrating when every time one explains a particular pathology to numerous medical professionals the first thing you hear back is "I've never seen that before". I started to think I was a one off. I've had loads of tests: 48 ...
Posted by koevli on 2013-12-09 07:52. 2 comments. 39 reads
I have my pm since Feb 2012 and am paced 30% of the time. Until now I am taking metoprolol but have starting having palps and irreg. pulse every day for extended periods of time. My options from my cardiologist are to either increase my metoprolol from 25mg twice a day to 50 mg (I am already slowed down from the 25 mg of beta blocker) or to take the 25 mg of metoprolol with verapamil (which I used to take before pm). For those of you experienced in this matter, I would really appreciate hearing from you which, in your opinion, is the better way to go. I have strong palpitations in my neck area and irregular pulse, feels like da, da, dda. I do know I have so many PAC'S just recently that the palps are quite strong feeling i...
Posted by thistledown on 2013-12-09 05:13. 3 comments. 57 reads
Can't sleep and came across this site. I'm a 58 yr old female and I've have had my pacemaker and defib. for about 5 years now. V-Tach was my issue... out of the blue. Driving alone and tried to pass out 3 or 4 times before I made it to a rural hospital. Had no idea what was wrong. Sure didn't notice any heart issue. But my dad had the same thing when he was about my age....so when I found out what it was, it really wasn't a huge surprise. Except he had had heart damage from Rheumatic Fever, so we always thought that was what had brought his on...guess not. I had one incident where my defib went off at night. It wasn't an accident. And then I had another issue two years ago when I had a stallion get loose and got in a pasture with some mare...
Posted by Granny7 on 2013-12-09 01:42. 1 comments. 51 reads
I got my 2 step, as I call in, PM around Oct. 23rd. 2013. It was due to Electrical issues and my heart beat was around 32 to 50 most of the time. I was exhausted, couldn't climb stairs or clean house. I just wanted to sleep. We did all the test, took the Rytonol, I think I've got it spelled wrong, but it took care of the high heart beat and my heart stoping for seconds, but it didn't correct the low heart rate after being on it for a month. Surgery went well, but was in a lot of pain afterwards. My issues now are, I'm still tired a lot. They did increase the HR from 70 to 80 BPM and increased the range to be higher. I'm still very tired and they increased it about 10 days ago. My other biggest problem is that every now and then, I can be s...
Posted by Chloe421 on 2013-12-09 00:16. 2 comments. 31 reads
Going to Disney in April. Was told I cannot go on roller coasters & Tower of Terror! Really! It's Disney! I'm not going on Space Mt. But Thunder Mt? & Tower of Terror are my favorites! Anyone else been on them? Any Problems? Have an ICD. Thoughts! I' aware of the magnet fields.
Posted by Mandi on 2013-12-08 20:52. 3 comments. 66 reads
Hi, I am going in for my first tec check later this week. Since I got my pm very fast I know next to nothing about it. So I want to get any and all info I can. What info should I ask for? I am not a ignorance is bliss kind of gal. I once was told from a G.I. Doc that i would not understand what he was going to do. Ha, I told him that I may be getting old, just 70, but not stupid. He left the room and another doc came in. I don't want to face that with a tec.
So any advise you can give me would be appreciated.
This a great site.
Posted by Al on 2013-12-08 17:51. 10 comments. 116 reads
Does anyone who has a pacemaker and takes benzodiazepines (xanax, ativan or valium) get complications? Thanks a lot for your experience and comments.
Posted by tjs on 2013-12-08 16:49. 5 comments. 121 reads
New to the club so excuse please if this has been well discussed already - has anyone else had bad experience with IPAD or Samsung tablet computers running on wifi?
Posted by judy on 2013-12-08 10:27. 4 comments. 117 reads
I just finished a book by Dick Cheney and his doctor, Reiner called "Heart". It was amazing. I learned so much about the functions of our heart and all that can go wrong, but also all the medical advances. It is full of cardio history of medical techniques and gadgets. A disclaimer: I am not a fan of Cheney, never thought I would read a word he wrote, but for the most part he kept out politics. I was not offended even once by his rhetoric. He trades off with his doctor writing in the first person, so we see a truly human side of a cardiologist. It is a fascinating read of a person who should have died many times, but medical advances gave him back his life. If you are interested in educating yourself on the heart, and need some inspiration...
Posted by PLong206 on 2013-12-08 09:22. 10 comments. 177 reads
I am 74 years old and had to get a pacemaker in January 2013. I have gotten along well with my pacemaker. I noticed yesterday I was getting what felt like a head cold or sinus infection. Was coughing and had been told by my dr. that I could take the original formula of Robitussin for cough and Tylenol. I have also been told I could take a Zyrtec. I have Amoxicillin here as I have to take it before I go for dental appointments because I have a knee replacement.
My question to you all is would it be safe for me to take Amoxicillin for my sinus infection/head cold or should I just take the Zyrtec? Also I'm open to any other suggestions you all may have. I'd like to feel better before the holidays and don't want it to turn ...
Posted by sue uk on 2013-12-08 09:09. 3 comments. 101 reads
Just wanted to say "Hi" to everyone.
Because of my PM & the way it is behaving l haven't been posting much lately.
Because of my PM l have been too busy, wow l love this little metal box of mine :-)
10 days ago l got back from my holiday in S. Africa, absolutely brilliant time & no health issues whatsoever.
The day we got back we picked up the keys to our new home, my little cottage in the country with wooden beams & loads of quirky bits that mean most of our furniture wont fit but what a good excuse to go shopping for more stuff.
Oh, tatman & IAN l now have even more sheds !!!
Okay l still have lots of heart probs that my magic box cant fix but what an improvement to what l was & the daft thing is l just kee...
Posted by silvestris on 2013-12-08 00:22. 7 comments. 103 reads
Getting one Wednesday. Not scared, but a little anxious. Low heart rate and occasional pauses of up to two and one-half seconds between beats. Constantly tired and praying for some energy. Glad to have a place to discuss this change in my 65 year old life.
Posted by sappy35 on 2013-12-07 21:16. 2 comments. 78 reads
Hi, I had my pacemaker- dual chamber implanted on my left side about three weeks ago. I had it placed between my left breast and arm pit due to I didn't want placed on my chest. I woke up this morning and my left arm was feeling very sore. My arm and hand swelled up and my arm was really tight. I went to the ER and had an ultra sound done and no signs of blood clot so will follow up with my cardiologist next week. Has anybody else had this issue?, and if so what caused it if it wasn't a blood clot.
Posted by Harm on 2013-12-07 19:39. 6 comments. 127 reads
I had a stent put in Nov 29 and a pacemaker Nov 30. I think I feel okay but I an extremely tired all the time. Very little energy. I thought I would feel great- not yet. Any ideas?
Posted by manaman on 2013-12-07 18:28. 2 comments. 88 reads
Had a PM check up in July and was told I had 12 to 14 months left. Well for the past three weeks I have had a constant 64 BPM at rest (low set point @ 60bpm for 10 years), I sent doctor list of numbers (BP) and an immediate appt was set up for Monday 12.9.13.
My breathing got compromised, I got very weak, lightheaded etc. Basicaly non-functional! A trip to ER indicated that I went into EOL on October 22,2013 and I am now scheduled for a replacement on Tuesday along with replacement of a compromised ventrical lead.
The only thing that is certain here is that there is no certainty
Someone stated that when a PM was failing that the PM beats per minute would DROP (mine did not drop but went up and stuck at 64bpm.
Posted by Grateful Heart on 2013-12-07 17:27. 2 comments. 102 reads
I'm scheduled for a colonoscopy this week. I have been really sick the past 5 days: sore throat with raspy voice, lots of sinus congestion and very hard coughing with headaches. No fever or body aches so it's not the flu.
The Gastro Nurse called for scheduling and I told her (she could hear) about the cold to be sure they wanted me to show up like this. She said as long as I don't have a fever they will go ahead with it. It's a very busy office so I know they are not hurting for patients and he is pretty booked that day.
So does this sound right? I would think they wouldn't want me to spread germs around. Also, what if I cough during this...not looking for my colon to be perforated.
I sure hope m...
Posted by Moner on 2013-12-07 16:22. 6 comments. 130 reads
Does anyone know if having a pacemaker implanted increases the likelihood of having increases PVC's?
Are these PCV's defined by the pacemaker's settings and definition?
Does the average person have them also, who don't have a pacemaker?
Any feedback would be great!
Posted by Zanalits on 2013-12-07 15:46. 8 comments. 93 reads
Age 42 - Have been in a junctional rhythm with exertion and random times throughout the day after Sinus Node Ablation in October. Pacemaker implanted and I still have the rhythm problem with beta blockers. Dr. talking about AV node ablation. Anyone else have a similar situation
Posted by Hot Heart on 2013-12-07 15:10. 1 comments. 124 reads
Posted by Hot Heart on 2008-11-15 10:43
Hi everyone, i did join last week as hot heart but unfortunately my wireless crashed, i got locked in the chatroom and couldnt get out so had to email admin to remove me, in the meantime i joined again as Hot Heart.
A quick resume of me, college lecturer, thought i was fit! lol, got dogs, kids and a husband, like walking, the gym, rock music, going to gigs and holidays. Ohh i can be a bit of an online flirt as well, but i'm only playing, very happily married.
I went into hospital for lipo on my knees and ankles and ended up in total heart block so was fitted a pacemaker.
Am still shell sho...
Posted by Duke999 on 2013-12-07 13:57. 0 comments. 14 reads
My last post was for the "Medic alert bracelet". Sorry about that.
Posted by Duke999 on 2013-12-07 13:51. 0 comments. 18 reads
I concur to everything what TraceyE says. Have a nice day.
Posted by Celest on 2013-12-07 12:14. 1 comments. 69 reads
I have had a icd (pacemaker and defibulator)for eight years and I have had the battery changed 3 times and this last time I had lead revision done which included lead abandonment rather then lead replacement. My doctor said lead replacement was too dangerous. Has anyone had this done (lead abandonment)? Has it had to be done more then once? I have this constant thumping in my chest, is this normal?HELP!
Posted by outfitter16 on 2013-12-07 09:10. 13 comments. 151 reads
I need advice about shooting high powered rifile on same side as device is placed.
Does anyone know if there is a recoil pad or harness that can be placed over device to keep it from having the leads getting
Posted by ruribe on 2013-12-07 01:32. 13 comments. 224 reads
I just got a Medtronic pm last Sunday and am pretty unhappy about it. I am only 34 and have been diagnosed with SSS. I have had it for years, as well as a fib, but have only recently decided to deal with it. I enjoy running a lot and I also work in fire. I am worried that maybe my pm is set too low at 150. I have never used a heart rate monitor but according to the equation my max hr is 148. What happens if 150 is not high enough? The pm tech says 150 is high enough but after reading some posts I have some concerns. Does anyone have experience with this?
Also I would just like to ad that this is a great site. My sister found it and told me to check it out. I have been bummed out all week and reading about other young people with...
Posted by Butterflyin2 on 2013-12-05 19:47. 1 comments. 78 reads
Had my 4 week post implantation appointment today and my pacemaker is working beautifully. Only paced 1% of the time in the atria and something negligible like .01% in the ventricle. Had about 5,000 PVC's which they said were normal. It is there if I need it so I won't pass out from what my EP doc said was 2nd degree heart block. The PA also said if I only use it this little it says it will last 16 1/2 years! I imagine as I age it could be more likely that I would experience heart block, since I have LBBB and the Right Bundle Branch does double duty and it could not prove to be reliable which would equal heart block right? I'm just glad my doctors had the foresight to fit me with this device to prevent another syncope or even death. ...
Posted by SilverMegan on 2013-12-05 16:05. 26 comments. 467 reads
I am scheduled to get a pacemaker on Christmas Eve, so am trying to plan things. Do most people with PMs wear a medic alert tag or bracelet? I know medic alert offers memberships that include a device registry and can store your medical history.
So, medic alert, yes or no, and why or why not?
Posted by golden_snitch on 2013-12-05 15:00. 1 comments. 72 reads
Since I've seen this topic being discussed here several times, I thought some of you might be interested in an article that has been published recently, it's titled: "Features and Outcomes of Patients Who Underwent Cardiac Device Deactivation". You can find it at:
Posted by Mayor on 2013-12-05 12:11. 4 comments. 149 reads
I plan on retiring at age 65 (in 2 years) and will then be on Medicare instead of my employer-provided health plan. It so happens that my PM battery life is projected for about the same additional two year period. For those of you who have received your devices while covered under Medicare, did you have any problems with what would - or would not - be covered by Medicare? If my battery life on my current device is going to take me past age 65, should I delay retirement and continue working so that I can enjoy the full benefit of my employer-provided health plan, or does it not make any difference?
Posted by pace-man on 2013-12-05 05:40. 8 comments. 155 reads
Hi everybody and your small electronic friends.
I have a condition called Haemochromatosis which is a high level of iron in the blood, before I had my pacemaker fitted 6 weeks ago I was getting it treated by donating blood to the Red Cross (the only way of treating the condition) I had to give blood every 2 weeks then every month and now every 2 months , I have been doing this for 12 months now and my iron levels are now normal, HOWEVER , when I told the Red Cross that I have now had pacemaker fitted they are telling me that they may not be able to collect my blood anymore, which is a problem because this is the only way that I can get my iron levels down, has anybody out there had this problem and how have you got around it ?? Ri...
Posted by JasonHusband84 on 2013-12-05 04:16. 11 comments. 176 reads
I'm so new to this whole thing. I've had a pacemaker/defibulator put in about 5 days ago and can't sleep at all. All I know is it's currently set to 80bpm. This is all brand new for me and such a big change in life. Especially for my age(29). Thanks to whoever responds to this.
Posted by firejoe on 2013-12-04 23:50. 6 comments. 105 reads
Does anyone know of a study that addresses the chances of both leads becoming disfunctional in a years time. Everything about my pacemaker has gone perfect, has 'fixed' the problem of my heart stopping for 8 or 9 seconds every 3 or 4 months.
I ocassionally wonder "what are the odd" of both leads not working someday when im driving or climbing and need just one of them to work.
The clinic told me today that it is only at my yearly visit that my heart is increased. The other three home checks dont speed up my heart.
Posted by Duke999 on 2013-12-04 22:20. 7 comments. 178 reads
Hello all, does anybody know what kind of over-the-counter cold/flu medicines that are safe to take if I have a-fib and arrythmia. I currently am not taking any meds, just supplements (Magnesium & Taurine). I appreciate any responses. Thank you.
Posted by Robert122085 on 2013-12-04 18:32. 6 comments. 135 reads
I just got a PM two weeks ago and now when I do a little bit of walking and than relax my heart skips a beat what to do?
Posted by judy on 2013-12-04 17:55. 14 comments. 205 reads
I decided to drop my last initial on my username when I found out one of our students where I work had a pacemaker implanted. It makes me feel rather vulnerable should he decide to join this site. Hopefully us geezers will turn him off. I have learned over the years kids can use lots of things against their teachers.
On another topic I finally got confirmation that my ventricle lead is actually implanted. I love how they say "so don't worry". I get pains, spasms, tightness that I never had before, yet I am not to worry. Still dealing with anger and depression over this device. I am one of those who got no notice, no reduction in quality of life before this came on with a bang. I now consider my old life to be over. I participate in p...
Posted by Cookie11 on 2013-12-04 16:10. 2 comments. 86 reads
New to this site, fortunately. I have sick sinus syndrome. Cardiac arrest. Fainted in kitchen. Went to ER next morning. Code Blue! Flatlined in ER. CPR and prep for temp PM.
Surgery at 7:30pm. In ICU they strapped my leg down to prevent puncture of the lung or heart with the leads if I bent the leg. The leads were fed from the right groin to the heart. The PM was supposed to be installed at 11the next morning. It was delayed until 7:30 that night. So they put the leads in but during the night the atrial came loose and my heart beat was dropping to30. The next evening they did it again and this time the lead held. They try to place it in a crevice between the atrial and ventricle nodes. We are still trying to get the wireless monitor...
Posted by EV1 on 2013-12-04 16:09. 3 comments. 107 reads
My pacemaker was installed 12:30 pm Monday December 2nd. I believe it is an early Christmas present, installed by Dr. Wong, Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wa.
I don't believe I have ever been as nervous or anxious for anything. Was given concious sedation drugs and was listening to all going on around me by the doctor and his staff. I was amazed at the discipline maintained by the doctor and his staff. Listening to the Medtronic's representative participate in the settings and the coordination from the doctor to him was impressive.
It was only 30 minutes or less, I felt different, more at ease and my lovely wife stated my face had a flesh color. The overnight stay in the hospital ICU could no...
Posted by Notsure on 2013-12-04 12:42. 6 comments. 155 reads
I am not sure what to do and am wondering if anyone else had the same issues. I went to the dr a few years ago because I had been getting dizzy spells. Of course they checked my heart and did an MRI if my brain. At that time they said I had a low heart rate and I had to do the 21 day monitor. Long story short they decided to recheck me every 6 months. The dizzy spells come and go and I also suffer from migraines. The dizzy spells could be vertigo and have something to do with the migraines but now I also get more of a light headed ness and I get extremely tired. So tired that I really can't function right. We redid the monitor and my rate would drop as low as 20 and I also have 2 second pauses. When I'm just resting I c...
Posted by 78+ on 2013-12-04 12:28. 6 comments. 195 reads
I, too received a pacemaker in 2008 and have experienced all of the anxiety, fear, the ups and downs, the terrible affects of the medication for high blood pressure, irregular heart beats. I am thankful that it saved my life and has helped the other organs in my body to receive the oxygen and etc. to keep them healthy. I continued to mow my yard, till my garden, exercise, and all the things that I did before I received it. I do everything in moderation, eat a low salt, low cholestrol, low acid, low fat, chicken and fish diet and believe it is necessary to keep the heart functioning well. I do know that I will not live one moment longer than God wants me to live, pacemaker or no pacemaker. God grant all of you peace and enjoy every minute t...
Posted by kford35 on 2013-12-04 12:27. 3 comments. 91 reads
I am scheduled for my 3rd PM surgery in 3 months, next Tuesday due to my lead detaching. The first time, the top lead detached and now the bottom lead has detached. They replaced the entire pacemaker last time but this time I think they are just replacing the lead. However, I'm not sure. My friends,that have pacemakers, told me they felt better quickly after surgery. I felt worse and have had very erratic heartbeats constantly. I told my physician and he didn't think it was a big deal until my follow up appointment when he realized one of the leads was detached. This has happened both times and I'm really concerned about a 3rd surgery and going thru all this again with the same results. My first PM surgery was Oct 1, 2013 second one was ...
Posted by erik on 2013-12-04 11:14. 2 comments. 54 reads
My EP says we can try to increase my PM upper limit from 150 to 165 next time I get checked out but it depends on my AV interval and a few other settings. Any idea what that means?
Posted by NoonB on 2013-12-04 10:46. 4 comments. 103 reads
I have posted on this site before but wanted to share where I am now and ask some questions. Apologies in advance as this is a long post!!
I will try and explain it as best I can and I think the easiest way for me to do this is to bullet point information in order to give you the background.
â¢ I have had this for numerous years (at least 30).
â¢ I was initially diagnosed as Epileptic and put on Carbamazepine for approx 6 years (which didnât help me). I then went back to see my doctor who referred me to a neurologist at the Chesterfield Royal Hospital. He said I hadnât got epilepsy, so I came of the tablets in Feb 2000.
Posted by Reboot1212 on 2013-12-04 09:26. 3 comments. 127 reads
I became a member of the pacemaker club when I received "Sparky" due to 3rd degree heart block at age 57. I had entered the ER in "grave condition" (terrible choice of words there) after several episodes of fainting spells and slight chest discomfort. No apparent cause; just "happened". I spent the night with wires and tubes everywhere, eyes wide open, watching the heart rate monitor dip deep into the twenties. With a crash cart hooked up to me all night, fortunately they never had to fire up the pads. What I remember most was that I needed to use the rest room. When I finally got up the nerve to ask the nurse if I could take a bathroom break, she looked at me with all my wires and tubes like I was nuts. Then she brought the bed pan. Betwe...
Posted by dean20 on 2013-12-04 08:04. 7 comments. 125 reads
So doc says he is fitting a pacemaker on the 18th dec. First he said he is fitting a meditronic advisa then he quoted on ensura. i think he did this because i am not on medical aid and thinks money is a problem. regardless of cost is there a difference( my understanding is ensura is the basic version of advisa). Also being young (31) and active should i consider sub-pectoral implant?
Posted by pace-man on 2013-12-04 02:36. 11 comments. 149 reads
Hi everybody, in regards to electric (arc welders) I have been looking into this subject and have found that it is recommended to twist the positive and negative leads together, secure the earth as close as possible to where the area is being welded, move the machine as far away from you as you can, don't lean in too close to the arc and have somebody near you that can turn the welder off if anything goes wrong...... My question is have anyone out there actually used an arc welder who has a pace maker fitted and is there any thing else that you can add to the above items, I only use the welder once or twice a year, when I break something, but I don't want to break myself..???
Posted by Theknotguy on 2013-12-04 00:02. 1 comments. 43 reads
Got my second checkup via a stress test. It was all good! Don't have my PM numbers yet but they're below being concerned. Everything else top notch.
Thanks to everyone on this forum. You have given me a lot of useful information which, I feel, in turn has helped me get a good report.
And yes, the dogs helped too. Cold noses, warm hearts, and all that.
Posted by vbilbrey on 2013-12-03 23:49. 8 comments. 216 reads
I know I brought this up a few years ago but now that we actually see the beginnings of the workings of obamacare are any other pacers concerned how this will impact them down the road?
Posted by lbdina on 2013-12-03 21:41. 4 comments. 105 reads
I recently underwent an overnight sleep study, since I suspected sleep apnea that might have contributed to my nighttime 'crash and burn' episodes, caused by blood and oxygen deprivation.
I met with the sleep doc today to go over results. Yes, I had 15 interruptions in my sleep and snored 'moderately'. He said this was normal, and that my RDI (respiratory disturbance index) was about 2.5. They consider anything over about 5 to be problematic, necessitating intervention (CPAP, Meds, kick in the ribs or clubbing with a Louisville Slugger, etc). According the the doc, (who was one of the better doctors with whom I have had the pleasure of working), they look for more than 40 incidents over an 8 hour period, or more than 5 per hour ...
Posted by annj on 2013-12-03 17:38. 3 comments. 120 reads
I had a pacemaker placed under my breast on Nov. 26th This is my third pacemaker and the pain from this surgery is a lot more intense than the others. The incision its self is not to bad, just tender, but there is an area an inch away from the incision that hurts so much! I don't know if its nerve damage or what, but I can't seem to get anyone to take it seriously. All the des and nurses just say I should not be feeling much pain anymore and that I should be able to resume normal activity after a week. However its been a week and I can barely even sit up. Has anyone else had their pm placed under the breast? If so, did you have intense pain? I can't seem to find anyone else that has their pacemaker placed under the breast like I do every...
Posted by comics258 on 2013-12-03 14:53. 2 comments. 138 reads
Hi had my first follow up appointment yesterday. They tweaked the settings which has made all the difference. Unfortunately though they found the lead that sensors the heart was not working 100% as it had moved, they confirmed it with a chest x-ray.
While I only rely on it 1% of the time they think taking my age into consideration (50) and the fact that it won't let the PM work to its total capabilities, they want to go back in and resecure it (at the moment it is still sensing but is just dangling). The other lead has bedded in fine, and I need that one the most as I pace 100% of the time.
They tell me its not urgent and it will be a quick procedure, so fingers crossed they are right.
So obviously when I ...
Posted by Mojo on 2013-12-03 10:58. 11 comments. 170 reads
I am a 59 year old female, almost 6 months post-op for a Medtronic Sensia dual chamber PC. I also have severe chronic bronchial asthma. I have been housebound with a severe episode of bronchial asthma (no pneumonia this time) for almost 6 weeks now. The lungs are mostly clear, but I am getting tach bouts of 125 - 140 bpm everytime I get off my chair to do anything. It takes awhile for them to finally go down to normal. I have been on heavy duty steroids and antibiotics for the asthma for 5 weeks, but have been off them for a week now. I have upper belly bloat which is crushing at times. I also have some pain where liver and spleen are located. My asthma doctor says it will just take time to heal, but now I also have this issue of t...
Posted by Grateful Heart on 2013-12-03 01:37. 13 comments. 258 reads
I had a consult today with a different Gastroenterologist regarding an upcoming colonoscopy. He came recommended by my NP, Cardio and a friend of mine.
Much to my surprise, he showed great interest in my ICD. He wanted to know the history for it and was very knowledgeable regarding the device. In my 5 years of hosting an ICD, this was the first time I had a Doctor who was not a Cardiologist show such interest. We also talked about the ground plate placement in case electrocautery is necessary.
He told me HE wanted a rep for the procedure and HE talked about when some of them show up, they only want to use a magnet instead of the programming and they don't want to check the device after a procedure to be sure the...
Posted by Rennard29 on 2013-12-03 00:53. 7 comments. 156 reads
My doctor told me that,I can't lift anything over 90lbs and 100lbs,I had 2 45lb olympic plate weights that equals 90lbs together,My doctor tells me,I would not lift those weights that equals 90lbs because it will crush the wire.I don't want to be like actor John Ritter(Jack Tripper) who died 10 years ago of a torn aorta inside his heart.I read that lifting heavy weights will have an impact on your heart and it will tear your aorta inside your heart.
Posted by MelodyMarch on 2013-12-02 23:12. 3 comments. 129 reads
Hello everyone. My interrogation went well today, it felt a bit odd, but nothing I couldn't handle.
I now have all the answers I didn't before like mode (DDDR) and that my battery life and voltage is excellent (3.01V and est. life of 10.5-11.5yrs). I'm still pacing through my Atrium but only at about 22%, ventricle less than 1% which EP says is perfect, and what he expected.
One thing that made it less than perfect is that apparently I had 5 high ventricular rate events, that I had no clue about. EP says my pacer will record anything above 160, but both the rep and the EP said they were not dangerous rhythms. I know they are not exercise induced since I know I was not exercising on the dates/times the rep asked a...
Posted by TroyR on 2013-12-02 20:40. 0 comments. 92 reads
I have read most of your post about different issues that all of us have been having. What it comes down to is that every human has at one point in their life had some sort of heart problem from child to adult. when it chooses to rear its ugly head and why it picks a that time no one knows not even you doctor don't let them fool you
each body is different,and everyone has a different style of living like, Joe Blow loves to drink beer and smoke,, and Betty Boopers eats greens and walks 5 miles a day but still they both have the same issues. sure eating well, getting rest, and staying active helps but we are all human and will break down at sometime. It's just the circle of life folks.It doesn't mean your broken or less of a person yo...
Posted by SilverMegan on 2013-12-02 19:43. 7 comments. 180 reads
I've been diagnosed with bradycardia and sick sinus syndrome and the recommended treatment is a pacemaker, so I am here to learn more about living with a pacemaker.
Posted by WiredPixie on 2013-12-02 17:13. 2 comments. 68 reads
It will be a month since "Gizmo" joined my life. Having a PM is something I would have never dreamed of needing. I've been fighting this heart thing for 3 years, trying to get the doctors to figure out what's going on with my body. Every time I would have an episode of a heart rate of 50 or less, I could never get to the doctor in time before it passed. So for 3 years they thought it was anxiety. But today I am grateful I'm still here. I have a lot of living to do and I won't go quietly. It's nice to have a place to go here where I can learn more from REAL people about this device in my chest, and share my joys and my fears. Thanks for being here.
Posted by Bostonstrong on 2013-12-02 15:06. 14 comments. 232 reads
What is a reasonable amount of time for a nonemergency, nonurgent callback from the EP office? Going on week 3...left another message today and mentioned that was just really lame. But maybe this is normal?
Posted by marrm on 2013-12-02 13:32. 4 comments. 138 reads
I am just wondering if those who play volleyball have issues or concerns about getting hit in the area of the pacemaker. I did see that there is a shirt with a protective device that can be purchased on the internet, but my doctor said I could play volleyball and he did not mention protecting the device area. I am a female, but I play with males who hit the ball pretty hard - "A" players.