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Posted by Bebie on 2015-03-05 10:49. 0 comments. 3 reads
 
This is to express my heartfelt thanks to your advises, esp the having of a meal 30 minutes of taking Pradaxa. It worked well in me, however, up to this time, It will just take few hours and my stomach is again aching. I believe it is still because of the meds I am maintaining like ( pradaxa) for blood thinning.
In connection with it, is there anybody who is having Afib, thus advised to take blood thinners to avoid stroke, fortunately cured, so the blood thinning is not anymore taken. How I wish, i can know of some so I will have hope of not having it in the future.

Once again, thank you everyone. although I am out of the forum once in a while because of my so heavy sked, and even internet connection prob but, I always...


Posted by rick33949 on 2015-03-05 10:34. 0 comments. 1 reads
 
So ever since my ablation and pacemaker on 1/21 when I a yawn I cant breath at all, I feel like I am suffocating I asked my Family Doc and his response was "thats weird" and he moved on. The other problem that has shown up since then is Now keep in mind I have had great blood pressure even before surgery now my blood pressure goes from normal to extremely low like 72/50 and it happens often so of course I asked about it and the response was "eat more salt" So I have done some research and talk to my eye surgeon he said It sounds like they caused some damage to my vagus nerve during surgery any input from anyone I would appreciate any input at all.

Posted by DMJ on 2015-03-05 09:56. 1 comments. 10 reads
 
It seems when I exercise or over excert myself I get light headed, dizzy and nausea. I have had two times this last week which resulted in me feeling pain in my chest and throwing up. I'm due to see my doctor next month, I have been waiting for my medical to start so I can get a echo etc. Has anyone else gotten so sick from exercise or doing too much like snow shoveling? I do have a ICD so I figure it would shock me if I was really having a attack.

Posted by lisanj on 2015-03-05 09:52. 2 comments. 14 reads
 
Hi,
My mom just had a pacemaker put in yesterday. When they brought her back to the room I noticed that the incision site was not covered by any bandage. She said it was glued shut. Is this common practice? I forgot to ask the nurse as I was so stressed over everything going on it slipped my mind.

Thanks,
Lisa

Posted by Narda on 2015-03-05 06:30. 2 comments. 37 reads
 
My physician has ordered an echocardiogram for me for next week. I was wondering if it can be done with my pacemaker?
Thanks, Narda


Posted by Tattoo Man on 2015-03-05 05:19. 2 comments. 53 reads
 

...........Hi to all..

Last night I attended a meeting of Beat It Grantham at Grantham Hospital. The event was hosted by Mr Andrew Houghton and the topic for the evening was Syncope and Arrhythmia.

About 24 people attended and we were presented with a highly informative talk on how there are so many reasons why people can 'faint' lass="storyheader"> Missing normal
Posted by susieq1984 on 2015-02-26 15:25. 7 comments. 133 reads
 
Hi, I had a dual chamber pm implanted on 02/23/2015. Had first heart attack on the 19th. Cath was clear, no blockages. Went into 3rd degree heart block. So now my electrical conduction seems to be working. I read my pm manual....seems they suggest you should not use a gas powered chainsaw. I used one quite a bit to keep my property maintained. So a bit depressed here ,yet still thankful to be alive. I'm just wondering what machines ,tools are okay ? Anyone else have to give up a tool they loved ? Also wondering if I could use a electric saw ?

Posted by kmom on 2015-02-26 13:39. 3 comments. 106 reads
 
for afib. Anyone had that?? going to have a consult soon about whether the procedure would benefit me or work for me what should I know?? just got back from 6 mo check and although I wasn't in afib but only 1% of time i'm having symptoms and I had something like more than 100 episodes in the last 6 months. no wonder I can't do anything ha! I am scheduling a consult with a surgeon to see if that would be a good alternative. i'm already on highest dose of Propafenone and she's starting me on Topralol to take at night. what we're trying to figure out now is the chicken or egg theory. I have still a lot of atrial tach which of course the mini maz won't help but she thinks that the atrial tach either might be causing the afib or the afib cau...


Posted by Darine on 2015-02-26 11:59. 9 comments. 159 reads
 
i have been wearing a pacemaker for 5 weeks now .i used to swim every other day and was advised to skip it for 6 weeks . I took on walking but i am itching to go back to the water . when should i go back.Any suggestion from swimmers.thank you.

Posted by pattyvic on 2015-02-26 10:59. 3 comments. 156 reads
 
had my Pacemaker implant 3 years ago and suffer from Heart Palpatations what can I do?????? Sometimes they scare me have told my Cardiologist many times but she never seems to beable to help me..... should I change Doctors or just learn to live this way....worse thing I ever did haven't felt good one day since this operation.

Posted by Elmo on 2015-02-26 10:01. 12 comments. 311 reads
 
Hi,

Just become a new member. Had my pacemaker fitted two days ago. All happened quite quickly. On reading forum most of you seem to know exactly what your tracking is. I haven't got a clue. Are there OTHER things I should know about my device? Feel as if I should have asked many more questions.

Info I picked up so far (Cardiologist was talking very quickly!) is MRI compatible, 2 lead and on searching the internet think the words he must have used were Sic Sinus Syndrome. My heart suddenly went from beating to dropping and stopped for 6 seconds.

Also was told not to lift arm above my head for 2/3 months then given a booklet to take home which said 1 month?

I'm a fit and healthy (Or so I thought...


Posted by dean20 on 2015-02-26 04:19. 0 comments. 48 reads
 
Found a solution to all those who would like to use top end watches and have the heart rate monitor work....http://www.scosche.com/rhythm-plus
or you could use
http://www.mioglobal.com/Mio-LINK-Heart-Rate-Band-Grey/Product.aspx?ProductID=14

Both use the led light technolgy and will work with any ant+ or bluetooth device!!!!!

Posted by baza1976 on 2015-02-26 03:50. 2 comments. 134 reads
 
Frustrating!!!!!! 3rd degree heart block and bradycardia. So, as I mentioned in one of my last posts, the tracking of my pacemaker was increased to match the upper chamber up to 170 bpm ( I’m sure the rep mentioned 200bpm). Begins my frustrations. If I blast out of the traps for a 5k/3mile run, I can hold 7 min miles and even go below 7 min mile for one or two of them. I’ll be gasping for air at the end but not breathless or the sicky feeling and week legs.

When I’m going for a long run of 8 mile or more and want to run a slower pace of 9min mile, I can feel the breathlessness at the “edge” and I eventually struggle with the breathing and the sicky(low blood pressure feeling).

The point I’m (trying) makin...




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Posted by Bebie on 2015-03-05 10:49. 0 comments. 3 reads
 
This is to express my heartfelt thanks to your advises, esp the having of a meal 30 minutes of taking Pradaxa. It worked well in me, however, up to this time, It will just take few hours and my stomach is again aching. I believe it is still because of the meds I am maintaining like ( pradaxa) for blood thinning.
In connection with it, is there anybody who is having Afib, thus advised to take blood thinners to avoid stroke, fortunately cured, so the blood thinning is not anymore taken. How I wish, i can know of some so I will have hope of not having it in the future.

Once again, thank you everyone. although I am out of the forum once in a while because of my so heavy sked, and even internet connection prob but, I always...


Posted by rick33949 on 2015-03-05 10:34. 0 comments. 1 reads
 
So ever since my ablation and pacemaker on 1/21 when I a yawn I cant breath at all, I feel like I am suffocating I asked my Family Doc and his response was "thats weird" and he moved on. The other problem that has shown up since then is Now keep in mind I have had great blood pressure even before surgery now my blood pressure goes from normal to extremely low like 72/50 and it happens often so of course I asked about it and the response was "eat more salt" So I have done some research and talk to my eye surgeon he said It sounds like they caused some damage to my vagus nerve during surgery any input from anyone I would appreciate any input at all.

Posted by DMJ on 2015-03-05 09:56. 1 comments. 10 reads
 
It seems when I exercise or over excert myself I get light headed, dizzy and nausea. I have had two times this last week which resulted in me feeling pain in my chest and throwing up. I'm due to see my doctor next month, I have been waiting for my medical to start so I can get a echo etc. Has anyone else gotten so sick from exercise or doing too much like snow shoveling? I do have a ICD so I figure it would shock me if I was really having a attack.

Posted by lisanj on 2015-03-05 09:52. 2 comments. 14 reads
 
Hi,
My mom just had a pacemaker put in yesterday. When they brought her back to the room I noticed that the incision site was not covered by any bandage. She said it was glued shut. Is this common practice? I forgot to ask the nurse as I was so stressed over everything going on it slipped my mind.

Thanks,
Lisa

Posted by Narda on 2015-03-05 06:30. 2 comments. 37 reads
 
My physician has ordered an echocardiogram for me for next week. I was wondering if it can be done with my pacemaker?
Thanks, Narda


Posted by Tattoo Man on 2015-03-05 05:19. 2 comments. 53 reads
 

...........Hi to all..

Last night I attended a meeting of Beat It Grantham at Grantham Hospital. The event was hosted by Mr Andrew Houghton and the topic for the evening was Syncope and Arrhythmia.

About 24 people attended and we were presented with a highly informative talk on how there are so many reasons why people can 'faint' and how there is no simple way to connect 'fainting' with the need for a device of any sort.

We were given, in understandable terms, a run down of how cardiac specialists follow a schedule as recommended by N.I.C.E so as to establish how to identify and treat syncope tailored to the individual patient.

WE were given so much information that I cannot even begin to ...


Posted by sagehen on 2015-03-04 22:12. 1 comments. 43 reads
 
I received my new pacemaker today. I checked into the hospital at 8:30 am, went to surgery at eleven and was on my way home at two. I feel so much better than I did before the replacement. I talked with my doctor yesterday about some concerns and had him explain about my AFib. Because I read what some of you have written, I knew what to ask. My upper heart does not beat at all, is in total afib. The lower part is 80% dependant on the pacemaker. I feel like I have a new lease on life. I had a wonderful Dr that took the time to answer.

Posted by johnnyc on 2015-03-04 17:58. 3 comments. 96 reads
 
My wife wants to put up a magnet strip on a kitchen wall to hang knifes on. Should I be concerned about the affects on my pacemaker. How far away from it should I stay?
Thank you,
John

Posted by Jewels on 2015-03-04 16:46. 7 comments. 106 reads
 
Hi, my name is Julie from Sydney Australia and I'm 42 years old.

I thought I was a pretty normal healthy person, going to the gym 4 times a week and walking my dogs everyday, although I have been having fainting attacks for about 4 years. On Saturday I was on the bus, going to meet 5 girlfriends for lunch, when I fainted on the bus, they called an ambulance and in the ambulance I flat lined for 10 seconds. On Saturday afternoon they inserted a wire temporary pacemaker and did emergency surgery on Sunday to insert a permanent Pacemaker.

My husband is currrently overseas skiing in Japan. My mum has come down to look after me but it's all a bit of a shock, to go from what I thought was a 'normal' person to this.


Posted by Gailae on 2015-03-04 14:40. 2 comments. 58 reads
 
Hi. I had my pacemaker put in at the end of December 2014. My biggest problem is getting advice on returning to horse riding and jumping. I compete and agree I can come off if horse suddenly stops at a high jump. I have had varying degrees of advice from people/Doctors from yes you can return to any sport regardless , to a Doctor saying today that it is not wise because of the risk of the falls when jumping. She feels that the leads can be ripped out too easily if I have a fall!!!
I feel devastated. Anyone out there who has some advice and who does the same sport.

Posted by Motown61 on 2015-03-04 14:25. 1 comments. 21 reads
 
I'm new to this forum and not shy making friends. I've been blessed with 9 lives or 7 or 8 (lost count) and need folks like me who are ---battery operated to discuss and share support.
I'm you all have fantastic stories of hope and heartache.

God speed,
Motown61

Posted by kevbo311 on 2015-03-04 11:44. 4 comments. 89 reads
 
I had my pacemaker put in Feb 4 2015. No issues and after 3 weeks was allowed to start lifting my arm above my head and lifting things over 10lbs. I see alot of different info about when to start working out. Some sites say 12 weeks other say 4 weeks.
I plan to start slow but wondering, whats the average weeks people on this site have waited

Thanks
Kevin

Posted by karsch on 2015-03-04 06:27. 1 comments. 51 reads
 
I'd just like to thank everyone who responded to my question regarding how often a pacemaker works. The last time I went to the pacemaker clinic, I asked the technician the same question. He told me it works all the time. English is his second language and I think we misunderstood one another.

Posted by scooter11 on 2015-03-04 05:12. 4 comments. 80 reads
 
hello my friends can anyone help me with this how can you tell if a LED has came apart from your paserThanks in advance have a wonderful day

Posted by Alma Annie on 2015-03-04 01:04. 10 comments. 107 reads
 
I haven't been here for a while, as am in Melbourne with daughter. My son in law died 10 days ago from Melanoma. He never once complained about his illness. He left 3 small children. It makes my pacemaker seem a very small inconvenience
Alma Annie

Posted by ttdavis22 on 2015-03-03 17:53. 4 comments. 153 reads
 
I new here and have found lots of good info.
For years I kept having pains and problems in my chest and the DRs had no clue why. They never really did much. This past year I started having more problems and ended up in the ER quite a few times when they finally had me wear a monitor and found I have Vtach.
I had Kaiser and all they did is put me on meds and told me if I had an episode go to the ER. Went to the ER at least 3x a wk for almost 6 months. All they did is switch my meds a few times and they never seemed to work. Needless to say I left Kaiser and switched to Blue Shield.
Saw my new MD and when he saw my records he said I needed to see the Electro specialist and even called him with me sitting there and said to co...


Posted by dawnali on 2015-03-03 17:19. 5 comments. 126 reads
 
Hello-

My name is dawnalib. I am 51 and have had a dual chamber pacemaker for two years d/t sick sinus syndrome. I am looking for a support group that invites those who work out and possibly those who have sick sinus syndrome. Any ideas? Thanks!

Posted by Janec on 2015-03-03 12:46. 6 comments. 118 reads
 
I'm almost a month past surgery and I'm looking at picking my violin back up again.

The thing is, the shoulder rest is going to sit very close to, if not right on top of, where my PM is. (I haven't actually tried it yet, I'm not quite past the 30 days so I'm nervous to go mucking about around that area at all right now).

But regardless of whether I start playing again now or wait a week and start playing then, I know we're supposed to avoid messing with the device because it can cause it to shift. And when I play my violin I play it on a fairly regular basis so this is a concern for me.

I also can't imagine pinning something between my chin and PM is going to be all that comfortable going by what a seat ...


Posted by mariamachin987 on 2015-03-03 10:29. 2 comments. 120 reads
 
I have a pacemaker. what exercise can I do .

Posted by Griddlebone on 2015-03-03 10:14. 4 comments. 155 reads
 
Hi everyone. I had my PM implanted last September and all is going well. I'm still at 3V because the cardiologist wanted to leave it there for 6 months but I see him next month. I am hopeful he will adjust it down a bit. No adverse symptoms but I want the sucker's battery to last as long as possible.

As you all predicted, these days I forget I even have my little friend, except when the implantation site itches (not the scar, but the area) which is not even to the level of annoying, just interesting.

However, the medical community which ignored me for 58 years suddenly is very interested in me. My pulmonologist (sleep apnea) got curious about a dry, mild, persistent cough and sent me for pulmonary function tests. I fl...


Posted by Celast on 2015-03-03 08:17. 4 comments. 146 reads
 
I had a pacemaker fitted in December 2014,
I have notified the dvla, will they take my licence off me ?
The reason for the PM was fast heart and irregular beat,
Bit concerned now as could not survive without my car.

Posted by jasperbiag on 2015-03-03 04:17. 3 comments. 77 reads
 
Good Day to all!

i'm happy to be here :) Im currently on my 4th month with my pacemaker. before my pacemaker im on weightlifting gym. now that i have pacemaker i stopped lifting, right now im planning to go to a boxing gym will it be okay if im just there for their cardio stuff? no upper left chest/arm movement involved also punching only at right arm. although there's jumping jacks. will it be okay for me? i'm a little scared, is 4 months already okay? thanks for the answers in advanced :)

Posted by Janenotarzan on 2015-03-03 02:21. 1 comments. 70 reads
 
Hello! Want to share info that might help another. I, like my father was, have frequently been tormented by refusal of my body to regulate blood viscosity on warfarin. INR all over the place, with overabundance of adjustments & testing. Last year, at 51, I learned that (again, like good 'ole Dad,) I had Paget's disease of bone, which can thwart regulation of INR when in active stage. This is caused by increased blood vessels throughout re-modeled bone. Paget's generally affects one area of bone only, affects more men than women, and usually affects persons age 55+. I met only one of the 'at-risk' groups: persons of European desceent. This fairly rare condition was determined to get me, though, since testing showed I have it extensivel...


Posted by karsch on 2015-03-02 13:49. 4 comments. 185 reads
 
Does a pacemaker only work when it is needed? I have had a pacemaker fitted for 2:1 Heartblock

Karl

Posted by pamurello on 2015-03-02 13:03. 4 comments. 119 reads
 
Can you tell me if there are any effects of a low battery. Mine is due to be changed out and I have bee n very tired and depressed. Is this normal?

Posted by fishingmema on 2015-03-02 12:56. 3 comments. 117 reads
 
Going on my sixth week with my PM, I got brave and turned to sleep on my right side (PM on left). Well, my right arm was under my head (with a watch on)... all of a sudden I heard a quick little noise that sounded like a spring opening up (boingggg). Please dont think I'm crazy for I don't know if my watch made the sound or it was my PM. Anyone hear anyhing like this? Thanks!

Posted by mango-gardener on 2015-03-02 12:31. 8 comments. 180 reads
 
Im scheduled for lead extraction and replacement of pacemaker/leads later this month. The leads are original ( 20yo) and this will be my 3rd generator.
Ive done a search here and it seems that a number of people have had the extraction procedure. I was wondering what the post operative recovery was like in terms or going back to work and activities. The generator exchange was a breeze and I went to work the next day. I hope the extraction is the same.
Thanks.

Posted by Peanut40 on 2015-03-02 10:37. 4 comments. 175 reads
 
Wife told me, I am not the same person I was, after SCD. Meds or me ?

Posted by ballydhanoa on 2015-03-02 02:30. 3 comments. 94 reads
 
hello all m/21/india i have been posted this problem many times. i am pacemaker dependent dual chamber patient of chb replaced in augest last year.so here is my problem from late november i have heart palpitation (i can feel irregular heart beats) the main problem is they are not for short time they bother me all the day. and that feeling is very annoying and bad. docyor did echo but the valves and heart structure is good.sometimes when m taking beta blocker heart palpitation goes away for 10,15 days then when i wake up then i feel again palpitation started. dont know what to do i am loosing my confidence and cannot concentrate on my studies.sometimes i wish better to be dead then living with palpitation plzzz someone help me out :((((

Posted by Soodoo1 on 2015-03-01 21:03. 5 comments. 138 reads
 
Anyonehave y issues using a hot tub?

Posted by dmedcalf on 2015-03-01 20:35. 2 comments. 63 reads
 
I have had my pacemaker since Dec
30 th. (Almost 2 months).... I am constantly tired and feel like I am going to pss out and out of breath, and it feels like I got this big lump in my throat.
Also get this feeling like what it feels like when you are on a roller coaster and you come down that first big hill and it just takes your breath away and that is when i feel my PM go off.for 5 to 10 paces. Is this normal? It is the wierdest feeling. Have been back 3 times to my Dr. For a device check and they say everything is good.

Posted by mlee on 2015-03-01 19:52. 3 comments. 141 reads
 
I've been experiencing shortness of breath for hours/days after activity. I tire easily when walking up stairs, or long distances. I am 33 years old and in good physical condition other than my pacemaker, so I am convinced that this has something to do with my pacemaker and/or heart condition. I had my Biotronik pacemaker Implanted 4 years ago for heart block with a VERY long PR interval, usually 400-500 ms. I recently wore a Zio monitor for a week and my EP noticed that my heart rate wasn't getting up over 110 Bpm while I was exercising, so he turned on the CLS (rate response) and did some other changes to the PR interval length. After a few days of ridiculous tachycardia adapting to the CLS, things have settled down. However, I had ...


Posted by ariashabb on 2015-03-01 19:14. 2 comments. 54 reads
 
Has anyone been Autorama with a dual chamber biotronik pacemaker and had any problems? I really want to go and want to enjoy it without any interferences.

Posted by molly49 on 2015-03-01 18:33. 3 comments. 89 reads
 
Hi, I had an pacemaker on 02/02/15, no problems until now. The pacemaker feels as it has moved. Is that possible? Also, as of yesterday, I have pain near the implant, is that nornal?

Posted by bartz7007 on 2015-03-01 16:22. 4 comments. 219 reads
 
So had three shocks on the first of Feb. and last Thursday had test done on my icd.

Well I get to the hospital and nurse starts IV, then two people from Boston scientific show up and start checking my icd. Then Dr shows up and tells me what they are going to do. So go down to room and their are about 8 people in this room. A bunch of docs. nurse's and the techs for Boston. It sure made things a little more scary. They kept asking me if I was ok, of course I said yes, but my blood pressure was showing different.

So they started to prep me by stick big pads on me to shock me, strap me down like I was a crazy person," that felt strange" and then knocked me out.

Well woke up about 45 min. later and they took...


Posted by Lynz on 2015-03-01 14:25. 2 comments. 123 reads
 
Hello, I am having trouble understanding this whole process. Maybe because it all happened so fast. I had a tightening in my chest that sent me to the Dr. they looked at my normally low pulse (48) which was now 41 and did tests, found it to be going into the low 30's at night and put a pacemaker in. I am now 11 days past the surgery and wondering what just happened? I don't have the energy they promised, in fact I feel more tired, dizzy, decreased appetite etc. I am due to leave on a cruise next week and feel concerned, has anyone had the same reactions? is this normal?

Posted by sharbrem on 2015-03-01 13:31. 1 comments. 49 reads
 
Hi - PM fitted Feb 17. The wound has healed well, in many ways I feel better, but there is persistent queasiness (not quite nausea) that interferes with moving around the house (not outside) and of course depresses appetite. I take herbal meds for the queasiness, and it helps a lot, but would like not to have the problem at all. Docs say that it cannot be due to medication effects, and I agree. It's been much too long since the procedure. No other medication changes. Can it be still my physical adjustment to the "foreign body?" Anyone else with this issue?

Posted by Somanito on 2015-03-01 09:50. 2 comments. 77 reads
 
Hello! I had my pacemaker implanted on January 26. I have been working on getting back in shape. I have noticed I can start an activity and feel great then all of a sudden will feel kind of strange like the energy was drained. If I keep working I can push through but it's diconcerting has anyone else had this experience?
I have also noticed it after eating sometimes.



Posted by pjrunner on 2015-03-01 08:18. 2 comments. 69 reads
 
I am about to get my 3rd battery change out of my dual chamber PM. My doctor does not like the fact that the leads are so close to the skin and that they might catch on something. I am a thin 66 year old woman and very active. I do Body Pump (lifting of heavy weights over head etc., Zumba, Combat etc) I don't want this new placement to impede my ability to work out as normal. Does anyone have experience with subpectoral placement and lifting weights?

Posted by susieq1984 on 2015-03-01 03:07. 3 comments. 122 reads
 
Okay, I've had my pm in for 6 days now and although sore, I am getting around and moving and have felt fine. I got up from a chair a bit ago and felt a hard dizzy spell. Not close to the passing out as I was doing before the pm, but still scary. I just took some deep breaths and rested until it passed. Anyone else have these and do you think it's just part of the recovery process ? I was having some palpations at the same time, but they passed too.

Posted by ShanB on 2015-03-01 02:40. 4 comments. 155 reads
 
Hi. My Duel lead Medtronic PM was put in Feb 13. I'm 16 days post op. The last two days the site is very tender and sore. It appears that the left side closest to left armpit is now protruding and seems very close to my skin whereas the right side is well in "pocket" still. It's sore just wearing a light teeshirt. It kind of burns and feels so disturbing. I don't see cardiologist until March 16th. I think maybe the swelling and inflammation has gone down so is this protruding thing so close to the skin "normal" for anyone? I am now able to lay on my sides to sleep for short times. Should I not be doing that? Could that be causing a shifting that is not safe. Certainly not comfortable.
Thanks in advance. Feeling discoura...


Posted by Amlanda78 on 2015-02-28 23:56. 2 comments. 85 reads
 
I have had my pacemaker for 8 years. For the past month I have had pain in my neck and left arm/shoulder. My pacemaker seems to have moved into the left side of my chest where my collar bone meets my shoulder. When I am laying down the pacemaker seems to be hitting my collar bone. Is it possible the pacemaker has moved? Also, last time I had my pacemaker checked it said the battery had about 8 months left. Is the 8 month estimate accurate? I have heard that the battery can go from 8 months battery life to 1 month battery life in a short period of time. I have a Medtronic duel lead adapta pacemaker. I am 100% paced.

Posted by jetson52 on 2015-02-28 22:56. 1 comments. 65 reads
 
Hi! I got my pacemaker/defibrillator 6/23/14. I haven't had any episodes and have never felt it before. The last two days I have been feeling a few twinges underneath and in my left breast. Nothing painful just kind of annoying. Should I be worried?!

Posted by scorpfan on 2015-02-28 21:29. 1 comments. 53 reads
 
I had my 3rd pm fitted 3 weeks ago. I got a Medtronic DR MRI Surescan, which is great, but my question is, since I don't have Surescan leads can I still have a MRI scan should I need it?
I was in EOL so it is nice feeling great again.
Thanks.

Posted by lizs101 on 2015-02-28 19:49. 2 comments. 92 reads
 
I had my surgery last Tuesday and am surprised at the amount of pain I am having. They did an AV Node Ablation and implanted the pacemaker in my left shoulder area. They did not have to go through my groin for the ablation but did it through the pacemaker pouch. My EP said that it is rare that they can do this but it does simplify the process and takes at least 1 hour off the procedure.

My Question is, could doing the ablation through the pouch have increased the amount of pain I am experiencing? The paid has decreased but I just feel it should be less than it is at this point. Does anyone have any experience with this?

Thanks.

Hi!
Posted by Jayne26 on 2015-02-28 18:25. 0 comments. 36 reads
 
Just wanted to say it's been really good to read about everyone's experiences and feelings about having a pacemaker, I was told I needed one on Christmas eve and it was a bit of a shock even though I half expected it from looking up about slow pulse rate, it's 1 month since my implant now and I'm getting back to doing everything I did before (still haven't lifted my arm fully up in the air yet ) I got back on my horse this week for gentle hacks up the lanes but hoping to be back out competing again this year when we are both fit again 😀🐎

Posted by Dickyboy on 2015-02-28 14:58. 5 comments. 178 reads
 
Hi, I'm 69yo and have been fighting (on and off) aflutter for the last 9 months. My heart rate averages 123 (when I'm in aflutter) and I have no symptoms. Its my understanding that many times aflutter will correct it's self. My question is: how long is it safe to stay in aflutter to wait to see if it will resolve it's self?

Posted by rpatters777 on 2015-02-28 14:35. 4 comments. 118 reads
 
I am scheduled to get my pacemaker on March 11, 2015....I am nervous and a little scared. Can someone tell me what to expect after the procedure. I am looking forward to a better quality of life. At the moment I am always out of breath doing simple tasks such as walking , folding clothes and even singing. Have you experienced energy after the pm? What kinds of things have improved fir you since the pm?

Posted by SunnyZen on 2015-02-28 10:26. 0 comments. 47 reads
 
Good Morning,
I had my first generator change Wed 2/25 (first pacemaker 11/2006). I thought I'd be feeling a lot better and am not. I have a single lead Medtronic for Sick Sinus Stndrome and while it said in Nov it had 3 mos, they found last week it went down to backup minimum end of Dec so haven't felt great the last 2 months.
My doctor had me come in yesterday to check everything. I've been dizzy, short of breath, very fatigued and sore with lots of Afib, Aflutter and PVC's. Seems like everything really stirred up the arrythmias. They said the site looks good and pacemaker working so probably above symptoms from the surgery, drugs, stress ect. Has anyone else had this happen? Any suggestions?
Thanks very much!

Posted by jsne on 2015-02-28 10:09. 3 comments. 94 reads
 
Have just got home from another stay in hospital as my heart rate kept going up and getting arrhythmias. It is early days (done 16/2) but it was agreed that things were not right. Lots of tweaking but still not right, back in on Monday when head technician is in. Another ablation was mentioned and I was interested if anyone has had to have the same thing done and what their out come was. So desperate to feel better.
Totally agree with comments in recent messages re. standardisation of follow up. I had to back in via A+E as I had been 'discharged' form where I had had the op.
Jane


Posted by Elmo on 2015-02-28 05:16. 5 comments. 190 reads
 
Hi,

I had my pacemaker inserted on Tuesday in UK and was told my FIRST check up would be in three months time.

Looking at various postings others seem to be having their first check within 1 or 2 months and in in some cases even less.

What is the normal amount of time or is it based purely upon the individual?











Posted by Gailae on 2015-02-28 00:35. 8 comments. 177 reads
 
I am very unsure of when a person typically can return to full Sporting activities such as golf, front crawl swimming , horse riding , tennis,badminton etc.
I know one had to be cautious of aggressive over arm movements but how long does it take for the leads to be firmly adhesed in the heart or is it always a risky thing to pull the leads out?

Posted by judebee on 2015-02-28 00:35. 2 comments. 83 reads
 
Hey heart people!

Full 2 1/2 months since the PM was inserted and it's been amazing! No Stokes-Adams or heart stopping moments!

I do get a very Intense shocking pain at the site of my PM (right side) when my PM kicks in. It's not unbearable because it lasts a second at most but very intense.

Anyone else had this? Is there a way to stop it? Not a life or death question but I do give a comical yelp on regular occasions!

Thanks!

Posted by Runningmama on 2015-02-27 23:31. 7 comments. 109 reads
 
Hey Everybody!

Just wanted to share a milestone! Today I have successfully completed a four mile run without some kind of interruption (usually my own anxiety) since the little gadget moved into my heart. It has taken me four months to get back to normal training but I think I'm making it., getting there anyway...I was even 1/10 of a mile faster than pre gadget..added more weights back to my work out, too. Life is getting better...(knotguy is right)...

The sky is looking a little brighter and finally, I think I am gonna make it and all is getting back to normal, whatever that is...

Thanks to all that have helped me along this way, we totally are a "BOSS' bunch here at the club!

Have a great ...


Posted by shucker on 2015-02-27 18:42. 1 comments. 99 reads
 
medtronic,have not got a clue if it works or not,gathering dust. could be some companys work to make money

Posted by shondaadams on 2015-02-27 13:16. 3 comments. 91 reads
 
Good afternoon has anyone tried the LIPO shot for weight loss. If so what was the outcome and did it mess with the heart.

Posted by ROGERFLETCHER on 2015-02-27 11:24. 2 comments. 108 reads
 
I am a keen skier and fell in January breaking a bit off the top of my shoulder.This was not on my pacemaker side, but it did make me want to ask if anyone had experience - or had heard of anyone breaking their collar bone on the pacemaker side - and wether there was the possibility that that could damage the leads?
My doctor had never heard of this happening - but have any of you?

Posted by Lady Kate on 2015-02-27 11:09. 1 comments. 122 reads
 
I finished 33 treatments of radiation for breast cancer on Jan 15th and decided to take part in the Donna foundation "finish breast cancer" on Valentines weekend by walk/run the 5k.
The last part of the race for me was grueling, I could hardly walk let alone run, but I made it to the finish line in 34 mins. I was ecstatic as any of you out there who have suffered the treatment for breast cancer well know it is more than a race that I had achieved that day.
I went to see my EP the week after and I had 26 episodes of atrial Tachycardia in 1month and one during the race for 20mins.I've had them in the past but only occasionally. We are going to see how I am in 3mths to see how it is. I am normally very active I walk,cycle,do step c...


Posted by lyndamax2 on 2015-02-27 08:50. 10 comments. 198 reads
 
Hi i'm new to this, I had a pacemaker fitted on the 3rd of November 2014, it caused me a lot of pain near my arm pit, so the box has been moved to a different position that was 3 weeks ago. Problem is it isn't any more comfortable than the first one.. Is this something we all have in common, something we all have to live with or is mine still in the wrong position.. Would appreciate your advice guys...

Posted by smile4danni on 2015-02-27 02:48. 11 comments. 235 reads
 
I have just had my first unit change and my only word I can think of is brutal. I know we are awake for the procedure but aren't we supposed to recieve some sedation. I did the first time and it wasn't as traumatic as this time. I am actually quite shocked at how horrendous this was. Has anyone else had this and did you receive sedation?

Posted by Janenotarzan on 2015-02-27 02:26. 5 comments. 165 reads
 
I understand that sleep apnea and arrythmias often go hand-in-hand. While recovering from PM implant, overnight stay, I was directed to wear my cpap machine & had brought it along, disinfected, with brand-new, factory-sealed hose and mask. The RN on shift, however, though I asked at least twice for my machine, purposefully kept me on oxygen instead, yet monitored me/hovered over me all night. In the early a.m. my Mom, a retired LPN, came in, and questioned why I wasn't on my cpap. The RN explained her observations that my breathing stopped several times per hr. causing the heart to skip beats/pause , my oxygen to drop, & the PM to kick in. She said she left the cpap machine off to document my problems/ need for cpap & PM on the data s...


Posted by Janenotarzan on 2015-02-27 01:03. 2 comments. 123 reads
 
Helllo. Got my PM on 2/7 and back to strenous job w/restrictions on 2/17. Felt much like 'The Little Engine That Could,' after reading on here about an EMT and other active 50somethings returning to strenuous duties/ pleasures after short-term recouperations. My mantra became: "I think I can! I think I can!" Well, I found out I could, but not without consequences. : ( Off work for 2 days due to lactic acidosis. Seems I overworked my muscles after having been on minimal activity/ability a few wks. prior to PM implant, plus overusing muscles on my upper right side/lower left side to compensate for left-upper body limits, while body is also re-building muscle fibers around leads implanted in heart. Makes sense. Also told to up my ...


Posted by polopirate on 2015-02-26 17:16. 1 comments. 182 reads
 
My wife has a pacemaker, which is in theory is due to complete av node block

I say in theory as nearly a year later and another emergency room visit, we were told, something different, maybe not complete block, just weak signal. And sometimes pacemaker picks up a signal and says it does not need to pace. They reset pacemaker to beat faster, 70 bps vs 60 pbs

we are told complete block, How would pacemaker get an override? And then let the pace drop?

Now to our new situation 9 months later. The doctor is now saying they need to add a beta blocker, and do an echocardiogram. (which I am glad they are doing echocardiogram.)


Starting in october, my wife is still experiencing momen...


Posted by jam44 on 2015-02-26 15:27. 5 comments. 123 reads
 
PM put in on Feb.5. Have not been back to doctor yet, go next week. I tire out just walking across the room and pressure in the chest. My PM is set at 60 and I wonder if that is why I have these problems. I am a 70 year young female.

Thanks

Posted by susieq1984 on 2015-02-26 15:25. 7 comments. 133 reads
 
Hi, I had a dual chamber pm implanted on 02/23/2015. Had first heart attack on the 19th. Cath was clear, no blockages. Went into 3rd degree heart block. So now my electrical conduction seems to be working. I read my pm manual....seems they suggest you should not use a gas powered chainsaw. I used one quite a bit to keep my property maintained. So a bit depressed here ,yet still thankful to be alive. I'm just wondering what machines ,tools are okay ? Anyone else have to give up a tool they loved ? Also wondering if I could use a electric saw ?

Posted by kmom on 2015-02-26 13:39. 3 comments. 106 reads
 
for afib. Anyone had that?? going to have a consult soon about whether the procedure would benefit me or work for me what should I know?? just got back from 6 mo check and although I wasn't in afib but only 1% of time i'm having symptoms and I had something like more than 100 episodes in the last 6 months. no wonder I can't do anything ha! I am scheduling a consult with a surgeon to see if that would be a good alternative. i'm already on highest dose of Propafenone and she's starting me on Topralol to take at night. what we're trying to figure out now is the chicken or egg theory. I have still a lot of atrial tach which of course the mini maz won't help but she thinks that the atrial tach either might be causing the afib or the afib cau...


Posted by Darine on 2015-02-26 11:59. 9 comments. 159 reads
 
i have been wearing a pacemaker for 5 weeks now .i used to swim every other day and was advised to skip it for 6 weeks . I took on walking but i am itching to go back to the water . when should i go back.Any suggestion from swimmers.thank you.

Posted by pattyvic on 2015-02-26 10:59. 3 comments. 156 reads
 
had my Pacemaker implant 3 years ago and suffer from Heart Palpatations what can I do?????? Sometimes they scare me have told my Cardiologist many times but she never seems to beable to help me..... should I change Doctors or just learn to live this way....worse thing I ever did haven't felt good one day since this operation.

Posted by Elmo on 2015-02-26 10:01. 12 comments. 311 reads
 
Hi,

Just become a new member. Had my pacemaker fitted two days ago. All happened quite quickly. On reading forum most of you seem to know exactly what your tracking is. I haven't got a clue. Are there OTHER things I should know about my device? Feel as if I should have asked many more questions.

Info I picked up so far (Cardiologist was talking very quickly!) is MRI compatible, 2 lead and on searching the internet think the words he must have used were Sic Sinus Syndrome. My heart suddenly went from beating to dropping and stopped for 6 seconds.

Also was told not to lift arm above my head for 2/3 months then given a booklet to take home which said 1 month?

I'm a fit and healthy (Or so I thought...


Posted by dean20 on 2015-02-26 04:19. 0 comments. 48 reads
 
Found a solution to all those who would like to use top end watches and have the heart rate monitor work....http://www.scosche.com/rhythm-plus
or you could use
http://www.mioglobal.com/Mio-LINK-Heart-Rate-Band-Grey/Product.aspx?ProductID=14

Both use the led light technolgy and will work with any ant+ or bluetooth device!!!!!

Posted by baza1976 on 2015-02-26 03:50. 2 comments. 134 reads
 
Frustrating!!!!!! 3rd degree heart block and bradycardia. So, as I mentioned in one of my last posts, the tracking of my pacemaker was increased to match the upper chamber up to 170 bpm ( I’m sure the rep mentioned 200bpm). Begins my frustrations. If I blast out of the traps for a 5k/3mile run, I can hold 7 min miles and even go below 7 min mile for one or two of them. I’ll be gasping for air at the end but not breathless or the sicky feeling and week legs.

When I’m going for a long run of 8 mile or more and want to run a slower pace of 9min mile, I can feel the breathlessness at the “edge” and I eventually struggle with the breathing and the sicky(low blood pressure feeling).

The point I’m (trying) makin...




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