St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Dawnie on 2014-09-18 18:01. 0 comments. 4 reads
 
Just a wee shout out to see if anyone in the pacemaker club is based in Northern Ireland...would love to meet up or have a telephone chat with someone local with a pacemaker.
Been having a few issues and just a bit down.
Anyways...at least my heart rate stays above 30 bpm since my implant in April :) getting there...slowly

Posted by b1gm1ke on 2014-09-18 15:48. 6 comments. 85 reads
 
So, I was told this week that it looks like a pacemaker is in my future. As I am new to this I am a little scared about the whole thing. I am a 35 year old who has served 17 years in the military and has always been active so I am worried that this will change my life drastically. I found this site and I am looking for some people with experience that can guide me through this process. I have a low resting heart rate of about 45bpm and have been dealing with being tired all the time. Will a pacemaker improve my quality of life or make it worse? Thanks!
Mike

Posted by sue uk on 2014-09-18 15:17. 1 comments. 27 reads
 
It has been yonks since l have been on here but l think it's because l forget l have a pacemaker !!!
So needless to say l am doing really well, still have things l can't do but l forget about them & concentrate on what l can do.
Still love living in the country & have been up to my armpits in jams & chutney (no rude comments IAN & Tatman)
Anyway, so many "new faces" on here now, it's good to see that the site is still a huge support as it was for me 3 yrs ago.
Huge hugs & kisses for my special friends ( you know who you are).
Sue Uk x

Posted by KarenR2014 on 2014-09-18 14:59. 3 comments. 52 reads
 
So I have a kidney stone that the dr says I won't be able to pass. He suggested the blasting method. Will I be able to have that procedure done since I have a pacemaker? He said something about putting a wand over my pacemaker. What does that mean?
I am also on warfarin. It sure got complicated all at once.

Posted by justice on 2014-09-18 14:41. 3 comments. 88 reads
 
Hi

I am a 68 year old male in generally good physical condition,
I am not going to rehab and have no other issues except for the low pulse rate and syncope.
2 years ago I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, and tested 38% ejection fraction. I was told I need a defibrillator.
Last year I was tested at 44% EF and no one could explain why.
I had an angiogram and all arteries were clear

As a result of subsequent syncope low pulse (20 bpm) and history I was scheduled for a dual ICD (pacemaker and defibrillator) and just before surgery my ejection fraction was measured at 57%. No one can explain why

They proceeded to install a pacemaker only on August 18, 2014 and all is well (except for a li...


Posted by lauriebee on 2014-09-18 12:32. 1 comments. 57 reads
 
I had a Medtronic pacemaker implanted on June 2, 2014. No real problems and feel great. Until now....it appears my pacer, which was implanted IM, is now superficial. My cardiologist says because I am so active the muscle pushed it out. My question is..will reimplanting the pacer deeper in the muscle make a difference or should I just leave it alone? Thanks for any advice.

Posted by wjs1954 on 2014-09-18 07:57. 5 comments. 52 reads
 
Finally : ),
5K last night almost feeling like a runner again.
1st in age group and it was more than me in the group ;)
Felt great after the run, I have a 10K this Saturday and i am feeling ready

link to my stats from Garmin connect for last night

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/593050293

Posted by Jasperlabrador on 2014-09-18 04:16. 5 comments. 94 reads
 
I am at the moment travelling in a motorhomes in Australia. Quite a distance from a hospital.
All I want too know is - does a defibulator give a lesser shock than the "kick in the chest" I am not sure if I have dreamed that I have had a shock.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF SHOCK.

My device is a St Jude 1207-36

Any info would be most helpfull

Posted by stormynw on 2014-09-18 01:56. 1 comments. 55 reads
 
Hello out there :)

So 4 months post op STILL extremely short of breath and following a Shunt Test yesterday, today the Pulmonologist called me to tell me that I have a Pulmonary Shunt. This is not like a shunt used to drain fluid, in this case it means that:

Blood can reach the lungs successfully and the alveoli, the tiny air sacks in the lungs, are fully perfused with blood. Oxygen, however, does NOT enter the blood in the normal gas exchange process where carbon dioxide leaves the blood and oxygen replaces it. As a result, blood passes through the pulmonary artery, fails to pick up oxygen, and enters the pulmonary vein to return to the heart. The heart pumps the blood through the body, but it is not carrying enough...


Posted by airwayotto on 2014-09-18 01:19. 6 comments. 91 reads
 
I have had a pacemaker for 7 years and this year had it replaced.

I ran for years with only modest success but now have switched to bicycling. I am having a hard time keeping up with others despite a fairly rigorous exercise program.

I suspect my pm is holding me back. However, my doctor has not been very good about explaining its settings and the choices I have.

Where else can I get information? I presume the manufacturer will simply refer me back to the doctor. who else is knowledgeable?

I really want to have more fun riding and keeping up with others in my age group (60'ish).

Posted by orca58 on 2014-09-18 01:14. 0 comments. 20 reads
 
4 wheeldrive unit
when used sick and before that I trained myself to speed walk so when my pacemaker
kicked in I was like flying sober the place
believe it or not that made people nervous
lol

Posted by orca58 on 2014-09-18 01:02. 0 comments. 15 reads
 
I forgot to also mention when I experienced that syncope I was
bright red and covered in sweat head to toe . I didn't find any of this out until the next day .

Posted by orca58 on 2014-09-18 00:56. 2 comments. 68 reads
 
this how hot I was before I went down, I was helping with supplies , and it was like minus 65 below and I was sweating ,I
mean it was pouring out of me . I don't how I did that job ,
when I was sick I was only getting only 4 hours of sleep a night
and I was working 84 to 90 hours Weeks .
before I got med evact I had 5 syncopes , the first three were bad
a few months back , I was at work , I got up at around 9:00pm to
the restroom , after that I do not remember anything , for some reason I got dressed to go to work , I do not work nights , I work
days , the night bullcook asked if I normally come in this early and I said yes , then he said 9:30 pm at night ! it didn't dawn on what he said until 1/2 h...


Posted by HoneyBadger on 2014-09-17 22:23. 4 comments. 61 reads
 
Just wondering if anyone else had a severe skin reaction to metoprolol. I've been taking it for two weeks for tachyachardia and have been suffering from what I thought at first was a bad case of poison ivy and/or spider bites, but now realize is probably a psoriasiform drug eruption. I will call the doctor in the morning. The thing that worries me is that according to research on the internet beta blockers in general seem to have this side effect. What other classes of drugs might I take to help with the tachycardia? I'm disappointed that a drug that seemed to be finally helping with the tachyachardia is not an option any more.

Posted by orca58 on 2014-09-17 18:58. 2 comments. 66 reads
 
I had this pacemaker put in November 2012
I worked up in Prudhoe bay , Alaska for almost 9 years for the same company ,
I worked 84 to 90 hour weeks , 2 weeks on 2 weeks off .
before I went down I was sweating alot , I lost
68 lbs all together , after I got my pacemaker I gained about 22 of that back .
that's pretty much all water weight , a little of it is body weight , I'm not even trying !
my last hitch I lost 22lbs of water in one week , that scared everyone including myself
my question is : is anybody else experiencing
this ?

Posted by dmoo on 2014-09-17 14:08. 4 comments. 89 reads
 
Hi, I had a DDDR pacemaker fit a few months ago as I had irregular low heart beat. Till a few days ago it was working well producing a heatbeat in 70s. But last few days I find my heart beat drops to 40s sometimes during movement sometimes it is in 70s. Im also expriencing palpitations. Can anyone please tell why it is so? What to do?.

Posted by Cabg Patch on 2014-09-17 12:31. 8 comments. 299 reads
 
How to do this, good bye, so long, farewell, adieu, au voir, Adios, hasta la vista, see you in the hereafter. Yep it's time to wish you all well and go on my way.

Who knows what new adventures lie ahead for me in the nether world? But I will be there when you guys show up. Now some are thinking this morbid and tasteless thing to post, but the fact is I've never been accused of having good taste, well except in the case of my wife of course.

Anyhow, if this offends, please feel free to move on to another posting and stop letting it eat at you, there's enough to worry about in this life. But I did want to take this time to bid farewell to my friends here.

So my friends, all this time, the past 7yrs 7mos and ...


Posted by venky on 2014-09-17 10:28. 4 comments. 96 reads
 
Usually how long the battery of the pacemaker lasts , in my case it was implanted about three years and seven months back. Can you mail answer to this question to kgvenkatesh10@hotmail.com

Posted by Midwestmama9 on 2014-09-17 00:16. 2 comments. 75 reads
 
site of my implant is hurting for the last 2 weeks I've had the pace/defib two and a half years now

Posted by Marine8914 on 2014-09-16 23:55. 2 comments. 84 reads
 
I just recently had a dual chamber pacemaker implanted to help combat atrioventricular heart block which would cause bradycardia and hypotension which then resulted in pain, syncope and cardiogenic shock. Every time my pacemaker paces my ventricle, Vpaces, I feel it and it hurts. It feels like a horse is kicking me in my chest with every pace. I am also still going in and out of heart block and sometimes the pacemaker will pace me and sometimes it does not. Sometimes it paces when it's not supposed as well. Has anyone else had any of these issues as well? I have been to multiple cardiologists and electrophysiologists and every time it have to prove to them that I can actually feel the heart block and feel when the pacemaker paces. Every do...


Posted by lauram65 on 2014-09-16 23:20. 5 comments. 127 reads
 

Weight gain..... I have gained 7 lbs in a month after getting my implant. I walk 7 MILES A DAY. I have been eating a lot of comfort food, but it's what I am craving. I thought the walking would balance that out. Has anyone else had problems with weight gain post-surgery?



Posted by gags on 2014-09-16 22:02. 2 comments. 119 reads
 
My pacemaker has a lower setting of 50. I am sitting at the moment and my pulse is steady but around 42bpm. The heart beats are strong enough too keep me awake. Could I be having constant PVC's or is it just pacing I am feeling.

Posted by mike77 on 2014-09-16 21:13. 10 comments. 155 reads
 
Hi Everyone,

I'm new here, and recently have been diagnosed with neurocardiogenic syncope. I'm in my mid-30's and had a tilt table test done recently. I passed out around 13 minutes and flatlined for 10 seconds. My cardiologist is recommending I get a pacemaker very soon.

I have no history of fainting. I have been getting a slight dizzy feeling the past month or so, but never have come close to passing out. I'm going to see an EP soon, and just want to get a second opinion.

I'd rather not get a pacemaker, but I understand the reasoning and insurance it provides me. I'm a bit concerned about the recovery time and the aggravation it might cause. I'm a big stomach and slide sleeper as well.


Posted by electrodila on 2014-09-16 20:32. 7 comments. 128 reads
 
I'm still trying to understand not only what I'm feeling, but how I'm feeling three weeks after having had a St. Jude CRT-D implanted after v-tach issues (CHF) caused syncope and an eleven day hospitalization.

The first few days, I must have been running on adrenaline and endorphins. After about a week, I've come to feel insubstantially better for having gone through the process. Of course, I'd probably not be here at all, and quite soon, if I hadn't had it done, but I still feel like Peggy Lee singing "Is that all there is?"

How long does it take, in general terms, until you can come to terms with having this thing stuck in you, if only getting used to the itchy, strange feeling? Do you generally find that, in ca...


Posted by goralski.chris on 2014-09-16 18:52. 8 comments. 138 reads
 
hello friends-
enter cardiologist-
pacemaker surgery august 26-
surgeon punctured my lung-
lung collapsed-
chest tube-
10 days in hospital-
dr removes stitches-
incision opens-
get restitched-
take off dressing today and entire sight is bruised and marks like blood under the skin-
haven't been seen yet-
but nurse suggested infection-
i want different dr-
clinic doesn't want me switch-
there is constant pain at the the sight-
have not slept thru the night since surgery-
i battle depression-
and i am breaking-




Posted by dragon on 2014-09-16 16:11. 2 comments. 63 reads
 
Hi

I have just had my dual chamber fitted 4 days ago and apart from the soreness in my left harm I am finding when I stand up I feel very unwell has any one else had this and how long does it last i'm 46 And feel life's changed drastically at the mo.

Posted by Dave H on 2014-09-16 14:04. 1 comments. 60 reads
 
Had an EMS run to the ER on 9/9 - dizziness (ENT doc has diagnosed as possible Meniere's - inner ear fluid buildup) tests at the ER showed no cardio or brain issues. No one seemed to be concerned about the occasional shortness of breath. Remote PM download showed some short periods of A-fib - It comes and goes --------- Sad to say, one drug seemed to be effective: Valium. I never thought of myself as exciteable. The random shortness of breath continues. Maybe Primary doc has an idea --- I'll check with him.

--Dave--

Posted by EricWright on 2014-09-16 13:14. 6 comments. 116 reads
 
I am new here. I have not had the surgery yet. I was wondering about the average time off work/general recovery. I am a school janitor. Have to lift small trash cans about 15-20 pounds at most. Can lift them with my other arm and use the left one for balance. I am afraid I might lose the job if I am off too long

Posted by krolikj on 2014-09-16 12:12. 2 comments. 80 reads
 
i have pacemaker for low pulse since March of this year and now doctor wants me to start on Coreg, beta blocker.I am 66.
This is after Lexiscan stress test shows no problems.

looks like a myriad of possible side effects are possible.

Any pertinent comments



Posted by beachman on 2014-09-16 10:21. 3 comments. 102 reads
 
Went to er when hr was around 130 for several hrs and was admitted. Was given Amiodarone iv and hr finally leveled out'When discharged next day was given presciption for for this med. When I got the med and read information that came with it I decided not to take it.Does anyone have opinions about this med? THANKS.

Posted by TraceyE on 2014-09-16 10:03. 7 comments. 134 reads
 
Last week Blake passed along a request to interview from a reporter at US News. I was just wondering if anyone else here ended up in the article. I didn't recognize any of the names/stories, but it's hard to tell since most of us don't share a lot of personal information here.



Posted by jobecky33 on 2014-09-16 03:05. 4 comments. 104 reads
 
I've never heard of EOL/elective replacement. If it's elective replacement does the insurance company deny payment because it's elective?

Does any one else feel their pacemaker pace? I'd like to know which percentage feel it and their ages? Not a STUDY as in offical but I just wonder

Posted by rnff2 on 2014-09-16 00:56. 2 comments. 104 reads
 
I have lived with my heart "issues" since age 14. Open heart surgery at age 14 and again at 37 with mirtal valve repair and diagnosis of HOCM, and pacemaker at 40. My brother (age 49) who has lived with diabetes since age 13 had a heart attack last November, no previous cardiac issues prior to the heart attack and to make a long story short had 10% heart function after the heart attack and he ended up listed for a transplant and received a new heart on July 1st only 10 days after being listed. He is now feeling better than ever as far as energy and cardiac function. He has had a few bumps in the road and lots of other things that go along with getting a transplant..but he received such an amazing gift. I have always said I would never...


Posted by curiousjbird on 2014-09-15 14:55. 2 comments. 117 reads
 
I'm having my first follow up visit this week, 12 days after getting my pacemaker. I know the rep (Medtronics) will be scanning my device. When she did it initially at the hospital I was still recovering and didn't ask a lot of questions. Now that I am more with it, I'm wondering what type of detail she is going to be able to give me on how my device is working? Will it just be % paced? Or will they be able to see when it is being used more (i.e. at night?). What kind of info can they print out for me to take home? What are good initial questions to ask to make sure I get my settings right? Thanks.

Posted by natlat on 2014-09-15 14:38. 2 comments. 92 reads
 
Hi everyone, so I am now running about 4-5 miles 4-5 days a week, cannot believe it really. I am also faster than when I first hit the ground running post ICD surgery. I have been avoiding any substantial hills while running, however I would love to run my old running route which begins while a long upward slope of about a mile. Any suggestions on running hills? I do wear a HRM when I run. Thanks for chiming in!

NL

Posted by Duke Heart Patient on 2014-09-15 12:01. 10 comments. 190 reads
 
How do you deal with stress and anxiety ?

Posted by Tony G on 2014-09-15 10:51. 3 comments. 85 reads
 
Hello, I just had my two lead pacemaker, replaced with an ICD. Sparky I has only been in me for a year and a half and I would like to donate it to an organization that can give it to someone else. Does any one know of ant such organizations?

Thank you,
Tony

Posted by Rafaela on 2014-09-15 07:00. 4 comments. 143 reads
 
Hi everyone who read my post ,

I need a replacement battery for my icd device but i dont know where to bye it. I live in Albania and here is no place when i can find it. If someone can give me some adreeses where i can find seling recharge i will be very greatful.

Posted by Rebecca611 on 2014-09-14 22:20. 2 comments. 96 reads
 
My grandmother has a St Jude pacer, Merlin at home transmitter. She is in a nursing home, they are telling me we can't set this up, because to many phones lines in the building, even though she has her own phone. Is that true ?

Posted by turn916@sympatico.ca on 2014-09-14 18:51. 11 comments. 286 reads
 
Hi to you all. I am new to this just 2 weeks ago I got my pacemaker. I cant seem to cope very well. I cry a lot and wonder what I did wrong to have to have this. Some people have said its because I am over weight and that makes me feel even worse. Is there any light at the end of the tunnel. I have what is know as tachy-brady syndrome is there anyone else out there that has this. I feel so alone at the moment and cry so much and feel really tired. Please send me some feed back. Thank You all.

Posted by 1radoncman on 2014-09-14 18:44. 4 comments. 134 reads
 
I am having a pacemaker on the Thursday at Duke university nc
I have had low pr. In the area of into the 30s and delays of4 seconds betw beats.
I am very nervous. Male, 63, swimmer.
I understand I must wait 6 weeks b4 swimming again
Been having increase trouble sleeping scared that the ticker will stop at night b4 the procedure.
Any advice is appreciated

Posted by Pacey on 2014-09-14 18:27. 3 comments. 92 reads
 
I am due for a replacement of my 3 leads CRT biv-pacemaker, on september 1 battery life was 2 months left, I have to see cardio for a pre-op appointment but he is not in hospital whole month of september so I have the appointment for 30 september and then I get to hear when I get a replacement. On september 30 I have just 1 month battery life left. I find this a bit late and strange. Some years ago my pm technician said they did not wait for last months but now they do leave it late. Question is how long is the battery- backup when the battery goes?

Posted by JRTKD on 2014-09-14 18:11. 12 comments. 189 reads
 
Hi, Need some advice before I call the clinic in the morning.

Had a second aortic valve replacement in July, unfortunately had complete heart block after surgery and ended up needing a pacemaker.

I am a martial artist, competitive and instructor, tae kwon do and boxing etc as well as running, assault courses etc.

After all clear from surgeon I began training again last week but when running found I was hitting a wall and getting out of breath and dizzy.

Tried to train through it figuring i was just unfit again but no avail.

Strapped on my old heart monitor and found that I was hitting about 170 bpm and then heart rate was dropping back 90-80 and then settling at 70 for a maybe 30 secs...


Posted by Teena on 2014-09-14 15:52. 1 comments. 47 reads
 
I recently had my yearly pacemaker checked and was told to monitor my heart rate.
I bought a Smart Health walking heart rate monitor,step counter and watch. It is still in the box and ready to return . I have to wet the wrist while using it.
Is this safe.? It seems like it's similar to my phone checks when I use the wrist bands.
Has any one used this brand?

Posted by lauram65 on 2014-09-14 14:15. 4 comments. 109 reads
 
Hi everyone,

I am three weeks out from having a dual pacemaker installed. I feel great, except they have set it so my heart rate does not fall below 60. I am tired two hours after I get up. I am taking naps everyday, which I never did. My follow up with the PM manufacturer person is not for another month. Is anyone else experiencing fatigue?


Posted by Kajira on 2014-09-14 12:57. 1 comments. 86 reads
 
Hello...I have had my Medtronic pacemaker for 2 years and it is only supposed to work when I am sleeping or when my heart rate is less than 60BPM...But I have noticed that when I do any sports, during the first 10-15 min. or so in the warm up phase my "heart" or something that feels like that LOL starts to flutter a bit and the feeling is mirored also in my throat....It is a kind of twitching/ tremble feeling...Not painfull and causes me no problems except to make me nervous! It always goes away after I am warmed up...It can also happen when I stand up after long sitting and walk fast down the long hallway at work.
Does anyone else have this? My Dr. does not think it is important LOL But he also didn't think I needed a pacemaker f...


Posted by djw378 on 2014-09-13 20:57. 5 comments. 164 reads
 
In the next two weeks, I am having a St. Jude Lead extracted. I am also going to Disney World in 8 weeks. I wanted to check to see how everyone felt after a lead extraction. My doctor gave me the green light, but I'm nervous about such a demanding trip so soon.

I had a lead capped and another lead inserted about two years ago . (Yes, second St. Jude lead to fail). I was back to work in about a week. Just wanted to get some other people's thoughts.

Posted by ericnz on 2014-09-13 20:27. 5 comments. 164 reads
 
Hi, I am new to the Club and have only had a Biotronik dual lead for 10 months to try and help me with my Atrial Fibrillation as I am intolerant to most Heart drugs.

I am curious to know what my pacemaker self tests are and how often are they implemented as I fell sometimes that I notice them in action . Or is my imagination ?
I am rather sensitive to any irregular heart beats.

Perhaps some one can advise me please ?

Posted by TeePee on 2014-09-13 18:57. 1 comments. 110 reads
 
Hi
I had a dual lead put in 05Aug after 28sec flatline being the final syncope captured by the hospital. I was such a shock as I had no idea why I had passed out a few times running up to that. UK based so I don't understand some of what is being said here but I have seen a lot of comments and they match how I feel especially about the bra straps. I thought it was me being daft. What I am still trying to cope with is the fact that I have to rely on the info live forever now. I was 60 this year so will I just have 1 left and then they won't bother after that? I have returned to desk work but still find it hard to concentrate all day. And have only just managed to go up stairs in a oner. Does it get better? Or is this it, just doing not...


Posted by my4turtles on 2014-09-13 16:55. 6 comments. 150 reads
 
After talking with the Dr the other day he said he was going to add a 3rd lead to my pace maker as I have pace maker syndrome. I just got my surgery info emailed and it says BI-V pacemaker upgrade .. Does this mean his adding a 3rd lead or a new device .im going to call on Monday but until than I thought I could get some input

Posted by kirkmanmj on 2014-09-13 15:00. 3 comments. 151 reads
 
I had a single lead pacemaker/ICD implanted on February 18, 2014. After recent problems I had the single lead pacemaker/ICD removed and a dual lead pacemaker/ICD implanted.

After the procedure the nurse handed me to single lead pacemaker/ICD to keep. I was told that the pacemaker/ICD can not be reused in the USA even though it still has 14 years of battery life left.

I would like to donate the single lead pacemaker/ICD.

Does anyone have any ideas????

Thanks in advance,
Mike

Posted by SF32618 on 2014-09-13 14:15. 2 comments. 88 reads
 
H, had a heart attack 2 yrs ago, they put in 3 stents (bypass wasn't an option due to other health issues) things went great for a year then became blocked. They reopened stents in march, by may was no better. This time they talked me into a crt-d. had it installed in end of May. Now 4 months later, still experiencing fatigue, EF 30, someone please tell me it will get better. the drs say give it time, but isn't time the only thing we really don't have.

Problem today, however, is I had lower right side back pain when I had the heart attack, and have been experiencing it again but only when I try to do normal things (today was dustmopping my floors. I do work everyday, but have an office position so I can go in as...


Posted by Harm on 2014-09-13 12:20. 1 comments. 111 reads
 
Recently my heart has been racing. Lasts a couple of minutes several times a day. No pain, just scared

Posted by starlight on 2014-09-13 10:18. 5 comments. 228 reads
 
Is there anything out there to prevent solar flares from disrupting our devices? I've wrapped my chest in aluminum foil however I don't know if this works or not. Any solutions? Thanks, Starlight

Posted by ericdewitt on 2014-09-12 20:30. 3 comments. 176 reads
 
Hi all, I've been away for quite some time. I had my PM installed 10 years and a month ago when I was 45. I was sitting at my desk a few days ago and started feeling a ticking sensation at the implant site. I called the doc, went in 30 minutes later and found that the PM went into "survival mode" or something like that, basically battery dying, and am having it replaced next week. I still play competitive basketball, tennis and everything I did before after the initial shock most of us go through.

My question is, what new technology is out there or questions that I may want to ask before it gets installed? I was hoping for an MRI approved device but the doc says that I would have to change the leads which is a much more risky pr...


Posted by jude115 on 2014-09-12 18:47. 9 comments. 230 reads
 
I see everyone asking about what to do to get cheap alternative to landline. really who has them anymore. this is Ludacris. I have not seen anyone with an answer.

Posted by Goodboy123 on 2014-09-12 16:54. 2 comments. 97 reads
 
Question for anyone who can answer it, I have a pacemaker in my abdomen put in at birth and since I have started going swimming in deep water at the indoor pool I get a tightness in my chest after exerting myself so my question is that if that's normal or is it even related to the pacemaker at all? BTW I am twelve and just started to learn to swim.

ps- Should I consult a Dr. and should I continue swimming.

Posted by mrsb on 2014-09-12 15:41. 4 comments. 124 reads
 
Hi I'm about 4 weeks in with a one lead pacemaker. A paper I brought home from Hosp said that at 3 weeks I can start lifting my left arm above my shoulder with controlled movements and I have been, but as I read about these things I see several diffent time frames for doing this. I've seen up to 3 months. Also the lifting limits are diff also..I've been told 5 lbs, heard 10 lbs. And again the time frames on this are diff...I'm confused and sure don't want my lead coming out or loose😱

Posted by bcates on 2014-09-12 10:08. 6 comments. 152 reads
 
I am getting a new 2 lead pacemaker for bradycardia with 3rd degree heart block next week. What do I have to look forward to next week?

Posted by mrsb on 2014-09-12 01:07. 9 comments. 228 reads
 
Hello, I'm at 3 weeks post pacemaker. I feel fine but I have a hard time with my left arm. I can't reach across to my right side with it cause I feel the pacer in my way, also I can't lay on my left side..again I feel like I'm squishing the pacer . is this normal and will it go away. And women with pacers, what's the scoop on bras?? My pacer is exactly where the straps go.



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