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Posted by Hearton on 2014-10-30 02:30. 1 comments. 69 reads
Hello all,

I read some posts regarding feeling tired after the installation of someone's pacemaker, that is my issue prior to and now.

What a strange trip this has been. I went to the doctor almost three weeks ago due to feeling exhausted, out of breath and confused, I felt that way for about ten days prior to seeing the doctor at a respected clinic on Bainbridge Island in WA State. The doc clocked me at 44 beats per minute, I wore a Holter monitor for 24 hrs, turned it in and waited for 4 days before I was called by a rude and abrupt nurse and told "sorry for the bad news but there is nothing we can do for you, call 911 if you feel like *&#@^&, naturally I fell like *&#@^&, that's why I went in the first place.

Posted by fontanamen5 on 2014-10-29 20:27. 2 comments. 105 reads
went to the pacemaker clinic today and was told pacemaker being used at 90%. Has significantly went up over the last 2 years. was told that my pacemaker is set to "trigger" on in the mid 50's range. But then told also that my heart rate drops to the 30's at sleep. is this possible? I thought it would not drop below where pacemaker was "set". Comments appreciated.

melinda (new member)

Posted by Cycler on 2014-10-29 19:54. 2 comments. 39 reads
Dear Pacemaker Club:

FWIW, I strongly recommend the Mio Alpha (or Link) for HR monitoring while exercising. They are pricey, but, considering what you paid for your pacemaker or ICD, it is worth it.

On the treadmill, I tired of constantly holding the treadmill's HR bar to get a reading. Other types of sensors (wrist, torso) that measure electricity through the skin are not reliable. And they are not continuous readout.

The Mios are wrist devices that use light to read blood volume beneath the skin instead of electricity. The read out is continuous detection and is virtually 100% reliable when putting on and firing up.

Not a lot of features, just time, HR & zone. 2 buttons not 5 or so. No need to ...

Posted by tracyjacobs on 2014-10-29 19:36. 2 comments. 48 reads
I have wpw and have a pacemaker now. Today I went to hospital and teats showed I have a complete blockage. What does this mean now?

Posted by pacemaker20 on 2014-10-29 19:07. 3 comments. 50 reads
Today is my one year anniversary. It is still crazy to think, at 25, I have a pacemaker. But it's also comforting to know they found something to help with my symptoms. I remember being angry, when I found out it was needed. My friends and family tried to comfort me by saying 'It will be okay. They are going to fix you'. It wasn't the surgery I was angry or worried about. It was the point that I needed FIXED. However, I knew it had to happen regardless and here I am today being the healthiest I've been. I am very proud of my PM, Míorúilt.

Posted by lstacy on 2014-10-29 18:23. 3 comments. 54 reads
I got my pm two weeks ago. I Belly Dance and am concerned about the upper body movements and if it would dislodge the leads. Has anyone done this after placement? My docs say I can go back to exercise (and dance) but I question how many of their patients have belly danced after surgery. Thoughts?

Posted by becky2014 on 2014-10-29 14:36. 4 comments. 99 reads
Has anyone been in a similar situation. I have had my present PM for coming on 13 years. I had been attending my local hospital for check-ups every month as the battery was getting low.

On my last visit the PM technician told me that my PM needed changed and that my check-up report would be forwarded to the relevant consultant. I have since discovered that the consultant has placed me on a waiting list for a replacement PM but while I await the replacement surgery I no longer receive monthly check-ups.

I am anxious in case my health deteriorates in the meantime, if so what is the best action to take.

Posted by Iwantmikenow on 2014-10-29 13:16. 6 comments. 128 reads
So, after a few weeks of testing, the Doc says we can proceed with the PM install...then he offered me a choice between St. Judes and Medtronic. I'm young (45) so I'm thinking the MRI capability of the Medtronic is a plus... anyone care to chime in about their personal preferences? Anyone ever use both models? I have been assured from the medical standpoint that both are going to do the same thing (help with type 3 heart block). Anyone out there care to chime in?

Posted by rolson on 2014-10-29 13:01. 3 comments. 58 reads
Has anyone had this issue with the heart and what was done to help. My low bpm is 35 and my high is 135. Doctor says we can try pacemaker and beta blockers but that may not be enough. Kinda scared now. Any help? ?

Posted by LJRytel on 2014-10-29 11:46. 1 comments. 29 reads
I received a pacemaker when I was 43 for 2nd degree heart block. I'm now 47. I have PVCs on a daily basis. Some days are worse than others. I have found that exercise and post exercise reduces the PVCs for a period of time.

My cardiologist explained that when the sinus node is activated it helps the heart beat more regular and thus reduces PVCS.
I have my minimum heart rate set at 60 beats per minute. During pacemaker checks I'm told my heart rate would be in the 30s without.

My question is whether setting the pacemaker at a minimum of 50 beats per minute would activate my sinus node more often and therefore reduce the number of PVCS?? The electrocardiologist seemed reluctant to set below 60 beats?

Posted by ScaredOne on 2014-10-29 05:07. 3 comments. 79 reads
do you need to see the cardiac specialist everytime you get shocked?thanks.

Posted by pacingdiva on 2014-10-28 23:15. 6 comments. 107 reads
I have a question what is Sinus Arrest? And for you to last in it for 33 second then your heart start beating on it's on.

Posted by flutetooter on 2014-10-28 22:36. 3 comments. 92 reads
Lawsuits against a Munster, IN cardiologist, Dr. Arvind Ghandi, his associates at Cardiologist Associates of Northwest Indiana, and the acclaimed Community Hospital in Munster, In. have hit the television news again over the weekend. There were a lot of lawsuits a year or so ago toward the same people for unnecessary surgeries to implant cardiac defibrillators, and alleging that the doctor did not have the proper credentials to do these implantations. The patients had suffered many injuries and one had to have a heart transplant as a result.

The evening news mentioned more than 20 medical malpractice injury lawsuits and also that the doctors were sued on behalf of the federal government and medicare. Newpaper articles listed th...

Posted by nickp on 2014-10-28 21:48. 3 comments. 141 reads
CarrieAnne stared intently at her computer screen.

Ever since I had this electronic watchdog implanted in my chest, I've been seeing her every six months. She puts a donut shaped thingy over it, runs a wire between that and her console, and reads my tea leaves.

"Well," she says, "it looks like your heart rate speeded up to 100 beats per minute on August 23rd at 8:07AM."

I was used to that. My pacemaker keeps a history of my heart's activity to an excruciating level of detail. It kind of flipped me out the first time, but I have enough techie in me to understand data and data retrieval.

"And it looks like it had to keep you pumping for a bit on June 3rd." My pacemaker only fires when my heartrate...

Posted by newatthis on 2014-10-28 20:59. 5 comments. 85 reads
What kind of bra should a new lady with a pm use?

Posted by Bostonstrong on 2014-10-28 19:23. 10 comments. 137 reads
Had the pleasure of meeting a fabulous cardiologist while in the hospital last week. He was just there to do a procedure but spent over an hour talking to me, explaining things, answering questions and doing a thorough exam prior to the test. Very professional, very kind. Asked a lot of questions about why I got the pm. After we finished talking he looked at me and said I got my pm a year before you did. Instant connection, he just gets it.

Posted by rjsully on 2014-10-27 20:53. 3 comments. 94 reads
So I have my f/u appointment with EP next week to discuss further options. Since I have tried medications that have not been helpful for my low heart rate with arrythmia I think a pacemaker will be the next step. This worries me, but what worries me even more is they will send me on my way with no real solution and a "come back if your symptoms get worse". This is what happened the first time through with all of my issues over two years ago and I felt a little frustrated with the whole process, plus it was expensive!

Any advice/suggestions/questions I should ask at my next appointment? Especially if I get the "come back if your symptoms get worse". I want to move on and start feeling better now, rather than waiting until ...

Posted by Griddlebone on 2014-10-27 18:16. 4 comments. 161 reads
I know none of you can have any clinical answers for me, so I'm not asking for that. I have my 6-week appointment already scheduled with my cardiologist day after tomorrow, so it's just a matter of making it through 48 hours without worrying myself to death.

I had my PM implanted about 6 weeks ago. I've been feeling the bubbly/thumpy sensations under my sternum that worried me until many of you said, "Yep, had those too." My voltage is still at 3 V and this is only my second follow up. My only other problem has been mild anxiety (lack of trust in the PM!) which has disturbed my sleep patterns.

Today I met with my gastroenterologist to discuss my upcoming routine colonoscopy. Since I had an esophagoscopy 12 years ago ...

Posted by rolson on 2014-10-27 17:28. 1 comments. 57 reads
Had to go to the doctor this morning. Have been having chest pains for 3 days off and on. The have now moved my appointment with the surgeon to Wednesday morning and my new pacemaker asap. Well let you all know what happens next.

Posted by stron on 2014-10-27 16:57. 2 comments. 160 reads
I received my dual lead pacemaker almost five months ago. About two months ago, I lost my voice. I can whisper, but I cannot talk ! I have been to several specialist, with mixed results. When they checked my vocal chords with a scope down my throat, they found my vocal chords to be in great shape. The latest specialist I have seen, an Endrocinoligist, suggested that I should try a month of no coffee, wine, spicy foods, & anything else that might irritate my throat.
Previously, to him, I have had x-rays of my lungs, cat-scan of my lungs, ect. I also had an ultrasound of my neck.
Everything is fairly normal for a 77 year old man.
One doctor, made note of the fact, that one of the pacemaker leads , going to my heart, is right...

Posted by pbrasher on 2014-10-27 14:55. 1 comments. 46 reads
Is it safe to use a Ultrasonic Facial Device with a pacemaker?

Posted by ariashabb on 2014-10-27 14:08. 5 comments. 117 reads
After having a replacement pacemaker surgery done, do u have to stay in the hospital over night? Or does that depend on the person and how the procedure goes?

Posted by lmolsoo on 2014-10-27 13:46. 2 comments. 111 reads
First off, I just joined this site and I absolutely love it. I've enjoyed reading all the posts as well as learning so much more about pacemakers and other's experiences with them. I just got my pacemaker implanted last Tuesday. It has, been a crazy journey. It started out when I was seven, I started passing out. Throughout the years the fainting never stopped. I saw doctor after doctor and had been diagnosed multiple tines, only to have the doctor change his mind. Four years ago my care team had decided to put a loop recorder in because my heart was seemingly perfect yet I still fainted over and over. Within two weeks the device was infected and I had to have emergency surgery to have it removed and was in the hospital a few weeks to tr...

Posted by susiebear on 2014-10-27 12:47. 8 comments. 94 reads
Hi all, I wish I had found this site before now, I have had my pacemaker for 14 years now. I had open heart surgery at 24yo which left me with total heart block.
I have always suffered with ventricular ectopic beats (1000's a day) since i had my surgery, but now I am experiencing much bigger palpitations and I am wondering could the battery be causing this? with it being due for a replacement? These palpitations are so big they make me dizzy and feel so horrible, each time i wait for the huge beat at the end, i worry its not going to come the gap between the horrible feeling and the huge beat at the end is longer, it feels like my heart doesnt beat for that duration.
Has anyone else experienced this? Could it be down to the batte...

Posted by Iwantmikenow on 2014-10-27 11:23. 10 comments. 162 reads
Hello, 45 year old male here--I am so very glad to find a place to come to at a moments notice to read and listen to others who have come before me. I am one freaked out dude and considering my type A personality I'm all over the place mentally. So, I went to the doc last month as I feel light headed occasionally in the middle of and just as I start to work out. Passed out a couple times over the last 4 years but no other symptoms worth noting. He put me on a holter and found multiple instances of heart block lasting from 8-15 seconds about every other night. I even did a sleep study for apnea--negative results there but they saw the same thing the holter did...WOW. Talk about a kick in the pants! So, looks like I get the PM this Friday th...

Posted by Spunky_1 on 2014-10-26 23:57. 2 comments. 77 reads
I have had my PM for almost 3 months dx'd w/ SSS. I pace in AAI mode and I have a Bos Sci Ingenio - if that makes a difference. My last pacing percentage was 82%.

Within a few weeks after getting my PM, my autoimmune diseases kicked in and to make a long (and exceedingly painful) story short I've been fighting to deal with the aftermath of a severe flare and haven't had the strength to deal with anything else.

However, I've got a follow up this week at the clinic. I will see a PA this time, my EP is out of town, my next appt w/ him is in 3 weeks when he returns. I don't know if I'm being overly sensitive about how my heart feels when it beats sometimes or if there really is something wrong, but I could use some help...

Posted by flutetooter on 2014-10-26 23:51. 7 comments. 151 reads
A neighbor had many complications with a pacemaker implanted on Thurs. which made me glad I went to the University of Chicago Hospitals for mine.

His doctor was board certified in electrophysiology but our hospital may not have enough experience with this procedure or the fluoroscope equipment. His diagnosis was bradycardia after a 1 week monitor and he was sent to a heart doctor who hospitalized him for a pacemaker. His pulse was 45, and he was often tired and lightheaded after little exercise. So far, so good.

During the procedure, however, the doctor could only install 1 out of the two leads because there was a blood clot in the vein. Isn't this something that should have been discovered before? Also the ...

Posted by dhubl on 2014-10-26 23:06. 3 comments. 98 reads
Would like to know if anyone has dared to use a electric chain saw etc..

Posted by Danceangel_1 on 2014-10-26 20:20. 2 comments. 49 reads
I have been reading about every post and found them to be helpful to me. Today makes 3 weeks since I've had my pm. I'm beginning to feel better as the days go by. I had many questions but have found answers through your post. Keep up the good work!

Posted by rolson on 2014-10-26 20:12. 3 comments. 127 reads
Hope this question doesn't sound weird. Someone told me that a pacemaker can make your breast grow larger. Is this true and is implanting in one area better than another to keep this from happening?

Posted by drenje75 on 2014-10-26 17:34. 11 comments. 159 reads
Hi,my name is Predrag (Brugada syndrome) reason for installing ICD.
At first ,sorry if my English is a little bit rusty...In my country is possible to avoid to wear--use seat belt if you have an ICD patient card. But because here traffic is so awful ,i am in big dilemma what to do? I am frightened about wire damage (Europian driver side in car). Any personal experiences in car collisions???

And small reminder for moderator or similar: in list of countries there is no "Serbia" which exists as a European country since the tenth century,because I was forced to choose Slovenia.
Thank in advance for answers

Posted by mstew on 2014-10-26 09:42. 1 comments. 83 reads
hi, 63 yr old with defib/pacemaker installed. I want to use plasma cutter, recreationally, what hazards or potential problems should I be aware of? Thanks in advance for any help.

Posted by Tinkergirl on 2014-10-25 22:21. 9 comments. 206 reads
Question, has anyone when they have gone in for an EKG after getting their PM implanted have theirs still say Abnormal ECG? When I got my first one since the implant last week my Cardio said it looked good, then I noticed it said Abnormal ECG and also under all of the numbers by where it has the T wave results it said " can not rule out Ischemia".

I was wondering if the machine said these things because it was picking up my PM.

Posted by Tinkergirl on 2014-10-25 17:25. 10 comments. 200 reads
I am 2 1/2 weeks out from getting my PM and all is pretty good until this afternoon I bumped the edge of the PM, the part closest to your underarm. Man did that hurt and now it is pretty sore. Has this happened to anyone else? I am surprised at how sore it is making my PM pocket feel. It actually took my breath away.

Just curious as I hope bumping it was not a big boo boo.

Posted by APgirl on 2014-10-25 14:35. 4 comments. 266 reads
So- having had a fabulous new lease of life with my pacer in the last 4 years, I have been feeling tired, breathless and puffy recently. I ignored it, as most of us do. You would think I would have learned to listen to my body by now!

On Monday, feeling awful, I managed to get past the pesky receptionist and see a doctor. For those of us in the UK, it appears that the receptionist's primary purpose is to prevent you seeing a doctor. So I get in and see a locum, who transfers me straight into the hospital with my Bp dangerously high and Afib.

The wonderful NHS staff checked me from head to toe and the reason becomes apparent, Having had perfect plumbing, just dodgy electrics up to now, I now have an enlar...

Posted by jkdutta on 2014-10-25 12:23. 3 comments. 105 reads
I am having Pacemaker , Biotronik make Evia DR T since 6th June 2011. On 26th October 2014 Doctor has put " Rate Drop Response " ON. Will it have any effect on balance battery life ?
What will be expected balance battery life of the Pacemaker ? What is normal battery life of a Biotronik make Evia DR T pacemaker ? If it is required to change battery then only battery will be changed or the existing one has to be replaced with new pacemaker ?

Posted by danfss03 on 2014-10-25 11:32. 2 comments. 164 reads
Had my first pacemaker implanted in 2009, and I thought everything was going great. This was a two lead device, and the lower lead went bad a couple of years ago. We continued to monitor the device, both at home and physical visits at the doctor's office. Two months ago I did my home device check, and two weeks later I got a call from the doctor for an appointment, and since I didn't have one scheduled, I almost refused. Well went in, and the Medtronic Specialist did her thing, and the doctor came in for a chat. Well it appears my device was not pacing as required Not only was the lower lead not working, but the upper lead was pacing on a part time basis, and I didn't feel a thing. The doctor showed me the EKG and the heart had been skip...

Posted by kittykat48 on 2014-10-25 09:02. 10 comments. 220 reads
Hi, I'm having my PM fitted on 27/10/14 and as I was only told I needed one yesterday I'm still reeling.

Ive found this site very helpful in answering some of my questions but I still have one or two.

Does the PM device protrude from shoulder?
Is it uncomfortable and how long does it take, on average to get used to it.

When its healed is it possible to wear suntops in summer or is it too noticeable?

I'm used to sleeping on my tummy, I guess that won't be possible at first, but how long before I can sleep normally?

I know some of these questions seem insignificant but its what is going round in my mind at the moment.

I would welcome your advice as you have already g...

Posted by bstrong on 2014-10-25 08:44. 4 comments. 226 reads
== Begin quoted message ==

I am 38 and have had a pacemaker since I was 16. I was diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome and was told I needed this pacemaker because my heart rate got into the low forty beats per min when I sleep. I started to try to understand my situation more and some things didn't add up. My pacer was set at 75 beats per min and when he checked it one day I asked what my natural heart rate was. He said 65 and we found out that the sinus node in my heart is working. After doing some research it appears that sick sinus syndrome is not reversible. The dr said that my heart was healthy and I didn't need a pacer anymore. He wouldn't answer any questions and would not discuss whether he thought I ever needed it or not...

Posted by Enrique on 2014-10-24 20:58. 6 comments. 145 reads
I had a dual chamber pacemaker implanted 10 years ago. This was due to A/V block and sick sinus syndrome. I have had no problems with it, I am physically active. I am 66 years old.
During the last check-up they told me that I had a minimum of 4 months of battery life left. This is in addition to the 3 months of “reserve mode” that kicks in when the main battery is too low.
I am quite dependent on the pacemaker. When I first had it implanted my natural heart rate was in the 40’s. Now it is below 30’s, but it is not clear how much lower. At the clinic they didn’t want to test to find out.
The hospital folks told me that there are two ways to handle this:
1) Aggressive: wait until the last moment before replacin...

Posted by johnnyc on 2014-10-24 20:27. 5 comments. 145 reads
I had a pacemeker installed on February 18, 2014, approximately 8 months ago. Pacemaker is working fine, on demand setting and activates only 2% of the time when my heartbeat goes below 40 per minute.

I am still uncomfortable/tight in the pacemaker site but that will probably be something that I willl have to live with.
Prior to the pacemaker (I am age 67) I did 20 pushups a day and used my rowing machine twice a week for 15/20 minutes a session.
Rowing and pushups will put considerable pressure on the pacemaker site.
Does anyone have experience with these two excercises and how they might affect the scar tissue and 2 lead wires?
Thank you,

Posted by jue on 2014-10-24 16:43. 5 comments. 123 reads
Hi All,
I will be 9 days post pacemaker replacement surgery tomorrow.
As I have been good and not lifting my arm, my hair is a total mess.
I am planning to have a wash and blow at the hairdressers tomorrow to make myself feel better.
Is anyone aware of any issue with using a hair dryer straight after replacement?
Thanks peeps x

Posted by Eliprz52 on 2014-10-24 15:36. 3 comments. 66 reads
well after waiting many weeks i got the pacemaker.its one made by biotronik in lake oswego was done very fast.i remember talking the the people then woke up after they were was crazy cause i could feel some pain but i somewhat out.thestaff at kadlac were very i just have to adjust to living with the pacemaker.from reading the posts here it should go wife and family have been very supportive and can feel luck about that.

Posted by rolson on 2014-10-24 14:03. 8 comments. 190 reads
This has been a difficult year for me. My mother, who I was very close to passed away on November 8, 2013. I live clear across the USA from her so getting there was a challenge and I barely go there in time to say good bye to her. I have been plagued with stress ever since. I thought it was due to that loss. I have gained fear of driving and what I thought was panic attacks and any given moment. I fainted at work on September 3 2014 and thought it was due to stress as my job was going through LOTS of changes and I guess I do not handle change well. After 2 months of tests and trips to the emergency room for neck pain, back pain, chest pain Thyroid nodules, biopsies of said nodules and heart monitors, it seems I have both a very low (35) be...

Posted by IAN MC on 2014-10-24 13:11. 31 comments. 489 reads
I thought that would get your attention, especially all you dog-owners !

As a runner , I like to get out every few days and take the PM for a spin, test its Rate Responsiveness and enjoy the fresh air .
So I was happily doing my usual 3 miles through the local woods this morning when an old woman and a DOG appeared !

" It won't hurt you " she said as the love-of-her life came bounding towards me and started growling and jumping up and pawing me. It was fortunately a smallish dog so couldn't reach pacemaker level but it DID hurt me. In fact it sunk its teeth into my right knee .

To cut a long story short, I have just returned from the local hospital where I have had 5 stitches !!

So I genuine...

Posted by ballydhanoa on 2014-10-24 10:06. 0 comments. 67 reads
hello friends m/20 on my second pm replaced 2 month before. from few days i am feeling my heart sometimes is beating in disorder. in a day when i am in resting position it beats in disorder for 2,3 days for 15,20 minutes then after that it start beating in order. is this is some serious problem or normal? i am CHB patient having medtronic kappa 400 dual chamber DDDR mode type. my question is this disorder is normal ? i feel my heart is beating in disorder Any suggestions ?

Posted by iforget1 on 2014-10-24 10:01. 6 comments. 152 reads
So here is my basic question:

Has anybody ever applied for SOC SEC disability based on the fact they have Bradycardia,A/Vblock. Falling down but never a "passing out" under age 47?

My job entails basically the same things as an automotive mechanic plus teaching in auto shop classroom. Its very stressful and physically demanding.
Mind you I also have a very elevated diaphragm on my left side and looks like the lung is not working at full capacity.
And history of B-Celllymphnoma.
My job basically says when and i,f I comeback they don't want me back in the shop and I'm already finding they are making things difficult for me. My superior told me over phone I should try to get SOCSEC disability.

Posted by J00ney on 2014-10-24 07:26. 4 comments. 120 reads
Hello all,
Just seeking some advice please.
Had a 2 lead PPM Implanted in January 2014.
Recovered well with a new lease of life with all the energy I have.
Last saw Cardiologist in Sept. He said the interrogation showed I was using the atrial lead 80% of the time.
Told him that every so often I get like a twitching sensation which at times is uncomfortable. It is sort of just to the left of the sternum half way down. I guess it is the ventricular lead which, although on is not firing at all.
I asked the Cardiologist if it was the lead sort of floating around but he said 'no' as the lead would be endotheliased which I take to mean that it is imbedded within the blood vessel wall. I did have this same sensati...

Posted by Lizzie on 2014-10-23 23:47. 2 comments. 77 reads
Hi everyone,
Just had my yearly check. Noticed on print out that AFib suppress mode was off. I have a lot of trouble with AF.. Asked for it to be on.
Short story, two days later 8 hour bout AFib. Made no difference at all. I have St JudevZephyr in snce 2009.
Anyone else get help from Afib with their PM?

Posted by iforget1 on 2014-10-23 20:10. 5 comments. 129 reads
I had a Biotronik dual lead installed about 9-20-14 on my R side due to complications in getting leads in L arteries.

This was done because I had SOB,dizzyness,falling,and can't climb stars. Went to hospital and they found a heart beat of 40 and lower chambers only beating every other beat sometime and sometimes not at all!. Basically they found a A/V heart block and i think its called sinoscope.along with an abnormal thyroid. I did pass two lyme disease tests but think i should get checked again by some specialist for lyme again??

For today I'm just wondering does anybody have random dull/sharp pains in chest near heart? Its very random sometimes happens if I'm stressed but often times happens if I'm simple sittin...

Posted by mrdredge on 2014-10-23 16:48. 8 comments. 130 reads
I have a St Jude Pacemaker/Defibrialtor and was wondering if I could scuba dive and what the restriction would be?

Same questions for piloting an aircraft for pleasure? Recent laws have given flexibility for those folks with ICDs.

I know CA DMV will not allow a Class A commercial license with my installed unit anyone else have any input or thoughts on thiese topics?


Posted by AnastasiaR on 2014-10-23 16:40. 6 comments. 129 reads
I had pm surgery on Friday 17th. Have found it very painful but just about bearable. INR was low so have been having blood thinning injections twice a day as well as taking warfarin. After having quite a good day today,i'm back in a lot of pain and as well as the pain being all around the wound site, neck/shoulder/chest, i am experiencing pain down the middle of my chest. Is this part of the healing process? I'm starting to get worried.

Posted by davstecut on 2014-10-23 16:00. 6 comments. 123 reads
Anyone had any experience wearing a backpack? I am going to do some serious hiking, and I would like to know if I need to be worried that the shoulder strap will go just about over my pacemaker.

Posted by dkburnes on 2014-10-23 14:42. 3 comments. 124 reads
Never joined a group before. I have a Metronics pacemaker due to sick sinus syndrome. My heart rate was between 35-38. I have recently had the rate adjusted to 65 for day and 50 for night, which has helped me sleep a little better. When I wake up, I still feel like someone has been sitting on my chest and I get short of breath showering and drying my hair. I have had headaches for weeks and a real tenderness to my neck and shoulder on the side where the pacemaker was implanted.

I feel a pulling in my chest sometimes, too. How long does it take to trust that the pacemaker is working?

Posted by my4turtles on 2014-10-23 13:29. 14 comments. 253 reads
I had my pacemaker replaced almost 3 weeks ago. Thinking back now while in the hospital I was asking for more pain Meds 1-2 hrs after I had got a dose. I have awful pain from the front to the back of my shoulder blade. On a 1-10 scale way over 10!! To the point I'm in tears. I have double my hydrocodone taken it with Aleve as well as ibuprofen 800mg and it does nothing for the pain. This is my 4th pace maker and I have never had pain like this. And I can take pain I had 3 kids all natural and would do it all over again , that was easy compared to this pain. I went in and they took X-rays as they were thinking my shoulder might have got separated in surgery as well as my pacemaker might be infected again. They said the X-rays look good. We ...

Posted by Vikisez on 2014-10-23 13:24. 4 comments. 79 reads
I'm so glad I found this site. I'm a 68 year old female and I had aortic valve replacement in 2006 and now am preparing for a pacemaker due to irregular heartbeat. I have a consultation appointment with a doctor my cardiologist referred me to next Tuesday.

After reading some of the posts here, I know I've come to the right place. I'm nervous about the procedure and would like any suggestions any of you may have.

Posted by Suledan on 2014-10-23 12:45. 3 comments. 103 reads
I'm having a PM put in next month and I'm wondering about the recovery - what I can and can't do or expect to be able to do.
When it says you can't lift your arm up - does that extend to just wearing button up clothing post op ? If so for how long ?
Also I have 6 Labradors ( I'm an exhibitor ) - how long before I can take the dogs out on lead ? I use my left arm to hold the lead and they can sometimes pull on the lead if they see another dog.
Sorry if these are silly questions but I don't know what to expect.
Thanks Lesley

Posted by bhayward on 2014-10-23 12:33. 3 comments. 107 reads
Yesterday I went for my first 'Stress Test' since having the pacemaker impacted July 18th, 2014.

The Nurse monitoring the test had to call the Doctor over to explain a readin. Oh, he says, that is just the pacemaker firing off...

Still getting that sinking feeling after hearing some more reality.

Do not get me wrong, the place doing the test is the REHfit Centre in Winnipeg, one of the only certified medical/fitness centres in Canada - so I kind of feeling lucky to live here.

One thing is that they are not quite sure why I flat-lined. I eat ok (I do not nor ever have liked processed foods (They did not exist when I grew up) - I have vision problems, so I walk a lot. Having said that I work in...

Posted by Duke Heart Patient on 2014-10-23 10:09. 6 comments. 207 reads
So what are some of the funniest things you have heard about having a pacemaker or seen people with a pacemaker do ?

Posted by wjs1954 on 2014-10-23 09:21. 3 comments. 69 reads
just a update.
Surgery scheduled for 11-4. Doctor said because of PM surgery has to be done in hospital rather than OP Center. Also requires a cardiologist check prior, going today for that check up. looks like
no running or biking till after thanksgiving.Oh well could be worse, doctor said other than meniscus which will be fixed and a little arthritis of the knee i am good to go....

Posted by jangi1992 on 2014-10-23 08:25. 1 comments. 55 reads
I have severe hand and body tremor since 3 years ago, while i was having problems of low BP and trachycardia . after that I implanted with pacemaker. i want best medicine from this group of people to help me out. and have no any other physical complication. plz help

my age 72 years
weight 60 kg.

thanks in adavance

Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-10-23 07:15. 1 comments. 48 reads
Any pacer ladies use microcurrent facial machine ? Is it safe ?

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