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Posted by Travg on 2015-01-27 13:21. 6 comments. 89 reads
 
Doc has talked me into second ablation , last one done a year ago and he is claiming 80 to 85 percent success odds this time, comments? Should I just go to pacemaker instead of this journey again? I had a tremendous amount of pain on the first go around and he said they would do better job of pain mgt. this time anyone else have huge amount of pain, thanks sorry so many questions.

Posted by Cabg Patch on 2015-01-20 12:56. 5 comments. 336 reads
 
Those who know me might be surprised that I am not always upbeat and light hearted as it were, but can also struggle with this monster we call heart disease. Well, here I sit this morning struggling with a decision that I was told last night needs to be made sooner than later.

I have known for some time the direction things were going, and even before the results of my latest echo were in I knew that things were degrading to critical levels. When bending down to tie your shoe laces results in a struggle for breath and getting up from a seat causes that light headed sensation so many of us enjoy, and Angina as a constant companion, it is fairly obvious things are not going as well as we would hope.

So last night after ...


Posted by ellie on 2015-01-18 11:07. 3 comments. 139 reads
 
had triple bypass dec 2013 and biventricular defibulator implanted in sep 2014. Just fell down the porch steps due to black ice. Tylenol is not working. did anyone take aleve?

Posted by cmartin2930 on 2015-01-17 00:52. 2 comments. 126 reads
 
Hey, this is Christopher again. I'm a new member on here. How do I check the comments for my postings? if you know how please send it to me in a message or a private message.

Thank you

Posted by Cabg Patch on 2015-01-12 10:42. 7 comments. 220 reads
 
Tracey, I just saw your photo in the members gallery...congratulations. 46 minutes and 23 seconds and was that the 100 yard dash by chance, because that would be a good time for me were I to run it.

It's nice to see members overcoming and thriving

Patch

Posted by ROBO Pop on 2015-01-07 13:05. 1 comments. 106 reads
 
Additional information on the topic of artificial hearts. http://tucson.com/business/local/article_29ce5116-fefc-58e3-ade1-7545768b001c.html

Attractive bling...No?

Posted by ROBO Pop on 2015-01-05 16:06. 4 comments. 188 reads
 
With the rapid advancement of technology today, many options are becoming available to treat heart conditions that once were hopeless. Pacemakers, ICD's and CRT's are all accepted and now a part of society. Most who rely on them don't give it much thought.

With the severe shortage of organs available for transplant, options such as the total artificial heart are becoming more and more common for use as a bridge to transplant. This technology has allowed patients to be kept alive until a donor heart becomes available. Even so, many of those patients have a long wait of years before a tissue heart is available.

Still the numbers of patients in need of a transplant far outpace donors and the race is lost by many. To re...


Posted by graham1 on 2014-12-27 04:12. 2 comments. 203 reads
 
Hi.
I was given an up.jawbone movement/sleep monitor for Christmas and although the manual says nothing about pacemakers it does refer to the emission of radio signals. Does anyone have experience of these gadgets and can they affect pms?
GEW

Posted by donr on 2014-12-25 01:27. 6 comments. 280 reads
 
....or Happy Holidays, as the season you celebrate is recognized.

As a Christian, I like to share the joy of our holidays; why should we keep our happiness to ourselves? Would you prefer that we wish you a miserable day? How about a "Bah! Humbug!"? Or perhaps a "Go suck a rotten cobra egg!"?

It is our mandate to share with the world, regardless of faith. Like the man on the road to Samaria who fell amongst thieves & was left to die, we stop to help the fallen w/o asking their tenets. Hurricanes, volcano eruptions, tsunamis; name the disaster and location & we will go to help - we do not need to be asked, we just go. All this from a book called "Tin Lanh" - but more on that later.

16 minutes ago, 25...


Posted by funone on 2014-12-24 17:39. 3 comments. 154 reads
 
It would seem that the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross would be a very good resource of information
as well being a supporter for any one that has gone thru heart surgery as well getting a pacemaker implant. Let just say this there were no support here in Phoenix, either there was messages left for them with no call backs, or a person is given a different number to call, as still get voice mail, with no call backs.
Spent endless hours truly tying to get the support one needs after having such post traumatic operation - an still no call back.
Thanks for hearing me Vent - BTW: on a personal note don't donate to these charities, for the most of the money goes to the CEOs and not where it should go ...

Posted by Daisho on 2014-12-24 12:30. 2 comments. 121 reads
 
Enjoy this holiday and congrats to all of us who are still here and operating due to our little implanted friends and a quiet reflective thought for those who are not. We have much to be thankful for if we simply take the time to see that.

Wishing you all the best and keep pacing.

Pat

Posted by jojobonnie on 2014-12-15 13:56. 3 comments. 219 reads
 
HI All,

Does any body have days when they just feel totally exhauated? I'm on my second pm now since Jan 2010

Posted by Cabg Patch on 2014-12-12 11:49. 9 comments. 402 reads
 
This morning while walking the dogs, I found my mind wandering into that dark realm again, and pondering a lingering question.

Like many of you, I'm sure, my expiration date is long past according to the expert soothsayers (doctors). People with my issues at the advanced stage of heart failure rarely make it as long as I have.

As I've mentioned several times, I am the topic of discussion for my Cardiologist and his team. To quote, "We can't figure out how somebody can do so much with so little". They ponder what I'm doing right in hopes of helping others extend their life while maintaining quality.

I am convinced it's 90% attitude. I make light of my medical travails and don't take myself too seriously.


Posted by Cabg Patch on 2014-11-26 10:50. 5 comments. 265 reads
 
Tomorrow is once again the Thanksgiving holiday here in America. Many of us refer to it as Turkey day as that is the favored meal for this celebration, an estimated 46 million turkeys will be served tomorrow.

In keeping with this tradition, as well as my own, I'll ask again this year. Anybody have a good recipe for ICD roasted turkey? Will I need to worry about it coming back to life on the table if I use my ICD to cook it? Where should the leads be inserted? Well you get the idea.

All advice appreciated.

Posted by Cabg Patch on 2014-11-14 11:04. 7 comments. 429 reads
 
I believe in one of Blake's past survey's here, it was established that one of the most frequently asked questions, if not the top one is whether a computer will affect our electronic pocket pals. In fact there's one posted just a couple before this post.

Lately I've noticed that the PaceMaker Club has been having some issues and been down, in fact yesterday I couldn't log into the site.

Suddenly it dawned this morning over coffee...All this time we've been worried about the impact of interference from the computers and net on our devices when in fact it's the internet that's at risk when we are all on-line.

Maybe there should be a warning about too many pacemaker recipients congregating together at one ...


Posted by bstrong on 2014-10-25 08:44. 5 comments. 489 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 Duke Heart Patient on 2014-10-21 16:22. 7 comments. 360 reads
 
Who do you think will win ? SF or KC ?

Posted by pattie on 2014-10-18 01:13. 3 comments. 301 reads
 
Hello im new to all of this and its hit me like a brick!! Ive got tons of questions but I'll start with can i get a tattoo 2-3 weeks in the area area of the pacemaker? And 2nd question, how am i supposed to feel after a pacemaker? Im 47 and i dont know how this happened, one minute im told i have HCM then my cardiologist says i also need a pacemaker..... and my emotions are all over the board!

Posted by Skyking on 2014-09-26 14:05. 0 comments. 261 reads
 
Got an LVAD last month and STILL have my ICD.

Posted by highdesert on 2014-09-22 17:03. 6 comments. 338 reads
 
Just wanted to share a picture of my new friend Max... a 9 week old miniature schnauzer. Stop by the member photo gallery and say hello!! Gary



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