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Posted by donr on 2015-02-15 20:50. 2 comments. 440 reads
 
Several times, I've discussed how "Hard" the guts of our PM/ICD's are. I always mention that we have the same technology as the guidance computers of the latest rover sent to Mars. I've seen this animation before on YouTube, but forgot where it is. Well, it came floating into my IN BOX a few days ago, so since a photo is worth a thousand words, thought I'd pass the link on to you all so you can SEE what I mean, rather than trying to visualize my myriad of words.

If any of you think you can do worse to your PM/ICD than this, I'll send you to my #2 daughter for arm wrestling. You are beyond Arnold Schwartzenegger!

ENJOY!!!!!
https://www.youtube.com/embed/XRCIzZHpFtY?rel=0

Donr

Posted by WEEZIE on 2015-02-13 18:09. 3 comments. 386 reads
 
I have had both breast removed because of cancer, 5 month ago I had to get a pacemaker, it continues to hurt and swell , could this be because of the lack of lymph notes and tissue from the other surgery

Posted by Cabg Patch on 2015-02-11 13:25. 13 comments. 649 reads
 
It's always sad when someone passes, even though in our situation it's not unexpected, but even more heart rending when it's someone like Smitty. I regret to inform you that Smitty passed away in October during a brief hospital stay.

For those who're new here, Smitty was the heart of this site for many many years and helped countless members with advice, information, and impish humor. His information and guidance was always spot on and you could count on him as a shoulder to lean on anytime you needed advice or just a shoulder. And not to forget the love of his life for 65 years, Dot who was always by his side and kept him out of too much trouble.

Smitty was one of the first to offer me help when I first came here ar...


Posted by MelodyMarch on 2015-02-08 22:47. 13 comments. 635 reads
 
Just curious of how many of us have imbibed the brewskis a few too many and what reactions your heart or devices had. Also if your doctor could figure out on your interrogating which nights you went "livin the night life" so to speak.

I probably had a few too many this weekend, to the point I was expecting a hard core hangover the next morning, but I didn't have one. Wonder if sparky helped in that factor....hmmm.

Anyway, looking for some of the forums thoughts on drinking while wired.

Posted by Vmurph on 2015-02-01 09:36. 2 comments. 348 reads
 
Hey guys I hope all is well. I hope this is okay to post in here, if not I guess the admins will delete it and I apologize.

I'm part of an anthology to benefit the American Heart Association, a cause near and dear to my heart. I have a pacemaker and I've had 4 mini-stokes.
I wanted to share it in here in case there are any romance readers that would like enjoy something like this that hits close to home.
Only 99 Pennies for over 1900 pages of Romance!
Nine Authors, nine stories and over nineteen hundred pages of romance come together in this anthology to raise awareness and benefit the American Heart Association. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. Help us make a difference. Go Red and Speak Red. All pro...


Posted by maria61 on 2015-02-01 04:52. 5 comments. 1137 reads
 
Hi all
My 17 yr old son had a PM fitted 2 years ago for bradycardia. It is his dream to follow a career in sound engineering. Having done some research this is a highly electrical/magnetic environment. Does anyone know if there is a reliable protective vest available on the market?? it would have to be something tailor made.
Many thanks

Posted by Travg on 2015-01-27 13:21. 6 comments. 393 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. 571 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. 446 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. 316 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. 365 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. 238 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. 336 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. 545 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. 394 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. 246 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. 223 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. 347 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 bstrong on 2014-10-25 08:44. 5 comments. 706 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. 471 reads
 
Who do you think will win ? SF or KC ?



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