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Posted by Theknotguy on 2015-04-20 15:50. 1 comments. 46 reads
 
Below is the address of a YouTube video of someone tearing apart an old Pacemaker with a single lead. Since it is a rectangular model and the IC chips in it are older I assume it's an older model. Actually the IC chips are ancient - 1975 era which is equivalent to Cuneiform writing as far as IC chips go.

One interesting point the narrator makes is the RFI part isn't activated until it is turned on by a heavy magnet. If the newer models of pacemakers follow the same pattern, it means your pacemaker can't be easily hacked by someone with a powerful radio since the pacemaker RFI part is always "off" until turned on by the pacemaker tech's magnet.

It is interesting to see how the pacemaker is assembled keeping in m...


Posted by ollie4494 on 2015-04-20 12:08. 4 comments. 87 reads
 
My name is Oliver. I'm 21 years old and I'm currently a second year Illustration student at Norwich University of the Arts, UK and I'm embarking on doing a project which is related to my condition. I suffer with Congential Heart Block and I'm fitted with a heart pacemaker. I want to create a conceptually illustrative book which encompasses how a pacemaker works and how it feels to have one implanted inside you, aimed at pacemaker patient's families and the general public. As research for this project, I'd like to hear of your experiences with the pacemaker, if you've ever had any difficulties and if you think this is a good idea :) This is purely for research purposes and will not be published. The reasoning behind this is that having some...


Posted by sigrunia on 2015-04-19 02:21. 4 comments. 73 reads
 
A Cheery Good Evening People :>)

I'm new with a pacemaker & want to do things correctly. Ur assistance to my queries would be greatly appreciated! I set up
my Merlin & Merlin Extension on 04/14/2015, sofar I've rec'd no
confirmation from anyone that my setup is working, I realize that
it's supposed to, however I'd like to know for sure. Do I have to reset my connection nitely or is one setup good for the duration?
Will someone make contact with me ?

Thx for ur courtesies & help.

sigrunia

Posted by Hot Heart on 2015-04-18 15:56. 0 comments. 81 reads
 
Hi everyone, I rarely get in here nowadays, I sort of forget I have a pm until I get my letter to go for my annual checkup, which is next month. Well, what a year it has been, I cannot believe it is 7 years since this quivering wreck of a woman found this site and poured her heart out, terrified of what life had to offer. Well...... when I hit 60 the kids took me on a road trip to US and Canada, it was awesome. I've had a busy year this year, started a flower business, had a grandson, my husband has retired and we go to the gym/swimming about 3 times a week and most weeks are getting short breaks all over the country from Groupon. I've started hiking again, I still find some of the real high peaks difficult, but that's due to my age an...


Posted by Mickey123 on 2015-04-18 14:06. 1 comments. 25 reads
 
I recently got my merlin wireless transmitter. It randomly alarms during the night. Someone told me it could be sleep apnea? I didn't think this machine monitors that??

Posted by gaman on 2015-04-18 13:07. 1 comments. 43 reads
 
For everyone who's had a subpectoral pacemaker implant, how long did it take for the swelling to go away? I've seen some progress in only a week post implant but I assume there will probably be some residual swelling for maybe a month? Also, device probably settles in a tad deeper over time?


Posted by NurseB on 2015-04-16 08:33. 12 comments. 212 reads
 
Hi there, I'm a 40 yr old female and have severe bradycardia. My resting pulse is 38bpm and it drops to 31 at night. My rhythm is normal. I'm knackered all the time (and have no reason to be... I work part time, no kids, lovely life....). I've always had a slow pulse but it seems to be getting lower. I'm fit, but no athlete! My doctor has suggested a pacemaker, she thinks it will help my symptoms. Anybody else had a similar experience they are willing to share?... Thank you in advance

Posted by magster on 2015-04-16 08:03. 4 comments. 128 reads
 
Hi all, am wondering if any of you have heard the name Bifasicular Block instead of complete heart block? Saw my EP and this is what he wrote on my paperwork along with SSS/sinus Brady and Tachycardia Brady. Wondering if he is just using these terms to get my insurance company to pay for tests he has ordered. My diagnosis has always been 3 rd degree heart block or complete heart block. PS? I feel fine..😀😀

Posted by bevlaar on 2015-04-16 04:28. 5 comments. 98 reads
 
Hi, I'm just over 4 weeks post op and feeling great,back to workand, although I've had to have two lots of voltage adjustments, in the main alls hunky dory!
However,occasionally I get these very strange flutters in my stomach - its almost like a nervous stomach and I can feel my heart beating fast (I do have Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia too)Its definetley not anxiety, but its the same as that feeling you get if your'eon a rollercoaster or a fast ride, like butterflies in the stomach.
It went on for hours last night and kept me awake - it gives me a full feeling too and I can't face anything to eat.
Anybody else get this and is it pacemaker related?

Posted by lisaannthompson on 2015-04-14 18:07. 9 comments. 198 reads
 
Hi im lisa i am scared i have sss i put off getting my pace maker till the 23rd of this month can yall answer what does it look like through your skin and does this hurt stuff like that thanks losa

Posted by jumpercablelady on 2015-04-14 01:55. 1 comments. 159 reads
 
Hello everyone can anyone please tell me what this means this what is what they are doing on May 5th way its written below

EPS / SVT ABLATION / +OR - PPM IMPLANT

Posted by NiceNiecey on 2015-04-13 21:23. 6 comments. 219 reads
 
Thank you to everyone (Angry Sparrow, Grateful Heart, Ellen, Donr, PJinSC, Sunny; hope I didn't forget anyone) who helped me with my recent problem of getting jolted by my PM even though I don't have a defibrillator!

Some of you suggested a diagnosis but I actually have a name for it: DIAPHRAGMATIC STIMULATION. As you thought, it is, indeed, a lead touching the diaphragm. There is no need to worry about it occurring while sitting up, just while horizontal. It is happening to me now when I lay on my side (esp left side) as well as flat on my stomach.

How did I find out? I called my best friend in another state (should have called her first). She's a nurse and teacher, has a daughter that is a cardiac unit nurse as...


Posted by Virginia on 2015-04-13 19:49. 5 comments. 149 reads
 
Did anyone experience a cough after the pm was inserted? Also how about a tightness in the throat and a feeling of discomfort upon taking a deep breath? Just had mine inserted 10 days ago. Am a very active person and this is somewhat bothersome.

Posted by IAN MC on 2015-04-13 14:31. 9 comments. 218 reads
 
rdman in a recent post touches on this subject and I don't have the background knowledge to add anything useful to golden_ snitch's comments but I do have a great interest in the choice of Pacemaker for active people

- I am very active as a runner and cyclist and currently have a Medtronic Advisa

- because I am fed up with having to tap the PM / stand on the pedals etc when cycling because of the limitations of the Medtronic accelerometer , I am thinking of switching to a Boston Scientific to enjoy the more physiological minute ventilation sensor.

- switching a PM before the battery has expired is obviously a big decision so I want to know from anyone :-

Just how good is the minute venti...


Posted by sexychick1 on 2015-04-13 11:07. 1 comments. 78 reads
 
hi i have had a pacemaker since birth and iv done everything iv wanted to for the past 28 years of mt life but iam planning a trip away in a few months and what to try scuba diving doctors said its ok but only to a certain deprh wondering if anyone has done this with a pacemaker and what and if it had an effect on them afterwards because id rather not if is going to effect my health and ruin my trip. thankyou

Posted by mego13 on 2015-04-13 09:18. 2 comments. 82 reads
 
Today marks my 5 year pacemaker anniversary! She sure does know how to make my heart go pitter patter! Battery life is still amazing, so I'm hoping the battery will last another 3-5 years! :)

Hope everyone else's pacemaker is treating them this great!!!

Posted by rdman on 2015-04-12 22:03. 4 comments. 186 reads
 
(To further clarify my 2113-09-15 post, the RF ablation for the intermittent atrial flutter that was performed in 2009 also resulted in an apparent over-burn 1st degree AV Block.)

Subsequent to my 2013-09-15 post, one year later, I again mentioned the Boston Scientific pacemaker (BS) with Minute Ventilator (MV) sensor to my E/P. Since he had poo-pooed it in 2013, I was very surprised when he now enthusiastically endorsed the MV sensor feature for my active life and agreed to schedule a pacemaker exchange during the following month.

Since I felt very good with the Medtronic Adapta (except that I could not attain a heart rate to match my rigorous bicycle rides without banging-on-the-can), at this point, I asked a nu...


Posted by slarnerd on 2015-04-12 16:35. 5 comments. 232 reads
 
If you go to Universal Studios and desire to ride ANY rides, do not let them know that you have a pacemaker. I took my children there (Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida) last week for spring break and they were banned from ALL rides when the park discovered they both had pacemakers. I hope sharing this helps someone else, it was devastating to my children who had looked forward to riding the rides at Harry Potter World for months. Ironically, at Disney in Florida we have requested and received cut-the-line passes when we visit in the summer because my daughter has vagal/syncope episodes in heat/sun. My kids are thrill seekers and they have the blessing of their cardiologist and pacer nurse to ride the rides - we've never had any probl...


Posted by 1977Scout on 2015-04-12 15:13. 4 comments. 116 reads
 
I have been with a St. Jude 2210, 2 lead PM since 2012. I had quintuple CABG in 2009. I have always been prompt with my Cardio visits/appts. Everything is good, I guess. My general question is:

I had a PM installed due to "heart block" (signal going from top to bottom/ atrium to ventricle) Is it possible the the scaring of the quintuple CABG caused the heart block? I mean, scar tissue would inhibit or even interrupt the electrical signals of the heart? I have been reading up on this problem, but am unable to find solid evidence of this. Anybody have any thoughts?

Posted by Newfie1980 on 2015-04-11 21:44. 16 comments. 297 reads
 
Hi again I'm posting on behalf of my wife who is a week and 2 days into having her pacemaker and we were both wondering what is the best way to have her to shampoo her hair without getting her incesion wet (this question is for any women in the group who has a pacemaker)



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