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Posted by scorpfan on 2015-01-27 20:38. 5 comments. 73 reads
 
Hi - I am getting close to needing my pm changed, but not in ERI yet, or at least not two weeks ago. I have been feeling absolutely fine without problems with stairs or walking in general, but all of a sudden 2 days ago I started not being able to walk up stairs or moving fast without getting short of breath. I don't feel dizzy or about to faint but weak and it gives me a head ache after getting to the top of stairs. It feels a lot like when I initially needed the pm. I am 100% paced.
Do any of you think it has to do with the pacemaker getting old, or something else. What really worries me is how sudden it came on. Besides that I feel fine, no chest pain or tightness, and no cold.No water retention either. I know I have to go to my ca...


Posted by Louise on 2015-01-27 18:50. 4 comments. 65 reads
 
Greetings....

First let me say l have learned so much since starting to read the posts this morning. So many of my questions have been answered which has made a huge difference.
I received my PM a week ago. After experiencing endless brady the PM was installed. I'm a 63 year old, highly active female. This pounding heart beat began on Sunday which took me off guard. I was just wondering if this is common post op.
I went for a short walk today, anxious to be back to my 5K walks. It appears it will be quite a while before l can return to my walking program. I became very tired in very short period of time. However l will attempt it again in a few days.
Enjoy your day all

Posted by maureen.coxsey on 2015-01-27 09:56. 3 comments. 97 reads
 
Hi Everyone

Its been a while since I have been on the site, hope your all pacing well.

Can anyone tell me what are the symptoms of bad leads or displacement are.

I am not feeling my best age 57 I am tired, plagued by PVC and I am having the odd dizzy spell, just a fast speed wobble if you know what I mean, lasts a second or two its nothing major but add them all together and I thought maybe its my leads ??
My leads are 18years old in march was thinking of having a party for them hehe

Any ideas

Maureen

Posted by Stacey19 on 2015-01-27 04:40. 1 comments. 45 reads
 
Thinking about going back can you work as a cashier on the tills all day

Posted by lisabfit on 2015-01-26 23:53. 4 comments. 89 reads
 
I'm 42 yrs old and in complete heart block due to an SVT ablation gone wrong- my symptoms are low HR, a bit tired, and my HR does NOT increase properly during exercise - can get up to 105bpm...of course - stress and worry - are a constant.

The Dr's are telling me I need a PM -not urgently - but that it is the only fix to get the top & bottom chambers talking again... and I find myself minimizing my symptoms - in fear of moving forward with the procedure.

It's been about 2 months since the ablation - and I do worry about my symptoms getting worse - i.e - what if I faint while driving? The Dr's tell me I'm stable - but they don't have a crystal ball either...I think it makes sense to be pro-active-and make sure I'm ...


Posted by Grateful Heart on 2015-01-26 19:28. 13 comments. 163 reads
 

So the east coast of the US is experiencing a blizzard. The snow is coming down now and we are expecting 2-3 feet of snow before it's over.

So tomorrow there will be snowmen cropping up all over town.

My dilemma is.....what do I use for the PM on my snowman? I don't have a spare.

Any suggestions?

Grateful Heart

Posted by jbjlll on 2015-01-26 12:47. 4 comments. 83 reads
 
I had my first pacemaker implanted in 2003, Hardly ever knew I even had it. That one lasted almost 9 years and then was replaced with the second device. In early 2014 Dr. detected some evidence of fluttering/fibrillation and implanted a Defibrillator. All units were Medtronic. With both Pacemaker I was able to be very active and until the Defibrillator was implanted I could walk 15 to 20 miles a week. After the Defibrillator implant I never could get back to the old energy level and have had much more difficulty with shortness of breath. Medtronic tech says the unit is operating as it should be and I do have a bedside wireless monitor. However, I still feel much worse than with the Pacemakers. Has anyone else had a similar experie...


Posted by winesa on 2015-01-26 11:06. 2 comments. 84 reads
 
I was fitted with a PM 7 weeks ago, and have recently decided to wear a silver cross on a silver necklace. Will this have any effect on my device, please.

Posted by fishingmema on 2015-01-26 10:21. 5 comments. 106 reads
 
Hello everyone! I've looked at a lot of messages but none are answering my question. I had a dual chamber pacemaker put in one week ago. Is it bad to bend over at the sink to get my hair washed? Also can you feel when your PM kicks in? Thanks in advance! Charlene L.

Posted by duckblossm on 2015-01-26 01:20. 3 comments. 95 reads
 
I would like to hear success stories from people who got pm's because they had a-fib. Did it help? Thanks so much!

Posted by duckblossm on 2015-01-26 01:17. 4 comments. 79 reads
 
I am planning to have an AV ablation plus a pm.
I have heard that it is possible to have the procedure under only local anesthesia.
I have myalgic encephalomyelitis, also know as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. There is no evidence, only anecdotes, but many docs say be sure NOT to use certain classes of anesthesia as a safeguard, because some pts have been seriously affected by anesthesia.
How do I get through to the ep? He refused to talk to me on the phone. Actually I think I need to talk to an anesthesiologist.
Does anyone know anything about any of this. There is not a big choice of electro guys in this area.

Posted by hatetheidea on 2015-01-25 21:57. 7 comments. 146 reads
 
At the age of 50 I was told that I had a low pulse (at rest lowest 31), irregular heartbeat, & some fibrillations. I went through a battery of tests, had 2nd & 3rd opinions & was told that my heart was strong, it corrected itself & I would need one someday. That was 10 years ago. I do not take any medications for my heart, originally did, but did not like how it made me feel. Have worked out pretty strenuously at the gym 3-4 times a week - full body workouts - for the past 4 years. Recently had an alleged TIA and now my cardiologist is pushing hard for me to get a PM. I cannot take coumadin-but take baby aspirin. Basically saying I will need one someday so why not now since alleged TIA. Anyone deal with clots and PM. I am highly r...


Posted by T.T. on 2015-01-24 21:33. 4 comments. 67 reads
 
Hi everyone I am new to this site and just which to say HELLO!!!!

Posted by Ronniecolorado on 2015-01-24 09:57. 4 comments. 138 reads
 
Good morning,

I'm curious as to how many of us are currently taking/or have taken Amiodarone long term...and if any have experienced adverse side effects.

I'm coming up on two years at 200mg with no side effects...and monitored regularly.

Thanks!

Ron



Posted by mytrose43 on 2015-01-23 15:06. 4 comments. 205 reads
 
Just a quick question i have a st jude pacemaker am i understanding you right that you should not let anyone use a wand on you .i on occasion have to do to the local courts and i either can walk thru the metal detector or use the wand i usually have them use the wand so i am a bit confused what is safe and what is not?

I read another post that i am questioning the wand I thought it was safe

Posted by sunshinewishes on 2015-01-22 20:36. 0 comments. 59 reads
 
If you go online and type in "overweight and heart failure", you will find several interesting articles to read. sunny

Posted by sarastribling on 2015-01-22 11:38. 9 comments. 230 reads
 
Can you tell when your pacemaker kicks in ? I have low heart rate. My heart this morning just sped up for about one minute. Then subsided.

Posted by Vinnie on 2015-01-21 19:30. 3 comments. 128 reads
 
Check it out

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2015/jan/20/las-vegas-hospital-gets-tech-boost-cardiac-care/#livefyreComments

Vinnie

Posted by Gotrhythm on 2015-01-21 16:11. 2 comments. 117 reads
 
Today I learned I might need an MRI, but the orthopedist doubted if any hospital in my small NC city would be up to the task. My PM is not MRI compatible.

I know it can be done at Johns Hopkins and I would travel there if necessary, but I'd rather stay closer to home if I can. Does anyone know if Duke, UNC or Bowman Gray have MRI capability for PM patients? Or somewhere else--in Virginia or the Carolinas, even Georgia?

BTW the dr was really impressed at how much I knew about MRI and PMs. I didn't tell him I learned it all at the PM Club.


Posted by sprysenior on 2015-01-21 14:06. 5 comments. 167 reads
 
First PM implanted in December. How long does it take for the site to become less sensitive? Can't let the bra strap touch it because it gets sore. Any suggestions?



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