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Posted by KenE on 2016-04-29 01:21. 0 comments. 4 reads
 
A month ago I had a St Jude PM2212 installed and I am still getting used to it. Can anyone tell be what it measures in order to adjust the heart rate and how I can control it. For example if it monitors acceleration can I carry out a sudden movement to trigger a higher heart rate. Also, what information does the Merlin transmit.

Posted by ac204 on 2016-04-28 19:24. 4 comments. 53 reads
 
Hi, I was told I have 3rd degree heart block @ age 33 male. While in hospital I went into complete block at 18bpm, I was standing up when this happened. I have a MedtronicA2DR01, i feel pretty good most of the time i am just tired of being sore, i am sure it is due to not having full range of motion.
I have issues getting down on the floor or squatting for more than a few min then my bpm starts to drop and i get a little light headed, is this normal or is my body still trying to get used to the pacemaker? Doc told me i am paced at 70bpm and it will not fall below that but it has dropped to around 52? should i be concerned? i have a doc appt in 2 weeks and i have lots of questions, but i feel as i would get a more experienced answ...


Posted by ROBO Pop on 2016-04-26 21:25. 10 comments. 270 reads
 
Loss of faith in God

With my medical travails that I have enjoyed over the past year, I find myself struggling of late with a life altering loss of faith. To be more specific, I have lost confidence in God, and am not sure I can overcome these feelings that maybe I have been deluding myself all along, and quite frankly suspect that, had I looked more closely instead of blindly following on faith alone, I may well have recognized the warning signs far sooner and perhaps even taken another path.

My parents taught me much while I was young, and I'm sure that much of my belief system was formed while under their purview, still, I am my own person and draw my own conclusions based on my own research and experience, so ...


Posted by wjd129 on 2016-04-26 18:56. 0 comments. 39 reads
 
HI! I had a PM put in in 2005 due to AF. I just had a replacement I thought of the unit due to exhausted battery. This was done in hospital in the Kansas City area. I just received the bill. The total for all medical services was $17274.39.

After seeing what others have paid I feel lucky!!!!!!!

I am still unable to do much physical labor without wearing out rather quickly. However at 87 it seems reasonable

Posted by beaddot on 2016-04-25 01:20. 7 comments. 143 reads
 
I'm not sure where my post would go so I'll just post it here in the general postings. I got my pacemaker last month so I'm probably still recovering but I seem to be short of breath alot. Just doing the littlest of things wipes me out. I monitor my rate multiple times of days and it seems to be in the 80's and 90's. Loading the washing machine this morning it raised to 117, I have an appointment with my primary dr tomorrow and my pacemaker rep/cardiologist next month. Is this something that is normal? I do plan to bring it up tomorrow but should I call my cardiologist and get in sooner? By the way, I am a 55 yr old female who is somewhat out of shape but never this bad.

Thanks
Dot

Posted by Bec on 2016-04-24 12:11. 1 comments. 142 reads
 
Hi

I am waiting on feedback from Medtronic in relation to a proposed 135MV Solar Farm to be built across the road. My Specialist or his Australian Rep don't know of anyone with a pacemaker living near a solar farm and my Specialist replied that my concerns of EMF & RF are reasonable but is waiting on the Medtronics Techs what they think.

I have worked in the electricity industry and have experienced RF and EMF from electricity infrastructure all built to Australian Standards so I am quite concerned at the proposed site being built opposite us.
Does anyone here live next to one and if so have you had any problems?
We live in the bush and never would have thought in a million years we could end up with 480 00...


Posted by Walnut on 2016-04-23 01:59. 3 comments. 220 reads
 
Should I be telling my auto insurer (Wisconsin) I have a pacemaker?

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Posted by Alex1 on 2016-04-20 23:14. 3 comments. 157 reads
 
I've been doing well with my new pacemaker but tonight my heart feels like it's beating fast. Daughter checked my pulse and it feels normal but I don't feel right. Feels like it's speed up and slowing down. Dual chamber, pacemaker dependent. Anyone have any thoughts? Scared. Just saw the doctor today and he said I look good.

Posted by raja0799 on 2016-04-20 20:39. 1 comments. 156 reads
 
Being a new recipient of the PM, I struggled with the lead decision. I finally settled on one simply because I did not know enough. The Dr. Said he,would choose two, but only when the heart was in rhythm
And mine was not therefore the one lead and also I did not agree to shocking paddles.

Posted by Pm on 2016-04-18 17:13. 7 comments. 358 reads
 
Hi all. Hope everone is doing okay. Quick question. I think I was told when I got my pm 5 weeks ago that I'm not to have caffeine. But maybe I was dreaming. Ha, ha. I'm really not a coffee drinker, but I miss drinking Coke. Yes, I know it's not healthy, but once in a while? Any feedback would be so appreciated. Thanks. (I was dx with mobitz type 2 block.)

Posted by Pacman62 on 2016-04-18 09:07. 3 comments. 193 reads
 
Hi,

I have a dual chamber PM and I'm positive I'm in AF at the moment. I went to my GP about an hour ago and had an ECG and he claimed im not in AF, but I know the feeling well.

My cardiologist says a PM can make it hard for an ECG to detect AF because it takes over the paving of the verticals which gives a normal readout and s normal pulse rate.

Does anyone have any feed back on this?

I hope I can see my EP tomorrow to find out for sure otherwise it's a trip to the ED tonight.

Thanks

Posted by islandgirl on 2016-04-18 01:05. 1 comments. 119 reads
 
I have a Advisa DR MRI Surescan PM.
When I use my smartphone camera (iPhone 6) the image commonly jerks in correlation with my heartbeat, making it difficult to take photos.
Anybody having those issues?
I asked my EP and he wasn't sure. I'm not sure why I didn't show him, but I will or the Medtronic rep next time.

Posted by Athos on 2016-04-17 14:15. 9 comments. 361 reads
 
Hello All,

I am a 51 yo male just fitted wit ha CRT-D device. What is the general consensus on medical alert bracelets? I was looking at a water proof usb type but was wondering if that was useful or not?

Thank you in advance for your opinions!

Posted by helen1973 on 2016-04-15 21:54. 4 comments. 175 reads
 
I am having an issue, that I am hoping someone may have insight on. I am six weeks in with my pace maker, and I am a 43 year old female. I was feeling really good for the most part, as far as energy, and such. For the last 6 days, I have been on my cycle, and the last few days, I feel very drained and tired. Is this normal, or should I be concerned? Thank you in advance. My pm has been interrogated twice

Posted by Vikisez on 2016-04-15 02:13. 1 comments. 195 reads
 
I got my pacemaker in Sept. I'm back to work at QuikStop and we have touchscreen registers. If I use my fingertips the screen doesn't work but if I use a pencil eraser or the bed of my fingernail it works fine. Can the pacemaker affect my fingertips?

Posted by LucyB on 2016-04-15 01:27. 2 comments. 226 reads
 
Hi Everyone,

Just over 3 weeks ago while holidaying in the UK I had complete heartblock and received an emergency dual chamber pacemaker as a souvenir to take home to Australia with me.

I'm only 27 and before the pacemaker I have always been very active. I walked a min 10km per day and went to the gym to either swim or cross-fit 5 days per week. Since receiving my pacemaker just over 3 weeks ago I have lost 3.4 kilograms. I have been doing small walks for about 30 minutes twice a week and my eating habits have been worse since the pacemaker as I’ve been indulging in the occasional doughnut or cake which I generally never do. I’ve had my blood checked with my GP and everything is perfect so I think it could be ca...


Posted by TraceyE on 2016-04-14 12:57. 4 comments. 205 reads
 
To anyone who has gone off them, after you took the last dose, how long did it take until you didn't have any effects? I know the meds themselves don't last long in our system, but I expect it to take some time for the heart to adapt again.

Posted by Bookguy on 2016-04-13 18:17. 2 comments. 122 reads
 
I have eczema, big time! I'm getting the same run a round, where the dermatologist and cardio docs say: ask the ''other doc'' to OK lab tests.
So, does anybody know of an independent lab that I can send specimens to check for heavy metal poisoning? A name and phone number would be appreciated.
Thanks.

Posted by Nat on 2016-04-12 23:50. 3 comments. 171 reads
 
I am just about 87 yo...have had a PM for 4 yrs...regular and uneventful checkups...joined a gym for my debilitating arthritic knees...but I do get fatigued more than I like. "More than I like" meaning that a 45 minute walk fatigues me. Since the physical tests don't alarm my doctor, should I just accept that I am getting old and probably some other parts of me, such as my knees, are working in a diminished way?



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