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Posted by Loopy Lou on 2016-02-12 09:48. 1 comments. 59 reads
 
Hey guys - hope you are all well....

I had my 2nd P.m. yesterday.... all seems ok, just sore and bruised and swollen...

When they checked me prior to having the change, they said something about the old pm going into some sort of emergency mode, and had I been feeling well recently?

No, haven't been feeling at all well.... really out of breath (just walking) and very tired..... so cross that perhaps they should have done the change over a few months ago....

Also dreading the scar as at the very last minute the surgeon said he may have to do a new incision below or above the scar as if he did it over the old scar there maybe too much scar tissue?!! GRRRR!

But don't know what it look...


Posted by nirmalabatra on 2016-02-12 04:54. 2 comments. 44 reads
 
Hi

I am 71 years old diagnosed with Non Critical CAD , LEFT BUNDLE BRANCH BLOCK EF- 30-35% and have been advised to go for a CRT-D not sure that do I really require it or what will the benefits and can I tolerate it at this age.

Would love to know from all of you


Posted by FrancisA on 2016-02-12 04:53. 1 comments. 42 reads
 

I want to know if Can St Jude's Pacemaker PM2210 provide a recording of a specific time period. In order to find out if the pacemaker mal-functioned or some interference from external magnetic field or anything like that caused a problem, it would be helpful to get a report of heart function for a specific time period. Is that possible to obtain from St Jude's Pacemaker PM2210? How can that be done? Thank you very much.

Posted by BillH on 2016-02-11 18:56. 1 comments. 71 reads
 
Here are a couple of new studies using current devices and smartphones.

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/847277
This includes 2 studies. Both of these study where done on all types of devices. Both of these where presented at conferences and have not been peer reviews

The first is one fields from high tension power lines. Only devices that with high sensitivity settings unipolar leads.

""Things are always changing. So tell them that there are risks of EMI out there," she said. "However, don't live in fear. In this study, the risk was very small, which should reassure people and not create panic."

Dr Tommaso Infusino (Sant'Anna Hospital, Catanzaro, Italy) told heartwire that he has a parti...


Posted by KatrinaLee on 2016-02-11 10:10. 1 comments. 77 reads
 

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Posted by cadaverock on 2016-02-11 06:56. 1 comments. 61 reads
 
i have pacemaker with enlarged heart not to enlarge , will some walking on treadmill hurt me more or help me am 265 lbs 35 years old . and when i do exercise up to 3 miles per hour for 20 minutes per day my heart reaches almost 160 is that ok ? beats per minute i do not feel bad . i was just wondering if walking will help me

Posted by trailerboats on 2016-02-10 17:52. 2 comments. 113 reads
 
Hi!
I'll be assisting a surgical procedure in the next few weeks. Will the electrocautery affect my pacemaker if I am the surgeon's assistant?
Couldn't find topics about this so I had to ask.

Plus, should I avoid doing chest compressions for the meantime and opt for ambubagging? Im about 16 weeks out. I'm scared I might damage my leads if I do chest compressions.

Thanks!

Posted by chelsea_clio on 2016-02-09 22:47. 4 comments. 88 reads
 
Hi everyone,
I had an atrial pacemaker implanted in 2000 after an ablation of the sinus node and another in 2009. I'm due another box change and my electro physiologist has said that I will have an upgrade to a dual chamber as I now have left bundle branch block. Has anyone upgraded from a single to dual pacemaker?

Posted by frozenrope on 2016-02-08 09:29. 4 comments. 231 reads
 
Hello, I'm a 35 year old male, diagnosed with SA node dysfunction/sinus bradycardia(same thing I think). My resting heart rate is typically 40-41bpm, but I've seen it as low as 36 while awake.. I was instructed to document my HR when I'm feeling especially symptomatic. I've got a HR/BP machine at home.

I've probably had this problem since birth, I've always had a low pulse. When I was a kid, I remember passing out many times after standing up too quickly, maybe there's some orthostatic hypotension, not sure. BP has always been on the low end of normal. I've kind of learned to work around that, but I'm know if I got up too quickly, stretched and yawned I'd be out within seconds. I've had a few of these episodes recently.
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Posted by Patmellis on 2016-02-05 23:06. 2 comments. 146 reads
 
Hi
Had my pm implanted on 1/28. Everything went great and I recovered very quickly. Feeling much better. Then i started having thumping in my chest - it would start and stop. Before the day was out it just never stopped thumping. I went to hospital and it turns out the ventricular lead was not in place and apparently the pm was trying to do its job. Just kept trying thinking my heart was not doing its job. It was a bit scary. They stopped the programming to that lead for now and Tuesday I go in for a lead revision surgery. Now I'm just depressed. I did no exercising,didn't lift my arm above my shoulder or lift anything. Is this common?

Pat

Posted by lady4law on 2016-02-05 16:13. 2 comments. 118 reads
 
I may have to have radiation to my chest, and was wondering if any one here is a cancer survivor and undergone radiation to the area of the pacemaker. I am concerned the PM may burn out, short circuit, or something worse, during or because of the treatments

Posted by Suz2015 on 2016-02-05 13:22. 16 comments. 402 reads
 
Wondering if most folks with a PM wear a med alert "charm' ...not sure if I should...

Posted by IAN MC on 2016-02-05 08:47. 13 comments. 366 reads
 
There is an interesting report in the UK press this morning where comments from two UK cardiologists are reported.

Both state that the business model for PM manufacturers is not working in the best interests of pacemaker patients.

Batteries used in PMs last usually between 6 and 10 years, then the PM is replaced and that is where the manufacturers make their money. The manufacturers are refusing to use batteries with a much longer life ( and these are available apparently ) in their pacemakers/ ICDs because they have no financial incentive to do so.

These two cardiologists state that it is wrong that patients are being exposed to surgical risk by far more frequent PM replacements than is necessary. <...


Posted by Bernard on 2016-02-05 06:02. 5 comments. 165 reads
 
Over the past few months my heart has been beating at up to 84bpm when at test, even though my pm is set at a minimum of 60 bpm. My GP read my pulse at 84, thought this was strange and sent me off for an ecg, which showed 68. And I was sent to see the Cardio. The pm was tested and declared OK. I tried to get an explanation about the high readings, and was told that these may be due extraneous factors, such as a possible virus. Generally however the pm was working very much within the normal range. Prior to these high readings, my pulse was pretty much always at around 60 at rest.
Anybody had similar experiences or, clues as to what might be going on?

Posted by Grateful Heart on 2016-02-03 02:38. 2 comments. 121 reads
 

Below is a link to a youtube video made a few years ago by AHA and Elizabeth Banks (a comedy actress) on women ignoring warning signs for a heart attack. She does it with humor but the message is "Listen to your body".

I would think this should apply to men as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JI487DlgTA

Grateful Heart



Posted by madbeach on 2016-02-02 15:06. 5 comments. 208 reads
 
Is it save to use a bathroom scale that measures body fat with a pacemaker?

Posted by Roys on 2016-02-01 22:24. 2 comments. 159 reads
 
Will a portable ECG work with a Pacemaker? I have been looking at some on ebay.
Cheers Roy

Posted by TraceyE on 2016-02-01 20:27. 14 comments. 272 reads
 
Got my shiny new St Judes 2240! Checked in at 6am, was headed home by 11am. Inhaled some lunch, took a nap, did a quick client project that came in this morning. Haven't had more than a tylenol so far, tho the local hasn't worn off yet so I may change my tune later.

Posted by LGooders78 on 2016-02-01 13:32. 2 comments. 204 reads
 
Hi All,

At 37, I had a pacemaker fitted back in June 2015 (Complete heartblock/2 leads) as I had a low heart rate of around 30 and had constant chest pains throughout 2014(and being nagged to get it all checked up by the wife & work). I personally feel it has nothing to do with the heart and could be my lungs/stomach as they found no scaring on my heart with my MR Scan but they couldn't find any problems and believe raising my heart rate would improve things. Since having the operation, I still feel tired and am suffering from pains (now in my right side of my chest) which last all day/night like an aching/stitch pain. I've had a few check ups at the hosiptal that say my pacemaker is working fine. I personally feel the pacemake...


Posted by Bjtroiano on 2016-02-01 04:18. 2 comments. 131 reads
 
I'm a new member, just got my CRT last week. Has anyone ordered the soft touch seat belt attachment or the Hercomfort pad that hooks to the bra? I was wondering if they help with the uncomfortableness.



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