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Posted by Jewels on 2015-03-04 16:46. 4 comments. 45 reads
 
Hi, my name is Julie from Sydney Australia and I'm 42 years old.

I thought I was a pretty normal healthy person, going to the gym 4 times a week and walking my dogs everyday, although I have been having fainting attacks for about 4 years. On Saturday I was on the bus, going to meet 5 girlfriends for lunch, when I fainted on the bus, they called an ambulance and in the ambulance I flat lined for 10 seconds. On Saturday afternoon they inserted a wire temporary pacemaker and did emergency surgery on Sunday to insert a permanent Pacemaker.

My husband is currrently overseas skiing in Japan. My mum has come down to look after me but it's all a bit of a shock, to go from what I thought was a 'normal' person to this.


Posted by Motown61 on 2015-03-04 14:25. 0 comments. 6 reads
 
I'm new to this forum and not shy making friends. I've been blessed with 9 lives or 7 or 8 (lost count) and need folks like me who are ---battery operated to discuss and share support.
I'm you all have fantastic stories of hope and heartache.

God speed,
Motown61

Posted by karsch on 2015-03-04 06:27. 1 comments. 40 reads
 
I'd just like to thank everyone who responded to my question regarding how often a pacemaker works. The last time I went to the pacemaker clinic, I asked the technician the same question. He told me it works all the time. English is his second language and I think we misunderstood one another.

Posted by Alma Annie on 2015-03-04 01:04. 10 comments. 97 reads
 
I haven't been here for a while, as am in Melbourne with daughter. My son in law died 10 days ago from Melanoma. He never once complained about his illness. He left 3 small children. It makes my pacemaker seem a very small inconvenience
Alma Annie

Posted by Janec on 2015-03-03 12:46. 5 comments. 102 reads
 
I'm almost a month past surgery and I'm looking at picking my violin back up again.

The thing is, the shoulder rest is going to sit very close to, if not right on top of, where my PM is. (I haven't actually tried it yet, I'm not quite past the 30 days so I'm nervous to go mucking about around that area at all right now).

But regardless of whether I start playing again now or wait a week and start playing then, I know we're supposed to avoid messing with the device because it can cause it to shift. And when I play my violin I play it on a fairly regular basis so this is a concern for me.

I also can't imagine pinning something between my chin and PM is going to be all that comfortable going by what a seat ...


Posted by Griddlebone on 2015-03-03 10:14. 4 comments. 142 reads
 
Hi everyone. I had my PM implanted last September and all is going well. I'm still at 3V because the cardiologist wanted to leave it there for 6 months but I see him next month. I am hopeful he will adjust it down a bit. No adverse symptoms but I want the sucker's battery to last as long as possible.

As you all predicted, these days I forget I even have my little friend, except when the implantation site itches (not the scar, but the area) which is not even to the level of annoying, just interesting.

However, the medical community which ignored me for 58 years suddenly is very interested in me. My pulmonologist (sleep apnea) got curious about a dry, mild, persistent cough and sent me for pulmonary function tests. I fl...


Posted by Celast on 2015-03-03 08:17. 4 comments. 138 reads
 
I had a pacemaker fitted in December 2014,
I have notified the dvla, will they take my licence off me ?
The reason for the PM was fast heart and irregular beat,
Bit concerned now as could not survive without my car.

Posted by karsch on 2015-03-02 13:49. 4 comments. 178 reads
 
Does a pacemaker only work when it is needed? I have had a pacemaker fitted for 2:1 Heartblock

Karl

Posted by fishingmema on 2015-03-02 12:56. 3 comments. 109 reads
 
Going on my sixth week with my PM, I got brave and turned to sleep on my right side (PM on left). Well, my right arm was under my head (with a watch on)... all of a sudden I heard a quick little noise that sounded like a spring opening up (boingggg). Please dont think I'm crazy for I don't know if my watch made the sound or it was my PM. Anyone hear anyhing like this? Thanks!

Posted by ballydhanoa on 2015-03-02 02:30. 3 comments. 90 reads
 
hello all m/21/india i have been posted this problem many times. i am pacemaker dependent dual chamber patient of chb replaced in augest last year.so here is my problem from late november i have heart palpitation (i can feel irregular heart beats) the main problem is they are not for short time they bother me all the day. and that feeling is very annoying and bad. docyor did echo but the valves and heart structure is good.sometimes when m taking beta blocker heart palpitation goes away for 10,15 days then when i wake up then i feel again palpitation started. dont know what to do i am loosing my confidence and cannot concentrate on my studies.sometimes i wish better to be dead then living with palpitation plzzz someone help me out :((((

Posted by molly49 on 2015-03-01 18:33. 3 comments. 88 reads
 
Hi, I had an pacemaker on 02/02/15, no problems until now. The pacemaker feels as it has moved. Is that possible? Also, as of yesterday, I have pain near the implant, is that nornal?

Posted by jetson52 on 2015-02-28 22:56. 1 comments. 61 reads
 
Hi! I got my pacemaker/defibrillator 6/23/14. I haven't had any episodes and have never felt it before. The last two days I have been feeling a few twinges underneath and in my left breast. Nothing painful just kind of annoying. Should I be worried?!

Posted by Jayne26 on 2015-02-28 18:25. 0 comments. 33 reads
 
Just wanted to say it's been really good to read about everyone's experiences and feelings about having a pacemaker, I was told I needed one on Christmas eve and it was a bit of a shock even though I half expected it from looking up about slow pulse rate, it's 1 month since my implant now and I'm getting back to doing everything I did before (still haven't lifted my arm fully up in the air yet ) I got back on my horse this week for gentle hacks up the lanes but hoping to be back out competing again this year when we are both fit again 😀🐎

Posted by Runningmama on 2015-02-27 23:31. 7 comments. 104 reads
 
Hey Everybody!

Just wanted to share a milestone! Today I have successfully completed a four mile run without some kind of interruption (usually my own anxiety) since the little gadget moved into my heart. It has taken me four months to get back to normal training but I think I'm making it., getting there anyway...I was even 1/10 of a mile faster than pre gadget..added more weights back to my work out, too. Life is getting better...(knotguy is right)...

The sky is looking a little brighter and finally, I think I am gonna make it and all is getting back to normal, whatever that is...

Thanks to all that have helped me along this way, we totally are a "BOSS' bunch here at the club!

Have a great ...


Posted by kmom on 2015-02-26 13:39. 3 comments. 101 reads
 
for afib. Anyone had that?? going to have a consult soon about whether the procedure would benefit me or work for me what should I know?? just got back from 6 mo check and although I wasn't in afib but only 1% of time i'm having symptoms and I had something like more than 100 episodes in the last 6 months. no wonder I can't do anything ha! I am scheduling a consult with a surgeon to see if that would be a good alternative. i'm already on highest dose of Propafenone and she's starting me on Topralol to take at night. what we're trying to figure out now is the chicken or egg theory. I have still a lot of atrial tach which of course the mini maz won't help but she thinks that the atrial tach either might be causing the afib or the afib cau...


Posted by pattyvic on 2015-02-26 10:59. 3 comments. 151 reads
 
had my Pacemaker implant 3 years ago and suffer from Heart Palpatations what can I do?????? Sometimes they scare me have told my Cardiologist many times but she never seems to beable to help me..... should I change Doctors or just learn to live this way....worse thing I ever did haven't felt good one day since this operation.

Posted by dean20 on 2015-02-26 04:19. 0 comments. 46 reads
 
Found a solution to all those who would like to use top end watches and have the heart rate monitor work....http://www.scosche.com/rhythm-plus
or you could use
http://www.mioglobal.com/Mio-LINK-Heart-Rate-Band-Grey/Product.aspx?ProductID=14

Both use the led light technolgy and will work with any ant+ or bluetooth device!!!!!

Posted by DD on 2015-02-25 15:49. 2 comments. 128 reads
 
Thanks for the responses concerning my pacemaker standing on end or sticking up or whatever we can call it. These are the problems that the Dr. and our support staff dont know about because even if you say something about it they have a reason to put you off. I think we are all somewhat paranoid about the thing in the first place but its not all what it is cracked up to be. l Even if we are lucky enough not to have an infection or other problems after replacement we still will never be like we were once. Dont mean to complain, but it takes someone who has been through it to understand. Thanks for you support after all these years. Dont know what I would have done without Smitty and Electric Frank who I guess are not with us anymore. ...


Posted by dean20 on 2015-02-24 13:58. 3 comments. 93 reads
 
Many post confirm that the polar range of watches/hrm work well with pacemakers. Then would the polar h7 which is what is responsible for picking up the beat work with suunto ambit 3?

Posted by pattysue on 2015-02-24 11:00. 4 comments. 151 reads
 
Hi all,

we live in Colorado and it does get rather cold at night. Is it ok to use an electric mattress cover once you have had a pacemaker implanted?





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