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Posted by AndyT on 2016-05-27 07:19. 0 comments. 11 reads
 
Hello folks, my last post here was almost two years ago when I was looking for some information concerning AV Node Ablations which it looked like at the time was my next course of action.

I’m hoping there are some new users here that have had this procedure or can point me in the direction of some advice…..or reassurance!

I have a fairly complicated cardiac history which started in 2009 with an episode of SVT caused by Wolf Parkinson White Syndrome which I knew I had and had never caused an issue, for whatever reason I ignored this assuming the SVT would stop as they always did, however it didn’t and I ended up with an emergency WPW Ablation as I had developed a Cardiomyopathy and LVF. This pathway was ablated a...


Posted by MattJ on 2016-05-26 20:50. 3 comments. 83 reads
 
Hi Everyone,

Just signed up today and thought I'd introduce myself. My Name is Matt and I live in the UK, I am 30 years old and have always been very fit and active, I have been doing HIIT, Crossfit and Muay Thai kickboxing for as long as I can remember and for years played Rugby also. Mid way through December just gone I had what I would describe as a possible chest infection, symptoms were shortness of breath, tiredness with what felt like a congested chest feeling when breathing, this cleared up 90% then at the end of February it came back only this time a lot worse, I went to the GP who did the general checks etc, he said clinically I was fine, after two more weeks of living with these symptoms of tiredness, shortness of br...


Posted by gleesue on 2016-05-26 15:45. 1 comments. 58 reads
 
Happy with my PM since August 2012, but flutter is really getting to me. I had gone 15 months without a cardioversion (good for me). Now I have had to get cardioverted April 3 and then again May 10. I'ts not holding this time. I'm back in my flutter. It seems I have developed my own special arrhythmia as I can be in one with a pulse of 60. They are calling it a subtle arrhythmia.

I've been on Flecainide lately and now they have added Verapamil. EP even said the combo could get me back in sinus, maybe. No more cardioversion for now. The EP has said that I may not be a candidate for another ablation because of all the work that has been done already, Maze procedure and 4 other ablations. However, he talked to the surgeon, who cam...


Posted by Heartfelt on 2016-05-26 13:08. 4 comments. 91 reads
 
Hello. I am still learning the topic. My cardiologist told me he will implant a dual camera pm. I am trying to understand why I can't just have the leads on one side and I am also concerned that having the dual chamber puts me at greater risk. Can anyone address this in simple terms? Thank you.

Posted by Xxmikexx on 2016-05-26 02:11. 0 comments. 21 reads
 
Hi all, just curious if anyone taking lysine/proline or/and following the Linis Pualing advice on cardio matters? Im going on year 2 with my pacemaker and want to start these supplements. Anyone have words of wisdom?

Posted by Mona on 2016-05-25 00:57. 3 comments. 76 reads
 
I am quite thin and my Boston Scientific CRT-D is very prominent. In addition, it seems like there is something like another wire that comes out from the top of the device and is rather noticable under the skin of my upper chest. It seems to be a couple of inches long. Have noticed this before, but it seems to be a bit more prominent lately.Anyone else notice anything like this.

Mona

Posted by Jonne on 2016-05-23 21:47. 4 comments. 155 reads
 
My pacemaker was put in 2007. During my last checkup I was informed that I've got about a year and a half left of battery life left to go before it's replaced. I was wondering what signs or symptoms should I expect or to look for before it's replaced.

Posted by Turk on 2016-05-23 09:13. 1 comments. 79 reads
 
Hi everyone,

Its been a long time since my last post.

Does any one know what moves old and orgaized thrombus from the heart all of a sudden with a perfect INR levels?


Thank you

Posted by connik on 2016-05-22 18:22. 0 comments. 56 reads
 
Hello !
My name is Ella and I just joined a couple of days ago. I got my CRT-D 10 (ten) days ago and it is ironic. You see I am a telemetry monitor technician and have been for over 8 years. I hook up patients on the heart floor and watch them for 12 hour shifts.
And....now I have a pacemaker. It should be interesting now seeing it from both as a technician and as a patient. So far I am taking one day at a time. I go back to the doctor on the 1st of June though I need to go deliver an "Able to Work" form to return this weekend.
Take care all !

Posted by Pm on 2016-05-22 03:15. 2 comments. 150 reads
 
Hi. Finally had a beautiful sunny day so I decided to plant a few flowers in my front garden. Bought 16, but after planting the 8th one I had to stop as my heart was busy "fluttering" and it lasted for a few hours. Am real worried about that. It wasn't so strenuous. Tiny flowers, long handled shovel and I really didn't dig, just kind of moved the earth around, bent over to sit the flower in the space and pushed earth around it to hold it straight. My husband had to finish the job for me. Had my first dual leads pm put in on March 14, so it's only been a bit over 8 weeks ago and I thought I'm finally okay. Did I do some damage? Is it too soon to do these types of things? Please....help.

Posted by Hutchv40 on 2016-05-21 09:29. 4 comments. 127 reads
 
Hi. My 8 year old son had a pacemaker fitted at Alderhey hospital 4 years ago. He's expressed an interest recently in meeting some other kids with pacemakers. I just wondered if there are any parents on this site who'd like to meet up or chat. We are living in the Merseyside area of the UK. Kind regards Vanessa.

Posted by Cutestuff@snet.net on 2016-05-20 19:06. 2 comments. 172 reads
 
Hi....my name is Laura. I'm a married mom of two adult daughters. I received my St. Jude pacer on May 16th....and today is my Wedding Anniversary 27 years!!! I am 57. Family history of heart disease on both sides. I came into the ER with complete Heart Block. They were hoping for Lyme disease but I tested negative. I have a history of untreated hypertension. I KNOW that was the main cause for my situation. My cardiologist told me my echo showed it. I accept the consequences for my actions. I have to. No one to blame. So...I'm hoping my 2nd change could be a wakeup calls to friends and family. Get regular checks and be proactive with you health....no matter what age. I am trying to chill, I have done stuff around the house, n...


Posted by danheartbeatsaveslives on 2016-05-20 16:10. 2 comments. 159 reads
 
Hello Everyone,

Heartbeat International Foundation (HBI) is the only global charity providing free access to pacemaker therapy for disadvantaged women, children and men. Heart rhythm disorders can be expensive, especially in the developing world.

We save the patients and families we support from catastrophic healthcare bills, severely declining poverty, and mortal danger. Without us, they would have to sell all of their belongings and commit their families to indentured servitude, or face years of debilitating health and death.

We would love to get in contact and have your support.

Thanks

Posted by hawaiilad on 2016-05-20 07:50. 2 comments. 148 reads
 
I'm not sure if I have asked this question here before, but here goes. When I had my PM put in a couple months ago, the Dr. asked if I thought I might need an MRI in the future, and who knows the answer to that question, so I said I might, so they used a PM that would allow that. I have bad shoulders and several years ago had one rebuilt and it needs it again. I was speaking to one of our daughters that is a ER nurse and she said to have an MRI on a PM person, they need a couple Dr.'s there with me in case something happens. I called the clinic that does they test's and they said no way would they do it. I have lost my PM Dr. because insurance has not been paying his bills so he has stopped working with VA people, so they are trying t...


Posted by Weecomet on 2016-05-20 04:42. 1 comments. 112 reads
 
Anybody try one of these hand held personal EKG devices? And monitor it on your cell phone? Looks like a cool tool for heart patients.

Posted by gp.19 on 2016-05-19 01:43. 11 comments. 299 reads
 
I'm a 23 year old female and I first fainted when I was 11. As far as I can tell I have an arrhythmia, mitral valve prolapse, and I've been told my blood vessels don't constrict properly and that's the cause of my fainting. I tend to only faint in the heat and I haven't in years because I've learned to manage it (and by manage it I mean miss out on half my life because of it). However it is still very debilitating as I live in the crevice of lucifer's butt hole and it's 80% humidity or higher year round and I faint if it's 80 degrees. Or if my shower is too hot. Or if I bend over. Without boring everyone with all the details, I'll just say the "overheating" (as I explain it to others) is truly debilitating. And it's been 12 years, going on...


Posted by Heartvalvefix on 2016-05-18 13:59. 0 comments. 135 reads
 
Hi everyone. This is my first post but i have been reading postings on the site for quite a while and the information and knowledge I have gained has been so valuable.

I recently had valve surgery which resulted in 3rd degree heart block (sinus rythem at first - developed a few days later. AV node not working. I had a Metronic pacemaker implanted. I am 53 and very active so I had it placed in my abdomen. It is a single lead on my right venticle. My surgeon had planted the lead "just in case" during the surgery as he knew he was working close to the AV node and if I ever needed a pacemake he did not want a lead to be threaded through the new valve.

I can have another lead added to right atrium in the future if I...


Posted by Heartfelt on 2016-05-18 12:05. 5 comments. 232 reads
 
Hello, Today I am at an RP28, not feeling well, and am getting closer to making a decisive date for the pm implant. I'm still learning about the subject. Can someone please tell me what the difference is between a cardiologist and an EP? I have only seen cardiologists. Thank you.

Posted by wxman on 2016-05-16 16:15. 3 comments. 163 reads
 
I have a Biotronik Entovis DR-T and have the home monitor for a wired phone connection (no cell service here). Over the last few months, I've noticed an occasional beep, that I first thought was coming from my PM. To make sure it wasn't something else, I've checked and even replaced smoke detectors and other devices that could beep. However, the beep always sound close.

Over the last week, I've narrowed it down to either my PM or the home monitor that is near my bed. It beeps only once, maybe once or twice a week at different times during the night. It is enough to wake me, since I'm now listening for it.

I've found information that states Biotronik PMs don't have any audible beeps to notify one if there's a possi...


Posted by trailerboats on 2016-05-16 03:48. 1 comments. 122 reads
 
Hey!

Been listening to my heart sounds earlier this morning and I couldn't really heart the lub-dub properly. My resting heartrate has been in the 60s bpm from the previous 70-80s bpm. Rate is normal, rhythm bounces from being regular to irregular. Also sometimes have weak pulses.
No other issues such as difficulty of breathing or dizziness.
Was just worried that I exerted too much effort on exercise. Started Focus T25 2 days ago. Didn't have it cleared with my cardio since I'm already 7 months out. Scared that my leads detached or something.

Also, I think by now I could really put my arms up to do workouts, right?

Btw, I have a DDD.

I'm just being a bit paranoid, sorry.
Any r...




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