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Posted by SAMMY on 2015-05-24 22:09. 0 comments. 0 reads
 
I'm a 70 year old male, both my father and brother had AFIB, I started having AFIB in '95, I've had two ablations (1st in 8'02 and the 2nd in 9'14) and got a pacemaker in 2011 because my HR was too low, the ablation & pacemaker both worked but beginning late in '14 I started having 'flutter' - the first round lasted a week and the second so far has lasted 3 weeks - I'm on meds but so far no luck

I'm pretty sick and tired of not knowing what tomorrow will bring and with all the meds.

I'm considering becoming 100% dependent on the PM and wanted your input.

I've read most of the blogs on this site and would truly appreciate your thoughts and comments.

Thanks - Sammy

Posted by Darse on 2015-05-24 16:07. 3 comments. 48 reads
 
Do the straight spikes on an ECG show when it is pacing or does it show sensing too? At my post op checkup the ECG showed sharp straight spikes and the print out had medical implant rhythm - abnormal rhythm on it (not sure of the exact words, I do not have a copy of it) I am not PM dependent, it is on demand.

Posted by PAMMY on 2015-05-23 19:59. 1 comments. 33 reads
 
Happy Birthday Tat Man - now officially an OAP!! Hope you've had a good day. Keep on running!!
Pammy



Posted by gordon on 2015-05-23 08:38. 2 comments. 59 reads
 
does anyone else have this problem as soon as I eat a normal meal l get very dizzy and lightheaded l am 84 and had my pacemaker fited last January and l never feel really fit got to
Have it tested next week at least I am still alive!just?,all the best Gordon

Posted by patrick_g on 2015-05-21 03:00. 1 comments. 125 reads
 
I am interested in being able to safely arc weld with no problems with my pacemaker/defibrillator. I have read the info put out by Medtronic but want more info, especially any info regarding commercial off the shelf protective clothing with shielding functionality.

I have read several posts in various locations regarding welding with a pacemaker ranging from DON"T DO IT!!! to I do it casually with no problems as verified by doctor downloading the pacemaker history file. I believe there is a truth somewhere in between these extremes.

I have read about people using lead vests ala the dental X-ray, people claiming copper is a good thing and on and on tantamount to garlic and holy water to deter vampires.

...


Posted by Loopy Lou on 2015-05-20 15:39. 3 comments. 111 reads
 
Hey guys, I know, I know, I have been very quiet. Have a few cardiac appointments coming up due to extreme tiredness and breathlessness on exertion ...... oh well!

Are the usual suspects still here?? You know who you are.

Love and fluffy hugs to you all.

Loopy Lou xxx

Posted by TraceyE on 2015-05-19 15:33. 1 comments. 79 reads
 
Interesting article from AHA
Activity after ICD implantation may predict survival
http://blog.heart.org/activity-after-icd-implantation-may-predict-survival/

Posted by joeblack1951 on 2015-05-19 14:33. 6 comments. 163 reads
 
65 year old male. I went to emergency room right after my 59th birthday with afib. Went thru several drugs over next year to control it and numerous er visits. Finally when drugs wouldn't work had a first ablation and three more. It didn't help so ended up changing EP Dr and she diagnosed me with sick sinus syndrome...put in dual lead St Jude Pacemaker and much better. I still experience flutter and erratic beats through the day. Dr says they are pesky but not threating, but when I have them they shut me down. I have to sit down or go to bed till they end. She said they were PVC. Anyone have this and offer advice??

Posted by rashhives on 2015-05-19 09:11. 7 comments. 164 reads
 
I have had a pacemaker inserted on March 6th 2015, I have now had hives/rash since 20th of March 2015. I wake up everyday with a rash in different areas of my body.

My GP has referred me to see a Immunologist, telling me the rash has nothing to do with the pacemaker... The rash appears anywhere on my body from the soles of my feet, back buttocks, legs, arms, stomach, face and even my TONGUE!

Some people are telling me that I am having a reaction to the titanium of the pacemaker!

Any suggestions/ comments would be much appreciated as I am at my wits end!!!

Posted by NiceNiecey on 2015-05-19 03:32. 0 comments. 232 reads
 
CROCKERY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Medical Examiner is determining the cause of a man's death Monday evening in Ottawa County's Crockery Twp.

The Sheriff Department tells WZZM 13 the 43-year-old man had been home alone, using a piece of lift equipment to do some work on his house in the 11800 block of Apple Drive. His wife came home and found him in apparent cardiac arrest in the yard just before 6 p.m. It's not known how long he had been in that condition before being found.

A responding firefighter with an automated external defibrillator approached the man, and as he was about to administer the AED, the firefighter was close enough to the lift equipment, which had apparently been touching a power line, that an ...


Posted by pace123 on 2015-05-18 22:50. 4 comments. 131 reads
 
my modem has started blinking green, don't know what it could be transmitting, haven't been in bedroom since last night. Do I need to call technical support

Posted by gordon on 2015-05-17 15:44. 5 comments. 153 reads
 
Why do you have to put your email in every time surely putting your password in should be all you need???

Posted by eileenknapp on 2015-05-17 15:30. 1 comments. 113 reads
 
I have a tattoo that I want to have covered up. I have a pacemaker and am on blood thinners. Had two heart attacks and a pacemaker put in 8 months ago. It will be where the pacemaker is. Has anyone ever had this done? I know what my doctor says, I still want to know of anyone that has actually had this done and what their experience was. Thanks for the input.

Posted by Mita on 2015-05-17 02:17. 4 comments. 175 reads
 
My mom is in the philippines right now and her doctor had decided to insert perm pacemaker on her as her heart rate is very irratic. She's acheduled tp get her surgery on june 1st. It's only 5/16. Thst's a long way. We were thinking to just fly her over here in the states. Jowever her doctor has advised against trAvel until after sugery. Yravel is abt 16 hrs. Do we listen and just wait fir the sugery? Is it really dNgerous to travel?

Posted by ben1 on 2015-05-15 14:15. 2 comments. 150 reads
 
Hi all been a long time since I have been online or posted just to let to all now out there anyone who is worried it gets better and wouldnt change anything now! This time last year was sat on the sofa feeling like I was going to pass out and had no energy to do anything! Had my PM fitted in september 2014 been back at work as a engineer since October been at the gym getting fit since January now training for a 10k mudrun obstacle course and will be raising money for the british heart foundation to hopefully help with research and to help others like me! Only 26 years old throught my life was over last year but now doing more than ever life is for living to the max now! Thanks to all the help and great support with all my questions last ye...


Posted by Runningmama on 2015-05-15 11:07. 6 comments. 213 reads
 
Hey Gang,

What happens if you accidentally get too close to one of the grocery store detectors, you know at the entrance or exit, and hear a beeping sound? I'm only paced at 50.

Posted by boysmom on 2015-05-15 06:03. 3 comments. 124 reads
 
I have not posted in a very long time, but I continue to visit the site frequently. Tomorrow I will be celebrating what has become know as my re-birthday. One year ago (I cannot believe it's been a year) I received my pacemaker for complete heart block. I had a very difficult time coping with this. I just wanted to drop in and say thank you to everyone here!! I would not be where I am today if not for folks like you!! Your encouragement, understanding, and support helped me get through the depression, fear, and anger. Please continue to encourage all new members the way you encouraged me!
Live life to the fullest. Fear nothing!

Posted by Andcunn on 2015-05-14 02:20. 4 comments. 228 reads
 
Does anybody know if there is a correlation between Heart Rate and Blood Pressure? If so, which one comes first? My husband has had his pacemaker for 6 years with no complications. Lately, we have noticed that when he feels pressure on his chest, his systolic blood pressure is in the 90's and his heart rate is 80 -not 79, not 81. 80. I have posted a more detailed message about his case which can be read at the following link

http://www.pacemakerclub.com/public/jpage/1/p/story/a/storypage/sid/34808/content.do

I gladly welcome your comments. Thank you in advance.


Posted by mariastafford on 2015-05-14 00:51. 9 comments. 227 reads
 
I was hired on at a hospital for a really great job, but I'll have to use a floor buffer/finisher. Ive heard this could disconnect my leads.
I really need this job. Thoughts? Advice
Thanks!

Posted by ladyzee on 2015-05-13 22:48. 6 comments. 134 reads
 
Hello Everyone, Hope all is well. I just joined this group, Thank you. I was wondering if anyone has heard of some sort of protection that my husband can wear over his shoulder maybe to cover his PM/DEFIB so he may be able to work with his woodworking machines. I have read that working with certain machines he needs to stand 2ft away! That will make it impossible for him to operate the machines from that distance! If anyone can help me with an answer that would be wonderful!
Thank you



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