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Posted by lauram65 on 2014-12-22 18:48. 3 comments. 47 reads
 
It is three days before Christmas and I have been feeling particularly grateful, extremely happy and at peace. When I look back to last year, I was miserable but didn't know what the problem was. For two years I suffered from near fainting, trouble breathing, night sweats, constant fatigue . I had to even stop talking to my family about it, they were beginning to think I was a hypochondriac. I went to every specialist I could. My pulmonologist suggested I take tranquilizers; it was all in my head.

When I was finally properly diagnosed I had the PM inserted immediately. I was very tired for the two months following the insertion but now I am actually jogging at 66 years of age and feel great. You really don't appreciat...


Posted by maleckia23 on 2014-12-21 21:49. 15 comments. 115 reads
 
I am 8 days into my pacemaker. I have noticed that when I am sleeping at night, my arms will jerk and wake me up. Has anyone else had this happen?

Posted by Kottkejr on 2014-12-21 20:27. 3 comments. 95 reads
 
On December 15, I received the Micra pacemaker. My situation is different than what I have read in other posts. I have A-fib with high blood pressure and high pulse rate in the 90's when I am sitting. When told about the Micra, it took me 5 second to decide, as my heart could not continue to beat at 170 or higher when walking. If medicine controlled my blood pressure, my heart rate would increase, controlling my heart rate caused my blood pressure to drop. Six days into life with a pace maker is great, I have had no problems, my blood pressure is in range and my heart rate is in the 70's.. My Micra was programmed for 70 to 120 heart rate. I do not even think about the pacemaker. I still have a bit of a sleep probl...


Posted by lisabfit on 2014-12-20 23:21. 4 comments. 145 reads
 
Help! I went through an ablation on Nov 12 for SVT - I now have complete heart block. I'm being told that this will probably not resolve on its own...has anyone ever heard of Complete Heart Block resoloving on it's own?

I'm almost 6 weeks post-ablation - and I've seen 5 Drs - telling me that a pacemaker is the best option for me. I have no symptoms- no dizziness, etc - my resting heart rate fluctuates between 45-58bpm....and the highest I've reached during exercise is 105bpm -I am currently not exercising because I'm under a lot stress already going through this - and I don't want to push it..

I have the option of doing the PM THIS MONDAY the 22nd or JAN 12th -and I'm in such disbelief that this is happening...do...


Posted by annie21 on 2014-12-20 14:33. 2 comments. 37 reads
 
Just wanted to say hello to all members, & to wish you all health & happiness in 2015
Annie

Posted by Grateful Heart on 2014-12-19 21:47. 2 comments. 95 reads
 

Good to see you back, you have been missed.

Hope all is well with you. We missed your calm, humorous explanations and words of wisdom.

Grateful Heart

Posted by Thumper88 on 2014-12-19 21:01. 1 comments. 173 reads
 
Hey everyone,

My situation is very complex, but I'm desperate for some feedback about what has been happening the last few days. Two days ago, I started having an influx of what I knew were PAC's. I've had them many times, as well as PVC's, but this is all new. I didn't think anyone could survive PAC storms like this. It is bizarre. First came a couple, then a few. Now, I have been having what I can only describe as "clusters." It feels like my heart is convulsing inside my chest for minutes straight. When I feel my pulse at the carotid, there are huge pauses, over and over and over. It doesn't seem like my heart is retaining any kind of sinus rhythm. It's just a bunch of disorganized fluttering. For literally minutes straight. ...


Posted by alanstuart on 2014-12-19 08:26. 2 comments. 246 reads
 
i live in Bournemouth, England and in addition to 7 stents over the last 10 years I was told, following a 24 hour ECG check, that I needed a Pacemaker. I had no particular reason , that I knew of, for wanting a Pacemaker, but had one installed in mid January 2014
Within 2 months I started to feel giddy/ unsteady - almost as though I had a permanent hangover - (no such luck !!)
My Pacemaker was checked -no problem My blood pressure also checked - no problem. My ear balance mechanism treated via "Circ" tablets - no improvement. Lastly an MRI scan of my head to check on ears generally - no problem All of this taking up to October 2014
In October my Pacemaker was "downloaded" and indicated ( and I quote the Cardiologist...


Posted by Tgirl1977 on 2014-12-18 23:36. 4 comments. 85 reads
 
Today is my 1st year having my pacemaker. Dec 18, 2013 was my install day. I have made it through the 1st year and hope to see many more. It was a rocky road for me, but I can see things getting better. I haven't been posting anything on the site for a while, but I have been reading some posts. Well, take care pacemaker club members. I am so thankful for this site.

Posted by sunshinewishes on 2014-12-18 16:59. 6 comments. 173 reads
 
With respect for all beliefs, it is the time of year when hearts traditionally dance to songs of faith, love, generosity and hope. For those of us with heart issues, we often fail to really feel the joy we felt before. We write we are thankful to be alive, and we are grateful for our devices. However, in between our words are often tears that cry out .........BUT this is so much harder than I expected. No one understands. Will I ever be the same? Why do I now have an insatiable need to physically prove myself? The joy I felt before, I am not really feeling it. I am trying, BUT. Joy IS still to be had. It is just lost between the lines of BUT. Can you get it back? You can by believing the following ........It is not easy, but I...


Posted by KarenLF on 2014-12-17 18:42. 3 comments. 60 reads
 
Hello again!

Haven't been on here for a wee while. I keep getting pain in my left side at my pacemaker site, but more so in my left hand. Exercise seems to make it work.

Do you think I should see about it. Don't want to waste peoples time :-(

Posted by revelation on 2014-12-16 21:01. 1 comments. 101 reads
 
Today I had my PM checked. I told him that I was getting short of breath climbing a flight of stairs --also getting light headed afterwards. He said that was a matter for my cardiologist. My heart has gotten stronger up ejection fraction 55% from 20% a few years ago. But I'm still short of breath in doing anything. They just look at me like---well too bad. I believe the doctors think it's all in your head since nothing shows up on any test that they run. They act like that you should be doing fine if your ejection fraction is up--and I think I should be also. But I still get very short of breath. I have cardiomyopathy, left bundle block, have had bypass surgery, and an MI. I'm trying to live up to their expectations. They act like tha...


Posted by Grete on 2014-12-16 16:54. 5 comments. 189 reads
 
Hi all, this is my second post. I have had my pacemaker 8 weeks suffering from AV Block 2nd grade. To date my pacemaker has been reset twice, first 60 bpm, after three weeks I developed arrhytmias, the cardiologist subsequently reset me to 70 and Rate Responsive and put me on bisoprolol (1.25 mg). As my arrhythmias continued my PC was reset to 60 bpm. For the last two weeks I have felt better, the arrhythmias have subsided but only while I am resting. As soon as I get up and move, my heart starts beating faster, I suffer from shortness of breath and get a tight feeling in my throat. While I feel well while I am resting, my heart starts racing as soon as I get up and walk around. As a result I feel increasingly less inclined to to walk l...


Posted by rachelnks on 2014-12-16 15:24. 3 comments. 157 reads
 
I've found plenty of articles re: safe usage in patients, but does anyone have any information on Individuals with pacemakers using the AED on person's? My career may as a Flight attendant is in question.


Thanks group!



Posted by scooter11 on 2014-12-15 20:00. 8 comments. 155 reads
 
hello my new friend,
to anyone that can help me out please how long do it take for the glue to fall off on his owntomorrow will be 1 month since I had my pacemaker.thanks in advance

Posted by scarlett6 on 2014-12-15 12:50. 1 comments. 85 reads
 
I have had a dual lead St. Jude pacemaker for 2 years now due to AV block, Mobitz, Type 2. This was placed in an emergency situation. Since it was implanted, I have had a real problem with symptoms from my autoimmune disorder (like Lupus) flaring up. Now my Electrophysiologist wants to replace this unit with a bi-ventricular model that is coated with Parylene, said to be good (hypoallergenic) for patients who suffer from allergies. A test kit was sent from the manufacturer with bits of parts made from the materials of the model he wants to use. It was difficult to tell if I had a reaction to the test kit. For one thing, the tape used to afix it to my arm, caused a lot of redness. The indention of the items left red spots, but then, I am no...


Posted by tonylhoward on 2014-12-15 02:43. 7 comments. 169 reads
 
Hello to everyone. I am a new member my name is Tony. I posted a msg. Just a few mins ago but I forgot to ask if anyone is having crazy dreams after there pacer surgery because I sure am. I never dreamed before or maybe just didnt remember but now I am having some of the craziest dreams ever. My wife says I jerk and jump and talk in my sleep all night. Has anyone else experience d this. Also We are both so thankful to have found this site. Any surgery concerning your heart is really scary. But I have faith in the Lord and my doctor. I know everything will be ok but its nice to talk to others who are dealing with the same issues. May God Bless you all.

Posted by tonylhoward on 2014-12-15 02:19. 4 comments. 133 reads
 
I am a 57 year-old male. I have just joined. I had a dual lead St. Jude pacemaker put in on November 18, 2014. My heart rate was dropping to 30 while I slept and skipping beats and rarely got above 50. Had this most of my life but never had complications, only tired but assumed it was from working. I felt better almost immediately after surgery but it only lasted for about 2 weeks. I still have good days but also days when i feel like i did before the surgery. I have my second post - op visit in 2 1/2 weeks. Can anyone tell me if this is normal and if it gets better.

Posted by Grateful Heart on 2014-12-14 17:50. 0 comments. 59 reads
 

I see your shout in the Shoutbox. I will talk to you if you like.

Ask your question or private message me if you want.

We are all here to help.

Grateful Heart

Posted by capecod on 2014-12-14 16:34. 8 comments. 213 reads
 
hi all
had crt-d 8 months ago. all has been well. have had a cold with coughing and sneezing and have felt some pinching around site. nervous about leads.
thanks for any info.



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