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Posted by snowflake on 2014-07-25 02:47. 2 comments. 44 reads
 
doc wants me to have a pm
i am not sure i have a-fib out of control
heart act 2 years ago heart getting weaker
is there pain afterwards for a long time does it hurt when it heals and you do a lot of moving of your arm?
what about seat belts?
and any other info you can give me

Posted by jane32 on 2014-07-25 00:00. 1 comments. 36 reads
 
Recently my heart went in to Afib, so my cardiologist upped my diltizem to 240mg am and started me on digoxin 135mg pm. which worked in slowing my heart rate down. Yesterday I had a successful cardioversion on the 2nd hit, today I still feel quite tired and heavy in legs my bp is sitting at 111 ova 62 and my pulse is 66, I am just wondering if meds have dropped things too low, or its to be expected to feel like this after yesterdays procedure. Looking forward to your replys.


regards Jane

Posted by PABLO on 2014-07-24 17:41. 1 comments. 78 reads
 
I have a heart condition as the result of a heart attack 20 years ago. In 2013 I was getting shortness of breath walking up a ramp at the airport. I had a virus 6 months before and my cardiologist thought either the virus or medication I received caused more damage to my heart. After a stress test and some other test my cardiologist recommended a PM. He said it would be a 50-50 chance it would help and I would get immediate improvement after implantation. I got no improvement, surgical Dr. said it doesn't always help.

I started working out at fitness center on the treadmill and slowly my heart him has improved. I would like to have PM removed. Any chance this will happen???

Pablo



Posted by TJ319 on 2014-07-24 14:41. 4 comments. 92 reads
 
Has anyone had trouble at high altitudes? I spent 4 days in Colorado at 9600 feet. 4 days later I am still experiencing some racing of my heart.

Posted by jeansheart on 2014-07-24 12:47. 1 comments. 37 reads
 
Hi-
I had a pacemaker implanted and have yet to see a bill. I have a ma-pd plan. I suppose it will come at the end of the month. I was sure I was well and problem free with my heart after having three ablations, countless cardioversions etc. Talk about an expensive heart. So i chose the ma-pd plan. I know if I had the plan F for medicare supplements that I would not have to pay anything else but the premium. So am now trying to decide if there are anymore heart surprises waiting for me and whether to switch to a plan F during AEP 10/15-12/7 this year. It might be worth it not to worry.

Posted by kmom on 2014-07-24 11:11. 5 comments. 125 reads
 
Ok so I've had my PM since early April and have been doing ok much better than before. At the last interrogation they raised my upper limit so I could exercise( because is start exercising and everything would be great until it got to about 125 the all of a sudden I'd be out of breath and struggling so much that I had to stop) long story. Since then I haven't felt as good and get short of breath just doing normal things walking climbing stairs etc going to have them switch settings back when I see them again in aug but the other day I've noticed something new dizziness especially bending over or if I tilt my head back got really dizzy in the shower when I bent down to wash and shave legs and other times I've bent down. Could this be simply...


Posted by capecod on 2014-07-23 19:38. 5 comments. 83 reads
 
hi all
i am anxiously waiting to have my first echo after crt-d was done in april. i hope the procedure has improved my ejection fraction which was 10-15 as well as improved mitral valve regurgitation which was severe.
would be in interested in hearing about echo test results of others on this site. fingers crossed. thanks
patty

Posted by issikkulboy on 2014-07-23 18:39. 8 comments. 174 reads
 
I am having a Pacemaker implanted on August 8th 2014 and I am trying to decide what Brand to choose from the two that the Hospital where I will have the procedure done works with; Boston Scientific and Medtronic. Can anyone provide me with information on which one is a better quality device? Thank you in advance for any feedback you can provide.
Regards,
Luis

Posted by deeheart on 2014-07-23 18:22. 5 comments. 89 reads
 
Hi there all,
I'm a restless sleeper and will raise my arms above my head throughout the night while tossing and turning. I'm still wearing the sling at night just in case I do this--afraid I may do some damage. Does anyone know when to ditch the sling and how long until it's actually OK to lift your arm over your head? I've heard normal range of motion is fine after 4 weeks but it's best to wait 6-8 weeks for other movements. BTW I'm 5 1/2 weeks since PM surgery (and still counting).

Also, any info. known about using a heating pad and if so how close can it be to the PM?

Just some random questions.....Thanks!

Posted by MegLindsay on 2014-07-23 17:43. 0 comments. 72 reads
 
Hello Everyone

I posted back on this site in 2011 and since then I have been reading other peoples posts. Thank you everyone who took the time to read my story and comment. I really appreciate it.

I have been reading lots of comments recently from people who are getting a pacemaker for the first time. Although I am lucky enough to never have to come to terms with my pacemaker, I want to be able to help anyone who is having some anxieties about their first implant.

In every situation there are two ways of looking at it, positively and negatively. On down days it is very easy to look at your pacemaker as an 'obstacle'. Then I have to remember, it keeps me alive! Would I want a small slightly annoying bump or ...


Posted by gleesue on 2014-07-23 17:01. 3 comments. 74 reads
 
Need some input. A couple weeks ago I found a bruise right by my PM on the lower left side. Just happened to have an appointment with my EP, PM interrogation, stress echo, etc. Did 15 minutes and 18 degrees on the stress test and everything looked great.

My EP made no big deal about the bruise and said the PM is so strong it could take a bullet.

Now I have even a bigger bruise and tenderness. I discovered something in common. They appeared after we had spent time at our summer home. I jet skied and kayaked on both occasions.

When I jet ski I go hard and jump waves and turn hard. When I kayak I go as hard as I can for about an hour.

Do you think one or both of these are the cause? Could it be cau...


Posted by azviking on 2014-07-23 11:14. 8 comments. 97 reads
 
79 yrs, pm 8 weeks ago; Walk daily, yoga and golf - twice weekly.

Would a monitor be helpful? How?

What numbers are important?

Most valuable to those who bike or work out?

Some posts say the pm will adjust to your body in time.

Some say the monitor output was used to change the pm settings.

azviking

Posted by ben1 on 2014-07-22 18:19. 4 comments. 91 reads
 
Hi all have finally got a date for my pm being fitted had my pre op today going in on 1st August! Has anyone got any advice for after starting to get nervous all getting bit real? Cheers Ben

Posted by Yorkshirelass on 2014-07-22 18:06. 2 comments. 127 reads
 
Hi,
Would like some help, reassurance and info please. My 87 yr old mother in law has had a pacemaker for 12 years. Changed 2 yrs ago for a new one. Don't know what type or why she originally had it. For 3 months she's been collapsing at any time with no warning. Also she can be just sitting or lying down and gets a dizzy feeling in her head which can last a few seconds to minutes and come and go for hours. This is happening every day and night. At the same time as she gets these dizzy spells her pulse rate can go down to 20 or so and this has been verified by paramedics and emergency nurse practitioner. The last time she had to have atropine to speed it up. Before all this she was extremely fit and healthy. Now shes lost a stone in...


Posted by langleyger on 2014-07-22 13:45. 8 comments. 173 reads
 
Anyone know how long you should have to wait for results,from a Holter monitor?
I waited 3 weeks,then they called and told me I needed a pacemaker.
My heartbeat was down as low as 26bpm. when sleeping.
I had a complete block.
I feel that is too long to wait.

Posted by NiceNiecey on 2014-07-21 21:34. 11 comments. 260 reads
 
I have seen conflicting posts regarding the travel experiences of our members and whether showing our PM card is necessary at airports. Most have never been asked to show it but I have.

My husband and I just returned from a business trip to Israel on Friday. (We got out just before the ground assault began.) Just like the last time we were there (in May), I told security that I had a PM. Once again, they summoned a supervisor and he asked me for my PM card. He also asked me my name and when I had the device implanted. All of this is on the card, of course, so he was testing me. He also asked me if I was carrying any weapons or explosives, to which I chuckled. I do NOT look like the type and he knew that. No pat down after the ...


Posted by kulpinchina on 2014-07-21 19:31. 4 comments. 127 reads
 
I'm 37 years old. I have had my pacemaker since i was 31. Recently i've been struggling with SA node tach as well as junctional rhythms. I have a heart rate that varies constantly, and is irregular, this has caused me to have a very significant decrease in activity tolerance, and a long list of "feeling crappy" side effects. I'm struggling to perform my work duties as a physical therapist and to care for my 4 young kids. So far treatment has been a failed trial of beta blockers bc my baseline bp is already too low, and now a trial of a med to raise my bp in hopes to settle my rhythms down and decrease my orthostatic symptoms. I'm very frustrated at my poor activity tolerance and how this is affecting my functional ability. Walking f...


Posted by liteppie on 2014-07-21 09:05. 4 comments. 100 reads
 
I have a Medtronic model SEDR01 pacemaker that was placed in 2011. Can I use a gas operated chain saw?

Posted by jane32 on 2014-07-20 22:39. 0 comments. 42 reads
 
booked for this Thursday, I have had one before about 3 years ago but I am still a little nervous about it.

Posted by @Heartthrob on 2014-07-20 20:32. 4 comments. 98 reads
 
Tomorrow marks 4 weeks post op. When am I going to feel like my old self again.? I cleaned 3 vacation condos, with help, and was exhausted when I got home. I used to be able to do this s
and more before PM.



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