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Posted by stannita on 2014-10-31 11:01. 0 comments. 16 reads
 
just curious about why the ventricle is now pacing when it has not to this point?
my atrium has reduced pacing now, I think because most of the hot weather is gone and my body works better in cooler weather.
does this make sense?
best of health to all

Posted by Tinkergirl on 2014-10-31 08:56. 7 comments. 78 reads
 
Good morning and Happy Halloween!! Question, I can now start to slowly lift my left arm over my hear, but now my arm does not want cooperate with me..lol I only wore the sling for 5 days so it is not that I have not used my arm, but I have been very careful to not raise it too high as my leads fell twice before I even left the hospital(3 surgeries in 2 days). So I am not sure if down deep inside I am not letting it raise up. It feels real tight from my incision over my shoulder to my shoulder blade and then under my left arm when I try to raise it over my shoulder.

Does anyone have any exercise suggestions to stretch those muscles and when do you think it will be ok to go get a massage? I am 4 weeks out from getting my PM.

Posted by trish on 2014-10-30 23:53. 0 comments. 18 reads
 
I just recently started to have strong slow PVCs, last has series or very slow trigemini PVCs This attack lasted about 20 minutes with no normal beat felt. Very unnerving. Saw cardiologist today and yes they were recorded. However, doc said I was OK and no treatment. I live in dread of another long series of these thumping pounding beats, Do any of you have long series of PVCs. And how do you cope ? Thanks, Trisha

Posted by mytrose43 on 2014-10-30 21:28. 0 comments. 37 reads
 
Hi all I hope everyone is doing good ,well it is that time to get a new pacemaker I have had mine for 9 years so i guess i did pretty good I have a medtronic enrythum my Dr said i will be getty a st jude one this time I asked if it would be MRI safe he said no but that it was the wires I have that are not safe not so much the pacemaker and he said he does not want to change wires since they are still good is there any difference that i will notice with a st jude verses a medtronic not sure what model yet .I am scheduled for nov 10th little nervouse since i got a infection the first time around and my scare completly opened up and left a hossible scar my Dr said he will fix the scar so hoping for the best,I have another question last thursd...


Posted by Hearton on 2014-10-30 02:30. 9 comments. 241 reads
 
Hello all,

I read some posts regarding feeling tired after the installation of someone's pacemaker, that is my issue prior to and now.

What a strange trip this has been. I went to the doctor almost three weeks ago due to feeling exhausted, out of breath and confused, I felt that way for about ten days prior to seeing the doctor at a respected clinic on Bainbridge Island in WA State. The doc clocked me at 44 beats per minute, I wore a Holter monitor for 24 hrs, turned it in and waited for 4 days before I was called by a rude and abrupt nurse and told "sorry for the bad news but there is nothing we can do for you, call 911 if you feel like *&#@^&, naturally I fell like *&#@^&, that's why I went in the first place.


Posted by Cycler on 2014-10-29 19:54. 3 comments. 70 reads
 
Dear Pacemaker Club:

FWIW, I strongly recommend the Mio Alpha (or Link) for HR monitoring while exercising. They are pricey, but, considering what you paid for your pacemaker or ICD, it is worth it.

On the treadmill, I tired of constantly holding the treadmill's HR bar to get a reading. Other types of sensors (wrist, torso) that measure electricity through the skin are not reliable. And they are not continuous readout.

The Mios are wrist devices that use light to read blood volume beneath the skin instead of electricity. The read out is continuous detection and is virtually 100% reliable when putting on and firing up.

Not a lot of features, just time, HR & zone. 2 buttons not 5 or so. No need to ...


Posted by tracyjacobs on 2014-10-29 19:36. 3 comments. 91 reads
 
I have wpw and have a pacemaker now. Today I went to hospital and teats showed I have a complete blockage. What does this mean now?

Posted by pacemaker20 on 2014-10-29 19:07. 4 comments. 78 reads
 
Today is my one year anniversary. It is still crazy to think, at 25, I have a pacemaker. But it's also comforting to know they found something to help with my symptoms. I remember being angry, when I found out it was needed. My friends and family tried to comfort me by saying 'It will be okay. They are going to fix you'. It wasn't the surgery I was angry or worried about. It was the point that I needed FIXED. However, I knew it had to happen regardless and here I am today being the healthiest I've been. I am very proud of my PM, Mioriult.

Posted by Iwantmikenow on 2014-10-29 13:16. 7 comments. 159 reads
 
So, after a few weeks of testing, the Doc says we can proceed with the PM install...then he offered me a choice between St. Judes and Medtronic. I'm young (45) so I'm thinking the MRI capability of the Medtronic is a plus... anyone care to chime in about their personal preferences? Anyone ever use both models? I have been assured from the medical standpoint that both are going to do the same thing (help with type 3 heart block). Anyone out there care to chime in?

Posted by LJRytel on 2014-10-29 11:46. 1 comments. 42 reads
 
I received a pacemaker when I was 43 for 2nd degree heart block. I'm now 47. I have PVCs on a daily basis. Some days are worse than others. I have found that exercise and post exercise reduces the PVCs for a period of time.

My cardiologist explained that when the sinus node is activated it helps the heart beat more regular and thus reduces PVCS.
I have my minimum heart rate set at 60 beats per minute. During pacemaker checks I'm told my heart rate would be in the 30s without.

My question is whether setting the pacemaker at a minimum of 50 beats per minute would activate my sinus node more often and therefore reduce the number of PVCS?? The electrocardiologist seemed reluctant to set below 60 beats?


Posted by nickp on 2014-10-28 21:48. 4 comments. 183 reads
 
CarrieAnne stared intently at her computer screen.

Ever since I had this electronic watchdog implanted in my chest, I've been seeing her every six months. She puts a donut shaped thingy over it, runs a wire between that and her console, and reads my tea leaves.

"Well," she says, "it looks like your heart rate speeded up to 100 beats per minute on August 23rd at 8:07AM."

I was used to that. My pacemaker keeps a history of my heart's activity to an excruciating level of detail. It kind of flipped me out the first time, but I have enough techie in me to understand data and data retrieval.

"And it looks like it had to keep you pumping for a bit on June 3rd." My pacemaker only fires when my heartrate...


Posted by Bostonstrong on 2014-10-28 19:23. 10 comments. 159 reads
 
Had the pleasure of meeting a fabulous cardiologist while in the hospital last week. He was just there to do a procedure but spent over an hour talking to me, explaining things, answering questions and doing a thorough exam prior to the test. Very professional, very kind. Asked a lot of questions about why I got the pm. After we finished talking he looked at me and said I got my pm a year before you did. Instant connection, he just gets it.


Posted by rjsully on 2014-10-27 20:53. 3 comments. 105 reads
 
So I have my f/u appointment with EP next week to discuss further options. Since I have tried medications that have not been helpful for my low heart rate with arrythmia I think a pacemaker will be the next step. This worries me, but what worries me even more is they will send me on my way with no real solution and a "come back if your symptoms get worse". This is what happened the first time through with all of my issues over two years ago and I felt a little frustrated with the whole process, plus it was expensive!

Any advice/suggestions/questions I should ask at my next appointment? Especially if I get the "come back if your symptoms get worse". I want to move on and start feeling better now, rather than waiting until ...


Posted by dhubl on 2014-10-26 23:06. 3 comments. 108 reads
 
Would like to know if anyone has dared to use a electric chain saw etc..


Posted by Danceangel_1 on 2014-10-26 20:20. 2 comments. 57 reads
 
I have been reading about every post and found them to be helpful to me. Today makes 3 weeks since I've had my pm. I'm beginning to feel better as the days go by. I had many questions but have found answers through your post. Keep up the good work!

Posted by rolson on 2014-10-26 20:12. 3 comments. 142 reads
 
Hope this question doesn't sound weird. Someone told me that a pacemaker can make your breast grow larger. Is this true and is implanting in one area better than another to keep this from happening?

Posted by Tinkergirl on 2014-10-25 17:25. 10 comments. 219 reads
 
I am 2 1/2 weeks out from getting my PM and all is pretty good until this afternoon I bumped the edge of the PM, the part closest to your underarm. Man did that hurt and now it is pretty sore. Has this happened to anyone else? I am surprised at how sore it is making my PM pocket feel. It actually took my breath away.

Just curious as I hope bumping it was not a big boo boo.

Posted by APgirl on 2014-10-25 14:35. 4 comments. 367 reads
 
So- having had a fabulous new lease of life with my pacer in the last 4 years, I have been feeling tired, breathless and puffy recently. I ignored it, as most of us do. You would think I would have learned to listen to my body by now!

On Monday, feeling awful, I managed to get past the pesky receptionist and see a doctor. For those of us in the UK, it appears that the receptionist's primary purpose is to prevent you seeing a doctor. So I get in and see a locum, who transfers me straight into the hospital with my Bp dangerously high and Afib.

The wonderful NHS staff checked me from head to toe and the reason becomes apparent, Having had perfect plumbing, just dodgy electrics up to now, I now have an enlar...


Posted by Enrique on 2014-10-24 20:58. 6 comments. 158 reads
 
I had a dual chamber pacemaker implanted 10 years ago. This was due to A/V block and sick sinus syndrome. I have had no problems with it, I am physically active. I am 66 years old.
During the last check-up they told me that I had a minimum of 4 months of battery life left. This is in addition to the 3 months of “reserve mode” that kicks in when the main battery is too low.
I am quite dependent on the pacemaker. When I first had it implanted my natural heart rate was in the 40’s. Now it is below 30’s, but it is not clear how much lower. At the clinic they didn’t want to test to find out.
The hospital folks told me that there are two ways to handle this:
1) Aggressive: wait until the last moment before replacin...


Posted by jue on 2014-10-24 16:43. 5 comments. 131 reads
 
Hi All,
I will be 9 days post pacemaker replacement surgery tomorrow.
As I have been good and not lifting my arm, my hair is a total mess.
I am planning to have a wash and blow at the hairdressers tomorrow to make myself feel better.
Is anyone aware of any issue with using a hair dryer straight after replacement?
Thanks peeps x



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