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Posted by sooz on 2015-06-29 22:36. 1 comments. 13 reads
 
Hi support group...my surgery is tomorrow morning and so is goingtobewired I believe. Thanks for your prayers. We are both a bit scared. I am under influence of sleeping pill so hope this reads ok. God be with all of us who suffer.

Posted by Macabr on 2015-06-28 12:21. 12 comments. 131 reads
 
Hi all,

I have bradycardia (clocked in as low as 25bpm awake and about). It's been asymptomatic so far. Had an EP study done last year which found slow sinus node. Was put on cpap which didnt work out. EP decided best option for me was pm due to the fact that the condition is progressing even though no symptoms yet. Got a 2nd opinion which concurred w/EP. I get it on 7/7/15 and just wanted to know what to expect more or less. I know every experience is different but some advice would be much appreciated. I'm 46 y/o male btw.

Posted by Tessy on 2015-06-28 03:12. 0 comments. 22 reads
 
Has anyone with a pacemaker had varicose /spider veins remove either with laser or other means?

Would be grateful for any advice

Posted by Janenotarzan on 2015-06-27 03:32. 5 comments. 125 reads
 
. . .seeing these ads for business loan 2% financing? (Shudder.) Can't figure out how to report them as Spam on the site, or even if it's possible. My android phone is great for internet access to this site, but I do miss my PC.
~Janenotarzan

Posted by AfibBIPAPASV on 2015-06-27 02:23. 3 comments. 84 reads
 
To deal with AFib have a pacemaker programmed to ensure my heartrate cannot go below 50.

I have kept, and am trying to better understand, all my interrogation reports.

My VHR detection has been set for 150 ppm for 10 beats.

Originally, I had hoped that the interrogation report would track AND REPORT USING (say a) LINE CHART all heart activity 24/7. This way I could best understand (and change, if necessary) how lifestyle matters might be affecting my heart. Unfortunately (for reasons, I am told, of power consumption) it does not do this, instead providing more general average (not sure if it is average or median) reports of heart activity over the period between telephone unit call ins.

Thus far...


Posted by pacehubby on 2015-06-26 20:23. 6 comments. 231 reads
 
My wife has this pacemaker and she is about to loose her insurance. They allowed her to pay big bucks for the last 6 years of her pacemaker. Now that it is getting close to replacement time, they are ending her coverage. We could have had over half the necessary money if we had not paid for the insurance all those years. Can anyone furnish any info on continuing insurance privately? Does anybody know if the continued insurance will cover the replacement in the next couple of years? Is there any recourse for the employer's cutting of hours in order to cut off the health insurance?

Posted by sooz on 2015-06-26 10:30. 6 comments. 86 reads
 
I promise this will be my last pre PM post. I have back injuries that need me to be adjusted often. At very least my husband applying quick pressure in mid back between shoulder blades as it goes in badly due to fall years ago. I actually sometimes think my arrythmias are way worse when I can tell my back is bad. Will I still be able to get adjustments with a pacemaker? This is a biggy for me. PM on Tuesday so trying to get my questions out. Thank you for your comments on my other posts. What a supportive group!

Posted by Hawg_man on 2015-06-26 07:04. 7 comments. 134 reads
 
Hi...I'm a new member who has an ICD implant since 6/2010 and had an incident yesterday. I'm not sure if my comments are about a malfunction or what but here goes. I was watching the TV and started feeling odd and my heart seemed to be racing. I took my BP and my BP was normal but my pulse was 129. II checked it 4 more times over the next hour and my pulse read 129 every time. I decided to go to my Doctor and he called 911 and sent me to the ER. They did an EKG and then decided to give me some medicine to slow the pulse down. It also was 129 at my Doctors and in ambulance. Then a Tech came in and setup to monitor my ICD and saw what he explained as a software glitch and after a few minutes he changed some settings and my pulse fell back to...


Posted by Dad1943 on 2015-06-25 16:41. 7 comments. 194 reads
 
Dear Members,
I have joined this club for my Dad who has been advised last month to get a PM cause of low pulse rate of around 40. First when my dad went for the checkup to the doctor cause he was not feeling much hungry and was eating less food, the doctor just gave my dad some medicines for 2 weeks and when he went to see him again he advised after getting the low pulse rate of around 40 that my dad should get PM. So my dad went to the heart specialist who our doctor recommended and his first impression was also that my Dad might not need the PM but he said we will do the Holter monitor report for 24 hrs and see what it shows.
So in the HM re...


Posted by Tabby on 2015-06-25 11:35. 7 comments. 142 reads
 
I have taken showers since getting my pacemaker almost 3 months ago. But I love long bubble baths. Is it ok to take them again? I don't feel that any question I have is too unimportant to ask this group.That's how you make members feel.

Posted by busrider on 2015-06-25 10:38. 2 comments. 129 reads
 
Apparently I suffered from A-Fib attacks for a number of years, dismissing them when they were the type that caused a pounding heart, total and sudden exhaustion, shakiness and weakness. I dismissed those attacks as being caused by working too hard for too long, perhaps without enough water or food, my age, my weight, and anything else that seemed reasonable.

I did not realize that there was also other ways to have A-Fib attacks and when I had those I called them "spells" and although they concerned me as they became more frequent and discussed them with my doctor, they were not diagnosed. Those took the form of lightheadedness, a fluttering in the heart region and sometimes an icy feeling also, a fear I was dying --- all wit...


Posted by vinay2ch22@gmail.com on 2015-06-25 08:17. 2 comments. 115 reads
 
hi
I had a pacemaker implant on 01/10/2014 and since then i was on metolar xr 50 twice daily which is now reduced to metolar xr 25 twice daily and one amlong
I felt erectile problems with my partner and still facing it. I read about side effects of beta blickers and dont know wether should i start with sildenafil citrate 25/50 for this.
Kindly help frenz


Posted by AfibBIPAPASV on 2015-06-25 00:40. 3 comments. 112 reads
 
This is my first posting in the Pacemaker Club. Because the way this forum is displayed is so different from other forums I attend (afib, sleep apnea,...) it's difficult to understand how to use it.

Here are some questions I might want to ask.

CAN YOU TELL ME WHERE THEY WOULD BE MOST APPROPRIATELY POSTED:.

1) Can you use a TENS unit when you have a pacemaker? How close to the pacemaker?

2) I noticed in the member sign in that a question asks how many devices I have. How many pacemakers can one person have?

3) I have a number of Interrogation reports I would like to understand better...

tHANKS

Posted by sooz on 2015-06-24 21:49. 4 comments. 93 reads
 
Hi,
I am getting my pacemaker Tuesday the 30th. I have a bad sinus infection and think maybe strep throat. Family doctor called a z pack in and I started it today. Is it ok to go ahead with surgery if you have been sick?
By the way dreaming every night that I get there and cancel. Guess I am more scared as days go by.
Thanks.

Posted by goingtobewired on 2015-06-24 19:51. 5 comments. 165 reads
 
Hello! Im wondering why some patients receive a single chamber pacemakers while others receive a dual chamber pacemakers. What is the difference? Sorry for this questio but im new to this and dont know much, thank you

Posted by SharonVelez0916@Gmail.com on 2015-06-23 20:58. 6 comments. 216 reads
 
I had a pm placed 2 weeks ago. I work far harder at home than at work. My doctor says I can't drive, but whose going to go grocery shopping and DOCTOR appointments if I DON"T drive?? So I am driving. I have a lot of pain, mostly at night, can't sleep in any position because of pain. I should be at work and I don't understand why I can't go back yet. I will have pain at home or at work, at least if something happens I'm already there *(I work in a hospital- ICU). from what I've read on this site lead dislodgement comes not from lifting your arm but depends on the type of leads the hook or screw kind. I am lifting my arm, it's hard NOT to. does anyone know of the reasoning behind these doctors orders??

Posted by busrider on 2015-06-23 18:59. 6 comments. 147 reads
 
I have been told by my GP that Tylenol is the only OTC I can take for my arthritis when the pain really gets tough. But I've been trying to avoid it until today. When the humidity is very high, even with AC I still have knees that feel as if they are being used on a football field.

I'm taking 20mg Xarelto with dinner. What I would like to know is if there are others here who are using Tylenol and blood thinners and if you have had any negative reactions, or if you use the OTC sparingly and have none.

Posted by mytrose43 on 2015-06-23 17:54. 2 comments. 67 reads
 
Hi all hope everyone is good , I just got out of the hospital from having a total knee replacement i must say it was a bit more than i planned for in hospital for 5 days much more pain than i thought but all went well with my pacemaker thank you for everyones input on that it apparently takes quite some time to recover but i am doing excercises and moving pretty good.

Posted by stacymedina on 2015-06-22 18:16. 12 comments. 172 reads
 
This is going to be a really random seeming question, I am just trying to be prepared.

I am a full time college student and getting my pacemaker next month (finally confirmed today). I know that for the first few weeks I won't want a backpack strap anywhere near my incision site because of irritation and pain, but what about later on?
How long does it take for the area to get back to normal? Does it ever get back to normal or will I want to invest in a nice rolling backpack?

Welcome to my denial bubble where I hide and think about inconsequential things.

Posted by suekoff on 2015-06-22 15:01. 3 comments. 118 reads
 
Hi all - I had a pacemaker put in back in January 2014. Everything has been great until the last couple of days. I have some pain right where the upper edge of the pacemaker is. I haven't done anything (to my knowledge) that would have "pulled" anything. Has anyone else had pain so long after it was put in? It's not terrible - it's just uncomfortable. If it's not better in a couple of days, I will call the doctor. Just wondering if any of you have had a similar thing happen.



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