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Posted by admin on 2016-04-12 22:37. 0 comments. 95 reads
 
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Posted by Bee60 on 2016-04-12 21:17. 3 comments. 129 reads
 
Hi, just wondering if anyone has any experience of this. I have been told I need surgery on my hand DuPutrens contracture. The unit I was assigned to cannot do it, as the electric knife they use would interfere with my pacemaker settings. I am now referred to a large hospital. Never come across this before. My husband who also has a pacemaker has had surgery and never any problem. I would welcome any feedback or help. many thanks.

Posted by Sam124779 on 2016-04-12 05:28. 1 comments. 94 reads
 
Hi. I have had my icd implanted on my right side of my chest in December 2015 . I have had a lot of discomfort there. Because I am very slender in built. But recently I am having sleepless nights . Anyone else having this problem. I cannot sleep a full nights sleep. I am on medication that I take in the mornings only.

Posted by microscopess on 2016-04-11 22:47. 3 comments. 164 reads
 
Hello.

Meaning, I can feel my heart beat.

I've never felt this when i didn't have a pacemaker.

Is this normal???

Posted by hopefulheart on 2016-04-10 21:33. 7 comments. 261 reads
 
When reading our postings/comments, I often wonder how many of us spend precious living moments stressing over cardiac readings, numbers, studies....you get what I mean. The recent Merlin discussion got me wondering again, because I was actually tired by the time I got to the end of all the comments filled with the amount of just even cardiac info some of us have stored in our brains. Technology is great. Without it, I would not be writing this. I just don't want to wake up one day and find.....oops, I missed living because I was always worrying I had no monitor to monitor my Merlin if it should fail so to speak. Where does the line between heart technology and living life begin and end? Seems our needs for heart technology are as v...


Posted by AitorPomposo on 2016-04-10 16:54. 2 comments. 178 reads
 
Hi everyone, just wanted to introduce my self. I am 18 and currently living in Barcelona. I was fitted a pacemaker in 2010. I am open to offer my personal experiences in general and any advice whenever possible.

Thanks
Aitor Pomposo


Posted by microscopes1 on 2016-04-10 11:51. 5 comments. 211 reads
 
Just had a dual chamber installed and am curious how long until I am free to move around and not be scared I'll rip my leads out of place? One of the doctors said it can take up to a month and a half for everyone to scar tissue around. Is this true?

Thanks for all your help everyone. This is such a great resource.

Posted by Microscopes on 2016-04-10 02:36. 6 comments. 296 reads
 
I had septal ablation 2 days ago and now have complete heart block. They tried taking me off of the temporary pacemaker 4 times and I flatlined every time.

I'm worried now that I'm completely dependent, my pacemaker could fail and I'll die within minutes.

Anyone know how reliable they are? Anyone else TOTALLY dependent?

Posted by Pm on 2016-04-10 01:27. 3 comments. 169 reads
 
Hi all. Quick question...Anyone out there coughing while even a bit active (like just walking) one month post dual chamber pm? It's not a cold. Started right after surgery. Looking forward to some responses. Thanks

Posted by Sarbear on 2016-04-09 01:04. 5 comments. 257 reads
 
I am a little over two months post op (2 lead pm) and am scheduled to go in next week for my 3 month check up. I called today to ask what time my appointment was at and was told I actually needed to reschedule because my doctor was leaving the practice and I either needed to meet with him earlier in the week or schedule with the other EP (don't know what would have happened if I had just arrived for my scheduled appointment or if they were planning on telling me before I arrived). I don't really like the office that much (very disorganized, always take an hour or two past appointment time before they get me in, not open past 4 pm, etc). The nurses that check me in and does basic blood pressure etc, never know why I'm there, always ask i...


Posted by freddyv on 2016-04-08 15:47. 0 comments. 93 reads
 
OK this might be my craziest question yet in my many postings I was not feeling perfect so I went to my DR & my lower chamber was pacing at 100% & the last time it was this high of a number by some weird coincidence I just got a new TATTOO then also the DR says he doubts it could be from that but also said with my being a medical enigma as he put it you never know has anyone that has tattoos ever had that issue I know I get very excited when I get a new tattoo

Posted by LJRytel on 2016-04-08 15:08. 4 comments. 295 reads
 
Doctor wants me to schedule colonoscopy which may require the removal of Polyps.

Gastroenterologist said pacemaker would need to be turned off to remove polyps with electric current.

I have 2-3 degree heart block with non-paced heart rate below 30.

Not sure what to do here?

Posted by Slugger71 on 2016-04-08 14:37. 3 comments. 257 reads
 
I drink about 4 ounces of 80 proof rum per day, mixed with cola! Can anyone tell me if my heart health is in danger by doing this? If so, why? What should my limit be?
Thank you,
Jim

Posted by ShanDS on 2016-04-06 14:06. 1 comments. 133 reads
 
Has anyone used these machines after PM implant? I love doing crafts and decided that I was going to burn a few signs for our outdoor kitchen/patio/pool location. I purchased a kit and was using it last night and didn't feel right. Not sure if it was just an off day for the ol' ticker or if there are known interferences. I looked online, but couldn't find anything.

Posted by 62cwil on 2016-04-06 02:49. 3 comments. 224 reads
 
One of my friends had a regular Boston Scientific PM to keep him from going to low. His HR went to 170 over the weekend putting him in Hospital

I have a St Jude Bi-ventricular with a low setting of 60 and a High of 130 with a HR set to 70. I was told today if my heart were to beat at 170 the PM would not slow it done. That being the case can anyone explain what that high setting of 130 is for.

Posted by Artist on 2016-04-04 02:10. 25 comments. 503 reads
 
Check this research article that states that Patients using a Merlin Monitor and submittting regular reports have a survival rate that is double that of patients that are not remotely monitored:

http://investors.sjm.com/m/#/Press_Releases/74718c6d-a239-4804-84d9-2f00fa6fa3f9

My Merlin reassures me. Please read the comments below from PM members.

Posted by carol76 on 2016-04-03 19:53. 2 comments. 156 reads
 
She posted that she "did some research" and came up with a protective coat which she was downsizing into a vest, that would allow her husband to use his welder. Several people replied with interest and wanted information about it. But I didn't see any reply from graci.
So, I'm wondering: is there a protective coat or vest I can get or make, to allow me to go back to occasional welding, drill press use and kiln use?

Posted by TraceyE on 2016-04-03 12:20. 11 comments. 355 reads
 
I know that my new Merlin checks in every night. Does anyone know if the check is generated by the machine or the device? I never noticed anything with my previous devices and last night was the first time I was awake and not near the box, prom night so I was trying to undo my daughter's updo.

One minute I was fishing pins out of her hair, the next minute I could barely stay upright, broke out in to a cold sweat, thought for sure I was going to pass out, barely stumbled to a flat surface to wait it out. Felt fine 5 min later. Thinking back, it was exactly 1am, so this morning I'm wondering if it was the self check. They said it was set for 2am but that was the week before DST and since it was exactly on the hour maybe that's wh...


Posted by John123 on 2016-04-03 06:31. 2 comments. 169 reads
 
Just thought i would leave this info here. It may already have been posted. Medtronic has two free upgrades for cellular phone remote monitors. They have one upgrade that costs about $12.00 a month.

Posted by BThankful on 2016-04-01 21:49. 3 comments. 360 reads
 
Hi all,

I'm a 51yr old female, happily married to my high school sweetheart, 2 daughters in college, some great friends, and a nervous new owner of a pacemaker.

I thought I was in pretty good shape although I'm bit heavier than I wanted to be. I walked 3 miles most days and tried to eat right. Then about a month ago, I noticed I just couldn't walk the way I used to, was getting winded just going up the stairs in my house, and was having heart palp. I have moderately high bp, so I restarted checking my bp and noticed my pulse was running in the 40's and decided to see the gp. He thought it might be my meds, which he switched --no change. Then I saw the cardiologist, who had given me a clean bill of health after I came...




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