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Posted by melcoop on 2015-07-19 04:14. 3 comments. 177 reads
 
I'm a newbie, AV node ablation and bi-ventricle pacer placed 4 months ago. I've had a-fib, a-flutter and some vtach issues for the last few years and ablation and amiodarone were not controlling things. Been feeling great, rarely thinking about the packer at all and then yesterday had an issue. Beach camping with my family had to come up 8 flights of stairs and barely made it to the top. I started to see stars, my husband said my lips turned white and I had to sit for 5-10 minutes before I could stand. Felt exhausted after. I had this syncope happen prior to the pacemaker but thought I was in the clear and wouldn't be dealing with this anymore? Would love more info from people who have knowledge on all of this.

Posted by Roys on 2015-07-16 20:17. 0 comments. 89 reads
 
Hi
I am getting a lot of PVC's lately, one cause seems to be when I use the computer, it's a dell optiplex 745 and sits in front of me level with my heart, is this likely to be a problem?

Cheers Roy

Posted by mtnboy1 on 2015-07-15 21:41. 5 comments. 146 reads
 
New guy here....56 years old.

Two lead install five weeks ago...
Left heart complete electrical block. fainting...I have a high Heart rate, not a low one....so meds bring it down and sometimes it drops too much..

Not that it matters, Interesting I've seen no others mention the " Biotronik" brand..
I have one friend who has a PS and it's the same kind..

Funny how mine will only kick on once a month or whenever...when I need it...Which is a GOOD thing...

Pinetop Az...

Posted by Dave H on 2015-07-15 17:04. 0 comments. 87 reads
 
I'm sure there are others here who, like myself, are warfarin users. My primary doc has prescribed 50mg Tramadol 2X daily - for low back pain and arthritis in my left foot. My cardiologist along with the clinics anti-coag lab folks see no issue with using warfarin and Tramadol - altho the Walgreen's pharmacist stated Tramadol MAY increase my INR number. Anyone here have experience with Tramadol/warfarin use?

Thanks,
--Dave--

Posted by cjjohnson2 on 2015-07-14 20:15. 6 comments. 184 reads
 
Hi,

I may be getting a pacemaker because of Bradycardia related symptoms. I just thought I had become lazy and forgetful. them the dizziness started. It was almost exhilarating to find out there was something physical causing my symptoms.

Can anyone out there tell me what it is like getting a pacemaker. Does it really improve the quality of life? What types of test should my doctor order to be sure my problem is bradycardia? I have wore the Holter monitor for 48 hours, zio xt patch for 14 days, and I have had a stress test so far.

Posted by HeartOfBrick on 2015-07-14 11:53. 1 comments. 141 reads
 
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Posted by Josiah on 2015-07-13 17:03. 1 comments. 93 reads
 
Had a pacemaker/defib implanted in early Feb/2015. No problems for most of the time but in last month or so, site has sometimes felt swollen and tender with occasional twinge of pain. Is this normal?

Posted by busrider on 2015-07-13 16:22. 4 comments. 176 reads
 
Spending several minutes pulling weeds and bending from the waist to do the job, I straightened up and found myself both breathless and (to be expected) a bit dizzy. Neither lasted for more than a minute or so, but I was only pulling weeds for a minute or so also.

Too hot to work out in the yard for longer than a few minutes at a time as I'm NOT a lover of the heat and humidity. So I've no longer experience to determine if the breathlessness and dizziness would have been worse had I worked longer.

I'm assuming this is probably normal for the dizziness, but is being breathless also normal or only noticeable because I'm so darn aware of having a PM and I enlarge every twinge into a Federal case?


Posted by tactheemt on 2015-07-12 21:19. 1 comments. 96 reads
 
In February I had endocarditis because my prior pacemaker lead became infected, and in return infected the tricuspid valve of the heart. I had to have open heart surgery to fix the valve, and have the leads removed. I now have a dual chamber rate responsive Medtronic Pacemaker with the leads attached to the outside of the heart. Now, during simple exercise I break out into a profuse cold sweat, and experience sharp chest pain. These symptoms quickly subside upon resting. Has anyone experienced something similar? Is this something that is normal to expect, or should I be concerned. It's quite scary. Thanks for any advice!

Posted by keepbeating on 2015-07-12 14:41. 3 comments. 153 reads
 
Whenever I do any activity that jiggles my pacemaker (jog, wash armpit while showering, shake a bottle of dressing, etc.) my heart begins racing to over 100 bpm. Slows down after 1-2 minutes, but quite disconcerning. Pacing is set at 63 bpm. Anyone else had this issue? Diagnosis?

Posted by BetsyQ on 2015-07-11 22:04. 4 comments. 173 reads
 
I had my dual lead Medtronic pm implanted early Wednesday morning and I was just discharged this morning, Saturday. I did not expect that. Apparently I have very small vein and it was a challenge to get the leads in. Then I was told that my collarbone is shaped differently and the EP had to try to fit the pm in. After the abuse of trying to get the leads in my heart was "irritated" and I had difficulty breathing. They gave IV meds for that and also IV antibiotic. I definitely do NOT feel like running around the block! I am sore and bruised and have horrible oozing sores from the bandage tape. Any hints for healing those sores? I notice a small improvement from day to day but can't imagine doing all of the things I read about ever...


Posted by 0300hours on 2015-07-11 10:09. 8 comments. 335 reads
 
Like many of us, I had little warning or preparation prior to receiving a pacemaker. Now at 3 months, I have many questions and maybe this has been discussed before I joined, so please forgive me if this is tiresome for long duration PM-ears.

When you die, the PM keeps on going, right? Do they remove the unit before burial? Can your PM go with you if you elect cremation? Do they ever recycle components?

What is the usual interval between implantation and check up with pacemaker clinic or whomever assesses PM function?

Do PMs ever slip from original position in the chest?

Many of us have devices to balance tachy rhythms with medications prescribed to reduce heart rate. How long does it usua...


Posted by Sairam on 2015-07-10 14:46. 4 comments. 187 reads
 
pm implanted person's what about DO'S and DONT'S


Posted by Dave H on 2015-07-10 11:44. 0 comments. 104 reads
 
I just began a great read: "A Man after His Own Heart" by Charles Siebert (A true story)

"Somewhere on this earth tonight, somewhere, I believe, not very far from me, there is a person whose heart I’ve touched. A person whose heart I’ve held in my hand. . . .

So begins A Man After His Own Heart, an extraordinary narrative by acclaimed author, essayist, and poet Charles Siebert on that most elusive of topics--the human heart. On a rainy December night one recent winter, Siebert was given the rare opportunity to accompany a team of surgeons both in the harvesting of a human heart from the body of a young woman who'd recently died of a brain aneurysm, and in the subsequent delivery and implantation of that heart int...


Posted by Diamond Jules on 2015-07-09 18:40. 9 comments. 236 reads
 
Hi,

Has anyone (I'm 54) with a pacemaker for heart block (and no other health issues) been advised to have any jabs, vaccines or shots for pneumonia, flu or shingles (or anything else)?

Posted by annie21 on 2015-07-09 12:59. 7 comments. 232 reads
 
Having a coffee with a friend today, ended up in hospital, they said the coffee had caused my heart to race, which caused the collapse, kept me in all day, bloods X ray all ok, has this happened to anyone else.

Posted by wired&blessed on 2015-07-09 12:19. 10 comments. 159 reads
 
Good day to everyone! I need youlls help please im a lityle worried. Tomorrow ill be going to my cardiologists/arrythmia specialist for the first visit after my procedure. Today itll be 9 days since my St Jude Dual Chamber Pacemaker procedure aland everyrhing had been going fine and was looking forward for tomorrows apointment to get my stitches removed. However this morning i woke and saw my body full with red bumps, i called cardiologists and i was told to go to my primary dr, so i did only to find out he'll be out until Monday. Now im worried has this happened to any of you after your procedure? Please any answers will help me a lot, thanks & blessings.

Posted by BetsyQ on 2015-07-07 17:50. 5 comments. 147 reads
 
Well tomorrow is the "big day". I'm scheduled to get my pacemaker bright and early in the morning. I am SO grateful for this site. I have spent hours on here reading past posts. Because of you I was encouraged to call the cardiologist this morning and get some questions answered. I now know that I have neurocardiogenic syncope. I probably spelled that wrong! My heart has been stopping when I pass out and last week it stopped for 31 seconds. I didn't even know my diagnoses until the call today and I wouldn't have wanted to "bother" the doctor without your encouragement.

Although I am not looking forward to the procedure, reading your posts has given me hope that my life will have a new "normal" of hopefully not passing ou...


Posted by Ronaldo on 2015-07-07 14:38. 1 comments. 84 reads
 
Hi, has anyone neen issued these for use at home. I am in uk, just been given one.

Posted by Dave H on 2015-07-07 14:30. 3 comments. 129 reads
 
RE: A-V Node ablations ----- Is the heart able to "undo" an ablation and "heal" itself?"

BTW: From my favorite story in the Dec 2014 Men's Journal entitled "Heal Thyself" by Charles Siebert: "I read once that the heart has a sort of brain too Or at least a deep muscle memory. Transplant recipients, it is said, regularly adopt the personality traits of their donors. My cardiologist thought it quaint."

--Dave--



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