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Posted by TessyBear on 2015-01-20 09:41. 9 comments. 253 reads
 
Hello =)

Being new to all this PM lark, I wonder whether it's worth getting a medical alert bracelet or necklace made. I'd appreciate any views and advice.

Stay healthy,
Lynsey.

Posted by mytrose43 on 2015-01-19 21:10. 2 comments. 81 reads
 
Well i got my merlin home thing today ,I set it up and should be all set to go it is hooked up thru a cable phone line not a hardwire one in the wall reading the info they sent me it sayd it might work with the cable box all went as it was supposed to when i set it up ,My question is will it be making those beeping sounds when it does its testing at night its pretty loud lol .how has this worked out for other people they said it will detect any problems but it will only take a reading about every 3 months kinda cool to bad the wifi in the pacemaker wouldn't run a hotspot lol
Thanks Valerie

Posted by IAN MC on 2015-01-18 10:00. 1 comments. 223 reads
 
I have just bought a book :-

" Pacemakers made Easy " . It is written by Carl Robinson who is a senior cardiac physiologist in a UK hospital. It has 149 pages of well-written, clearly illustrated content covering most aspects of the joys of having a PM:-

- Very clear description of what a PM implant involves

- Great explanations of the various PM settings i.e.
Pacemaker Mode / Pacing threshold/ Sensitivity / Lower Rate Limit / Upper Rate limit / Sensor rates etc

- the sections on impedance and the potential for interference from external electromagnetic radiation sources are particularly interesting.

I found it on :-

www.pacemakersmadeeasy.com/


Posted by DD on 2015-01-18 08:50. 3 comments. 119 reads
 
I am a 80 yr. old female and have been paced for 8 years at 100% due to an ablation for afib. I am scheduled for a new pace maker on January 28. Am pretty healthy with no other problems. What can I expect? The wires are ok so just means replacement of the pacemaker. Been relying on you guys for years. Sure appreciate this club. Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks. DD

Posted by DawnM on 2015-01-18 00:54. 4 comments. 182 reads
 
I haven't been on this site in a while, as I've been doing pretty well with my pacer. I've had my pacer for 3 1/2 years. I also have POTS. I got my pacer due to severe bradycardia (30's - 40's). My low rate is set at 70 and I feel pretty good with that. I saw my electrophysiologist yesterday and he was concerned that I'm pacing too much in the lower chamber...an increase from 20% 6 months ago to 60% at my most recent pacer check. He indicated that over time this could cause problems for me, even though I'm feeling fine right now. He has ordered an ECHO, since it's been 2 years since my last one and has ordered a "special" pacer check to have my pacer turned off briefly, while doing an EKG to check my underlying rhythm (I'm not 100% pacer d...


Posted by MelodyMarch on 2015-01-18 00:02. 4 comments. 166 reads
 
I received a letter in the mail over the holidays that my beloved EP, just up and resigned, leaving practice. Needless to say I was devastated. No warning or anything. He was the one that finally figured out that a pacemaker was the best treatment for me even though I am on the younger side, and I was borderline for needing one. I pace 25% of the time in the atrium with SSS but also have some NCS going on. Life has been much better paced in the year I have had it.

So, I did some research, I wanted to avoid one cardiology office, because I had dealt with one EP there when I was hospitalized and he gave me the "she's a woman" brush off. Changed all my meds (cold turkey) and sent me home (this was one month before implant when ...


Posted by lisabfit on 2015-01-17 17:00. 9 comments. 195 reads
 
Just looking for input/advice based on your experience...

Does it matter if the incision is done horizontally or vertically? It seems most Dr's do it horizontally -is there a specific reason for that?
I have one Dr who would do it vertically -simply for cosmetic reasons...but I don't know if that is "risky" at all? Is there any one out there with a vertical incision?

Pre-Op --Does it matter if the pre-op lab work is done a couple days before OR on the same day? It seems those are the 2 protocols out there...and I'm guessing this may have more to do with scheduling procedures - than anything else.

And finally - I have 1 Dr who would give me "special soap" to use the night & morning before - and 1 who...


Posted by lisabfit on 2015-01-17 16:52. 3 comments. 119 reads
 
Hi everyone -
I'm getting close to deciding on a Dr for my PM. One of the biggest differences between 2 of the Dr's is where they put the right lead...

Dr. A would put it at or near the septum - saying this location is closer to the natural conduction of the heart, and may help prevent heart failure on the left side -due to long-term right side only pacing

Dr. B would put it at the apex- this seems to be "the standard" as far as where most Dr's place it

Is there anyone out there who has their lead placed at the septum?

Any advice about this, research or experience?

I'm young - 42 - so this is going to be in me a long time- want to make the most informed decision...

Tha...


Posted by rfassett on 2015-01-17 11:32. 3 comments. 163 reads
 
Went for my checkup Thursday and the Doc reduced my pulse by 5 bpm and turned off the rate response. I am 100% pacing. I believe he is concerned about the battery life depletion. Anyway, this reduction in bpm has left me fighting to stay warm. I did not expect this as a consequence, but it is very real. My wife says "put on more clothes". That is one of the reasons I love her like I do - such practical advice. :)

Posted by Stephanie1983 on 2015-01-17 00:12. 4 comments. 182 reads
 
Hi,
If anyone can help with this i will be impressed!
I just had a baby who was born prematurely and is in the hospital and attached to a breathing machine that is affecting my pacemaker. Everytime i go near her/the machine, I feel like i have had too much coffee. I become jittery, and very short of breath, like someone is pushing on my chest. The machine she is on is a high frequency oscillatory ventilator. So my question is.. What do i do? Stay away from it altogether or keep a safe distance? And what is worst case?
Help is greatly appreciated!!

Posted by Bigheart1 on 2015-01-16 21:03. 1 comments. 58 reads
 
I had a visit with my heart failure doc today 6 weeks post op for LBBB and 30% EF. He did an EKG and saw my QRS had widened from my last post surgical QRS of 130. Pre-op it was 164.
They did a quick check of my leads and they were functioning at 100%.
Does anyone know why my QRS would widen if I'm being paced adequately?
I will call my surgeon next week. My heart failure doc was stumped and thought maybe the surgeon could reprogram my leads to tighten up the QRS. He said the surgeon should investigate.
My LV lead is investigational and has 17 programmable sites, so much is possible but it sure takes a lot of time!!
thanks All.
Bigheart

Posted by rngbartek on 2015-01-15 23:48. 3 comments. 98 reads
 
A new member here, and just wanted to say Hello. Im a 34 year old male and just had PM put in on 1/9/15 after valve replacement surgery. Already found some useful tips on this site.


Posted by mytrose43 on 2015-01-15 21:04. 2 comments. 103 reads
 
Have a question got a new pacemaker on 11/10/14 after having my old one for 9 years ,since the new one at night i feel and hear my heart beat in my head which i do not recall this happening with the old one is there possibly a setting that would do this i have a st jude pm2240( model number) 2 lead Thanks in advance

Posted by rfassett on 2015-01-15 12:12. 1 comments. 129 reads
 
Just got back from my annual check up. (I do carelink on a quarterly basis). Have had my pacemaker since October 2013. I think the Doc was somewhat surprised today that my battery life is showing 3.5 years. So he changed the voltage in one of the leads which seemed to be using a lot of power (this particular lead is in the back of the heart and he mentioned maybe having to re-position the lead at the next battery change). He also turned off the rate-response and he lowered my pacing from 70 to 65. He did say that if any of these changes cause ANY issues, let him know immediately and he will have me back in ASAP. BTW, I have the highest respect and confidence in my doc. Question, if my battery life is at 3.5 years (down from 5.8 year...


Posted by Sandee01 on 2015-01-14 20:50. 2 comments. 110 reads
 
Hi! My dad went to the hospital because of atrial tachycardia I believe. The doc said he was lucky because what he has usually results in death rather quickly. After 6 days in the CCU he received a pacemaker and a defibulator and was told he in on stage 3 category D of heart failure. After surgery the pacemaker would work 3 times then on the 4th the defibulator would shock. The nurse said today that it has been quite active today so they raised the parameters to pace 8 times then shock. How effective will these devices be for him in such a late stage of heart failure?

Posted by bobnor on 2015-01-14 11:06. 1 comments. 147 reads
 
I had a medtroic dual lead implant in august last year and the site stayed red and irratated and it looked as if it was trying to erode in one corner so the ep decided to do a pocket revision and place it deeper and to use a Medtronic anti bacterial envelope, had this done yesterday and a little sore today. just wondering if anyone else used the envelope its supposed to be absorbable Thanks

Posted by Grateful Heart on 2015-01-13 21:30. 3 comments. 121 reads
 

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Posted by Canadagurl on 2015-01-13 19:04. 2 comments. 139 reads
 
And I'm wondering if it's normal to feel some discomfort in my chest. I am pretty sure it is where the leads are going through the vein, and I already know that it took the surgeon some time to find nerves in my heart that are good. I'm hoping it's just irritation in the vein… should I be concerned? I had the pacemaker inserted 4 days ago.

Posted by Nelliebelle on 2015-01-12 15:29. 1 comments. 161 reads
 
My husband had his pacemaker put in, in 2013. He signed for an experimental lead. Approximately in the summer of 2014, he started experiencing a feeling that is like cold and hot at the same time and a dull toothache-like, agonizing pain in the upper left arm. When it's really bad, it's like someone has knocked him out (he is conscious at all times). He says that it is like you are going 20 mph towards a brick wall; hitting the wall; and then, experiencing that horrible pain after hitting the brick wall. Occasionally, it's a very bad throbbing pain. That's when he feels like he is losing it because it is a horrible agonizing sensation. It's always in the left side of the arm and face. We have been to his heart doctor many times. He ...


Posted by tarsha on 2015-01-11 09:23. 1 comments. 156 reads
 
can I take my daily 325 mg aspirin on the days before this test?



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