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Posted by jumpercablelady on 2015-04-14 01:55. 1 comments. 181 reads
 
Hello everyone can anyone please tell me what this means this what is what they are doing on May 5th way its written below

EPS / SVT ABLATION / +OR - PPM IMPLANT

Posted by NiceNiecey on 2015-04-13 21:23. 6 comments. 238 reads
 
Thank you to everyone (Angry Sparrow, Grateful Heart, Ellen, Donr, PJinSC, Sunny; hope I didn't forget anyone) who helped me with my recent problem of getting jolted by my PM even though I don't have a defibrillator!

Some of you suggested a diagnosis but I actually have a name for it: DIAPHRAGMATIC STIMULATION. As you thought, it is, indeed, a lead touching the diaphragm. There is no need to worry about it occurring while sitting up, just while horizontal. It is happening to me now when I lay on my side (esp left side) as well as flat on my stomach.

How did I find out? I called my best friend in another state (should have called her first). She's a nurse and teacher, has a daughter that is a cardiac unit nurse as...


Posted by Virginia on 2015-04-13 19:49. 5 comments. 170 reads
 
Did anyone experience a cough after the pm was inserted? Also how about a tightness in the throat and a feeling of discomfort upon taking a deep breath? Just had mine inserted 10 days ago. Am a very active person and this is somewhat bothersome.

Posted by IAN MC on 2015-04-13 14:31. 9 comments. 233 reads
 
rdman in a recent post touches on this subject and I don't have the background knowledge to add anything useful to golden_ snitch's comments but I do have a great interest in the choice of Pacemaker for active people

- I am very active as a runner and cyclist and currently have a Medtronic Advisa

- because I am fed up with having to tap the PM / stand on the pedals etc when cycling because of the limitations of the Medtronic accelerometer , I am thinking of switching to a Boston Scientific to enjoy the more physiological minute ventilation sensor.

- switching a PM before the battery has expired is obviously a big decision so I want to know from anyone :-

Just how good is the minute venti...


Posted by sexychick1 on 2015-04-13 11:07. 1 comments. 97 reads
 
hi i have had a pacemaker since birth and iv done everything iv wanted to for the past 28 years of mt life but iam planning a trip away in a few months and what to try scuba diving doctors said its ok but only to a certain deprh wondering if anyone has done this with a pacemaker and what and if it had an effect on them afterwards because id rather not if is going to effect my health and ruin my trip. thankyou

Posted by mego13 on 2015-04-13 09:18. 2 comments. 96 reads
 
Today marks my 5 year pacemaker anniversary! She sure does know how to make my heart go pitter patter! Battery life is still amazing, so I'm hoping the battery will last another 3-5 years! :)

Hope everyone else's pacemaker is treating them this great!!!

Posted by rdman on 2015-04-12 22:03. 4 comments. 200 reads
 
(To further clarify my 2113-09-15 post, the RF ablation for the intermittent atrial flutter that was performed in 2009 also resulted in an apparent over-burn 1st degree AV Block.)

Subsequent to my 2013-09-15 post, one year later, I again mentioned the Boston Scientific pacemaker (BS) with Minute Ventilator (MV) sensor to my E/P. Since he had poo-pooed it in 2013, I was very surprised when he now enthusiastically endorsed the MV sensor feature for my active life and agreed to schedule a pacemaker exchange during the following month.

Since I felt very good with the Medtronic Adapta (except that I could not attain a heart rate to match my rigorous bicycle rides without banging-on-the-can), at this point, I asked a nu...


Posted by slarnerd on 2015-04-12 16:35. 5 comments. 247 reads
 
If you go to Universal Studios and desire to ride ANY rides, do not let them know that you have a pacemaker. I took my children there (Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida) last week for spring break and they were banned from ALL rides when the park discovered they both had pacemakers. I hope sharing this helps someone else, it was devastating to my children who had looked forward to riding the rides at Harry Potter World for months. Ironically, at Disney in Florida we have requested and received cut-the-line passes when we visit in the summer because my daughter has vagal/syncope episodes in heat/sun. My kids are thrill seekers and they have the blessing of their cardiologist and pacer nurse to ride the rides - we've never had any probl...


Posted by 1977Scout on 2015-04-12 15:13. 4 comments. 121 reads
 
I have been with a St. Jude 2210, 2 lead PM since 2012. I had quintuple CABG in 2009. I have always been prompt with my Cardio visits/appts. Everything is good, I guess. My general question is:

I had a PM installed due to "heart block" (signal going from top to bottom/ atrium to ventricle) Is it possible the the scaring of the quintuple CABG caused the heart block? I mean, scar tissue would inhibit or even interrupt the electrical signals of the heart? I have been reading up on this problem, but am unable to find solid evidence of this. Anybody have any thoughts?

Posted by Newfie1980 on 2015-04-11 21:44. 16 comments. 309 reads
 
Hi again I'm posting on behalf of my wife who is a week and 2 days into having her pacemaker and we were both wondering what is the best way to have her to shampoo her hair without getting her incesion wet (this question is for any women in the group who has a pacemaker)

Posted by jane32 on 2015-04-10 21:33. 5 comments. 174 reads
 
All went well with my pm revision, they untangled it and moved it over a bit and sewed it securely in place, on testing the lead it had 2 years life left so a new lead was put in and I now have up to 8 years before I need a battery change. I am so pleased with the care I got from the time I got to the ward to the time I left, everyone was so kind and caring. I told them about my bad experience last time so they took extra care and gave me extra sedation so it was like others have said, it was a piece of cake. .I am tired today and a bit sore but so much better than last time. Long may it last. Thanks to those that offered their support.

Posted by Jdm on 2015-04-10 09:35. 4 comments. 189 reads
 
I am pacing at 100bpm. That is not what I was set at. I found out when I did routine phone ck. I called my Dr. He is out until July. The nurse told me I would be alright til then. Does anyone out there know this to be true. And I would be exhausting my generator more rapidly

Posted by Roys on 2015-04-10 01:04. 2 comments. 107 reads
 
If you get A-Fib have a look at www.medscape.com/viewarticle/842739
Cheers Roy

Posted by jumpercablelady on 2015-04-10 00:08. 12 comments. 250 reads
 
Hi Everyone,
I am having a av/pacemaker surgery on May 5th..I am very scared I have already had a 3 1/2 hour failed ablation. I came on this site for support but after reading how everyone seems to be having problems one way or another makes me even more scared. I hope everyone here get their problems take care of so you can go on to live a active life. I am really having second thoughts now.

Posted by Dave H on 2015-04-09 17:38. 9 comments. 285 reads
 
Most Docs I've spoken with have stated a person's ejection fraction cannot be improved ------ one can only help save what they have left. A recent magazine issue had (can't recall the name) an article where the author was going down the same heart failure path as his dad. He decided to walk, walk, and walk some more to combat his heart issue. After a number of months, his cardiologist was amazed that he increased his EF from 18% to 40% -- a feat the doc considered impossible beforehand. (BTW: a study of the heart's EF via an echo is pretty much subjective - a point to keep in mind: a study by two different docs may yield two different findings) My situation?: Medtronic VIVA XT ICD / 6'01" / Non smoker / weight down to 195 from 240 / I en...


Posted by Alice63 on 2015-04-09 17:31. 2 comments. 135 reads
 
hello all, I am getting this pacemaker installed on April 30th. Do any of you have this one? Good or bad?? Thank you.
http://www.medtronic.com/for-healthcare-professionals/products-therapies/cardiac-rhythm/pacemakers/revo-mri-pacing-system/

Posted by seenu302 on 2015-04-09 05:20. 5 comments. 206 reads
 
Just wondering if there is any link between keeping cell phones in the shirt pocket i.e right on top of the heart and the heart rhythm issues ?? Does anyone know any research done on this correlation?

Thanks
Sri

Posted by Lamar on 2015-04-08 20:00. 3 comments. 110 reads
 
Hello Everyone I just had my implant on 4/6/2015,Monday...So far no pain no problems.I have my first stiches check next week but they didn't tell me if I should check the area out before that..Does anyone have any info on that?

Posted by aeiesqui on 2015-04-07 23:49. 3 comments. 225 reads
 
I have a question for those of you who have had a similar experience. I have been diagnosed with Neurocardiogenic Syncope through the tilt table test. I flatlined for 15 seconds during the test (1st part with no meds after only a few minutes). The doctor who administered the test and another electrophysiologist I later consulted with said I don't necessarily need a pacemaker. After researching and reading posts on this and other sites I'm not sure what to believe. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Please help. Thank you!

Posted by gaman on 2015-04-06 20:48. 4 comments. 221 reads
 
What's the best way to install a pacemaker on left side (I'm right handed) to minimize bump. I've heard of subpectoral muscle implants and transaxillary percutaneous techniques but don't know the advantages/disadvantages of either over the standard under the skin placement.

I figure if I gotta have one of these things, I might as well make is as aesthetically pleasing as possible. Also, does insurance cover these approaches if they are considered more cosmetic?

Got procedure scheduled this coming Friday so I got some decisions to make.



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