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Posted by eileenknapp on 2015-05-17 15:30. 1 comments. 128 reads
 
I have a tattoo that I want to have covered up. I have a pacemaker and am on blood thinners. Had two heart attacks and a pacemaker put in 8 months ago. It will be where the pacemaker is. Has anyone ever had this done? I know what my doctor says, I still want to know of anyone that has actually had this done and what their experience was. Thanks for the input.

Posted by Mita on 2015-05-17 02:17. 4 comments. 192 reads
 
My mom is in the philippines right now and her doctor had decided to insert perm pacemaker on her as her heart rate is very irratic. She's acheduled tp get her surgery on june 1st. It's only 5/16. Thst's a long way. We were thinking to just fly her over here in the states. Jowever her doctor has advised against trAvel until after sugery. Yravel is abt 16 hrs. Do we listen and just wait fir the sugery? Is it really dNgerous to travel?

Posted by ben1 on 2015-05-15 14:15. 2 comments. 159 reads
 
Hi all been a long time since I have been online or posted just to let to all now out there anyone who is worried it gets better and wouldnt change anything now! This time last year was sat on the sofa feeling like I was going to pass out and had no energy to do anything! Had my PM fitted in september 2014 been back at work as a engineer since October been at the gym getting fit since January now training for a 10k mudrun obstacle course and will be raising money for the british heart foundation to hopefully help with research and to help others like me! Only 26 years old throught my life was over last year but now doing more than ever life is for living to the max now! Thanks to all the help and great support with all my questions last ye...


Posted by Runningmama on 2015-05-15 11:07. 6 comments. 224 reads
 
Hey Gang,

What happens if you accidentally get too close to one of the grocery store detectors, you know at the entrance or exit, and hear a beeping sound? I'm only paced at 50.

Posted by boysmom on 2015-05-15 06:03. 3 comments. 134 reads
 
I have not posted in a very long time, but I continue to visit the site frequently. Tomorrow I will be celebrating what has become know as my re-birthday. One year ago (I cannot believe it's been a year) I received my pacemaker for complete heart block. I had a very difficult time coping with this. I just wanted to drop in and say thank you to everyone here!! I would not be where I am today if not for folks like you!! Your encouragement, understanding, and support helped me get through the depression, fear, and anger. Please continue to encourage all new members the way you encouraged me!
Live life to the fullest. Fear nothing!

Posted by Andcunn on 2015-05-14 02:20. 4 comments. 237 reads
 
Does anybody know if there is a correlation between Heart Rate and Blood Pressure? If so, which one comes first? My husband has had his pacemaker for 6 years with no complications. Lately, we have noticed that when he feels pressure on his chest, his systolic blood pressure is in the 90's and his heart rate is 80 -not 79, not 81. 80. I have posted a more detailed message about his case which can be read at the following link

http://www.pacemakerclub.com/public/jpage/1/p/story/a/storypage/sid/34808/content.do

I gladly welcome your comments. Thank you in advance.


Posted by mariastafford on 2015-05-14 00:51. 9 comments. 236 reads
 
I was hired on at a hospital for a really great job, but I'll have to use a floor buffer/finisher. Ive heard this could disconnect my leads.
I really need this job. Thoughts? Advice
Thanks!

Posted by ladyzee on 2015-05-13 22:48. 6 comments. 143 reads
 
Hello Everyone, Hope all is well. I just joined this group, Thank you. I was wondering if anyone has heard of some sort of protection that my husband can wear over his shoulder maybe to cover his PM/DEFIB so he may be able to work with his woodworking machines. I have read that working with certain machines he needs to stand 2ft away! That will make it impossible for him to operate the machines from that distance! If anyone can help me with an answer that would be wonderful!
Thank you

Posted by FunSize on 2015-05-13 01:37. 16 comments. 432 reads
 
Hello, I am wondering if you all can give me some advice. Like I have posted before, I am new to the pacemaker club. April 3rd is when I had my PM implanted after being diagnosed with Mobitz 2. I have never had any health problems before and the Dr's do not know why this happened. My boyfriend and his family (MAJOR health nuts) are determined to prove that the Dr's were wrong and that I should have had a second opinion while I was in the hospital. (Even though my Dr asked everyone he could in the hospital what an explanation could possibly be..) My boyfriend's chiropractor wants to talk to me and tell me I could have damaged a part of my spine that connects to my heart and that the Drs actually misdiagnosed me...
My question is, how ...


Posted by orangebowls on 2015-05-12 22:13. 1 comments. 177 reads
 
Hi, I am 79, I developed Af fib 12 months ago, was put on amiodarone it did not help me had bad reactions to it , came off it, and was put on dioxin after 4 months was still in bad af took me all my time to walk 50 yards without being very short of breath and dizzy, tried a cardio version worked. felt good for 6 days in sinus rhythm, then back in af and lousy again, my ep
suggested av node ablation and explained all about it to me, so I decided to take a punt on it, had a biventricular pm put in 6 weeks
ago, no problems with that, insertion site a bit tender for 3 days, I had the ablation done 2 days ago and cannot believe how good I feel unbelievable, I have an EF 36%, and I am hoping that may improve with the better pumping o...


Posted by kdharley on 2015-05-10 23:32. 2 comments. 137 reads
 
just had my pm put in 7 weeks ago and now getting a sharp pain/burning sensation just to the right of the pacemaker towards the chest. Anyone else have this problem?

Posted by joelcr3 on 2015-05-10 12:10. 2 comments. 173 reads
 
Since I had the PM last September my glucose level has changed drastically. I had control of it in the 120"s in the morning before breakfst now its around 180 . I'll see the endocrinologist next visit in a week. Anyone have a similar reaction?

Posted by VJS on 2015-05-10 10:40. 3 comments. 159 reads
 
Before I had my pacemaker implanted I was experiencing severe bout of light headedness. It has been three weeks after implantation and I am still having days when I am light headed if I do anything more than lay around the house, gets worse after I take a shower. How long can I expect this to last? Is this something that will resolve completely or do I have to manage this? How long did it take for your symptoms to resolve post op?

Posted by Tabby on 2015-05-10 08:02. 1 comments. 108 reads
 
Does anyone know the name of a good analog scale?
I'm supposed to report any gain of 2 lbs. in one day

Posted by Shaun on 2015-05-10 06:21. 2 comments. 216 reads
 
I've had a PM for Bradycardia for about 7 months and I'm not on any medication. I feel fine while I maintain a high level of exercise, but if I stop or reduce the exercise then my body very quickly starts to feel run down. It's difficult to describe the exact symptoms, but it's like an internal flywheel loses momentum and everything inside of me starts to run down if I stop exercising for more than a couple of days. I get drained of energy and dizzy/light headed with a continual (low level) background headache and find it difficult to stay warm. At night I can sense my heartbeat and often find myself trying to catch my breath. I also tend to get more nighttime sweats/clamminess with my my blood pressure dropping to about 98/52@60bmp (note:...


Posted by cb on 2015-05-08 13:57. 4 comments. 199 reads
 
I have had my PM for 26 months and am getting a PM check every 6 months. When I was there yesterday I was told that the "pacing" has increased from 31% to 42% in the atrium and from 78% to 81% in the ventricles.
But why?
Will it be even worse next time?
Is my heart giving out?
Does it ever get paced less once it has been paced at such a high percentage?
I am stressed to think I am even more dependent the pacemaker.
The tech said I should exercise more...I did not see the Doctor.
any thoughts? And thanks.
C.A>

Posted by lisaannthompson on 2015-05-08 11:53. 4 comments. 138 reads
 
Since i like to hunt i had ot dome there does anyone shoot high powered rifle and was it painfull or scarey ro first start hunting

Posted by Tabby on 2015-05-08 07:33. 4 comments. 188 reads
 
I was told to weigh every day and ordered a digital scale that does a lot of things regular scales don't do. When I started reading the instructions on how to set it the 1st thing was do not use if you have a pacemaker. Do any of you use a digital scale or know anything about them.

Posted by Busdriver on 2015-05-08 02:23. 4 comments. 224 reads
 
I went back and searched a few previous posts concerning short term memory loss. Went back as far as 2008, saw quite a few people claiming to have experienced this, but never saw a cause. Like most of the posters, I never passed out or lost consciousness. I do realize now that I had bradycardia for quite some time, at least two years before I received my PM. Before the implant, I had what some people refer to as a photographic memory, especially when it came to numbers and memory using mnemonics (word association). Now, I find I have to read a newspaper headline two or three times occasionally to comprehend it's intended meaning. Also, trying to commit things to memory takes way more effort than ever. I am not forgetting things, it just ...


Posted by neff on 2015-05-07 21:29. 2 comments. 147 reads
 
Hello I Had my first pm put in over 10 years ago. At that time it was pacing about 40% on the upper part of my heart & not at all on other. About a month ago at my check up I asked if I were pacing more now. He said "no". This time I said nothing & he brought it up.Said the upper heart was pacing 99% .the lower part at 80%.I was so shocked I couldn't speak before he left the room.I am 73 .Is this is normal?



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