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Posted by IAN MC on 2014-04-17 05:25. 2 comments. 185 reads
 
We all know the theory of altitude-training where top-level athletes train at high altitudes. They go off to somewhere like the Great Rift Valley in Kenya where their bodies become accustomed to low levels of oxygen. They then run like crazy when they return to lower altitudes for their athletic events.

My pacemaker gurus, in their infinite wisdom quickly identified that :-

i) I am not a top-level athlete and
ii) I cannot fly over to Kenya because my wife says the house needs decorating !

So, in a flash of sheer brilliance , they came up with a cunning plan :-

They deprived me of oxygen for over two years by not giving me the correct settings on my PM . This was their version of ...


Posted by Helenbuble on 2014-04-16 14:50. 6 comments. 246 reads
 
Hey I'm Helen twenty nearly twenty one had my pacemaker fitted recently after passing out since the age of thirteen I never thought anything of it until October last year it caused me to crash my car since then I was under going investigations for epilepsy the tests came back negative this dis heartened me as I still didn't know the cause and I was passing out at least three times a month if not more which it was beginning to affect my life more and more neurology then passed me to cardiology who did a 24 hour tape this showed I had an irregular heart beat which because it stopped between 3.2 and 3.5 seconds at a time caused them to want to do more tests I then had three blackouts within a week and my gp admitted me to hospital over ten da...


Posted by Ces58 on 2014-04-16 14:23. 4 comments. 130 reads
 
I had a pacemaker fitted just 10 days ago for 2-1 heart block which showed up on a tread mill test. Shortly afterwards I noticed that I had a tightness across my throat rather like indigestion. I have since spoken to the pacemaker clinic who said the problem was not related to the pacemaker. I was asked if I had angina? I said not as far as I knew and I certainly had not been told that I had anything other than the heart block. I queried the suggestion that the tightness might not be due to the pacemaker saying that I did not have this before the pacemaker was fitted. I was told that my heart may well now be being made to work harder and that I should contact my GP. I asked if it could wait until I saw my consultant in 6-12 weeks. He sugg...


Posted by annie21 on 2014-04-16 10:52. 10 comments. 207 reads
 
put on these 3 weeks ago, started having chest pain, feels like electric shocks, chest feels tight, i think it could be side effects. Should i bother doctor

Posted by kmom on 2014-04-16 09:35. 0 comments. 23 reads
 
Warmest wishes, prayers and good thoughts go with you today as you get your PM word of advice--remember to ask for ice pack when you get back to room. It will really help! You'll be ok and feeling sooo much better!! at least that was my experience!!

Posted by wingwang on 2014-04-15 04:35. 4 comments. 119 reads
 
Hi everyone, happy to have found this site. It's really relieving to read the messages. I am 38 and just had my pacemaker implantation last March 5th. Days before my procedure I have browsed the postings here and was well-informed on how it is to become a "wired" individual and it gives me enough courage to face it. My recovery is doing great and just had my 2nd interrogation last week. The wires are stable and still have 13.5 years...

Posted by Tick-tock on 2014-04-15 01:07. 0 comments. 36 reads
 
I had my staples removed today. I feel like I'm doing surprisingly better than I had inticipated. My last surgery I really struggled with. This lead removal, ablation, and pm revision, has been much more tolerable. I am 10 days post op today, and am ready to start taking on the world. Ji still have some discomforts, but wrapping myself in ice seems to do the trick. My groin area hurts the most, but this to shall pass. Hope everyone else is on the mend. I look forward to attempting some future 5ks.

Posted by capecod on 2014-04-14 22:26. 3 comments. 73 reads
 
hi all
met with my physiologist today. i will be having crt-d procedure within 1-2 weeks. trying to stay calm:)

Posted by foxy on 2014-04-14 19:19. 2 comments. 109 reads
 
Hello everyone, was just fitted with my new St. Judes Pacer, but my son has the flu does any one know if I should be worried?

Posted by Luq on 2014-04-14 05:03. 7 comments. 176 reads
 
Hello there.
Am scheduled for a c-section tomorrow morning at week 35 preg after difficult weeks of the entire pregnancy. I had uncontrolled svt and increased pvcs throughout my pregnancy. I'm not on any medication right now..metroprolol was stopped at the beginning of the 3rd trimester. My doc has prescribed ceftriaxone 1mg half an hr prior to my surgery to decrease the risk of infection to the heart since I v a pacemaker. Anyone with similar experience? Am very worried about the whole procedure since my pulse rate cannot behave now. My resting heart rate ranges from 120 to 170 sometimes. Any positive though will be appreciated.
Luq

Posted by nonischemic on 2014-04-13 21:16. 2 comments. 128 reads
 
Hello Everyone,
Just turned 57 in February and had a Medtronic DTBA1D4 CRT-D with Pacing lead implanted March 19, 2014. I was diagnosed with nonischemic viral cardiomyopathy with a dilated left ventricle and a moderate to severe regurgitating mitral valve. My EF was only 15% when diagnosed (Nov 2013) and increased to 20-25% pre-implant using meds.
They also discovered I had bundle branch block LV and RV out of synchronization.

After seeing four Cardio Doctors they settled on a CRT-D. I’m now 3 weeks post implant. No pain, no complaints. Just a wait and see if the 3rd lead helps increase my EF.
I'm back to my morning treadmill “fast pace walk” of 3.8 - 4.2 MPH for 35 minutes and just break a sweat with no S...


Posted by shannon on 2014-04-13 13:34. 3 comments. 123 reads
 
my question is if anyone has any experience with this! my husband is now 43 and had 3 degree heartblock and a pm put in in2008.. now developed pm induced cardiomyopathy with ef at 20 percent...has had a biventricular pacemaker with a defibulator put in... the ep doc has said sees this in a handful of patients.. we went to see a cardiologist that's for heartfailure and is doing a echo in a month... anyone had there ef return to normal ?

Posted by leopoet on 2014-04-13 13:02. 4 comments. 124 reads
 
Is having a pace maker making it hard for me to gain weight I also take fluid pills as well could that be a reason too. Ijs I'm tired of looking like string bean lol

Posted by Unexpected Changes on 2014-04-13 02:43. 4 comments. 181 reads
 
Last night not long after I went to sleep I woke up with sort of numb arms, I went back to sleep and didn't have a repeat of that feeling.

Today when I was driving my car, I had been driving for over half an hour when I suddenly felt like I was going to pass out. My vision was all wavey in front of me. I was on a four lane highway but luckily was able to get to the kerb and turn into a side street,

My heart was thumping wildly and I still felt like I might faint, even though I was sitting in the car.

I had my dual lead pacemaker implanted Jan 2013 and all seems to be going well.

I don't know if my heart was thumping because of the shock of nearly passing out in traffic or whether the thumping ma...


Posted by Dave H on 2014-04-12 19:29. 3 comments. 118 reads
 
While on the treadmill today, my wife was on her cell speaking to a friend who informed her that this friend's hubby has had an ablation (he also had a PM implanted 6 months earlier.) I never heard of an ablation being performed after a PM implant. In my case, after 3 failed Atrial ablations, my AV node was destroyed, and a 3 - lead Medtronic Consulta implanted. Anyone have more info on this type of scenario?
Also -- just curious -- another issue I have is testing positive for the antiphospholipid antibody, warfarin being the therapy - also the therapy for my paroxymal A-Fib. Anyone know of any site similar to this one for us Lupus folks? Luckily, it creates no symptoms for me other than low platelets (71,000 - 113,000)
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Posted by CanadianKirk2 on 2014-04-12 13:03. 4 comments. 116 reads
 
The pacemaker's automatic mode switching function (AMS) was mentioned in a recent post by Sullis65.

I found the topic interesting and believe I would benefit from it as I have a problem with A-fib.

I am hoping that someone can tell me if this function needs to be turned on by the technician to work or whether it is at work from Day One.

Canadian Kirk

Posted by fishfighter on 2014-04-12 06:51. 4 comments. 166 reads
 
Hope everybody is doing good. Myself, well I'm still hanging in there. Still in and out the hospital weekly now. More meds and the list is now 3 pages long.

The weather has been great the last week here and I been getting outside as much as I can. When I went to New Orleans last Tuesday for a check up, my doctor told me I looked good. Got a little sun burn the day before. The bad thing was that I had put 10 lbs on overnight. Heck, I was drowning in fluid. Once he saw what was going on, treatment was a bunch of Lasix. I already take 120mg of that a day. As to why I put the extra weight on, just don't know.

To ROBO Pop.

Read your post on CHF. Nice post and so true. Everybody I come in contact look at me and t...


Posted by caiiika on 2014-04-11 15:11. 2 comments. 68 reads
 
Did someone had similar experience? Coincidentally or not after i got the pacemaker my INR start dropping more and more although my doses gets increased all the time, i drink them 3 years and so far i had stable INR untill i got pacemaker

Posted by naplesbear on 2014-04-11 11:36. 4 comments. 130 reads
 
Greetings everyone, I am new to chat rooms and a newbie with a pace maker, mine was installed a week ago today.I can already tell a diff in my heart rate, and my general overall feeling, just still bamboozled that my energy level is still zapped.

Posted by oporay on 2014-04-11 03:54. 5 comments. 249 reads
 
Hi :-)
I'm new to this forum, AND I'm from Norway so i hope you excuse my written English :-)

I have a sick sinus syndrom, and i got my PM in summer 2010. Since that i have had a little anxiety about my heart, although the doctor says everything is ok and that i should meet a psychiatrist to solve that out.
My problem was that I felt some heavy heartbeat at the same time every day, and that scared me for years, thanks to this forum I now understand that this is probably the PM doing Self test. My doctor told me i was "crazy", but i know understand that more people feel this :-). Is it safe to turn the self test off? I rally hate it!!!

The second problem is the nights. Before i got the PM i fell asleep at nig...




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