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Posted by Grateful Heart on 2015-08-21 23:37. 4 comments. 239 reads
 

My HR hit a new high today at 222....3-4 minutes AFTER exercising ended. Suddenly it shot up and took about 6-7 seconds to come back down. Of course it felt a lot longer as I was staring at my HR monitor as it rapidly flashed the numbers. It's been pretty humid here all week but I'm always drinking water.

Been taking it easy ever since....feeling a little off tonight. Just a reminder to all to stay hydrated.

Grateful Heart

Posted by gertrude on 2015-08-21 21:21. 16 comments. 460 reads
 
Hello! I'm new here and about to officially join the club next week! I'm 31 and receiving a dual chamber device for Tachy-Brady syndrome.
Looking for expert advice on preparing for surgery and things that helped your recovery. Anything at all from preparing your house beforehand, reducing anxiety or gadgets that helped you after (seat belt covers, bra strap pads, etc.) any other words of wisdom welcome also! Thanks!

Posted by jwbarber on 2015-08-21 11:54. 6 comments. 285 reads
 
Since fall and winter is almost on us. I wanted to ask the question if it's ok to get in the hot tub. I've had my pacemaker for 6 weeks now.

Posted by nateshelton on 2015-08-18 15:04. 3 comments. 164 reads
 
Hi thanks for this forum it helps out alot knowing there a place I can go to and ask questions I couldn't ask my friends. I just received my pacemaker August 17, 2015 so I'm not only new to this group I'm new to the experience of wearing a pacemaker as well. Thanks again so much for this forum and thanks for your time.

Posted by busrider on 2015-08-17 15:45. 5 comments. 271 reads
 
Problem no. 1 with me. Breathlessness going up stairs, walking faster than a turtle and going up hills, and other times I just can't remember well now. BUT-------------I remember this: I often felt that same breathlessness pre-PM.

A lot of the really minor problems I have are often the same ones I probably had and totally ignored before I got the PM, but now that I have this computer in my shoulder, I'm aware of ever stitch, ever pinprick, every little thing as if it were a pending disaster if I DON'T pay attention.

AND---------I'm inclined to say I'm overweight, but my doctor would be on the floor howling with amusement as I'm classified as obese by her medical records. AND---------I'm facing the fact that altho...


Posted by starzyed on 2015-08-17 12:34. 1 comments. 119 reads
 
Had dual lead Medtronic two months ago never felt better. Had third degree heart block heart stopped twice.59 year old male hang in there everybody gets better. Starzyed

Posted by roborbob on 2015-08-15 20:32. 5 comments. 327 reads
 
I just had a PM put in 4 days ago and I am male 57 years old and I thought I was good shape. Two weeks ago I was fine no problems and then all of a sudden I could hardly walk without gasping for air and dizzy heart pounding so hard. I was ok if I just sat still or lied down. I finally go to the Dr. and he says pulse is at 30 and I am going to the hospital now. I am like you must be talking to someone else because that is not me. I am in hospital and my heart stops --good thing I was there I guess--so it was later at night so they put a temporary PM on me which is on the outside of the chest. I then get a permanent one in 2 days. I am still in a state of shock that this happened to me as I am sure everyone else is who has a PM.

I...


Posted by joanpucherelli on 2015-08-15 15:09. 2 comments. 150 reads
 
I am writing this for my 88 year old mother. She has a pacemaker for slow heartbeat. She calls in once a month for her pacemaker check up with no problems.
Over the past several weeks she has been experiencing episodes of dizziness and generalized weakness. She is a very healthy 88 year old who until recently walked the dog every day, she does her own laundry and light house work and cooking. Is there anyone here with NEW ONSET ATRIAL FIBRILLATION WITH AN EXISTING PACEMAKER, I was considering atrial fibrillation as the problem. She recently saw her Internist and he didn't mention Atrial Fib as a possible diagnosis. Is there anyone with experience here with this problem

Posted by Tabby on 2015-08-12 16:56. 9 comments. 286 reads
 
Has anyone noticed more hair loss than usual since pacemaker was installed?

Posted by Robert122085 on 2015-08-11 00:39. 1 comments. 182 reads
 
Does anyone know if having a pacemaker and being medboarded out qualifies you for (special military compensation) or any other hidden benefits.

Posted by TickTock-UK on 2015-08-10 09:26. 9 comments. 395 reads
 
Hi all,

Just seen this..

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3191708/Faulty-pacemakers-killing-2-000-year-unexpected-deaths-patients-thought-caused-malfunctions.html

Not very encouraging - Len

Posted by MarvinTheMartian on 2015-08-09 07:22. 9 comments. 406 reads
 
I had my pm installed 9 days ago. I was told that it would fix my tachycardia and that I had to have it. I didn't have any time to think - 4 days later the surgery was over. I was told that it had to be done in a matter of days.

My pm has never fired yet. And after it's all done I find out it's not for tachycardia. It's a safety feature only to be used if my pulse gets too low. While the doctor said that I was taking too high a dose of beta blocker 9 days ago, now he wants to super medicate me to the point where my pulse could drop down too low and my pacemaker would kick in.

I've been grossly misled by the doctor. I asked to have the pm removed and he said that if I forced him to do that he would have my license rev...


Posted by Survior#1 on 2015-08-09 05:07. 1 comments. 160 reads
 
Hi! I am new to this website & found it looking for an answer to a ? I had. But could not find the answer. I just passed my one yr anniversary of 2 heart surgeries in 3 days. I was in 3rd degree heart block so needed my atrial & mitral valve replaced. 3 days later my HR went to 27 so needed a dual chamber pacemaker. Supposed to be in & out in 10 days, but spent 7 weeks in there as I was allergic to the Coumadin. My recovery was long & painful & lost oxygen to my brain from the 6 hr surgery on my heart. I had a nervous breakdown & wanted to die. I'm much better emotionally now & my brain cells were not destroyed, but physically I'm not back. Still get depressed cuz I can't do what I used to & it breaks my heart. Used to ski, water & snow, e...


Posted by Survior#1 on 2015-08-09 05:07. 0 comments. 108 reads
 
Hi! I am new to this website & found it looking for an answer to a ? I had. But could not find the answer. I just passed my one yr anniversary of 2 heart surgeries in 3 days. I was in 3rd degree heart block so needed my atrial & mitral valve replaced. 3 days later my HR went to 27 so needed a dual chamber pacemaker. Supposed to be in & out in 10 days, but spent 7 weeks in there as I was allergic to the Coumadin. My recovery was long & painful & lost oxygen to my brain from the 6 hr surgery on my heart. I had a nervous breakdown & wanted to die. I'm much better emotionally now & my brain cells were not destroyed, but physically I'm not back. Still get depressed cuz I can't do what I used to & it breaks my heart. Used to ski, water & snow, e...


Posted by Survior#1 on 2015-08-09 05:06. 0 comments. 96 reads
 
Hi! I am new to this website & found it looking for an answer to a ? I had. But could not find the answer. I just passed my one yr anniversary of 2 heart surgeries in 3 days. I was in 3rd degree heart block so needed my atrial & mitral valve replaced. 3 days later my HR went to 27 so needed a dual chamber pacemaker. Supposed to be in & out in 10 days, but spent 7 weeks in there as I was allergic to the Coumadin. My recovery was long & painful & lost oxygen to my brain from the 6 hr surgery on my heart. I had a nervous breakdown & wanted to die. I'm much better emotionally now & my brain cells were not destroyed, but physically I'm not back. Still get depressed cuz I can't do what I used to & it breaks my heart. Used to ski, water & snow, e...


Posted by Jane21 on 2015-08-08 17:16. 6 comments. 315 reads
 
Hello all.
I am feeling pretty anxious as 3 weeks after my dual chamber pacemaker was fitted I now feel considerbly worse.
I had complete heart block catagory 3 and the pacemaker was fitted as an emergency. I had 2 hours notice!
That took a bit of adjusting to once home, but for the first week felt better - apart from the expected soreness.
Healed nicely, no infection.
However now I feel much worse. On exercise (which includes walking on the flat, going upstairs to the loo etc) I experience palpitation, dizziness, I feel as though I am going to feint and my chest hurts, my heart races, but interestingly my pulse drops down to 55 - 65. On resting my BP is low and pulse high.
I went back to hospital last...


Posted by ljh_WestervilleOH on 2015-08-07 14:52. 3 comments. 169 reads
 
Hi. I had a CRT-D implant on 7/2/14 and then a lead revision and pocket modification on 8/15/14. Everything has healed up nicely but my CRT-D is not 'tacked' and moves around so much it is driving me crazy. If I try to sleep on my back it shifts almost sideways and creeps up by my collar bone. If I sleep on my left side it slides to the left and becomes very uncomfortable. My best option is to sleep on my right side and wedge a pillow under/over the CRT-D to keep it from shifting to the right or creeping up.

Does anyone else have this type of issue and if so any advice on what has worked for you to handle the movement of the device. I hate the idea of another surgery to make my EP 'tack' it so I'm looking for some type o...


Posted by hilowell on 2015-08-07 07:02. 1 comments. 174 reads
 
Lowell Matias is my name I'm a student at Hawaii Community College. I feel very different from everyone els that don't have medical issues. The fact that no one els but us understand how it is to go through such a thing. I'm only 18 and I've went through 4 open heart surgeries already. Currently I've had my pacemaker for 8 months and I honestly feel a lot better then before. Although now Its my fourth time going into atrial flutter. My cardiologist have been using electric conversions to make my heart match with the normal beat basically meaning to restart my heart. The last 3 times have not been working and now I have to get it zipped out of my heart. I have no idea what that means, but I do know there will be an incision and they will go...


Posted by Gram211 on 2015-08-07 01:39. 11 comments. 257 reads
 
Hi! Now that I have a pacemaker and still on Warfarin, I think I need a medical bracelet. A ny suggestions on a good and trustworthy website to order from? Thanks!

Posted by racerjon on 2015-08-05 19:49. 3 comments. 154 reads
 
I have been scheduled to have a pacemaker put in on August 29th. I've had several surgeries over the years but this one has me a little anxious. What can I expect and what is it like after surgery?



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