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Posted by stormynw on 2015-06-22 14:53. 7 comments. 239 reads
 
I have a question...
Do you ever wonder if you actually need a pacemaker. And . . . if you do have one has it made a difference? I first went to the Dr. because of sudden shortness of breath. They put me on the treadmill for what was supposed to be 15 minutes and I didn't even last 2 ninutes before the cardiologist said "I think we're done here". I said "that can't be good" and he replied it wasn't that my heart rate had slowed significantly and I might need a pacemaker. Well at 57 they implanted a pacemaker into my chest and then after having to go back in a week later so that they could reposition the left ventricle lead (Completely pulling it out and repositioning) I then also had multiple trips to the ER finally I ended up having...


Posted by Juliajambutty on 2015-06-22 14:49. 8 comments. 181 reads
 
Am a45 yr old female from Bolton UK . Had my pacemaker fitted 30/5/15 after having a 3 day monitor on which showed up sss. All happened really quickly - turns out my heart was stopping during the night and I didn't know . Is there anybody out there from round and about ?

Posted by goingtobewired on 2015-06-22 14:23. 7 comments. 82 reads
 
Hello my surgery has been rescheduled for next Tuesday instead of tomorrow due to insurance. Ill be having a St Jude Pacemaker, any comments on pacemaker? Thanks to all!

Posted by busrider on 2015-06-21 17:23. 0 comments. 53 reads
 
I forgot to mention that my PM was inserted on 20th of May and it is exactly 4 weeks since. Scar is good, PM seems solid, not having any problems.

Posted by busrider on 2015-06-21 17:21. 4 comments. 101 reads
 
all of you who read this were able to lift your arm above your shoulder, use your arm in a motion such as raking the yard, to name two things I need to do to complete projects that are waiting for me alone.

My cardiologist when I saw him on 8th June said I could lift my arm if I wanted, but I'm terrified to do so and haven't yet done it.

The nurse who was doing the PM check up didn't give me the same advice, and suggested I put off my projects for another 2-4 weeks.

What is the experience of more seasoned PM patients would be helpful to know, and advice is always welcome..

Posted by sunblock on 2015-06-20 22:23. 2 comments. 135 reads
 
If there is anyone out there that has their Merlin@Home outfitted with the USB adapter and router to send the data via the internet could you please reply with the manufacturer (probably Ralink Buffalo) and most important, the model number of the adapter.

Thank you very much. It is very very important.

sunblock

Posted by sooz on 2015-06-20 17:11. 4 comments. 155 reads
 
Hi, after about 25 years of more of suffering I am finally getting a pacemaker. Had 2 cardiac ablations in 2000 for psvt. I have arrythmias PVC's, PAC's, tachy/brady syndrome, diastolic failure. When I sit or lie down I drop to the low 40's and when I stand or do anything at all I go right up over 100 and climb to 130's to 150's. At least I don't get stuck over 200 anymore since my ablations! That is how my life goes all the time. So when I take beta blockers for the highs to be able to breathe at all my heart goes in the 30's when I am sitting or lying down. Now that I finally have insurance I will be receiving a Medtronic dual chamber pacemaker on June 30th. I am a bit antsy about this as I had 2 friends almost die last year from...


Posted by Peppurr on 2015-06-20 11:27. 4 comments. 128 reads
 
Hi all, I have a Medtronic duel pacemaker. Have any of you had a Brrr sound, a couple of times, almost like a cell phone on vibrate? It made me feel weird. I went in and had a pacemaker check, and she said all was well with leads and all. had no idea what it was but not the pacemaker. I told her I have nothing else it my body it could be. So I just can't figure it out. If you have any ideas, please let me know. Thank you so much. God bless.

Posted by beautyinhiseyes on 2015-06-19 23:00. 4 comments. 118 reads
 
Hello I have posted before not exactly sure what happened to my account. Well previously in my post I mentioned that my now 14 yr old daughter after a physical to play school volleyball in 2012 was diagnosed with DCM, LBBB amongst multiple other heart issues that we had never been aware of . She had never showed a sign nor symptom and still till this day has not shown any signs nor symptoms. She has been stable on meds since 2012 but just stable no improvement or decrease in function. Very thankful for this . Doctors decided after much discussion and discussion with other EPS docs across the country due to this not being done on very many children they felt crt-d would be best for her. We had this placed on this past Wednesday the 17th of ...


Posted by bday on 2015-06-19 20:48. 1 comments. 71 reads
 
Had a dual pacemaker on June 4th, for Afib and PVC's - left arm tethered for a few days til first check up - have trouble remembering not to raise it and have done so several times - painful but apparently no damage - is this a common thing and how long for most recoveries -am 84 and in relatively good health otherwise

Posted by Kered on 2015-06-19 15:14. 5 comments. 180 reads
 
Hello fellow pacemaker fans,
I've tried really hard to get an answer to this one, no success.
Can anyone confirm or otherwise that we pacemaker recipients can or cannot wear the new Apple Watch.
I just cannot get my mind around the reluctance to say yes or no.
HELP!

Posted by goingtobewired on 2015-06-18 23:10. 19 comments. 213 reads
 
Hello everyone!
Im thankful for finding this group. Im a 46 yr old female. Ill be having surgery this coming Tuesday. Pacemaker implant, i am very nervous because im super scared of hospitals, needles, the smell of alcohol etc. and i was told i wouldnt get general anesthesia:( plz anyone share your experiences...did you feel anything? Im sorry if i sound like a little girl but i take anxiety meds and hospitals is like phobia to me.
Thanks & Blessings

Posted by Tattoo Man on 2015-06-18 15:12. 3 comments. 139 reads
 

......Hi all...yesterday I attended the latest meeting of Beat It...

The group had a presentation by Dr Jeffrey Khoo on the history of the pacemaker with q +a..

..Followed by a presentation by Lawrence Green...my own Techie...about downloading and common misunderstandings / urban myths about what you can and cannot do..

..Part three was the boring bit ,..because Yours Truly spoke for a whole 12 minutes about his Cardiac History and did not see anybody actually fall asleep...

People can be SO kind !!

Anybody within a striking range of Grantham could do worse than attend the next meeting....much to learn about...and a real bonus...

I wont be talking...!!

TM

Posted by estgad on 2015-06-18 13:26. 8 comments. 140 reads
 
It seems that I am part of an ever growing population of people that do NOT have a landline phone.
It is well know that voip phone lines are not very good at being able to transmit data, so they are not an option.

Like many others, I refuse to get the cell phone adapter for the Merlin transmitter.
I think it is asinine that a whole new cell line is needed. The simple solution here would be to use blue tooth to have Merlin connect to my cell phone and use it to transmit the data.
OR, if they are going to require a dedicated cell line, why doesn't the company negotiate a package deal with one of the cell providers. I am pretty sure they could do a LOT better than $16/month.

I refuse to be robbed of $450...


Posted by gordon on 2015-05-17 15:44. 3 comments. 57 reads
 
Why do you have to put your email in every time surely putting your password in should be all you need???

Posted by eileenknapp on 2015-05-17 15:30. 1 comments. 38 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. 112 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. 3 comments. 121 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. 172 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. 94 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!



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