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Posted by carol76 on 2016-04-03 19:53. 2 comments. 158 reads
 
She posted that she "did some research" and came up with a protective coat which she was downsizing into a vest, that would allow her husband to use his welder. Several people replied with interest and wanted information about it. But I didn't see any reply from graci.
So, I'm wondering: is there a protective coat or vest I can get or make, to allow me to go back to occasional welding, drill press use and kiln use?

Posted by TraceyE on 2016-04-03 12:20. 11 comments. 359 reads
 
I know that my new Merlin checks in every night. Does anyone know if the check is generated by the machine or the device? I never noticed anything with my previous devices and last night was the first time I was awake and not near the box, prom night so I was trying to undo my daughter's updo.

One minute I was fishing pins out of her hair, the next minute I could barely stay upright, broke out in to a cold sweat, thought for sure I was going to pass out, barely stumbled to a flat surface to wait it out. Felt fine 5 min later. Thinking back, it was exactly 1am, so this morning I'm wondering if it was the self check. They said it was set for 2am but that was the week before DST and since it was exactly on the hour maybe that's wh...


Posted by John123 on 2016-04-03 06:31. 2 comments. 170 reads
 
Just thought i would leave this info here. It may already have been posted. Medtronic has two free upgrades for cellular phone remote monitors. They have one upgrade that costs about $12.00 a month.

Posted by BThankful on 2016-04-01 21:49. 3 comments. 367 reads
 
Hi all,

I'm a 51yr old female, happily married to my high school sweetheart, 2 daughters in college, some great friends, and a nervous new owner of a pacemaker.

I thought I was in pretty good shape although I'm bit heavier than I wanted to be. I walked 3 miles most days and tried to eat right. Then about a month ago, I noticed I just couldn't walk the way I used to, was getting winded just going up the stairs in my house, and was having heart palp. I have moderately high bp, so I restarted checking my bp and noticed my pulse was running in the 40's and decided to see the gp. He thought it might be my meds, which he switched --no change. Then I saw the cardiologist, who had given me a clean bill of health after I came...


Posted by Cfleetham on 2016-04-01 15:30. 3 comments. 228 reads
 
Is there really an issue with a cell phone near the pacemaker. Just got my pacemaker yesterday so I'm looking for any information.

Posted by smile811 on 2016-04-01 04:03. 4 comments. 289 reads
 
My Mom has been having an increase in heart failure symptoms in the past three weeks she has voiced being concerned a few times (which she never does). She has commented that at times it's hard to breathe, blood pressure dropping extremely low and then later increase again, forgetting things more, her ankles and feet two weeks ago were retaining a huge amount of fluid and legs felt heavy and weak, extremedy tired and a lot of nausea (vomiting every night). The symptoms aren't always present bit becoming more frequent. I thought she was about to be willing to contact her doctor but then she received the pacemaker readings and it said normal. Now she is upset with herself for complaining and won't even call since the pacemaker said she is...


Posted by Grateful Heart on 2016-04-01 00:34. 6 comments. 181 reads
 

Updated today from the FDA. Classified as rare but worth noting.

http://www.fda.gov/Radiation-EmittingProducts/RadiationSafety/ElectromagneticCompatibilityEMC/ucm489704.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Grateful Heart

Posted by MaryAnne on 2016-03-30 23:07. 3 comments. 272 reads
 
Hi everyone,
I was pleased to come across this site. I believe the forum will be very helpful as I adapt to my pacemaker.

I have a bit of a strange question but did come across other posts on a similar topic so here goes... My 14 year-old rescue cat is not very affectionate but used to sit on my lap for brief periods and tolerate a bit of patting. However, since I had a dual chamber pacemaker implanted last September, the cat will not come near me and gets up and leaves the room if I come close to him. He still interacts with my husband and our dog just as he always did, and does not show any signs of illness or aging - his behavior toward me is the only change. Is it possible he is aware of electro-magnetic activity or no...


Posted by Vpainter on 2016-03-30 09:07. 8 comments. 261 reads
 
Morning all

I have a PM fitted well this is my 2nd one in 4 years but the last couple of days I've been feeling fuzzy/whoozy inside...it's driving me crazy and restricting me slightly. Sometimes when I'm resting it feels worse but sometimes when I'm up and about I get rushing feelings and my vision goes black which causes me to wobble.
I know If I go docs they will just send me to hospital and no disrespect but the hospitals don't know what to do with me

Any advice would be muchly appreciated
Thank you

Posted by BikeUSA on 2016-03-29 01:05. 3 comments. 197 reads
 
Hi, I am 66 and scheduled for pm on Thurs. my dr is somewhat dismissive of my complaints of fatigue with a resting hr of 42, it goes up to 60 when exersizing. He is putting in pm because I also have some atrial tachycardia and he wants to increase meds.
Is it unusual to be fatigued at this rate? Nervous as he has not told me what rate pm will be set to, and if it will help. I want to get back on bicycle soon - we rode across USA last year and want to plan more trips.

Posted by zo6 on 2016-03-28 18:39. 3 comments. 246 reads
 
I am due to renew my driver license and I had a complete cardiac arrest six months ago,(reason for pacemaker with difibulator) has anyone had a problem renewing their license?

Posted by fibber on 2016-03-27 16:43. 3 comments. 276 reads
 
Had A3DR01 implanted on Mar.17/16 (only 1 lead attached for now) and to this point everything has gone better than expected. No pain, and walked 1/4 mile with no problem. I read an article in "www.medtronic.ca/patientresources" that outlines what you can and can't do and one of the things is not to operate a chain saw. My family Doc thinks this may be old and if I am concerned wear rubber gloves when operating the saw.
Has anyone had experience with using a chain saw after the implant ?

Posted by Grateful Heart on 2016-03-25 04:15. 3 comments. 263 reads
 

I went to a pain management doctor today. I've never been to one before. I've been having greater hip pain the past 6 months or so but now my lower back pain is off the charts.

My BP today was 160/101. My BP is usually in the normal range. The Nurse said she could tell I was in a lot of pain and that my BP confirmed it.

The doctor wanted me to get an MRI. I told him I can't have one so he is sending me for a CT. He thinks it is osteoarthritis of the lumbar most likely due to the OA of the hip and the way I had to walk the past few years. It has thrown off my gait, balance, etc.

So ironically, I left without managing any pain. LOL

My question is does it sound correct tha...


Posted by Dave H on 2016-03-24 00:46. 1 comments. 173 reads
 
I won't see my EP for a few weeks....... anyone decipher this info?:

TYPE ATP seq Shocks Success Date Duration AvgB/M Max
AT/AF 38 No 19-Mar 06:15:10 364/75 545/79
AT/AF 1 Yes 16-Mar :27 145/77 188/VP
AT/AF 4 Yes 16-Mar 8:50 159/78 222/VP
AT/AF 1 No 14-Mar 4:35 150/83 222/83

Thanks!
--Dave--

Posted by freddyv on 2016-03-23 13:44. 16 comments. 628 reads
 
I got a question about drinking I have a birthday coming up & I would like to maybe get drunk but my DR says it is not safe to he is religious so I feel that is the reason he said that but I can be wrong does anyone that have a pacemaker drink still & if yes what % do you use your pacemaker mine fluctuates was curious if that might have something to do with it also

Posted by kmom on 2016-03-22 23:46. 4 comments. 269 reads
 
Haven't been here in a while, been busy with work and daughter's upcoming wedding etc. Finally found out a couple of weeks ago why I was so short of breath and not feeling well (since about November of 2015) despite the PM, the OHS I had last year etc. ASTHMA! believe it or not! now doing better. Now I have another issue totally unrelated I am having ankle pain and have been for about 3-4 weeks(kept thinking it would go away) finally gave in and saw the dr. about it today and thinks it's tendonitis he wanted to do an MRI and began to set it up at a local clinic in town. Explained that I had an MRI safe Medtronics PM actually went over to the radiology dept with my card and they couldn't do it because there was no way that they could mon...


Posted by ccryer42 on 2016-03-22 14:39. 4 comments. 169 reads
 
good morning everyone!!! it's been 3 months today since I had my pacemaker put in.. I must say I am doing 100% better than before.. the only thing I hate is I still have some discomfort on my left side where my pacemaker is... other than that I am doing great.. went in for my interrogation on yesterday everything was fine.. I try not to worry about the pacemaker as much.. thanks everyone.. have a blessed day..
Cassandra

Posted by ahdan78 on 2016-03-22 03:13. 6 comments. 221 reads
 
Hi guys,

I am new here. I am 37y.o, married with 2 kids.
Recently I got warded due to irregular heartbeat n giddiness. Almost blackout while sitted in my office.
Doc send me thru tests like ultrasound, trackmill, ECGs, MRI etc. He told me very likely I need to install a PM.
I am pretty worried as the articles I found in the internet, those complications I read up here and those things you can't do or task you cant perform well enough as compare to a normal person without a PM.
May I ask shld I go ahead with a PM or shld I just give it a second thought and continue to cope with my life as for now?

Posted by tonyfreddy on 2016-03-22 00:29. 4 comments. 179 reads
 
All in all feeling pretty good about my PM. My only concern is that the lump on my chest is still fairly pronounced. Has anyone had a similar experience? I've almost completely resumed normal activities (swimming, walking, elliptical) with no problem. I'm also concerned about tossing and turning at night for fear that I may be putting undue stress on the device. I feel too that I've become more 'edgy' and not in a good way. Any comments are welcomed. Thanks.

Posted by Natalie36 on 2016-03-20 23:51. 4 comments. 194 reads
 
Hi. I am new to the forum .
I am due to get my 3rd pacemaker changed on Thursday .
I am so nervous , I have a chest infection and doctor has put me on steroids and antibiotics . I am really concerned that the doctor at the hospital won't change the box due to the infection. I am off work for 2 weeks whilst kids are off school , I wanted to recover at home .
I haven't told people that I have a pacemaker as I find they look at you different . I have had them since I was 18 .
I now have children of my own and I am worried that the procedure might not go as well as the past .
Any advice would be great Thanks



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