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Posted by Dawnie on 2014-09-18 18:01. 2 comments. 64 reads
 
Just a wee shout out to see if anyone in the pacemaker club is based in Northern Ireland...would love to meet up or have a telephone chat with someone local with a pacemaker.
Been having a few issues and just a bit down.
Anyways...at least my heart rate stays above 30 bpm since my implant in April :) getting there...slowly

Posted by sue uk on 2014-09-18 15:17. 4 comments. 120 reads
 
It has been yonks since l have been on here but l think it's because l forget l have a pacemaker !!!
So needless to say l am doing really well, still have things l can't do but l forget about them & concentrate on what l can do.
Still love living in the country & have been up to my armpits in jams & chutney (no rude comments IAN & Tatman)
Anyway, so many "new faces" on here now, it's good to see that the site is still a huge support as it was for me 3 yrs ago.
Huge hugs & kisses for my special friends ( you know who you are).
Sue Uk x

Posted by KarenR2014 on 2014-09-18 14:59. 5 comments. 169 reads
 
So I have a kidney stone that the dr says I won't be able to pass. He suggested the blasting method. Will I be able to have that procedure done since I have a pacemaker? He said something about putting a wand over my pacemaker. What does that mean?
I am also on warfarin. It sure got complicated all at once.

Posted by lauriebee on 2014-09-18 12:32. 2 comments. 142 reads
 
I had a Medtronic pacemaker implanted on June 2, 2014. No real problems and feel great. Until now....it appears my pacer, which was implanted IM, is now superficial. My cardiologist says because I am so active the muscle pushed it out. My question is..will reimplanting the pacer deeper in the muscle make a difference or should I just leave it alone? Thanks for any advice.

Posted by stormynw on 2014-09-18 01:56. 1 comments. 109 reads
 
Hello out there :)

So 4 months post op STILL extremely short of breath and following a Shunt Test yesterday, today the Pulmonologist called me to tell me that I have a Pulmonary Shunt. This is not like a shunt used to drain fluid, in this case it means that:

Blood can reach the lungs successfully and the alveoli, the tiny air sacks in the lungs, are fully perfused with blood. Oxygen, however, does NOT enter the blood in the normal gas exchange process where carbon dioxide leaves the blood and oxygen replaces it. As a result, blood passes through the pulmonary artery, fails to pick up oxygen, and enters the pulmonary vein to return to the heart. The heart pumps the blood through the body, but it is not carrying enough...


Posted by gags on 2014-09-16 22:02. 2 comments. 164 reads
 
My pacemaker has a lower setting of 50. I am sitting at the moment and my pulse is steady but around 42bpm. The heart beats are strong enough too keep me awake. Could I be having constant PVC's or is it just pacing I am feeling.

Posted by Dave H on 2014-09-16 14:04. 1 comments. 105 reads
 
Had an EMS run to the ER on 9/9 - dizziness (ENT doc has diagnosed as possible Meniere's - inner ear fluid buildup) tests at the ER showed no cardio or brain issues. No one seemed to be concerned about the occasional shortness of breath. Remote PM download showed some short periods of A-fib - It comes and goes --------- Sad to say, one drug seemed to be effective: Valium. I never thought of myself as exciteable. The random shortness of breath continues. Maybe Primary doc has an idea --- I'll check with him.

--Dave--

Posted by EricWright on 2014-09-16 13:14. 7 comments. 176 reads
 
I am new here. I have not had the surgery yet. I was wondering about the average time off work/general recovery. I am a school janitor. Have to lift small trash cans about 15-20 pounds at most. Can lift them with my other arm and use the left one for balance. I am afraid I might lose the job if I am off too long

Posted by beachman on 2014-09-16 10:21. 3 comments. 140 reads
 
Went to er when hr was around 130 for several hrs and was admitted. Was given Amiodarone iv and hr finally leveled out'When discharged next day was given presciption for for this med. When I got the med and read information that came with it I decided not to take it.Does anyone have opinions about this med? THANKS.

Posted by TraceyE on 2014-09-16 10:03. 8 comments. 177 reads
 
Last week Blake passed along a request to interview from a reporter at US News. I was just wondering if anyone else here ended up in the article. I didn't recognize any of the names/stories, but it's hard to tell since most of us don't share a lot of personal information here.



Posted by rnff2 on 2014-09-16 00:56. 2 comments. 130 reads
 
I have lived with my heart "issues" since age 14. Open heart surgery at age 14 and again at 37 with mirtal valve repair and diagnosis of HOCM, and pacemaker at 40. My brother (age 49) who has lived with diabetes since age 13 had a heart attack last November, no previous cardiac issues prior to the heart attack and to make a long story short had 10% heart function after the heart attack and he ended up listed for a transplant and received a new heart on July 1st only 10 days after being listed. He is now feeling better than ever as far as energy and cardiac function. He has had a few bumps in the road and lots of other things that go along with getting a transplant..but he received such an amazing gift. I have always said I would never...


Posted by my4turtles on 2014-09-13 16:55. 6 comments. 194 reads
 
After talking with the Dr the other day he said he was going to add a 3rd lead to my pace maker as I have pace maker syndrome. I just got my surgery info emailed and it says BI-V pacemaker upgrade .. Does this mean his adding a 3rd lead or a new device .im going to call on Monday but until than I thought I could get some input

Posted by Harm on 2014-09-13 12:20. 1 comments. 129 reads
 
Recently my heart has been racing. Lasts a couple of minutes several times a day. No pain, just scared

Posted by justice on 2014-09-11 20:32. 1 comments. 112 reads
 
Just had a pacemaker installed. It was a breeze until 24 hours later when pericarditis raised its ugly head. Wow, I never felt pain like that before and I am 68.

Must pulse dropped to 20 bpm. and I was advised that I essentially lost electrical connection between the atrial and ventricular nodes.

All is well no, 3 weeks post installation and I am Glad to be here and not 6 ft under.


justice

Posted by Ves on 2014-09-11 20:22. 2 comments. 143 reads
 
I do quarterly transmissions of the pacemaker and get response from the doctor. Usually I ask for some information each time such as predicted longevity of the battery, Atrial and Ventricle pacing percentages, etc. For the last 2.5 years all has been stable but the last reading I got a shocking news. My Ventricle pacing was hovering around 4% - 5% but the last reading the Ventricular pacing was 96%. The nurse said that at the next office visit in November she will check the settings and not to worry for now. I am very concerned that something had degraded in my heart. I do not have any adverse symptoms but want to know if somebody may have an explanation of this big jump.

Thanks


Posted by beachman on 2014-09-11 19:37. 4 comments. 174 reads
 
I have been in afib for 24 hrs with bp running around 88/59 and hr around 130.Went to dr today he took ekg and said I was for sure in afib and to up coreg doasge and it was not better to come back tomorrow. Does anyone know a better way to pull out of it. THANKS

Posted by Robert122085 on 2014-09-11 19:36. 6 comments. 239 reads
 
I am active duty military and make good money.... But now I have a pacemaker and will be kicked out and am reading that a pacemaker is only 30% disability at best... When I can't do the things I use too or won't be able to do most things and can't live off 100 dollars a month SOMEONE PLEASE HELP......

Posted by kirkmanmj on 2014-09-10 19:36. 1 comments. 130 reads
 
Back story: 61 year old male, athletic, run half marathon, good shape

Problem: 2 years ago started having ventricular tachycardia (VT) for no apparent reason. Did all the known heart tests. Heart and circulatory system normal. Doctor said it was genetic.

Solution: Started taking 120 mg sotalol. This worked for about a year. VT returned and more frequent. Ablation #1 could not get my heart into VT. Installed a single lead ICD.

Six months later multiple VT occurred tried with Abaltion #2 but VT focus identified on outside of the heart. Three days later Ablation #3 was an epicardial ablation. Focus was identified and ablated. Very painful but worth it.

Two months later: multiple ...


Posted by jongomez on 2014-09-10 05:24. 3 comments. 140 reads
 
Hi friends!
I've had a PM for 3 years and now I need to have surgery for prostate cancer and the Dr wants to use the Da Vinci Robot technique. I feel anxious and was wondering if there's anybody out there who's had to have surgery not related to the PM and what precautions the Dr should make.Thanks!

Posted by Greenhemi on 2014-09-10 01:01. 3 comments. 120 reads
 
Thanks for all of your input. I know some of you are worst off than me. I've had to retire and was restricted from driving for 6 months.
It's been hard accepting the fact that I have heart problems. I have had therapy but wasn't very helpful. Therapist ended telling me his problems. How can I improve my EF? I have cardiomyopthy but no blockages. Clean arteries. The ICD is implanted for when the heart goes too fast or to slow. Been having all kinds of skipped beats lately . It's making me very nervous . Not set for pacing yet. It's a St. Jude's duel lead. Thanks again for your support. Wish I had known about this site 2 years ago.



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