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Posted by Marie12 on 2014-08-29 14:47. 6 comments. 183 reads
 
At 54 years of age and after a massive HA and ICD implant, I realized I can't take the stress of working anymore and have retired. I haven't had more than a week off at one time in over eight years and so looking forward to some time for me and with my husband. I want to live my life now and worry about money and everything else later.

It's scary but my first 24 hours of retired life have been awesome with a trip to a National Park, some hiking, some sitting and just a wee bit of wine.

My new motto - Live now - pay later.

Posted by boysmom on 2014-08-28 12:11. 3 comments. 185 reads
 
I am feeling good! I had my 3 month clinic check and was asked if I felt my heart racing. Yes I told her and she seems to get concerned when I told her I feel it. It seems the pm reading has captured multiple SVT' events as fast as 200 bpm. So great, I went from complete heart block with no beats to 200... Ugh! I have an appointment next week with cardiologist to discuss. If I am correct, these are just annoying and not necessarily harmful??? I really don't want to be drug dependent, but EP nurse said probably have to take them. Can this be caused my the pm? Any words of wisdom out there?

Posted by JohnV on 2014-08-28 09:32. 6 comments. 264 reads
 
I received my first pacemaker 8 days ago; it’s a Boston Scientific dual. After not feeling well for past 6 months, first having shortest of breath while running and being fatigued, to lately be fatigued all the time and easily short of breath. Seeing one Cardiologist twice and both times told there was nothing wrong with my heart, having 3 stress tests and told they were normal. Seeing another cardiologist, who had me wear a heart monitor for 48 hours and getting an appointment with a specialist cardiologist within 4 days. Then told I had a heart block, the electrical signal was not always get to the heart and would probably need a pacemaker. Not feeling well this past weekend, very tired and no energy, going to Emergency, walking i...


Posted by Esporo1 on 2014-08-28 04:18. 3 comments. 352 reads
 
Hello.

My name is Robert and I am 27 years old. I just a pacemaker put in 2 days ago. I was born with congenital heart disease (transposition) and had the pacemaker put in due to sick sinus syndrome. I have been reading stuff on these forums ever since I found out I was getting one to try and learn about what I could expect. I have a few questions and things I want to talk about and this community seems like a great resource.

So right after I got my surgery I started feeling this fluttering in my chest. It felt like a fish was out of water and flopping around in my chest. It also felt like someone was squeezing my heart and would take my breath away for a moment. I went and saw the nurse today and she adjusted the min...


Posted by Truski on 2014-08-28 02:14. 4 comments. 130 reads
 
hey has anybody had any problems with defib/pacemaker playing electric guitar? Never thought about it b/4 but thinking about getting one and the pick ups would be pretty close to my implant sitting down. Any thoughts or experiences would be appreciated.

Posted by ma_ku on 2014-08-27 18:35. 3 comments. 220 reads
 
I have not been nominated yet, but it is wise for folk with PM/ICD?

Possibly not!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jvchamary/2014/08/25/ice-bucket-challenge/

Mark

Posted by TickTock-UK on 2014-08-27 07:00. 3 comments. 173 reads
 
Hi,

I have a Sorrin esprite dual lead PM.

This morning at 6am I woke from a deep sleep felt a little strange at first as if my HR was very low and then my HR was pounding at 120, only lasted a minute or two, and then went back to normal. Strange but this happens now and then usually around 2, 4 and 6am and never at any other times or during the day when resting.

Any thoughts??

Len

Posted by MelodyMarch on 2014-08-26 22:55. 4 comments. 171 reads
 
Since I'm still less than a year since implantation, every now and then I come up with something that I can't answer through searching the forum.

I am curious as to the effect different weather temperatures have on the way the device feels in our chest. Right now with this heat, and what I lovingly refer to as "sweaty boob syndrome" my incision has been itchier than it has been since the immediate healing period after implantation last October. Driving me a bit batty. Also, when I'm out in the heat or in my oven of a car driving home I seem to notice/feel it more.

I know it's not an issue, and normal, just wonderIng if any one else notices if temperature effects how their implant feels to them.

Posted by TraceyE on 2014-08-26 22:12. 3 comments. 107 reads
 
Vote in the new poll if you haven't already! It's on the right sidebar. We've had a few discussions recently about how many people have what kind of device, so let's find out what our members have.


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Posted by general365 on 2014-08-26 14:34. 6 comments. 164 reads
 
When I was told I needed a PM, an image of a bunch of old people popped in my head. "I'm too young" I said. Just now I was perusing the photo gallery and found out that I AM the old guy! Apparently people of all walks and ages require a PM sometimes.

Posted by dk9 on 2014-08-25 22:21. 1 comments. 169 reads
 
I know a while back he wasn't feeling well, I haven't seen him on here in a while. I always enjoyed his posts.

Posted by general365 on 2014-08-25 22:03. 4 comments. 158 reads
 
Hello. I just received my PM 08/19/14, and when I woke up from surgery I felt 100% better. I might be a non-typical case in that I am 57 years old, and was scheduled for surgery 4 days after my symptoms presented. I was in bad shape, and it happened very quickly. I was looking at my copy of the bill (WOW) and noticed that they originally intended to install a St. Jude PM3210 ($16,000 plus) and then changed it to a PM3242 ($7,000 plus). Was this an upgrade or a downgrade? I do know that I had to have a 3rd lead installed. Thanks

Posted by KarenR2014 on 2014-08-25 21:59. 7 comments. 120 reads
 
We are having trouble with our landline service Time Warner. (The tv, internet and land line keeps going down) It has been going in and out. It says check tell line. I am worried that when I am due for a check up that it will go blank In a middle of a pacer check especially when they speed up your in the checkup and then phone goes dead so to speak and there is no way of slowing the down heart. I am wondering what will happen. I don't trust phone test. Would you do the phone with phone blanking out like that?

Posted by stormynw on 2014-08-25 04:09. 4 comments. 136 reads
 
Hello Again :)
So three months post-op and after lots of fun (complications). I was wondering if it is normal for the skin above the pacemaker to feel like pin pricks or pinching if you touch it or sometimes just moving will cause the pain. Also today I'm noticing an ache over the pacemaker site. Even just breathing seems to bother it right now. It also seems as if it may have moved some closer to my arm pit and the bra strap doesn't help. I chose to have it put on my right side because I drive a lot and may end up driving as my job but I've also had 3 shoulder surgeries on the same side and now I'm wondering how wise that was. :(
Although the few times I've been a passenger the seat belt does bother me so I guess it's best righ...


Posted by lauram65 on 2014-08-24 22:03. 2 comments. 96 reads
 
Hi all. Very glad I found this site! I am 65 and was diagnosed with atrical fib a few years ago. It is well controlled. However, I developed sleep apnea and my pulse began dropping into the low 30's at night and in the morning. Wore a monitor for a month and it showed sinus pauses at night as long as 7 seconds. Solution: pacemaker. I got 2 opinions and ran it by my primary care doc.
My heart was also not responding to exercise. No matter how far I walked, I could not get my rate up. The new pacemaker is helping that.

I believe both the CPAP machine and pacemaker have saved my life and definitely made the quality of my life so much better. I felt the benefits of the pacemaker immediately. I am truly grateful to...


Posted by alisonwilliams42 on 2014-08-24 17:24. 4 comments. 134 reads
 
I had a new pacemaker put in 2 weeks ago. The new one feels like it is much closer to the skin and is protruding. Is this normal, is it just swollen or is it possible that my new device has moved. I am really worried

Posted by NiceNiecey on 2014-08-24 11:02. 9 comments. 289 reads
 
How common is it to take 1 baby aspirin a day and develop an ulcer? I suspect that's what's going on with me but would like others to weigh in. Do they switch you to a different drug? I've had 1 blood clot and some aFib.

Posted by lahbigbro6 on 2014-08-23 11:28. 2 comments. 106 reads
 
My doc gave me a script for CT Arthrogram of knee because of pain. BCBS requires a pre-cert, its going to Physicians Review, has anyone dealt with this ? I understand the pre-cert, usually a nurse reviews within 24 hours, but with Physicians Review ?? Guess what people cannot do MRI's !!!!!

Posted by Cabg Patch on 2014-08-21 18:02. 10 comments. 265 reads
 
During my Cardiologist visit this morning, we were discussing shutting off my defibrillator, which by the way he was quite enthusiastic about and said he'd be happy to. But that's not the point of this post.

Anyway he said he could shut off the defibrillator function as well as ATP but legally cannot shut off the pacemaker. He said he just found out that it is considered a form of euthanasia because it can accelerate death.

He just had a 90 year old patient who was on her death bed in hospice, and wanted the pacer shut off but he was prevented from doing so.

Might want to have this discussion with your Dr if that's something you are concerned with.

Posted by Molllenora on 2014-08-21 16:04. 12 comments. 251 reads
 
I'm a 28 year old mother of one. I'm in the works of being diagnosed with symptomatic bradycardia and have been hearing a lot about pacers.

My problems really presented themselves a year ago after my child. Chronic fatigue, zero energy. Tunnel vision, spots, dizzy, lightheaded, confusion. Most recently I passed out. I had a visit with a cardiologist about 5 months ago and he cleared me saying for a tall, thin, athlete my 60-45 HR was fine and he wasn't sure why I was having symptoms.
After having a holter my HR was avg 53 and lows of 37 with symptoms. ST depressions 54 times at -3.5. So I'm heading back to the cardiologist. I haven't worked out in 3 months.

My questions are at what point did they decide to...




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