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Posted by jane32 on 2015-04-01 23:39. 6 comments. 184 reads
 
I have a date for my replacement pm, it is 9th April, I will have an overnight stay in hospital, they are also going to review my leads while I am there, I know one lead is using extra power to work and I am being checked every 6 months. I am anxious as I didn't have a good experience last time, also it is the first time since my husband died that I have been in hospital, it is very hard adjusting to losing that one special person in your life, who was there to look after me as well. I have forgotten how long is it before I can drive after procedure. I am lucky I have family close by and a lovely cousin who is going to look after my crazy 4 month old puppy Meg. She has been my life saver but is a very busy little girl, keeping me fit. ...


Posted by trish on 2015-04-01 15:14. 0 comments. 58 reads
 
For those of you celebrating Holy Week, I am providing link to St Johns Church choir in which I sing soprano doing Louis Vierne Kyre eleison https://youtu.be/tecjjwC2jfg

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Trish

Posted by tk on 2015-04-01 00:51. 7 comments. 248 reads
 
It has been just under three weeks since I've had a pacer put in. I'm still adjusting. It's frustrating because I feel all these things that my regular Dr brushes off, and my cardiologist doesn't explain. I'm not sure if they are serious, or just part of the healing process. Maybe someone could help me understand if what I'm going through is "normal" like for instance - I am feeling light-headed and dizzy pretty often but I check heart rate with at home blood pressure heart rate detector and heart rate seems fine. My blood pressure is on the low but normal side. I have been diagnosed complete heart block and bradycardia. Idk much about all of this except that I am feeling pretty good some days and then totally exhausted others. The last fe...


Posted by Peppo on 2015-03-31 18:32. 3 comments. 141 reads
 
I currently have two questions regarding 14 year old pacemaker. Shortly will require Atrial lead and Generator replacing and a lumber spine MRI, The pacemaker is not MRI compliant.
Since fitted in 2001, I have not had any problems, .Any advice / experience please. In UK found only one Heart Hospital who says can do.?

Posted by rusty on 2015-03-31 14:53. 2 comments. 140 reads
 
OK, just got my dual chamber Boston Scientific K173 installed yesterday afternoon. Procedure took 1.5 hours with no problems.Home from hospital with a sore shoulder and neck. I have a sling to wear, but doc told me to not use it all the time. Could cause additional stiffness issues. Was amazed to see my pulse at 60 BPM vs my old 36 BPM.
I've always been a runner, so there will no doubt be some future adjustments in line for me. Hoping to walk on a treadmill in two weeks, after I see my heart doc. I work in the electrical industry and find myself in HV switchyards at least once a month. Had a good conversation with the BS tech rep after the surgery, and he assured me there would be no issue unless I arc weld or start hanging around arc...


Posted by beverly on 2015-03-31 14:18. 9 comments. 181 reads
 
I just now joined. My doctor told me a couple of months ago that sometime in my life I will need a pacemaker. Im 55 years old. My heart rate stays between mid 50's to mid 60's when im not walking or exercising. I was wondering what rate were some of the members of this forum at when they had to get a pacemaker. Im really wanting to put it off as long as I can but dont want to chance anything bad happening by waiting.

Posted by seenu302 on 2015-03-31 11:18. 5 comments. 153 reads
 
Ever since I had my surgery (4 months) I have these vivid dreams pretty much the whole night. My rate is set at 60 BPM. My natural rate before PM was low 30's. Did anyone experience this?

Posted by Grateful Heart on 2015-03-31 10:52. 0 comments. 60 reads
 

Thought this may be of interest to some. The Cleveland Clinic has live chats....this one is on Cardiomyopathy. If interested, you can register for a chat....you do not have to participate with questions if you choose not to....they can be very informative.

There are other subjects as well. Here is a link:

http://chat.clevelandclinic.org/chatpage.aspx?chatid=1737

Grateful Heart

Posted by Busdriver on 2015-03-30 21:54. 4 comments. 167 reads
 
My doctor always has me do an EKG before he sees me. During the EKG, the nurse asked me if the lump on my chest was the pacemaker. I said yes and she pulled out this round object from the cart and placed it against the PM. I suddenly felt 'different', but not bad, and the lines on the EKG changed drastically. I asked her what the object was, and she said it was a magnet that shuts off the PM, so the doctor can see the differences. Now I know how close I have to get to a magnet before it affects me, as long as it isn't any bigger than the one I saw during that checkup. It also indicated I am paced 100% of the time. Not sure how I feel about that.

Posted by Shaun on 2015-03-30 18:11. 5 comments. 198 reads
 
I have a log burning stove and every now and again the glass in the door needs a good hard scrubbing to clean it. Because the door hinge is mounted on the right I can only scrub it using my left arm. However I've noticed that since my PM implant, whenever I scrub the glass hard I can feel my heart beating uncomfortably fast and a slight breathless sensation which lasts for several minutes after stopping. I workout extensively 4 times a week and so I'm pretty fit and I don't feel that the nominal effort needed to scrub the glass really warrants the increased heart rate / breathless sensation. It happens every time within 20 seconds or so of starting to clean the glass and I only noticed it since receiving my PM which is configured to click ...


Posted by trish on 2015-03-30 11:04. 7 comments. 211 reads
 
I too suffered from PTSD after events leading to pacemaker. Had sudden cardiac arrest resulting on horrid fall of ceramic tile. Cardiologist states that impact restarted my heart. SCA again of 22 seconds during implant . During that restart R ventricle was punctured by lead . Pericardial drain necessary with stay in CICU And these episodes were preceded by severe septic shock(antibiotic induced) 12 months before. I was unconscious 6 days in ICU with 4 more in stepdown, I am retired advance practice nurse but I did not realize PTSD could occur from physical shock until it hit me. Had tremendous startle reflex, agitation, severe anxiety. depression to point of feeling suicidal. I felt no one understood. Cardiologist never ment...


Posted by Mona on 2015-03-29 17:26. 6 comments. 172 reads
 
anyone else have problems with rapid heart beats after consuminb diet beverages with aspartame?

Posted by HeartZapCJ on 2015-03-29 12:12. 5 comments. 167 reads
 
I just had my pacemaker put in this past Thursday, March 26th. I do feel I have more energy but I am afraid I may have overdone it. My husband has taken me for some walks and now I feel a little light-headed. Is that a normal feeling? Do any of you have any advice for how I should pace my recovery?

Posted by lizs101 on 2015-03-28 21:00. 3 comments. 133 reads
 
I had a pacemaker implanted on February 24 and am doing pretty well adjusting. I started having a strange pain last night and don't know if it is normal or not. It feels like an electric shock at the pacemaker site. It is quick and a very quick sharp pain. It has been happening repeatedly since early last evening and is starting to frighten me.

Has anyone else had this type of pain? Is it normal and I just need to wait it out?

Thanks.

Posted by NiceNiecey on 2015-03-28 19:23. 3 comments. 104 reads
 
Thanks for the responses to my post about getting jolted 4 times even though I don't have a defibrillator. (I know: it's crazy!). DONR I sent you a private message for help.

Anyway, my general physician is arranging a second opinion with an EP in a large city nearby. I love my cardiologist (not the interrogation person) but best I can tell he is not an EP. I learned here (Tracey?) that all EPs are cardiologists but not all cardiologists are EPs. Thanks again to all who responded and I will let you know how if it's the a nerve or something else.

Posted by VJS on 2015-03-28 15:43. 3 comments. 193 reads
 
Thank you all for responding and sharing your stories. For those of you who have not read my previous posts I am a 29 year old diagnosed with bradycardia secondary to sinus node dysfunction. I look forward to reading your posts each day but I have a question that's been wearing on my mind... I'm not sure I understand why I can wake up feeling "normal", go about my business and a few hours later I start slowly feeling terrible, especially an hour or two after exercise. Why does it progress so dramatically? Why isn't it a constant? I'm worried and want to be CERTAIN that this IS my heart before I were to go through with a surgery. I've never lost consciousness but I've felt faint at times and severe fatigue.
Before having a pm put in h...


Posted by donna_26 on 2015-03-28 13:20. 4 comments. 200 reads
 
Hi all I have been wearing a watch for about a week now and not been feeling well don't no weather it has anything to do with having pm in or not could any one tell me I feel tired all the time and very sick no engery and no motivation Al I Ment to wear a watch on my left arm or not can it cause my pm to not work as it should please help I have taken my watch of an going to see what happens

Posted by gaman on 2015-03-28 00:09. 1 comments. 85 reads
 
I had tricuspid heart valve repair back in November 2014. Was in Mobitz I 2nd degree block with bradycardia before surgery. Had aflutter after surgery that was ablated back in January. However, I have developed complete 3rd degree heart block since; resting pulse in mid/high 40's. I feel crappy but otherwise have no symptoms except for feeling irregular heartbeat when I go to bed at night. Looks like I'm getting a dual chamber pacemaker in a couple of weeks. Because of the tricuspid valve repair, they will run ventricle lead through coronary sinus instead of through the tricuspid valve. I've got an otherwise healthy heart and have read where you can live a normal life span with a pacemaker. Any advice?

Posted by trapper99 on 2015-03-27 13:21. 4 comments. 276 reads
 
Hi
I am a 62 year old male and had a dual lead PM installed 3.5 weeks ago. It was tough going the first few days, but things got considerably better, with no issues. I went for my 3 week check with the EP at about 2.5 weeks , as he was going to be out of the office.
At that time he said it is his practice to turn on Rate Response, which he did. From that point on, I started getting these odd sensations in my chest. It almost felt like I was getting this odd beat, almost in my throat. It happened 15 or 20 times a day. I called the Doctor and he said give it a few more days to see if it goes away, but I could tell he was skeptical that the rate response had caused any change or problem. As he instructed, I gave it time, but ...


Posted by Motown61 on 2015-03-27 09:51. 1 comments. 127 reads
 
I just wanted to thank you all for being here. The discussions here have helped me to feel "more normal" with my heart condition. One quick question, has anybody had their blood pressure start to slowly drop and then drop 20 digits? I started noticing the readings slowley dropping with exercise and recently dropped way down I was averaging 130/90 now it's 115 over 75 and I have called my doctor to review my meds (maybe I can cut back on doses) I really noticed it this week when I got home from work and was relaxing and felt light headed, so I check BP.

Motown61



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