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Posted by Grateful Heart on 2014-04-06 14:47. 15 comments. 245 reads
 
My Husband and I took the class yesterday. It was a very good class, informative and fun, I highly recommend it. We took the class through the American Heart Association, a GREAT organization. It also covered child and infant CPR and First Aid....just about everything.....but NOT everything.

I asked in the beginning of the class if they talk about CPR on someone with a pacemaker/ ICD. The Nurse/ Instructor said yes they will. We went through the whole class and watched numerous videos, then applied what we learned on practice dummies...adults and infants for part of the test as well as a written test.

After the testing, I asked again about CPR on a person with a pacemaker/ ICD. The Nurse then acknowledged that t...


Posted by sunshinewishes on 2014-04-06 12:38. 0 comments. 44 reads
 
Good morning! Paul, You have always inspired me with your good morning wish to all no matter how bad the day for you. I have not been on site for a few days until this morning. You were not feeling very well the last post of yours I read. As I scrolled down the posts this morning, I did not notice one from you. I know there are many of us who would like to hear from you. Thinking of you. sunnywishes

Posted by Kaitland on 2014-04-05 16:54. 7 comments. 203 reads
 
I am having a PM implant on April 16th. I am left handed but have a monitor implant on my left side that will have to come out when PM implanted.
Trying to decide whether I should just have the PM implant on left side since I will have to be cut on that side anyway and I understand the left side is easier for the Doctor to work from.
I have an old rotator cuff injury on my left side which really flared up when they put the monitor in last year and that is also a factor I am wondering about. How bad is it on the shoulder the PM goes in? I as assuming this is going to be more invasive than the monitor implant.

Also, considering whether to push for implant under the muscle. I am active and reading on this site it ...


Posted by kmom on 2014-04-04 19:00. 10 comments. 162 reads
 
Monday I go in for a PM! Little scared but he said I would feel SOOO much better!! Bring it on! I guess!! I guess that's what I get for my month long Monitor! I'm still in Afib as well but they can't give me any more drugs to treat that until the PM because the Rhythmol is already decreasing my heart rate too much. as far as ablating he said he really couldn't do that because of the heart surgery I had when I was 25 to repair ASD --he doesn't want to go thru to the other side of heart where he thinks the problem is.

Posted by johnnyc on 2014-04-04 16:52. 4 comments. 119 reads
 
I had a pacemeker installed 7 weeks ago. There is only one, on demand setting which is for it to activate if my heart beat goes below 40 per minute. I feel good with no dizziness or threat of fainting which were my problems before the pacemaker was inserted. I am doing some light physical activities but no lifting with left arm over 10 pounds and do not put left elbow over my head.
Does playing billiards (8 ball) constitute raising your elbow over your head? Should I avoid it?

Thank you,


Posted by 48cs on 2014-04-03 20:36. 4 comments. 105 reads
 
Just joined and have a relatively new pacer-any other women have discomfort over insertion site from bra strap and any type of bra that is really comfortable over the site?

Posted by Sociald13 on 2014-04-03 20:31. 8 comments. 220 reads
 
I got my Pacemaker a few days after my 4 3rd bday and now going on two years with it...When at the hospital I was told to stay away from microwaves well at Fort was very careful but now sometimes I forget and I'm in the same room when it's on...I don't stand directly in front of it but I am in the same room....am I safe by doing that or should I just stay clear away...

Posted by kidsmemaw on 2014-04-03 18:15. 1 comments. 55 reads
 
Thanks for all the help I have a Doctor appointment tomorrow and will see what he has to say

Posted by Cupcake40 on 2014-04-02 20:34. 2 comments. 134 reads
 
2 weeks post pm for third degree heart block. I had the settings adjusted so I could actually sleep but now I'm experiencing a light dull ear ache n sore throat on the same side as the PM implant. It comes and goes and is not that painful. Any information will be greatly appreciated.


Posted by lscarberry on 2014-04-02 20:10. 6 comments. 163 reads
 
I have a Boston Scientific pacemaker/ICD and I think I got zapped the other night in my sleep.... felt like a big thud in my chest. Has anyone had this happen to them?


Posted by kidsmemaw on 2014-04-02 19:16. 8 comments. 200 reads
 
I am new to this group just had my pacemaker put in Feb 17 now I am having shortness of breath and my legs are swelling a lot I take an 80 mg water pill every day and it does not seem to help question is this a normal part of recovery or something I should be worried about Thanks for any help

Posted by TraceyE on 2014-04-02 10:33. 15 comments. 230 reads
 
I've been thinking about how to commemorate 20 years of pacing and finally came up with something good! I was leaning toward a paintball party or maybe the new zipline course I heard about but I signed up for my very first 5K. I really hate running. I do it every day but it's a struggle, so this will be a good challenge for me. One of my kids is doing it with me and my gym has a huge team, which means it'll be a fun party. And we get cute shirts.

Posted by Bree_Logan on 2014-04-02 07:56. 3 comments. 131 reads
 
Hi everyone!

I currently don't have a pacemaker, however I have SVT.
I was taking medication which has caused my heart rate to lower to much and is causing more complications. And is very painful!!
It seems every doctor/specialist/surgeon says that a pacemaker can be fitted to help with the condition yet no one seems to want to put one in.
Just wondering if any of you have/ had SVT and know if pacemakers are used to fix it?
I wouldn't mind if I was to got one, I just want something done to help me!

Thank you, :)


Posted by johnedward on 2014-04-01 23:15. 6 comments. 106 reads
 
Hi,
I have just discovered this site and look forward to reading and taking part when I can.

Cheers,

John.

Posted by SofiaBombieri on 2014-04-01 07:00. 7 comments. 165 reads
 

Dear parents!

I am now 24 and have had a pacemaker from age 2. I was born with complete heart block and my heart rate eventually decreased to around 17 beats per minute.

I am completely healthy now, but my mum recently told me how terrifying it was for her to find out the diagnosis.

Please feel free to contact me via PVT MSG if you want to set up a call or if you have any questions about what its like to actually grow up with a pacemaker (its awesome - you get out of things when you realllly want an excuse, but can actually do absolutely everything. I’m training to run a half marathon)

 



Posted by Grateful Heart on 2014-03-31 16:09. 3 comments. 98 reads
 
This one was called R.I.P.P.E.D. A little different than Body Combat and I was able to keep up. It involves cardio, endurance and strength. The upper body portion includes pushups and dumbbells, 5 lbs. each. I was able to do it all without stopping or modifying anything for the upper body.

I did need to modify the lower body movements...constant moving but no jumping for me. My new, year old hip was so strong! My old, arthritic hip and lower back survived the first class so we (my friend and I) went again 2 nights later.

My HR monitor recorded 240 for the high limit at the end of the class but it doesn't record how long at that rate. Couldn't have been long because my defib did not fire. Some sort of adjustm...


Posted by jillybird on 2014-03-31 14:30. 2 comments. 87 reads
 
Can anyone recommend a good cardio/EP in the Seattle/Tacoma area? I am trying to get into the UW EP lab but have no knowledge of who is considered the best in the region for my type of issues - no conditions found in echos, EKG's, Holter, but still have vasovagal syncope + low BP. Any recommendations would be welcome!! Thanks!

Posted by bluebowtye on 2014-03-31 12:05. 6 comments. 153 reads
 
Hey Everyone,

I can't believe it has been 6 weeks today since I got my PM. My how time flies! I am doing a lot better. I am finally starting to feel like I was before. My biggest issue is trying to get back in shape. I have been walking about 2 miles most days and one day last week I rode my exercise bike for about 20 minutes and on Saturday went for about an hour and half hike at a little park close to my house. That felt really good. I am hoping this week to start lifting some light weights. I need to get off the 8 - 10 pounds I put on while recovering. I occasionally have a little discomfort and weird feelings around the PM site, and sometimes feel a little pulling on my incision but it is much better than it was. <...


Posted by Bas on 2014-03-31 05:59. 2 comments. 113 reads
 
I had a RF Ablation last November! All went well although I experienced a few what I call "tremors" since then. I had a check up recently with the cardiologist and Pacemaker Technician. The result was an episode of Pacemaker-Mediated Tachycardia...has anyone else heard of this or experienced it?

Posted by 2219kg on 2014-03-30 22:32. 8 comments. 220 reads
 
My CONGENITAL 3rd degree heart block was diagnosed at 3 weeks old. Until the last year (I am almost 32) I have lived a completely normal life with no major symptoms or complications. Over the past year and a half I have started feeling exhausted, have had headaches and an overall, general "icky" feeling every once in a while. I have finally decided to get a pacemaker on 4/25. My Dr. has told me with my condition, I'll only need one lead and those with the same condition PREFER one lead. That being said, people who have my same condition, would you agree?



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