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Posted by lisabfit on 2014-12-30 23:40. 4 comments. 207 reads
 
I'm 42 - and have been in complete heart block for a little over a month due to a cardiac ablation for SVT. I've been meeting with Dr's and exploring my options for PMs. Would love to hear from some younger people who have already gone through this...what can I expect? Am I doing the right thing? Have you been able to lead a "normal" life? I'm used to working out 5x/week - high intensity - and that has stopped since this happened - Is the PM the answer to getting my active lifestyle back? I also have a 4 yr old to keep up with! I'm so concerned about having problems with the PM once it is in...am I better off with out it? I don't think it's safe to live in complete heart block - and I know I can't have another baby in this conditio...


Posted by nhhouston on 2014-12-30 14:10. 5 comments. 143 reads
 
I had my pacer put in April 2014. Shortly after that I began having pressure part of the time when riding in the car. Not every time and not when I am driving. Stress test 3 months ago showed nothing. Now I am having some discomfort in my back part of the time. I drove 2 1/2 hours on Thanksgiving and didn't have any pressure. Does anyone else have this same trouble?

Posted by shondaadams on 2014-12-30 00:49. 4 comments. 142 reads
 
I had my pacemaker for 2 years. For the last 5 or 6 months I find my self snoring very loud. My spouse says I snore so loud I disturb his sleeping. I hate that I use to not snore at all. What can Ido someone please give me some advice.

Posted by Diamond Jules on 2014-12-28 09:11. 2 comments. 170 reads
 
Is it ok for someone with a pacemaker to have a bath of Epsom salts or Hymalayan salts? Thanx

Posted by shoe933 on 2014-12-27 23:25. 6 comments. 189 reads
 
Has anyone with fib had a pacemaker implanted and their a fib greatly lessen in frequency and intensity?

Posted by lplatt on 2014-12-27 21:42. 6 comments. 270 reads
 
I received a set of wireless headphones as a Christmas gift.
I was so excited to use them! I certainly didn't realize that it might not be a good idea with my pacemaker. After about an hour of the headphones randomly buzzing without the phone ringing I realized that it was probably my pacemaker making them buzz. (Sometimes I am just not that quick! )

Has any one else had a problem or is it common knowledge that this might happen?

Just wondering……

lplatt

Posted by Beckes76 on 2014-12-26 23:48. 4 comments. 203 reads
 
She has following diagnoses at the age of 93:
1) stage 3 stable kidney failure. Has been reason for
high blood pressure and has been treated to avoid further progression -
stage 4 begins dialysis.

2) Ischemic cardiomyopathy - lack of blood flow to part of heart muscle
has heart muscle unable to work properly.

3) congestive heart failure - reason for hospital - fluid accumulated in
pericardium and in lungs

4) severe mitral and moderate tricuspid regurgitation

5) left branch bundle block

6) ejection fraction 10-15%

7) atrial fibrilation.

8) occasional stopping of a-fib with pulse rate then dropping to 40 or
so, leaving her on edge ...


Posted by revelation on 2014-12-25 21:14. 0 comments. 98 reads
 
Keep Christ in Christmas! He lives in the hearts of all that are born again! Hope all have had a great day. God Bless!

Posted by Shaun on 2014-12-25 17:53. 5 comments. 260 reads
 
I'm now 12 weeks post-PM and not sure if I'm supposed to be fully recovered or if its still early days. Mostly I feel fine, but sometimes I just feel generally unwell, very difficult to say exactly what the problem is but it can last all day, or it can disappear after an hour or so. I never had any symptoms prior to the PM, so maybe I'm expecting too much to be feeling like I did previously after only 12 weeks.

I can go for most of the week feeling well, then one day I completely lack energy and feel quite light headed / dizzy. I can also feel a general discomfort in the chest area (tightness / aching / heaviness) and breathless with a heart beat sensation which can become more pronounced during short bursts of exercise such as ...


Posted by Mongee on 2014-12-25 14:29. 5 comments. 163 reads
 
Happy Holidays Everyone,
It has been a very long time since I wrote, everything has been good. I was wondering if anyone knows if St. Jude takes back an unused home device for ICD> I was sent one 2 years ago, forgot about it.(dr. likes for patients to come in) I did send St. Jude an e-mail asking if they will take it back, box never opened. If they don't, does anyone know where I can donate it to?

Posted by trish on 2014-12-24 17:13. 3 comments. 123 reads
 
Wishing you all aBlessed Christmas. I sit here now with tears streaming down my face. Cannot sort out exactly why. Last Christmas night was my total collapse said to be SCA which resulted in plastic surgery to my face, damage and restoration of 7 teeth and pacemaker implant. Tears of remembrance of that horrid experience or tears of joy that I am here to celebrate another Christmas. Tears of joy as I hear my son playing the music that he, his wife and I will sing at 11pm service. Tears of sadness as youngest daughter and family are in New Zealand for a year and I miss them terribly. Tears of joy as once again we celebrate the birth of our Saviour. Trisha

Posted by Tezts on 2014-12-24 15:54. 5 comments. 179 reads
 
Hi All,
I just got my PM on 11/7/14 and still trying to sleep comfortably. I used to sleep on my belly but that's out now. I hate sleeping on my back but my bottom hurts after a while. I usually end up on my sides, mainly the right because the left stings. I bought a body pillow that has helped with a modified belly position but still haven't found the right position.

Any suggestions?? Thanks

Posted by suesp85 on 2014-12-24 05:36. 2 comments. 144 reads
 
HI.. I am 53 and 4 years ago I had an ASD/PFO repair with an amplatzer closure device. It took almost a year and a half to diagnose. At first I just felt off and told the doctor I think something is wrong. I was tired all the time,had developed breathing issues. All the test cameback negative. Once the holes were discovered I went downhill quickly prior to the closure. I felt better for awhile, last year I started feeling off again. I was exhausted all the time, hard time breathing, and gained weight disapportioned to my diet. I told my cardiologist I think something is wrong! I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and Mitral valve prolapse at the same time. Within 2 months I was having near fainting and skipped heartbeats. I had an inte...


Posted by Berearovers on 2014-12-23 21:03. 4 comments. 144 reads
 
I had a biventricular pacemaker 3leads inserted 3 weeks ago. Feeling worse now. EF was 25 and Q time gap was .194. Had hoped to feel better, but get very tired now. Abdomen stomach area feels worse with nausea but no vomiting. I feel weaker with no physical strength. Can anybody tell me if this is typical? I have not had the pacemaker settings checked yet

Posted by smatson86 on 2014-12-23 15:48. 6 comments. 246 reads
 
I had my pacemaker put in May 23rd, 2014. Three weeks later, i had it upgraded to a 3 lead pacemaker. I no longer have an underlying rhythm. This changed in about 6 months. When I first had my pacemaker put in, I had 24 bpm. As of December 5th, there is NO heartbeat anymore. I'm 100% depended on the pacemaker. I'm trying to find a list, or something out there that fully explains how things will be different now. There is no chance my heart will ever beat on its own. I'm 28 years old and struggling so badly. I was diagnosed with PTSD after my 2nd pacemaker procedure after, my 1st procedure (SVT Ablation) failed due to an "accident" in the OP room.
I'm not coping very well. I'm angry, I cry every day still. I ache
Support is want...


Posted by Tattoo Man on 2014-12-23 11:33. 4 comments. 148 reads
 

...............TO EVERYONE HERE ON PM CLUB...........

To all of my PMC Mates

To all of the Newbies for such a range of interesting questions..

To the Moderators for keeping things in check...and ....

not least of all to Blake/Admin for steering such a good ship.

Wishing you all a great Christmas....especially those who Santa has given you an ' Early Christmas Present '.

Finally..I am sending out a special 'Hi !' to Pookie...if anyone is in touch with her please sent my very best wishes.....2015 would be a smashing year if we heard a little more from Pooks

Tattoo Man UK



Posted by ballydhanoa on 2014-12-23 05:53. 1 comments. 149 reads
 
hello all, i have heart palpitation from last 25 days i feel my heart beat in chest like heart beating so hard and irregular heart beat. i visit my cardiologist several times he did pm interogation and no problem found in pm. he said my pm is doing good. i have dual chamber DDDR pacemaker. all parameters of pacemaker are fine. so i did thyroid test here is the parameters of my thyroid test is this parameters are normal ? T3=1.12 T4=6.33 TSH=3.26 ? please help me is there any other causes of heart palpitations?

Posted by lisabfit on 2014-12-23 00:14. 5 comments. 253 reads
 
I'm a 42 yr old female in complete heart block since Nov 12 after an ablation for SVT. I'm in need of a pacemaker - I have been told by 3 different Dr's that they would suggest a bi-ventricular pacemaker with 3 leads...from what I understand they believe that this 3rd lead will prevent heart failure long-term - since I will be using the pacer at all times...they want both sides of the heart pacing the same.

And I have 1 Dr who said to do the Dual pacemaker and just use 2 leads - believing that it is more risky to have more leads than necessary..and he has a colleague who does studies on this very decision in younger people - who also strongly disagrees with putting a 3rd lead in....I'm young and healthy - and he doesn't think m...


Posted by lauram65 on 2014-12-22 18:48. 7 comments. 257 reads
 
It is three days before Christmas and I have been feeling particularly grateful, extremely happy and at peace. When I look back to last year, I was miserable but didn't know what the problem was. For two years I suffered from near fainting, trouble breathing, night sweats, constant fatigue . I had to even stop talking to my family about it, they were beginning to think I was a hypochondriac. I went to every specialist I could. My pulmonologist suggested I take tranquilizers; it was all in my head.

When I was finally properly diagnosed I had the PM inserted immediately. I was very tired for the two months following the insertion but now I am actually jogging at 66 years of age and feel great. You really don't appreciat...


Posted by maleckia23 on 2014-12-21 21:49. 15 comments. 204 reads
 
I am 8 days into my pacemaker. I have noticed that when I am sleeping at night, my arms will jerk and wake me up. Has anyone else had this happen?



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