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Posted by Shaun on 2014-10-05 19:13. 3 comments. 120 reads
 
So glad to have found this community and grateful to be able to read your experiences. I'm a very keen cyclist and until a week ago I thought I was fit and healthy. On Sunday however I started blacking out every time I feel asleep (it happened about 12 times before I was admitted to hospital), by Monday I had received a pacemaker and on Tuesday I was discharged. Less than 1 week later and your stories of hope are giving me great comfort - many thanks.

Posted by myrosie on 2014-10-05 16:17. 1 comments. 99 reads
 
Having my PM for almost 2 years now. Adjusting well, but have noticed that my left arm, (the side of my PM) is swollen. Not sure if it is PM insertion related. I do get funny twitching, spasm type feeling in my left shoulder. Measuring my bicep and forearm and they are 1/2 cm. larger than my right. I am right handed. Anyone out there in PM land have this problem. There is no pain in my arm. The doctor said that he will be sending my for a nerve study.

Posted by Papajoe on 2014-10-05 15:44. 2 comments. 143 reads
 
Has anyone had the Medtronics new Attain Performa® Quadripolar Lead and Viva® Quad CRT-D implanted yet ? How long was surgery and what are the results ? Did it fix the LBB phrenic nerve problem ?

Posted by capecod on 2014-10-04 16:21. 5 comments. 257 reads
 
hi all
is there any connection between implants and emotions? I had crt-d in april and lately I have been quick to tears and feeling weepy for no reason. other than that, I am fine. thanks

Posted by Runner956 on 2014-10-04 14:02. 4 comments. 212 reads
 
Hi all,
So glad that I found this group. I have found reading the posts very helpful.

I was diagnosed with arrhythmias a year ago at age 60--no problems before that. I have had one aflutter ablation and then three ablations for afib and atach. The last three were performed by one of the most well-known EPs in the country.

Unfortunately the atach episodes continue. I have been on a wide variety of meds and none have helped more than a few months. So a pacemaker has been suggested. My fear--I guess everyone has at least one--is that something will go wrong or that I won't have any more energy that I have now which would be terrible. I'm a runner/golfer but have no zest for doing any exercise but walking.

Posted by Sarah3 on 2014-10-04 00:06. 6 comments. 226 reads
 
I am a newbie. Joined the ranks August 27th. Bigot ronin closed loop...dual lead. 83% paced by my new best friend. My questions are about the effect of nicotine on heart rate. I always said I ran on caffeine and nicotine, since the implant I find I didn't know how right I was. My caffeine intake has dropped dramatically. Back in June I switched from tobacco to nicotine liquids. Has been great. All the doctors are happy etc. my question is, has anyone used e cigs and did they find a change in amount used post implant? I'm struggling a bit with maintaining good BG levels (diabetic), and sleeping is difficult as well. Is this normal for a month out? Any pointers? I am tickled to have a HR higher than the 30's....and I really like no...


Posted by saslas on 2014-10-03 12:01. 1 comments. 128 reads
 
Oh NO!!! I have not waited to bathe!!!! hehe!! I bathed right away!! I was just wondering when it was safe to shower w/o worry of getting the PM area wet!!!! I found that remark so funny. I don't think anyone would wait THAT LONG (2 wks) to bathe. That definitely would warrant a HUGE eeeeww!!!! Too funny!! Thanks to everyone for your posts, they were very helpful!!!
Still laughing!!!

Brenda Davis

Posted by kels on 2014-10-02 15:02. 2 comments. 261 reads
 
Hello PM family I am new to this site and wanted to share my experience.....I am 42 yrs old and just had a Medtronic dual lead implanted Sep 3,2014. I had many sycope episodes over the course of 8yrs(always unexplained) was told a bunch of BS from various doctors ex..stay hydrated, eat salty snacks, recognize your signs and symptoms, "you must be athletic" these were all explainations for my heart rate of 44BPM blah blah blah. I had failed a tilt table test only to pass another one 3 months later. Finally after 4 hospital stays, loss of my front teeth from fainting face first on a cement floor and two concussions,and not to mention my brother died at age 34 from sudden cardiac death two years ago......they decided to place a compu...


Posted by GinnyB on 2014-10-02 12:36. 1 comments. 106 reads
 
My pacemaker was put in 7/1/14. This was totally a surprise. Went to the Dr. Cause of passing out and was rushed into surgery. Where the pacemaker and I have come to terms with each other and the need for each I was left with a very painful upper left arm and shoulder. I've been told I put up a battle during surgery and had to be heavily sedated. Dr. Says this will pass, but it has just progressed. I'm to the point of demanding an X-ray even though everyone says it will pass. The pocket was difficult to install because of my double mastectomy without reconstruction I was told. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

Thank You!
Ginny

Posted by revelation on 2014-10-01 18:09. 3 comments. 245 reads
 
I have a CRT-D device from Boston Scientific. I have cardiomyopathy, LBBB, CHF, and have had by-pass surgery. They say that I am now paced 100% ventricles and 92% in the atria. Can someone explain about the pacing that is done this much? I've never asked the doctor to explain.

Posted by Eliprz52 on 2014-10-01 16:07. 18 comments. 498 reads
 
Hi everyone.only my second post.thanks to all who responded to my first post.i have come to realize its what needs to get done.so on the 5th of november the implant will be done.it was kinda funny the nurse asked me if i had one pacemaker picked out yet.i was no i didnt know i had a choice!i guess my choice will be what ever one they make in the usa.i dont want a Chinese made one. But i suppose they are all made here.does any body here know?

Posted by saslas on 2014-10-01 12:57. 0 comments. 63 reads
 
Thank you to everyone that made a comment on my post, they were very helpful to me. I did not know anyone with a PM either, so was so so glad to find this site. Thanks again and I am sure we will talk again when I need some advice or just to say hello and get some moral support, hehe!

Sincerely,]
Brenda Davis

Posted by jane32 on 2014-10-01 05:53. 2 comments. 151 reads
 
I have had my pm just over 3 years and in the last few months it seems to be moving. When I turn over on my right side in bed at night it sometimes bulges, it seems it is almost sideways, I can feel the shape of it easily. I feel okay, and have no pain it just looks gross sticking out. Is it okay to leave until my next check up in January.


Regards Jane32

Posted by Smokie on 2014-09-30 18:13. 7 comments. 222 reads
 
Hi,Can anyone give me any advice on tooth extraction. I am having two teeth extracted tomorrow. I have read about having antibiotics before the procedure but wondered if that was for every one who has a pacemaker. I had my pm fitted 7months ago for brady/tachy/af.

I would appreciate anyones thoughts on this.

Thanks Lis.

Posted by saslas on 2014-09-30 17:37. 6 comments. 213 reads
 
Hi everyone!!'

My name is Brenda Davis and I just received my PM about 2 wks. ago. So glad to find this site. I had to have a PM because of a fast heartbeat. Told I had A-Fib. I got a little scared a few days ago when I felt my heart was beginning to race, but became normal again in just a few seconds, so I assume the PM is working to make it normal. Going to have my first checkup since having it put in and assume I will find everything ok, at least that is what I am praying for. I was just wondering how soon after implantation can you shower without worrying about the area getting wet. And any other advice you can give me would be so appreciated. Like I said, am so glad to find this site as this is all so new to me!!! ...


Posted by campusstar on 2014-09-30 13:09. 4 comments. 143 reads
 
am new on this site just found out am getting a CRT-D in two days. I am scared to death the stress is killing me. Any thoughts for me to use to try to calm down.

Posted by lbdina on 2014-09-29 15:45. 3 comments. 154 reads
 
Hi. I hope everyone is doing well.

I have a PM for Bradycardia, SSS and Dysautonomia. My mother needed a PM, and now my daughter (30 years old) is having symptoms that are eerily similar to my episodes (intense nausea, light-headedness, syncope, flushed or drenching sweats, etc). Just like me, she never vomits, so it isn't food poisoning or stomach flu. With her, it only happens a few times per year, which is also similar to me. Perhaps it is a genetic predisposition that runs in the family.

I'd like her to see a good EP who can help her diagnose her situation. Can anyone recommend an EP in Tacoma, WA or Gig Harbor, WA?

Thanks a lot.

Lou

Posted by Parrothead57 on 2014-09-29 15:29. 7 comments. 214 reads
 
I know this topic has been addressed many times here but I wanted to share a recent experience. My wife had to go in for an MRI. She has muscular dystrophy and uses a wheel chair a majority of the time. She can walk with help but we knew she’d need help getting on the table. I let the technicians know that I wanted to help but I have a pacemaker. They would not allow me in the room with the machine, even with it turned off. I made the off comment that my PM wasn’t an MRI safe model. The technician said that as far as they were concerned, there was no such thing as an MRI safe pacemaker. We are in Austin Texas, the technician told me the nearest location that would accept an MRI safe pacemaker was in Houston, about 160 miles away...


Posted by TraceyE on 2014-09-29 11:03. 7 comments. 246 reads
 
ouch
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Posted by Gellia3 on 2014-09-29 11:02. 5 comments. 115 reads
 
Today is a happy day for me. I am celebrating 39 years with a PM. Without it, I wouldn't have had those extra 39 years to celebrate. Thank you, Pacemaker. I have loved, and am still loving, my life!

Most gratefully,
Gellia



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