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Posted by migaines on 2015-05-02 20:55. 2 comments. 191 reads
 
Hi, I am a 37 year old female, just got my pacemaker about two weeks ago. I've begun noticing I get paced (like a hard jab to the very center of the chest) if I take a very deep breath, especially if I'm lying down. Is this normal, or is this something I should call the cardiologist about? I have a follow-up appointment in 3 weeks. Thanks for your help!

Posted by sagehen on 2015-05-02 20:28. 7 comments. 238 reads
 
This may sound like a dumb question, but please bear with me. I was in ER a week ago with tightness and having a hard time breathing. Turns out it wasn't my heart. However, I mentioned that I had my pacemaker replaced on March 4 and she, the doctor asked me if they replaced the pacemaker or the batteries. I looked at her and said the pacemaker. Now I have had a pacemaker since November 1, 1972 and I have always had the pacemaker replaced. It is sealed and I have never heard of just the batteries being replaced. Am I wrong?

Posted by 0300hours on 2015-05-01 07:11. 3 comments. 208 reads
 
My pacemaker (for sick sinus syndrome) is set at a minimum of 60 and during inactive times is on target. Am also on low dose beta blocker to prevent tachy rhythms. I have had it three weeks and feel really good but have reduced stamina and am sleeping significantly more than before. Also better quality sleep! How long have others found the increased need for sleep persists?

I have pulsatile tinnitus and several time a day, perhaps greater than a dozen, I hear dropped beats, confirmed by radial pulse count. Steady rhythm then resumes. The pauses are brief and I am not symptomatic so I'm not worried, but curious. Is this a failing of the device or something that pacemakers generally permit from time to time?

Posted by pace123 on 2015-04-30 17:13. 3 comments. 170 reads
 
is the green power button the only light that stays on after Merlin is serup

Posted by Tabby on 2015-04-30 10:40. 7 comments. 251 reads
 
When I was in the hospital I was told do not eat any can food any more and a list of food not to eat.
What do you all eat?
I'm getting tired of chicken and the only vegetables I like are green beans and broccoli
Some things I can't eat because I'm on a low potassium diet and also am diabetic
Need help please

Posted by reshannon2000 on 2015-04-29 17:10. 0 comments. 112 reads
 
had my metronic 3 lead for 2 years. no problem. i live in mexico and language is somewhat a barrier. everything just fine but i start getting some swelling primarily on my left ankle and calf. a little on the right. go to my internist and he orders up an ultrasound. shows chronic DVT. he prescribes zarelto for a week. decide to see my cardio guy. it's bee a year. he says no to zarelto and puts me on elicuis 5 mg 2 x a day and caudaline 100mg 1x per day. both for 6 months. for my heart i've also been on micardis plus 12.5 mg 1 x a day and temerit 5 mg 2 x a day. everything fine with those for last 2 yrs. coming into his office 4 days a go, BP at 126/76, pulse at 74. oxygen saturation at 5%. ekg and echogram all look great. ...


Posted by fishfighter on 2015-04-29 12:49. 5 comments. 286 reads
 
Been some time from my last post. Still hanging in there.

Couple weeks ago, my transplant team wanted me back on dubutamine 24/7. Said fine, I need the boost. They had to put a new Hickman line in. OK, sure it's going to hurt a couple days, no problem. That will wash out once I get back on the dubutamine 24/7. So, they put it in. Next was that they wanted me to stay overnight in the hospital. OK, no problem. Then all at once, they come up with something out the blue that Medicare requires that I go thru two right heart caths. One before the dubutamine and one on the dubutamine. One night over stay turns into three. Now comes the kicker. For Medicare to pay for the dubutamine for me for 24/7, I have to have a 20% heart improvemen...


Posted by Tabby on 2015-04-29 11:54. 5 comments. 130 reads
 
Not long ago I splurged and got an electronic sewing machine. I had'nt had time to really use it before I had to get my pacemaker.
Does anyone know if it will be harmful to use now.

Posted by azviking on 2015-04-28 18:32. 2 comments. 105 reads
 
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Posted by Dawnie on 2015-04-28 10:31. 5 comments. 183 reads
 
Hi folks...hope someone can help me with a query. I had my pacemaker implanted 1 year ago. It's a dual chamber meditronic. Since implantation I have had serious problems when using the laptop or iPad. They keep freezing or shutting down. If I walk away it works again. Is this a coincidence or has anyone else experienced this and if do, is there anything can be done to rectify it? It's mighty frustrating to say the least...thanks in advance for any feedback

Dawn

Posted by ChrisD on 2015-04-27 13:57. 3 comments. 114 reads
 
To anyone newbies out there worrying, depressed, and wondering if things will ever "be normal" again, I would just like to say that I just missed my April 25th anniversary....that is to say...I don't think about my PM every waking minute and that is because things are back to normal. Just providing a little boost to someone who might need one.

Posted by Tabby on 2015-04-27 09:40. 4 comments. 286 reads
 
Can someone with a pacemaker wear an apple watch?

Posted by Newfie1980 on 2015-04-27 07:57. 4 comments. 179 reads
 
Just a quick question for you all when you all had your pacemaker put in did you all find not being able to use your left arm at all that yhe shoulder would crack?

Posted by TartanTiger on 2015-04-26 14:57. 6 comments. 247 reads
 
Yesterday was hubby's birthday, the sun was shining and it should have been a happy day.... and it was till the postman came!!!! I open it to find a copy of a letter sent from the hospital to my GP, calmly announcing I don't have sleep apnoea (lovely Consultant told me this at appointment in sleep clinic) but have heart issues - a fast sinus rate and ventricular standstill and he is arranging for me to be fitted with a pacemaker "in the near future"!!!!
Good Grief!!! talk about a mean way of telling U!!!!
Years of my old GP saying "oh everyone gets little fluttery feelings in their chest now and then". New GP has it diagnosed in under 6 weeks!
Sorry but I felt this was one heck of a way to find out and am now wondering what...


Posted by Betty on 2015-04-26 13:25. 0 comments. 83 reads
 
It has been a long time since I've been on, had my pacemaker for two years in June seems like all is ok check-ups are fine from what they say and how I feel ,just wanted to ask if anyone has throbbing in your neck area? I do also take a beta blockers to slow my beats and of course the pm to keep it at 60 bpm When this happens I'm not pushing myself or working hard...

Posted by islandgirl on 2015-04-26 09:38. 6 comments. 193 reads
 
I have a Advisa DR MI SureScan Medtronic PM implanted about 10 weeks ago sub pectoral for bradycardia and sick sinus syndrome. My atriium lead is working 98.7% of the time and the ventricle around 15%. He increased the voltage for the atrium lead when I was at my appt.
My pm made a two-tone single beep this morning while I was still in bed reading. This is the 3rd time since implantation.
Anybody know anything about this? I will send CareLink today with an email to my dr's office. My appt. a few weeks ago showed no arrhythmias lasting longer than 3 min. I go back to the ep in about a month.

Posted by stevet on 2015-04-26 09:03. 2 comments. 150 reads
 
I have had a symptomless form of Afib for 6 years and my heart heat will take a 2-3 second break a few hundred times a day. Recently I passed out so the cardiologist recommended a PM. When I went for a second opinion, I was told I was a good candidate to go into a trial for the new St Jude leadless PM. While only in the trial stage in the US, I understand this has been approved in several European countries. Have others looked into the leaderless PM verse the traditional? Which did you choose and why?
I just found this site yesterday. Looks like a great site.

Posted by Charlotteis on 2015-04-25 23:15. 3 comments. 187 reads
 
Hi there, I am wondering if anyone has any input/experience with a decision that I have to make:

I received my PM in Dec when my ablation for SVT caused a heart block. For awhile I was going in to see the EP every few weeks to have him tweak the PM as my heart still felt funny. It got to the point where he said I was doing so well that he believed I probably wouldn't even need the PM in a year. The last time I went in as I was feeling funny again - and yes, funny doesn't describe anything, but it is always different, and basically it feels like when they lay the magnet on the PM, but all the time, and there's some jumping around of HR and a I feel a little gaspy, the EP said that it looks like I have arrhythmia and that my op...


Posted by Juliajambutty on 2015-04-25 12:01. 7 comments. 260 reads
 
Hello ,
I am a 45 yr old woman who had a monitor on due to extra beats , turns out - the extra beats are not the problem ....my heart keeps stopping for 4/5 seconds and re starting . I was told on Thursday I need a pacemaker .. I don't know what type or why my heart is stopping ? The Dr didn't say if I had heart disease or if it is congenital , just I need a pacemaker .
I suppose I just would like to know if anyone else has had this experience .. I realise I am lucky to have discovered this problem instead of just not waking up !! However I do feel conscious of every heart beat now and feel relieved to wake up in the morning ! Anyone have any info ?

Posted by lisa123 on 2015-04-25 01:27. 2 comments. 183 reads
 
I'm waiting on a battery and lead change and have had a very stressful week as was supposed to be getting it done next week but they've decided to wait another two months until the battery goes down further. Yes, I probably should want to get it over with but I also wanted to run out the door and not come back. My underlying ventricular rhythm was 49 the other day when they checked which is good for me because apparently sometimes I'm pacemaker dependent. I wasn't sane enough I think to ask enough questions of the cardiologist who came in while I was getting the pre-admission stuff done but looking back he horrified me by saying if he couldn't get a new lead in one side they would do it on the other. I'm a woman and already feel like the b...




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