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Posted by Gotrhythm on 2014-10-11 12:10. 2 comments. 148 reads
 
Before I got my PM, I had chest pain associated with PVCs. It felt like a hammer blow on my chest from the inside.

After the PM, I had gradually worsening chest pain associated with episodes of PVC mediated tachycardia. It felt like severe squeezing terminating in the hammer blow and I would nearly pass out. Turning off the ventricular lead stopped the episodes of severe pain.

I still had/have PVCs and I still occasionally have mild chest pain associated with them. I can ignore the pain, but the feelings of weakness and spaciness caused by the PVCs--I call them sinking spells--greatly reduce my quality of life.

On Thursday my EP prescribed flecainide, an antiarhythmic a (dangerous drug, I know, but my heart...


Posted by www.thepad.pm on 2014-10-10 08:58. 5 comments. 193 reads
 
Still need a few more responses :) So pretty please if you have not filled in the questionnaire yet...
It will be really appreciated!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZJ8TCN8

Posted by www.thepad.pm on 2014-10-09 10:51. 8 comments. 231 reads
 
Hi everyone...

10 questions for people with pacemakers would really appreciate 5 minutes of your time to complete this and it will be fed back to pacemaker manufacturers.
I will post results when I have a good number of respondents

Carl Robinson

The link for the questionnaire is here..

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZJ8TCN8

Thanks again




Posted by Theknotguy on 2014-10-08 21:07. 8 comments. 186 reads
 
8-Oct - My one year anniversary with the PM. Unfortunately I was unconscious when I got the PM so I'm taking my wife's word about it.

So for the newbies, things do get better. There were times in this past year that I thought things would never get better. But they did.

There were times when I would ask myself if I would ever get back to some level of normal. But I did.

Hang in there. Life does get better.

My best wishes to all.

Posted by annie21 on 2014-10-08 13:37. 0 comments. 102 reads
 
Hi, anyone want to be a penpal? live in uk

Posted by rjsully on 2014-10-07 19:02. 11 comments. 234 reads
 
OK, I'm new to this. I've been following the site for a while and find that many of the posts sound like me. I am 42 years old and have had significant bradycardia for the past 3 years (probably longer than that but have been diagnosed now). I also have PVC's. My heart rate is usually in the low 40's but it has gone down to 37 one time when I went to ER. I am an active person, when I have the energy, but my endurance has been pretty poor for quite some time now. I have had every test under the sun, they put me on a a beta blocker (metoprolol) to see about regulating my rhythm but a very low dose as before I was on 25 mg and my HR went down to 30. I could not function that way. So now they want to try half that dose and if not effec...


Posted by RK on 2014-10-07 16:12. 7 comments. 234 reads
 
I'm new and looking for guidance. I have sinus bradycardia (upper 30s at night, mid 40s day) with no other major heart problems, plus I have obstructive sleep apnea treated by CPAP. I often have severe fatigue which seems to be worsening in conjunction with my heart rate gradually slowing over the last few years. My cardiologists have said it is my option to get a pacemaker. (I'm considering a Medtronic Advisa if I do.) However, they will give me no assurance or even a meaningful probability estimate that a pacemaker may provide relief. I've scoured the internet and found some who say it helps, and others who say it makes no difference or worsens their fatigue.

Posted by pcrews on 2014-10-07 10:59. 2 comments. 141 reads
 
Hi. I went with my daughter to a doctor she sees for weight management. Just trying to maintain my weight because before the pacemaker I lost a good 50lbs. I'm guessing cause I felt so bad. Have gained about 20 back. I have been taking B-12 for a while. My pacemaker surgery was in May 2014. After a long list of questions by this doctor, he gave me the B-12 shot. I thought it would help bring my energy level up but all I get is sweating. Anybody else get B-12 shot after pacemaker?

Posted by gch12345 on 2014-10-07 04:53. 7 comments. 265 reads
 
My pacemakers minimum bpm is set at 70. In the last couple hours it has dropped to 45 bpm. And has stayed there for several hours. Other than feeling like crap. Should I be concerned?

Thanks

Posted by Mollyavery on 2014-10-06 21:07. 8 comments. 225 reads
 
I'm having a pacemaker implanted in 2 days. They are implanting a Biotronic PM. Does anyone have one. Everyone seems to have a Medronic.


Posted by capecod on 2014-10-06 16:32. 0 comments. 92 reads
 
thanks all for your comments regarding emotions and implants. I am feeling fine except for those occasional, unexplained, tearful moments. something to adjust to-the new norm. but with an improved ejection fraction, ill take it!

Posted by ballydhanoa on 2014-10-06 08:29. 6 comments. 323 reads
 
hello friends i am 20 years old male. my PM was replaced just two months before. my question is that sometimes when i suddenly stand up from resting position i feel my heart beat abnormal. also in day time i feel my heart is beating in abnormal rhythm i have medtronic DDDR mode PM I am patient of complete heart block. i feel my heart is not beating in correct order. only sometimes i feel this otherwise everything is fine

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. 213 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. 262 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...




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