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Posted by Natalie36 on 2016-03-20 23:51. 4 comments. 194 reads
 
Hi. I am new to the forum .
I am due to get my 3rd pacemaker changed on Thursday .
I am so nervous , I have a chest infection and doctor has put me on steroids and antibiotics . I am really concerned that the doctor at the hospital won't change the box due to the infection. I am off work for 2 weeks whilst kids are off school , I wanted to recover at home .
I haven't told people that I have a pacemaker as I find they look at you different . I have had them since I was 18 .
I now have children of my own and I am worried that the procedure might not go as well as the past .
Any advice would be great Thanks

Posted by miker on 2016-03-20 23:23. 0 comments. 187 reads
 
I had a heart attack 8 years ago (49), took about 6 months to start feeling right but heart rate/blood pressure always remained low, like high 40's low 50's and 100/70. Year after year Cardiologist never said much other than things looked great. Ran 30 min every other day, ate great and was pretty active. Had a near-syncope while eating breakfast a month ago and called doc. Put on Holter and after 2 weeks recorded another VT, it stopped spontaneously in about a second and I felt momentarily light headed. Echo, stress test, catheterization, EP test and ICD within 36 hours. Dual lead, Boston Scientific D142 and 120 mg Sotalol twice a day. Sotalol was dropping blood pressure to 92/65 and made me feel horrible so that's been dropped to ...


Posted by suep on 2016-03-19 11:37. 2 comments. 140 reads
 
I recently had a new pocket made for a replacement pacemaker. I was sutured with non-dissolvable stitches which have to come out in a couple of days. At both ends of the row of sutures there are white plastic bobbles. Has anyone any idea what these are called and why they are used? Curious, as one is burying itself into my skin.

Posted by Tattoo Man on 2016-03-17 20:12. 4 comments. 247 reads
 
For those who might, misguidedly, wish to see what TM looks like...then punch in ...beat-it grantham uk....

If you are really unlucky then you may well get a picture of me at yesterdays little local showcase for local support groups..

I'm the guy in the red shirt and very expensive 'D C' shoes...largely obscured by a visitor ...who was very keen to be a 'presenter' at a future Beat-It meeting...

All in all a worthwhile little 'do'.. an opportunity to meet local District Councillors so that the groups' intentions can be promoted..

I will keep PMC informed as to how this fledgling support group is progressing.

Tattoo Man

Posted by Pinecone on 2016-03-17 00:45. 2 comments. 219 reads
 
I have had a single chamber (right ventricle) PM for 3rd degree AV block that was put in a month ago. Can any of you feel your PM "fire" during the heart pauses? I was told by my pacemaker nurse that some people don't feel it, but others feel palpitations and lightheadedness (what they called pacemaker syndrome). The symptoms are due to asynchrony of ventricle when the PM fires.
I have a 3-month follow-up in late May 2016. For now, when I have these episodes, I will list when they happen. They are a bit unnerving but I guess I'll get used to it. They don't last long.Thanks in advance for your input!

Posted by Suz2015 on 2016-03-16 13:12. 4 comments. 218 reads
 
I went to my cardiologist ( NEW one) on Monday. I asked about my pm. He told me it does not "run" all the time, just when needed
That seems odd to me. I was diagnosed with CHF and cardiomyopithy, with an RF of 15%, in June 2015 and was told that a PM was needed and if it didn't work a full transplant would be necessary. If the Pm was necessary, when does it work ? I recently went to the hospital for "major" pain (which they could not diagnose, why), but they did an echo/scan and it seems that my RF is now @ 30-35 %. Big jump , I think. So what exactly is the PM doing ? It is a Viva Quad XT CRT Defibrillator, from Medtronics.
Suz2015

Posted by Lisalac on 2016-03-16 02:50. 5 comments. 233 reads
 
I've had my pacemaker for just over 3 months now. I am on no medication. I'm doing great except that all of a sudden my ankles keep swelling up. I have never had this issue before , even with 2 pregnancies, one with twins. Has anyone else had any issues with swelling? Is it possible it is side affect of of my pacemaker rate being raised - that's really the only thing that has changed. I used to sit at 40 bpm and they raised it to 60 to try and stop the arrhythmias I kept getting. It worked for the arrhythmia thank god.

Posted by Pastorm on 2016-03-16 02:44. 5 comments. 170 reads
 
I posted the other day. I really appreciate Your responses! I have another question. Do any of You have a Biotronik Eluna? Do any of You have a monitor(?) on Your nightstand? It has a bright green light which is bothersome when trying to go to sleep! It also kind of wigs Me out when I look at it, Hoping it doesn't start blinking, which I guess indicates a problem! I just try to ignore it, but sometimes it bothers Me. Does anyone else have one of these on Your nightstand and do You keep Thinking about it? Just Wondering! Thanks, Pastor Mike

Posted by chatterbox3110 on 2016-03-15 05:53. 2 comments. 214 reads
 
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Posted by natandhop on 2016-03-15 00:15. 2 comments. 147 reads
 
Hi all, I haven't been on this site for a year. Today, 4 years ago my PM was implanted. I look back and remember thinking I'd never be able to raise my arm over my head or wear a bra - so silly!
Today I was punched very near to the PM, I'm alright and there are no concerns. I've been so careful for so long and just didn't pay enough attention to turn away from the punch. Still, it's humbling and important to protect myself in the midst of calming an angry child.

Posted by Pastorm on 2016-03-14 20:48. 2 comments. 190 reads
 
It's been 3months since I had My PM put in. I have noticed lately, that when I raise My left arm, I can feel My PM rise to the surface right under My Skin! Is this Normal? It doesn't hurt, but I was just wondering if you all feel the same thing! Thanks, Pastor mike

Posted by marylandpm on 2016-03-14 13:17. 6 comments. 240 reads
 
I had a 2 lead Medtronic A2DR01 implanted in June 2015. Complete block so I'm 100 percent paced. Found out I have A-Fib and
since they can see when it starts and stops during a device check I would like to be able to monitor the PM also to know when the A-Fib starts and stops. I'm sure I'm not the only person that would like to be able to do this and maybe something already exist that lets you monitor without giving you the ability to change anything. Anyone have any ideas?
Also I feel I am luck to have this PM.
Thanks,
Jack

Posted by Mia929 on 2016-03-12 04:33. 1 comments. 174 reads
 
I had my Pacemaker implanted January 2015 the following symptoms started in November 2015. While walking up to our mailbox (180ft from house) or walking anywhere, my chest tightens, breathing becomes erratic, dizziness, pain in left shoulder/arm and pain in back. This happens sometimes at rest. Told my cardologist he didn't think it was an issue. I have since fired him and got a new cardologist, he did a test and found I was in AFIB/SVT 82 times in 1.5 weeks. I am scheduled for a heart monitor among other tests to find out why this is happening and fix it.





Posted by donr on 2016-03-11 13:38. 9 comments. 248 reads
 
jsksmith55@gmail.com sent me a nearly identical pvt msg to the first one.

Let's find out how many folks rec'd one of these. Pls. Register your situation here.

Donr

Posted by Marmite on 2016-03-10 12:34. 4 comments. 243 reads
 
I've had my pacing looked into and diagnosis of syncope turned over. New dx is sinus node disease. Pacing setting has been changed from DDDR (which it was left on for 7 years) to AAI-SafeR
Ventricular pacing which had been allowed to rise to 70% due to the DDDR setting has now been stopped and has reduced to occasional pacing at night which is not appearing on my stats as significant enough to register....so 0%. EP and team have admitted mistakes were made and V-pacing wasn't necessary.
Atrial pacing is high at 80% still and rate response is on the most sensitive setting. I've developed atrial tachycardia - but this is minor and occasional.
Problem is my symptoms are not good and I'm feeling rough on this new setting. I'...


Posted by Ricochet on 2016-03-10 04:13. 6 comments. 387 reads
 
It sure would have been nice if someone made me aware that I would lose my pilots license and my commercial drivers license the day I got the pacemaker / defibrillator implanted. It seems that police officers and firefighters or anyone who may ever drive an emergency vehicle gets revealed of duty as well. They did not even want me working as a shooting range safety officer anymore. How many more things are going to sneak up and slap me upside the head with this dang thing implanted in my chest??

Posted by Ricochet on 2016-03-10 03:36. 1 comments. 180 reads
 
It has been three weeks since my little buddy was implanted. My shoulder still hurts a little. The PM feels like its the size of a baseball LOL and a heavy one at that. I have heard people say they don't even know they have the PM anymore. I am waiting for that time with anticipation.

Posted by TraceyE on 2016-03-09 13:33. 11 comments. 354 reads
 
If you have had a recalled device replaced, I have a few questions for you. A friend of a friend has been told hers is recalled. The amount Medtronic is offering for out of pocket expenses is well under her insurance out of pocket. Seems to me it shouldn't cost her anything, just because they aren't offering much doesn't mean she shouldn't go after them for more.

Posted by Mia929 on 2016-03-09 04:26. 4 comments. 242 reads
 
Does anyone have any suggestions on where I can purchase a Medical Alert Necklace and who would engrave it?

Thanks.

Posted by j2m1h2 on 2016-03-09 01:50. 6 comments. 169 reads
 
Any bigger guys here have any luck finding a medical id bracelet that fits a very large wrist?



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