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Posted by afrihost on 2014-08-01 03:55. 2 comments. 149 reads
 
Good day to everyone from South Africa,

I had a total node ablation 14 years ago requiring me to have a single lead pm inserted. My second "box" was implanted 4 years ago after the first ran out of "juice", this done whilst retaining the single lead.
Over the last two years i have suffered from chest pains and tiredness etc. leading to five angiogram procedures and the insertion of 7 stents to open clogged arteries.
I have however not been myself since the last stent was inserted on valentines day this year.
My doctor Faziel Lorgat a world leader in his field has suggested that i need to have a two lead pm inserted as this will give me that extra "go" and sort out problems as described above.
Any more though...


Posted by jessie on 2014-07-31 21:43. 2 comments. 147 reads
 
i go tuesday for my check. it is eight years and i expect to be told i need a replacement. i have been really lucky that i have never had complications. i hope to get another medtronic dual lead and hope i can then have an mri if needed. i have much to be grateful for. jessie my friend karen a is eight years as well.

Posted by jessie on 2014-07-31 21:38. 0 comments. 67 reads
 
michael fillion our grandson who turns 15 aug 10th is competing once again in roller hockey in fort wayne indiana. he is the only goalie picked from alberta a western province in canada, the only other province competing in canada is ontario where i live.in america every state has a kid competing.we are really proud of michael. he is here for a visit and goes to indiana in a few days to compete. good luck michael we love you. jessie

Posted by boysmom on 2014-07-30 21:27. 4 comments. 170 reads
 
Is coming back tomorrow. Hoping it goes better then last time. Feeling much better than 3 weeks ago so I think I am ready for the battle this time!! I have also been seeing a counselor which, although I was skeptical, has really helped.

Posted by @Heartthrob on 2014-07-30 16:13. 8 comments. 212 reads
 
I am 5 weeks post op and woke up yesterday with ton of energy.
Starting to feel like my old self again. Then after I got out of the shower this morning I noticed an Indention running about middle of pacemaker set, top yo bottom. I have an area with a small scab on the incision site snd Indention runs close to it. Strange!! I do not feel bad. Anyone else had something like this? Going to Dr in the morning. Texted him a picture and he said nothing to worry about but idk if it is normal!

Posted by ryanmatthewcox on 2014-07-30 11:14. 1 comments. 117 reads
 
It's been exactly a week since I had my PM/Defibrillator installed. Last night I woke up and my pinky and ring fingers on post hands were asleep. My heard was racing but not beating real hard like I had been running. Didn't hurt at all but extremely weird and uncomfortable. Anyone experience this or know what is happening and should I call and get checked out. This has never happened to me at all.

Posted by vsmary on 2014-07-29 22:12. 8 comments. 265 reads
 
Hello, it's been 5 weeks since I had a PM placed due to heart block. I'm 55, in good health, exercise regularly and my only issue before was high cholesterol controlled by meds.

Since the PM was installed (on my right side)I have felt like I'm not firing on all cylinders. I feel shaky, as if I haven't eaten and every so often I need to take a deep breath, it's as if I'm playing catchup. I do not have any pain, just discomfort at times on the right side of my chest.

I've been to the ER and was checked with blood work, X-rays, EKG and even medtronics came out to check the machine. Everything was fine, numbers were normal.

I'm waiting for a call back from from cardiologists office. I did have these tw...


Posted by Ceecee on 2014-07-29 21:24. 2 comments. 180 reads
 
Hi, I've had my pacemaker since October of 2013. I wasn't sure where to post, so I chose General Posting. When I went for my 2-week checkup to the cardiologist, he had also checked my pacemaker, and said it was working fine although I had complained of throbbing sensations. Then I changed doctors and went for the one month checkup back in November of 2013 to another dr. than the one who inserted my pacemaker, and she said that the pacemaker is not working well, and it needs to be changed and that was after a minute of checking it. I declined and went to have a second opinion with the original electrophysilogist who inserted my pacemaker, she said it's working fine, did some adjustments because it was difficult to lay down on my left si...


Posted by Theknotguy on 2014-07-29 21:11. 2 comments. 149 reads
 
A lot of people put up posts asking if things ever get back to normal after having the PM implanted.

I was wondering about that myself, especially since my PM was implanted in an emergency situation and I woke up after everything was done. I didn't get the chance to go through the advance notice and mental adjustment before waking up with the PM already implanted. Fortunately things have progressed very well and most times I forget I even have the dag-gone thing.

After several months of rehab I was also able to go back to volunteering in the woodshop at a local charity. I started out working for two hours at a time and have gradually worked up to volunteering for four hours at a time. This isn't just standing arou...


Posted by Sparky on 2014-07-29 13:30. 2 comments. 159 reads
 
Can I take radiation therapy with a Pacemaker (same side)

Posted by Mommymissy on 2014-07-29 08:28. 9 comments. 215 reads
 
Hi. I'm new here. I just turned 48 and had my pacemaker implanted at the end of June. I have other heart issues as well. How do you know if your settings need to be adjusted?

Posted by Scottie on 2014-07-28 13:18. 2 comments. 93 reads
 
Hi, Folks,

Just a general post here, about to have my 3rd pacer installed (earlier ones in 1998 and ~2006).

Things have gone well overall, and I try to check in here every now and then, but haven't had much input to give as of late.

Scottie

Posted by azviking on 2014-07-26 19:54. 15 comments. 327 reads
 
The FDA announced Ottawa University study results which show that Pradaxa may cause more severe bleeding than reported by the manufacturer at the time the drug was approved.

There were some deaths which may have been prevented by closer blood screening... .

The manufacturer is said to have withheld vital information.

Reported by Nathan Fortin in Wallstreet OTC two hours ago.

azviking



Posted by capecod on 2014-07-25 22:15. 4 comments. 139 reads
 
had my first echo today after crt-d in april. ejection fraction went from 15 percent to 25-30! mitral valve regurgitation looked about the same but heart size may be a bit smaller. doc thinks that may improve since this is only 3 months out. yea! doc was very pleased as am i.

Posted by nonischemic on 2014-07-25 19:47. 2 comments. 153 reads
 
Hi Everyone,
Doing quite well. I'll have my 1st Echo next month after Medtronic's Viva XT CRD-D implant mid-March. I was 15% EF last November , with dilated LV, and mitral valve moderate-severe regurgitation. I have been "smoking " the bike trails since keeping up with the healthy bikers with 22 mile runs.
Last evening I assisted a guy 15 years my junior with making this bike run.. Yes! While he huffed and puffed up the hills and valleys, I was there to advise " I know a good cardio that can implant a pacer that can help you with that shortness of breath issue you are experiencing!"
I don't think my suggestion went over well with him but that's just what these things can do for you if your body adapts.
Enjoying every m...


Posted by snowflake on 2014-07-25 02:47. 3 comments. 152 reads
 
doc wants me to have a pm
i am not sure i have a-fib out of control
heart act 2 years ago heart getting weaker
is there pain afterwards for a long time does it hurt when it heals and you do a lot of moving of your arm?
what about seat belts?
and any other info you can give me

Posted by jane32 on 2014-07-25 00:00. 4 comments. 160 reads
 
Recently my heart went in to Afib, so my cardiologist upped my diltizem to 240mg am and started me on digoxin 135mg pm. which worked in slowing my heart rate down. Yesterday I had a successful cardioversion on the 2nd hit, today I still feel quite tired and heavy in legs my bp is sitting at 111 ova 62 and my pulse is 66, I am just wondering if meds have dropped things too low, or its to be expected to feel like this after yesterdays procedure. Looking forward to your replys.


regards Jane

Posted by PABLO on 2014-07-24 17:41. 2 comments. 188 reads
 
I have a heart condition as the result of a heart attack 20 years ago. In 2013 I was getting shortness of breath walking up a ramp at the airport. I had a virus 6 months before and my cardiologist thought either the virus or medication I received caused more damage to my heart. After a stress test and some other test my cardiologist recommended a PM. He said it would be a 50-50 chance it would help and I would get immediate improvement after implantation. I got no improvement, surgical Dr. said it doesn't always help.

I started working out at fitness center on the treadmill and slowly my heart him has improved. I would like to have PM removed. Any chance this will happen???

Pablo



Posted by TJ319 on 2014-07-24 14:41. 5 comments. 179 reads
 
Has anyone had trouble at high altitudes? I spent 4 days in Colorado at 9600 feet. 4 days later I am still experiencing some racing of my heart.

Posted by jeansheart on 2014-07-24 12:47. 1 comments. 94 reads
 
Hi-
I had a pacemaker implanted and have yet to see a bill. I have a ma-pd plan. I suppose it will come at the end of the month. I was sure I was well and problem free with my heart after having three ablations, countless cardioversions etc. Talk about an expensive heart. So i chose the ma-pd plan. I know if I had the plan F for medicare supplements that I would not have to pay anything else but the premium. So am now trying to decide if there are anymore heart surprises waiting for me and whether to switch to a plan F during AEP 10/15-12/7 this year. It might be worth it not to worry.



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