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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. 62 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. 149 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. 212 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. 245 reads
 
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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

Posted by belle on 2014-09-29 06:57. 2 comments. 141 reads
 
One of the messages was just like mine lbb, chf from a virus, the big diff is my EF was only 10 per cent. I believe the person said her EF was 35. 35 is not so bad. I don't drink or smoke, watch my salt. Try to watch my weight. I am 55 yrs old. Oh at the beg of this journey 8 yrs ago, I was scared stiff. My regular cardio sent me to a Colimbia Pres to see a de who specializes in heRt transplants. I was given a test like an MRI which took an hour to see if my heart was viable. I told this dr I just wanted to take the meds, have bi vent put in and put the rest in god hands. My regular cardio does not believe in giving echo unless you have symptoms. I had to go for another operation and had togetane ho for. Clearance. My dr walked ...


Posted by boysmom on 2014-09-29 05:54. 7 comments. 126 reads
 
Yesterday I complete the insane inflatable 5k!!! Took 40 minute. There were 11 inflatable obstacles within the 5k course. 4 months since I had my pm and while I am very sunburned and sore, I feel fantastic!!!! I never did a 5K. I proved to myself and so many others that the PM has made me better and I can do anything I set my mind to. YEA ME!!! I wonder what I will do next?

Posted by mrsb on 2014-09-29 00:11. 2 comments. 133 reads
 
I have a pacemaker, about 5 weeks in, my Dr ordered a echo cardiogram and a calcium score..I have read that its not safe with a pacemaker? Does anyone know?? I'm concerned

Posted by my4turtles on 2014-09-28 23:29. 4 comments. 83 reads
 
I'm getting my 3 rd pacemaker in 4 days a BIV pacemaker.. This is my 3rd since 2011.. I got a 2nd after a infection after a lead replacement ... Any ways I know the BIV sends little shocks, im curios can you tell when this happens.

Posted by keylymepie on 2014-09-28 21:47. 3 comments. 103 reads
 
I just got my first pacemaker on Thursday. It is a Biotronik with CLS. I can feel what I think is the CLS sensor kick in 10-20x per day. It feels like when they were testing my ventricular lead yet I'm not supposed to be pacing from the ventricle at all. I was totally awake without sedation when they implanted it so I was able to feel everything.

So during my low BP times (which is when the CLS SHOULD kick in) I feel that my heart is racing and beating powerfully and irregularly. It usually races up to 120-150 bpm at those times. My settings are 80 minimum 160 maximum. Is this normal to feel that? I have the pacemaker for vasovagal syncope, sudden drops in HR and symptomatic bradycardia episodes to the 30's mid-day.

Posted by joelcr3 on 2014-09-28 19:08. 5 comments. 165 reads
 
Im just about a week after installation. drivin for a few days. The sholder belt of the seatbelt in my car naturally goes across the chest over the heart and over the PM. I try to move the seat and try not to have it on it. What is the easiest way to avoid a problem if I stop short?

Posted by kirkmanmj on 2014-09-28 19:06. 2 comments. 88 reads
 
I had an epicardial ablation done 3 weeks ago. I also had a 2 lead pacemaker implanted 3 days later. My heart is being paced at 70 beats per minute to control ventricular tachycardia.

I have had a sensation that can be described as a mild burning sensation around the heart area, followed by a mild rush of adrenaline. Most of the time it only lasts 30 seconds or so, except for last night when I had wave after wave of this for about on hour.

I don't know if this is just the heart healing or is the ventricular tachycardia coming back and this is just the pacemaker trying to pace me out of v-tach and back into rhythm.

Anyone had similar experience with a pacemaker?????

Thanks in advance for any th...


Posted by turn916@sympatico.ca on 2014-09-27 17:27. 8 comments. 301 reads
 
Hi all, I am new to this just 4 weeks in with my pacemaker and I need a haircut badly. I look like an old sea hag. I have had a hairdresser tell me she wouldn't do it because it may interfere with the pacemaker. Is it safe to get a haircut? thanks for your help.

Posted by annie21 on 2014-09-27 14:50. 3 comments. 115 reads
 
Hi, just returned from my holiday to 8 countries no problems at air ports etc just showed my PM card. Hope this helps any member who is thinking of traveling

Posted by SMITTY on 2014-09-27 01:24. 18 comments. 524 reads
 
Did you ever stop and think about when you may have lived long enough. Below is what one of the Obamcare experts had to say on the subject.

"Obamacare architect Dr. Zeke Emanuel explained on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" why he believed 75 years was long enough for a person to live, saying that's about the time health began to decline." His words, not mine.

"I picked 75, when you think about the combination of physical decline, the rise of Alzheimer's, the loss of creativity."

As for me, I hit the 85 marker in May, 2014. If, I even think of this subject I just ask for at least one more day to try to get finished some of the "stuff" I have started and not completed.



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