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Posted by smile811 on 2016-04-01 04:03. 4 comments. 294 reads
 
My Mom has been having an increase in heart failure symptoms in the past three weeks she has voiced being concerned a few times (which she never does). She has commented that at times it's hard to breathe, blood pressure dropping extremely low and then later increase again, forgetting things more, her ankles and feet two weeks ago were retaining a huge amount of fluid and legs felt heavy and weak, extremedy tired and a lot of nausea (vomiting every night). The symptoms aren't always present bit becoming more frequent. I thought she was about to be willing to contact her doctor but then she received the pacemaker readings and it said normal. Now she is upset with herself for complaining and won't even call since the pacemaker said she is...


Posted by Grateful Heart on 2016-04-01 00:34. 6 comments. 193 reads
 

Updated today from the FDA. Classified as rare but worth noting.

http://www.fda.gov/Radiation-EmittingProducts/RadiationSafety/ElectromagneticCompatibilityEMC/ucm489704.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Grateful Heart

Posted by MaryAnne on 2016-03-30 23:07. 3 comments. 276 reads
 
Hi everyone,
I was pleased to come across this site. I believe the forum will be very helpful as I adapt to my pacemaker.

I have a bit of a strange question but did come across other posts on a similar topic so here goes... My 14 year-old rescue cat is not very affectionate but used to sit on my lap for brief periods and tolerate a bit of patting. However, since I had a dual chamber pacemaker implanted last September, the cat will not come near me and gets up and leaves the room if I come close to him. He still interacts with my husband and our dog just as he always did, and does not show any signs of illness or aging - his behavior toward me is the only change. Is it possible he is aware of electro-magnetic activity or no...


Posted by Vpainter on 2016-03-30 09:07. 8 comments. 267 reads
 
Morning all

I have a PM fitted well this is my 2nd one in 4 years but the last couple of days I've been feeling fuzzy/whoozy inside...it's driving me crazy and restricting me slightly. Sometimes when I'm resting it feels worse but sometimes when I'm up and about I get rushing feelings and my vision goes black which causes me to wobble.
I know If I go docs they will just send me to hospital and no disrespect but the hospitals don't know what to do with me

Any advice would be muchly appreciated
Thank you

Posted by BikeUSA on 2016-03-29 01:05. 3 comments. 205 reads
 
Hi, I am 66 and scheduled for pm on Thurs. my dr is somewhat dismissive of my complaints of fatigue with a resting hr of 42, it goes up to 60 when exersizing. He is putting in pm because I also have some atrial tachycardia and he wants to increase meds.
Is it unusual to be fatigued at this rate? Nervous as he has not told me what rate pm will be set to, and if it will help. I want to get back on bicycle soon - we rode across USA last year and want to plan more trips.

Posted by zo6 on 2016-03-28 18:39. 3 comments. 252 reads
 
I am due to renew my driver license and I had a complete cardiac arrest six months ago,(reason for pacemaker with difibulator) has anyone had a problem renewing their license?

Posted by fibber on 2016-03-27 16:43. 3 comments. 294 reads
 
Had A3DR01 implanted on Mar.17/16 (only 1 lead attached for now) and to this point everything has gone better than expected. No pain, and walked 1/4 mile with no problem. I read an article in "www.medtronic.ca/patientresources" that outlines what you can and can't do and one of the things is not to operate a chain saw. My family Doc thinks this may be old and if I am concerned wear rubber gloves when operating the saw.
Has anyone had experience with using a chain saw after the implant ?

Posted by Grateful Heart on 2016-03-25 04:15. 3 comments. 268 reads
 

I went to a pain management doctor today. I've never been to one before. I've been having greater hip pain the past 6 months or so but now my lower back pain is off the charts.

My BP today was 160/101. My BP is usually in the normal range. The Nurse said she could tell I was in a lot of pain and that my BP confirmed it.

The doctor wanted me to get an MRI. I told him I can't have one so he is sending me for a CT. He thinks it is osteoarthritis of the lumbar most likely due to the OA of the hip and the way I had to walk the past few years. It has thrown off my gait, balance, etc.

So ironically, I left without managing any pain. LOL

My question is does it sound correct tha...


Posted by Dave H on 2016-03-24 00:46. 1 comments. 182 reads
 
I won't see my EP for a few weeks....... anyone decipher this info?:

TYPE ATP seq Shocks Success Date Duration AvgB/M Max
AT/AF 38 No 19-Mar 06:15:10 364/75 545/79
AT/AF 1 Yes 16-Mar :27 145/77 188/VP
AT/AF 4 Yes 16-Mar 8:50 159/78 222/VP
AT/AF 1 No 14-Mar 4:35 150/83 222/83

Thanks!
--Dave--

Posted by freddyv on 2016-03-23 13:44. 16 comments. 643 reads
 
I got a question about drinking I have a birthday coming up & I would like to maybe get drunk but my DR says it is not safe to he is religious so I feel that is the reason he said that but I can be wrong does anyone that have a pacemaker drink still & if yes what % do you use your pacemaker mine fluctuates was curious if that might have something to do with it also

Posted by kmom on 2016-03-22 23:46. 4 comments. 274 reads
 
Haven't been here in a while, been busy with work and daughter's upcoming wedding etc. Finally found out a couple of weeks ago why I was so short of breath and not feeling well (since about November of 2015) despite the PM, the OHS I had last year etc. ASTHMA! believe it or not! now doing better. Now I have another issue totally unrelated I am having ankle pain and have been for about 3-4 weeks(kept thinking it would go away) finally gave in and saw the dr. about it today and thinks it's tendonitis he wanted to do an MRI and began to set it up at a local clinic in town. Explained that I had an MRI safe Medtronics PM actually went over to the radiology dept with my card and they couldn't do it because there was no way that they could mon...


Posted by ccryer42 on 2016-03-22 14:39. 4 comments. 171 reads
 
good morning everyone!!! it's been 3 months today since I had my pacemaker put in.. I must say I am doing 100% better than before.. the only thing I hate is I still have some discomfort on my left side where my pacemaker is... other than that I am doing great.. went in for my interrogation on yesterday everything was fine.. I try not to worry about the pacemaker as much.. thanks everyone.. have a blessed day..
Cassandra

Posted by ahdan78 on 2016-03-22 03:13. 6 comments. 226 reads
 
Hi guys,

I am new here. I am 37y.o, married with 2 kids.
Recently I got warded due to irregular heartbeat n giddiness. Almost blackout while sitted in my office.
Doc send me thru tests like ultrasound, trackmill, ECGs, MRI etc. He told me very likely I need to install a PM.
I am pretty worried as the articles I found in the internet, those complications I read up here and those things you can't do or task you cant perform well enough as compare to a normal person without a PM.
May I ask shld I go ahead with a PM or shld I just give it a second thought and continue to cope with my life as for now?

Posted by tonyfreddy on 2016-03-22 00:29. 4 comments. 194 reads
 
All in all feeling pretty good about my PM. My only concern is that the lump on my chest is still fairly pronounced. Has anyone had a similar experience? I've almost completely resumed normal activities (swimming, walking, elliptical) with no problem. I'm also concerned about tossing and turning at night for fear that I may be putting undue stress on the device. I feel too that I've become more 'edgy' and not in a good way. Any comments are welcomed. Thanks.

Posted by Natalie36 on 2016-03-20 23:51. 4 comments. 203 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. 196 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. 142 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. 261 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. 225 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. 227 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



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