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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. 135 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. 167 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. 116 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.

Posted by natandhop on 2014-09-26 20:36. 13 comments. 315 reads
 
Hey yall,
i have a meniscus tear on my left knee. Having a PM prohibits the use of a MRI, so we did an X-ray and I'll see those on Monday. Doctor wants to scope my knee because of my pain and other symptoms point to a moderate tear. When I rest, it feels much better. When I wear a knew brace and compression sock, it feels better. So, I'm thinking maybe I don't need to do the scope.

What do you think?

Posted by bluebowtye on 2014-09-26 12:36. 5 comments. 207 reads
 
Hey Everyone,

I sent my 2nd remote transmission a few days ago and yesterday I received a letter saying everything was normal and when my next appointment was, that's it.

I called my Dr.'s office to request a copy of my actual report and they told me I had to go through the "Medical Record Release Dept". I called them and they told me I had to fax a form to them stating I wanted a copy of my report. I asked if they could please put a note on my file to just send them automatically every time and they told me no. They said my signature on the form would be good for a year but I still had to call them each time because they had no idea when my remote transmissions were scheduled.

I understand all...


Posted by Louie70 on 2014-09-26 11:27. 3 comments. 181 reads
 
Hi everyone. I have been lurking here for a few months learning a whole bunch from all of you. Thank you very much. I am a male, almost 70 ( in a couple weeks). In May 2011 I had my first heart attack with 2 stents installed. I had shortness of breath before the attack and it continued afterwards. All pulmonary tests showed no problems of significance. In the fall of 2013 I went to an integrative cardiologist because of this. An echo showed I had left bundle branch block and ejection fraction of 25-30%. He treated me with meds and supplements but I showed no improvement and my breathing got worse. In June of this year at the gym doing chin ups I thought I had another heart attack and spent 2 days in the hospital. All tests and a hea...


Posted by joelcr3 on 2014-09-26 10:08. 2 comments. 177 reads
 
Here is my story:
I'm 71. I had a Biotronik Evia DE-T 2 lead PM put in 4 days ago. 11 years ago I took a stress test and ended up with 1 stent. 6 years ago I had heart failure ( filled with water swollen and gained alot of weight) I got over everything pretty fast. Retired 15 years ago but have a pretty active life. 8 days ago. I got dizzy a few times but it went away. The next morning I took my BP and found it was ok 120/60 but my HR was just 32. did it again and then anoher machine but it was still 32. Called my cardiologist at 6:30 in the morning and he called back fast and said go to ER he wold meet me there. They almost immediately connected me to an external pacemaker but didn't turn it on and sent me to the ICU. The cardiologi...


Posted by Scotty on 2014-09-26 00:36. 3 comments. 198 reads
 
Hi, I am new to this club and a bit nervous. I grew up with atrial tachycardia and at age 49 was told by a cardiologist that they could fix it. I had a cardiac ablation done and after the surgery and feeling not well, was told to go home and see if it resolves. I ended up having to have a pacemaker because my good electrical was damaged during the procedure. A different doctor implanted the pacemaker on my right side, which was never explained why to me. I am right handed and own a dog grooming shop, so my work is very physical. I had my battery replaced once 3yrs ago as an emergency, and it has migrated over to my arm. My cardiologist referred me back to the last surgeon to see if it should be moved and he said if it bothers me that much...


Posted by Scotty on 2014-09-26 00:35. 1 comments. 82 reads
 
Hi, I am new to this club and a bit nervous. I grew up with atrial tachycardia and at age 49 was told by a cardiologist that they could fix it. I had a cardiac ablation done and after the surgery and feeling not well, was told to go home and see if it resolves. I ended up having to have a pacemaker because my good electrical was damaged during the procedure. A different doctor implanted the pacemaker on my right side, which was never explained why to me. I am right handed and own a dog grooming shop, so my work is very physical. I had my battery replaced once 3yrs ago as an emergency, and it has migrated over to my arm. My cardiologist referred me back to the last surgeon to see if it should be moved and he said if it bothers me that much...


Posted by LisB on 2014-09-25 23:01. 2 comments. 158 reads
 
I will try to make this post as coherent as possible, but I'm afraid I don't have all of the details. I have a pacemaker for total heart block, but this post is not about me. I took my friend to her appointment for a colonoscopy, but before the procedure, they noticed her heart rate was over 150 and going up and down rapidly. They kept her in the hospital. This is day 2 and she had an echo test that looks at the heart and nothing was conclusive. We heard anecdotal stories that very many people have trouble with their hearts while prepping for a colonoscopy. Tomorrow they want to give her a stress test and perhaps shock the heart back into a regular sinus rhythm. Does anyone have any info about these things and what she can expect and just ...


Posted by SallyStar on 2014-09-25 20:12. 0 comments. 54 reads
 
Thanks for your answers regarding my Merlin. I called my hospital and they told me they were receiving my information, and that everything was OK.
Thanks again for your postings.

Posted by AngelaD on 2014-09-25 11:54. 8 comments. 270 reads
 
During a pre-medical, 8 years ago, I was diagnosed with a low heart rate (mid 30 bpm). My heart also paused for 4.9 seconds. I was not aware I had a problem as I was quite active and the consensus at the time was to leave any treatment until I felt symptoms, and then to have a pacemaker fitted.
Fast forward to present time, and again during a yearly medical, the doctor became concerned about how low my heart rate was, and said I must be in denial if I wasn't experiencing any symptoms. I was then 'bluelighted' to hospital.
I have read some of the posts and have noted that lots of pacemaker patients have said "how do you know what symptoms to look for if you are used to how you feel" - hope this makes sense.
I then started to ...


Posted by ballydhanoa on 2014-09-25 11:51. 2 comments. 107 reads
 
hello friends, i am male 20. here is my question in 2008 during my TPI(temperary PM) implanting my vt leads to cardiac arrest after ^2 mint my heart return to normal operation. after that i received my permanent PM which is Dual chamber DDDR medtronic PM. after that i have no symtops of loss of cosequence my question is that is there chances of sudden cardiac arrest again in my life ? because my pm is not CRD type it is DDR mode any sugestions i am patient of complete heart block. is there any chances of cardiac arrest in future?



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