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Posted by kmom on 2014-07-24 11:11. 5 comments. 227 reads
 
Ok so I've had my PM since early April and have been doing ok much better than before. At the last interrogation they raised my upper limit so I could exercise( because is start exercising and everything would be great until it got to about 125 the all of a sudden I'd be out of breath and struggling so much that I had to stop) long story. Since then I haven't felt as good and get short of breath just doing normal things walking climbing stairs etc going to have them switch settings back when I see them again in aug but the other day I've noticed something new dizziness especially bending over or if I tilt my head back got really dizzy in the shower when I bent down to wash and shave legs and other times I've bent down. Could this be simply...


Posted by capecod on 2014-07-23 19:38. 6 comments. 140 reads
 
hi all
i am anxiously waiting to have my first echo after crt-d was done in april. i hope the procedure has improved my ejection fraction which was 10-15 as well as improved mitral valve regurgitation which was severe.
would be in interested in hearing about echo test results of others on this site. fingers crossed. thanks
patty

Posted by issikkulboy on 2014-07-23 18:39. 8 comments. 308 reads
 
I am having a Pacemaker implanted on August 8th 2014 and I am trying to decide what Brand to choose from the two that the Hospital where I will have the procedure done works with; Boston Scientific and Medtronic. Can anyone provide me with information on which one is a better quality device? Thank you in advance for any feedback you can provide.
Regards,
Luis

Posted by deeheart on 2014-07-23 18:22. 6 comments. 177 reads
 
Hi there all,
I'm a restless sleeper and will raise my arms above my head throughout the night while tossing and turning. I'm still wearing the sling at night just in case I do this--afraid I may do some damage. Does anyone know when to ditch the sling and how long until it's actually OK to lift your arm over your head? I've heard normal range of motion is fine after 4 weeks but it's best to wait 6-8 weeks for other movements. BTW I'm 5 1/2 weeks since PM surgery (and still counting).

Also, any info. known about using a heating pad and if so how close can it be to the PM?

Just some random questions.....Thanks!

Posted by MegLindsay on 2014-07-23 17:43. 0 comments. 123 reads
 
Hello Everyone

I posted back on this site in 2011 and since then I have been reading other peoples posts. Thank you everyone who took the time to read my story and comment. I really appreciate it.

I have been reading lots of comments recently from people who are getting a pacemaker for the first time. Although I am lucky enough to never have to come to terms with my pacemaker, I want to be able to help anyone who is having some anxieties about their first implant.

In every situation there are two ways of looking at it, positively and negatively. On down days it is very easy to look at your pacemaker as an 'obstacle'. Then I have to remember, it keeps me alive! Would I want a small slightly annoying bump or ...


Posted by gleesue on 2014-07-23 17:01. 3 comments. 107 reads
 
Need some input. A couple weeks ago I found a bruise right by my PM on the lower left side. Just happened to have an appointment with my EP, PM interrogation, stress echo, etc. Did 15 minutes and 18 degrees on the stress test and everything looked great.

My EP made no big deal about the bruise and said the PM is so strong it could take a bullet.

Now I have even a bigger bruise and tenderness. I discovered something in common. They appeared after we had spent time at our summer home. I jet skied and kayaked on both occasions.

When I jet ski I go hard and jump waves and turn hard. When I kayak I go as hard as I can for about an hour.

Do you think one or both of these are the cause? Could it be cau...


Posted by azviking on 2014-07-23 11:14. 8 comments. 141 reads
 
79 yrs, pm 8 weeks ago; Walk daily, yoga and golf - twice weekly.

Would a monitor be helpful? How?

What numbers are important?

Most valuable to those who bike or work out?

Some posts say the pm will adjust to your body in time.

Some say the monitor output was used to change the pm settings.

azviking

Posted by ben1 on 2014-07-22 18:19. 4 comments. 131 reads
 
Hi all have finally got a date for my pm being fitted had my pre op today going in on 1st August! Has anyone got any advice for after starting to get nervous all getting bit real? Cheers Ben

Posted by Yorkshirelass on 2014-07-22 18:06. 3 comments. 185 reads
 
Hi,
Would like some help, reassurance and info please. My 87 yr old mother in law has had a pacemaker for 12 years. Changed 2 yrs ago for a new one. Don't know what type or why she originally had it. For 3 months she's been collapsing at any time with no warning. Also she can be just sitting or lying down and gets a dizzy feeling in her head which can last a few seconds to minutes and come and go for hours. This is happening every day and night. At the same time as she gets these dizzy spells her pulse rate can go down to 20 or so and this has been verified by paramedics and emergency nurse practitioner. The last time she had to have atropine to speed it up. Before all this she was extremely fit and healthy. Now shes lost a stone in...


Posted by langleyger on 2014-07-22 13:45. 8 comments. 227 reads
 
Anyone know how long you should have to wait for results,from a Holter monitor?
I waited 3 weeks,then they called and told me I needed a pacemaker.
My heartbeat was down as low as 26bpm. when sleeping.
I had a complete block.
I feel that is too long to wait.

Posted by NiceNiecey on 2014-07-21 21:34. 12 comments. 312 reads
 
I have seen conflicting posts regarding the travel experiences of our members and whether showing our PM card is necessary at airports. Most have never been asked to show it but I have.

My husband and I just returned from a business trip to Israel on Friday. (We got out just before the ground assault began.) Just like the last time we were there (in May), I told security that I had a PM. Once again, they summoned a supervisor and he asked me for my PM card. He also asked me my name and when I had the device implanted. All of this is on the card, of course, so he was testing me. He also asked me if I was carrying any weapons or explosives, to which I chuckled. I do NOT look like the type and he knew that. No pat down after the ...


Posted by kulpinchina on 2014-07-21 19:31. 4 comments. 167 reads
 
I'm 37 years old. I have had my pacemaker since i was 31. Recently i've been struggling with SA node tach as well as junctional rhythms. I have a heart rate that varies constantly, and is irregular, this has caused me to have a very significant decrease in activity tolerance, and a long list of "feeling crappy" side effects. I'm struggling to perform my work duties as a physical therapist and to care for my 4 young kids. So far treatment has been a failed trial of beta blockers bc my baseline bp is already too low, and now a trial of a med to raise my bp in hopes to settle my rhythms down and decrease my orthostatic symptoms. I'm very frustrated at my poor activity tolerance and how this is affecting my functional ability. Walking f...


Posted by liteppie on 2014-07-21 09:05. 4 comments. 139 reads
 
I have a Medtronic model SEDR01 pacemaker that was placed in 2011. Can I use a gas operated chain saw?

Posted by jane32 on 2014-07-20 22:39. 0 comments. 63 reads
 
booked for this Thursday, I have had one before about 3 years ago but I am still a little nervous about it.

Posted by @Heartthrob on 2014-07-20 20:32. 4 comments. 124 reads
 
Tomorrow marks 4 weeks post op. When am I going to feel like my old self again.? I cleaned 3 vacation condos, with help, and was exhausted when I got home. I used to be able to do this s
and more before PM.

Posted by scarheart on 2014-07-20 10:55. 3 comments. 154 reads
 
Hello,

I have had Ablation 1 year now and had a PM installed 6 days after that. The surgery was not successful so I have had to take medications and it seems like I have been having to take more due to symptoms I have been experiencing at night when I am wanting to go to sleep.

I am on Sotalol 120mg in the morning and on Sotalol 80mg at night. For the last 3-4 months I have chosen to take in the evening 120mgs of Diltiazem HCL as well to help me with a heart beat that is irregular and will not let me sleep.

My PM has not indicated that the irregular heart beat is anything...in fact it does not seem to be picking up this rhythm at all. Mean while I have talked with my Dr's Nurse and she and my Dr. has no ...


Posted by mom0f6 on 2014-07-20 09:07. 5 comments. 164 reads
 
Hello everyone!! It has been a while since I have stopped by, but I wanted to say Hello :) I have been doing well, to a point and I have been doing whatever I wanted. The PM has not really affected my lifestyle, although there are still a few twinks that need to be worked out.
So, on that note, I do have a question.. I have the Biotronik Evia Dr-t implanted 10/29/14. When I go over bumps/potholes, dips etc in the road, my HR goes to 150 in less than the blink of an eye. When I do anything that should make my HR go up, I get very short of breath/breathing heavy. I currently have a magnet to record these events and will go back to the pacer clinic next week. She said I am not the only patient at this point that feels this, there are a h...


Posted by Fiki on 2014-07-19 05:34. 1 comments. 86 reads
 
Been a long time since i visited this place. The place that gave me a lot of good advice and quite a few laughs. I made a lot of changes to my life. For starters i lost 28 pounds and since then i have been feeling better than ever. I started working out ,eating a healthy diet and just enjoying life. I just finished my sophomore year of college and im starting to enjoy this beautiful summer.. Well thats all just wanted to drop in and say hi . Cheers to everyone ! Regards from Croatia ! :)

Posted by stannita on 2014-07-17 23:27. 13 comments. 482 reads
 
Hi all,
I just need some guidance. Received my first bill for the pacer and all of the visits/testing, etc. I have Aetna Medicare HMO and up to this point never had a problem paying for a treatment, surgery, visit, etc.
The bill shows $364.40 as total billed with insurance paying $159.40. I am to pay $205.00. Since I am supposed to go in and have pacer checked/office visit 4x/year, I will be paying over $800 in cash.
Is this normal? Do I have to be checked so often? So far, with the last checkup, I am feeling pretty good. Can I do with 1-2x/year checkup? What do I do if the MD insists on more checks?
Thanks for any info, from a budget used/all her life, Nita

Posted by BStanding56 on 2014-07-17 20:11. 2 comments. 201 reads
 
I had suffered heart failure from 2008 after a bad dose of Flue, my Doctor had treated me for Asthma for 8 months, I had a dry cough and felt dreadful, Once diagnosed the Nhs could not have been better, I had a number of cardioversions, 2 Ablations and so many visits to A&e too much to count, my heart was working at 20% apparently the normal heart works at 54%. 2 years ago I started collapsing without warning, I was offered another ablation or a Pacemaker, I opted for a pacemaker, I was given a three lead last June, since I have not suffered any Af and today I was told my heart is classed as normal and has healed, I am posting this to hopefully give hope, I was very symptomatic and felt very unsure of my future and wondered if I had one! B...




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