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Posted by Roys on 2015-04-10 01:04. 2 comments. 118 reads
 
If you get A-Fib have a look at www.medscape.com/viewarticle/842739
Cheers Roy

Posted by jumpercablelady on 2015-04-10 00:08. 12 comments. 258 reads
 
Hi Everyone,
I am having a av/pacemaker surgery on May 5th..I am very scared I have already had a 3 1/2 hour failed ablation. I came on this site for support but after reading how everyone seems to be having problems one way or another makes me even more scared. I hope everyone here get their problems take care of so you can go on to live a active life. I am really having second thoughts now.

Posted by Dave H on 2015-04-09 17:38. 9 comments. 314 reads
 
Most Docs I've spoken with have stated a person's ejection fraction cannot be improved ------ one can only help save what they have left. A recent magazine issue had (can't recall the name) an article where the author was going down the same heart failure path as his dad. He decided to walk, walk, and walk some more to combat his heart issue. After a number of months, his cardiologist was amazed that he increased his EF from 18% to 40% -- a feat the doc considered impossible beforehand. (BTW: a study of the heart's EF via an echo is pretty much subjective - a point to keep in mind: a study by two different docs may yield two different findings) My situation?: Medtronic VIVA XT ICD / 6'01" / Non smoker / weight down to 195 from 240 / I en...


Posted by Alice63 on 2015-04-09 17:31. 2 comments. 151 reads
 
hello all, I am getting this pacemaker installed on April 30th. Do any of you have this one? Good or bad?? Thank you.
http://www.medtronic.com/for-healthcare-professionals/products-therapies/cardiac-rhythm/pacemakers/revo-mri-pacing-system/

Posted by seenu302 on 2015-04-09 05:20. 5 comments. 226 reads
 
Just wondering if there is any link between keeping cell phones in the shirt pocket i.e right on top of the heart and the heart rhythm issues ?? Does anyone know any research done on this correlation?

Thanks
Sri

Posted by Lamar on 2015-04-08 20:00. 3 comments. 128 reads
 
Hello Everyone I just had my implant on 4/6/2015,Monday...So far no pain no problems.I have my first stiches check next week but they didn't tell me if I should check the area out before that..Does anyone have any info on that?

Posted by aeiesqui on 2015-04-07 23:49. 3 comments. 238 reads
 
I have a question for those of you who have had a similar experience. I have been diagnosed with Neurocardiogenic Syncope through the tilt table test. I flatlined for 15 seconds during the test (1st part with no meds after only a few minutes). The doctor who administered the test and another electrophysiologist I later consulted with said I don't necessarily need a pacemaker. After researching and reading posts on this and other sites I'm not sure what to believe. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Please help. Thank you!

Posted by gaman on 2015-04-06 20:48. 4 comments. 239 reads
 
What's the best way to install a pacemaker on left side (I'm right handed) to minimize bump. I've heard of subpectoral muscle implants and transaxillary percutaneous techniques but don't know the advantages/disadvantages of either over the standard under the skin placement.

I figure if I gotta have one of these things, I might as well make is as aesthetically pleasing as possible. Also, does insurance cover these approaches if they are considered more cosmetic?

Got procedure scheduled this coming Friday so I got some decisions to make.

Posted by jadunn18 on 2015-04-06 14:34. 13 comments. 360 reads
 
Hello Pacemaker Club,

My name is JJ Dunn and I am a student at the College of the Holy Cross. For my sociology class, I am conducting research about the effects pacemakers and ICDs have on familial relations and life outlooks. Below is a survey of ten questions about life with a pacemaker/ICD. You can post directly to this forum or contact me at jadunn18@g.holycross.edu if you want the responses to be direct. Thanks so much for everyone`s help!!

1). What medical circumstances led to the option of a pacemaker or ICD? Were you hesistant at first with this decision? Who, if anyone, helped you make this decision for an invasive surgery?

2). How, if at all, has your familial role changed since the operation? ...


Posted by Mongee on 2015-04-06 11:27. 4 comments. 146 reads
 
I was thinking about getting an IFIT for my wrist and was wondering if anyone has heard if it can be used if I have an ICD Not sure if it would interfere with it. Any ideas?

Posted by trish on 2015-04-05 08:11. 0 comments. 72 reads
 
Amen , don'r! I am just off to sing two back to back services celebrating Our Risen Lord! Trish

Posted by heart3 on 2015-04-04 18:04. 3 comments. 162 reads
 
Hi guys I posted a while ago about a procedure I was having. An Av node ablation. Well here's an update. I had my procedure done at the London heart hospital in January and I haven't looked back I've hardly had any episodes of AF and when I have they have been 5seconds or less. Being completely dependent on a battery to literally keep me alive is taking some getting used to I won't lie. On the plus side I feel as though my surgeon and his team have given me my life back. I'm back working full time I'm going out with friends I'm enjoying life again. I'm still having to take my medication but I'm hopping yo come of some of that soon. I'm at my 3month mark next Tuesday and I couldn't b happier. Thank you to everyone who offered me advice . I ...


Posted by wookalar on 2015-04-04 13:03. 2 comments. 126 reads
 
hi,
i just received my 3rd pacemaker 2 1/2 weeks ago. Since then I
have basically felt awful. I was used to working out 5-7 times a week and now not feeling good at all. I have had my setting adjusted at least 5 times to no avail. I have the new Boston Scientific device. My heart feels like it is beating in the center of my chest. No one can seem to figure out what is wrong if anything. I have complete heart block so I use my pacer all the time. Just can't figure out why Im feeling every little beat? Anyone have any suggestions????

Posted by orangebowls on 2015-04-03 20:14. 3 comments. 123 reads
 
Hi, I had a St Jude Allure Quadra CRT-T put in 8 days ago feeling ok, in about 4 weeks time I will be getting the AV node ablated, I have been so much out of breath , cant do much at all
counting the days until ablation , and hoping it will turn my life around? will let you all know how it turns out , I am 79 years young, and am looking forward to a few more

Posted by ReadingFC on 2015-04-03 18:13. 4 comments. 223 reads
 
16 months ago, i was rushed into hospital for as heart stopped for 45 seconds - with no real prior warning

After 24 hours they said pacemaker and it was major Afib

After another 24 hours had passed, Afib had stopped and the I was put on warfrine for the rest of my life with a pacemaker

The pacemaker has a high rate of 70bpm to try and stop the afib

As far as I know the Afib only ever lasted about 4 hours and that was 16 months ago, after a very stressy week - very stressy.


So now I am thinking, what I should be speaking to the doc about, as I have a routing apointment next week

Should I try and come off of the warfrine now as nothing happened for 16 months and the pace...


Posted by trish on 2015-04-03 15:04. 0 comments. 67 reads
 
Sang from different place in chancel last night and again this afternoon. Amazing! No interference with pacemaker causing it to pace without reason . Still have to ascertain why pm was behaving strangely when in former seat. Not sure if this lighting system was installed by licensed electrician or if was inspected by city. Trish.

Posted by jsne on 2015-04-03 05:52. 1 comments. 112 reads
 
Hi Folks,
Have updated my profile as I seemed to have missed the most important bit.(not a great computer user)Had chest x ray to check my pneumothorax has completely gone as we hope to go to Italy on the 25th. Get a 3day monitor on the 17th as I still feel rotten quite a bit of the time (I think I am still getting AF or I am out of sync.) but has anyone got any tips to stop getting pulsating noise in ears when lying down. Suffered with this when on denoderone drives you mad.6 weeks in went back to my yoga class - god my toes have moved miles away, good to stretch again even with a dickey rhythm.
Off for a wee walk in the lovely Scottish sunshine NOT!
Take care all
Jane

Posted by tracey68 on 2015-04-03 05:19. 7 comments. 368 reads
 
Hi all
I just thought I would share my story with you and hope it will help others and also help me to not feel so alone too.
I am a normal 40 something lady (or so I thought) and I take regular exercise. I was doing a Zumba class with my daughter when half way through I felt very strange, heart pounding and giddy and found myself holding onto the wall. I left the class and found a gym instructor to check my pulse but he couldn't get a proper reading, he thought it was the machine playing up as my heart rate was over 220! After an hour of resting and drinking it was still going crazy so my daughter rushed me to A&E as she is a nurse and she knew I had to get there asap. They tried to regulate my heartbeat with drugs but that di...


Posted by tk on 2015-04-02 23:26. 1 comments. 165 reads
 
I am anxious.. Waiting for tomorrow so I can see cardiologist after having a bad week with pains, low energy, little zaps, and now what feels like tingling in arms and head and fluttering in chest. Its really scary as I am almost 3 weeks out. I really am frightened by all the things I'm feeling, mostly the dizziness. I had some good days and thought wow I'm feeling almost back to normal and then boom, I feel like I did before surgery minus the electric feeling I had when I'd feel like I was going to pass out.

I feel terrible. Grateful for life, happy generally with my life, but super crappy physically. Any advice is welcome. I guess I just really am anxious and frustrated. Maybe need to vent, because my support system in real l...


Posted by stricsm on 2015-04-02 19:27. 4 comments. 155 reads
 
I was fitted with a dual lead PM in Aug 2014 for a 2nd degree block type II (2:1). I have hypothyroidism and my thyroid hormone was very low at the time of the PM surgery. Went to the device clinic today for a 6 month follow-up and my heart is pacing normally without assistance. The tech said it could change tomorrow. I was so excited I forgot to ask her how long the data showed this had been going on, but I'm going back next week to pick up my interrogation report.

Is it common for the conductive paths of the heart to be intermittent or could my problem have been caused by the hypothyroidism?



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