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Posted by Cycler on 2014-10-29 19:54. 3 comments. 124 reads
 
Dear Pacemaker Club:

FWIW, I strongly recommend the Mio Alpha (or Link) for HR monitoring while exercising. They are pricey, but, considering what you paid for your pacemaker or ICD, it is worth it.

On the treadmill, I tired of constantly holding the treadmill's HR bar to get a reading. Other types of sensors (wrist, torso) that measure electricity through the skin are not reliable. And they are not continuous readout.

The Mios are wrist devices that use light to read blood volume beneath the skin instead of electricity. The read out is continuous detection and is virtually 100% reliable when putting on and firing up.

Not a lot of features, just time, HR & zone. 2 buttons not 5 or so. No need to ...


Posted by tracyjacobs on 2014-10-29 19:36. 3 comments. 140 reads
 
I have wpw and have a pacemaker now. Today I went to hospital and teats showed I have a complete blockage. What does this mean now?

Posted by pacemaker20 on 2014-10-29 19:07. 4 comments. 121 reads
 
Today is my one year anniversary. It is still crazy to think, at 25, I have a pacemaker. But it's also comforting to know they found something to help with my symptoms. I remember being angry, when I found out it was needed. My friends and family tried to comfort me by saying 'It will be okay. They are going to fix you'. It wasn't the surgery I was angry or worried about. It was the point that I needed FIXED. However, I knew it had to happen regardless and here I am today being the healthiest I've been. I am very proud of my PM, Mioriult.

Posted by Iwantmikenow on 2014-10-29 13:16. 7 comments. 236 reads
 
So, after a few weeks of testing, the Doc says we can proceed with the PM install...then he offered me a choice between St. Judes and Medtronic. I'm young (45) so I'm thinking the MRI capability of the Medtronic is a plus... anyone care to chime in about their personal preferences? Anyone ever use both models? I have been assured from the medical standpoint that both are going to do the same thing (help with type 3 heart block). Anyone out there care to chime in?

Posted by LJRytel on 2014-10-29 11:46. 5 comments. 128 reads
 
I received a pacemaker when I was 43 for 2nd degree heart block. I'm now 47. I have PVCs on a daily basis. Some days are worse than others. I have found that exercise and post exercise reduces the PVCs for a period of time.

My cardiologist explained that when the sinus node is activated it helps the heart beat more regular and thus reduces PVCS.
I have my minimum heart rate set at 60 beats per minute. During pacemaker checks I'm told my heart rate would be in the 30s without.

My question is whether setting the pacemaker at a minimum of 50 beats per minute would activate my sinus node more often and therefore reduce the number of PVCS?? The electrocardiologist seemed reluctant to set below 60 beats?


Posted by nickp on 2014-10-28 21:48. 4 comments. 259 reads
 
CarrieAnne stared intently at her computer screen.

Ever since I had this electronic watchdog implanted in my chest, I've been seeing her every six months. She puts a donut shaped thingy over it, runs a wire between that and her console, and reads my tea leaves.

"Well," she says, "it looks like your heart rate speeded up to 100 beats per minute on August 23rd at 8:07AM."

I was used to that. My pacemaker keeps a history of my heart's activity to an excruciating level of detail. It kind of flipped me out the first time, but I have enough techie in me to understand data and data retrieval.

"And it looks like it had to keep you pumping for a bit on June 3rd." My pacemaker only fires when my heartrate...


Posted by Bostonstrong on 2014-10-28 19:23. 10 comments. 202 reads
 
Had the pleasure of meeting a fabulous cardiologist while in the hospital last week. He was just there to do a procedure but spent over an hour talking to me, explaining things, answering questions and doing a thorough exam prior to the test. Very professional, very kind. Asked a lot of questions about why I got the pm. After we finished talking he looked at me and said I got my pm a year before you did. Instant connection, he just gets it.


Posted by rjsully on 2014-10-27 20:53. 3 comments. 135 reads
 
So I have my f/u appointment with EP next week to discuss further options. Since I have tried medications that have not been helpful for my low heart rate with arrythmia I think a pacemaker will be the next step. This worries me, but what worries me even more is they will send me on my way with no real solution and a "come back if your symptoms get worse". This is what happened the first time through with all of my issues over two years ago and I felt a little frustrated with the whole process, plus it was expensive!

Any advice/suggestions/questions I should ask at my next appointment? Especially if I get the "come back if your symptoms get worse". I want to move on and start feeling better now, rather than waiting until ...


Posted by dhubl on 2014-10-26 23:06. 3 comments. 140 reads
 
Would like to know if anyone has dared to use a electric chain saw etc..


Posted by Danceangel_1 on 2014-10-26 20:20. 2 comments. 83 reads
 
I have been reading about every post and found them to be helpful to me. Today makes 3 weeks since I've had my pm. I'm beginning to feel better as the days go by. I had many questions but have found answers through your post. Keep up the good work!

Posted by rolson on 2014-10-26 20:12. 4 comments. 171 reads
 
Hope this question doesn't sound weird. Someone told me that a pacemaker can make your breast grow larger. Is this true and is implanting in one area better than another to keep this from happening?

Posted by Tinkergirl on 2014-10-25 17:25. 10 comments. 237 reads
 
I am 2 1/2 weeks out from getting my PM and all is pretty good until this afternoon I bumped the edge of the PM, the part closest to your underarm. Man did that hurt and now it is pretty sore. Has this happened to anyone else? I am surprised at how sore it is making my PM pocket feel. It actually took my breath away.

Just curious as I hope bumping it was not a big boo boo.

Posted by APgirl on 2014-10-25 14:35. 5 comments. 407 reads
 
So- having had a fabulous new lease of life with my pacer in the last 4 years, I have been feeling tired, breathless and puffy recently. I ignored it, as most of us do. You would think I would have learned to listen to my body by now!

On Monday, feeling awful, I managed to get past the pesky receptionist and see a doctor. For those of us in the UK, it appears that the receptionist's primary purpose is to prevent you seeing a doctor. So I get in and see a locum, who transfers me straight into the hospital with my Bp dangerously high and Afib.

The wonderful NHS staff checked me from head to toe and the reason becomes apparent, Having had perfect plumbing, just dodgy electrics up to now, I now have an enlar...


Posted by Enrique on 2014-10-24 20:58. 6 comments. 176 reads
 
I had a dual chamber pacemaker implanted 10 years ago. This was due to A/V block and sick sinus syndrome. I have had no problems with it, I am physically active. I am 66 years old.
During the last check-up they told me that I had a minimum of 4 months of battery life left. This is in addition to the 3 months of “reserve mode” that kicks in when the main battery is too low.
I am quite dependent on the pacemaker. When I first had it implanted my natural heart rate was in the 40’s. Now it is below 30’s, but it is not clear how much lower. At the clinic they didn’t want to test to find out.
The hospital folks told me that there are two ways to handle this:
1) Aggressive: wait until the last moment before replacin...


Posted by jue on 2014-10-24 16:43. 5 comments. 142 reads
 
Hi All,
I will be 9 days post pacemaker replacement surgery tomorrow.
As I have been good and not lifting my arm, my hair is a total mess.
I am planning to have a wash and blow at the hairdressers tomorrow to make myself feel better.
Is anyone aware of any issue with using a hair dryer straight after replacement?
Thanks peeps x

Posted by Eliprz52 on 2014-10-24 15:36. 3 comments. 83 reads
 
well after waiting many weeks i got the pacemaker.its one made by biotronik in lake oswego oregon.it was done very fast.i remember talking the the people then woke up after they were done.it was crazy cause i could feel some pain but i somewhat out.thestaff at kadlac were very good.now i just have to adjust to living with the pacemaker.from reading the posts here it should go well.my wife and family have been very supportive and can feel luck about that.

Posted by iforget1 on 2014-10-24 10:01. 7 comments. 180 reads
 
So here is my basic question:

Has anybody ever applied for SOC SEC disability based on the fact they have Bradycardia,A/Vblock. Falling down but never a "passing out" under age 47?

My job entails basically the same things as an automotive mechanic plus teaching in auto shop classroom. Its very stressful and physically demanding.
Mind you I also have a very elevated diaphragm on my left side and looks like the lung is not working at full capacity.
And history of B-Celllymphnoma.
My job basically says when and i,f I comeback they don't want me back in the shop and I'm already finding they are making things difficult for me. My superior told me over phone I should try to get SOCSEC disability.
B...


Posted by J00ney on 2014-10-24 07:26. 4 comments. 142 reads
 
Hello all,
Just seeking some advice please.
Had a 2 lead PPM Implanted in January 2014.
Recovered well with a new lease of life with all the energy I have.
Last saw Cardiologist in Sept. He said the interrogation showed I was using the atrial lead 80% of the time.
Told him that every so often I get like a twitching sensation which at times is uncomfortable. It is sort of just to the left of the sternum half way down. I guess it is the ventricular lead which, although on is not firing at all.
I asked the Cardiologist if it was the lead sort of floating around but he said 'no' as the lead would be endotheliased which I take to mean that it is imbedded within the blood vessel wall. I did have this same sensati...


Posted by iforget1 on 2014-10-23 20:10. 6 comments. 160 reads
 
I had a Biotronik dual lead installed about 9-20-14 on my R side due to complications in getting leads in L arteries.

This was done because I had SOB,dizzyness,falling,and can't climb stars. Went to hospital and they found a heart beat of 40 and lower chambers only beating every other beat sometime and sometimes not at all!. Basically they found a A/V heart block and i think its called sinoscope.along with an abnormal thyroid. I did pass two lyme disease tests but think i should get checked again by some specialist for lyme again??

For today I'm just wondering does anybody have random dull/sharp pains in chest near heart? Its very random sometimes happens if I'm stressed but often times happens if I'm simple sittin...


Posted by my4turtles on 2014-10-23 13:29. 14 comments. 281 reads
 
I had my pacemaker replaced almost 3 weeks ago. Thinking back now while in the hospital I was asking for more pain Meds 1-2 hrs after I had got a dose. I have awful pain from the front to the back of my shoulder blade. On a 1-10 scale way over 10!! To the point I'm in tears. I have double my hydrocodone taken it with Aleve as well as ibuprofen 800mg and it does nothing for the pain. This is my 4th pace maker and I have never had pain like this. And I can take pain I had 3 kids all natural and would do it all over again , that was easy compared to this pain. I went in and they took X-rays as they were thinking my shoulder might have got separated in surgery as well as my pacemaker might be infected again. They said the X-rays look good. We ...




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