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Posted by TraceyE on 2015-02-02 17:54. 0 comments. 50 reads
 
From ACHA's Facebook page, thought it looked very interesting. These are topics you don't often see addressed for those of us who are congenital.

Mayo Clinic to Host Webinar: Congenital Heart Disease What Patients Need to Know
During this free, one-hour interactive webinar hosted by Mayo Clinic on February 13 at noon CT, Drs. Joseph Dearani and Carole Warnes will provide an overview of congenital heart disease, including transition of care into adulthood, pregnancy, surgical risks, valve repair and replacement, innovation, and lifelong follow-up. A question and answer period will follow their discussion. To register, visit http://mayocl.in/1L4USlR.

Posted by TraceyE on 2015-02-01 21:09. 1 comments. 118 reads
 
Yes it's ok to wear a fitbit but we are not supposed to use the scales that measure bmi, etc. Stick to a regular scale.

Posted by mom0f6 on 2015-02-01 14:58. 4 comments. 90 reads
 
Hey all,
It has been a while since I have posted! As an update, I am doing great! PM is working like it is supposed to and finally have all the settings where they need to be! I did develop Atach/SVTs and had a failed ablation and another TIA. BUT, I am well.
I am still chasing chickens and ducks and am looking foward to my first powerlifting competition at the end of the month.
I hope everyone here is doing good for where they are also!

Terri

Posted by flutetooter on 2015-02-01 00:03. 4 comments. 116 reads
 
--Also just dropping by to say how thankful I am to have had my pacemaker put in a year ago. We had several lovely vacations, did gardening and hose remodeling and I had other abdominal surgeries in July - all with extra energy to spare. Right now I especially glad to have that energy boost because I am coping with a horrible fall my husband had on the ice on Jan. 6, landing on the back of his head with a subdural and subarachnoidal brain hemorrhage. After 3 1/2 wk. in intensive care and regular hospital care, he is now getting intensive physical training in a rehab center for lost weight and muscles, but seems mostly fine as to minimal, if any, memory loss. He is a runner and biker still at 78, and was in top shape. I would never hav...


Posted by ballydhanoa on 2015-01-31 22:38. 11 comments. 134 reads
 
hello friends i am 21 years old male patient of chb have dual chamber IPG pm. on november 2014 i start feeling heart palpitations dr check my pm it was doing good. now sometimes the palpitation go away for days and again come back. today after 20 days without palpitation again i start feeling palpitations dont know what is the reason of it. i hope someone can help me out.. i feel something in my heart.

Posted by Runningmama on 2015-01-31 22:16. 3 comments. 65 reads
 
It's been a while since I was on, just wanted to drop by and say hello to everyone! I am always glad to be a part of this great group of awesome peeps!!!

Posted by Grateful Heart on 2015-01-31 22:03. 17 comments. 193 reads
 
I notice when I sign in, 99% of the time I am at the bottom of the list. Now I'm not complaining....in fact, I find it rather amusing.

So am I "bringing up the rear" or am I the caboose. As I understand it, the caboose is a very important part of the train.

Be kind in your responses. :-)

Grateful Heart

Posted by WYknitter on 2015-01-30 11:13. 10 comments. 310 reads
 
This is a response I got from Medtronic when I inquired about beeping that woke me up at 1AM on Monday AND after a 240 mile round trip to the cardiologist ofc yesterday, at the recommendation of their nurse practitioner, I might add.

I hope this information will help those who have current models of Medtronic pacemakers avoid the frustration and embarrassment that I still fell.

"Thank you for contacting Medtronic Patient Services with your question about the Medtronic Adapta pacemaker. The Adapta pacemaker along with all other current models of Medtronic pacemakers do not have audible capabilities. This device will not beep under any circumstances."

This was a learning experience for me and for the nu...


Posted by Cobpop on 2015-01-29 16:01. 1 comments. 87 reads
 
On Friday morning I will have my original pacemaker replaced with a pacemaker with b-ventricular pacing.

Anyone who has gone through this - any advice? How did it go? I would be glad to know of things I should expect, and what to be aware of in the future.

Thanks.

Cobpop

Posted by tammyjk1021 on 2015-01-29 15:34. 8 comments. 203 reads
 
Just got my micra put in last week and wondering if anyone else has participated in this study as well.

Posted by suzip on 2015-01-29 11:04. 5 comments. 187 reads
 
I have very recently been diagnosed with cardioinhibitory syncope following a tilt table test...during this test I blacked out and my heart stopped for 20 seconds. I have seen a cardiology consultant who said that I would benefit from a pacemaker and that it was the best treatment to have.
I also have nocturnal bradycardia and have recently had a ecg of 47bpm.
Can anyone tell me what the regulations are for driving with this condition after a pacemaker is fitted and maybe the length of time I could be looking at for not been able to drive. I have only had a syncope episode 3 times in the last 10 years.

Posted by lizdonaldson on 2015-01-29 09:28. 3 comments. 162 reads
 
I have a Medtronic Revo MRI Sure Scan pacemaker and need an MRI. MY local hospital will not do it. Has anyone had a problem with having an MRI with this pacemaker?

Posted by Dave H on 2015-01-28 17:21. 2 comments. 176 reads
 
Just returned from an overnight stay at the hospital after having my 2.5 year old Medtronic Consulta CRT-P replaced with a Medtronic Viva XT CRT-D. EP felt the new device would serve me better. It is approx. 50% larger and heavier than the Consulta, and has the ability to deliver a "shock" when needed. Procedure lasted about 2 hrs --- I was in La-La-Land. A little sore today, but no big deal. Medtronic Reps were on hand every step of the way and delivered tons of info. Only thing I didn't like was the uncomfortable hospital beds. I spent the night in the ICU, and there were folks there in much more dire shape than I was. My goal is to not become one of them. I spent 45 mins walking the floor a few hours after the procedure, and I intend ...


Posted by Olena on 2015-01-28 15:20. 5 comments. 156 reads
 
Hi, could anyone help me with this one. I have a doctor who put my ICD in and now he is monitoring it.
But I want start to see another doctor, who lives closer to my house. Would it be a problem to change doctors? And can I do it without notifying my current doctor? Any thoughts?


Posted by azviking on 2015-01-28 13:46. 10 comments. 238 reads
 
A recent New York Times article deals with how effective meds, diets etc are in dealing with medical problems. NNT is the statistical measure that illustrates some surprising reults

For example- regarding the heart;

One heart attack is prevented when 2000 people take a daily aspirin for two years - NNT = 2000

One death is avoided in four years when 30 heart attack survivors adopt the popular mediterranean diet. It does not prevent the death of others in this group. NNT = 30

Somewhere out there are similar statistics... Seems to me to be good stuff for assessing the effectiveness of various treatments... I thought these things were "more preventive" than the NNT indicates.

Read...


Posted by Dragi on 2015-01-28 11:11. 2 comments. 120 reads
 
Hi,

I'm 80 years old and have been in A-fib for about 20 years. I'm in CHF now class III. My dr. has recommended a bi ventricular pacemaker with ICD. First they'll implat the PM, then cut the AV node 1 month later. I'm nervous about getting the PM, can anyone with similar problems comment on their experiences please? Thanks, I've already learned some from your forums!

Posted by scorpfan on 2015-01-27 20:38. 6 comments. 218 reads
 
Hi - I am getting close to needing my pm changed, but not in ERI yet, or at least not two weeks ago. I have been feeling absolutely fine without problems with stairs or walking in general, but all of a sudden 2 days ago I started not being able to walk up stairs or moving fast without getting short of breath. I don't feel dizzy or about to faint but weak and it gives me a head ache after getting to the top of stairs. It feels a lot like when I initially needed the pm. I am 100% paced.
Do any of you think it has to do with the pacemaker getting old, or something else. What really worries me is how sudden it came on. Besides that I feel fine, no chest pain or tightness, and no cold.No water retention either. I know I have to go to my ca...


Posted by Louise on 2015-01-27 18:50. 6 comments. 179 reads
 
Greetings....

First let me say l have learned so much since starting to read the posts this morning. So many of my questions have been answered which has made a huge difference.
I received my PM a week ago. After experiencing endless brady the PM was installed. I'm a 63 year old, highly active female. This pounding heart beat began on Sunday which took me off guard. I was just wondering if this is common post op.
I went for a short walk today, anxious to be back to my 5K walks. It appears it will be quite a while before l can return to my walking program. I became very tired in very short period of time. However l will attempt it again in a few days.
Enjoy your day all

Posted by maureen.coxsey on 2015-01-27 09:56. 3 comments. 163 reads
 
Hi Everyone

Its been a while since I have been on the site, hope your all pacing well.

Can anyone tell me what are the symptoms of bad leads or displacement are.

I am not feeling my best age 57 I am tired, plagued by PVC and I am having the odd dizzy spell, just a fast speed wobble if you know what I mean, lasts a second or two its nothing major but add them all together and I thought maybe its my leads ??
My leads are 18years old in march was thinking of having a party for them hehe

Any ideas

Maureen

Posted by Stacey19 on 2015-01-27 04:40. 1 comments. 85 reads
 
Thinking about going back can you work as a cashier on the tills all day



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