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Posted by AngelaD on 2014-09-25 11:54. 8 comments. 266 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?

Posted by KAG on 2014-09-25 11:45. 2 comments. 181 reads
 
Up until this week I've not come across any security scanners. I used to travel a lot for work, pre-PM but since I've retired (just cause I could, nothing to do with PM) I've been able to avoid the hassles of airline travel.

Monday I had jury duty and when I went to the court building it looked like airport security. So being a bit rusty in the drill I put my bag in the tray and proceeded to walk through the scanner. BEEP. I told them I had a PM and that could be the cause, but forgot I didn't take the coins out of my pocket. So went back emptied pockets. The security guy held up a wand and asked if I wanted to do it that way, but I said no this was an experiment to see what if anything happens with my PM. He got a funny ...


Posted by Grateful Heart on 2014-09-25 11:15. 4 comments. 71 reads
 

The American Heart Association has a new interactive guide for understanding and living with AFib.

You have to copy and paste the link:

http://www.myvirtualpaper.com/doc/aha-publications/atrial-fibrillation--your-healthiest-life/2012092701/#0

Grateful Heart

Posted by ballydhanoa on 2014-09-24 12:59. 1 comments. 146 reads
 
hello friends i am new here. i have question that using phone will effect battery life of PM ? i use phone for 5,6 hours daily. using phone without sim card will not affect PM? how phone effect PM? i always make 6inch difference b/w PM and mobilephone

Posted by PeteFindlay on 2014-09-23 09:08. 5 comments. 227 reads
 
They seem to crop up quite a lot, but a search hasn't quite found what I'm looking for.

Medtronic E-M interference guidance suggests 6 inch distance maintained between the tattoo gun and the PM itself. I have also seen that many people have had tattoos much closer - even directly over - their PM.

My question - have any of our inked community who have tattoos close to the device ever personally experienced any interference from the tattoo machinery? (As opposed to anecdotal or internet horror stories)

Pete

Posted by Eliprz52 on 2014-09-22 11:56. 4 comments. 142 reads
 
Well after being told for several years something was not right, seeing new doctors i was told this Friday about a pacemaker.I have to say i did not expect to hear that.Now i am unsure what to expect.Sounds straight forward and not complicated but still i am have never had anything wrong.no days in the hospital,no broken bones,no major illness.I have to tell my work about this and know they will be ok with it.I run copy machines all day and do worry about working around such machinery now.oh well i am glad to be here.Thanks.

Posted by Papajoe on 2014-09-22 08:16. 3 comments. 182 reads
 
I've had a pacer for 6 months for a left bundle branch block. Since the day of the implant I've had phrenic nerve stimulation to my diaphragm . The doctor and tech have tried every type of voltage adjustment and drug changes. This past week my doctor told me that since the adjustments are so low the pacer is not helping me. He has suggested replacing the left lead ( which is a 4 vector wire and replace it with a 16 vector wire )and the pacemaker asap to solve the problem. Does anyone have any advise ? Should I go get a second opinion ? Thank you Papajoe

Posted by barnet38 on 2014-09-21 18:09. 5 comments. 191 reads
 
Hello,

My dog was really hyper last week and jumped on me while I was laying on the couch. She weighs 70lbs and landed with her front feet right on my pacemaker. My device is functioning with no problems, but it feels like it has shifted around. My PM is implanted in the muscle below my collarbone. I've had a PM for 16 years and it has never felt like it has shifted until now. Has anyone else experienced this? If so, how did you get it fixed? Is this just in my head?

Thanks!

Posted by Tattoo Man on 2014-09-21 18:05. 8 comments. 262 reads
 
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Posted by SallyStar on 2014-09-20 19:05. 3 comments. 144 reads
 
Does anyone have a Merlin@home transmitter?
How do I know if it is working? I have heard nothing from my Dr. or St.Jude since I set it up.
Any suggestions.

Posted by EricWright on 2014-09-20 02:54. 3 comments. 223 reads
 
So after reading several postings, I have a question: Why do people take their units out after a few years, and also why consider taking out the leads? If you need it dont you always need it? or do you get better after a while? Just curious.

Posted by jschepp on 2014-09-20 02:22. 1 comments. 174 reads
 
Can i donate plasma since i have a pacemaker

Posted by MaryAnn on 2014-09-19 11:17. 1 comments. 159 reads
 
I have had my pacemaker for 7 years. It is scheduled to be replaced within the next 6 months. I have had no problems what so ever up until now. In fact I forget that I even have one most of the time. My life hasn’t changed at all. I work out, I do aerobics etc. For the last few months I get little sharp shooting pains in my heart a few times a day. I have no idea what is causing them. I have to admit that I do drink 2 cups of regular coffee first thing in the am. I have been doing this seemingly without any negative reaction since I had my pacemaker. I am wondering if the caffine could be affecting my heart. Does anyone have any suggestions or advice?

Posted by fishfighter on 2014-09-19 07:05. 4 comments. 141 reads
 
Been a long time from my last post. Just so much going on around me. Over all, I'm still hanging in there. Really not much of a change. New meds and more older meds. They been treating me like a lab animal. Guess that can be a good thing.LOL

My step Mom just went thru a double transplant for her liver and kidneys 12 days ago. Same hospital I use. She is still hanging in there, but only God knows what her future will be.

Then one of my brothers that had beat lung cancer 4 years ago is fighting cancer again.

I hope everybody is doing good and giving life hell.

Take care all,
Paul

Posted by Dawnie on 2014-09-18 18:01. 2 comments. 71 reads
 
Just a wee shout out to see if anyone in the pacemaker club is based in Northern Ireland...would love to meet up or have a telephone chat with someone local with a pacemaker.
Been having a few issues and just a bit down.
Anyways...at least my heart rate stays above 30 bpm since my implant in April :) getting there...slowly

Posted by sue uk on 2014-09-18 15:17. 4 comments. 125 reads
 
It has been yonks since l have been on here but l think it's because l forget l have a pacemaker !!!
So needless to say l am doing really well, still have things l can't do but l forget about them & concentrate on what l can do.
Still love living in the country & have been up to my armpits in jams & chutney (no rude comments IAN & Tatman)
Anyway, so many "new faces" on here now, it's good to see that the site is still a huge support as it was for me 3 yrs ago.
Huge hugs & kisses for my special friends ( you know who you are).
Sue Uk x

Posted by KarenR2014 on 2014-09-18 14:59. 5 comments. 175 reads
 
So I have a kidney stone that the dr says I won't be able to pass. He suggested the blasting method. Will I be able to have that procedure done since I have a pacemaker? He said something about putting a wand over my pacemaker. What does that mean?
I am also on warfarin. It sure got complicated all at once.

Posted by lauriebee on 2014-09-18 12:32. 2 comments. 147 reads
 
I had a Medtronic pacemaker implanted on June 2, 2014. No real problems and feel great. Until now....it appears my pacer, which was implanted IM, is now superficial. My cardiologist says because I am so active the muscle pushed it out. My question is..will reimplanting the pacer deeper in the muscle make a difference or should I just leave it alone? Thanks for any advice.

Posted by stormynw on 2014-09-18 01:56. 1 comments. 116 reads
 
Hello out there :)

So 4 months post op STILL extremely short of breath and following a Shunt Test yesterday, today the Pulmonologist called me to tell me that I have a Pulmonary Shunt. This is not like a shunt used to drain fluid, in this case it means that:

Blood can reach the lungs successfully and the alveoli, the tiny air sacks in the lungs, are fully perfused with blood. Oxygen, however, does NOT enter the blood in the normal gas exchange process where carbon dioxide leaves the blood and oxygen replaces it. As a result, blood passes through the pulmonary artery, fails to pick up oxygen, and enters the pulmonary vein to return to the heart. The heart pumps the blood through the body, but it is not carrying enough...




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