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Posted by Tattoo Man on 2014-08-19 04:45. 0 comments. 74 reads
 

....................Hi Pooks..I have tried to PM you and you don't seem to have picked it up.

I had an attachment on my computer that I cannot open. Try me here on PMC.

I hope you are ok.

TM x

Posted by tennis4some on 2014-08-18 10:45. 3 comments. 188 reads
 
Last Monday I went in for an ablation. Then Tuesday a pacemaker was put in also, surprise!!! Then home on Wednesday and lots of pain and wondering what the ????
Finding your club is giving me some hope. I cannot go braless and I don't want to stop my tennis & active life. The comments by members concerning the bra strap and what to do is very helpful. So as I am recovering from all the soreness & just having this foreign thing in my body, I hope to discover what is best for me so that I can be back on the courts in 8-10 weeks.
I am sure the location of the pacemaker is necessary, but a man definitely cannot appreciate what women have to put up with to hang properly or maybe they do understand!

Posted by Jackw on 2014-08-17 23:41. 4 comments. 245 reads
 
If I have a slow rate, say 40 and I have a PM set with a 60 minimum, what happens when the PM fires because I'm running slow? My heart is still running at 40 so it will fire again soon after. Why don 't I wind up with an irregular cadence and a rate closer to 100? (40 plus 60?)
Maybe a dumb question.

Posted by gdb on 2014-08-17 01:22. 0 comments. 134 reads
 
Hi, I'm new to the club and have a few questions. Here is my situation. Seventeen years ago at age 54 I had five bypasses. Fortunately I did not have a heart attach. I regularly have both radiation or treadmill stress tests.
I have had PVCs for years and they don't really bother me, but now they have increased to 38% of my heart beats. Sometimes three in a row. The doctors are concerned. This week they attempted to ablate them and were unsuccessful. When mapping the ventricle they found a number of small site but the main number of PVCs appeared to be coming from an area where the a valve muscle attached and didn't want to disturb the valve. While they were in there my heart rate dropped to 30bpm. Normally my rate is in the 50s and ...


Posted by cabbie on 2014-08-16 13:18. 3 comments. 145 reads
 
Hi I just got a crt-d two weeks ago and joined this club a few days ago. I would like to order a few items from the store. It says that worldwide shipping is available. I just wanted to confirm this because the USD8 shipping charge for manila seems a bit low. On paypal there was no button for international shipping though my address was clearly indicated. Thank you.

Posted by flutetooter on 2014-08-15 23:08. 2 comments. 135 reads
 
After a winter season of unexplained lightheadedness and feeling occasionally out of it, I embarked on 6 months of doctor visits and a PM for bradycardia in Feb.; 6 "rec room" procedures [hysterectomy, hernia, & various prolapses] done in one surgery in July, and am now flying high and happy - having passed all my post-op checkups with flying colors.

I am now walking up the road hills in the dunes every day, starting core exercises, and going back to hydro strength classes at the gym. I fit in all my slacks, can reach down and paint my toenails, can go out for a walk without having a"babysitter" go with me, and am at my college weight. Modern medicine is wonderful!

I celebrated also by buying a Polar simple FT1 he...


Posted by Jackw on 2014-08-15 22:48. 6 comments. 219 reads
 
First post.
68 years old in good shape. Run, ski, hike. Still working.
Have 2x aflutter and also slow rate sometimes in the 40s.
Aflutter is generally under control with beta blocker but also take Xeralto blood thinner. Doc says I am stable so no rush but my HR will probably slow to an unacceptable rate in a few years.
So what do I do?
Doc recommends ablation and PM when I am ready.
The upside is I get off the drugs, esp the blood thinner.
He makes no promises that I will have more energy but I would hope so. I get a bit tired in the afternoon but seem to get over that later.

Anybody have experience with this situation?

Posted by Oldbrit on 2014-08-14 16:51. 0 comments. 89 reads
 
My son sent me this last week and it was an amazing piece of info

Sound only-no video

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/sciencefriday/scifri201407182.mp3

I just got another pacemaker last year so maybe by the time it needs replacing this type will be available. Still lots of testing left but the Doctor at Cedars Sinai said maybe it will be available in 3-4 years.

Posted by joni1046 on 2014-08-13 22:30. 1 comments. 165 reads
 
My husband had pm implanted 3/2013, he recently had spell similar to original but did not faint as before. What could cause this?

Posted by MonicaNYC on 2014-08-13 17:32. 5 comments. 162 reads
 
I was at an event that had live music the other weekend. At the time I had only had my PM for just over 2 weeks. While I was there, watching, I felt a pinching feeling in the area of my pacemaker. It seemed to happen along with the bass. I only stayed for the one song, and as soon as the song was over, it stopped. I wasn't any where near the front, or close to a speaker. I asked my Dr about it, and he just said as long as I am not near a magnet, it's not a problem. I love to go see live music, but this was not a pleasant sensation. I was wondering if anyone else had ever experience anything like this. Would hate to spend money on tickets to a concert, only to have to leave because I couldn't take the pinching feeling.

Posted by reshannon2000 on 2014-08-13 12:05. 1 comments. 133 reads
 
1 year with my PM and doing fine. just got back from a trip from mexico to usa and forgot to mention pacemaker to airport security. no problems but got me thinking. any problems with the scanners? what about handheld??

Posted by Duke Heart Patient on 2014-08-13 11:54. 0 comments. 70 reads
 
Haven't checked here in a while , how is everyone ? Any new PM peps ? Hope you are all doing good !

Posted by reshannon2000 on 2014-08-12 20:21. 2 comments. 163 reads
 
i have a mole that is fairly close to my pacemaker. need to get removed. i know they can't burn it off, but how about freezing? otherwise, i guess just cutting, right??

Posted by automaton on 2014-08-10 14:44. 8 comments. 273 reads
 
Oh dear! I don't know my away around the block yet with this website, but I have joined to try and find some support with this latest tribulation of life. Six days after days implantation, I am feeling very optimistic. At the same time worried about the implications of taking warfarin. I am a committed vegetarian and have been thriving on watercress, soya-based products, brocolli, spinach and all the leaves plus asparagus. You name it, my diet has been very high in Vit K. Also, I really enjoy drinking wine.

Is it all doom and gloom from now on?

Posted by stormynw on 2014-08-10 04:14. 6 comments. 359 reads
 
Sooooo for me this whole pacemaker thing came out of nowhere last Aug/Sept. Whenever I climbed the stairs to my front door I would lose my breath - be doubled over trying to catch it -feel light headed - my heart felt like it was racing - and... the tops of my legs burned as if I had just run a mile. When I was finally able to get insurance after the first of the year, they did a lung function test that came back ok so then they ordered an echo stress test which was supposed to take about 45 minutes with 15 on a treadmill. Well less then two minutes on the treadmill and the cardiologist said "we're done here" and I said that can't be good and he said "No it wasn't". Seems that for the past several months, what I had thought was my heart ra...


Posted by skaggsoak on 2014-08-09 23:03. 5 comments. 168 reads
 
Well 2 days ago I received my new crt implant along with an av node ablation. It is the first time in years that I truly have a peaceful heartbeat. My heartbeat has been so chaotic for so long I feel like I'm in a new body.



Posted by suzie14/7 on 2014-08-09 06:44. 5 comments. 160 reads
 
hi my son is 4 and has had his pacemaker since birth .recently I've been checking him and have counted his rate in the 60 and 70 and den a min or two later it will be back to his paced rhythm of 85 etc .Just wondering if this a sign his battery is depleting or am I and my finger pulse machine just totally off .tia suzanne

Posted by NiceNiecey on 2014-08-08 00:52. 2 comments. 154 reads
 
I've had my Medtronic dual-lead PM for 7 months and just noticed what appears to be swelling around it. I've always been able to palpate the edges of the device at the top but now I seem to be able to feel the entire thing and then some! It is not hot or red. The site itches but that's not really something new.

I have also been experiencing a radiating tingly sensation around the PM periodically for the past few weeks. It actually feels good! but now that I've got some inflammation, the sensation reminds me of my knee which had to be drained it was so swollen a couple years ago.

I played some basketball (more like tried to make a few baskets!) two days in a row this week for a total of around 1.5 hours. Could t...


Posted by KarenR2014 on 2014-08-08 00:17. 5 comments. 262 reads
 
I have a pacemaker and recently my blood pressure has been running 80/65. I thought the pacemaker was suppose to keep it from getting to low. Just wonder what your thoughts are on this low blood pressure.

Posted by ksig on 2014-08-07 22:31. 5 comments. 189 reads
 
I am looking to purchase a new home and looked at a gorgeous one but there was an electrical power line easement a couple of doors down. There were now transformers, just power lines. If I had to guess, the lines were about 50 yards away and do not cross over the property. Does living this close present a problem for folks who are 100% paced like me?

ksig



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