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Posted by Hudmon3 on 2014-03-29 04:37. 7 comments. 136 reads
 
Hello all!
I just had a pm implanted a couple days ago in hopes of managing my a fib. I am learning the ins and outs of living with a pm. I do have a couple questions that I think a woman living with a pm can answer better than my cardiologist at the moment. I am a large breasted woman and I am worried about lingering pain after everything has healed will I be able to still wear a bra comfortably or while that cause undue pressure on my pm? Also I love to sleep on my stomach, the next six weeks are going to be really hard for me. However what worries me is that my breasts will pull and place extra pressure if I sleep on my stomach, anyone care to let me know their experiences? I am hoping you all might be able to answer these for me.

Posted by Carolyn65 on 2014-03-29 02:36. 4 comments. 128 reads
 
Does anyone know how the following electric lines affect PM?

I am not talking of the electric lines running up/down neighborhoods. I am wondering about the big, tall, broad, steel high voltage towers with the big coils of electric cable running from one to the other across country carrying the Big 'stuff'.

I have a chance to stay at a house indefinitely which has one of these big power lines running overhead. Back in May, 2009, when I joined this PM Club, I think I remember someone saying not to just stand/stay under the huge 'cross country' electrical power lines b/c of the PM.

Before I put some monies into this project, does anyone have any info on this? The power lines run almost over the house itself...


Posted by Carolyn65 on 2014-03-29 01:36. 11 comments. 185 reads
 
I have just signed on to PM Club after many, many months of my absence. So many new people have joined since I last was here. WHAT a Great bunch of people on PM Club ~ ~

For those of who did not know me before, I joined PM Club back in May, 2009 b/c a Heart doctor told me I had A-Fib, had tried meds, shocking my Heart, etc. and He suggested a pacemaker to help my heart remember to 'blip' when it paused for A-Fib! This scared me to death, I had no one to talk to about a PM, so I went online (computer dumb) and found this PM Club. The second I made a 'peep' on this Site, I had sooooo many wonderful members 'come right back at me' with love, advice, education, help of all kinds, people from all over the World who never knew m...


Posted by stump on 2014-03-28 15:26. 6 comments. 101 reads
 
Just got a Merlin for the home and now was told it will not work with my type of home phone service. Told the doctors office about the phone service before picking it up--now I will have to drive 110 miles one way. Looks like as much money they get for all the research the could come up will a better deal

Posted by melbee on 2014-03-28 14:23. 16 comments. 223 reads
 
Hi everyone. I just found out on Tuesday from my Cardiologist that I will probably be getting a Pacemaker. My heart rate has been staying in the 40's and he said a pacemaker is the only thing that will fix this. He is going to run some more test and decide then. I am really nervous and scared, but also relieved that I got a doctor to listen to me and my issues. Need someone who has been through this to say it will be better, I will feel better, and I will be able to live a normal life. I am only 42 and a little freaked out about it. I would love to hear about some positive stories and encouragement. Thanks

Posted by Janey L on 2014-03-27 18:52. 4 comments. 191 reads
 
Hi all
2 years after her symptoms started, my daughter finally saw our GP on Monday about them. She asked me to go with her, which I did. Our GP is lovely, a really good Dr.

She told him about her blackout, now daily palpitations (fast palps), the exhaustion she feels when she gets the palpitations.
At times the palpitations last for hours.

For those on here who don't know me, I have had 3 arrhythmias, 3 ablations & have a PM.

Our GP has arranged for our daughter to have an ECG and a week long Holter monitor, plus lots of blood tests. Once he has got all the results back, he will decide what the next step is.

I told him I had discussed both my son & daughter with my EP last year & that ...


Posted by kmom on 2014-03-27 16:55. 4 comments. 85 reads
 
For all those concerned just wanted to update you on what's going on. Finally heard from dr. office and they have scheduled me an appt. to go over the monitor results next week. I started a new diet that my daughter wanted me to go on (Herbalife) and am feeling somewhat better although right now i'm cursing spring because my allergies have kicked in full swing adding a little insult to injury but I survive!

Posted by gladtobealive on 2014-03-27 15:38. 3 comments. 184 reads
 
Hi, In 1960 I was told by my family Dr that I should see a Cardio Dr cause my HR was very low, 40-45. That is when I was told I had a COMPLETE heart block (completely missing the electrical connection between the upper and lower chambers) and because of my previous style of life, it was conjenitial. Nothing was suggested to do at that time. Now jump up to 1979, when after moving to CA it was again suggested that I see a Cardio Dr. He took a very strong interest in my condition. At that time he said their was only about 20 of us in the US (seems like much more with this forum) that are surviving with this condition, and we were helping them write the info in the medical journal. In 2002 he called me and said that 1 of 'us' had been playing...


Posted by stannita on 2014-03-27 12:46. 2 comments. 117 reads
 
Hope to hear how you fared when/if you went for an interrogation on pacer. I am due for a mammo and do not want to do it until I hear your response.
My pacer seems to be at the top of the breast and I'm afraid it will be "bumped". I don't like pain..
Thanks for answers, Nita

Posted by fishfighter on 2014-03-27 07:31. 12 comments. 152 reads
 
Last year at this time I was in the hospital on death watch. I had 3 doctors come into the room and tell me and my wife that I had less then 6 months to live. Told the doctors to just get me back on my feet and fired all three of them. They wanted to send me home on hospice care, throwing in the towel on me. I wasn't going there. I had a talk with the head cheese doctor before leaving the hospital and he agreed with me.

To this day, those three doctors have nothing to do with my case.

I'm still kicking, not doing any better. In fact I have more bad days then good ones, but I give thanks to God for all on them.

Take care and God Bless.
Paul

Posted by mytrose43 on 2014-03-27 01:54. 0 comments. 127 reads
 
just wondering last night about 8pm while sitting doing nothing i got what felt like a shock in my chest area and in the general area of the PM i checked my pulse and blood pressure pulse was about 125 and bp was 143/88 which is not so bad,But through out the night i could feel my heart was beating iradictly(spell?) and still fast so i assumed it was a bout with afib however never feeling thisk shock thing before I decided to call my Dr and they got me right in thank god for small towns lol anyway a PM rep was there and checked it out for me and i was right i was in afib but apparently had been most of the day but at about 8pm my heart rate went way up so while i was talking with the Dr he came back in and said he wanted to check one more ...


Posted by manaman on 2014-03-26 21:58. 1 comments. 53 reads
 
Dr. says calcium buildup at aortic valve and valve has enlarged.
He wants to replace valve.
Having problems with oxygen levels and no energy/stamina. Red blood cells are constantly trying to replenish itself.
Anyone had this done and what was noticeable benefits after repair/etc.
Is there dangers in keep putting of procedure (what can this condition cause).
Cecilg

Posted by Bas on 2014-03-26 18:02. 0 comments. 46 reads
 
I had a RF Ablation last November! All went well although I experienced a few what I call "tremors" since then. I had a check up recently with the cardiologist and Pacemaker Technician. The result was an episode of Pacemaker-Mediated Tachycardia...A pacemaker-mediated tachycardia (PMT) can be defined as any condition in which a pacemaker paces the ventricles at rates that are inappropriately fast. This can be due to (1) a rate response setting that is too sensitive, (2) tracking of atrial noise (such as what may occur with electromagnetic interference), (3) inappropriate pacemaker manipulation with rate response turned on, or (4) tracking of an atrial tachyarrhythmia related to upper rate settings. It never ends (sigh)

Posted by HeartOfBrick on 2014-03-26 12:14. 5 comments. 184 reads
 
Interesting article in Science Daily that I thought might enjoy:

New small, wireless self-contained pacemaker appears safe and feasible for use in patients, according to a small study in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Although traditional pacemakers pose minimal risk, patients are still vulnerable to some short- or long-term complications, said Vivek Y. Reddy, M.D., lead author of the study and director of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Service at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

Those complications can stem from the pulse generator implanted under the skin of the chest, where infections or skin breakdown can occur, and particularly from the leads, or wires, that run from the generator th...


Posted by energized on 2014-03-26 11:49. 3 comments. 65 reads
 
I had my 3 week post PM implant check last week and have been cleared to resume normal activities. I think that I literally have a back-up battery now because I didn't need assistance once from my device in the last 3 weeks; current estimated battery life of 14 years. I'm wondering if this will change once I get back into my normal exercise routine.

Posted by GregN on 2014-03-25 22:35. 2 comments. 72 reads
 
Four weeks and counting, since i received my ultimate personal electronic device. So far, its better than an IPhone!

Posted by Cupcake40 on 2014-03-25 18:26. 5 comments. 165 reads
 
I am a 43 year who had my first pm on March 18 2014. I had third degree block. I had my pm settings adjusted once to let me sleep. My blood pressure was normal before PM and now is 147/100 which I know is a little high. Dr said that happens . I also feel a small pressure in my face and head. It is not painful but more annoying. Anyone else have these symptoms after surgery?

Posted by rayhughes on 2014-03-25 16:40. 4 comments. 161 reads
 
I'm due to have a pacemaker 7th April, my heart runs fast so how do they slow it down ? most people have have a pacemaker to speed it up or replace missing beats how do they slow it down ????

Ray

Posted by benji on 2014-03-25 14:08. 2 comments. 49 reads
 
37days had my checkup at the doctors and pm clinic everything is ok can drive now and start slowly getting back to normal thanks for all the support at 73 it takes a little longer cheers benji

Posted by TraceyE on 2014-03-25 12:32. 8 comments. 128 reads
 
Just got back from my first ski trip since starting Crossfit. Night and day!!! Had so much fun, it's amazing how much more stamina I had than last time. I barely noticed the altitude, skied first day rather than taking it easy and waiting until the second day to get out. My oldest daughter is a speed demon, I am not. She usually takes off then waits for me at the lift line. The look on her face when she turned around to find me right behind her was priceless. She got back at me by picking a harder trail next time and once again left me in the dust. I still can't keep up with her, but we had fun.



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