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Posted by howie on 2013-06-22 23:33. 4 comments. 463 reads
 
Hello to everyone from Howie and Rose.
Yes we have a cardiologist and a EP. the 3D cardiogram showed 36% and my blood pressure was 98 over 70. The halter monitor has to be on me for 48 hours so I haven't had it on long enough to give you an answer as to the results. We'll know Monday the 24th in the evening.
I was told that using a electric drill or any saw can through off the pace maker because of the vibration and it may not work properly after that and you won't really know it. That is what the P.A. for the P.E. told us, and I can't jump start a car because the alternator and I can't go near any large magnets. A cell phone is alright but us it on the right ear. Please let me know what you think and is your information that ...


Posted by howie on 2013-06-22 12:16. 6 comments. 743 reads
 
Hi I'm Howie, My Girlfriend of 2 years Rose who is very dedicated to me went to Long Island Jewish Hospital in New Hyde Park, New York on Thursday to have a angiogram, and back on Friday to have a special Echo Cardio gram 3D. The specialist said I need a Pacemaker. I have cardio myopathy and I'm experiencing PVC which I don't even feel. we were sent home with a halter monitor to check on my heart 48 hours, to see how many PVC I experience in that time. We also got a diary to jot down all of my activities. I'm a carpenter and a woodsman sawing down trees fixing the roof on my house, I'm constantly on the go. I'm 64 years old. My parents also had enlarged hearts my Dad lived until 87 my Mom until 82 without the help of a pace maker. I'm re...


Posted by AntonioS on 2013-06-18 13:05. 2 comments. 364 reads
 
Interested in the discussion about pacemaker Y/N. Wife's bp has been systol over 200, now controlled mainly via atenonol and anxiety pill. Wife's pulse usually low 50's sometimes high 40's. When bp controlled (130/77 - sometimes 120/65) she has headaches and generally feels lousy. I believe raising her pulse via pm would increase tremendously her quality of life.
(She was born 1935 in Nebraska.) (Her mother lived to 100, so I don't want her to have many years of substandard life). (Her physician has been negative re pm.)
Your thoughts and recommendations!
AntonioS

Posted by Iris Pennock on 2013-06-03 14:58. 10 comments. 567 reads
 
I am 2 weeks into my pacemaker use. I have felt like I am not me.
Does anyone else have that reaction?

How long does it take to feel normal again?

Thanks for any input it will be helpful
Iris


Posted by BStanding56 on 2013-06-02 15:57. 2 comments. 302 reads
 
It says t here are so many people in the chat room, see names there but no chatting ? Is it that they have not logged out?
Betg

Posted by NWAKAEGO on 2013-05-25 20:02. 1 comments. 262 reads
 
need insurance that is affordable but do not know how to go about it.help.nwakaego

Posted by Duke Heart Patient on 2013-05-21 15:24. 1 comments. 624 reads
 

The Shock of My Life

Being born with a heart defect was just a blessing from God. At 2 months old I underwent transposition of the great vessels (Open Heart Surgery - Transposition of the great vessels (TGV) is a group of congenital heart defects (CHDs) involving an abnormal spatial arrangement of any of the great vessels: superior and/or inferior venae cavae (SVC, IVC), pulmonary artery, pulmonary veins, and aorta. CHDs involving only the primary arteries (pulmonary artery and aorta) belong to a sub-group called transposition of the great arteries (TGA) at Duke Hospital. Growing up having to watch my own self was what I did. Taking medicines everyday was the normal routine for me. Visits to Duke twice a year, tes...


Posted by Duke Heart Patient on 2013-05-21 11:21. 10 comments. 482 reads
 
What is everyone's "mental status' with all these life changing events with your heart going on ? How do you feel mentally ?


Michael - NC

Posted by Worried on 2013-05-12 14:56. 7 comments. 450 reads
 
Hello All, we just found out that our little baby girl (she will be turning 10 months next week) has complete hearth block. Her resting heart rate is about 59/min. she was diagnosed with first degree block when she was 4 months and has been monitored periodically since then. Before 4 months she was just fine, well at least her heart rate was up 140/min. they don’t know why it happened as they could not find any genetic link. At four months I took her off breast milk (and I am talking thyroid medication for hypothyroid). I wonder if she had the heart block before then but somehow my medication would go thru her system and increase her heart rate and since heart rate was ok they never checked to look for blockage? Drs say this is not ...


Posted by alexandra101 on 2013-05-11 15:19. 1 comments. 242 reads
 
how do I replay to messages from people...some are private. Want to respond to them but am new and don't know how

Posted by Duke Heart Patient on 2013-05-03 11:21. 4 comments. 548 reads
 
Laying in the ER of Wake Med wasn't what I planned on doing that Saturday night December 10, 2011. I started my day off as normal , got ready to call basketball with my buddy Chris Mitchell like we always do, 4 games at our local high school in Princeton, then coaching a game for Jaxson's 6under team at 3. After the 4th game I officiated that day I just felt a little wore out. Normally I can run about 7 or 8 games on a Saturday but this day was different. I just felt like I wanted to throw up. I couldn't feel a pulse. I was hot. Jaime showed up at the game and asked if I was ok and went on inside the gym. Jaxson sat out there with me while I was trying to rest. I remember him saying "Daddy if your gonna puke do it in that corner" ... After...


Posted by bladepaul on 2013-04-23 06:30. 6 comments. 328 reads
 
Hi, anyone in my neck of the woods ? my home city is sheffield and the cardiology unit i am under is the northern general.
Are there any other members under that hospital, i had my st.Jude fitted in may 2012 and had a AV Node Ablation done in January, everything went really well and after my visit to the cardiologist yesterday (22/4/2013) got the news everything is well and going to plan.
Hoping to hear from someone.
Paul.

Posted by Nicole33 on 2013-04-12 12:47. 3 comments. 356 reads
 
Hello. This forum is wonderful but I am actually interested in looking for a support group that physically meets in person. I live in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Anyone know of one close by? I am interested in ICD or PTSD areas.

Thanks.

Nicole33

Posted by lmart58 on 2013-04-08 15:18. 6 comments. 409 reads
 
Hi I just got my pacemaker a week ago and I am afraid to do anything that could race my heart. I don't know too much about a pacer yet and I want to learn as much as I can. I am 54 years old and have a Medtronic pm because my heart suddenly slowed down. How long does it take to get active again?

Posted by zinat111 on 2013-04-02 14:59. 3 comments. 288 reads
 
Hi,
I am 54 and I am new to PM world. I have a genetic heart disease, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. I ended up in ER in California on March 20, 2013 and I got a pacemaker that day. I am recovering now. I have more energy than before and hoping to feel better soon.

Posted by lindasue101 on 2013-03-30 19:31. 2 comments. 417 reads
 
PM is only 6 days old. . . no 1st post hospital tech check up. Invited to travel an hour out of town and 2 hrs away from hospital. Safe to go? surgery site is great. Vitals super. You folks in the know, do we go to Easter Sunday afternoon event ? Be sitting around BS ing. . . . .

Posted by trish4851 on 2013-03-22 10:08. 4 comments. 456 reads
 
In September of 2012, I had my PM replaced; I'd had it for 8 years. I knew from the get-go that something wasn't right. My daughter is a nurse and when she changed the dressing, she too, knew it wasn't right. It was extremely high and the pain was unbelievable. When I went back two weeks after for my post-op checkup, the NP said it looked like I would have to have a pocket revision "but let's give it a few months". The pain was unbelievable; couldn't raise my arm up, couldn't be on my left side, itching beyond belief. I went back in Dec. 2012 and they did a pocket revision. Something happened during the procedure, which we believe was an antibiotic given in which I am allergic. It's now March and I am still having problems...mostly palpit...


Posted by abankos19 on 2013-03-10 21:27. 5 comments. 684 reads
 
During our 22 week check up to see if my baby was a boy or girl the doctor walked in with the worst news anybody could ever have given me my son had congenital heart block. Another shock he laid on me was the reason he had congenital heart block is because I have lupus. My life was changed instantly. The first 24 hours I cried my eyes out, but then I realized I have to be strong and not put added stress on the baby. The rest of the pregnancy I was on steroids and plaquenil ( lupus medicine), I was at the doctor 3 times a week for ultrasounds, and going to philadelphia every week which is about 2 hours from where I live. It was a long pregnancy, my son was born August 3, 2012 5 weeks premature soon after birth he had a pacemaker put in at ...


Posted by sherg on 2013-03-05 23:56. 6 comments. 542 reads
 
Hello, Pacemaker Club community. I am a new member. I decided to join because what I really am looking for is support and I suppose communicating with others who I can relate to.

In 2009, I was told that I had just survived what was believed to be viral myocarditis. It involves a virus attacking the heart. I was only 19 at the time and had just had a baby about three months before. I thought I had a bad case of the flu, but it turned out to be more. My sickness became worse and I had to be rushed to the emergency room one day where I nearly passed away more than once. Miraculously, I pulled through, but I later had a pacemaker implanted because my heart's function was pretty damaged.

Today, I do normal activities, but...


Posted by cb on 2013-03-03 18:45. 3 comments. 409 reads
 
Just got a pacemaker one week ago.....just checking (because the cardiologist said it was "between my ears", but is it normal to FEEL this thing firing? Sometimes it feels like a clock in my chest...tick, tick, tick...it is disconcerting. Sometimes I am not aware of it at all. Then a few times it has felt like something FLICKED at me! one very noticeable snap. And not between my ears.



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