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Posted by lmart58 on 2013-04-08 15:18. 6 comments. 413 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. 293 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. 424 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. 463 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. 704 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. 550 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. 422 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.

Posted by dryburgh on 2013-02-23 08:43. 6 comments. 450 reads
 
I would like to correspond with other elderly pacemaker recipients for chats and friendship.

Posted by DOG72 on 2013-02-15 14:28. 0 comments. 264 reads
 
Thank you so much Tracy and Robert. I was a little apprehensive about that because the only symptom i have right now is that i get tired.. well 2 more weeks to go,, stay well, Elle

Posted by hayzach on 2013-02-14 02:53. 1 comments. 267 reads
 
I recently has my PM put in on 1/28 still in a lot of pain. Went today to have staples removed today and they decided to take lots of x rays. The one thing she mentioned was that my shoulder was manipulated during surgery and that could be causing my pain. My concern is I have already had 3 shoulder surgeries in the past and was wondering if anyone else out there has been in my shoes? I'm still having to take pain meds and not sleeping well.

Thanks in advance

Posted by teslin on 2013-02-11 03:06. 11 comments. 534 reads
 
I am a single the guy and have recently got a pacemaker January 2013 I have always been fit workout stay in shape eat healthy and this is all new to me as far as dating I would like to see a site where we could go and meet new people if there is anything out there that anyone is aware of good day please let me know I don't know anyone else from my area that has a pacemaker this is all new to me
Thank you for your help
Jim

Posted by conchfm on 2013-02-02 19:48. 5 comments. 438 reads
 
Does anyone live in the Davie/Fort Lauderdale area of Florida that has a PM or ICD. I really need to talk to someone to know what they are going threw. Also does anyone know of a SUPPORT group in this same area? Thanks for all those who reply.

Posted by cans624 on 2013-02-02 10:02. 1 comments. 263 reads
 
is there anyone in this club from wisconsin i am from green bay and i dont know anyone here with a pacemaker ?

Posted by madi.hanna24 on 2013-01-31 22:20. 1 comments. 309 reads
 
Hello, I am 17 years old, and was born with AV canal defect with a single ventricle. Now my doctor is planning on putting in a pacemaker, but he's worried about getting through the already existing scar tissue. Does anyone have any advice or has gone through a similar situation that could give me some advice with coping?

Thank you so much.
Tris

Posted by mmjackson on 2013-01-25 19:46. 7 comments. 940 reads
 
I'm 33yrs old i just had a advisa DR pacemaker implanted back in Aug 2012. My Doctors nurse called twice this month the first call was a few days after i did my 1st home pacemaker check and ask how i was doing and felt i let her know i was having episodes daily still and still sore @ the implant site and that it stings and feels like a shock to the point my whole body will jerk she said its probably a nerve so she said she would relay what i said back to my doctor and that he would speak with the other doctor that has helped in my care. I never heard anything until today and she said that a transmission came across that was a red flag she never said what it said just told me my doctor talk to the other doctor and that he said there is two ...


Posted by ma_ku on 2013-01-21 07:40. 15 comments. 1159 reads
 
Hi,

I am 41 years old and have just been told that I need a pacemaker. I am not handling this news very well at all. I consider myself to be fit. I run every other day for a total of 20 miles a week, and usually squeeze in around another 20 miles of cycling. I weigh about 150lbs and am 5ft 8in tall, so not overweight. I have exercised all my life.

For the past 18 months or so, I noticed that I occasionally had an irregular heartbeat. My resting rate is around 60 bpm during the day. When lying down (eg in bed or on the sofa) it drops to around 52 - 58 bpm (although I have measured it at 42 bpm on one occasion). My blood pressure is in the normal range (if a little on the low side of normal). Several times during the da...


Posted by Africanelephant on 2013-01-11 00:30. 5 comments. 421 reads
 
Ive had my ICD for two years now, went into cardiac arrest back in nov. of '10 , months later diagnosed with arvdi am 16 now, and in august '11 i experienced my first shock, wake/ and passed out, and had recieved some more, and that summer i went 4 nights without sleep. I finally was admitted back into the hospital where i spent another month of my life. and released early october, and throughout a few month span had horrible anxiety issues, couldnt sleep. though it got better, im not sure if me getting a girlfriend got my focus off or what.

Now in 2012 back in october i recieved another shock , passed out this time , first one in a year. And anxiety came back, i was afraid to walk at normal speed if at all, i just have been fee...


Posted by artandy24 on 2012-12-30 05:09. 13 comments. 772 reads
 
Hello,

My name is Andy and I'm 24 years old. This past weekend I went in to see my doctor to discuss some results from a heart monitoring test I did in the beginning of December. The test showed that there were periods where my heart rate dropped to 41bpm and then would shoot back up to 173bpm. My personal physician is very concerned and is sending me to a cardiologist this upcoming week. My doctor wants me to stay down and take it easy until I can see the cardiologist. She told me that a pacemaker will most likely be an option.

I'm scared. I don't know who to talk too. I've tried talking to my family and partner and all they can is "everything will be okay".
I'm scared of the tests I'm going to have to undergo...


Posted by mantarle on 2012-12-24 18:50. 4 comments. 1138 reads
 
I had a weird onset of double vision yesterday morning and it has me worried ... since it is around christmas time I did not want to rush to the E.R and spend christmas there ... I was on my computer when my eyes just started seeing double . I asked my husband it my eyes were crossed and he said they were fine , If I closed one eye my vision would be normal but if both my eyes were open I could bot see the image was all over the place. It only lasted about 4 minutes Max... and as soon as I laid down it went away ??? Any ideas on what could have happened ??? I tried to call my cardiologist today but it is christmas eve and no one is working !

Oh an Merry Christmas to all ! I wish you all lots of health and happiness this holida...


Posted by circuit on 2012-12-15 22:23. 3 comments. 290 reads
 
anyone in this area that has a pacemaker especially in your 30s or 40s. i am 43 and have been 100% pacer dependent for 5 years john



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