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Posted by cb on 2013-03-03 18:45. 3 comments. 410 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. 443 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. 261 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. 261 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. 520 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. 428 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. 258 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. 304 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. 926 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. 1132 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. 413 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. 758 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. 1090 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. 284 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

Posted by Tanyamaree on 2012-12-13 20:13. 10 comments. 477 reads
 
Hi everyone,
I am a newby and have just joined the pacemaker club. I am 37 and I have had heart problems all of my life. My doctor has suggested a pacemaker but that it is my decision. He is 50/50 about it and I am really confused. The procedure is scheduled for next week and I am feeling very anxious about this. Any advice would be really helpful. The reason he has suggested it is he thinks I may have bradycardia as I have had a lot done to my heart (5 heart procedures) and my heart rate and blood pressure is often very low.I am also often dizzy most of the time and find it hard to concentrate. I like to keep active and exercise but my doctor said if I am not careful that the wires can snap.
Reading through some of peoples co...


Posted by Phyl. on 2012-12-06 19:18. 4 comments. 432 reads
 
G'day.,
Just asking if any other woman who has a pacemaker has had a mammogram and had a phone call and letter to say "have to go back for more assessment"?
I am worried of course but I have no lump I can feel at all and wonder is it because all other Mommograms have been done before I had a pacer so have others found it is the pacer showing a change in the breasts at all?
I would be so grateful for any feedback if anyone would be kind enough to give me any info. as husband and I just a tad worried right now and have to wait until Tuesday for a 3-4 hour assessment. :( :(: Having been on Hormone Replacement for er 26 years does not help but up to now never worried about it as quality of life is important also.
Thanks fol...


Posted by Kimber on 2012-12-05 17:03. 6 comments. 436 reads
 
I am looking for someone to talk to about the affects that having a pacemaker causes. I am wondering what is considered normal behavior... with pain, fatigue, moodiness, isolation... And mostly what can be done by me to help and support the one I love that has a pacemaker.

Posted by abbassbagheri on 2012-11-30 06:25. 7 comments. 584 reads
 
I'm 75 yeas old and have been in good health all my life. I've had 1st degree heart block for approximately 7 years and about 3 months ago while driving, I had a near syncope episode which took me to ER. The EKG showed that my 1st degree HB had converted to 2nd degree HB " Mobitz 1". My symptoms ever since have been dizziness, palpitations, and occasional shortness of breath which are typical, however, I've had episodes of nausea and headaches as well. My EP tells me that these symptoms are not typical of 2nd degree HB. I'm scheduled to have a pacer on Dc, 5th, my question is: any member have had these symptoms and did the pacer took care of it or not. Thanks

Posted by Lilmisstraveller on 2012-11-26 23:21. 2 comments. 291 reads
 
Hi everyone,
Is there anyone in Sydney, Australia who would be interested in meeting up or even emailing, some one to talk to? Or know of any support groups that already exist?
Thanks :)

Posted by jonimo on 2012-11-20 15:59. 7 comments. 491 reads
 
Hi,
Just was told I need a pacemaker. Only 54 and freaked a bit. Have had arhythmia, brady-tachhy, for several years, but first visit to Cardiologist was yesterday. Did have a pass-out accident 4 years ago caused by arrythmia, as best we can tell anyway.Luckily no one was hurt. At the time I was told by family doc that med i was taking likely was causing the arrhythmia. He wrote a note to the DMV stating the same, anad that I was no longer taking the med, and my license was reinstated. Cardiologist told me I should NOT be driving, it was NOT the med, an another spontaneous pass-out could happen anytime - yikes!.
Questions:
1) What are possible complications, risks, downsides of pacemaker, surgery and living with one?
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