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Posted by Trvr on 2016-05-03 01:03. 1 comments. 47 reads
 
Hi,

I was in the process of getting hired as a firefighter/emt, when after my physical they discovered many PVC's on the EKG.

Long story short, the Cardiologist said I have a Type II AV block and will need a pacemaker, very soon.

Just curious if it is still at all possible to be apart of this profession? Are there any FFs out there with pacemakers? I have been apart of fire service for over 5 years, have a degree in the field, and honestly can't imagine doing anything else. But, if it is truly a lost cause should I start considering another profession?

Any feedback help, thanks!

Posted by dave58 on 2016-04-25 15:53. 3 comments. 168 reads
 
Any advise please. I have had pacemaker fitted nearly two years ago now. I have recently had a job opportunity which nedded me to lift 40kg boxes. I found myself in some discomfort afterwards not seroius just discomfort. When i was told by the team who fitted the pacemaker to take things easy from now on. No heavy lifting. The point is what weight is reasonable to lift and if i needed to lift anything heavier what would be the complications. How would it affect my pacemaker or my heart. I had the pacemaker fitted for total heart block.

hope you can advise.

thankyou.

Posted by yorkiesman on 2016-04-22 11:41. 7 comments. 304 reads
 
Hi Everyone

First time I have posted although I have been reading the forum for years.

I'm on my fourth Pacemaker installed this week. I was very pleased to move to one of the big brands from a ELA Medical device to a new Medtronic Pacemaker.

I contacted ELA Medical previously and they were not interested in providing any kind of official ID. I thought this problem would now be over going to a big brand like Medtronic but it seems that there presence in the UK is negligible. I have been all over the websites and the US contact forms are blocked from the UK and nobody from the UK responds.

I desperately need something official ID card wise. I setup computer systems for very highly secure locations...


Posted by Raphe on 2016-04-18 08:05. 6 comments. 282 reads
 
I have an annual worldwide travel insurance as we tend to go on at least three overseas holidays a year, I have just had a pacemaker implanted and informed my insurance company. They told me that I would not be covered in future for any medical problems arising from the pacemaker.
We live in the UK, I am over 80 and my wife over 70. Does anyone know of any insurance company that would cover us with an annual policy.

Posted by jkraher@verizon.net on 2016-04-12 17:35. 2 comments. 191 reads
 
Hello, I'm a novice PM patient, 2/16/16. Only traveled once so far , to Florida. No problem. Now , however Ill be going to either Mexico or Jamaica within the next 12 months? any tips, should I be concerned about ER treatment etc? I'm pretty nervous about the whole PM thing to start with.

Posted by Drake3287 on 2016-04-09 17:11. 6 comments. 306 reads
 
Sorry for all the questions. Questions and all the what if's are still running around my brain!

When I had my ICD implanted a couple of weeks ago the nurse mentioned that I shouldn't have the ICD exposed to the direct sun such as lying on a beach. Although I don't plan to spend countless hours sunbathing, I do typically go on beach type vacations such as Hawaii, etc.

The Medtronic web site says sun exposer is okay but I'd hate to have a problem while on vacation someplace. Is there a general rule as to how long my chest/ICD can be exposed to the direct sun? I realize I need to wait until the incision is fully healed.

I'm careful already because of sun exposer but not sure how big of a deal it is.


Posted by myrosie on 2016-04-05 00:28. 4 comments. 369 reads
 
1) If you have a PM can you go on a roller coaster?
2) What causes EMI? I had my PM check and the nurse there said that there were 350 episodes of EMI in the past year. I haven't felt any different in the past year. Is this cause for concern? Has anyone been told that during your PM check? I have to go back in 6 months to have it checked again.
This is a great support group for PM individuals and their families.

Posted by Brauntonboy on 2016-03-28 16:49. 2 comments. 271 reads
 
Hi,
Planning a trip to Hawaii at the end of the year and could do with a steer on the question of who to ask about travel insurance? Any ideas would be much appreciated. Thanks.

Posted by Papajoe on 2016-03-20 15:50. 1 comments. 315 reads
 
Anybody out there with a pacemaker , try TIG WELDING ?

Posted by Lisalac on 2016-02-24 23:21. 2 comments. 485 reads
 
Just in case anyone else is worried about flying with a new pacemaker I wanted to let you know that last week I made my first trip out of Canada with my pacemaker and have to say it was the easiest thing.

I was nervous about going through security but I just said I have a pacemaker; had my card in my hand but they never asked to see it, and they brought me through to the big machine on the Canadian end (this is safe to go in) and I was on my merry way. On the way back from Mexico I also told them and they ushered me right through the side and gave me a quick pat down. I made it through security way before my travelling companions lol.

Now I feel confident to travel again :)

Posted by curiousjbird on 2016-02-09 16:54. 2 comments. 668 reads
 
I'm heading to Europe with the family this summer, my first trip abroad since I had a pacemaker put in 16 months ago. I've traveled a bit domestically recently, so I know the pat downs I'll be getting going through the airport, but I'm curious if anyone has been to Paris since the attacks at the end of the year. I know they are increasing security, I'm hoping that not every museum has a metal detector, but I'm wondering if any one has any hands on experience lately?

Posted by MIDNIGHTDOUG on 2016-01-23 17:20. 2 comments. 698 reads
 
I have a Tear Drop Trailer. I just got my new pacemaker in Dec 2015 Does anyone have a experience with hitching up a trailer after a implant ? or any suggestion on a safe way of doing it.
Thank you
Midnightdoug

Posted by bettyb on 2016-01-13 12:33. 11 comments. 999 reads
 
I am considering flying t

Posted by arenestor on 2016-01-11 14:06. 3 comments. 863 reads
 
I currently live in China, which is awesome! I have had my pacer since May 2011, so almost 5 years. It's been causing me pain lately. More annoying than actually sever pain. I've been traveling around quite a bit on my break, so that could be it? I just don't know if I should brave the Chinese hospital, or wait another 6 months until I'll be stateside to go see my doctor. Let me know what you think!

Posted by arman on 2016-01-11 12:48. 4 comments. 711 reads
 
Hi there...any electrician in this club?will be glad if there are some.My PM joined me last july 2011 and my last check up was december 2015 when my doctor said I'm not enslaved with it.So far I'm enjoying my life as an electrician with some precautions at work.So happy to join this club..Good day everyone!

Posted by Rosenini on 2016-01-02 17:14. 7 comments. 996 reads
 
Hello. I had my PM implanted on Dec 16, 2015. I need to go back to my workplace which is a one-hour plane ride from where I am now. When is it advisable to take this plane ride? Will the altitude have any effect on the PM? Are the airlines ok with passengers who had this surgery for less than a month? Thank you so much for your help. Btw, I am female, 61 y/o with a stressful managerial job.

Posted by Kuricat on 2016-01-02 14:41. 4 comments. 838 reads
 
A very happy new year to everyone! I would appreciate information on airport security as I will be taking my first trip pre p/m and do not know what I should do or tell them. Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks ! Kuricat

Posted by Dono on 2015-12-09 02:43. 2 comments. 943 reads
 
Aloha I just got my pacer three week ago ..trying to work but still get tired.. How long dose it take to feel .better..??? Everyone said to rest....how long??. Really just want to feel norm.. Again...

Posted by monkeyman on 2015-12-08 04:33. 1 comments. 749 reads
 
Are there any railroad engineers out there who have had a pacemaker implanted and still running the motor?

Posted by jam44 on 2015-11-13 01:23. 5 comments. 1130 reads
 
Is there anything I should be aware of when taking a cruise?

Thanks



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