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Posted by tuvshuu on 2015-07-07 01:54. 0 comments. 2 reads
 
Hello dear friends, I am member from Mongolia. My mother (55 years old) just got PM Zephyr XL DR a week ago. Surgery went well. She is now recovering and trying to cope with the PM. I understand now we have to change our lifestyle a little bit. And I am looking for advices. First of all what should we take in concern and how long lasts the healing process? Is there certain foods we should avoid?
Now we are not leaving her alone by herself, does it helps or we are making things worse by making her feel sick person?

Thank you very much for your attention and looking forward for your support.



Posted by flutetooter on 2015-07-06 22:09. 0 comments. 11 reads
 
I am heading for a big toe surgery in 2 weeks and just read your comments in a 2012 post about knee surgery. You also advised me on a surgery last summer in which they used electrocautery very successfully with a ground plate on my opposite thigh and did not put a magnet over my pacemaker. I was not 100% dependent and my 31 beats per minute during the small zaps of their instruments ( and 60 beats at the rest of the time) was a heck of a lot better for me than 3 1/2 hour under the knife at 100 beats a minute.

In two week I have a big toe issue to address --extra calcification on top of the first joint. My Podiatrist intends to use NO electrocautery at all even though my pacemaker EP says that it wouldn't hurt me at all just n...


Posted by RoytheBoy on 2015-07-05 13:11. 2 comments. 65 reads
 
Ten days ago had PM fitted, second week felt really good, but on Friday had to call paramedics and ambulance and ended back in hospital, I had similar as before racing heart and pulse of 158 and felt like tight strap round chest, after blood tests and further blood tests ruled out heart attack, said it could be ischemia rate related, put me on 2.5 beta blocker and gave antibiotics as thought I might have an infection, yesterday had similar but no heart pain, just asking if anyone had similar symptoms, Roy

Posted by sooz on 2015-07-03 00:31. 3 comments. 104 reads
 
When to worry? My wound looks awful....redness spreading down into breast and for couple inches all the way around. No fever....wondering if reacting to the adhesive? Anyone sensitive to the adhesive closure? Just called the cardio floor at hospital and they said go to ER no later than morning if still like that. This is what I have been afraid of all along. Anyone else react like this? Thanks for replies. Hopefully soon you won't have to see posts from me!

Posted by Totter81 on 2015-07-02 00:14. 0 comments. 34 reads
 
I'm scheduled to have my second replacement surgery in 3 weeks. I'm also having my lower lead replaced at the same time. I remember when I had my very first pacemaker pacemaker surgery 14 years ago (age of 19) my recovery was super quick. When I had my first replacement surgery 7 years ago I had the longest recovery and was in the worst pain due to all the scar tissue. So I'm just curious what I should expect for this surgery? Anyone else experience this too? Or have had 3 pacemaker surgeries? I have a 9 month old baby and I'm just trying to prepare myself for the recovery that lies ahead with a needy and very active baby:-)

Thanks for your time,
Trish

Posted by sooz on 2015-07-01 20:16. 5 comments. 93 reads
 
Thanks for prayers and comments. My surgery went well and I am now home and resting. My would seems awfully red. I have 4 layers of closures with glue on top. Does anyone have a picture on here of what your wound looked like post op?

Posted by chan-chan on 2015-06-29 14:51. 3 comments. 131 reads
 
I had CRT D two weeka ago. I still have quite an amount of pain over device site which is restricting my left shoulder movement. How long this pain will last?. I am not able to turn to the left side and sleep? Can anybody can tell me as to how long this pain will last based on personal experience?

Posted by ladysmom on 2015-06-27 20:33. 5 comments. 119 reads
 
On June 3/15, I had a CRT- P implanted.
This is my fourth pm in 20 years though my previous ones were not CRT.
All is well except that little strips have yet to fall off.
They are still really stuck on.
Do I leave them be or try to gently remove them?
I am seeing my cardio next week.
Do I wait until I see him?

And for the first time, I received Vancomycin intravenously an hour before my procedure.
Four and a half years ago, I had my mitral valve replaced and my tricuspid valve repaired.
As a child, I had other open heart surgery.
Could the valve surgery be why I got the Vancomycin?
I will ask my cardio why when I see him but I wondered if anyone else had it.

Posted by RoytheBoy on 2015-06-26 11:36. 2 comments. 125 reads
 
Previous to having PM fitted last Monday we used to do a couple of Blood Pressure readings per day, I have just been out for a walk for twenty minutes and came back and thought I would try a Blood Pressure reading, it was 148/87 so following the PM op has that had an effect on increasing Blood Pressure or lowering it for you guys, thanks
Roy

Posted by Claret on 2015-06-25 16:15. 3 comments. 156 reads
 
Hi, I had a pacemaker fitted in February but I have been unhappy with the result (aesthetics and impact on sporting activity). My surgeon has agreed that it should be relocated to sit underneath the chest muscle. Obviously, the surgery will be more invasive and I would expect the tissue to take longer to heal than for the original surgery. However, it is time for the leads to bed into the heart that was the most disruptive part of the original surgery (advice varied but 6 weeks would seem normal).

Does anyone know whether I will need to allow time for the leads to bed in again, or will the same leads that are already bedded in be used?

My surgery is due to take place towards the end of August but I have had no advi...


Posted by RoytheBoy on 2015-06-23 17:31. 3 comments. 145 reads
 
Just found this club and joined,
Had a loop recorder implanted three weeks ago, last week collapsed as heart stopped for six secs, rushed into Coventry University Hospital, UK, last Wednesday, kept in an had PM dual chamber implanted yesterday morning and discharged 7pm last night, just asking how I should be feeling over the first few days, as I take it there will be bruising and mending around wounds etc, any info gladly received, thanks

Posted by Ericcandi on 2015-06-18 22:42. 2 comments. 121 reads
 
Well I take my husband on the 29th of this month to see the surgeon to secdule the date for the insertion of his ICD. We're both nervous as you know what. Him only being 43 and myself 35. I've always thought we'd be old and gray before we would have to deal with anything like this. But side by side we will get through this as always.

Posted by Ladylord1 on 2015-06-18 17:22. 2 comments. 182 reads
 
just had a pacemaker implanted 3 weeks ago for atrial fibrillation and bradycardia... Initial discomfort at surgical site is worth it since i am no longer dizzy or short of breath.. The only problem is since i have favored my other arm because of lifting restrictions for 5 weeks i feel all my shoulder issues coming back and since i can no longer have an MRI this could be quite problematic. I did, however remember my surgeon saying that within a year or two the MRI restrictions could be a thing of the past because the MRI machines may be made with pacemaker compatibility...wouldn't that be nice! My scar is a little higher than most because of how my vein ran and i do notice that it's quite bumpy but the stitches have not totally dissolved...


Posted by Namaste on 2015-06-18 15:20. 3 comments. 248 reads
 
Hi All!
I am new to this website and very happy to have found such a supportive group. I was initially diagnosed with Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy in January 2014 after what I thought was an exacerbation of asthma. Since that time I have been on cardiac medications, 2 week Holter Monitoring, and had an insertion of a loop recorder. I had been having episodes of fainting, nausea, and vomiting. Bradycardia was the culprit! My heart rate dropped below 30 on several occasions. I had a dual channel Biotronik Eluna 8 Pacemaker implanted on May 27, 2015 so I am about 3 weeks post surgery. My PM is implanted under the skin but also imbedded in fatty tissue above my left breast but under my left clavicle. The swelling has decreased but th...


Posted by Pschartner on 2015-05-15 14:20. 9 comments. 263 reads
 
I have vasovagel syncope which causes my heart rate to slow down resulting in me passing out. I have 2 questions:
Does anyone have this condition and if so did your pacemaker stop the passing out?
Although I was allowed to come home the same day of surgery, I feel that I am having a lot of pain; when did your pain subside after surgery?
-Pam

Posted by Cowgirl56 on 2015-05-13 18:03. 6 comments. 178 reads
 
I just got my dual lead PM a week ago today. I had an emergency temporary PM the day before. I also have to adjust to using a BIPAP at the same time. Been sleeping in a recliner. Not sure if I could lay on my left side to sleep without messing up the wiring. Leg gets uncomfortable on right side where temp PM was. Not supposed to sleep on my back due to central sleep apnea. So sleeping sitting up in recliner. Does anybody have any experience with both? I so need some pointers.

Posted by MathTeacher on 2015-05-13 13:32. 9 comments. 319 reads
 
Hi Everyone,

I know the doctor said you can't feel the pulses, and I know you've probably seen this question before, but can you feel the pulses from your pacemaker?

I had a dual lead PM implanted three weeks ago. For the last week, I've really felt the pulses. I need my PM at night, since I pause too long, and when it kicks in, the pulses are quite strong, almost like a tick or a hiccup. I can put my hand over the pacemaker and feel them. It's freaking me out and driving me crazy. Sometimes I get 10 in a row. I'm hoping that when I see the doctor next week for my first visit, they can adjust this. It's driving me nuts.

Thanks for your inputs. Would just make me feel better knowing ot...


Posted by fourkids on 2015-05-12 10:18. 7 comments. 248 reads
 
Hello,
I had a pm installed on friday. Last night, monday (3 days after insertion) I woke up with my left arm above my head. Not sure if I need to worry that either lead pulled out. Should I call or wait for my checkup on Thursday?
Thank you

Posted by Evergreen_Gypsy on 2015-05-11 20:38. 5 comments. 304 reads
 
Hi all! I had my first PM placed at 5pm on Friday and the surgery lasted for 2 hours and went very well, despite being over 3 1/2 hours late(got called back to preop area at 11:45am for my scheduled 1:30pm surgery and didn't go into surgery until 5pm) I am physically and mentally exhausted after spending a night at hospital. Now also surgical site and pacemaker area very swollen and painful...Hubby is taking great care of me. It was quite traumatic as I was awake and heard and felt most of what was happening to me even tho I asked several times to please put me out...when it was happening and afterwards first few hours...I was a wreck, but then turned a negative into a positive, by saying "Hell I am a badass woman because I made it thru...


Posted by Jimmy on 2015-05-11 11:38. 1 comments. 123 reads
 
Why when I move my left arm side way (horizontal) y feel a rumbling noise over my PM,(this happened after weighting my 43# suitcase before traveling) it does't hurt, but I am concerned. I call my electrophisiologist and he said, go to emergency hospital. Should I go? I am out of town and I don't want to go to emergency if it is not an emergency,have the recipients had this symptoms before and what have they don.



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