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Posted by pjfalk11 on 2015-08-24 21:32. 8 comments. 241 reads
 
I am a new member so first want to say thank you for just being here. I received an ICD implant 3 weeks ago and there is one thing that is still stressing me out about the procedure. I woke up during the middle of it and was awake while the doctor was still putting the implant in for about 10 minutes. Then I was put back to sleep so they could test it and finish sewing me up. Has anyone else had this experience? Is this normal? I just don't know how I should feel about this.

Posted by Helotail on 2015-08-20 14:14. 4 comments. 274 reads
 
Hello to all-
I received my pacemaker last week for Sick Sinus Syndrome and am back to work this week. The problem I have is that I am so exhausted all of the time. Last night I got home from work and slept for 12+ hours. I do not have a lot of pain, but am still really tired. I thought the PM would make me feel better with better blood flow to the brain, instead I am just as tired. I am a 46 yr old active female with a dual chamber PM.
Thanks

Posted by lcw306 on 2015-08-19 16:57. 2 comments. 231 reads
 
Hi all!

I am new to this website and to this pacemaker as I only got a pacemaker last week, it's actually been a week today! I'm only 24 years old and was diagnosed 2 weeks ago with Congenital Heart Block!

Since the pacemaker surgery though I am feeling very out of breath when I walk like even up a flight of stairs, for example. I haven't done a whole lot since surgery and have been following the guidelines given by my cardiologist. However, I am really nervous being out of breath and sometimes I have pain in my chest. I am not sure if this is normal or if I should go to the emergency room! I am extremely nervous and was just wondering if anyone else experienced anything similar to this!

Posted by donsabi on 2015-08-17 19:29. 4 comments. 198 reads
 
Three weeks now since my PM implant. I had a lot of mucus and PND issues that still continue but are much milder. I expected to have more energy but do not. For a while I wasn't doing much exercise. Since my PM I started walking I started slowly and got up to a half a mile but was so exhausted afterwards I could not do much the rest of the day. BTW, I am 72. I seems the best I can do is to walk about a quarter to a third of a mile. I read several posts from people with similar issues.
Since I got the PM I have not seen the doctor. I went back once for a check up and saw a RN who scanned my PM. My bandages were still on and no one checked the surgery cite. My next appointment is late September with the same RN. No doctor. ...


Posted by Helotail on 2015-08-15 16:06. 4 comments. 250 reads
 
Hi, I received a pacemaker two days ago for Sick Sinus Syndrome. I am a 46 year old female who exercises a lot and is in good condition. Before the surgery my HR was between 30-40. I have a St. Jude pacer that is set to 70 bpm.

My surgery and recovery is going well, the question I have is why am I so tired now? I thought I would feel less tired with a faster
heartbeat. I also wonder why my heart rate jumps to 110 just making breakfast or moving around a little? Is this normal?

Thanks

Posted by whick on 2015-08-12 02:02. 1 comments. 150 reads
 
Hello Everyone,
Is anyone familiar with an ablation procedure using an Arctic Front Cryoballoon? My doctor informed me that I'm still having afib--The Flecainide medicine is not controlling the problem and baby aspirin is not keeping the blood thin enough (I was on Eliquis until March when I had a subdural hemotoma).
What is the recovery time? Is the procedure risky? How long is the hospital stay?
I'd really appreciate any info. you may have. I'm getting really tired of all the procedures I've had (gone through 3 pacemaker surgeries!!).

Thanks, Jane

Posted by sooz on 2015-08-11 15:46. 1 comments. 178 reads
 
Hi, thanks for your help with comments since I got my pacemaker on June 30. I still can't seem to get energy. My face has been the most disgusting color gray since I got this thing. Did anyone else have this problem?

Posted by jazzybiker on 2015-08-09 21:27. 8 comments. 357 reads
 
HI all,
I'm new here. 58 yr old female triathlete/runner. I just had a pacemaker implanted 2 days ago for sinus bradycardia. I was experiencing fainting spells. When I left the hospital yesterday the x-ray showed that everything was in the right place. Since I came home I have had chest pain on my left side and even in the lower neck area. I breath fine. Not sure if this is normal or I just slept funny. Its better today than yesterday though. What worries me is that I had another pre-fainting episode today (the pacemaker is supposed to prevent that). My low setting (no high setting) is at 50 since I am an endurance athlete with a resting HR in the low to mid 50's. I will probably call the drs office tomorrow, but am wondering about o...


Posted by MarvinTheMartian on 2015-08-07 16:25. 3 comments. 349 reads
 
Has anyone had an experience with pm removal?

I had a pm installed last week. I was told that it would address my tachycardia. At the post-operative checkup today I was told that it will not address tachycardia but only a slow pulse. I had one three-second instance of slow pulse in the past nine months. The pacemaker has not triggered since it was installed and likely never will.

I've advised my cardiologist that I want it removed since it was put in without my full understanding of what it was going to do and under misleading circumstances. I am not going to have a pacemaker sitting in my chest when there is no valid reason for me to have one.

I'm told that it has to be done prior to six weeks postop other...


Posted by annecs on 2015-08-05 05:38. 5 comments. 389 reads
 
I had an CRT-D (3 Lead) Device implanted on Wednesday, July 22. One of the leads became detached and the procedure was repeated two days later on Friday, July 24. It's nearly two weeks since I had the procedure and I still haven't regained my strength and have yet been able to return to work. I'm a 56 year old female and work in an office environment at a desk. I ventured out yesterday for the first time to get some groceries. I was so exhausted after a little while of shopping that I had to have my daughter check out for me while I made my way outside to sit in the car to wait for her. It took so much out of me just going out for a short time. I still have some pain at the incision site. I found the first 5 days of recovery absolut...


Posted by donsabi on 2015-08-04 15:36. 6 comments. 240 reads
 
I posted about leaving hospital after PM sneezing and dripping mucus. 10 days later my nose is still running but to a much lessor degree and I have post nasal drip. All this even after seeing my GP twice. First time she prescribed ProAir and second time I got a steroid shot. Both seem to help a bit but the symptoms persist.
Anyone else having similar issues?
Tomorrow I see my cardio. I hate to say it, but I have little confidence he will address the PND and mucus problem.
The major problem for me is the mucus in my throat is at it's worst when I lay down. I may get to sleep only to awaken an hour later trying to cough up a stubborn mucus plug. If I get back to sleep after a while I can hear the gurgling from the m...


Posted by donsabi on 2015-07-31 01:32. 7 comments. 259 reads
 
I had my PM surgery on 7/24. I was told it was an outpatient procedure. I assumed then recovery would be quick.
Tomorrow will be a week post op. My PM implant site looks normal and I still have some discomfort but it is not bad. In some ways I feel better but not completely. The worst for me has been this nagging lung congestion and trying to cough up stubborn mucus.
I was wondering how others are getting on with their recovery and when they expect to be fully recovered.

Posted by Pinkshirlz on 2015-07-30 11:00. 5 comments. 408 reads
 
I am 28 and have sick sinus syndrome, was admitted for a pacemaker on the 16th July. Everything went well. the most pain i had was the initial cut site and the excruciating shoulder and back pain from not being able to rest on my sides or stomach.
The first week of recovery was a bit hard, i was blessed to have my mother with me to help me bath and get dressed and make food for me while i was recovering. Bed rest is key here. The second week I had to go back to work and it was difficult, I had to wear a sling every day and night to stop lifting my arm. eventually I removed it and tried to remember to not lift it. I had extreme bad dizziness this morning, I was very concerned as this was a worse kind of dizzy than i had prior to my su...


Posted by MathTeacher on 2015-07-29 17:29. 3 comments. 252 reads
 
Hi,

I have a dual-lead pacemaker and was told I'd be back to work in a week. I quickly learned that no one in the surgeon's office has one, because a week would've been crazy. So, I'm asking those of you who've had an ablation, what is a realistic recovery time? The doctor's office is telling me I can be back to work in three days. I have Tachy/Brady (Sick Sinus Syndrome), so I'm having an ablation to fix the "tachy" part. I teach and need to be on my feet most of the day. Would appreciate a recovery time from some real people who've actually had one.

Posted by LiveFreeOrDie on 2015-07-29 09:47. 7 comments. 198 reads
 
I had my pacemaker implanted on July 10, 2015. I did not have my followup until July 20, so other than changing the dressing, I did not shower until then. The steri-strips took a while to come off, but they finally did about two nights ago. I have never had any discharge or any problem whatever, but the area of the wound and surrounding is still very tender to touch.

Does this sound normal? I was wondering if the large amount of time the wound was covered (initially by the steri-strips and the dressing, then later by the steri-strips) could have prevented the skin from recovering as fast.

Thanks,

Mitch

Posted by Chelva on 2015-07-29 00:21. 6 comments. 211 reads
 
I had a PPM pacemaker Mediotronic MRI Sure Scan (Dual lead pacer) inserted two weeks ago as I had been experiencing low heart rate (as low as 22). I am 59 years old, height 5 feet 11 inches and weigh about 164 lbs. The place where the pacemaker was inserted feels heavy and the incision point feels slightly sore especially after walks. Otherwise I feel much better - no more tiredness like before, dizziness, presynoscope and breathlessness. At times I have pain in the back between the shoulder blades (usually after exercise) which I also had before the procedure. Any feedback from members is appreciated. Thanks.


Posted by donsabi on 2015-07-28 14:57. 3 comments. 206 reads
 
On the 24th I had a PM implanted. So far no issues with the implant and the discomfort is what I expected. The worst part is that upon waking up in my room I began uncontrolled sneezing and massive amounts of mucus in my nose that came out the front as well as the back. I swallowed a large amount of the stuff and I think some went into my lungs. I asked to see a doctor but none ever came. I was told, "they're all busy saving lives." I was discharged the following day and thought I could take care of it myself. Wrong! I could not sleep because of the constant mucus, sneezing, and coughing. Monday My ENT worked me in. He prescribed Atrovent Nasal spray and that stopped the mucus flow but the side effect on my arthritic joints was o...


Posted by Tash123 on 2015-07-22 04:39. 8 comments. 338 reads
 
Hi everyone,
It has been exactly since I had surgery and even though I was allowed to take the big bandage off after two days, I am not sure how to remove my strips covering my incision. One of my leads fractured so they went in and added a new lead along with a new device. This is my fourth pacemaker and I cannot remember ever having this many strips on my incision site. My doctor said he removed deep scar tissue and said he was going to tidy up my scar some. This makes it hurt longer and takes longer to heal, but no one has informed me on how to take the strips off. I am not getting the area wet, but I am cleaning around it when I take a shower. I also have not seen the incision yet. If anyone has any answers, please let me kn...


Posted by lilprincess76mi on 2015-07-15 04:16. 0 comments. 157 reads
 
Hello all, I am new here and was kinda looking for a little advice on what to expect after my ablation. The correct term is "epicardial ablation via right mini-thoracotomy " this will be my first epicardial procedure. I have had 3 endocardial ablations prior. I have tried looking up info but am not finding much info on it. Anyone here that can help me with info on waking up through the recovery peroid would be greatly appreciated :)

Posted by lillycobos63 on 2015-07-14 23:23. 3 comments. 267 reads
 
hello all, I had my PM surgery on June 3rd and was wondering how long, generally speaking, is a safe amount of time to wait before it's safe to raise your arm higher than shoulder level after the surgery. Thanks!



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