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Posted by Darse on 2015-03-26 20:49. 7 comments. 118 reads
 
I got my biotronik entovis Dr-t today. I have hiccups, but feel pretty good. Though I am still feeling the meds they gave me. I got to watch it pacing on the heart monitor in recovery which was neat. I go home tomorrow. I very much recall the procedure, never heard the word "oops" so it is looking good!!

Posted by ibhavn on 2015-03-26 12:46. 4 comments. 100 reads
 
My procedure went well yesterday. I received a medtronic revo. They said it's set for a minimum rate of 60 but it's pacing faster as it anticipates premature atrial contractions. I can't feel it pacing. In some pain but it's not bad and being well controlled with meds. Only issue is that my blood sugar keeps dropping too low. I'm a diabetic although I've not needed meds since gastric bypass surgery last November. Has anyone had low blood sugar issues after implant?

Posted by Guanbattista on 2015-03-22 08:08. 2 comments. 111 reads
 
Hi , I have my first CRT-D from last 19 March 2015.
I am 60 old. My problem are EF 36% , complete block of left branchia ( BBSX) , and cardiomiophatya dilatative from endocardite to the aortic valve.
No pain during the chirurgical operation , no pain after it at home , all is OK ... Between 1 month I have a check with my cardio doc.
Some body where in my situation found Good heart improuvement After the CRT-D installations ?

Posted by bevlaar on 2015-03-19 16:24. 7 comments. 235 reads
 
I know its very early days, im only 2 days post op, but im presuming its normal to be feeling pretty rough?
I have no energy and feel sickly and just want to sleep all the time. The doctor said i should be ok within a week or so.
I know everybodys different but when can i expect to start feeling better?

Posted by bevlaar on 2015-03-18 18:50. 5 comments. 275 reads
 
Hi everyone
This is my first posting, i'm just out of hospital today having had a PM unexpectedly fitted yesterday as a bit of an emergency.
I have been having numerous investigations for 4 months for Fast AF and Tachycardia. Iv had 3 hospital admissions to coronary care when my HR reached 280 bpm.
Last thursday i was booked into hospital for EP studies ( electro physiology tests), the results of which identified a problem smack bang in middle of sinus node. My doc had been hoping to ablate but due to the location of the arrythmia it was considered too dangerous and risky so the plan was to just manage it on meds.
I was kept in hosp couple of days to see that i adjusted to the tablets ok. Then the most strangest thing h...


Posted by JoFosqk226 on 2015-03-18 07:31. 2 comments. 166 reads
 
Hi everyone! I've been having a very rough 3 months. Almost constant tachycardia, lots of a fib that triggers my defibrillator, dizziness, etc. It got to the point where getting out of bed would have my heart go into the 160's and trigger the a-fib. So I got an ablation done yesterday. I feel amazing!!! Totally different! Except for one thing.... I am having massive amounts of chest pain. Don't get me wrong, I am thrilled I can walk to the restroom without needing to take a break half way there. But this pain is something else. My ablation took about 4 hours, and I was conscious the whole time, and of course I felt everything. I'll get to my questions, finally. If you have long QT, did your ablation help, or did you have to get it rep...


Posted by braveheart on 2015-03-14 22:18. 4 comments. 193 reads
 
I have the pacemaker put on yesterday. Heart rate is adjusted from low 30s to 55-60bmp. Blood pressure was about 133/77 Everything seems alright, no fever. I was discharged and sent home today (2nd day).

After I had dinner - warm foods and salad (not fridge cold but room temperature salad), I went to bed falling asleep. Then I woke up felt very cold (room temperature was at 22.5C), checked my blood pressure it was high -159/100. I started to feel very scared. Maybe I didn't dress warm, or maybe I was so anxious.

Has anyone experienced this? Is this normal?

Thanks for your comment.

Braveheart


Posted by amlanda78 on 2015-03-14 18:51. 4 comments. 209 reads
 
Last Monday I had my pacemaker generator changed. I had my old generator for 8 years. I am 100% pacemaker dependant. I do not have a sinus node. I am 36 years old. I have been through a lot, medically, through the past 10 years. Before I received my pacemaker 8 years ago, I had about 8 surgeries in 1 year. All related to my heart. I handle things very well and do not dwell on things I cannot control. After having my surgery on Monday, I returned to work on Thursday. I am a kindergarten teacher. For some reason I am in a lot of pain. I do not recall all this pain the last time I had the surgery. My cardio thoracic surgeon did remove a lot of scar tissue. He also took the old scar out and made a new one. Is pain normal? Like I said, I am wor...


Posted by gordon on 2015-03-13 07:07. 5 comments. 236 reads
 
I have had a pacemaker since January 2015 and now l keep waking up about five o'clock in the. Morning fighting for breath which last for about a hour can any one help

Posted by savy453 on 2015-03-13 06:45. 3 comments. 178 reads
 
hi . i had 2 pacemakers installed since i was 4 2 .Well my second one thats been in my body for 6 years is infected i go see a specialist on tuesday. can't they just feed me with antibiotics and be done with it . i play sports and if a new one is installed won;t it come infected also because of my constant movement? tks bob

Posted by Sunshine65 on 2015-03-12 22:44. 5 comments. 195 reads
 
I am brand new to the site but having been reading messages and learning from everyone over the past year. I will be getting a pacemaker on Monday, March 16th and am both nervous and hopeful. I've been dealing with Neurocardiogenic syncope for a number of years now and the ILR I had implanted in April, 2014 has also detected bradycaridia as well. I'm nervous, scared and hopeful that the CLS pacemaker (which I have named Olaf) that will become one with me on Monday will make me feel better on so many levels, both physically and emotionally. I love reading everyone's thoughts on how they have adjusted to their pacemaker, got their lives back, etc,. I am scared and need to feel deep down that the pacemaker will give me my life back. M...


Posted by susieq1984 on 2015-03-11 20:52. 2 comments. 202 reads
 
Just wondering how long it takes to get my energy back. I got my dual chamber pm implanted on the 23 of March. I was cleared to exercise , just no lifting anything over 10lbs 4-6 weeks. I felt okay until I got on the treadmill and walked for 35 mins. at 3.4 ,mph. After that for the last 2 days I have felt that top of the roller coaster feeling and I can feel my own heartbeat. I called my nurse and she told me I would have a pm check this Friday morning. How long does it take to get used to exercise again and getting my heart rate up without feeling like my heart is racing all the time ? I take Toprol XL 25 mg a day and HCTZ 25mg every day and a baby asp at night. Any thoughts ? Should I just keep pushing with the walking ? Thank all of ...


Posted by Nbleisey@gmail.com on 2015-03-11 19:58. 2 comments. 156 reads
 
I just had my pacemaker implanted three weeks ago for vasovagal syncope. I never had issues with heart palpitations before and now I feel them fairly frequently. I had a couple of glasses of wine one evening and I had a lot of heart flutters the next morning. When I had my first device check, I told the nurse I had felt some fluttering sensations and she acted like it was nothing. Has anyone else experienced this? Should I go back to have it reset?

Posted by Tchever1 on 2015-03-06 10:44. 7 comments. 217 reads
 
Hello, Had my device put in 1 week ago. I live in Ct. and have an 800' driveway.2 days after Surgery had to plow the driveway on my tractor, use a snow-blower to clear around house and paths to wood shed and pump house ( twice in said week !!) all without putting hand over head. No bad feedback from my Latitude Monitor. Think I can go to " Y " for some cardio and sit-ups? I went from 35 BPM to 61 with device so feel real good. Wound is sore but looks good. Anybody else out there like me? I want to LIVE my life.

Posted by lisanj on 2015-03-05 09:52. 10 comments. 243 reads
 
Hi,
My mom just had a pacemaker put in yesterday. When they brought her back to the room I noticed that the incision site was not covered by any bandage. She said it was glued shut. Is this common practice? I forgot to ask the nurse as I was so stressed over everything going on it slipped my mind.

Thanks,
Lisa

Posted by sharbrem on 2015-03-01 13:31. 1 comments. 110 reads
 
Hi - PM fitted Feb 17. The wound has healed well, in many ways I feel better, but there is persistent queasiness (not quite nausea) that interferes with moving around the house (not outside) and of course depresses appetite. I take herbal meds for the queasiness, and it helps a lot, but would like not to have the problem at all. Docs say that it cannot be due to medication effects, and I agree. It's been much too long since the procedure. No other medication changes. Can it be still my physical adjustment to the "foreign body?" Anyone else with this issue?

Posted by susieq1984 on 2015-03-01 03:07. 3 comments. 223 reads
 
Okay, I've had my pm in for 6 days now and although sore, I am getting around and moving and have felt fine. I got up from a chair a bit ago and felt a hard dizzy spell. Not close to the passing out as I was doing before the pm, but still scary. I just took some deep breaths and rested until it passed. Anyone else have these and do you think it's just part of the recovery process ? I was having some palpations at the same time, but they passed too.

Posted by ShanB on 2015-03-01 02:40. 4 comments. 264 reads
 
Hi. My Duel lead Medtronic PM was put in Feb 13. I'm 16 days post op. The last two days the site is very tender and sore. It appears that the left side closest to left armpit is now protruding and seems very close to my skin whereas the right side is well in "pocket" still. It's sore just wearing a light teeshirt. It kind of burns and feels so disturbing. I don't see cardiologist until March 16th. I think maybe the swelling and inflammation has gone down so is this protruding thing so close to the skin "normal" for anyone? I am now able to lay on my sides to sleep for short times. Should I not be doing that? Could that be causing a shifting that is not safe. Certainly not comfortable.
Thanks in advance. Feeling discoura...


Posted by lizs101 on 2015-02-28 19:49. 2 comments. 152 reads
 
I had my surgery last Tuesday and am surprised at the amount of pain I am having. They did an AV Node Ablation and implanted the pacemaker in my left shoulder area. They did not have to go through my groin for the ablation but did it through the pacemaker pouch. My EP said that it is rare that they can do this but it does simplify the process and takes at least 1 hour off the procedure.

My Question is, could doing the ablation through the pouch have increased the amount of pain I am experiencing? The paid has decreased but I just feel it should be less than it is at this point. Does anyone have any experience with this?

Thanks.

Posted by SunnyZen on 2015-02-28 10:26. 0 comments. 93 reads
 
Good Morning,
I had my first generator change Wed 2/25 (first pacemaker 11/2006). I thought I'd be feeling a lot better and am not. I have a single lead Medtronic for Sick Sinus Stndrome and while it said in Nov it had 3 mos, they found last week it went down to backup minimum end of Dec so haven't felt great the last 2 months.
My doctor had me come in yesterday to check everything. I've been dizzy, short of breath, very fatigued and sore with lots of Afib, Aflutter and PVC's. Seems like everything really stirred up the arrythmias. They said the site looks good and pacemaker working so probably above symptoms from the surgery, drugs, stress ect. Has anyone else had this happen? Any suggestions?
Thanks very much!



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