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Posted by ladysmom on 2015-06-27 20:33. 5 comments. 156 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. 173 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. 221 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. 204 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. 152 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. 234 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. 322 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. 336 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. 222 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. 398 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. 287 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. 372 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. 143 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.

Posted by MathTeacher on 2015-05-10 11:43. 7 comments. 378 reads
 
1. How long was it before you were brave enough to lift your arm? My doctor said, "Two weeks," and I'm a little over that. Some websites for hospitals read, "four." I've been moving it; just haven't lifted it over my head.

2. Ladies: How long was it before you could wear a bra comfortably? Gotta go back to work in a week.

3. Dog owners: How long before you were brave enough to hold a leash? My dog pulls very infrequently, but I'm afraid a good pull might do something.

Thanks everyone for helping me out with these firsts. Just feel better doing them once I hear from others "in the same boat." Appreciate you guys!

Posted by lisaannthompson on 2015-05-08 11:49. 2 comments. 177 reads
 
I have a double lead medtronic pace maker for sss im haveing week spells and still feel really bad is this normal

Posted by Skashish on 2015-05-08 03:29. 4 comments. 289 reads
 
Hello Iam 23 implanted a pacemaker device two years ago aft r the surgery i do regular gyming exercise and don't feel like having this pacemaker
Please experienced people I want your guidelines to remove this pacemaker I feel so uncommon with it
Is a pacemaker can be removed?

Posted by jjiggers on 2015-05-07 19:31. 3 comments. 190 reads
 
I had a Boston Scientific PM put in four weeks ago. They had to go back in the next day to reconnect a wire. I saw the rep and Dr. the next day, but haven't seen the rep or Dr. since then. Had my stitches out in the office a couple of weeks ago and have been ok, except that I am still having the exact same symptoms that I got the PM for. Slow and skipped beats that make me feel like I am going to pass out. I am supposed to see a tech tomorrow but no Dr. for three months.

My question, is this the normal progression after surgery? Should I expect more, less?? Friends with NO pm experience, say that doesn't seem right! Just curious..

Thanks

Posted by Denise.L on 2015-05-06 05:54. 2 comments. 179 reads
 
Hi
I know im only one week post op from having my pacemaker fitted, I do still have pain and bruising. The thing that is worrying me is that I have an area of numbness on my shoulder just above my armpit. is this normal ?. Will this dissapear in time, or shoiuld I be concerned about it ?.

Posted by drdavies on 2015-05-01 08:13. 5 comments. 334 reads
 
4 days since I had my medtronic 2 lead pacemaker "installed".
Having a lot of dizzy spells throughout the day. Anyone else have this symptom after the surgery?

Posted by MathTeacher on 2015-04-30 16:58. 6 comments. 530 reads
 
Hi,

I wanted to write this for anyone who's waiting to have a pacemaker implanted. I had to wait two weeks, and my mind went crazy thinking about what it would be like, especially being awake for the surgery. I'm hoping this message will help put your mind at ease.

Surgery wasn't bad. You actually don't remember a thing. I think they keep you awake enough to respond to their questions, but you get enough "juice" that you won't remember what went on. My nurse played a game with me, asked me a question, and then asked if I'd remember it later on. I said, "yes," but he knew from looking at my pupils that I wouldn't remember a thing. When I was wheeled back to my room, he had the information written on a ...




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