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Posted by jjiggers on 2015-05-07 19:31. 3 comments. 153 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. 153 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. 277 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. 467 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 ...


Posted by FunSize on 2015-04-30 11:44. 2 comments. 295 reads
 
Hello everyone,
I am still 3 1/2 weeks into recovery but there are some things I have questions about. I don't have an appointment with my cardiologist until May 27th. (That was the soonest)
1) I notice that I feel especially sore on the incision area when I wake up in the morning. Not just a muscle soreness but kind of a small sharp pain. Is this normal? And speaking of sleep, every since the whole incident, I can not sleep! I don't sleep sooner than 2am and I wake up constantly... it's so aggravating.
2)I notice sometimes while I am working or even just walking I will start to feel my heart beat very quickly and I have to stop, of course stopping sometimes makes it worse. I always think I really should start running lol. I...


Posted by jjiggers on 2015-04-26 18:24. 2 comments. 185 reads
 
I had a PC installed 3 weeks ago for low heart rate. I feel my incision has healed nicely, but I am still having the same symptoms...the feeling that I am going to pass out... I was told when I got my staples out last week, that I will see the tech to check my unit, in two weeks. My hear rate has slowed to below 50 a couple of times and I feel exhausted at times.

Does this sound normal? Should I just chill and wait for my check up? Will it get better?

Thanks for your input.

Posted by Jackw on 2015-04-20 21:55. 7 comments. 225 reads
 
Last week got a Biotronik Eluna 8 DR-T for SND. In over night to check for issues. Took Tylenol first three days post implant. Every day seems better. Been out for several good walks including three miles 8 days post implant. Wife and friends say my color looks better. Incision is healing nicely. Minimal discomfort. Hope to get back to jogging after my 4 week checkup and PM tune up by the techs. Asked for the Biotronik because of the ra response algorithm CLS since I run hike and ski (69 yrs). Seemed like the best option. I'll post update as things progress. So far I am very pleased with the doc and the pm.

Posted by Forthefive on 2015-04-18 19:43. 1 comments. 207 reads
 
Hello, This is my first time on here. I am a 34 year old female who got a pacemaker in 2011 for sinus node dysfunction. Since then I have had two ablations for fast heart rates and one for A-fib. I was excited to finally be done and start to wean off the meds but my heart had a different agenda. Most recently I developed A-flutter they called it and had to be shocked out of it. I am now once again having very fast heart rates during any activity. I already take Multaq, Xarelto, Florinef, Lopressor, and Midodrine and the doctor now wants to do an Epicardial Ablation. He said it is unlike the other ablations with longer hospital stay. I am nervous and unable to find anything about what to expect when you wake up. Any advice or experienc...


Posted by jjiggers on 2015-04-17 20:23. 4 comments. 259 reads
 
I have a new pacemaker, just got the stitches out today and I'm still having the symptoms I had before the implant. I can't seem to get any answers on how long before I can expect to see results. I'm sure it probably varies, but is it normal? Is there a time within which I should see a difference? I told the nurse today when she removed the stitches and she seemed to think it was no big deal, "I'm still healing"? I would hate to think I went thru all this to no avail!

Any comments?

Posted by Susannah on 2015-04-17 13:20. 7 comments. 283 reads
 
I had my pacemaker fitted 3 days ago as an emergency. I'm quite sore and very tired but my problem is I can't sleep. I've only had 2 hours sleep a night the last 3 nights and feel very depressed. I don't really have any support and feel very alone. Did anyone else experience not sleeping? Thank you

Posted by seuefx on 2015-04-15 11:15. 2 comments. 198 reads
 
I have had my pacemaker for 13 days. The incision site is a little tender but I am having a super hard ache in my left arm from shoulder to elbow. Is this normal? It's quite severe.

Posted by Papajeff on 2015-04-14 02:51. 7 comments. 228 reads
 
I am finally deciding to put in a 3lead crt pm in this coming monday. Dr. Wants to place it under the muscle. All your comments have helped. It seems like the pain will last a week or so. Is this the norm for most? Need to return to work. Is 2 weeks safe to say?

Posted by FunSize on 2015-04-09 01:09. 6 comments. 291 reads
 
I am a 24 year old college student. I have never had any health problems as I have always been healthy and fit. I just had a pacemaker put in last Friday and I am just wondering how this will affect my life? Any major changes? I passed out at work and fractured my skull, due to other testing the doctor's realized it was my heart that had the issues. I have never had a problem with my heart before and this is all so new to me. Not even the doctors could figure out why this happened so suddenly. Any advice? What life style am I turning to?

Posted by kbell on 2015-04-04 00:12. 9 comments. 497 reads
 
I'm amazed to read about others so much like myself! This gives me hope as I am scheduled to get a PM on 4/08/15, MRI compatible with rate responsive settings. After 3 ablations for SVT, I developed sick sinus syndrome and can't get my 45 year old butt up a flight of steps without losing my breath. I have nothing else wrong with my heart but work in physical therapy and can barely manage treating my own patients.

I passed out and was hospitalized with bradycardia dropping my HR in the 30's. Unfortunately, I had a horrific experience and ended up hopping off the table and walking out of the operating room just before my surgery started. My former cardiologist had changed the type of pacemaker, chambers and surgical technique wit...


Posted by Papajoe on 2015-04-02 21:36. 0 comments. 130 reads
 
I had my first implant Feb.11, 2014. Because of my phrenic nerve and pacer wire interference, my stomach was twitching. After 6 months of twitches, many adjustments and tests, we agreed to change the pacemaker with a new improved multi vector wire pacemaker. On Oct. 21st, I had the surgery but when I woke up in recovery , I found out my arties would not accept the new wires. Oct.22nd, they removed the new pacer and implanted the original pacer. They went in between my ribs to attach the wires. That way they could see the phrenic nerve and avoid it. As of today, I am doing great !!! No twitches at all.
My family doctor said I have more wires in my chest then his home stereo. Gotta laugh and be thankful for plan B. :-) Joe

Posted by WTF on 2015-03-31 21:21. 5 comments. 284 reads
 
I am having a hard time knowing that my SA node will decompensate more and more over time and my pacer will work more and more. When my own heart doesn't beat on its own will I still be alive? Its a weird thing to think about!?

A month ago my heart rate was in the 30-40, now I am in the 20s..

Thoughts?


Posted by Claret on 2015-03-31 12:29. 7 comments. 414 reads
 
Hi,

I have had my pacemaker fitted for 5 weeks now and I am very disappointed at how far it protrudes. I am unhappy because I feel it will affect me more than I had anticipated e.g. wearing a seat belt, carrying a backpack, playing sport, etc., as well as aesthetically.

I had my first follow up session today and explained my anxieties and have now been referred to the Consultant with a view to considering whether the pacemaker would be better placed below both the chest muscle layer and skin rather than just the skin, as it is now.

Does anyone have experience of having a pacemaker fitted below the chest muscle layer? And, if so, can you advise on the pro's and con's of each option?

I have not be...


Posted by Guanbattista on 2015-03-22 08:08. 2 comments. 209 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. 8 comments. 472 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. 469 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...




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