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Posted by shellycleo on 2015-07-14 17:15. 3 comments. 457 reads
 
Had pacemaker implanted 6/10/15. Got it for heart pauses and bradycardia. Fortunately no fainting or emergencies. I was on a monitor for palpitations when they noticed that my heart paused for 3+ seconds 6 times one day. I'm 58 and not on any heart meds. PM just paces when my heart rate gets lower than 60 bpm daytime and 50 bpm nighttime. My resting HR before pacemaker was 54. Originally it was pacing all night and it was hard to sleep.

After surgery I was off work for 2 1/2 weeks then went back about 20 hours/week for 2 weeks. I'm still feeling quite tired. I was tired before I got the pacemaker but I could work 40 hours a week at my desk job. Now I hit the wall after 4 or 5 hours (it's like my brain shuts down). My EP Cardio s...


Posted by ShirleyJune2015 on 2015-07-11 18:17. 6 comments. 314 reads
 
I went to the ER June 24th because of fainting and palpitations. I received my pacemaker June 26th and released from the hospital the 27th. I had to ask for a pamphlet before my surgery. I was released with out any information on what kind I received other than it is St. Jude. I went to the surgeons office July2ed. The nurse removed the bandage, said it looked good and I could take a regular shower, vacuum and do everything I did before except lift 5 lbs. I saw my cardiologist the 7th and he told me NOT to get it wet and take it easy for 4 more weeks. His nurse asked me for my card and I told her I did not receive one. I also now have severe depression. Is this standard procedure or am I expecting to be more informed about pacemakers?

Posted by LiveFreeOrDie on 2015-07-11 16:16. 3 comments. 287 reads
 
Well, less than 48 hours ago I had my pacemaker put in, and probably less than 72 hours ago I went to the ER with a pulse rate of 20.

So now I have entered, it seems, a new chapter of my life.

I hope to be able to ask questions here and learn from the other "members of the club".

I live in Florida, and my *event* happened while I was on vacation in Rhode Island. Fortunately, my wife was with me and able to take good care of me.

I had a severe headache last night at the hospital, and as my BP was pretty high, they put me on lisinoprol. The headaches have continued, but to a lesser extent. If I did not have that, I would say I feel pretty good, other than a little beat-up overall from the proced...


Posted by Macabr on 2015-07-11 13:12. 0 comments. 107 reads
 
Hi all, got a St Jude 2 lead pm inserted on Tuesday. Overall I'm feeling good aside from the natural pain. I do get occasional palpitations up to about 125 bpm. I spoke to my cardiologist yesterday and he took an ekg which came out fine. He said to not miss my f/u with EP on Wed so she can consult the pm and determine the reason for the palpitations. She'll then be able to make any adjustment to the pm.

Today also I'm feeling quick pains that seem to come from the and also shoot down my left arm.

Posted by slowbeat on 2015-07-09 13:43. 3 comments. 148 reads
 
Got dual lead pacemaker in 2 weeks ago now. Feeling good,keep forgetting not to raise my arm too high. Back to work next week,half days initially. Looking forward to getting back to normal routine. Bit dizzy and headaches today but will drink more and hopefully will settle.

Posted by Macabr on 2015-07-08 13:30. 7 comments. 221 reads
 
So I had the PM implanted yesterday and was kept overnight for observation which is hospital policy for 1st time implants.

During the surgery I felt like I was in the twilight zone. I kept telling the PM the I wanted her to do it and not a student she had with her. She kept reassuring me she was doing it while explaining it to him. She laughed about it later when she came by post-op. They placed a pressure bandage overnight to control swelling, it was quite uncomfortable but it did it's job when they removed it this morning.

My device is a St Jude dual chamber pm which the nurse prepping me said could easily pay off his BMW, lol.

I'm getting ready to go home now once they discharge me.

Posted by tuvshuu on 2015-07-07 01:54. 5 comments. 235 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. 4 comments. 165 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. 189 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. 4 comments. 212 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. 108 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. 185 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. 253 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. 191 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. 221 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. 272 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. 246 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. 178 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. 268 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. 393 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...




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