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Posted by Trinurse on 2015-02-05 11:32. 2 comments. 113 reads
 
A newbie to a group that none of us wanted to join. I'm a retired healthcare professional, so I knew a lot about what to expect. I'm also a Triathlete who has completed an Ironman. What can I expect about getting back to training. I want my life back, and hope that this will really make a difference. Have been pretty inactive over the last year due to the fatigue and SOB, but worry that my rate has only been set at 130 and may be restrictive.. My EP MD states that I am only the second athlete he has seen with my problem, but he has been very supportive and he really does listen to me. Any thoughts out there about swimming open water or racing a bike in the aero position? A little afraid of crashing on the bike now.


Posted by Jaydonsmum on 2015-01-30 00:40. 5 comments. 216 reads
 
I just had my pacemaker resisted under my muscle (Monday 26th) still in a lot of pain, unable to move arm easily, turn over in bed etc. how long will this last roughly pls?xx

Posted by splendid1 on 2015-01-25 18:21. 8 comments. 215 reads
 
I have an implantation coming up.
1. Can someone tell me what to expect the day of and in recovery?
2. What brand of double lead PM do you recommend; which one to avoid?
3. Tell me about the process of regulating the PM after procedure.

Posted by lizs101 on 2015-01-24 22:38. 2 comments. 194 reads
 
My diagnosis is A-Fib and flutter. I have had two ablations and several Cardioversions. I have a problem taking antiarrhythmic drugs due to the side effects. The latest one tried was Tikosyn which I started last week without severe side effects but have felt absolutely lousy since I started it. I went in Thursday for a 1 week follow-up EKG and the Doctor's office called Friday expressing concern because the pause between my heartbeats is continuing to increase in length. They do not feel the Tikosyn is working or right for me and want to do an AV Ablation and pacemaker. It is probably irrational on my part but this scares me. I have no idea what to expect and am looking for some information.

I guess I am looking for any ...


Posted by T.T. on 2015-01-24 21:41. 2 comments. 112 reads
 
Have anyone had a cardiac ablation and if so, has it bettered your condition at all???

Posted by Grateful Heart on 2015-01-23 09:00. 1 comments. 89 reads
 

Good luck today with your surgery.....it's almost over.

Let us know how everything went, you'll be fine.

Grateful Heart

Posted by Darine on 2015-01-21 22:26. 3 comments. 184 reads
 
Hi ,I just had a pacemaker and I am very concerned on how it is going to affect my job.My job is very physical .I am a massage and skin care therapist .does anyone know people in the same field with pacemaker?thank you

Posted by tessenne on 2015-01-21 01:26. 12 comments. 257 reads
 
My doc used super glue to hold my outermost incision together. I am one week out from the procedure and it is peeling off in large strips. Underneath is dry and no blood or pus or anything to suggest it is not healing quite well. Should I just let it come off as it chooses, even if it is all gone by end of week? Or should I call the EP and ask if he wants to look at it?

Posted by etmichelleh on 2015-01-20 17:46. 1 comments. 89 reads
 
Hi,

I just got back from my doctor's appointment. I'm very lucky to have a great cardiologist. He is very patient and answered all my questions.

Many thanks to all the support I got from this club here. Just want to leave this post to let the new comers know that you've come to the right place!

Michelle

Posted by Suz on 2015-01-20 12:19. 8 comments. 339 reads
 
Hi-New member here. I'm a 43 year old female who had her first pacer implant this past Friday (1/16/15) for symptomatic bradycardia and multiple syncopal episodes. Recovery is going well so far, but I'm still unclear on how high I can raise my arm on the implant side? Can I raise my upper arm to a 90 degree angle to my body? The nurse just said, "not above your head for two weeks", but I'm seeing conflicting info on the internet. Thank you all. I am glad this forum is here!

Posted by etmichelleh on 2015-01-19 19:33. 6 comments. 275 reads
 
Hi, it's me again. :)

The more I read the posts here, the more I think I overlook the whole thing. All I knew before was that I am to get a device and I won't be afraid of fainting when driving ever again. It seems I should have been more prepared but I'm not.

I'm going to have a pre-op consultation when my surgery date approaches, but I managed to squeeze in another appointment with my cardiologist tomorrow. Any suggestions on what questions I should ask my doctor?

I am going to ask him if he's going to secure my device with stitches. My device is going to be Medtronic. It's going to be the MRI tolerable one. My doctor knows I would like to play competitive badminton again so he mentioned something ...


Posted by Busdriver on 2015-01-18 23:13. 5 comments. 155 reads
 
I've read several posts regarding the manner in which the surgeon made the incision on his patient when implanting the pacemaker. Many people have disclosed their scar is either horizontal or vertical. My PM scar is diagonal on the left side of my chest. If I were to draw a line from my left armpit to the left side of my neck, the scar would be parallel with that. I was just wondering if it really matters which way the incision is made, or maybe it's just the surgeon's "signature" move.

Posted by etmichelleh on 2015-01-16 07:27. 10 comments. 436 reads
 
Hi,

I posted my worry and immediately I got support that warms my heart. Thank you. Thanks for everyone that read my post.

As I read more, I noticed that most people took quite some time off work. I don't think I'm pacemaker dependent as most of the time I am energetic. I plan to have it done on a Thursday, take a rest on Friday and go back to work on the next Monday. I can't afford to lose more days at work. I'm an in-house translator so I work literally at my desk all day. Why is it that a lot of people are saying they feel tired after the placement?

My second question is about exercise. I love to play badminton. Competitive one. I'm right-handed so the doctor will put it on my left chest...


Posted by Kelly on 2015-01-15 22:34. 5 comments. 262 reads
 
Hello. I had my PM replaced one month ago. I took 3 & a half weeks off work & was feeling pretty good. I returned to work last week & I'm exhausted. I'm on my feet all day but I've done that for years. My job is pretty easy compared to others that I've had. I'm finding now that working a 5 or 6 hour days feels like 8 or 9. I'm coming home & taking 2-3 hour naps & sleeping 10-12 hours at night. I don't think I should be this tired at this point. Yesterday was my day off but I had to go to work for a meeting. I didn't do anything beforehand & was there for an hour & a half. I couldn't keep my eyes open when I got home & took a 3 hr nap, then slept 10 hours that night. They said my PM is working fine.

The only other thing is an ec...


Posted by etmichelleh on 2015-01-15 21:16. 4 comments. 198 reads
 
Hi, I just joined this club. I'm 48 years old. Female. Overweight. Well-controlled diabetes and hypertension. Exercise 30 minutes/2 to 3 times a week. (I know it's not enough.)

After wearing a monitor for a month, my doctor told me I need a pacemaker. I was on Metoprolol when I was first wearing the monitor. After stopping the medication for 2 weeks, my heart still showed symptoms. I was diagnosed with high grade AV block. In some of the daily report recorded by the monitor when I had my symptoms, it was written as "2nd degree AV Block Type 1" and "2nd degree AV Block Type 2". My heart stopped beating over 4 or 5 seconds several times. Mostly when I was asleep. I had blood work and echo cardio done. Everything wa...


Posted by Judy13 on 2015-01-07 12:28. 1 comments. 212 reads
 
I am 5 weeks post op for defib/pacemaker implant and having a uncomfortable pulling when I rise from a laying position. Also am going for first setting of device in10 days and am scared I will feel worse and live 2 hours from clinic. Also feel pinching upon movement, will that go away?

Posted by angellexis on 2015-01-05 11:52. 1 comments. 142 reads
 
I'm 31 with a Medtronic 1 lead pacemaker. I drop my PWaves.
Went in today she said I have 8 months left of battery but replacement might not be in 8 months they have to wait for the Elective Replacement Indicator. Kind of annoying because she couldn't give me a time frame.

Does anyone have experience with knowing when and what the time frame is?

Posted by Kathy07 on 2015-01-04 06:02. 5 comments. 286 reads
 
Hi there, I'm a 34 year old female.
I had a PM inserted sub Pec 1 month ago and for the last 3 weeks I've had a burning pain when stretching out my arm or abducting it away from my body. Could it be nerve damage? Could it be inflammation in the shoulder joint?

I have since returned to crossfit starting at 50% capacity and no lifting as yet just cardio. I am concerned this wont approve. Is it to early to start Physio?

I find that picking something up off the ground sends a shooting/burning pain down my forearm to me hand. The area between my elbow and wrist is also numb.

Any responses would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by rejoicem62 on 2015-01-03 07:28. 8 comments. 298 reads
 
Hi I am Melinda New to the pacemaker world
.I am one month out from surgery.Still trying to figure how much or how little to use arm with implant. Any input on this would be helpful.Trying do what doctor says but several months of little use is a challenge. Thanks

Posted by Eni on 2015-01-01 04:15. 4 comments. 191 reads
 
I have installed my PM at 06/12/2012, everything in order, except that my wound, occasionally opened, or rather the skin opens and closes. on 06/11/2014 I made another operation to set better PM. but the problem persists. I was visited to dermatologist and He gave a remedy , no result. and today my skin is 50% open, no infections or pain.

I have tried all, I never held tight clothes, I held the arm without moving for months, hang a month closed and then opened again. the skin is very thin when it seems recovered

what to do to ( sorry for my english )



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