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Posted by LitLady on 2014-03-21 23:30. 8 comments. 224 reads
 
You are wonderful!! I so appreciate all of your comments/experiences with bras and with sleeping those first weeks. Like one of the responders, I don't know what to expect. Never even THOUGHT about the bra thing until I got online. Did not expect a lot of pain either but I guess there is a fair amount of discomfort. How long did it last? What are the biggest lifestyle changes you have had to make? Does using a cell phone or iPad cause you problems? What has been unexpected? How is the pacemaker working out for you? Any and all information that was/is helpful for you, will be great appreciated! I'm a little scared about this life-altering step (4/3) but...not a lot of options! Having information helps. I tell my kids, "Knowledge is power!"

Posted by LitLady on 2014-03-21 17:45. 11 comments. 234 reads
 
Can I get some suggestions for what bras work after a pacemaker is installed? I don't know exactly where the pacemaker even goes. My surgery is 4/3. I am big-busted and older, so I do need support for comfort, appearance and so that I don't damage the site. I doubt strapless bras will work very well on an old lady! What kinds of bras have you found? Do the straps need to be far apart, wide, underwire, no wire? I'm at a loss. The only people I know with pacemakers are men. Also, were how were you able to sleep the first couple of weeks? It seems like it would be uncomfortable. Did you use a recliner?

HELP!

Posted by Lavenderlanefarm on 2014-03-18 22:49. 7 comments. 244 reads
 
Howdy,
I am to have a complete pacemaker replacement. I have an infected lead. I have tried to get information on Dr. A, G. Deam in Louisville (Jewish) but with no luck. His office is not helpful.
I am about ready do cancel my appointment with him and go to Cleveland Clinic.
Any advice?/

Posted by 2219kg on 2014-03-17 23:03. 7 comments. 226 reads
 
My surgery is scheduled for 4/25. I have been logging on the website almost every day for encouragment and any information I can obtain. For the most part I feel much better after logging on and reading everyone's stories. I keep hearing people say that their lung was pierced during the surgery. Is this common? I'm going back to work after four days so I am praying for a speedy recovery. Thanks.

Posted by Butterflyin2 on 2014-03-17 17:27. 3 comments. 221 reads
 
Hello Friends ~
It has been since November 7, 2013 that I received my pm. I had the initial PVC's that I believe come on just after pm implantation (correct me if that is incorrect). PVC's started again yesterday and stopped after awhile and now I am having them again. It has been about an hour and a half...no pain, no shortness of breath. If this is not serious is it just that i will experience them from time to time? I had them before the pm but now I seem to have them more often. Please advise. Thanks!

Posted by marnid on 2014-03-16 21:40. 3 comments. 200 reads
 
Hi so glad to find you. I am in the hospital recovering from about of Afib. My pulse has been 30 at rest and so they are putting in the unit in the morning The doc said its sick sinus syndrome. During my conversion 12 hous later my heart stopped for 8 seconds. I never want that to happen again. My doc said I have to be on coumadin for the rest ofmy life and solatol which could be responsible for the slow pulse. I am really scared

Posted by Kdalton on 2014-03-16 19:31. 3 comments. 120 reads
 
Hello I just recently had surgery last Tuesday, this is my second pacemaker the first was placed in my arm pit, it was causing me problem so they changed my pacemaker and it's site it's now under my collar bone. But now every once in a while I feel this tightening in my chest around my incision site it's weird it's not really painful just odd. Has anyone ever experienced this before?!
Thanks!

Posted by Theknotguy on 2014-03-15 23:31. 2 comments. 183 reads
 
Does anyone know what the longevity is for ablation surgery? This is slightly off topic but several members have talked about having an ablation for afib in addition to having a pacemaker.

I'm trying to find out how long the ablation surgery keeps the heart from going into afib. Does the procedure keep afib away for a year, five years, indefinitely?

On a second note, APP (Atrial Preference Pacing) was turned on on my pacemaker. APP is supposed to help with afib. My doctor said, "We don't know if it works for sure but, it definitely won't hurt."

I've had my APP turned on for about a month now. Finally had my first session of afib with APP turned on. The afib was definitely less intense. Lasted a...


Posted by Tinkie on 2014-03-14 09:08. 7 comments. 203 reads
 
Hi
I am new. Getting a PM on 01/04/2014 and very very very scared

Posted by bhsoccer12 on 2014-03-13 18:48. 3 comments. 274 reads
 
Hello all,

I just got my first pacemaker exactly 1 week ago. I am 22 and got surgery because I have a low heart rate (high 40s) and fainted from time to time, when apparently I would flat line for a few seconds. My pacer is set to kick in only when my rate goes below 40.

The first weekend I had my pacer, I had impulses in my left chest frequently throughout the day that I assumed was the pacemaker pacing. When I went to the doctor on Monday they checked my pacer and it had not paced once and they said everything looked perfect, and that the sensations were probably just part of the healing process and my body and nerves adjusting to the foreign object.

Everything had been fine and I was only having a few s...


Posted by BHayes on 2014-03-12 22:49. 5 comments. 257 reads
 
I had my Medtronics Advisa dual lead PM installed Monday morning with no complications. My cardiologist and EP were fantastic and the staff and facilities at Centennial Heart were great I came home yesterday and am have hardly any pain or problems (knock on wood...don't want to jinx myself). Starting to feel much better! I do have a couple questions that some of you may have experience with...

Yesterday when they interrogated my PM, they dropped my pacing out to allow my heart to basically function as it did before. I immediately felt horrible (much worse than I did before my PM) and broke into a full body cold sweat. I felt weird for about 45 minute after. Is this "normal" for interrigation? Was it basically as though my...


Posted by JessA85 on 2014-03-12 13:27. 4 comments. 235 reads
 
Hi everyone! As always I love coming here and reading everyone's stories and finding out what everyone's up to. About two months ago, I had posted that I was diagnosed with a few new things and a bi-ventricular pacemaker was suggested to correct the heart failure and cardiomyopathy. A lot of folks told me to wait and see how I felt, but I knew that for me surgery was the best option. My ef was 22%. My doctor was confident that there wouldn't be improvement over time and since I am relatively young we(my parents, doctor and I) didn't want to take any chances. I am now 6 weeks post op and my scar is healing very nicely and I have so much more energy it's unbelievable! I can stay up past 8PM now! I have people who ask me all the time...do you...


Posted by Kriskent on 2014-03-10 05:06. 5 comments. 216 reads
 
Had a pacemaker put in December 10th. Since then things are better ( finally, it was a slow recovery for me). However the skin area between and just inside my left armpit right next to the pacer site is still somewhat swollen and it gets pretty itchy from time to time. It seems to get worse after there is friction, say from tighter fitting arm holes in my tops. The itching is more surface itch on the skin. There's no bump and not really any pain but it does feel a little tighter and more tender in that area then the other arm. My cardiologist thinks maybe it's from the healing in the pocket area. Maybe the scar tissue from the pocket site. She didn't seem that confident in that answer though. She seemed kind of puzzled. Has anyone else exp...


Posted by Lindegard on 2014-03-08 08:44. 6 comments. 255 reads
 
I had few episodes of arrythmia a week ago and in hospital awaiting defib implant in 4 days. Having 2nd thoughts, fearful of shocks, dont think i can go thru with this. Would pacemaker suffice? Do not qualify fo like vest because episodes not ling enough.

Posted by benji on 2014-03-03 14:59. 3 comments. 103 reads
 
hi had my pacemaker installed on feb 18 on discharge got a real bad coughe brought up small amount of flem doctor said it was with medicine change should go away in couple days went to get pacemaker checked 3days later nurse was concerned about cough had doc change med straight away two days later cough was worse and my breathing was laboured lots of gurgling souds but nothing coming off went to emergency clinic they found i had a chest infection got antibiotics bringing lots of stuff now keeping my fingers crossed at 73 can't be too sure

benji

Posted by JHPM on 2014-03-03 00:38. 4 comments. 230 reads
 
I had my PM put in 9 days ago. I recently turned 40 and never dreamed I would need a PM at this stage in my life, but ended up in the ER with Total Heartblock and after 5-days of testing agreed to the PM. I was told I would have more energy, instead, I have none. Since the surgery, I feel like I only get energy in two-hour increments, then I am exhausted and need to lie down. Is this normal? I also had dizzy spells which when I called my surgeon about, he told me I shouldn't worry about. Should I worry about the dizziness and exhaustion or is it all normal?
I am so grateful for any feedback.

Posted by BHayes on 2014-03-02 16:57. 7 comments. 147 reads
 
I have 3rd degree AV Node block and have since birth. I have been feeling run down lately and starting to feel odd when I am in physical exercise situations. I posted in December requesting opinions on the decision to get a pacemaker now...before it became an emergency situation and the decisions are taken out of my hands.

I have scheduled my procedure for March 10th to receive a 2 lead Medtronics device. I have been reading many posts here in preparing myself on what to expect. Thanks to all of you for your postings to help those like me looking for experienced information.

Also, thanks to TraceyE, Theknotguy, and Jonny for their initial response in helping me confirm my initial decision in December.

Posted by jbjlll on 2014-03-02 13:29. 3 comments. 136 reads
 
A month ago had a Medtronic Pacemaker/Defibrillator implanted. Have noticed that since then I have had a problem being out of breath with the smallest activity. And find the unit is very uncomfortable. I am not new to implants. I had my first Medtronic device implanted in 2003 and the second in 2012. Never had trouble of any kind with either of them. Was walking up to 5 miles a day and was unaware of any problem until my checkup in December. Then a month later, after a cardiopsyiology study my pacemaker was replaced with a Pacemaker/Defibrillator. Just surprised that I am finding these problems after none for over 10 years. Any one else with similar experience?

Posted by lmcarey on 2014-02-28 08:09. 3 comments. 268 reads
 
So I am here on the behalf of my brother who is far from internet savy. He had a pace maker/ difib put in about a month ago. His recovery has been up and down and from what I have read that seems to be the norm. My question is about his feet, which is the reason they installed the device. He had been having major issue for about a year from losing a lot of weight to being tired all the time, then in November he noticed that his feet were off color. They looked a little blue and then in December they started to turn almost black in some spots. Spots on his feet look similar to what black mold looks like. This is when the docs did the push for the device. Everyone in the family expected the spots to go away after in implant but they ...


Posted by Angelcat on 2014-02-27 06:07. 9 comments. 295 reads
 
Hi there, I have only joined today and am hoping to learn all about my up and coming Pacemaker implant because of 12 years living with Atrial Fibrilitation. I have no idea what to expect and have no idea what the intended Pacemaker is likely to do. There is a waiting list of 10 to 16 weeks here in Truro so I have plenty of time to prepare for this op.
As I am 77 years old, my cardiologist/EP told me that after all the different medications I have been on over the years which do not seem to work any more, my only course of action is a pacemaker. What is involved, how long before I get back to my normal "full of life" self? Is there anything I will not be able to do after the op and for how long? I assume I will be briefed before the o...




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