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Posted by natlat on 2016-03-22 10:47. 1 comments. 133 reads
 
Just had a very successful ablation for exercise induced VT last Tuesday. Doc was able to induce the VT on the table and than ablate. I have an ICD and prior to the ablation was on 80 mg of Sotalol which made me feel terrible and made exercise difficult. I am 40 and felt like I was 80! So I found a specialist who was able to help me. I am on a very low dose of Nadalol (20mg) for the next 5 weeks while my heart heals. Then I will have a stress test without the Nadalol and hopefully come off all meds together.

Anyone else have a successful ablation for VT? Are you able return to activity?

Hope to hear from you!
Natasha

Posted by VtPacer on 2016-03-22 05:25. 4 comments. 312 reads
 
Good evening. I am Kathleen, and I am scheduled for an echocardiogram on Thurs, and a pacemaker soon after.

I have been feeling lousy. I also have arthritis, (inflammatory) and was scheduled for foot surgery as I have a torn tendon, but that is on hold because of my heart issues. I have had a lot of periods of pauses, 2.5 seconds, and my heart dipped to 24 a few days ago, during the afternoon when I was up and around. I felt like heck, I'll tell you. Out of breath, etc, dizzy, faint, pale, and nauseated. I have pulsatile tinnitus as well, so I hear when the heart beat is not right.

I will be having this procedure soon, and I was wondering if it is normal to be sent home afterwards right after the surgery? They told me...


Posted by TickTock-UK on 2016-03-17 11:05. 6 comments. 203 reads
 
Hi All,

I had the OP yesterday, I am now home, and now feeling very sore...
I had a lump removed from my neck about 5-6 inches away from my PM..All went very well, no problem with them using the Bipolar EC knife..This is now used for all ops with pacemakers in my hospital..
Glad I looked into it, with the help from Don..Doc wanted to turn it off!!..NO way I said, as I have complete heart block..Anyway not up to doc..we got it sorted..
So anyone waiting for op check with your doc.how / what they are going to do and use...

Best Len..



Posted by odonicola on 2016-03-16 20:05. 6 comments. 482 reads
 
Hi all. I am 18 years old and had a pacemaker fitted on the first of February 2016 due to complete heart block. My symptoms were dizziness, weakness, becoming tired and weak after any small amount of activity and just overall feeling like I was hit by a bus. I had an ECG and it was very abnormal and I was then diagnosed with 3rd degree heart block. I am now seven weeks over this surgery and I am still feeling weak and tired after any small activity. The dizziness only occurs when I take long walks or do a lot of activity. A few weeks after the surgery they upped the pace to 60 due to these feelings. Today I walked my dogs and then showered them and for the rest of the day I was extremely weak and tired and was forced to go to bed because o...


Posted by themcgrooveyz on 2016-03-16 17:40. 5 comments. 232 reads
 
Hello, my 75 year old father is having pacemaker upgrade surgery tomorrow. I see that when he first had his pacemaker placed it was a 2 hour surgery, tomorrow it is scheduled for 3 hours. I am wondering if there is a greater risk to having upgrade surgery? I just lost my brother unexpectedly and have found that I have become very fearful. Thank you- SA


Posted by TickTock-UK on 2016-03-15 18:42. 4 comments. 176 reads
 
Hi All,

Big day tomorrow for me op on my neck less than six inches away from my PM..

Not looking forward to it..

But thanks to Don for info..Looks like it will now be Bipola EC..Will let you know how I get on..

Len

Posted by j2m1h2 on 2016-03-09 02:04. 1 comments. 193 reads
 
Because of my awesome insurance plan I am having to foot a lot of my medical costs, a friend of mine encouraged me to start a GoFundMe page and as much as I hated to be in the situation where I needed to beg for help I started one. Does anyone know of any support pages or groups where I can post my link in order to hopefully get some help? If so maybe message me some links if you can't post as a reply.

Posted by j2m1h2 on 2016-03-09 01:43. 5 comments. 300 reads
 
My PM surgery ended about 6pm on 3/2, I got tomorrow for a 1wk follow up but I am still experiencing quite a bit of pain, is this normal? A lot of people I saw said they were fine a few days later.

Posted by Worried on 2016-03-07 23:26. 10 comments. 277 reads
 
Hi...my daughter was diagnosed with 3rd degree heart block at 5 months. They are not sure why! Anyways she has been getting regular check ups every 3 months and today I was told that her sleep lowest rate has dropped to 32/min and she had a few pause for 3 sec. They want to put a pace maker that runs only when she needs it. Any one with little kids who went thru this? How is the operation? Recovery? Any complications? I guess I'm still in shock!!' Thanks

Posted by shellybean on 2016-03-04 10:52. 1 comments. 250 reads
 
im a 33year old female who has had 6 surgeries already and been diagnosed with many diseases.i dont think any of them have been right thus far tho.after repeated imaging thier saying they see 2mass in my abdomen that they think are ovaries.the issue is i had both of mine removed because they were imbedded in my body over 3 years ago.my pain is severe and never stops.i was diagnosed with gastroparesis withtin months of my ovary removal. i also started to get sores all over my body that have localized to my head since then.theydont have answers for any of it,my speciailst now thinks surgery is to risky.but living like this isnt a fun option,anyone who has wny suggestions please help.i wondered if what thier seeing where my ovaries were could...


Posted by dummyup on 2016-03-02 13:18. 12 comments. 581 reads
 
Hello,
I am new to the club and hoping for some info that will help calm my nerves a little. I am 59 years old, and will be receiving my PM this Friday. I have had a lot of the anxiety and apprehension that I have read about from other folks. I have been diagnosed with bradycardia. I am wanting to know from some of you on what to expect in the first 6 to 8 weeks. What general symptoms, good or bad. I am still trying to come to grips with this, and like many, probably not dealing with it very well. I know this procedure is performed to help, but part of me says what if it does not and I have made a mistake. I know it is probably the best thing, but when doubt creeps in sometimes, it allows for very negative thinking. Thanks fo...


Posted by Chinswimmer157 on 2016-03-02 06:36. 3 comments. 234 reads
 
Hello everyone,

So next week I have my S-ICD implanted and I'm a little nervous because I don't like needles and the fact that I'm going to be cut. So when you have the surgery did anyone feel a lot of pain? How long was recovery? And how long do you stay in the hospital?
Any insights would be great.

Posted by HeartbeatsNharmony on 2016-02-29 04:37. 6 comments. 219 reads
 
Are there any people around my age that have some type of equipment for their HEART or in it ? I started having Vtach episodes and passing out when I would go into VTACH so my cardiologist diagnosed me with prolonged qt syndrome cause still unknown. We're currently waiting on genetic test results. I just had a dual lead defibrillator pacemaker combo put in 7days ago. I was just wondering if any other younger bionic hearts are on this forum. I look forward to talking with everyone on Here.
ASHLEY

Posted by Bill3937 on 2016-02-27 17:29. 6 comments. 347 reads
 
I have been using a dual chamber pacer for 15 years. Recently my doc believes I would benefit going to a Bi Ventricle 3 lead pacer. I had surgery yesterday and he was unable to insert the third lead due to only one area open. Other veins are apparently damaged when I had open heart surgery back in 1998 with a valve replacement. So now I have my third pacer and still no Bi Ventricle pacing. Current doc admits that he does not have the skill to insert in the correct place due to my unique anatomy but knows another who can. The doctor is at another hospital. My current doctor is very experienced and has done hundreds of pacer and lead insertions. My question should I wait another 6 - 10 years and have someone else try to insert then or go for...


Posted by Longqtmom on 2016-02-27 05:57. 1 comments. 241 reads
 
I had a dual chamber pacemaker and difib implanted yesterday. I'm feeling great on my incision spot but I keep getting this fluttering feeling in my chest. Is that normal? It doesn't hurt but raises my anxiety which probably doesn't help.
I am so terrified of getting an internal shock after having so many external in the hospital.

I don't want to call my doc all the time for nothing but it's making me uncomfortable.

Thank you.

Posted by zee on 2016-02-25 17:09. 5 comments. 381 reads
 
Hi guys,

I was hoping anyone has suggestions or advice for me. I just found out that I have a complete heart block which is congenital. I have visited the cardiologist, and although I am asymptomatic he recommends I get a PM put in just in case I do start showing symptoms or in the advent of complete heart failure.

This condition has never really affected my life, it was a fluke that I discovered it too. I am 29 years old and feel like getting a PM, at this age especially since I don't have any degeneration symptoms, is necessary. Of course the cardiologist said it is completely my decision and he can only recommend and he understands why I feel the way I do, but insists I should think about it.

Is there an...


Posted by momsie2 on 2016-02-23 08:48. 4 comments. 267 reads
 
I was wondering if it is ok for my pace maker to be moving around while I bend over and/or turn over, while in bed. Also, while the pacer is moving about, can that cause the leads to disconnect? I am new at this, since February 2016 and quite worried and concerned! So if someone can get back to me, a.s.a.p., I would greatly appreciate it, since my post doctor appointment is not for another six weeks, I believe!!!!!

Posted by odonicola on 2016-02-22 11:37. 2 comments. 258 reads
 
Hi all, I'm 18 and had a pacemaker put in 3 weeks ago due to complete heart block. My symptoms were dizzyness, weakness and a resting heart rate of 42. I'm 3 weeks over the surgery and I'm feeling extremely dizzy, lightheaded and weak. Any ideas on what this could be? I had to leave college early today due to these symptoms :(

Posted by smiling_kid on 2016-02-18 09:31. 9 comments. 320 reads
 
I can't imagine myself in this situation, I am extremely nervous about my PM implantation in about a week. Apparently I have a 3rd degree HB, and asymptomatic Brady. I feel my life is never gonna be the same. I want to cry but can't seem to find time in between the nervousness. I feel like I'm broken. Is that normal? I feel like I'm not going to be me. Obviously I'm having a hard time coming to grips with the reality of its finality. My denial helped me a lot until it had to pat me on the back and go, "Dude, can't do nothing else for you". Like I'm only in my early thirties.....man this sucks.

Posted by leigha on 2016-02-16 18:24. 3 comments. 388 reads
 
So I'm 35 years old and was told 10 years ago I needed a pacemaker. I ended up asymptomatic for the last 10 years but symptoms returned and here I am 1 week post op.
I'm wondering about a couple of things. When they say don't lift arm up, how far do they mean? Like a 90 degree angle to my body or over my head? Can I use my left arm to push or pull? Also can I sleep on my left side?
I'm also having quite a bit of discomfort still. The md says its incisional pain but it's more sharp shooting pain into my breast. I'm thinking more nerve. I'm finding that wearing my bra constantly is helping alleviate some pain but md told me not to wear my bra. Any insight would be helpful. I have a 7 year old do it's just hard to sit and do nothin...




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