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Posted by jjiggers on 2015-04-17 20:23. 4 comments. 241 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. 269 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. 181 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. 217 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. 285 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. 481 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. 112 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. 271 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. 379 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. 197 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. 457 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. 448 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...


Posted by JoFosqk226 on 2015-03-18 07:31. 2 comments. 275 reads
 
Hi everyone! I've been having a very rough 3 months. Almost constant tachycardia, lots of a fib that triggers my defibrillator, dizziness, etc. It got to the point where getting out of bed would have my heart go into the 160's and trigger the a-fib. So I got an ablation done yesterday. I feel amazing!!! Totally different! Except for one thing.... I am having massive amounts of chest pain. Don't get me wrong, I am thrilled I can walk to the restroom without needing to take a break half way there. But this pain is something else. My ablation took about 4 hours, and I was conscious the whole time, and of course I felt everything. I'll get to my questions, finally. If you have long QT, did your ablation help, or did you have to get it rep...


Posted by braveheart on 2015-03-14 22:18. 5 comments. 305 reads
 
I have the pacemaker put on yesterday. Heart rate is adjusted from low 30s to 55-60bmp. Blood pressure was about 133/77 Everything seems alright, no fever. I was discharged and sent home today (2nd day).

After I had dinner - warm foods and salad (not fridge cold but room temperature salad), I went to bed falling asleep. Then I woke up felt very cold (room temperature was at 22.5C), checked my blood pressure it was high -159/100. I started to feel very scared. Maybe I didn't dress warm, or maybe I was so anxious.

Has anyone experienced this? Is this normal?

Thanks for your comment.

Braveheart


Posted by amlanda78 on 2015-03-14 18:51. 4 comments. 311 reads
 
Last Monday I had my pacemaker generator changed. I had my old generator for 8 years. I am 100% pacemaker dependant. I do not have a sinus node. I am 36 years old. I have been through a lot, medically, through the past 10 years. Before I received my pacemaker 8 years ago, I had about 8 surgeries in 1 year. All related to my heart. I handle things very well and do not dwell on things I cannot control. After having my surgery on Monday, I returned to work on Thursday. I am a kindergarten teacher. For some reason I am in a lot of pain. I do not recall all this pain the last time I had the surgery. My cardio thoracic surgeon did remove a lot of scar tissue. He also took the old scar out and made a new one. Is pain normal? Like I said, I am wor...


Posted by gordon on 2015-03-13 07:07. 5 comments. 346 reads
 
I have had a pacemaker since January 2015 and now l keep waking up about five o'clock in the. Morning fighting for breath which last for about a hour can any one help

Posted by savy453 on 2015-03-13 06:45. 3 comments. 259 reads
 
hi . i had 2 pacemakers installed since i was 4 2 .Well my second one thats been in my body for 6 years is infected i go see a specialist on tuesday. can't they just feed me with antibiotics and be done with it . i play sports and if a new one is installed won;t it come infected also because of my constant movement? tks bob

Posted by Sunshine65 on 2015-03-12 22:44. 5 comments. 287 reads
 
I am brand new to the site but having been reading messages and learning from everyone over the past year. I will be getting a pacemaker on Monday, March 16th and am both nervous and hopeful. I've been dealing with Neurocardiogenic syncope for a number of years now and the ILR I had implanted in April, 2014 has also detected bradycaridia as well. I'm nervous, scared and hopeful that the CLS pacemaker (which I have named Olaf) that will become one with me on Monday will make me feel better on so many levels, both physically and emotionally. I love reading everyone's thoughts on how they have adjusted to their pacemaker, got their lives back, etc,. I am scared and need to feel deep down that the pacemaker will give me my life back. M...


Posted by susieq1984 on 2015-03-11 20:52. 2 comments. 311 reads
 
Just wondering how long it takes to get my energy back. I got my dual chamber pm implanted on the 23 of March. I was cleared to exercise , just no lifting anything over 10lbs 4-6 weeks. I felt okay until I got on the treadmill and walked for 35 mins. at 3.4 ,mph. After that for the last 2 days I have felt that top of the roller coaster feeling and I can feel my own heartbeat. I called my nurse and she told me I would have a pm check this Friday morning. How long does it take to get used to exercise again and getting my heart rate up without feeling like my heart is racing all the time ? I take Toprol XL 25 mg a day and HCTZ 25mg every day and a baby asp at night. Any thoughts ? Should I just keep pushing with the walking ? Thank all of ...


Posted by Nbleisey@gmail.com on 2015-03-11 19:58. 2 comments. 235 reads
 
I just had my pacemaker implanted three weeks ago for vasovagal syncope. I never had issues with heart palpitations before and now I feel them fairly frequently. I had a couple of glasses of wine one evening and I had a lot of heart flutters the next morning. When I had my first device check, I told the nurse I had felt some fluttering sensations and she acted like it was nothing. Has anyone else experienced this? Should I go back to have it reset?



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