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Posted by Raphe on 2016-04-17 21:47. 2 comments. 290 reads
 
I had a pacemaker fitted four days ago and there is now swelling round the wound as well as significent bruising on my chest, brest, shoulders and arms but no pain.

Is this usual

Posted by mcallahan on 2016-04-15 14:23. 2 comments. 262 reads
 
Today is my 4th day after CRT-D surgery and each day is better that the one previous. I wasn't expecting a lot of pain post-surgery and for the most part I haven't had much. Nights are uncomfortable as expected but the pain is manageable(though it has it's moments). What I was not expecting was the extreme fatigue that I have experienced. By the time late afternoon rolls around I feel like I have hit a brick wall. I'm hoping that gets better. The baseball they inserted into my left shoulder(swelling) has shrunk to about the size of a golf ball now and the tightness in the area gets better every day.

Posted by Raan on 2016-04-15 03:46. 3 comments. 250 reads
 
This is my first post. I am a 56 year old male. Had heart attack and heart block both. They put ICD about a month ago. I feel my heart beat a few times almost every night. In addition, I feel short of breath even after one or two minute walk. So I am not able to walk more than four or five minutes everyday. Is it normal to feel 1) heart beat and 2) short of breath even after one month? I was in the hospital for a month. I came home after surgery about two weeks ago. After ICD they readmitted me due to vtach that is why I came back home only two weeks ago even though I had ICD one month ago. Please help as I am very nervous about not being able to walk and feeling my heart beating at night.

Posted by Tonydavid on 2016-04-12 14:43. 8 comments. 419 reads
 
Hi folks….can you describe for me the restrictions I will have in the movement of my arm after pacemaker surgury? I am having implant on Monday! I am 57 year old active person. I am wondering if I will be able to do dishes, tie shoes, open mail, drive etc. How long will I be restricted? Thanks so much!

Posted by Tonydavid on 2016-04-12 03:21. 5 comments. 234 reads
 
Hi. Getting Pacemaker (one lead) implant on Monday. I am 57, active, with Afib and Tachy/Brady. I play basketball a couple times a week. Any guesses on how long I will be off the court and when I can resume playing?

Posted by Jemmima on 2016-04-10 22:35. 6 comments. 336 reads
 
While having pacmaker checked on Fri last, cardio not pleased with the readout of my PM which is spiking a lot and suggests Atrial fibrillation ablation which is fixing the electrics under general anaesthetic through my groin. Has anyone had this &what was recovery time. ? Thanks Jemmima


Posted by Pamasilu on 2016-04-05 04:15. 2 comments. 291 reads
 
It's taking a lot to post this but I feel like my "postpartum cardiomyopathy" was caused by me.. I dont believe my weakened heart muscle was caused by childbirth.. I suffered from extreme pica after I had my baby and I would be attracted to crazy smells like gasoline, markers, and what I think caused this spray paint enamel.. I hope I'm wrong about this.. Now I have an appt Friday to discuss having a pacemaker installed.. I'm so depressed..

Posted by Natalie36 on 2016-04-01 09:20. 2 comments. 256 reads
 
I had a box change last week. Yesterday my arm was very sore , sharp stabbing pain under my arm and there is a lump.
I think it might be sore as I have not used the arm much .
Also the wound is itchy and sore and the doctor used glue which is now coming off .
Has anyone else been through similar conditions .
Thanks Natalie

Posted by VtPacer on 2016-03-30 23:09. 3 comments. 386 reads
 
I had my dual lead pacemaker put in yesterday. I have a pain patch for inflammatory RA, and that is changed every 3 days. After the procedure, and the sedation wore off, I experienced, and am still experiencing, severe pain if my arm hangs down, or gets into a strange position. I have ice on the incision, and it is leaking a bit of blood constantly. Not much. My concern is that last night, the recisdent would not treat me for pain, not even with ibuprofen until I fought hard and explained my pain level. My bp was high, and I was in tears I was in so much pain. I finally got some Toradol IV, which is IV Ibuprofen. ( I am a nurse). I slept fitfully, and never did get on top of the pain, and it was at times a 9/10. Has anyone else had this ...


Posted by Pm on 2016-03-29 01:37. 4 comments. 783 reads
 
Hi all and happy Easter! Just had pacemaker (two leads) installed two weeks ago today and wondering why I'm having what I think are serious episodes of coughing when I stand up and move around a bit and sometimes it's coupled with extreme lightheadedness. It all comes and goes. Saturday was a very difficult day for me all day with the above symptoms, Sunday was a super great day. Didn't cough almost all day and felt normal. Then today I woke up feeling nauseous, lightheaded and back to the coughing as soon as I stand up and start to move around. It lasted till 2:30 and then the fainting feeling disappeared and I felt much better even though the cough was still present. Went to the doctor and after doing an EKG, said he pacemaker is...


Posted by jim47 on 2016-03-29 00:27. 0 comments. 282 reads
 
hi everybody this is my second attempt at a message i hope its okay .i'll tell it from the start.since my early 20's i suffered from palpatations never bothered me at all, then 1 day during my lads football match 4 years ago i was helping set up for the game i was moving a set of portable goals felt my chest tightening collapsed due to cardiac arrest was given defib shock . i was told then i had ( wolf,white,parkinson syndrome ).i've had 2 attempted ablasions 1 i think was successful,the second attempt was like its is exploritory if we find anything we will fix it, they actually set off my icd on the second attempt because the ablasion tool touched the wall of my heart.my icd was fitted shortly afterwards.2 years ago i stopped playing five...


Posted by jwrobb on 2016-03-28 13:48. 5 comments. 394 reads
 
Im a 49 yo male. Im getting a CRT-Defib installed on April 7th. This all came out of no where when i went to Dr about my arm that i hurt working out. they talked me into a physical and then said my ekg didnt look right and sent me cardiologist. My EF cam back at 29% after an echo. they did a heart cath but said my arteries are clean. I forget what they called it, but the left and right sides of my heart are not synchronized like they should be causing my heart to weaken. they put me on meds that might make the EF go up but they wont address the synchronization problem, thus the CRT-D. All of this in less than six months. I've never had any symptoms, so I guess I should count my blessings that it was discovered. But everything is ha...


Posted by BionicGirl on 2016-03-26 16:55. 0 comments. 404 reads
 
Since my pacemaker surgery last April, I have fainted twice with the device and been having complications such as severe sharp stabbing pain at the site, and dizziness. My family and i have been struggling to find out what is the issue. Here i am thinking i can move on with my life a 23 year old senior in college trying to graduate and improve my quality of life. My electro cardiologist had no answers for me, so we decided to spend a week at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. For anyone experiencing pain or struggle i highly recommend Mayo Clinic. Not saying i didn't find an answer, however we found a way to move forward. This message is for anyone who has lost hope and doesn't know how to move forward. For me I didn't know if i could live a life i...


Posted by Walker02 on 2016-03-25 12:30. 4 comments. 396 reads
 
I had a pacemaker inserted on 09 March 2016. Still in considerable pain with shoulder and arm. Can anyone advise if this is normal, and if so, when can I expectl some improvement?
Thank you.

Posted by VtPacer on 2016-03-22 21:52. 9 comments. 567 reads
 
I have a question. I am to get this Pacemaker soon, as I have bradycardia and many long pauses between beats. (lowest pulse during the day a few days ago was 24, via a Holter reading).

Do you recommend wearing a medic alert bracelet and do you need to identify the brand and type of pacemaker on the medic alert tag? Thank you Kathleen

Posted by natlat on 2016-03-22 10:47. 1 comments. 148 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. 339 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. 219 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. 527 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. 252 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




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