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Posted by cindar on 2014-02-26 19:45. 4 comments. 169 reads
 
6 weeks ago my Pacemaker was implanted. Prior to the implant I had (in the past) taken Lisinopril 2.5 m with great success. My EP Cardio prescribed 5 ml Lisinopril but my BP has started to be higher than normal.
Is this a side effect of the Pacemaker?
When will the site discomfort and "bump" go away?
Help
Thanks

Posted by nickibsa on 2014-02-25 16:12. 6 comments. 259 reads
 
Hi there

I'm going in for my first pacemaker in 2 days time. I'm 20 years old and have been fainting regularly for about 7 years now. I've been to so many doctors over the many years, had MRI's (they found an arterial venous malformation and thought it could be the cause but no such luck), EEGs, ECGs and all sorts of tests. In the last 4 months, my resting heart rate has dropped noticeably. It's now in the low 40s and whilst i'm young, I am by no means extremely fit. So finally the one doctor recommended I do this tilt table test which we only recently got in my home town (it is quite small).

The test was a bit of a disaster - within 3 mins of being at 80 degrees I had passed out. I went into asystole for over 90 seco...


Posted by quickclick on 2014-02-25 13:40. 7 comments. 237 reads
 
Hello, I am a new pacemaker recipient, two leads. I had my surgery three weeks ago. How long is the recovery process and what are some restrictions on exercise?

Posted by cheshirealice on 2014-02-21 13:55. 3 comments. 145 reads
 
My surgery to replace my PM is finally set! Thank you especially to TracyE, Theknotguy, BillMFl, and everyone else that has given me advice or answered questions I've had.

I was able to finally get the 4 surgeons to agree on a date to change out this PM. It is currently in my abdomen and I need a cardiothoracic to open and take it out, I have a specialist cardiothoracic to make a side incision, my EP to assist with placement/put in new leads, and plastics to sew up my 3 incisions.

This is going to be a big surgery but I'm really excited. No more low impedance, no more random shocking, no more worries. Recovery is going to really suck with having cut abdominal muscles and be in a sling but I'm ready. I'm ready to go...


Posted by IronMike on 2014-02-19 19:35. 5 comments. 250 reads
 
Hey guys! Just got home from an overnight stay, glad to be done! They left the original generator in (st jude accent). I'm 25 years old. My doc opened me up and discovered what they had thought, fractures in both leads under the collarbone. They were un-repairable so they took them out. Luckily I've only had them for 2.5 years, so they were able to come out without laser assistance. Felt weird as hell though guys, pretty uncomfortable when they were tugging, but a huge relief when they came out. It's almost like you can feel tugging in your heart, and from the scar tissue that has formed around the wires a little bit. Like I said though, it didnt necessarily hurt, just uncomfortable for a few seconds while they pulled em out. They w...


Posted by Gigi200057 on 2014-02-19 09:17. 2 comments. 139 reads
 
On Nov. 23, I had surgery and a Biotronix Pacemaker was put in after me practically dying on the morning of the 18th. I feel so much better after going back for a checkup for the second time but, "on and off", I feel this stabbing sharp pain on the RS of the pacemaker, center chest, and it comes and goes for about 5 sec. It is not pleasant, it catches me and makes me feel worry. The last visit at the doctor's office was a success since she shut down the CLS and tone down the strength of the pacemaker. I am very thin on top, weigh 128 lbs, andI would like to build some muscles on top so that my back doesn't hurt at night so much. I sleep on my side usually, and do not know if all of these has something to do with my condition. If t...


Posted by Bryony on 2014-02-17 16:23. 8 comments. 348 reads
 
Hi, I had my PM 2 weeks ago. My work Occupational Health person suggested that I should use bio oil on the scar to improve it appearance for the future. She said it was ok to use very brisk deep kneading rubbing movements on the scar. I am worried about touching the scar especially so vigorously when it is so new and tender. Does anybody else treat the scar with anything?

I did some ironing today with my right hand and my scar felt a bit painful (left side). Can you tell if you have done any damage to the leads? Is it ok to lie on your left side in bed to go to sleep?
Thank you
Bryony

Posted by cindyredd on 2014-02-16 22:12. 10 comments. 298 reads
 
Hi everyone,

Well its been two months since I had ablation that did not work, pacemaker implant rule medtronics.
After one month of short of breath went back again to EP and finally got his attention,it was a slow day for him. HR was set at 70 I was sob sweating and just pooped out by two pm, he said I was pacing at 80% so he dropped me back to 60.
This time I waited thirty min in the office to see if there was a immediate change before I left the office. I felt better.. At least I stopped sweating.
Few things I do not know if this is normal for me having this PM now forever or its settings.. He the DR says the settings are just fine..

1. I am still short of breath on and off , I was not before all o...


Posted by PaulFromSydney2 on 2014-02-11 19:08. 13 comments. 304 reads
 
I am into my 4th week of recovery after PM put in.
Have been exercising e.g. hour walks up hills, stationary bike, stretches and all this feels great.
But recently got stressed with trivial stuff (organising some work, organising / booking a trip, overnight boat trip, etc) with multiple things demanding things be done with deadlines. Normally these would be fine, even enjoyable but I couldn't function (pain in the chest, weak, trouble breathing, needed to lie down / stop).
I'm due to get back to work next week but am concerned as likely high stress level.

Whilst it is likely I just need time to recover, I was questioning whether there could be PM settings (given Biotronik CLS) impacting what's happening. Intere...


Posted by Melcheski on 2014-02-11 17:53. 3 comments. 176 reads
 
Hi
I am a new member and looking for some information from people who have had a cardiac loop recorder inserted . I am 36 years old and scheduled to have one inserted tomorrow. I have for the past 4 years experienced intermittent episodes of passing out which generally happens through the night or early morning. I get some warning and manage to lay down but I still become unconscious. I have been out for quite a while most of the time that my body has gone into seizures. I am very dazed as confused for at times several days after and very tired. Thy have ruled out epilepsy and more leaning towards a cardiac cause. I have been through all the tests known to man!! ECG , EEG, video telemetry, 24 hr heart monitor several times but nothin...


Posted by bmccasland on 2014-02-11 15:49. 3 comments. 125 reads
 
I had a question concerning lifting weights and arm during post PM surgery. I was told not to lift over 25lbs and not to lift my arm above shoulder height for 4 weeks.Does these restrictions on the weight and raising the arm apply just to the PM side? Most people told me this is the case.

Posted by Kdalton on 2014-02-08 18:37. 2 comments. 108 reads
 
I am going in a few weeks to have my second PM implanted. My question is I had my first one implanted under my arm and now have nerve damage and it has been causing me pain for the last 7 years because my pacemaker is sitting on my ribs (ouch!) I am having the surgeon move it so it doesn't cause me any pain for the next 7 years. Has anyone else had a similar experience? How long was recovery after they have moved it?? Thanks in advance!!

Posted by Commando42 on 2014-02-07 14:36. 2 comments. 217 reads
 
Hello all, I trust your doing well and making the most of life.

After my PM for symptomatic bradycardia down to 23, with pauses and Escape Capture Bigeminy was cancelled twice In October and then again in November, I have had an interesting time. Progressively worsening, I went from running ultras last feb, to getting out of breath climbing the stairs. Following a referral to an EP at the great St Thomas' , I have been diagnosed as sick sinus syndrome. 3 weeks ago I had an MRI which thankfully was free from any structural defects.

Today I underwent an EP study, which interestingly was normal, annoyingly I've been in sinus for a week. Shame it wasn't done when I was brady with pauses or in escape bigeminy, think the...


Posted by Blackpoolmum on 2014-02-05 20:09. 5 comments. 203 reads
 
Had an replacement a week ago and I would like advice on how long before I can get the glue wet. I've managed to have a shower every day Without wetting it. Is a week long enough, I know it sounds a stupid question but when I got my original pm my scar split open and I don't want the same to happen again. When I left the hospital they told me two days before getting it wet a local pharmacist however told me two weeks.

Posted by seventeen82 on 2014-02-03 15:03. 9 comments. 305 reads
 
I just had my first pacemaker replaced. I have the old one and just looking for ideas of what to do with it. I've heard of prior turning it into a paperweight. I was thinking of creating some kind of jewelry with it to give my wife. Any ideas out had anyone done anything similar?

Posted by BillRussell on 2014-02-02 21:35. 8 comments. 188 reads
 
February 3 marks one month since my dear husband's PM implantation. To all of you who have helped us by answering a lot of questions I am very grateful. It has been a very scary journey over the past 4 weeks with a lot of complications for him. I will not take the time to enumerate here but one or two of you have shared private messages of encouragement and that has been invaluable to us. Today has been his best day so far--the first day he has had on clothing other than his robe and PJ's. His DVT in the left arm is slowly subsiding, his fever has gone away, his blood pressure is normal, his incision site has healed very nicely, and his appetite is improving. He has always had a beautiful smile, and I am seeing that smile more often ...


Posted by youngheart on 2014-01-28 12:10. 10 comments. 302 reads
 
Hi Everyone,

I am only 21 and I have been told I need a pacemaker. I am a little nervous because it has all happened so quickly. I have had lots of tests done including a halter monitor over christmas and was told my heart stops for around 12 seconds. I now have a date to have my pacemaker implanted and I don't know what to expect? Will it be along recovery and how will it effect my life? Am I the youngest person to have a pacemaker fitted?

Thank you in advance everyone!

Posted by holagirl19 on 2014-01-28 01:27. 4 comments. 217 reads
 
Hello! So glad I found your group! I recieved a pacemaker 1 week ago, and was released from the hospital 5 days ago. I asked the assistant, then the Cardiologist, then the nurse for information about the pacemaker. All I got was it was a biotronik permanent pacemaker with two wires for my complete heart block. When I went for my wound check today, I asked the office staff again. They were short handed and said would get back to me but most people don't get a card. But from what I've read this isn't true. What should I do? I've felt dizzy today and want to know it can be checked if need be. Thank you!

Posted by tuckersmimi on 2014-01-25 22:38. 1 comments. 152 reads
 
My elderly dad will be having a PM implanted very soon.
I am an only child so I am the one he depends on for everything. My mom is deceased.
He does have a caretaker that comes 8 hours a day 5 days a week.
He still lives alone, however I live across the driveway from him.
I know nothing about pacemaker surgery or the recovery time.
I am planning to be out of the country for 12 days starting the middle of March.
This will be about 6 weeks after the pacemaker has been in.
Will this be enough recovery time for me to leave him in charge of the caretaker or should I cancel my trip now. Advice please.

Posted by nato on 2014-01-24 09:55. 2 comments. 175 reads
 
Hi All,

My son had his pacemaker when he was 8mths old.He is now 21 mths old and has a natural heart beat of 30-44Bpm when checked at his last interrogation with his pacemaker turn off.

Question,

With that low heart rate and his pacemaker off,at the age of 8yrs will his heart beat drop below that value seeing that he will be a a toddler?

If his heart beat is lower than 30-44bpm,how will they facilitate changeout of his PM with that low heart beat and keeping him alive?

Did anyone had the experience with a heart beat in that range and went lower than when they get older?If YES,what was their average value?

Appreciate your response...



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