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Posted by etmichelleh on 2015-02-09 22:50. 15 comments. 435 reads
 
I don't think I am.

Back from the 6 day business trip yesterday. For three days in a row, I had to be standing, talking and moving around all day. I was doing fine. I had a minor symptom one night, but just my usual, not so serious symptom---feel some pressure on my chest, can hear people speaking but not able to respond right away, and then my face flushes when the symptom is gone. I even started to think if it's my head making it happen as I was just wondering if I really need a PM several hours prior to that.

This morning I went to my pre-op appointment. I asked again if I really need one. I saw in this club many people have more serious symptoms! I have only completely passed out 5 or 6 times in my 47 y...


Posted by glowiegirl on 2015-02-08 18:19. 2 comments. 109 reads
 
I hope everyone who helped me gets to see this message. Pacemaker club has the BEST people to help you through all this!

My St Jude QUADRA is in and it looks good. I feel fine--swelling and pulling of course--but that will abate. Don't know if it worked yet to alleviate all my previous symptoms, but I 'm thinking it might take time for my heart to get back up from the RF of 25%. Some dizziness still. Will see the doc for post visit next Friday. This time I will move my arm more so I hope there is no difficulty there.
Thanks to all again
gloria


Posted by jam44 on 2015-02-08 12:32. 6 comments. 228 reads
 
Did anyone still get light headed after getting their pacemaker? I have had mine 4 days now.

Posted by Jamminceo on 2015-02-08 09:21. 1 comments. 152 reads
 
Hello Everyone,

My fiancee' has just completed her surgery on Tuesday and is still on the road to recovery. Issues she is facing is that she is feeling a swelling discomfort in her throat close to the site of the area. That wouldn't be related to air pocket problem or something more would it? She feels it when she is swallowing and breathing.

Posted by mdobeck on 2015-02-07 12:55. 6 comments. 265 reads
 
Just got my PM last Tuesday, i have beeb feeling lightheaded off and on and wondering if this is normal. I got mine for Bradycardia. Thanks for your information, glad to see this is a support site. I to was really nervous, always been very athletic and thought i took care of my heart!
Thanks! mdobeck

Posted by gzarotny on 2015-02-07 12:18. 4 comments. 144 reads
 
Can't Thank you enough for all the comments and tips on what to expect with my pacemaker surgery coming up this Monday. It made me feel much better and less scared. Now if I can just keep my stress down till then, I know things will be ok. Hope you all don't mind if I keep posting for support and help through this. It is so nice to know I can talk with great people who have been through this and experienced it first hand. Best advice ever in my book. Have a great day and any other tips would be greatly appreciated. :-)



Posted by gzarotny on 2015-02-06 17:13. 9 comments. 215 reads
 
Getting ready to have a pacemaker inserted on Monday (02/09/15) for complete heart block (need two leads). I am scared to death about the procedure and what it will look like after. I am in very good physical shape and have never had a surgery like this. Will it show terribly after it has healed, what should I expect from those out there with experience in this. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.

Posted by seenu302 on 2015-02-06 10:39. 8 comments. 203 reads
 
Hello everyone,
I had my surgery on 11/25. No complications. Doc told me to resume everything after 1/15 visit.The area around my PM is still tender. Just wondering how long it would take for that tenderness to go away.

Thanks
Sri

Posted by Trinurse on 2015-02-05 11:32. 2 comments. 136 reads
 
A newbie to a group that none of us wanted to join. I'm a retired healthcare professional, so I knew a lot about what to expect. I'm also a Triathlete who has completed an Ironman. What can I expect about getting back to training. I want my life back, and hope that this will really make a difference. Have been pretty inactive over the last year due to the fatigue and SOB, but worry that my rate has only been set at 130 and may be restrictive.. My EP MD states that I am only the second athlete he has seen with my problem, but he has been very supportive and he really does listen to me. Any thoughts out there about swimming open water or racing a bike in the aero position? A little afraid of crashing on the bike now.


Posted by Jaydonsmum on 2015-01-30 00:40. 5 comments. 283 reads
 
I just had my pacemaker resisted under my muscle (Monday 26th) still in a lot of pain, unable to move arm easily, turn over in bed etc. how long will this last roughly pls?xx

Posted by splendid1 on 2015-01-25 18:21. 8 comments. 253 reads
 
I have an implantation coming up.
1. Can someone tell me what to expect the day of and in recovery?
2. What brand of double lead PM do you recommend; which one to avoid?
3. Tell me about the process of regulating the PM after procedure.

Posted by lizs101 on 2015-01-24 22:38. 2 comments. 225 reads
 
My diagnosis is A-Fib and flutter. I have had two ablations and several Cardioversions. I have a problem taking antiarrhythmic drugs due to the side effects. The latest one tried was Tikosyn which I started last week without severe side effects but have felt absolutely lousy since I started it. I went in Thursday for a 1 week follow-up EKG and the Doctor's office called Friday expressing concern because the pause between my heartbeats is continuing to increase in length. They do not feel the Tikosyn is working or right for me and want to do an AV Ablation and pacemaker. It is probably irrational on my part but this scares me. I have no idea what to expect and am looking for some information.

I guess I am looking for any ...


Posted by T.T. on 2015-01-24 21:41. 2 comments. 128 reads
 
Have anyone had a cardiac ablation and if so, has it bettered your condition at all???

Posted by Grateful Heart on 2015-01-23 09:00. 1 comments. 105 reads
 

Good luck today with your surgery.....it's almost over.

Let us know how everything went, you'll be fine.

Grateful Heart

Posted by Darine on 2015-01-21 22:26. 3 comments. 248 reads
 
Hi ,I just had a pacemaker and I am very concerned on how it is going to affect my job.My job is very physical .I am a massage and skin care therapist .does anyone know people in the same field with pacemaker?thank you

Posted by tessenne on 2015-01-21 01:26. 12 comments. 311 reads
 
My doc used super glue to hold my outermost incision together. I am one week out from the procedure and it is peeling off in large strips. Underneath is dry and no blood or pus or anything to suggest it is not healing quite well. Should I just let it come off as it chooses, even if it is all gone by end of week? Or should I call the EP and ask if he wants to look at it?

Posted by etmichelleh on 2015-01-20 17:46. 1 comments. 106 reads
 
Hi,

I just got back from my doctor's appointment. I'm very lucky to have a great cardiologist. He is very patient and answered all my questions.

Many thanks to all the support I got from this club here. Just want to leave this post to let the new comers know that you've come to the right place!

Michelle

Posted by Suz on 2015-01-20 12:19. 8 comments. 394 reads
 
Hi-New member here. I'm a 43 year old female who had her first pacer implant this past Friday (1/16/15) for symptomatic bradycardia and multiple syncopal episodes. Recovery is going well so far, but I'm still unclear on how high I can raise my arm on the implant side? Can I raise my upper arm to a 90 degree angle to my body? The nurse just said, "not above your head for two weeks", but I'm seeing conflicting info on the internet. Thank you all. I am glad this forum is here!

Posted by etmichelleh on 2015-01-19 19:33. 6 comments. 325 reads
 
Hi, it's me again. :)

The more I read the posts here, the more I think I overlook the whole thing. All I knew before was that I am to get a device and I won't be afraid of fainting when driving ever again. It seems I should have been more prepared but I'm not.

I'm going to have a pre-op consultation when my surgery date approaches, but I managed to squeeze in another appointment with my cardiologist tomorrow. Any suggestions on what questions I should ask my doctor?

I am going to ask him if he's going to secure my device with stitches. My device is going to be Medtronic. It's going to be the MRI tolerable one. My doctor knows I would like to play competitive badminton again so he mentioned something ...


Posted by Busdriver on 2015-01-18 23:13. 5 comments. 178 reads
 
I've read several posts regarding the manner in which the surgeon made the incision on his patient when implanting the pacemaker. Many people have disclosed their scar is either horizontal or vertical. My PM scar is diagonal on the left side of my chest. If I were to draw a line from my left armpit to the left side of my neck, the scar would be parallel with that. I was just wondering if it really matters which way the incision is made, or maybe it's just the surgeon's "signature" move.



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