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Posted by Shagood on 2014-10-08 00:15. 9 comments. 242 reads
 
I am having a pm put in Thursday. I have Atrial Flutter and tacky/Brady syndrome. although probably medicine induced. I have to be on channel blockers because of my rhythm and they tank my hr down In the 40's. So that's a terrible time and dr says this is the only thing to fix it. Alabation for the fluter is not a option as I have to many areas.
Anyways I somewhat nervous about this and looking for recovery time frames.
Thanks :)

Posted by broomfieldbill on 2014-10-05 19:35. 10 comments. 392 reads
 
I received my first pm a couple of months ago. Probably the biggest bother to me at this point has been the discomfort that I feel from having that thing inserted in my shoulder! Many times I don't notice it but other times it feels like a big bruise or maybe like having a cell phone taped REALLY tightly to the front of my left shoulder!

I'm just wondering if EVENTUALLY I body might "loosen up" a little around this foreign object and learn to live with it?...i.e. without (light) pain and discomfort....

Posted by Jess88 on 2014-10-05 01:57. 5 comments. 398 reads
 
I'm just a bit over a week recovering from getting my pacemaker implanted. Most of the last few days I'm only aware of the pacemaker because it was fairly traumatic of the realization that I needed one at the age of 26, but that's not my question.

Sometimes after light activity I feel an intense pressure on my upper chest. No arm, jaw, or back pain. It fades over the next ten minuets decreasing in severity. No big deal? I've been feeling it for the last few days and just figured it was adjusting to leads in my heart and I'd mention it to the doc on my appointment this Thursday for my two week check up.

But the last few nights have been hellish. Laying down to go to sleep I feel like a large elephant is sitting on my ...


Posted by campusstar on 2014-10-04 12:35. 3 comments. 235 reads
 
CRT-D installed on Oct.02/14 First night no problems. Second night when I lay down on my back I could feel a fluttering under my rib cage. I could actually see my stomach moving. Boom,Boom When I turned to my side it would stop. When I stood up it stopped. Any thoughts to what is causing this. Kinda freaking me out.

Posted by NannyG on 2014-10-03 12:16. 3 comments. 173 reads
 
I had my loop recorder inplanted yesterday. I was told I need to wait to shower for up to 10 days or until I go back for my wound check. Is this the norm?

Posted by Chelley on 2014-10-02 00:36. 4 comments. 223 reads
 
Six weeks ago I had a Hystrectomy, when I woke up the cardio doctors were trying to decide if a PC was needed. It was decided that maybe it was temporary. It was not. Yesterday I got a PC, I am 43 on no meds other that the pain meds and antibotics for PC. Today, the St. Jude rep came in to review and said my PC was pacing 30% over night. While reading, I started sweating a lot . I got calming and had to lay back down. He then put the devise again to make sure my HR was still normal. It was 72. He said his reader would not cause sweating. Anyone have that issue? I am new to all this and thank you for any answers in advance. Chelley

Posted by njp on 2014-10-01 01:13. 7 comments. 324 reads
 
I have a terrible time undergoing certain procedures and go into panic mode!

Twice I have had MRI procedures halted or stopped before the imaging was complete because I started going into a panic attack and felt like I was going to have cardiac failure!

For those of you that have had the implant done, do they administer sedatives prior and during the procedure? Is it similar to the sedatives you get when you undergo a colonoscopy or heart cath? I can handle that!

I'm just terrified of confined, enclosed spaces or having to lay completely flat on a table if I am awake.

Appreciate your input.

Posted by Pacey_23 on 2014-09-29 22:28. 14 comments. 468 reads
 
I just had a pacemaker put in today, and did not expect it to hurt THIS MUCH!! I can't sleep, or find any comfortable position - my whole left arm and shoulder feels completely frozen up and any movement is agony. It's less than 24 hours since they've done the procedure, so obviously it's really recent, and I am taking the recommended painkillers but it's just not achieving anything. Is this sort of pain normal? How long can I expect it to last? And does anyone have any tips for dealing with the pain/ getting comfortable?

Cheers :-)

Posted by mehr on 2014-09-29 03:45. 4 comments. 232 reads
 
Hi I have a dual chamber metronics pacemaker since 2005 . now my doc is recommending biotroniks. I have has a very good experience with metronics device no issues whatsoever. please give me you feedback on which company pacemakers are better, should i switch to biotroniks.

Posted by tex on 2014-09-28 15:00. 7 comments. 282 reads
 
I'm into the 6th month after insertion and my scar is still tender and itchy...any suggestions?

Posted by Martha on 2014-09-25 22:10. 6 comments. 280 reads
 
I am a 2 time breast cancer survivor......I will be getting the first mammogram since having my pacemaker implanted in March this year....My question is whether I will have any problem with getting a mammogram since I have a pacemaker, since I believe the pacemaker is metal? I'd like to hear from someone who gets mammograms. Thanks!

Posted by njp on 2014-09-25 19:16. 9 comments. 293 reads
 
Hello,
I am a first-timer here. I hope that I'm posting my question within the right group.

Although I am new to Pacemakers and/or ICD's, I am not new to heart issues. I have undergone three (3) Open-Heart Surgeries and I have two mechanical heart valves.

My issues began at the age of 24; I am now 63 years old and very fortunate to be alive!

After my last OHS in 2006, I started having A-fib issues and they have progressively gotten worse. My cardiologist is now thinking of implanting a Pacemaker.

Trouble is, I live in New Mexico and my doctor is in Houston, TX (THI). I am scheduled to fly on the 26th of Oct, have the Holter-Monitor put on Monday, the 27th and then meet with the doc...


Posted by cabbie on 2014-09-24 12:34. 2 comments. 265 reads
 
So I am seven weeks post implantation with my first CRT-D. I've really had trouble sleeping since day one, as I can't get into a comfortable position with my CRT-D. I also notice that since about the first month I've been having episodes of shortness of breath, but not as bad as I used to have pre-implant. I also still get tired walking fairly short distances but not as much as I used to. I try to be reasonable and tell myself I am still adjusting to the CRT-D.

What worries me is that my EP found PVCs on interrogation last Monday. We hadn't noted any during the three previous interrogations we had done. He turned on the trigger mode and advised me to increase my carvedilol dose. I only recall one ECG pre-implant where I had ...


Posted by marypryce on 2014-09-23 08:56. 2 comments. 173 reads
 
Hello everybody
Im 65 with Id dilated cardiomyopath diagnosed in2010 on optimum meds. In last 6 months I have got to feel increasingly awful and I asked if a pacemaker would help anyway they did some more tests and my EF was low and last Friday the NHS gave me a Meditronic viva Quad. How soon will I start to feel any better as this is a last ditch stand,between me and having to give up work. I need to carry on but if this does not improve things i will not be able to.
Very bruised and sore but don't feel any different still v tired and lethargic able to walk a little further but no miraculous improvement. What can I expect???

Posted by maile.ogden on 2014-09-23 00:14. 1 comments. 194 reads
 
I just received an emergency pacemaker last month. I can tell when it takes control and paces It hurts and about 10 minutes later I feel light headed. Is this normal?

Posted by Colton on 2014-09-22 12:22. 4 comments. 255 reads
 
Hello all. Just had pacemaker installed one week ago and am finally back home. It all came as a shock to me as I was feeling fine with no obvious indicators leading up to my blacking out. Turns out I had a low heart rate. I am 69 years old and was an active person exercising regularly. My question is whether others have experienced discomfort after sneezing or coughing soon after implant?

Posted by scarheart on 2014-09-19 15:33. 10 comments. 238 reads
 
Hello,

Was wondering who has had a 2nd Ablation? I had my 1st surgery
about a year and a couple of months ago. We have been trying to get me on Medications that will keep me from going into Atrial Fib. Seems like all we have tried have failed to keep me from Fib events and the side effects are hard for me to tolerate. Am currently on Sotalol 120 mgs in am and pm. Feel like the walking dead and have back and shoulder pain. I have a Pacemaker put in around the same time and have finally got that regulated. Paced at 60 beats per minute and had the test turned off. My Dr. has been willing to work with me on medications but it seems all he wanted to do is give me more medications on top of what I am currently taking.

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Posted by lauram65 on 2014-09-16 23:20. 5 comments. 286 reads
 

Weight gain..... I have gained 7 lbs in a month after getting my implant. I walk 7 MILES A DAY. I have been eating a lot of comfort food, but it's what I am craving. I thought the walking would balance that out. Has anyone else had problems with weight gain post-surgery?



Posted by mike77 on 2014-09-16 21:13. 11 comments. 318 reads
 
Hi Everyone,

I'm new here, and recently have been diagnosed with neurocardiogenic syncope. I'm in my mid-30's and had a tilt table test done recently. I passed out around 13 minutes and flatlined for 10 seconds. My cardiologist is recommending I get a pacemaker very soon.

I have no history of fainting. I have been getting a slight dizzy feeling the past month or so, but never have come close to passing out. I'm going to see an EP soon, and just want to get a second opinion.

I'd rather not get a pacemaker, but I understand the reasoning and insurance it provides me. I'm a bit concerned about the recovery time and the aggravation it might cause. I'm a big stomach and slide sleeper as well.


Posted by djw378 on 2014-09-13 20:57. 5 comments. 273 reads
 
In the next two weeks, I am having a St. Jude Lead extracted. I am also going to Disney World in 8 weeks. I wanted to check to see how everyone felt after a lead extraction. My doctor gave me the green light, but I'm nervous about such a demanding trip so soon.

I had a lead capped and another lead inserted about two years ago . (Yes, second St. Jude lead to fail). I was back to work in about a week. Just wanted to get some other people's thoughts.



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