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Posted by pp on 2014-05-07 07:53. 4 comments. 130 reads
 
Pacemaker implanted 2010 is now infected. It appears my body is rejecting the device. I met with cardiologist yesterday and he said the device and leads must be removed. So i will have surgery May 09, 2014 to remove old pacemaker and leads on my right side. Then a new pacer will be implanted on my left side. Whew this will be my fourth device since 2004!

Posted by dave58 on 2014-05-06 14:50. 2 comments. 205 reads
 
Hello I am new to the forum. Last week arrived at hospital feeling
unwell felt as though i was going to pass out. After Ecg i was rushed
into resusitation and given intravenous drugs to increase my heart rate and stabilise it which was very eratic very high and very low.
It was explained to me i had Third degree heart block and needed
a pacemaker as emergency treatment. Felt a massive improvement
staight away but since returning home have felt very tired and sore
at times tight all across my chest. been to hospital for a further check up they said pacemaker is functioning ok. I have to take bisoprolol
2.5 mg for tackycardia caused by an enlarged heart. Doctor says
it is ok to take bisoprolol b...


Posted by melbee on 2014-05-06 10:17. 6 comments. 213 reads
 
I am getting my PM on May 15th for bradycardia that causes fatigue and swimmy head. (That is what I like to call it) I am a healthy, active 42 year old that loves to speed walk and do races. Every summer I participate in a walking program that gets us prepared for a 10 mile walk that takes place the end of August. During the summer we meet every Tuesday and walk several miles until we get up to the 10 mile mark. It starts today. Today is just a small walk and next week we walk 3 miles, then add around a mile every week. My question is, I am getting my PM on May 15th and just curious how long before I am going to feel up to walking with the group again. Will I be able to go at the speed I am use to or am I going to need to slow down. Wi...


Posted by CCBlock on 2014-05-05 23:44. 4 comments. 154 reads
 
Hi Everyone, I wont go into great detail about why I'm scheduled for PM on May 20th but I'll try to give the quick facts and hopefully someone can provide some advise. I'm 32, female, I have 2nd degree type I AV Block as a result of the EP causing damage to my AV node during the last Ablation. And though 2nd degree type I should be benign and symptom free, that I certainly am not. So they have told me that the only way to treat my symptoms and increase my heart rate is to place a PM. They've already had to take me off my calcium channel blocker as it was slowing my conduction further, but I'm still on flecanaide to treat my Atrial tachycardia. I just feel so torn though because it seems like I shouldn't need the PM but yet they are re...


Posted by Dawnie on 2014-05-05 16:37. 5 comments. 170 reads
 
I had my 1st pacemaker fitted 3 weeks ago. It is a Medtronic dual lead and I take bisoprolol every day. It was set at 60 after surgery but had to be readjusted to 90 2 days later. I'm still having a lot of palpitations and feel really exhausted all the time. Breathlessness and dizzy spells have all stopped...it just doesn't feel right. I feel very uncomfortable in the centre of my chest too. It's another 10 days before my next check up and just wondered if any one else had experienced anything like this and is it normal? Any feed back would be greatly appreciated...thanks

Posted by LadyG on 2014-05-05 04:17. 4 comments. 261 reads
 
Hi I am a new member so hello to all. I will be 61 at the end on May and had a PM fitted on 28-04-14 as I was suffering from sick sinus syndrome and had problems from the start, after various tests a CT scan and Eco grams it was discovered that one of the wires had moved so on the third day and went down for a second op to correct it (not a pleasant experience).My worries are as follows - I am still getting flutters - indigestion like pains which I put down to my reflux problem once my meds were corrected it seemed to pass but my main concern is I have what I can only describe as a stabbing pain around my left shoulder blade which is very uncomfortable when breathing has any one had the same experience? My last question is has any lady had...


Posted by Sethun on 2014-05-03 11:22. 10 comments. 474 reads
 
I first wrote when I was told by the second cardiologist that I needed a pacemaker. Short bio, 55 yr old female, exercise daily, fit, healthy with no symptoms. Pacemaker??? Problem was 34 bpm average but no fainting, light headedness etc. Two leaky valves and normal blood pressure. I was shocked, scared and clueless about pacemakers. This forum helped ALOT!!!

I had surgery on the 17th of April 2014, and was implanted with a Biotronek dual lead with the aid of a plastic surgeon who created a pocket through the armpit and in between my chest muscles just under the collar bone. You literally cannot see even a small rise on my chest. That's the good part.

While the pain was a lot worse from what I hear from my br...


Posted by awcraig37 on 2014-05-02 20:35. 9 comments. 454 reads
 
Hello, new here. I am a 76 year old male with Sinus bradycardia and Sick Sinus Syndrome and I am on a low dosage of Sotalol to control my afib/aflutter. I just had a Boston College K174 pacemaker implanted 2 days ago. Everything seemed to go well and the x-ray showed everything normal with the pacemaker placement. Since coming home yesterday, I have been a little surprised with the amount of pain I am experiencing at the implantation site. As long as I am sitting or lying in a stable position there is very little pain, but when i get up and walk around the pain is still pretty severe. It feels like I'm caring around a five pound weight on my clavicle and any left arm movement is very painful, even at the back and top of my shoulder...


Posted by WaterskiMom on 2014-05-01 23:32. 3 comments. 194 reads
 
Scared. I am 46 years old. I have a medronic pacemaker with two leads. The bottom lead either has too much scar tissue or it is fractured and has been termed lead failure. The upper lead is pacing 22% of the time. The episode read for the last month was >254 as I guess it can't record more than that number. On Monday the 5th of May I will have lead extraction and all new "stuff" put in, this time a St. Jude's as that's the contract the hospital carries. Same surgeon as 6 years ago. I'm super nervous. I've been fainting for as long as I can remember, born that way. And, since I got a pacemaker, I've only fainted a couple times and they were situations whereas I was ill with something else. Anyone have a change in units and lead e...


Posted by 2219kg on 2014-04-27 20:12. 6 comments. 305 reads
 
I had my first duel lead Medtronic pm placed this past Friday for a conginital 3rd degree heart block. I know it's only been two days but I'm still dizzy like I was before the surgury. I am also having some sudden pounding heart beats and I'm exhausted. Everyone told me how amazing I would feel but I don't. I called the on call cardiologist who took 35 minutes to call back and treated me like I was a bother. She said "I can't help you over the phone so go to the ER if you don't feel good". I know I am so early post op and my body is still in shock. Did anyone else feel this way?

Posted by pace88 on 2014-04-27 14:58. 10 comments. 325 reads
 
Hello.

I am a 25 year old man from Norway, so excuse my english if it isn`t that good;). I got my pacemaker (the little one) about two years ago. Lately I've gotten big complexes so i have decided having an pacemaker-operation to have it placed under the muscle. My "doctor" is though very skeptical about it, and says that it is like "playing with your life", and that one day the chances that it goes really bad(!) is extremely high. But i want to do this more than anything in my life, and it would mean a great deal to me. I was wondering if anybody has experience with this operation and could share some thoughts. Especially about the risk going through with it. Reading on this forum it seems like a pretty undramatic procedure. <...


Posted by Traciek on 2014-04-27 09:20. 7 comments. 235 reads
 
Hi there, I'm new to this and the world of pacemakers so please bear with me. I'm a 46 year old female, I was diagnosed with a pituitary tumor sometime ago, however it flared up leading me to be hospitalized, due to the swelling in my head and the wrong signals being sent to my body they couldn't keep my heart rate up, I was moved to the ICU unit, where my heart dropped to 21bpm, a pacemaker was the only option at that time so they operated inserting a MRI surescan because of the tumor issues. Well it's over a month on, the incision site is good no real redness but still sore to the touch, just like a really bad bruise, I also have put on over 30lb in weight due to the steroid meds I'm on, I was just wondering how long it should take so I...


Posted by highdesert on 2014-04-25 23:24. 5 comments. 261 reads
 
I'm healing ok but am curious... do other's here have a portion of their scar look like the skin was melted? Do the doctors do something when closing the incision to make it easier for them to find it 10 years down the road when the unit needs repacing?

Posted by hs2o on 2014-04-24 22:16. 7 comments. 378 reads
 
I just had a Medtronic Advisa DR MRI Sure Scan PM inserted February 19th, 2014. I had a heartbeat of 24 and was basically assymptomatic. I had some difficulty walking my normal pace, and a bit of light headedness, but no more than I normally have on my other medication. I did have an episode of chest pain, combined with fatigue etc. on Valentine's Day on a walk. The next day I was dizzy and had problems going from sitting to standing.

Sunday I was feeling better, but I'd promised a friend I'd see a doctor Monday.

Monday the doctor did an ECG and told me he was going to phone a friend of his at the hospital to get me in for a stress test.

Tuesday I get a call from the hospital saying to come for th...


Posted by Singer on 2014-04-22 16:52. 3 comments. 242 reads
 
Appreciate feedback re implanting pacemaker under muscle if taking routinely a blood thinner...xaralto

Posted by porrgirl on 2014-04-18 14:10. 5 comments. 315 reads
 
I'm 13 and just came home from the hospital yesterday after getting a pacemaker for my diagnosis of Complete Heart Block. My left side doesn't hurt really where they cut me, but the most pain I am having is that my heart seems to beat SO HARD that it hurts most of all. I can feel it inside and you can see it beating when you look at my skin. It really hurts bad. What is this and has anyone else had this pain before? I'm worried. My mom is taking me today to see the Dr. again, but I feel like he will say its all part of this. Is it really?

Posted by Ally86 on 2014-04-17 13:02. 2 comments. 266 reads
 
Hi,
Just wondering if anyone on here ever had surgery with Dr. Byrd at Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL OR with Dr. Carrillo at University of Miami hospital in Miami, Fl?? Dr Byrd put my device on the right side then put the leads in using the "purse string" procedure. I had multiple issues with the generator being on my right side-it wouldnt stay in the pocket. Finally, it was moved back to the left, but the leads were left because they felt it was too dangerous to pull the ones on the right out of my heart because they were actually screwed into the heart... well...these leads ended up causing many issues and last may I had surgery with Dr. Carrillo and he lasered them out-but I am still in SO MUCH PAIN! Just w...


Posted by sheil60 on 2014-04-17 09:05. 8 comments. 252 reads
 
Anyone know if and when you can give blood after a pm implant? Just wondered if I can still donate. Cheers.

Posted by Simmonsles on 2014-04-13 02:23. 1 comments. 116 reads
 
Hi all, new to the forum, had a CRTD fitted in early April. I have cardiomyopathy and AF so desperately needed something to improve my quality of life. Over the past 18 months I have been retaining water to the point I had gained over 1 stone 7 pound in weight and my ankles looked like elephant legs! Well, four days after fitting I have now lost 7 pounds, I can see my ankles and I am starting to feel like a human being again. The pain in the shoulder is also starting to abate now but it's going to take some time to get used to having this alien machine under my skin.
To anyone out there who is preparing to have a device fitted I can only say that my experience was far less traumatic than I imagined so be confident and good luck.

Posted by Ces58 on 2014-04-12 08:15. 8 comments. 359 reads
 
Hi. I am very new to all this. I had a pm placed just over a week ago and although I have had cancer surgery, complicated neck surgery this wound seems more painful than the lot! People say you forget about pain and maybe I have it wrong but the site where the pm is was incredibly bruised - it has gone down a lot but the wound site is still really painful. Is this normal? My implantation had to be done twice because they found one of the leads did not respond properly - this was straight after surgery. So it was done again immediately even though I had already been sewn up. Could this be why it is so sore? Everyone I know said this would be so straightforward. I have a heart block so the pacer only works when it is needed. As yet I don't r...




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