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Posted by Shellyb on 2014-11-10 18:50. 3 comments. 280 reads
 
It's been one week since I had my PM put in. I'm 43 and had bradycardia (normal rate of 32-36) dropped to 29 at night! Last week I was anxious about pulling the lead wires out. I carried my arm in the "sling" position until my check up. Now I am over that. My biggest concern now is how weak I am feeling after surgery. Most of the time I feel great, but today I tried to go back to work and I felt shaky, light headed. Could this be because of surgery? I would love to start walking/exercising again but I can't imagine starting now!! Any advice? Do I just need to be patient and give myself a chance to heal? Thank you for your advice!!!

Posted by Matt on 2014-11-10 18:10. 3 comments. 283 reads
 
Has anyone experienced this? I was very active positive upbeat person. I had it put in due to very low heartbeat. Had ablation in 2012 did not work had freeze done in 2009 to slow over 300 beats a min episode so now flipped from ab to flutter and low heartbeat I. 30s to low 40's. Going to first pacemaker appointment this Thursday. Have Medtronic Mir compatible two leads. I feel like it is set to low or something just wondering anyone else had this or when they put the PM in about adjusting?? They said it would recalebrate to me... Is this something others have experience with please share. Thank you

Posted by tenderheart on 2014-11-09 21:38. 3 comments. 211 reads
 
Hi everyone, I just got my pacemaker 2 months ago,was pretty scarry, I just turned 60,the dr. used surgical glue which still hasn't come off all the way but I do was it with soft cloth and baby shampoo, does anyone know how long it takes for the glue to wear off ?

Posted by Amylynn on 2014-11-08 09:32. 5 comments. 387 reads
 
My name is Amy. I am 25 years old. I've been going through alot in these last few years. When I was 23, I had a implanted loop recorder (heart monitor) put in on July 31, 2013. Due to random passing out and frequent dizzy spells. This is when I was told I had atrial fibrillation (Afib) now 17 months later they take out the loop recorder (heart monitor) and I had pacemaker implanted on Wednesday November 5, 2014. This is very new to me, really don't know what to expect. I feel an empty feeling in my cleavage where the (heart monitor) was for almost a year and a half. But more importantly I feel every muscle from my neck, to my collarbone, to my chest being pulled/ stretched to the max. I'm trying my best to keep my left side still but the ...


Posted by becky2014 on 2014-11-07 14:23. 2 comments. 171 reads
 
Hi all

I just received my 5th pacemaker. Since late teens I have been plagued with heart problems due to a heart murmur and rheumatic fever in my childhood days. I know that I have complete heart block, AF and heart failure. I have redundant leads which have never been removed and so far do not present any problems. As I get older I appear to have developed more symptoms and of course I am on various medication. To what extent might the pacemaker help my various heart problems?

Posted by lucy7171 on 2014-11-06 14:17. 2 comments. 229 reads
 
I got a pacemaker a week ago, & due to my blood thinner medication had some bleeding under the pacemaker & it feels that is not healing well + I am in so much pain. I am going to see my doctor on the14th. Meanwhile I was wondering, once healed, the pacemaker should be sturdy attached to the bone underneath the pacemaker, or it should move with the skin to provide flexibility to move my shoulder around without rubbing my shoulder bone to the pacemaker? At this moment it feels like my pacemaker is glued to the bone underneath.

Posted by judebee on 2014-11-06 12:36. 5 comments. 367 reads
 
Hello People of the Pacemaker community!

I am due to have my first pacemaker fitted in December, a little daunting as a previously fit 26 year old!

I was wondering what peoples healing experience was? How long did you have to take off work? I work with in outpatients and my patients range from 10-270lbs on a daily basis. I know my surgeon will give me a guide on this, but I was trying to get a heads up and peoples thoughts!

My other question was if anyone had a pacemaker fitted under the muscle. I have a very sporty physique and have read here and on other forums that the pacemaker can be uncomfortable on skinny individuals, especially us ladies with all our straps!

Thanks heart people! Look forw...


Posted by dave58 on 2014-11-05 04:05. 2 comments. 307 reads
 
Hello all I had a Single lead pacemaker fitted in May 2014
because I had third degree heart block. After several months
I am still having problems. The area where the pacemaker was implanted is still sore and painful after lifting. I am concerned that at this moment in time i still cannot walk at my normal brisk
pace as i now have to walk steadily. I find that if i hurry a little
i get out of breath and feel uncomfortable inside for a while which passes after resting. Climbing stairs can be a problem
if i hurry it can cause me discomfort in my chest area and breathlessness. Not severe but a feeling of being a little out of breath. I have spoken to the doctor and he said the cardiologist
report has come bac...


Posted by jue on 2014-11-02 15:51. 4 comments. 249 reads
 
All,
Can anyone help?
I am two and half weeks after 2nd pacemaker.
Am I ok now drying my hair with a hair dryer, due to stretching etc.
I feel fine to do it.
Thanks
Julie

Posted by Hope33 on 2014-11-02 14:49. 16 comments. 520 reads
 
Good evening Forum members, I am sitting in the AMU ward in hospital at the moment, with my phone :) feeling petrified waiting to see heart doctor in the morning.

To cut a long story short, I was put on a 24 hr ecg monitor to take home last Thursday to be returned Friday morning. Friday afternoon I received a call from my GP who said something along the lines of, your heart beat is not good, cone and collect report and go to A&E.

In A&E,I was told that suffered from 3rd degree heart block lasting 4.2 sec of many during the 24hrs and that I will need a Pacemaker.... Feeling petrified is an understatement.

I have a young family at home and am beside myself with fear of the unknown, the surgery, the future :( ...


Posted by Colesmama on 2014-10-30 14:53. 16 comments. 466 reads
 
hi there, I'm new (just diagnosed with stage 2 or stage 3 AV Block type 2?) that probably makes more sense to most of you than me right now. I'm young, only 34, extremely fit (I run 5 miles every day), and other wise very healthy. But did start passing out while sitting, getting dizzy, etc so after seeing my holter strips, my cardio had me an appt with an electrophysiologist for tomorrow. He says that pacemaker is my option. I'm really scared about the surgery, especially since I'm still kinda young. But it's scary too knowing how bad my heart is "messing up" every day. Does anyone know how long it will take after seeing the EP tomorrow before he'll do the surgery? and what should i REALLY expect post op and for the rest of my life? thank ...


Posted by ariashabb on 2014-10-27 14:08. 5 comments. 231 reads
 
After having a replacement pacemaker surgery done, do u have to stay in the hospital over night? Or does that depend on the person and how the procedure goes?

Posted by lmolsoo on 2014-10-27 13:46. 2 comments. 274 reads
 
First off, I just joined this site and I absolutely love it. I've enjoyed reading all the posts as well as learning so much more about pacemakers and other's experiences with them. I just got my pacemaker implanted last Tuesday. It has, been a crazy journey. It started out when I was seven, I started passing out. Throughout the years the fainting never stopped. I saw doctor after doctor and had been diagnosed multiple tines, only to have the doctor change his mind. Four years ago my care team had decided to put a loop recorder in because my heart was seemingly perfect yet I still fainted over and over. Within two weeks the device was infected and I had to have emergency surgery to have it removed and was in the hospital a few weeks to tr...


Posted by AnastasiaR on 2014-10-23 16:40. 6 comments. 243 reads
 
I had pm surgery on Friday 17th. Have found it very painful but just about bearable. INR was low so have been having blood thinning injections twice a day as well as taking warfarin. After having quite a good day today,i'm back in a lot of pain and as well as the pain being all around the wound site, neck/shoulder/chest, i am experiencing pain down the middle of my chest. Is this part of the healing process? I'm starting to get worried.

Posted by Suledan on 2014-10-23 12:45. 4 comments. 323 reads
 
Hi
I'm having a PM put in next month and I'm wondering about the recovery - what I can and can't do or expect to be able to do.
When it says you can't lift your arm up - does that extend to just wearing button up clothing post op ? If so for how long ?
Also I have 6 Labradors ( I'm an exhibitor ) - how long before I can take the dogs out on lead ? I use my left arm to hold the lead and they can sometimes pull on the lead if they see another dog.
Sorry if these are silly questions but I don't know what to expect.
Thanks Lesley

Posted by Chelley on 2014-10-22 22:21. 9 comments. 330 reads
 
I am 43 yr old female, had a pm after finding out that I had a low heart rate during another surgery 8 weeks ago. I had shortest of breath several months ago ( respiratory infections). Other than that no health issues , no meds. Yesterday and today, I feel shorter of breath after walking, light head ach. I have an appointment with my cardio and the pm rep. I am very active, wondering if anyone has figured this out? I have read so post and I have not read many positive post. I feel very overwhelmed.

Posted by thrill2retire on 2014-10-20 11:08. 5 comments. 455 reads
 
Good Morning,

I am a newbie to a pacemaker. (4 days) Just looking for information and what to expect in these first weeks. So far, I have had waves of nausea, light headedness, metal taste in my mouth. Does the rate your pacemaker is set at cause any problems or adjustment. It feels fast (60) since I was used to about 45. I am here and listening to any information. Thanks so much and I look forward to your words of wisdom.


Posted by anewheart11 on 2014-10-19 20:36. 2 comments. 235 reads
 
Just need to know if its normal. I am only 5 days out and just showered for the first time. I was towel drying it off, patting it off and it was making squishy sounds. Need to know if i need to call medtronic or my surgeon. Please help.

Posted by cabinboy on 2014-10-19 16:48. 4 comments. 218 reads
 
Have funny bone tingling from arm down to hand and fingers. Had a Medtronic ICD implanted over a month ago and along with the above tingling, also have small amount of pain at incision and more pain around back of shoulder and vicinity. No more driving restrictions however have a few more weeks before I am allowed to raise hand/arm above head. Disturbing that I have this arm & hand feeling (kind of like arthritis in hand). Emailed it to my electrophysiologist but his return email didn't comment. Will see him this week (4 hour drive) for follow up appt. Finally stopped the Oxycodone and use Acetaminophen if the shoulder/arm pain gets worse. Am starting sleep apnea therapy at same time. Wonder if the one caused the other?

Posted by PirateFly on 2014-10-15 09:11. 2 comments. 176 reads
 
Hi, had my battery changed 30/09/14 (2weeks ago). I play violin and double bass, does anyone know how long till I will be able to play again?

My PM is on my left shoulder.

Thanks
Nia



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