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Posted by csteele0831 on 2014-05-26 01:12. 6 comments. 222 reads
 
Hi!
Im getting a pacemaker implanted next week and I am beyond scared. I am 22 years old and had a cardiac ablation done two years ago that went terribly wrong. I ended up in cardiac ICU for six days. Needless to say I feel like I have a reason to be worried and scared. I also have POTS.
I would love to know if there is anyone out there that might have some words of kindness or reassurance. I keep reading things online and its scaring me. Im the "one in a million" chance that something will go wrong, with EVERYTHING.

Posted by turboz24 on 2014-05-26 00:06. 1 comments. 224 reads
 
So, just had my 4th ablation performed Thursday. EP told me good news and bad news. They had seen these vtach's before, but didn't fix them because they only occur when I was awake. So, this ablation was done fully awake, only pain control was local at the catheter sites and Tylenol.

Got me on the table and prepped me for the first test. Then they hit me with Isoprenaline to stimulate vtach. First started low, 1 Mcg, ramped it to 4 mcg, 170 bpm vtach started and ICD paced me out. Now that they had seen the vtach, time for the catheters, all 7 of them. this took around 50 minutes. Inserting the sheaths wasn't to bad, the catheters were a little weird feeling, hurt a little but not a lot. Now it was time to get to work (my ICD is ...


Posted by brakes4unicorns on 2014-05-25 21:42. 10 comments. 319 reads
 
Hi there,

I'm a writer for TV (in Australia) and currently working on a project where the lead character - a doctor - gets a pacemaker. Trying to do as much research as I can to be authentic...

Right now I'm really interested in what it felt like during your pacemaker surgery - especially if it was done under local anaesthetic? Could you feel your heart rate being dialled up and done to the right settings?

And in the day afterwards, were there any interesting emotional/physiological side effects? (Apart from general soreness and exhaustion).

Any help would be tremendously appreciated!

Best,
Sam



Posted by Traciek on 2014-05-21 07:54. 6 comments. 235 reads
 
Looks like I'm faced with having my pacemaker removed due to infection and a new one inserted on the right hand side. Just wondering if anyone else has had this and if the surgery/recovery is different with it being on the right side.

Posted by Billybobbr on 2014-05-19 01:38. 1 comments. 208 reads
 
Implanted below my pectoral muscle. More pain than I expected.

Pacing 100% and nothing below 80 bpm.

Any suggestions?

bb

Posted by stormynw on 2014-05-17 20:35. 4 comments. 292 reads
 
Now I have new swelling over the pacemaker. Has anyone on here had to have a lead repositioned? Of course it had to be the Ventrical lead :( I spent last night in CCU/Telemetry and only slept maybe 2 -3 hours. When the surgeon came to my room this morning it was a bit of a shock to hear why he kept me overnight for observation. He said that I am much more sensitive than the average person and it seems that yesterday while he was operating... In the middle of the procedure, I moved my shoulder! Indicating that I could feel it and was in discomfort and . . . I did it more than once! Fortunately I don't remember that! Also while trying to reposition the lead, he said that my heart started to go a little nutso so he stopped to let it rest for ...


Posted by stormynw on 2014-05-17 20:33. 0 comments. 160 reads
 
Wow! Coming Home never felt SO good! ^_^ I spent last night in CCU/Telemetry and only slept maybe 2 -3 hours. It was the classic "I finally fell asleep and they woke me up to see how I was doing" :/ That plus I was in a lot of pain making it difficult to sleep.
When the surgeon came to my room this morning it was a bit of a shock to hear why he kept me overnight for observation. He said that I am much more sensitive than the average person. I've always thought I was but he confirmed it using those exact words. Anyway it seems that yesterday while he was operating... In the middle of the procedure, I moved my shoulder! O.o Indicating that I was in discomfort and . . . I did it more than once! Also while trying to reposition the lead, h...


Posted by stormynw on 2014-05-15 21:05. 8 comments. 236 reads
 
SO . . . Two trips to the ER 5 hrs and 3 hrs - still short of breath - Sudden intense sharp stabbing pains in chest. Turns out my lower lead isn't working so I have to go back in again for surgery tomorrow. That's the bad news. The good news is I wasn't imagining feeling worse. I actually am worse. So it's not all in my head.

Posted by Shell on 2014-05-14 17:18. 2 comments. 218 reads
 
Well, I guess I failed my last Merlin test. Got a call from the cardiologist to schedule an appointment with the doctor. Knew it was coming though. People at work are all worried because I'm not very concerned about it. I work in a 5th/6th grade PDD(autism) room and it's hard to be out (and the teacher is leaving on Friday) so I change the appointment they gave me to a week later so I could go after school. I told them (and will tell the doctor) that I'm scheduling it until schools out anyway. Really don't want to have it done and then go back to this room soon after.School ends June 24, summer school set up is June 25 and it starts July 15. So, June 26 would be perfect. Wonder if I can be that picky?
The only thing is that my pm d...


Posted by sinbad on 2014-05-12 21:29. 4 comments. 188 reads
 
i had a pacemaker put in a month ago and have beed given unrestricted permission to drive a school bus in oregon from my dr. is there an official time you have to wait before going back to work or is dr certificate good enough?

Posted by meppwc on 2014-05-12 13:31. 6 comments. 493 reads
 
My cardiologist said that when my pacemaker is installed I cannot lift my left arm above shoulder height for 6 weeks.
Are there any devices that I can use to restrict my arm to meet this restriction?

Posted by city_wok on 2014-05-11 05:04. 1 comments. 205 reads
 
Read online sources that make me think that it's pretty normal, and my Dr and programmer didn't sound worried. I haven't experienced them since week 6 after I tried my first attempt at more strenuous work. I'm about 10 weeks in now, so nothing for the past month.
But I swear I could feel the leads do a sharp and quick pang (that went away in seconds) if I turned the wrong way accidentally.
As if the heart as a muscle itself was twinging at the presence of the leads being screwed into the tissue while waiting for the scar tissue to form.
The Dr said it could be plausible, but apparently I'm in the clear and my leads are still in place as of my checkup a couple of days ago.
Just making sure I'm not crazy. I feel pret...


Posted by stormynw on 2014-05-10 08:09. 10 comments. 389 reads
 
I am still having immense pain when I breathe. Is this normal? I can't even take a full breath. When I came out of recovery yesterday I was in so much pain with each breath they gave me verced (basically knocked out again) and took x-rays and an ekg or echo but said everything seemed ok, then late last night the pain was so bad I went to the ER and spent 5 hours there where they took another x-ray and drew some blood. They gave me a shot for pain and sent me home with a muscle relaxer. I woke up with a fever, head-ache and nausea but after sleeping most of the day my fever dropped but this evening the pain seems worse again every time I breathe. It's been frustrating because last night when I called the Dr it rang once and then just beeped...


Posted by WaspCVS-18 on 2014-05-10 06:35. 5 comments. 352 reads
 
Just had a Medtronics BIVICD bi-ventricular icd installed Monday, 5/6/14. I was down to 23-4 % heart function (ejection fraction) So Tim decided it was time for the big one. Tim Kreth is my cardiologist and Tommy (Tom Williams) did the surgery. I am asking for feedback because I won't see Tom till Tuesday and I am having a lot of muscle contractions on the left side and belly (possibly the diaphram) strong enough when I lay on my stomach or right or left side Karen can feel it through the mattress and see it if she watches me. If I lay on my back it seems to stop. Just wonder if anybody else had this happen and what seems to be the fix. I'm not really worried but it is uncomfortable and I think Karen is really worried. Any reply wo...


Posted by PeteFindlay on 2014-05-09 09:33. 5 comments. 460 reads
 
First post, and a bit of an introduction.

I had a pacemaker fitted on 6th May, 3 days ago, having been found to have AV block (Mobitz type 2). This came as a bit of a shock, as I am fitter and feel better than I ever have (50 years old). I had no symptoms at all, and was only caught by a pulse rate check at a blood donation session. In UK, they have a threshold of 50bpm, and they found my resting rate was below and irregular. Initial thoughts from the docs were that this was just due to being fairly fit and athletic and nothing to to worry about, but follow-up ECGs and Holter tests followed, leading to the decision that I needed a PM.

Three days in, and the feeling of having been kicked by a large animal in the chest ...


Posted by stormynw on 2014-05-09 06:56. 2 comments. 235 reads
 
Surgery Update • • • Really REALLY Long Day! :/ My son, Joseph, brought me to OMC bright and early at 7:30 am. My procedure was scheduled to begin at 9:00 but I believe it was more like 10:00. Not sure because I fell asleep waiting :) Anyway as I was coming out of the anesthesia every single breath in or out caused me immense pain (I vauguely remember moaning with each breath). Well I heard them say they were going to give me verced and the next thing I remember is waking up a while later and still in pain. It seems that they had put me back under so they could take some x-rays and do an EKG or Echo. I'm not sure which because, like I said, I was out. Long story short (sorry not short at all ;) )the pacemaker was in the proper place...


Posted by stormynw on 2014-05-08 03:44. 6 comments. 256 reads
 
I know, I know, I really need to go to bed because I have to be at the hospital by 7:30 am. I guess I am just trying to pretend I don't need to have this done but I'm alone and I'm scared and I wish I didn't have to have my heart worked on :( I couldn't sleep last night either; maybe two or three hours. But before I fell asleep I thought to myself... I have lived for 56 years and NEVER gave a thought to my heart at all, not ever. When I watched the echo of my very own heart and watched the valves open and close I realized for the first time what a "true miracle" the human heart is. I still can't get over the fact that it beats, bum bum, bum bum 80 -100,000 times a day, every, single, day! Well I know God will guide the surgeons hands and t...


Posted by Dfish208 on 2014-05-07 14:43. 4 comments. 216 reads
 
I'm sorry if this is in the wrong forum section. I just wanted to just introduce myself.

My name is David. I am 41 years old and I am happily married and the proud father of three children (ages 8, 7, & 3).

When I was 4 I had open heart surgery to for sub aortic stenosis. During this surgery there was some damage done which created a left bundle branch block. Since that time I have lead a very active lifestyle. Probably more active than the doctors would have liked. I was young and healthy, in my mind anyway. Not once in the last 36 or so years have I had any issues, until recently.

This last month I started feeling chest pain and some odd feeling heart activity. Long story short, after several trips...


Posted by pp on 2014-05-07 07:53. 4 comments. 149 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. 212 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...




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