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Posted by gralady on 2015-10-01 03:18. 6 comments. 514 reads
 
I'm a brand new member of the Pacemaker Club. Not sure just what to post or ask.

As of 9/25/15 I became the proud owner of my very own handy dandy dual chamber Biotronik pacemaker. I have SSS and was hoping this would regulate things. Before implantation my normal resting heartrate was around 40 or so. Now, with the device, it is at least 60 BUT I notice that if I move around even a little...like to lay down in bed, my heart pounds very hard and from the meter on my pulse oximeter, very irregularly. My upper extremeties feel weak when I try to do anything like folding laundry. It was like that before the implantation. My angiogram showed no blockages needing surgery or stents. Am I expecting too much of this expensive pi...


Posted by tonyfreddy on 2015-09-30 00:36. 6 comments. 383 reads
 
I got my PM one week ago today and had my first visit with the 'device nurse'. The device seems to be functioning properly. I had an ablation in April of this year, but the real issue was the bradycardia. I'm 64 and in generally very good health. I had episodes where I was only beating at 38 - 42 BPM. I also had pauses in excess of 3 seconds. (This was learned after wearing a monitor for 2 weeks). I have a Medtronic, dual lead (model A2DR01). I'm writing to see what others' experiences have been in the early going. The lead up to the surgery and the first day or two after were the worst. I was highly anxious (even after the implantation). Just looking for people in a similar situation or those who are several weeks/months ahead...


Posted by DonaldWillis on 2015-09-28 09:53. 1 comments. 270 reads
 
Looking for results from someone that has had a AV node abalation. I have A Fib and Tachycardia. I know will still be in A Fib with a normal heart beat. How was the results of this operation for you. I thank you for your response to this. I don't what to do at this point.

Posted by qatar8fit on 2015-09-28 07:58. 5 comments. 257 reads
 
I have sick sinus syndrome, 40yrs old and dare I say it, a fitness trainer. I had my first box change 5 weeks ago and have felt awful ever since. I had it done in the uk where I'm from but I am living in the Middle East.
I have been told that I have pericarditis. I just feel awful and with my line of work it's not good. Has anyone else had this?
I feel SO tired, in pain, anxious and generally unwell. I have 3 young children so I am feeling the stress.
Any comments would be helpful. 😊

Posted by Robin on 2015-09-27 21:50. 7 comments. 315 reads
 
Is it normal to have periods where you laugh and cry? I received a dual chamber pacemaker three days ago and I find at times that I am laughing and crying. I am having no pain other than the surgical site.

Has anyone else had these symptoms?



Posted by mhibs on 2015-09-27 12:12. 8 comments. 314 reads
 
Hi everyone,

I hope it's okay to post here, it's not about a pacemaker but is still a device!

I'm 22 and just over 3 months ago I had a loop recorder implanted to try to capture an irregular rhythm and I'm a bit concerned about the scar I have.

It started off quite thin but over the past few months has stretched quite a bit because of the tension underneath and is still very red.

I know it's silly to worry about but I'm concerned that the colour isn't going to improve if the scar is still being stretched. I don't really want it to stretch much more either if I can somehow avoid it.

I've attached a photo of the scar which you should be able to view here.

http://imgur.com/gBB...


Posted by donsabi on 2015-09-23 21:42. 2 comments. 268 reads
 
I got my PM almost two months ago. No complications. I was back to my cardio after a month and checkup went well. Now coming up on two months and still get bouts of tiredness. I have another check up this Friday. I am 72 and I don't expect to have the energy of a 30 year old but I thought by now I would have more energy.

Posted by Cynthiaian on 2015-09-20 20:30. 5 comments. 411 reads
 
I had my pacemaker placed 2 weeks ago. I was told not to put my arm that is the side of the pacemaker up over my head and not to twist for 6 wks post surgery. I am very nervous about pulling it out. Anyone know if this is very difficult to do or if it happens due to frequent movement? Thanks

Posted by Cynthiaian on 2015-09-20 20:21. 7 comments. 524 reads
 
I had a pacemaker inserted about 2 weeks ago. Wondering if anyone can feel the pacemaker under the skin. If I place my fingers lightly over the area where the pacemaker was placed, I can very clearly feel the pacemaker. The area slightly protrudes but it isn't really noticeable but to touch the area, it is very noticeable. I am just wondering if others are able to clearly feel their pacemaker under their skin or if I should check w/my doctor to see if it may have moved outward. I don't feel it working at all - no symptoms just that I can feel a hard object w/my finger tips. I should mention that I a very thin person so perhaps it is felt more (?) I thought it would be much deeper and it is kind of disturbing to feel it with my fingertips...


Posted by CC88 on 2015-09-16 21:15. 5 comments. 339 reads
 
Hello all!
I was just told by my heart doc that I am going to need a pacemaker for my Wenckebach Type II block...I am wondering if anyone else here has had this, and how the PM worked out for you?
Any feedback is appreciated, as is any comments regarding its possible success...which I am hoping is the case. Im very nervous!
Thanks!
CC

Posted by lcw306 on 2015-09-15 15:47. 11 comments. 504 reads
 
I am almost 5 weeks post pacemaker insertion and I am finding the incision area and pacemaker site is still tender to touch and I have some pain around the area still! I was wondering if anyone else experienced tenderness 5 weeks post-surgery? I am starting to worry that maybe it's not normal! I saw my family doctor a couple weeks ago and he was pleased with how he cut was healing and there is no sign of infection! Just wondering how long it will take for the tenderness to go away/if this is normal!

Thanks!


Posted by pamelaroy on 2015-09-13 12:13. 6 comments. 399 reads
 
I got new pacemaker for bradycardia sept 11.2015.please reply if you also have pacemaker for bradycardia and how do you feel?

Posted by Sonnyboy on 2015-09-02 17:39. 1 comments. 423 reads
 
Eddy 10 days after my recent upgrade to a St. Jude CRT. My first two wire PM occurred in 2006. I am now 84 years old. The division to upgrade was based a diagnosis of increasing likelihood of HF even though countering medications failed to increase my EF. A QRS of approximately 190 and echograms solidly indicated de synchronization of the ventricals.

The operation was long, far exceeding normal switch outs, but was painless. Although I'm now restricted with what I can do for the next couple of weeks, the results far exceed what I was prepared for. Although I don't yet know what improvement has been made to my EF, or the QRS, my balance, breathlessness, and physical endurance are markedly improved. Overall, I think I'm back at l...


Posted by pjfalk11 on 2015-08-24 21:32. 9 comments. 593 reads
 
I am a new member so first want to say thank you for just being here. I received an ICD implant 3 weeks ago and there is one thing that is still stressing me out about the procedure. I woke up during the middle of it and was awake while the doctor was still putting the implant in for about 10 minutes. Then I was put back to sleep so they could test it and finish sewing me up. Has anyone else had this experience? Is this normal? I just don't know how I should feel about this.

Posted by Helotail on 2015-08-20 14:14. 5 comments. 727 reads
 
Hello to all-
I received my pacemaker last week for Sick Sinus Syndrome and am back to work this week. The problem I have is that I am so exhausted all of the time. Last night I got home from work and slept for 12+ hours. I do not have a lot of pain, but am still really tired. I thought the PM would make me feel better with better blood flow to the brain, instead I am just as tired. I am a 46 yr old active female with a dual chamber PM.
Thanks

Posted by donsabi on 2015-08-17 19:29. 4 comments. 440 reads
 
Three weeks now since my PM implant. I had a lot of mucus and PND issues that still continue but are much milder. I expected to have more energy but do not. For a while I wasn't doing much exercise. Since my PM I started walking I started slowly and got up to a half a mile but was so exhausted afterwards I could not do much the rest of the day. BTW, I am 72. I seems the best I can do is to walk about a quarter to a third of a mile. I read several posts from people with similar issues.
Since I got the PM I have not seen the doctor. I went back once for a check up and saw a RN who scanned my PM. My bandages were still on and no one checked the surgery cite. My next appointment is late September with the same RN. No doctor. ...


Posted by Helotail on 2015-08-15 16:06. 5 comments. 504 reads
 
Hi, I received a pacemaker two days ago for Sick Sinus Syndrome. I am a 46 year old female who exercises a lot and is in good condition. Before the surgery my HR was between 30-40. I have a St. Jude pacer that is set to 70 bpm.

My surgery and recovery is going well, the question I have is why am I so tired now? I thought I would feel less tired with a faster
heartbeat. I also wonder why my heart rate jumps to 110 just making breakfast or moving around a little? Is this normal?

Thanks

Posted by whick on 2015-08-12 02:02. 1 comments. 280 reads
 
Hello Everyone,
Is anyone familiar with an ablation procedure using an Arctic Front Cryoballoon? My doctor informed me that I'm still having afib--The Flecainide medicine is not controlling the problem and baby aspirin is not keeping the blood thin enough (I was on Eliquis until March when I had a subdural hemotoma).
What is the recovery time? Is the procedure risky? How long is the hospital stay?
I'd really appreciate any info. you may have. I'm getting really tired of all the procedures I've had (gone through 3 pacemaker surgeries!!).

Thanks, Jane

Posted by sooz on 2015-08-11 15:46. 1 comments. 333 reads
 
Hi, thanks for your help with comments since I got my pacemaker on June 30. I still can't seem to get energy. My face has been the most disgusting color gray since I got this thing. Did anyone else have this problem?

Posted by jazzybiker on 2015-08-09 21:27. 8 comments. 638 reads
 
HI all,
I'm new here. 58 yr old female triathlete/runner. I just had a pacemaker implanted 2 days ago for sinus bradycardia. I was experiencing fainting spells. When I left the hospital yesterday the x-ray showed that everything was in the right place. Since I came home I have had chest pain on my left side and even in the lower neck area. I breath fine. Not sure if this is normal or I just slept funny. Its better today than yesterday though. What worries me is that I had another pre-fainting episode today (the pacemaker is supposed to prevent that). My low setting (no high setting) is at 50 since I am an endurance athlete with a resting HR in the low to mid 50's. I will probably call the drs office tomorrow, but am wondering about o...




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