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Posted by islandboy on 2015-07-31 17:20. 1 comments. 184 reads
 
Have had pacemaker( Medtronic) going on 2 years now and I always thought it worked well. My question is, am I supposed to feel it add a beat If the heart rate falls too low. I find that if I exercise this seems to disappear. When the extra beat occurs I can feel a fluttering for a few seconds and then it's back to normal. I see my doc next week and will tell her about this. She will probably want to change my meds. It feels like the a fib I had that prompted the placement of the pm. I thought I was done with that but maybe not . Would appreciate your input.

Posted by cropduster on 2015-07-30 19:03. 3 comments. 231 reads
 
Hi there, I'll try & keep this as brief as I can.
I'm 49, have a PM for SSS & have had it 2.5 years, my heart was regularly pausing for long periods which caused me to black out once.
Since the PM there have been no black outs but I've never been 100%.

Last year on visiting my cardio, she had the PM folks set my device to record more information & 6 months later (2 months ago) I went back for a PM interrogation & to see the cardio.

They recorded my pulse going at 170bpm a few times, when I know I was sitting at my desk in the office. They didn't seem too worried about that & I remain on 20mg of propranolol 3 times a day to help with that, although I was on that during the time I got the 170bpm!

A...


Posted by Berry23 on 2015-07-30 13:47. 1 comments. 127 reads
 
Hello,
I had a ventrical lead extraction last May because it was protruding through my heart wall. My doctor was amazing! He did not replace the lead because in testing he felt that all I needed was the atrial lead. Since then, I have been having major heart racing...from my ventrical area. It feels like someone is in my chest and trying to beat their way out. Anyone else have issues like this or suggestions?
Thanks,

Posted by rider on 2015-07-23 06:00. 4 comments. 447 reads
 
I'm about 3.5 weeks with this 2 lead Medtronic PM for 2nd Degree AV block Mobitz type 2. I was told by the doc when I checked out of the hospital that I can get back to activities but need to be careful for 4 weeks and avoid things that might pull the leads out. I get it.

Before the PM I was very active. If it was cold, I went outside and ski'd or rode my mtn bike. If it was 99 degrees and 95% humidity, I went outside and rode my road bike.

Now I'm just trying to take a walk or hike and I get numbness/tingling in my hands, sometimes in my legs and I get worn out easily. I called the Heart/PM nurse and she told me that is normal, it's hot out and you were probably dehydrated. I tried to explain to her that I...


Posted by hopeful65 on 2015-07-14 08:22. 2 comments. 195 reads
 
Had my on demand pacemaker fitted 25.7.15 and since then have had a range of problems necessitating an A&E visit but they now say everything is ok with the pacemaker, my ECG and my bloods and my chest Xray.

However now when I walk I am getting this pain in my chest every few minutes-the family doctor has told me that I need to use the Nitro Spray to see if it helps but I am reluctant to start down that road because once started there is no road back. I have never used the spray before nor had any problems with chest pain or shortness of breath. I did however have a small heart attack in 2008 and two stents were fitted but no problems until a few weeks ago.

Has anyone had a similar situation and can you offer any ...


Posted by Hays1946 on 2015-07-12 18:46. 2 comments. 169 reads
 
I got a PM Biotronik, and I have episodes of feeling I can't catch my breath, my BP 105/73 and heart rate 120. I got PM on April 28th this year, I have bedside monitor and they have not call and said anything is wrong. Has anyone had this happen, should I be worried!

Posted by Iwantmikenow on 2015-07-12 12:54. 3 comments. 249 reads
 
So yeah, it's been 8 months for me, I've lost a lot of mobility in my left arm. 21 ER visits, 8 f/u visits with the cardio guy. Medtronic rep from Chicago flew out just to see little 'ole me when the PM clinic couldn't find the cause right away. Come to find out, my lower chamber really doesn't like pacing...I mean like it felt like I'm was getting stabbed repeatedly. We now have the setting where we need to be...but it sure took a while to find those settings! So...it is hard to "work that arm" when that pain kicks in. It grabs deep in the chest and across the shoulder--good lord it doesn't feel right. (Every blood work/pm function test has come back clean...so it's just the way I'm wired...) Sooo.... Gabbapentin really helped me get ...


Posted by BeckyLynne on 2015-07-11 19:20. 3 comments. 206 reads
 
Hi everyone! I'm new here and to having a pacemaker, just got it Wednesday. Can anybody tell me how much swelling is normal after the procedure? I am swollen all over...most noticeably in my arms, hands and chest.

Posted by Cspot on 2015-07-11 00:04. 4 comments. 339 reads
 
So, today, I am bouncing along at work, thinking about the next set of 55 lb bags I was going to throw and the tanker I needed to climb on and unhook, when I noticed the pavers in the floor getting closer and closer to my face until I was lying on them. About that time, my newly discovered SVT fired up for the 40th time, and off to the ER we trundled, my boss and I. Apparently, what little bit of electrical activity that existed prior to my pm implantation in March of 2015 got very jealous of all the accolades it received and decided to start firing randomly in May. The electrician put me on a beta blocker, which made me feel like walking death for a week, and last week, switched it to Cardizem, the lowest dose. It worked great , , , ...


Posted by pacemaker100 on 2015-07-07 20:22. 1 comments. 171 reads
 
Hi,
Have had my duel lead pm for 4 months now and have noticed that my neck vein on the side of the pm is swollen. I am feeling good other than this worry.
Does anyone out there have any info with regards to this.
Thanks,
Pacemaker100

Posted by jsbrb03 on 2015-07-04 11:49. 3 comments. 221 reads
 
my pace maker is making beeping sounds what should I do? ,

Posted by sethspeaks on 2015-07-02 00:22. 6 comments. 419 reads
 
My name is Seth I've have a pacer since 2002 on my second one and 100% dependent on it. I know most have heard about the VA Hospital in Phoenix, well ends up I was on one of their list. 3 years ago I was told I had cancer , it was like one visit I had it then the next I didn't this went on for along time then they closed part of the clinic I was going to, but the last I was told I didn't have it . Well I found out a month ago I did have it and still do and it has spread. Because of the pacer I can't have a lot of the test to see how far it has spread.no MRI's etc. I have no one to really talk about it to my wife can't handle it . I've accepted it I guess but kinda worried about it ... one thing that really bothers me ...


Posted by AJHenry on 2015-06-27 23:25. 4 comments. 352 reads
 
Hi! I got my PM last March. I have seen my cardiologist three times since then, including the one-month after PM check-up. He says everything is fine and in its place, but it continues to hurt, both in the area of the PM, under my armpit, and even on the right side of my chest. I can't say I'm in pain but it is pretty uncomfortable. After a normal day, the area feels as if were swollen, though it does not look swollen on the outside. I have been told that I can already raise my left arm but can't!!! It feels as if my arm were tied and the chord just would yield. I have been taking Lyrica and have taken Samen for 7 days twice. Enantyum and Acerdol help relieve the pain and discomfort a bit but not completely. It's been three days since PM a...


Posted by voylesronda on 2015-06-19 15:43. 3 comments. 289 reads
 
Ok- I have a question. I have had a pacemaker since 2002- yes its still ,my first pacemaker. My battery has less than a year so we are just waiting it out. Within the past six months my pacemaker has started to pace the bottom of my heart, I have also started having pretty bad ventricular tachycardia. I am taking metroprolol and ditalezem. I am still having chest pain and it feels like my heart speeds way up at times and beats so hard it hurts. Does anyone else have these two issues. I am in a rural area and have to drive almost 100 miles to get to dr.

Posted by whick on 2015-06-19 10:16. 5 comments. 265 reads
 
Hi,
I have been recovering from brain surgery after I had life threatening bleeding after a fall. I have been on Eloquis for a few years after receiving a pacemaker. I am literally blessed to be alive! I fell through the cracks of the system and suffered headaches and problems for almost a month.
I worried now because the only medicine I'm taking to prevent clots is baby aspirin. I have an appointment with my cardiologist in a few weeks. Any input on how I should approach this problem would be greatly appreciated. I really worried about bloodclots.

Jane

Posted by whick on 2015-06-19 10:16. 1 comments. 144 reads
 
Hi,
I have been recovering from brain surgery after I had life threatening bleeding after a fall. I have been on Eloquis for a few years after receiving a pacemaker. I am literally blessed to be alive! I fell through the cracks of the system and suffered headaches and problems for almost a month.
I worried now because the only medicine I'm taking to prevent clots is baby aspirin. I have an appointment with my cardiologist in a few weeks. Any input on how I should approach this problem would be greatly appreciated. I really worried about bloodclots.

Jane

Posted by juno on 2015-06-18 13:54. 0 comments. 150 reads
 
I had a pacemaker installed in January, 2015, and after a month or so was pain-free. But beginning about six weeks ago I began to feel lumps forming on top of and around the device and the area has become sensitive. I am prone to keloids and the scar has a few small lumps, but these that I am concerned about are under the skin. Any thoughts?

Posted by mtg312 on 2015-06-18 09:20. 4 comments. 316 reads
 
hello, i had a pacemaker put in in January, this week, i had bleeding at the incision site, and the pacemaker has dropped around 3 inches, and is moving around during the day.
The doctor does not seem to be worried, but i sure am. Is this a common thing. SHOULD i insist on them checking again?
thank you/Mike

Posted by gordon on 2015-05-17 04:34. 1 comments. 214 reads
 
I had my pacemaker fitted five months ago no problem with the operation that was the easy bit l am eighty four and since then l feel tired all the time no energy and a problem with sleeping for more then a few hours l have been to the clinic three times for a checkup but still feel the same.l know it's not my age because a friend of mine who is a hundred copes better then me after having his pacemaker fitted at the same time has anyone else had this experience please let me know.all the best Gordon



Posted by Judy13 on 2015-05-15 22:31. 1 comments. 255 reads
 
What are the symptoms of a lead being pulled out?



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