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Posted by Wolf on 2015-05-07 00:24. 2 comments. 193 reads
 
I really miss my old device. I've had my replacement for a little over 2 months and I'm still having issues. I posted a while ago about issues with low heart rate below the threshold that the pm was set to. Still having 2-3 days a week that my heart rate drops down to 30bpm, but never did it when I was around the EP and the PM wasn't registering any issues. Thankfully after the last visit my EP ordered an event monitor to get some stats. So now that they see some of the issues I have to go back to meet with the EP and a tech from Medtronic tomorrow. EP seems to think my device is "over-sensing" or a potential issue with the ventricle lead. Anyone have issues with "over-sensing" and/or what it means.
Didn't have issues like this with...


Posted by BrynaR on 2015-05-06 18:59. 0 comments. 84 reads
 
Hello! It's been a while since I've posted :) Hi again, friends! I had a stress test today and was wondering if anyone has had similar results. My base rate is a junctional tachycardia to begin with. And the test showed that once I started exerting myself, the pacemaker started to kick in, a/v pacing. I went in and out of a/v pacing while the heart rate was between 130-120. Once it was down to 100 it didn't show any pacer spikes. Any ideas? Could it be settings? Let me know if you need more details:)

Posted by Cprice on 2015-05-06 07:58. 6 comments. 162 reads
 
Ever since i had my pacemaker fitted in june 2010, i have problems with pain in my left shoulder. Had to have a emergency op in 2012 to reimplant my pacemaker due to a severe infection. Recently i've been having stabing pains in my left shoulder like a red hot poker and my left hand goes numb and i can't pick things up!!!. Am very worried should i contact my cardiologist??!!

Posted by Judy13 on 2015-05-05 21:02. 2 comments. 115 reads
 
How long did you have to wait to do physical therapy?

Posted by Littletree on 2015-05-05 13:46. 3 comments. 168 reads
 
I have been having some breathing issues. Saw lung Dr. nothing wrong. Pacer not showing alerts. I can only walk a few feet and feel like I am out of breath. Must stop seems like my pacer needs to catch up with me been going on for 5 months or longer. I had to get another Dr. due to reason my cardiologist went to surgery only. Now for the past 5 months or longer I have been having issues. I have been checked for everything. Now I am having difficulty with my stomach. Go tomorrow for gasterologist for scope. If you have hand any of the same problem or got an idea would greatly appreciate any advice. Not over weight and I was eating a Heart Healthy diet. Now loosing weight and cannot eat anything. Everything taste terrible. Even water makes ...


Posted by staleebabbit on 2015-05-05 12:35. 4 comments. 230 reads
 
Hi fellow pacers...

I had a pacemaker installed on 3/31/15 due to bradycardia with a HR in the 30's and several episodes of near-syncope. I woke up in recovery and was told I needed to be taken back to surgery due to lead wire displacement. That same day, they opened me back up, repositioned the wires and sutured them back in place. A day later, I began experiencing diaphramic "hiccups" and a chest x-ray showed the atrial lead had moved. They operated the next day and repositioned the wire yet again.

About a week ago, I began feeling sporadic "hiccups" again and when I went for my pacemaker check today, I was told the atrial lead wasn't capturing, so they shut that lead off and right now, I am receiving ventricular p...


Posted by KJ on 2015-05-04 21:33. 2 comments. 145 reads
 
I had pm fitted last Wednesday. Have felt very tired. But main problem is sleeping. I get lightheaded from time to time during the night and also sometimes develop a mild wheezy type breathing which disappears if I sit up again. Will this ease as time goes on?

Posted by Judy13 on 2015-05-04 17:18. 3 comments. 129 reads
 
I have had my pacemaker/defib 5 months and still have considerable soreness in my arm. Feels like somthing rubbing or pinched. Gives me limitations and is uncomfortable


Posted by johnnyc on 2015-04-29 07:10. 3 comments. 203 reads
 
The guide for my new cellphone states that it should be kept 6 inches from my pacemaker. Has anyone had any complications from cellphone use?


Posted by becky1958 on 2015-04-28 20:57. 3 comments. 144 reads
 
anyone get a staff infection after device implanted?

Posted by trose54 on 2015-04-28 16:20. 2 comments. 121 reads
 
I am interested in hearing if anyone has had a problem related to smart phones, have my Pm for the last 14 months, no major issues just this and that. just saw an earlier post....

Posted by Sharynday on 2015-04-26 05:01. 2 comments. 211 reads
 
I would dearly love to use an i pad or i phone but they do make me feel unwell. I thought maybe it was my imagination, but it has happened when my son has left his i pad on the kitchen bench and I was unaware it was there. I became breathless and felt awful.

Posted by AFJONES on 2015-04-25 21:56. 0 comments. 84 reads
 
Received 3rd pacemaker (2006/2013/2015) to add another lead. Felt good for couple of days and then "toothache" like pain in area of pacemaker and in my back. No redness or infection. Continuous pain. CDU pacemaker check in 3 days. What could be the problem.

Posted by TJ319 on 2015-04-24 19:52. 5 comments. 175 reads
 
Hi I've had my PM since November 2013. The primary reasons were Bradycardia and AV block. I'm paced about 90% of the time in both chambers. I've had Atrial Tachycardia frequently during the past few months and now am scheduled for an ablation next week. The doctor put me on Cardizem for a month but, as he predicted, I don't want to live on it. It does not completely control the Tachycardia and makes me very sluggish. Does anyone have experience with the Ablation procedure?

Thanks

Posted by shagood35549 on 2015-04-22 10:55. 6 comments. 219 reads
 
Has anybody had a maze procedure?

Posted by Sharynday on 2015-04-21 19:27. 5 comments. 250 reads
 
Does anyone experience problems with Smartphone effecting their pacemaker.

I experience discomfort/interference when too close to a smart phone (particularly androids)

Posted by terrymac12345 on 2015-04-21 01:18. 1 comments. 173 reads
 
Three months and pacemaker feels it is too confined like a a two pound cantaloupe in a one pound opening. Soreness is almost always there. Any one else have this happen?

Posted by Carl Dixon on 2015-04-20 16:08. 4 comments. 183 reads
 
I have had a Pacemaker for over 4 years and no problems. I am very fit and have no trouble because of sports - i am 67. But today i have a very sore upper arm and part of my chest is sore on pacemaker side. It just feels like a pulled muscle but i have not done anything that would cause that. I am wondering if it is possible the Pacemaker has done something to make me sore? Has anyone heard of such a thing. I am sure i am not having a heart attack but it does hurt to take a deep breath?

Posted by tyra.2000 on 2015-04-19 19:33. 4 comments. 206 reads
 
Finally got my Biotronik dual chamber pacemaker implanted on 14/4/2015 - I can honestly say it was horrendous. It took nearly two hours and I had sedation and fentanyl. The pain was awlful. The surgeon said I had small veins and they did an auxiallary vein access and managed to puncture my lung. I spent 3 days in hospital in agony. I have been home for four days and am going back in tomorrow for a scan to check on lung and to check the pacemaker and review new meds. I feel like I;ve been run over by a truck. Black and blue. I have been excercising my left arm as much as possible to prevent adhesion. My AF (lone) has only ever been around twice requiring hospital visits, Please tell me life gets better and I will be able to drive/work soon....


Posted by EdGraham on 2015-04-17 11:52. 1 comments. 83 reads
 
Does anyone have any information about adverse interactions between a pacemaker and a TVOR - (i.e. aortic valve in a stent). I am asking because of a continuing problem with pounding heart beats and shortness of breath.



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