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Posted by DampDog on 2016-04-13 13:53. 5 comments. 193 reads
 
Not a complication as such, just a quick question.

I'm just 6 weeks post implant and right at the end of my incision it just looks like the end of a black stick is popping out, just enough to show and catch on my shirt. It's not red or inflamed it looks like it's healing well. I'm pretty sure my consultant said all the stitches would dissolve or their own accord over the course of a few weeks.

Anyone had any similar experiences?

Posted by natarajan on 2016-04-07 04:58. 3 comments. 208 reads
 
I am implanted with dual chamber PM for the past 7 years and prior to that single chamber for 10 years. On recent checking I was found to have had 37 episodes of fibrillation with ranging from 160 to 180. My setting is 60-120 Beats per min. Except on one ocassion I did'nt feel any discomfort. During that one episode I had blurring of vision for 4 full minutes, while I was returning after my usual evening walks. needless to say I was scared. My cardiologist prescribed ecosprin for a month. I stopped it now. Has anyone can experienced this kind, and explain what to do to prevent next occurance. Why this fibrillation takes place any remedy?

Posted by phyllandrew on 2016-04-04 16:23. 4 comments. 299 reads
 
I have had a pacemaker for over 15 yrs, the last being implanted in Dec 2010. I have never had this happen until after my last pacer check the other day. It feels like my pacer is beating, literally you can feel it on my pacer. I thought maybe I was imagining it but my husband & son both could feel it strongly. It doesn't hurt but is very uncomfortable. I don't know if my settings were changed last week. Has anyone else ever experienced this before or have any info as to what is causing this?

Posted by Elizabeth79 on 2016-04-03 06:15. 3 comments. 264 reads
 
I had my cardiac loop monitor implanted almost 2 months ago. ... needless to say I am not impressed with it at all! I feel as if the pharmaceutical company pushed this device. Not only is it still sore to the touch or anything at all but it is nothing like what they told me before hand. I can't hardly wear a bra the scar is so unattractive and you can see the shape of the device under my skin and I am by no means small chested or anything else. My question is had anyone has had it removed? Or experienced any of this also my left arm is always swollen is this normal? Any comments would be appreciated!

Posted by TAHER26 on 2016-04-01 16:56. 1 comments. 230 reads
 
I have had a pacemaker for 18 years - normally since fitting check ups shown a 5% frequency of af however last check level was 77%. Also I have been in permanent af for c two months now. I began to notice discomfort esp in legs when walking uphill- gym cardio was also difficult although both have improved markedly recently. Has anyone else experienced this and if so what treatment was recommended ?








Posted by BLACKCLOUD on 2016-03-31 21:40. 4 comments. 359 reads
 
I am new to all this, a 69 yr old female I had a PM put in 1 yr ago due to a blacking out from low heart rate now down to30 beats. Drs think my heart was damaged from past chemo and radiation treatments for breast cancer that occurred yrs ago, plus bad luck with the genes.
I have been fine after 1 adjustment to the PM to pace immediately without any lag time. Since then everything OK, until they did a follow up Echo and my EF function, which was normal last yr is now down to 40%, which I understand is heart faliure. Dr put me on Carvedilol which I just started and they will be increase dose in 2 weeks. I am so stressed out they told me the PM would correct my problem and I would be fine. Now the EF function is dropping and I wonder ...


Posted by rnff2 on 2016-03-30 00:41. 3 comments. 252 reads
 
I recently had mitral valve replacement surgery. In the OR prior to my surgery they did a TEE. The echo showed severe mitral valve regurgitation which we expected but it also showed severe tricuspid valve regurgitation. My surgeon said that my pacemaker lead was laying across my tricuspid valve and had damaged the valve so he also repaired tricuspid valve in addition to replacing my mitral valve. I find it interesting that this was not seen on my prior TEE from which my mitral regurgitation was diagnosed only 8 weeks prior. That echo showed my tricuspid regurgitation was trace to minimal. I've had my dual lead pacemaker for not quite 3 years.

Anyone ever hear about a pacemaker lead damaging a valve due to the way it was s...


Posted by billyxoc1@gmail.com on 2016-03-27 15:24. 4 comments. 229 reads
 
I don't have a pace maker but my dad just got his like a month a go. Before he got it he was very active going on trips to casinos and golf. Now that he has it he feels he,is to,old to leave the house he is playing golf but the worst part is at night it's like he cant breath his nose stops up and he gets very scared. Is,this normal. And if so what do we do to help him. He is a very strong man never complains in till now and now he seems to think he is, going to,die

Posted by joecolt on 2016-03-26 21:16. 2 comments. 264 reads
 
Why does My device get hot sometimes

Posted by trudy on 2016-03-26 08:04. 2 comments. 204 reads
 
I have a defibrillator but also take some meds to control my arrhythmias. I had syncopy episides and was put on amiodarine and mexiletine. I've had nothing but side effects, most likely from the amiodarone which is very toxic. I'm scheduled for a epicardial ablation where my doc will attempt to ablate some of the scar tissue on my heart. My question is about the drugs I'm taking. Has anyone else been on these drugs? If so, how long did you stay on them and how did you feel? Also has anyone ever had an epicardial ablation? It scares me a little:(

Posted by Barnes42 on 2016-03-25 23:10. 3 comments. 294 reads
 
Hi all , this as a 2nd message regarding bouts of dizziness , its been 3 weeks since my pacemaker was inserted and have been up beat active and happy about the whole affair .Unfortunately the last few days have brought me crashing back down with a bump . I am having serious bouts of dizziness to the extent of nearly blacking out and short of breath. mentally and physically I feel absolutely fine which worries me even more as to what these attacks could be .they last for about 15 to 20 mins , anxiety has been mentioned but as ive never experienced anxiety before its difficult to accept because I don't feel any stress etc . Has any one had any experiences like this , im 42 years of age , many thanks , dave

Posted by BrynaR on 2016-03-22 21:03. 3 comments. 250 reads
 
Hello, all!

It has been a long time since I have posted on here, but thought I would see if anyone could offer some insight.

I have a dual lead Medtronic Adapt, ADIR mode, lower limit set to 90 to out pace the junctional tachycarida that I have been experiencing for years. I have sleep mode on, lower limit set to 60. They made these changes last friday, and I was feeling really great, but then monday I started to experience what felt like pvc's/pac's.

Went into the pacer clinic, and the histograms were very strange. In ADIR mode, the V lead is off, but still senses to show activity. Well in the A I was paced 70% of the time, 35% of the time at 90 and 10% of the time at 100 and then the rest was a very min...


Posted by ER on 2016-03-22 03:35. 1 comments. 219 reads
 
My husband is 78 and has had a pacemaker since October 2015 and he has been doing well. He also has afib. We recently went on a long road trip and during one of the nights at the hotel, he was having a nightmare. I went over to gently wake him up and he was covered in goosebumps. Then a few days later at a different hotel, he fell out of bed during the night thought he didn't hurt himself.
Could either of these be effects of the pacemaker or the afib? He has never had either of these things happen before. Any insight you can provide would be appreciated.
Thanks so much.

Posted by gizmo on 2016-03-21 09:50. 3 comments. 258 reads
 
A few months after implant, my left arm started hurting. I asked the surgeon afterwards about the pain and she said it sounded like a rotator cuff. The pain got worse and now is consistent, it's not getting better or worse. It does not hurt in normal activity, but certain motions/activities it hurts really bad, such as putting on a coat or reaching around putting my belt on. Am I going to have to live with this......

Posted by jamesyboy on 2016-03-20 06:18. 4 comments. 340 reads
 
Had pacemaker inserted on Mar 17 for carotid sinus hypersensitivity. In two weeks will go back to clean wound and check pacemaker to be sure still working as it should.

It has been only 3 days, but it has been difficult remembering to not use my left arm. Today I may have put too much pressure on that arm from an automatic reaction and dislodged a lead. Not sure how to tell.

It seemed the pacemaker had also fixed a skipped heartbeat problem I've had for many years. First couple of days heart skipped, but yesterday seemed like it had stop skipping. Thought maybe pacemaker had fixed. Today I put too much pressure on that arm and now the skipping is back. It may be that yesterday was a fluke and the pacemaker ...


Posted by voiceofangelz on 2016-03-20 04:22. 4 comments. 232 reads
 
Hi! I'm
Just about 8 weeks post of from implantation of BiVentricular
CRT device. I went for my 2nd follow up and 1st optimization appointment and received bad news. My LV lead migrated so they turned off the pacemaker. I'll have surgery again to either remove it all or have them fix lead.

I had zero improvement. But the issue is we don't know when the lead moved. It was working a week post op. My dr. said that for a case like mine I should see improvement within two weeks of surgery. But I've never had any improvement at all. So either it just didn't help me and then the lead moved & stopped working at some point or it could've helped me but it moved after that first week so we just don't know. I know...


Posted by ellie4ellie on 2016-03-17 16:41. 0 comments. 153 reads
 
Hi I am wondering if anyone suffers from excessive tiredness, through atrial fibrillation , 2 yrs ago I had my 2nd pacemaker fitted, approx. 10 yrs ago I had a pm fitted followed by av node ablation, which for many years has being very successful in controlling my condiction, however I am now and have being in permanent af for several yrs even after treatment, has anyone else being in this situation and what have you done. My heart its self is structurally fine as I have just had a echo, however on the ecg it showed a left bundle branch block, my bloods have being checked , all results in normal range, I have a appointment with the consultant in 2 weeks time , would love to hear of other peoples experiences thankyou

Posted by yellowdart on 2016-03-16 16:18. 5 comments. 243 reads
 
I had a Pacemaker placed just under my left collarbone in late January 2016. About a week and a half later I started to develop a chronic pain in my right thigh and hip area that feels like lactic acid build up after exercising. Since then it has moved to my left side and now is up in my shoulders. PCP believes it is a sciatic nerve problem. After daily stretching exercises, 3 PCP visits, 4 chiropractor visits, and a visit to the Acupuncturist, my pain not only still persists but is escalating and now is in my shoulders. PCP is supposed to be lining me up for a MRI (I have a Medtronic MRI SureScan and MRI leads) of lower back area to isolate possible sciatic issues.

I am now on week 7post surgery and this condition is get...


Posted by serah28 on 2016-03-15 17:41. 3 comments. 236 reads
 
So as I mentioned before I went today to my cardiologist and he checked everything.The PM was working fine and he used some tool (I don't know honestly what is it)to check my heart muscle by pressing on my heart(maybe a defibrillator I don't know) and he told me that my heart muscle is fine but he saw that I had skipping beats.He prescribed 2.5mg of Concor/day and told me it's not something serious since my heart muscle if good..I asked him if the pain I'm feeling is due to these skipping beats he told yes and the medicine should correct that...so did anyone had pain along with those skipping heart beats ???is it normal? I do trust my Dr. but I'm becoming very concerned these days although now I'm feeling a bit better since I went to see h...


Posted by candi on 2016-03-13 13:46. 1 comments. 195 reads
 
I have a lump in my RT breast and am waiting for test results. If malignant, can I have radiation? What about mastectomy, both breasts? How will this affect my pacemaker? I have a very strong family history, thus thinking ahead-just in case.



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