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Posted by Porkypig on 2015-03-16 17:06. 3 comments. 323 reads
 
Hi not feeling good and was wondering if anyone has same sort of thing, to cut very long story short I have had 3 pacemakers in 18 months due to infection, first infection was iv treated for 2 weeks before new one put in on other side, new one didn't heal properly for 6 months and I was constantly made to feel I was wasting doctors and cardio time and told its only scar tissue that wont heal not pocket infection, I was so fed up and depressed with it all, after 6 moths a hole appeared like a maggot hole in an apple and gallons of fluid was coming out, I had an appointment with cardio anyway so went to that and that point they admitted me stated iv antibioctic and next day the planned to take out pacer, at this point the cardiologist was v...


Posted by mara on 2015-03-15 13:00. 4 comments. 212 reads
 
One year post dual PM for AV block. Echogram = significant issues developing, although syptoms lacking
1. Ischemic cardiomyopathy
2. supraventricular tachycardia, likely atrial flutter
3. systolic function has deteriorated with EF EJECTION FRACTION 40%.

appoinment tomorrow to find out what all this means


Posted by DMJ on 2015-03-14 22:07. 2 comments. 216 reads
 
Hello all,

This is a follow up to my post about not being able to exercise without feeling sick and throwing up etc. This past Monday my Husband and I walked to our mailbox which has a slight hill to climb. I got dizzy and had to be helped back home, started the old sick, throw-up thing. Set a interrogation of my pacer to doctors and they called saying I had 18 episodes of V_Tach in the last month up to 180's yet below my VT zone. Was told to go to local ER. Tried to get it done with and used adenosine 6 mg and 12 mg, not help and started on amiodarone 150 mg which did get it back after 4 hours to 65 hr. No beds in my state of NH on a cardio unit. That was my luck, was sent almost 2 hours to Boston's Brigham and Women'...


Posted by Laughing on 2015-03-14 13:54. 4 comments. 195 reads
 
I had a pacemaker fitted last Thursday and I am experiencing twitching on my left mid abdomen, I'd this something tobe worried about, not sure if I should ring my doctor.

Posted by Sandies on 2015-03-14 12:53. 2 comments. 130 reads
 
Sorry for all the spelling errors in my post! Did not proof read.
Sandie

Posted by Sandies on 2015-03-14 12:46. 1 comments. 189 reads
 
I have a 2 month old pacemaker that is cauing me pain along the scar and around the outside edge of the divice. Also have a medtronic heart loop. There does not seem to be an infection but just a bothersome pain. Wakes me up, hard to sleep on stomach. Almost like a burning sensation.
I was having syncopes, heart pausing, reasons for PM. Was suppose to correct but it has not and infact the syncopes are getting worse. Today 1 about every hour or so. They are very destressing casuing you to feel week, tired along with the PM pain not a good day. Going to see a neurologist about the syncopes as heart dr. thinks they may be autonomical reactions, something about the vegas nerve. Any one else have any insight about these issues? Thanks, Sa...


Posted by pondwater on 2015-03-13 19:15. 2 comments. 216 reads
 
Hello,

I was just told this morning that my father has an afib in the upper part of his heart. He had a pacemaker put in in 2012. The afib was just found because of a reading and a regular checkup with the VA. Per records the afib showed up in Dec of 2014, Jan, Feb of this year.

We've many questions of course. My concerns are if he would have to go back into surgery for treatment? Has anyone here been in this situation? Do or can pacemakers cause afibs?

He is awaiting a call from his local VA clinic to get in to see someone. He told me he saw a nurse up where he went (has to travel 4hrs to see a dr) and the clinic where he lives will call him. He told me he called them this morning. Its Friday and...


Posted by bearss27 on 2015-03-13 18:42. 4 comments. 209 reads
 
When I had my pacemaker originally put in they just put it in under the skin but soon after it started moving around and almost flipping over. The cardiologist recommended getting a pocket revision and having it put in the muscle. I got my pocket revision about a year ago. I fell the other day and started having a lot of pain when I move my arm and went in to make sure nothing was wrong. They did a x ray and had the tech check the devise but the doctor was not there. I asked the tech if everything looked okay and was told that the devise was fine but was shifted more toward my shoulder and that was probably what was causing the pain. He said it's not effecting the devise but it will continue to hurt if I didn't have another pocket revision...


Posted by murdock on 2015-03-13 16:30. 4 comments. 135 reads
 
I got my pacemaker two years ago and l have lumps around it also they were very soft but now a couple of them feel like small peas. It took almost this whole time for the soreness to go away, I thought it was just scar tissue, it seems like my body didn't like having it in there. I had a mammogram and that was ok but I don't think it goes that high so I am going back to my cardiologist next week and see what they say. I hope it's nothing and I let it go, my mammogram was ok.

Posted by porrige on 2015-03-10 17:42. 13 comments. 386 reads
 
Please could do with some help please. My husband had a pacemaker put in on 22nd january last, he developed a pericardial effusion and now has pericarditis he's been through hell and back with the pain and fatigue.

He has recovered somewhat but after seeing one if the cardiologist today the fluid is still around the heart and the cardiologist suspects the pacemaker is causing all this so he is going to take out the pacemaker at the end of this month and let the pericarditis settle and then decide if he will put it back in actually he was not happy my husband had it out in as he was happy with my husbands angiogram which was normal and he was happy with everything then the hospital team went and put it in because they saw bradyca...


Posted by billyjet138 on 2015-03-08 11:29. 8 comments. 229 reads
 
I received a dualPM a month ago .Since then I have had night sweats and there getting worse where I have to change my tee shirt and bedding every night.I also had a loss of about 10 lbs after surgery however I am slowly gaining the weight back.In the hospital I got RED MAN syndrome during the procedure from Vanco and was not given any more anti=biotic during my stay.My question is could I have Endocarditis...the problems I have listed are symptoms of this infection. I know I have to call my cardiologist Im just wondering if anyone had a similar experience. Thanks

Posted by Gravelier on 2015-03-07 23:20. 8 comments. 229 reads
 
Has anyone any documentation of any person having a lead pulled out by lifting a heavy object or extending your arm over your head. I know what all of the doctors and nurses say. I'm looking for actual documentation or a case study.

Posted by C130 on 2015-03-07 18:30. 3 comments. 232 reads
 
I had a Bos. Sci. PM installed 1/14/15. I had a-fib while still at hosp. They ran an ekg imm. after. the nurse said that I had had an a-fib event. Went home next day and recovered well. have felt great since. But last thursday afternoon while sitting i had another "event" that came on suddenly and lasted at least a minute with hard pumping and quivering pain and breathlessness. Took a nitro and it went away. felt weak for a while after that. Next day called Device lab and informed them but it didn't show up on my monitor, she said that that type of "event" would not show up on my monitor. She wanted me in next day as having the pain "go away" from taking the nitro concerned her but couldn't make it that day so will go in on Monday for sur...


Posted by lauram65 on 2015-03-06 08:07. 7 comments. 217 reads
 
Hi everyone. Lately when I turn on my left side in bed, it feels like something is pulling. I actually went to the cardiologist a couple months ago feeling like it had moved and they said that was normal and told me to wear two sports bras when I walked!!!
This is something new. Of course, I am going to call the cardiologist, but since I have had the PM they are not all that responsive. They put me to a nurse to allay my fears and save their appointment schedule. I'm going to insist I get in there.
Also, how often do you have the manufacturer's rep check your monitor? I got mine last August, have only had it checked once and they say I shouldn't come back until this DECEMBER. Is that right? Any responses would be very...


Posted by fwerny1 on 2015-03-05 20:13. 7 comments. 227 reads
 
My resting heart rate was very low (32) and my BP was 120/72.After first pacemaker implant BP went up and I was put on 5 mg of Lisinopril. When battery needed replacing the next pacemaker raised my BP even higher 200/100. 40 mg of Lisinopril and 10 mg of amlopidine it is now under control.
What is going on here? My cardiologist says there is no connection between my BP and the pacemaker.
Otherwise the pacemaker has been great.

Posted by steeneyre on 2015-03-05 16:30. 4 comments. 163 reads
 
Good afternoon,

I had my Metrinc Dual Chamber PM installed on November 10th and a lead reposition on November 21, where at this time a lead punctures my heart and I had a pericardal effusion. Now I have had swelling in my PM site for over a month, went to the Dr. and they thought perhaps I was over doing it. I took it easy and a week later I ended up with what I could best describe as a blister on my already healed incision. I went back to the Dr and they put me on Bactrim DS twice a day thinking maybe it is an infection. I was wondering if anyone else has had something like this and what the outcome was. I will try to upload a picture so you can see what I am talking about.

Posted by rick33949 on 2015-03-05 10:34. 3 comments. 156 reads
 
So ever since my ablation and pacemaker on 1/21 when I a yawn I cant breath at all, I feel like I am suffocating I asked my Family Doc and his response was "thats weird" and he moved on. The other problem that has shown up since then is Now keep in mind I have had great blood pressure even before surgery now my blood pressure goes from normal to extremely low like 72/50 and it happens often so of course I asked about it and the response was "eat more salt" So I have done some research and talk to my eye surgeon he said It sounds like they caused some damage to my vagus nerve during surgery any input from anyone I would appreciate any input at all.

Posted by DMJ on 2015-03-05 09:56. 6 comments. 180 reads
 
It seems when I exercise or over excert myself I get light headed, dizzy and nausea. I have had two times this last week which resulted in me feeling pain in my chest and throwing up. I'm due to see my doctor next month, I have been waiting for my medical to start so I can get a echo etc. Has anyone else gotten so sick from exercise or doing too much like snow shoveling? I do have a ICD so I figure it would shock me if I was really having a attack.

Posted by johnnyc on 2015-03-04 17:58. 4 comments. 193 reads
 
My wife wants to put up a magnet strip on a kitchen wall to hang knifes on. Should I be concerned about the affects on my pacemaker. How far away from it should I stay?
Thank you,
John

Posted by dmedcalf on 2015-03-01 20:35. 2 comments. 144 reads
 
I have had my pacemaker since Dec
30 th. (Almost 2 months).... I am constantly tired and feel like I am going to pss out and out of breath, and it feels like I got this big lump in my throat.
Also get this feeling like what it feels like when you are on a roller coaster and you come down that first big hill and it just takes your breath away and that is when i feel my PM go off.for 5 to 10 paces. Is this normal? It is the wierdest feeling. Have been back 3 times to my Dr. For a device check and they say everything is good.



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