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Posted by Twitching on 2015-04-16 20:35. 4 comments. 246 reads
 
I have had my pace maker for one month today I have pain at my incision above and below it the stomach twitching is horrible I can't stand them I also have a white strong hanging out they told me to pull it out I can't it hurts to bad and it's suppost to dissolve well duh it ain't I'm about to give up

Posted by RusstheHiker on 2015-04-15 21:37. 4 comments. 245 reads
 
I recently had a major stroke four months after a pacer implant. Tests after stroke revealed that I have a hole in my heart between right and left chambers (a patent foramen ovale - PFO). I've had the PFO since birth many, many years ago.
No strokes in my history and I rate way low on risks for stroke.

Has anyone heard of a stroke in a person with a pacer and a PFO?
The hole allowed a blood clot to move from right side of heart into the left and then be pumped to my brain.

There's some research that indicates that a PFO in people with transvenous leads for a pacemaker more than triples the long-term risk of stroke (DeSimone, CV et al. 2013. Stroke or transient ischemic attack in patients with transvenous pa...


Posted by anniesu on 2015-04-14 21:59. 2 comments. 210 reads
 
well here I am back asking a question..Im having problems after 2 1/2 years...I can feel my heart jumping and skipping all the time...I did mow the yard the other day with a self puller lawn mower and I was fine I thought then I quit and sat down and my heart was jumping skipping and going crazy If finally stoped doing those things and I began to feel better...I gues the pacemaker got it straightened out...well now I get out of breath if I do something and I also feel all the heartbeats...Im on digoxin and troprol xl ..I beginning to wonder if its the digoxin as it seems to get worse after I take it...Going in the morning to have the icd checked to see if something is causing this with it..I have cardiomyopathy and left bundle branch block...


Posted by VJS on 2015-04-10 14:30. 4 comments. 310 reads
 
I am a 29 year old male and a relatively new member having a single lead pacemaker placed last Friday. Tuesday following the surgery while taking a short walk down my block I began to have severe pain in my throat and Chest that worsened when I played down. My doctor told me to take two Advil and to go to the ER if the pain did not decrease. 3 hours later I was in the ER having a chest x-ray and cat scan perfromed. The ER doctor said there is no effusion in or around my heart but there is irritation of the pericardium. He gave me prescriptions for ibuprofen and colchicine as well as percoset for the pain. Over the last few days the pain has gotten slightly better but is still significant. My cardiologist wants me to take the medication for...


Posted by Rosiesmum on 2015-04-09 11:06. 18 comments. 527 reads
 
Pacemaker fitted December 2014. Still having many problems 4 months later. Technicians refuse to do any more tweaks. Given option of living with it as it is or having it off. So fed up.

Posted by mg on 2015-04-09 10:56. 4 comments. 183 reads
 
Hi,
Is it possible to have a fractured lead/connection but it does not show up on a regular PM check?
Cheers

Posted by Mozer on 2015-04-08 17:11. 2 comments. 211 reads
 
Has anyone had pain in their PM site after having it for years? I had mine put in in 2008 and now it hurts if anything lays against it or if I lay on my left side. If I touch it, it feels like a bad bruise would feel. When I lay on my side I get a strong pain, not just the discomfort I got way back when I first got it. I am in the last year of batter life, they predict. I wonder if that could have something to do with it? I've been getting random pains in my PM/heart area when sitting up, especially at night watching t.v.

Thoughts?

Posted by dorcasrn on 2015-04-08 15:50. 2 comments. 169 reads
 
I had my pacemaker placed in March. I have had high blood pressure for about 5 years that has been in good control with Diovan and Toprol. Right after my pacemaker was placed my blood pressure went sky high. My family dr increased my Diovan but it is still really high. I am trying to convince her to change meds. Any ideas on what is a good choice? I have afib along with my sinus brady. I see from other posts that this is a common problem. Thanks!

Posted by jam44 on 2015-04-08 10:12. 11 comments. 249 reads
 
It has been a little over two months since I received my pacemaker. At night it seems to shift a lot. Then it aches and I have to change sides to get back to sleep. I thought it would stay in place by now, but it still moves around. How long does it take for it to not move around.
Thanks for any help.

Posted by bobc on 2015-04-03 13:47. 2 comments. 240 reads
 
Anyone out there having problems with the MedTronic SureScan pacemaker. Implanted eight weeks ago. Having problems with heart racing on the upper end, like 180+ bpm during moderate exercise. Didn't have any such problems before getting the pacemaker, only a very infrequent A-V block problem. Lots of adjustments since implantation, but worried that this (new) type of pacemaker may have unforeseen issues.

Posted by Peanut40 on 2015-03-29 08:55. 2 comments. 185 reads
 
Thanks to my co-workers and EMTs for there work on me on 02/09/2015 for saving my life not once but twice. But this sternum and rib pain is almost unbearable at times.Have even called off work twice because I couldnt move when I got up in the morning. Granted I do seem to over to it at work, but just doing my job. Heard it could take up to a year for the pain to go away, Any truth to that ?

Posted by Wunderwoman803 on 2015-03-24 18:52. 7 comments. 437 reads
 
Hi. I just found this website, as I was searching for the links between dehydration and bradycardia.

After fainting 3 times in the last year - the last time I was standing in line at WalMart! - my doctor finally explained to me that dehydration causes my blood to thicken. Normally, when this happens, a person's heart will start beating faster to keep pumping enough blood to the brain to keep you going. But, since my pacemaker only pumps at one speed, if I stand in one spot too long and am dehydrated....PLUNK! I pass out.

Does anyone else have to deal with this? I'm wondering how much it helps to take salt tablets. I don't usually eat much salt, which leaves me susceptible to dehydration. That, plus I tend to dr...


Posted by Peanut40 on 2015-03-23 20:29. 2 comments. 190 reads
 
had ICD put in 02./13/15, feeling good. But dealing with this itching is me nuts. Do they make acream for that

Posted by beaver on 2015-03-20 08:47. 3 comments. 197 reads
 
Is there any bad effects when operating a SAD light box wearing a pacemaker .Make:SOR.Sorin Biomedica Model:Esprit DR Type:DDDR.

Hope someone has information regarding the effect of SAD light on a pacemaker. If ok to use.

Posted by Vinnie on 2015-03-18 14:51. 1 comments. 144 reads
 
While searching the web I came across this site which may be helpful------- thanks to all for your info.
http://www.uwhealth.org/files/uwhealth/docs/anticoagulation/Periprocedural_Anticoagulation_Guideline.pdf

Regards
Vinnie

Posted by PoodleLady1 on 2015-03-18 09:49. 6 comments. 249 reads
 
I have been suffering from rashes for the past 11 months. I have a defibrillator installed in my chest since 11/13. The biopsy of my rash revealed chronic hives from unknown cause. Could it be possible my body is allergic to something in this Merlin transmitter? I have been eliminating all possibilities causing rashes such as soaps and vitamin supplements to no avail. Anyone else out there have this problem or who have been diagnosed as an allergic reaction to the device in your body?

Posted by lorine on 2015-03-17 17:28. 3 comments. 163 reads
 
PLEASE HELP I had a Icd for 15 yrs now in August they add a pacemaker . Now I have a burning feeling through my left chest to back. Please anybody ever heard of this! I really need help.

Posted by Vinnie on 2015-03-16 19:08. 9 comments. 370 reads
 
Need some help. I had a T.I.A. stroke a couple of weeks ago because I stopped PRADAXA for 3 days. My problem is --- the last time I changed my CRT-P Pacer ( June 2013 ) I stopped the PRADAXA for 4 days ( doctors orders). Now I am wondering If there is any rule as to how many days you should stop or do doctors just pull a number of days out of the air. Obviously if I got a stroke after 3 days stoppage; stopping it for 4 days means I'm pushing my luck each time I change a Pacemaker. Anyone out there have a similiar dilema? I guess people taking Xerelto,or Eliquis face the same problem as people on Pradaxa. What do you do when you have to change a pacemaker or have to pull teeth or any other time of proceedure that involves bleeding ie hemorr...


Posted by Porkypig on 2015-03-16 17:06. 3 comments. 363 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. 243 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




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