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Posted by azpacemakergirl on 2015-02-17 14:31. 1 comments. 75 reads
 
Hey guys. I am new here. I received my first pacemaker at 14 years and my second in 2010. So I have had this one for 4 years now. I havent had many complications with it and I hardly use it because it is set for when my heart rate is 30 bpm. The last two days I have felt super weak and some sort of strain (for lack of a better descriptive word) near where my implant is. However, I haven't done anyting to strain it. Any advice? I am sending in a phone check but I don't know the seriousness of the symptoms. Some times my heart rate feels super low but when I check it, it is normal. I have been eating and sleeping so It is nothing else going on. I have never felt this way except for when I had my first implant. help please :)

Posted by Inspector on 2015-02-17 11:48. 1 comments. 136 reads
 
I am paced 100% of the time at 70 bpm in lower chamber per an AV Node ablation and sometimes I have problems with PAC and PVC. Apparently the pacemaker I am using (pm 2210) is recognizing these as heart beats and is causing my pulse to drop down into the 30's. Anyone have these issues?

Posted by Inspector on 2015-02-17 11:40. 6 comments. 222 reads
 
Does anyone have problems with pacemaker when seatbelt is on. I have large padding on my seatbelt and I still have heart problems when my seatbelt is touching my pm 2210 pacemaker.

Posted by GJSmith on 2015-02-16 03:36. 4 comments. 200 reads
 
I had a pacemaker fitted on the 3rd Feb. my left arm is slightly swollen redder then the left, tingly and aches all of the time. I understand that this is not uncommon but how long does it last please

Posted by Judy13 on 2015-02-12 20:04. 2 comments. 174 reads
 
I had my device installed Dec1st 2014. I recently bumped it against my granddaughters chest . It seems to have a little bump and is sore. It this anything to worry about?

Posted by sweeper on 2015-02-11 13:56. 2 comments. 178 reads
 
I'm 70, and just under four months with a Medtronic Pacemaker. I''m also into my second year with a Medtronic Mechanical Mitral Valve in my heart. Other than a racing heart and a lot of anxiety, I've been problem free until the wee hours of this morning--when I experienced several short, sharp "needle-like" stabbing pains in or near my heart. After several minutes, I had another such episode.

I also experienced a quick elevation in my anxiety level as a result. After 15 or 20 minutes, I was able to get back to sleep. So far (and it's now about twelve hours later) I've refrained from calling my doctors.

Anyone had any similar pains? Any advice?

Posted by annieoakley on 2015-02-09 01:18. 7 comments. 256 reads
 
I have a question I was wondering if someone could help me get it answered. I have a 90year old. the pacemaker battery is dying. The 90 year old is not a surgical candidate to replace. Current HR 30 and regular, B/P low. Anyone know what to expect? I have been expecting SOB as well as MI sx's, 90 year old is dizzy when sitting or standing. What do you think?

Posted by pace-man on 2015-02-08 18:03. 6 comments. 243 reads
 
G'day, everyone, I had a 2 lead Biotronic pacemaker with 2 leads implanted in Oct 2013, I had to have my yearly check up with my 2 cardiologist 2 weeks ago, the one who fitted my pacemaker and the other one who put a stent in. Part of the check up was a stress test, which showed up some problems in the heart and the pacemaker read out also showed that I have been having some Atrial Fibrillation events in the last 10 months. that cardiologist put me on Xarelto (a blood thinner) for that problem So I had to have an Angiogram a couple of days ago to see what is happening in the heart, end result was that I now have to have a triple bypass, I asked the cardiologist if that would fix the Fibrillation problem , however he said it will make it wo...


Posted by Mommymissy on 2015-02-08 10:59. 3 comments. 149 reads
 
Can someone explain what this means on a EKG monitor?

Posted by sheilabrown on 2015-02-08 07:01. 2 comments. 138 reads
 
I had annual pacemaker check the other day and asked could my pacemaker be checked out as there appeared to be swelling around it. I was concerned because we are booked on a long haul flight on 10 February to NZ. The doc we saw wanted the specialist who had done original pacemaker op to see it .we had to return to hosp the following day prepared for an op to resite the pacemaker. However the specialist decided not to operate he thinks it just a build up of fluid that is not at the moment infected. I am now on antibiotics four times a day and had compression dressing on for 5 days. I been given the green light to fly.
If you get anything unusual get it checked !!!!!,

Posted by davey on 2015-02-08 05:21. 3 comments. 189 reads
 
hi.
am new to this but here goes ,
I had a pacemaker first fitted in 1996 for eleven episodes of nocturnal ventricular standstill , as I had unconsciousness, however I had further unconscious episodes even though I had a pacemaker implanted ( was this justified giving me a pacemaker in the first place ).
Reason I ask is because pacemaker had to be changed in 2006 and now its for complete heart block narrow qrs, I was told by a technician that base rate was set higher than it should be and re adjusted it accordingly, it was set at 60bpm adjusted to 50 bpm, it was noted later that my heart was saying it did not need pacemaker assistance and wants to work on its own.
this no doubt was discussed with the consultant because...


Posted by Bron75 on 2015-02-07 23:49. 2 comments. 117 reads
 
Hi all,
First post for me!!
Had my pm implanted Sept 2014 and on a whole everything has gone pretty smoothly. Had some adjustment issues but nothing out of the norm from what I understand.
Have recently had an episode with the pm not functioning for several seconds which resulted in me passing out at the gym. Have seen the cardiologist who assured me that with further adjustment this shouldn't happen again. Guess I've lost confidence and I'm wondering if anyone else has ever experienced these"hiccups". Feel too nervous to even think of starting anything again!! Looking forward to any info people may have.

Posted by Celast on 2015-02-06 09:28. 8 comments. 327 reads
 
What happens if your pacemaker suddenly stops,
Do you just die, had my pacemaker about 8 weeks now and I have wondered ever since having it fitted

Posted by Tash123 on 2015-02-05 16:13. 2 comments. 161 reads
 
Hi Everyone,
I have had a pacemaker since 2000 and am currently on my third one with a year or two still left on the battery. Recently I have been having discomfort in my shoulder where the pm is placed. If I move my arm a certain way it feels as tho the pm or something shifts under my skin (it's hard to explain) and it is very uncomfortable. There is also slight pain similar to muscle aches around the pm but I have experienced this before. The discomfort and movement is something new to me. I have been unable to find any reasoning for Why this would happen so I was hoping someone on here could help me. I have also lost weight in the past year and thought perhaps that could cause tightness across the pm since there is no...


Posted by hutter@montana.com on 2015-02-05 10:07. 2 comments. 115 reads
 
I continue to have deep debilitating pain in my left chest9 months after PM surgery. I had an abandoned lead removed but it hasn't affected this pain.

My cardiac surgeons doesn't "hear" me; my cardiologist doesn't "hear" me. I'm thinking is must be a common after-surgery and life-ever-after condition.

This pain is so big it affects my entire left chest - a deep grinding pain. It is not associated with bra-straps as it is there before dressing and after undressing.

This pain is affecting my recovery - I don't want to do anything. It's like a migraine in the body - consuming my attention and desire to participate.

Any ideas?



Posted by hutter@montana.com on 2015-02-05 09:59. 0 comments. 70 reads
 
Someone posted about having occasional sharp pain which were doubling him/her up. I suffered the same to the point of not wanting to drive.

My cardiac surgeon's nurse diagnosed the problem as an "abandoned" PM lead from bypass surgery.

Apparently only 5% of cardiac surgery patients experience difficulty with this foreign body.

I had it removed under local anesthetic but it normally requires at least sedation.

Instant relief.



Posted by porrige on 2015-02-03 05:04. 2 comments. 218 reads
 
Hello Friends,

My husband is currently in hospital with Pericarditis Effusion and possible fluid on the lung too, this all happened after having a pacemaker put in over a week and half ago and three trips to the ER to find out what was wrong with him. He suffered excruciating
chest pain, shoulder pain and jaw and throat pain, he could not lie down and he collapsed and turned grey in front of my eyes, I was never so frightened in my life, the paramedics were so good they took charge of the situation and took him to the ER. He is currently in Coronary Care Unit being monitored and they have him on strong antibiotics, pain injections and steroids etc., they have told him that he is stable at present and that the fluid has not ...


Posted by dmedcalf on 2015-02-02 21:55. 7 comments. 191 reads
 
I have had my pacemaker 5 weeks. I have had the device checked twice. I told the technision when i went about the popping I was feeling and I actually felt it while he was checking my device. He said it was the leads and that he switched something and tgat I should no longer feel it...well it is worse. Sometimes it pops so hard I feel like it shocks me. I only have a pacemsker and the nurse told me that I should not feel anything. I also am still really sore and my left arm gets a sharp pain every.now and then
Does anyone else have this issue and should I be worried?


Posted by Calvin on 2015-02-02 11:05. 3 comments. 238 reads
 
Possible relationship between PM and fatigue?

Posted by philco on 2015-02-01 21:02. 4 comments. 182 reads
 
had pacer 12-9-14 now see a white suture at one end of incision ?



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