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Posted by Breeze on 2014-10-30 21:31. 1 comments. 145 reads
 
I have had my PM a couple weeks, I have been feeling a snapping type feeling in it. What's up with that?

Posted by ScaredOne on 2014-10-29 05:07. 3 comments. 199 reads
 
do you need to see the cardiac specialist everytime you get shocked?thanks.

Posted by flutetooter on 2014-10-28 22:36. 3 comments. 268 reads
 
Lawsuits against a Munster, IN cardiologist, Dr. Arvind Ghandi, his associates at Cardiologist Associates of Northwest Indiana, and the acclaimed Community Hospital in Munster, In. have hit the television news again over the weekend. There were a lot of lawsuits a year or so ago toward the same people for unnecessary surgeries to implant cardiac defibrillators, and alleging that the doctor did not have the proper credentials to do these implantations. The patients had suffered many injuries and one had to have a heart transplant as a result.

The evening news mentioned more than 20 medical malpractice injury lawsuits and also that the doctors were sued on behalf of the federal government and medicare. Newpaper articles listed th...


Posted by stron on 2014-10-27 16:57. 4 comments. 378 reads
 
I received my dual lead pacemaker almost five months ago. About two months ago, I lost my voice. I can whisper, but I cannot talk ! I have been to several specialist, with mixed results. When they checked my vocal chords with a scope down my throat, they found my vocal chords to be in great shape. The latest specialist I have seen, an Endrocinoligist, suggested that I should try a month of no coffee, wine, spicy foods, & anything else that might irritate my throat.
Previously, to him, I have had x-rays of my lungs, cat-scan of my lungs, ect. I also had an ultrasound of my neck.
Everything is fairly normal for a 77 year old man.
One doctor, made note of the fact, that one of the pacemaker leads , going to my heart, is right...


Posted by Spunky_1 on 2014-10-26 23:57. 3 comments. 185 reads
 
I have had my PM for almost 3 months dx'd w/ SSS. I pace in AAI mode and I have a Bos Sci Ingenio - if that makes a difference. My last pacing percentage was 82%.

Within a few weeks after getting my PM, my autoimmune diseases kicked in and to make a long (and exceedingly painful) story short I've been fighting to deal with the aftermath of a severe flare and haven't had the strength to deal with anything else.

However, I've got a follow up this week at the clinic. I will see a PA this time, my EP is out of town, my next appt w/ him is in 3 weeks when he returns. I don't know if I'm being overly sensitive about how my heart feels when it beats sometimes or if there really is something wrong, but I could use some help...


Posted by flutetooter on 2014-10-26 23:51. 7 comments. 257 reads
 
A neighbor had many complications with a pacemaker implanted on Thurs. which made me glad I went to the University of Chicago Hospitals for mine.

His doctor was board certified in electrophysiology but our hospital may not have enough experience with this procedure or the fluoroscope equipment. His diagnosis was bradycardia after a 1 week monitor and he was sent to a heart doctor who hospitalized him for a pacemaker. His pulse was 45, and he was often tired and lightheaded after little exercise. So far, so good.

During the procedure, however, the doctor could only install 1 out of the two leads because there was a blood clot in the vein. Isn't this something that should have been discovered before? Also the ...


Posted by ballydhanoa on 2014-10-24 10:06. 0 comments. 130 reads
 
hello friends m/20 on my second pm replaced 2 month before. from few days i am feeling my heart sometimes is beating in disorder. in a day when i am in resting position it beats in disorder for 2,3 days for 15,20 minutes then after that it start beating in order. is this is some serious problem or normal? i am CHB patient having medtronic kappa 400 dual chamber DDDR mode type. my question is this disorder is normal ? i feel my heart is beating in disorder Any suggestions ?

Posted by jangi1992 on 2014-10-23 08:25. 1 comments. 94 reads
 
I have severe hand and body tremor since 3 years ago, while i was having problems of low BP and trachycardia . after that I implanted with pacemaker. i want best medicine from this group of people to help me out. and have no any other physical complication. plz help

my age 72 years
weight 60 kg.

thanks in adavance

Posted by sportygirl on 2014-10-19 21:12. 7 comments. 335 reads
 
Hi everyone, Just would like to thank all for the support l have received over the year. Things have been going good, would like to ask one question. I have swelling and tenderness around pacemaker pocket. The pain is around a 7 and you can see the area is swollen. This all started today. Any advice?
Thanks, Sportygirl

Posted by Lee24 on 2014-10-19 02:24. 3 comments. 262 reads
 
Guys I have a dual chamber pacemaker. Since last night 12:20 pm I've been having syncope events every 5min till now. I called boston scientific. They say my pacemaker is fine. The cardiologist says he doesn't know what to do. What could be wrong with me ? Can't afford to be sick at this moment


Posted by deefromcalifornia on 2014-10-18 14:50. 4 comments. 244 reads
 
Yesterday I received a small electrical shock from a shop vac. I have a boston dual chamber pacemaker. Is this a problem with pacemakers? Thank you!

Posted by cwalsh on 2014-10-18 12:09. 5 comments. 279 reads
 
i had my dual pacemaker put in two weeks ago, I had a lot of soreness as the surgeon found it had to make the pocket for it, the last few days I've had this funny/weird feeling (hard to explain it ) like as if your heart is not beating properly, I did have it all the time I only get it now if I go move, has anybody else had an experience like this, I had my pacemaker checked and they said it's working fine, has anybody else had an experience like this, my base rate on my PM is 60 and I'm 46 yrs old. Thank you.

Posted by saunders22 on 2014-10-13 04:10. 3 comments. 165 reads
 
Hello,

I hope someone can help my mother who is in her 80’s. She had a pacemaker operation over 3 months ago. Two days later, a burning sensation started in her back area, and has been there day and night ever since. This causes her enormous stress and pain, making it very difficult for her to relax and sleep. She has seen over a dozen specialists - including several cardiologists, neurologist, immunologist, etc. – all of who say two things: there’s nothing wrong with the pacemaker; we don’t know what is causing the burning sensation.

Is anyone familiar with this burning sensation (in the back area, not by the heart) after a pacemaker sensation? As her loving son, I would really be grateful for any contribut...


Posted by general365 on 2014-10-11 20:28. 5 comments. 232 reads
 
Hi, I am 7 weeks post implant, and about a week ago I began having a sharp pain at one side of the implant site. It is not constant, but it is becoming longer and more painful daily. The pain is not debilitating by any means, especially considering all of the surgeries I have had in my life. Today I tried to take a nap, and it was a no-go with the discomfort around the PM area. This is where I draw the line, when my nap gets interfered with! :-} Would the veterans out there think that this will go away? It is more tender to the touch lately than it used to be. Thanks!

Posted by wxman on 2014-10-09 19:44. 8 comments. 625 reads
 
I almost wasn't going to post this because I didn't want to discourage anyone that might be contemplating the implantation of a device. However, If you're reading this site, you've likely been reading many sites about PM implantation, and are aware that with any medical procedure, there is always a very small chance that something may go wrong. For most, everything turns out fine. With that said, here's my experience.

I went in on September 8, to have a duel lead PM installed because of bradycardia with occasional tachycardia, and quite a few PACs with a few PVCs (which I was told were benign). After the implant procedure, I felt fine as I was coming off the sedation. Within a few minutes, I started getting a very strong pa...


Posted by labbe on 2014-10-09 14:52. 2 comments. 147 reads
 
Hello! First time to post and just recently joined PM Club. So happy to find this sight. I have had 4 cardiac arrest episodes before I got my PM on 7/24/14. I had open heart surgery on 4/11/14 (one bypass). I've had some problems with PM and have had it adjusted once. Recently my Dr told me my wires in my ventricle are dying. But the good news is my PM is working and I'm alive. Has anyone else been told this? I'm 64.
Thanks
labbe

Posted by davstecut on 2014-10-06 20:56. 5 comments. 330 reads
 
Can anyone tell me what would be the typical sign of a pacemaker malfunction.

Posted by Mommiof3 on 2014-10-06 16:42. 3 comments. 230 reads
 
Hi guys. My 4 year old daughter had the pacemaker implanted on June 4,2014 because she was diagnosed with complete heart block 3rd degree. Her left ventricle was the size of a 10 year old. So She has had check ups since then and all were fine. Her teacher recently contacted us with questions to see if everything was ok. They told me she sometimes just go lay down and pass out to sleep and it's hard to wake her. When they do wake her they said she's lost. So I've called her doctor but haven't heard anything yet. Could this mean a problem with a pacemaker? She does great at home without any problems so I'm totally confused. Can anyone relate and ease my mind because I'm getting worried!! Thanks u guys!!!

Posted by shal on 2014-10-05 14:23. 9 comments. 348 reads
 
I am quite upset that. My pacemaker has moved from under the muscle and into the armpit. I will need another op. Apparently a lead extraction may also be needed and they may need to use the other side. So wounds on both sides. I am told lead extraction carries a 1% risk.....is that true? I have youngs kids and am so worried about the surgery.....can anyone calm my nerves with any personal success stories or knowledge?
Gratefully
Shal

Posted by REBAAMOUSH on 2014-10-05 04:22. 4 comments. 175 reads
 
I have a slight case of pneumonia and bigger case of bronchitis. While having a coughing attack I got light headed, started shaking and muttering some words, now my pacer has been palpitating. No defib on board. Almost due for my batteries (within the next 8 months). I have had my pacer since 2006 and never felt anything from it. Now it is palpitating like its my actual heart. Something serious?



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