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Posted by howdoyoumendabrokenheart on 2014-12-23 18:04. 2 comments. 151 reads
 
Hello all,

I recently had an ablation done and it was somewhat unsuccessful. It has made my heart go into a stable sinus rhythm but I still am having SVT's. In fact I had about 62 episodes in about 9 weeks. Now my cardiologist suggests another attempt but warns me that it may cut off all natural impulses to my heart and I would then need to be 100% paced. I am wondering if anyone else has been faced with this and what your opinions might be. I have CHF and COPD. This is a vicious combination because one affects the other at times. Right now the doctor suggested I double my dose of Lopressor which, he thinks, may help with the SVT's. I don't know what would be best to do. I already have an ICD in place, which fired 7 tim...


Posted by Godfrey on 2014-12-23 13:31. 0 comments. 88 reads
 
According to Which magazine this week there is a problem with pacemakers an keyless entry Hospital have no knowledge of this I am off to have my yearly pacemaker check in Jan so will take it up then

Posted by terrymac12345 on 2014-12-22 17:33. 2 comments. 173 reads
 
Hi, My pacemaker (one month old lies fairly flat except at the top it i protruding more than the rest. I only bring it up because I feel like ---- a lot of the time. Any experience with this?

Posted by MaryJane on 2014-12-21 17:52. 1 comments. 161 reads
 
I received a pacemaker July of this year, all has been well until I became sustained bradycardic a few days ago, very symptomatic while at the ER.
My pacemaker should correct the bradycardia, right?
Anyone else experience this?

Posted by pancres on 2014-12-21 11:00. 3 comments. 180 reads
 
Have been having one little problem. I felt off last week ? why.
Phone call from hosp to get there straight away.Apparently monitor had picked up low pulse rate and instead of rectifying it
nothing.had been changed.
Easily adjusted but I but wondered what would happen if I was away from home and this happened again.
I am paced from 60 upto 180.
I have now become a bit nervous about going away over Christmass.
Could it affect my driving?
Thanks to all .

Posted by terrymac12345 on 2014-12-20 21:17. 3 comments. 206 reads
 
I had my two way pacemaker put in one month ago today. I have had very sharp pains in the last two weeks directly over and or in the pacemaker area. The pace guy did the over the shoulder test and said all was O.K. except three nights ago at 10:15 pm my pulse went to 162 just before the ambulance came to take me to ER.
The cardiologist who put the pacemaker in said the pains are normal in the beginning but my regular cardiologist disagrees.
I feel like hell most of the day and the pacemaker feels like it weighs 100 lbs. Any one have any experience with the sharp pains and other things I just mentioned? Thanks!

Posted by Cabg Patch on 2014-12-19 16:46. 6 comments. 244 reads
 
Seems the site is offline more often than not of late, what gives? Need a new pacer to keep the pulse going, or perhaps an ICD to bring it back to life?

Posted by Littletree on 2014-12-19 06:11. 3 comments. 199 reads
 
I have a Sinus Node problem place in 2013. At first I was told I had a sinus node problem which I was doing fine walked couple miles a day and worked everything seemed great. However this happened and I have had 5 surgeries during this time (infection, lead problems.) Bycardia-now I am told I have complete heart block. No one in my family has ever had a heart problem. Drs keep saying I have a heart of a teenager but why did this happen?
On advice of nurse she said that I should go to another doctor closer to home and scheduled me appointment. Went to see him. Took 3 months to get in- Told him I have been having an issue of breathing. He sent me to lung doctor took 3 months to get in. Which told me I had to have a chest xray (fluid) ...


Posted by gordy on 2014-12-18 08:43. 4 comments. 173 reads
 
hi all I had my pm interrogated yesterday and las night my pulse suddenly shot up to 179 was very scared as this has never happened before x

Posted by chanellasvegas on 2014-12-17 14:36. 1 comments. 104 reads
 
Hi All,

My pacemaker was inserted on my right side instead of left, as I have persistent left superior vena cava, in June of 2013. Within the last 6 months or so, my right arm has been swelling and achy. Initially I had an ultrasound that was negative, however, I was put on blood thinners for 3 months anyway. This has recently occurred again. Again, I had a negative ultrasound and negative CT angiogram, so I've been told blood clots are officially ruled out, although I had d-dimer test results that were close to 1400. (apparently normal is in the 300 range?) No one seems to have any idea what is causing the swelling. There is really no pain, aside from just achiness that feels like a massage is needed, and no numbness or t...


Posted by 2bouvmom on 2014-12-16 13:05. 0 comments. 166 reads
 
Hello. I am a new member and my husband is the one with the pacemaker. Very brief history: Husband is 62 - works ft fairly good health aside from health issues. Heart issues in family. he has non ischemic cardiomyopathy. small anuerym being monitored. . history of PVC's appx 30%. had ablation in 2009 but PVCs returned. Ablation suggested as ejection fraction is around 33-35% and thought was this could improve it. Went to Cleveland clinic in September for another one. at some point conductivity compromised during procedure and ICD implanted with 2 leads. while in recovery - conductivity returned. while in hospital it seemed ablation had worked. But at f/up last month, dr said that pvcs came back again at 30% and he says now he "knows where...


Posted by jack0310 on 2014-12-16 11:01. 2 comments. 182 reads
 
I've had a pacemaker since I was 4 years old and have had the box and leads changed multiple times. I'm now 25 and will be going for a box change in a few months.

Since having this latest one implanted 4 years ago, I've had problems with my chest thumping like mad as if I've just been sprinting from an axe murderer, when in fact I've just brushed my teeth; then all of a sudden my heart will beat as it should and I won't be able to feel it.

Does anyone else get this? I also have a theory that my heart reacts over-zealously to adrenaline and that's why I struggle to sleep sometimes; some nights I get constant rushes of adrenaline in my solar plexus when in bed.

I also find myself overly-nervous when faced ...


Posted by Runningman50 on 2014-12-16 04:58. 1 comments. 114 reads
 
I had my pacemaker fitted yesterday late afternoon and was home within three hours. It was a bruising experience and I have swelling above the wound. Just been to doctor and he says that it is a reaction to something. I have anti histamine and antibiotics. Pain is not too bad.
Anyone else experience anything similar. Seeking reassurance.

Thanks

Posted by aicha on 2014-12-12 07:01. 3 comments. 284 reads
 
Hi all,

I posted last week because I had chest pain and breathing problems - the PM clinic had refused to see me to check my settings as they said they were OK and I needed to see my GP.

In my primary care trust in the UK you are discharged by cardiology as soon as your settings seem OK - in my case, 6 months and one appointment after insertion.

Well, I've localised the pain to the area where the leads are attached to the heart - and the vein where the leads are is very tender and irritated (no infection though).

I saw my GP yesterday and insisted on a referral back to cardiology for further investigation, he absolutely agreed.

Woe betide the first doctor who even suggests anxiety as a...


Posted by davstecut on 2014-12-11 11:27. 5 comments. 385 reads
 
My pacemaker is supposed to keep my heart from beating at less than 60 bmp. But I have atrial fibrillation and if I check my pulse I get pauses in my heartbeats. Does that mean my heart is not responding to the electric pulses it is getting from my pacemaker. I have asked this question when my pacemaker was checked, but found the answer too vague and unconvincing--basically, don't worry about it.

Posted by terrymac12345 on 2014-12-10 21:46. 6 comments. 254 reads
 
I have a new pacemaker (three weeks) and it is set to go no lower than 60 beats per minute. In the last two days it has dropped to 47 but quickly goes back to 60 and higher. Is this normal? Thanks!

Posted by Mojo on 2014-12-10 20:31. 1 comments. 198 reads
 
Hi Y'all,
I've been having a pounding, irregular heartbeat on and off for 25 hours now. I am dizzy, a little nauseous, at times. At times my heart pounds so hard my body moves with it. But it skips beats, and races up to 130 BPM. I'm paced up to 130. I called my cardiologist this morning after a restless night. He asked me to do my CareLink over the phone and called me back to say I've been fluttering and with periods of a-fib since yesterday afternoon. He told me I could wait it out and it would probably stop on its own or I could come in to the office this afternoon, which I did, but when I got there, I had gone back to normal rhythm. So he decided not to temporarily change any settings on the pacemaker. A year ago I had t...


Posted by L2 on 2014-12-10 10:03. 2 comments. 178 reads
 
I have a pacer-sinus node problem. I have been having issues with breathing for about 6 months. Went to doctor five different times. Interrogated my pacer and tech found that something was turned off. She turned it back on and now seems my oxygen level is back but not up to par.

Could someone tell me what they did turn back on. I no that she said my level was staying at 60 and we went for little walk after ward and it went from 60 to 87. Think it had to do with blood and oxygen but don't understand. Would appreciate any help explaining this to me.

Posted by Sybil on 2014-12-09 21:52. 3 comments. 205 reads
 
Hi. I had a pacemaker installed three years ago because every two or three months my heart rate would slow down to the point I would faint. This would happen every couple of hours for two days and then everything would be normal for a couple of months and then it would happen again.
Since I have had my pacemaker installed I am basically on the same schedule. Every 8 to 10 weeks my heart rate slows down
to 60 bpm and the pacemaker kicks in and I do not faint. This happens every two hours or so for two days.
My problem is that when this happens I feel that I am about to faint and feel very sick in my stomach. This sick feeling in my stomach last for the two days my heart rate slows down and persists for another two or three da...


Posted by Bigheart1 on 2014-12-09 00:35. 7 comments. 156 reads
 
After implantation of BiV/ICD for LBBB and EF of 30 for Idiopathic cardiomyopathy, I developed twitching just under my left breast on day 5 after surgery. Its worse when I lay on my left side, cough or belch, or get a rise in heart rate suddenly. I went to device clinic and out of 17 possible setting on my third lead, none keot the twitching away. I know the lead was very close to the phrenic nerve but there was no abnormal stim during surgery or right after.Has anyone had this and what options do you have? I see the surgeon in 8 days . My surgery was last Monday. For now they turned down the current to lowest level that still paced me. Thank you!!






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