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Posted by AFJONES on 2015-04-25 21:56. 0 comments. 99 reads
 
Received 3rd pacemaker (2006/2013/2015) to add another lead. Felt good for couple of days and then "toothache" like pain in area of pacemaker and in my back. No redness or infection. Continuous pain. CDU pacemaker check in 3 days. What could be the problem.

Posted by TJ319 on 2015-04-24 19:52. 5 comments. 193 reads
 
Hi I've had my PM since November 2013. The primary reasons were Bradycardia and AV block. I'm paced about 90% of the time in both chambers. I've had Atrial Tachycardia frequently during the past few months and now am scheduled for an ablation next week. The doctor put me on Cardizem for a month but, as he predicted, I don't want to live on it. It does not completely control the Tachycardia and makes me very sluggish. Does anyone have experience with the Ablation procedure?

Thanks

Posted by shagood35549 on 2015-04-22 10:55. 6 comments. 247 reads
 
Has anybody had a maze procedure?

Posted by Sharynday on 2015-04-21 19:27. 5 comments. 276 reads
 
Does anyone experience problems with Smartphone effecting their pacemaker.

I experience discomfort/interference when too close to a smart phone (particularly androids)

Posted by terrymac12345 on 2015-04-21 01:18. 1 comments. 230 reads
 
Three months and pacemaker feels it is too confined like a a two pound cantaloupe in a one pound opening. Soreness is almost always there. Any one else have this happen?

Posted by Carl Dixon on 2015-04-20 16:08. 4 comments. 209 reads
 
I have had a Pacemaker for over 4 years and no problems. I am very fit and have no trouble because of sports - i am 67. But today i have a very sore upper arm and part of my chest is sore on pacemaker side. It just feels like a pulled muscle but i have not done anything that would cause that. I am wondering if it is possible the Pacemaker has done something to make me sore? Has anyone heard of such a thing. I am sure i am not having a heart attack but it does hurt to take a deep breath?

Posted by tyra.2000 on 2015-04-19 19:33. 4 comments. 228 reads
 
Finally got my Biotronik dual chamber pacemaker implanted on 14/4/2015 - I can honestly say it was horrendous. It took nearly two hours and I had sedation and fentanyl. The pain was awlful. The surgeon said I had small veins and they did an auxiallary vein access and managed to puncture my lung. I spent 3 days in hospital in agony. I have been home for four days and am going back in tomorrow for a scan to check on lung and to check the pacemaker and review new meds. I feel like I;ve been run over by a truck. Black and blue. I have been excercising my left arm as much as possible to prevent adhesion. My AF (lone) has only ever been around twice requiring hospital visits, Please tell me life gets better and I will be able to drive/work soon....


Posted by EdGraham on 2015-04-17 11:52. 1 comments. 91 reads
 
Does anyone have any information about adverse interactions between a pacemaker and a TVOR - (i.e. aortic valve in a stent). I am asking because of a continuing problem with pounding heart beats and shortness of breath.

Posted by Twitching on 2015-04-16 20:35. 4 comments. 266 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. 291 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. 227 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. 362 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. 547 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. 206 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. 229 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. 182 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. 289 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. 291 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. 203 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. 461 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...




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