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Posted by mikewallace on 2014-09-09 11:05. 2 comments. 98 reads
 
I've had chronic asthma for 50 years, using Ventoline about 10 times per day on poor days. Play golf twice a week and many other sports without too much problem.
I thought my asthma caused me to breathe badly, but then after fainting on the golf course, the doctors found my heart beat too low and installed a pacemaker. 2 weeks later I can walk about but breathing is laborious, Ventoline helps but not as well as before.
Any one out there with similar conditions? Comments and advice would be welcome.

Posted by NHeather on 2014-09-07 02:30. 1 comments. 165 reads
 
I have had a pacemaker for 1 month. Last week I started feel thumping on my right side near my waist, I could also see my shirt moving. Went to the cardiologist and the pacemaker rep did some adjustment, went away. Come back a few hours later, almost unbearable. Exhausting. Did not stop, happened every couple of second. back to the drs office early next day. Adjusted again, came home started up again. This was friday afternoon, called dr, got answering service, put me through immediately. He said to come in Monday will adjust again. The weekend has been horrible, Goes away when I walk but the minute I sit down it is back. Any suggestions...

Posted by Sonja on 2014-09-05 07:39. 3 comments. 163 reads
 
I have had my PM since May, 2014. Initially I had arm pain that went down to my hand. It seemed to subside, however, it has been back with a vengeance for several weeks. It seems to affect the muscle in the arm. I find myself rubbing my arm frequently. It wakes me up. It comes and goes and seems to move around all through each day.

Posted by skaggsoak on 2014-09-02 00:47. 1 comments. 141 reads
 
Crtp implant about 4 weeks ago since first programming a week ago been doing great. Then tonite while watching tv heart kicked in like extreme heart pounding mode almost taking my breath. I had not had one of these episode since my crt implant. Has lasted for about 1 1/2hours. Heart not out of rhythm just extreme pounding. Dont have my new box to send in report yet wife wanting to go to er. Whats anybody thinking. I've been energetic and working on house lately but just sitting here hr at 60 but a 60 thats about to blow my head off. Makes me a bit nervous it's lasting so long.

Posted by Mommymissy on 2014-08-31 14:51. 10 comments. 248 reads
 
I don't know if it's even possible for a pm to move but I haas my first one put in June 30 and it sure seems like it's to the left towards my arm. Has anybody had this happen or maybe it's just my imagination?

Posted by Spunky_1 on 2014-08-30 00:05. 8 comments. 883 reads
 
Hi! I was implanted with a Boston Scientific Ingenio at the end of July. Prior to this my HR was usually in the low – mid 40s with occasional forays into the upper 30’s while waking. My heart would also pause then run tachy (150- 160 range). I also dealt with Chronotropic Incompetence and I fainted a lot. My official diagnosis is tachy-brady sss w/ sinus pauses and CI. I had hoped that all of this would be over once I got implanted, but I’m still having some problems.

Feel free to skip to the end – I’m probably going to ramble before I get to the actual questions and I apologize in advance! This is all new to me and I'm a bit overwhelmed trying to figure this all out.

My initial rate was set at the stand...


Posted by bobnor on 2014-08-29 21:39. 2 comments. 115 reads
 
Had pacemaker implant tues and have some swelling of the left
arm and hand and light redness is this normal?

Posted by LELAND on 2014-08-27 09:05. 6 comments. 267 reads
 
my wife had a pace maker five weeks ago about 2 weeks ago she began to have rash show up it seems to be getting worse,
any one ever heard of this type of reaction before?

Posted by Gadgetgirl on 2014-08-25 23:30. 5 comments. 221 reads
 
Hi... Just joined the site as I am sitting here in the ER waiting for a room. Had my PM implanted 7 weeks ago and it seems as though one of the "dissolvable" stitches did not dissolve and was sticking out at the end of one side if the surgery site. When I called my cardiac nurse last week she reassured me it would be fine and would dissolve on it's own overtime. Other then minor irrigation when something rubbed against it, no symptoms. Yesterday it started itching and turned red and today there is a small amount of pus forming. Now being told the PM may be infected, which will require another surgery! I'm so mad and trying not to freak out! Anyone have this happen?

Posted by billymac on 2014-08-25 20:24. 4 comments. 196 reads
 
I had a St. Jude pm2210 put in 12 weeks ago and have had a lot of issue that seem odd . it was set for 60 bpm low and 140 high the 2nd week there was 137 events were it took my heart rate to as high as 215bpm a 34 times to 175 63 times 150bpm they have re set it 5 times and it still goes way over the program rate . I feel dizzy most of the time and fatigued worse than befor getting the PM .and we now have unusualy high blood pressure 158 over 98 prior to the PM we were allways at 110 over -65 has any one else had any of these issues ? the Dr. tried to tell me this is normal I don't belive it . also my Pacemaker is set to 3 volts due to a lot of years under water welding and being electrocuted while doi...


Posted by Coppertop on 2014-08-25 18:39. 1 comments. 89 reads
 
When I posted earlier, the mini-shocks were intermittent. Now it is feeling weird with every beat. I had a generator replacement 6/9/2014 - so it is still not that old. Still roams around and has not scarred down. Any suggestions. ER visits are a joke. Thanks.

Posted by Happy@heart on 2014-08-24 20:49. 1 comments. 103 reads
 
Hi, wow it's cool to have a site to go to, I had pacemaker implant 4 wks this tues, 3rd 1. I started having burning, never had this b4.
Tday is sun, no fever, so I'm thinking waiting till tmrow, to talk to dr, any thoughts on this? Thx's again, happy@heart!!

Posted by Wally on 2014-08-23 08:19. 2 comments. 149 reads
 
I am 8 days post op pacer insertion, now moving my l arm around more, below my shoulder.
I have an occasional sharp twinge that runs from the top of my L wrist to the base of my thumb, with some associated numbness.
Am assuming it is some (?radial) nerve issue, and will see the surgeon next week.
Have other people had the same issue, and how long till it resolved.

Posted by skaggsoak on 2014-08-23 08:00. 3 comments. 161 reads
 
Crt checked yesterday and top atrial of heart still trying beat 150 to 175 at times and Dr didn't suggest a fix. Anyone she'd some light on this problem.

Posted by skaggsoak on 2014-08-23 07:49. 3 comments. 162 reads
 
2 weeks after crt device implanted and av node ablation. Told yesterday I have 2 blood clots. 1 where wires enter vein to heart and another in arm. Put on xarelto blood thinner and heat pad. Anyone else have problems should I be worried.

Posted by Wired1995 on 2014-08-22 09:15. 2 comments. 163 reads
 
Has anyone ever felt a thud like pacing coming from the lower left lead on a Biventricular PM. It feels like with each beat you are getting nudged in the diaphragm. I'm paced at a lower rate of 90 and my sensitivity is on max settings so it's pretty intense. It comes and goes and doesn't last but a few beats at a time. Any thoughts?

Posted by ettmayr on 2014-08-19 02:51. 13 comments. 307 reads
 
I get frozen to the bone even on warm days. Is this due to my heart failure ?


Posted by ksybr10 on 2014-08-19 00:13. 2 comments. 253 reads
 
Hi everyone.

I'm 21 and had a pacemaker put in about a year and a half ago due to extreme complications with SVT. Basically, my heart rate would go up in the 200 beats and then I would pass out. Several ablation done thinking that would cure it, but unfortunately it did not. Several trial runs with medications, also did not work. So he thought it would just be best to go ahead and put a pacer in. Which it has done wonders! I haven't passed out! Although, my rate still gets a bit high.

Last few months we've had to change the settings a bit to find what would be best for me rate wise. Last go around really helped but now I'm still winded very easily. He said there's a possibility that the heart tissue grew up back and w...


Posted by Goo5e on 2014-08-17 19:34. 2 comments. 373 reads
 
Hi Everyone

I didn't expect to be joining the pacemaker club but here I am. I'm looking for some advice as am having a few problems. To give a bit of background...

I'm 41 years old and have suffered with ectopic beats for about 15 years which were managed with beta blockers until about 2 years ago when they improved to the point I was able to come off the meds.

2 months ago I had an episode with an erratic heart beat with pauses lasting up to 6 seconds and low heart rate - about 38 BPM. These symptoms were completely new to me and I was feeling very unwell. After putting up with them for a few days I went to A&E as was getting quite anxious.

After ECGs, bloods and x-rays I was told I probably ne...


Posted by webguy on 2014-08-16 19:16. 3 comments. 349 reads
 
My wife has had a pacemaker installed. Several months ago, because of her lifting, gardening, etc she called in for a checkup when feeling weird. The doc said rather than just re- calibrating the device (normal), he recommended a new lead wire be inserted. He told us he would simply wrap the old lead wire around the pacemaker to prevent infection potential. Sounded kind of weird to me, but we went with this. He said if a new lead was put in, the potential of infection would be greatly increased. My wife did experience healing and the device is working great, however the complication is the swelling around the surgery cut site. About the size of an earthworm, and it gets irritated at times. What should I do at this point. Not ready to sue a...




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