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Posted by Lisamaruna on 2015-11-15 08:28. 1 comments. 193 reads
 
Well I am at the hospital and had an ablation for my tachycardia. Ended up being on the in and outside of my heart. Now I have a drain in my heart. It is so painful. Has anyone had this and how do you feel when it comes out?
Lisa

Posted by SlowBeats on 2015-11-15 06:00. 6 comments. 280 reads
 
Has anyone had a problem while traveling in a car (bus, train, plane, etc.), with vibration triggering your PM to increase your heart rate too much? I've had my PM two weeks, today was the first time I traveled by car on the freeway. The vibration set off the PM and my HR shot up to 102, I was a passenger riding in the back seat. This was not a pleasant experience, but as soon as we exited the freeway my HR went back to normal.

Posted by bradycardiapacemaker on 2015-11-12 11:48. 2 comments. 239 reads
 
I accidently hurt my 2 month old pacemaker by leaning over and accidently gettingmy pacemaker caught on something and it is swollen and sore on the pacemaker skin site.Its not that swollen but I feel that I toresometing because I could feel pain when it happened.It is still sore.These pacemakers feel like they are barely under the skin and mine is about the size of a small size of soap.What are the chances of seriously hurting it by accidently getting it caught on something.They is no tear in the skin,I am just worried since the area is now sore and slight bump over area on skin.

Posted by MarilynAnn on 2015-11-09 02:25. 1 comments. 223 reads
 
Can Cox Method chiropractic treatments harm a pacemaker?

Posted by gstripling on 2015-11-08 22:42. 5 comments. 352 reads
 
On August 21, 2015 I had open heart surgery to repair my mitral valve, close patent foramen ovale (PFO), and a septal resection to correct LVOT Obstruction. During the surgery the atrial lead from my pacemaker became dislodged and 3 days later I had more surgery to insert a new lead. Due to the septal resection, which probably removed my AV Node, I am now 100% pacemaker dependent.

I found out today I have Atrial Flutter (AFL). It was caught by the pacemaker technician while doing an interrogation. I knew something was amiss. For the past 2 weeks I've been having flutters, palpitations, etc., though not as bad as before surgery. Can anyone share anything about AFL and whether it's related to the pacemaker issue?

Posted by Dan77 on 2015-11-06 02:00. 2 comments. 217 reads
 
I have been having some issues with gaining fluid I have at times gained up to 10 lbs. Also having a heavy feeling in chest and cramps like feeling even in left arm,after these feeling my muscles in my chest and arms sore. And at night when I lay my arm across my chest the heavy feeling increase. My EP has me on new med Corlanor.it has help some since he said it has he wants to a blade the spot this med controls,putting me 100%dependent on pacemaker said he thinks this will keep me from going in to heart failure..just wondering have any of you had any of these same troubles and give some advise.thank you

Posted by athlete735516 on 2015-11-03 03:47. 3 comments. 318 reads
 
I had my pm implanted last week Friday. The surgery went well (besides when my IV fell out and I woke up in the middle of surgery) and I am mostly healed. For the first week though I had an annoying twitch whenever I did any physical activity which I later found out was because my leads were stimulating my diaphragm. They turned my voltage from 4 down to 1.25 and now I don't feel it but they called me yesterday and told me that I would need to have surgery to have that lead moved so they can turn it back up eventually. They wanted to schedule it for today but I convinced them to let me wait until after basketball season is over in February so I don't miss my senior year of ball. I was wondering if anyone has had anything similar happen whe...


Posted by Lisamaruna on 2015-11-01 18:29. 3 comments. 364 reads
 
So last night I went in to tachycardia and had to have cardio version. I thought I was dying. I came to the Er and there were a lot of people in my room, I was throwing up like crazy and they were going to do meds but went right to cardio version. It was scary but I didn't even know it happened. I felt like hell after and exhausted but my heart is now back to the 70's and I am here being monitored. I was told I have been in and out of afibb and the type of tachy was on the left which is not common and dangerous.
I am about 10 weeks post op from a pacemaker and feel like now that I have a pacemaker I have had more issues than ever. Why is this all happening? I feel like my heart is irritated by the pacemaker. I can't take anymore.

Posted by katiemom on 2015-11-01 13:03. 3 comments. 355 reads
 
I have junctional tach and now AV block so my RV is being paced more and more of the time. It makes me nauseous and by the end of the day, exhausted. Do others experience this? Prior to my PM 3 years ago I was a triathlete, very athletic. Now I feel hobbled. Quality of life has dramatically decreased. Sleeping 10 hrs at night, trying to find tolerable exercise. Considered His bundle pacing and a new PM sensor but my doc recently suggested a second opinion. I need help as to where to go. Where in US is the mecca where they may see athletes or do a lot of research? Suggestions greatly appreciated. I need my life back!!

Posted by BionicGirl on 2015-10-27 22:02. 5 comments. 310 reads
 
Hi, i am 23 and recently got a Pacemaker in April. I am having complications within my chest and site area. The best i can describe the pain is a stabbing feeling directly from my pacemaker. Ive talked to my doctor and he says its a nerve complication. Im at a lost cause my friends and family dont know how to help me and im wondering if anyone else has had this problem? At this point i just want to know if im the only one who has felt this way. Thanks!

Posted by freddyv on 2015-10-27 17:53. 3 comments. 274 reads
 
does anyone else get a heaviness in there upper chest from they're pacemaker that then cause shortness of breath then causes me to get light headed I have had this problem with both my pacemakers more so with this current pacemaker the prior pacemaker only the heaviness not the light headed feeling I get still

Posted by marymatt on 2015-10-27 09:05. 4 comments. 432 reads
 
My sister has a pacemaker and would love to be able to take Co Q10 however she has palpitations whenever she takes the tablets.

Has anyone else had this experience and is it the dose or is it something she will never be able to take?

She has cardiomyopathy and is a breast cancer survivor.
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Thank you.


Posted by Yokena on 2015-10-25 15:28. 2 comments. 478 reads
 
My PM installed Aug 25, 2015.

First problem was I had a large hematoma and had to be opened up again a couple of weeks later. That issue now seems to be resolved.

My concern now is I seem to have worse "shortness of breath" than before. Like, maybe the heart is not as efficient as it was before the PM was installed. Is this possible? An internet search found only one article specific to my problem: Study Links Heart Damage to Pacemaker, 2002, http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/20/us/study-links-heart-damage-to-pacemaker.html

Does anyone have later information?

BTW, I have doubts that I even needed a PM but my doctor insisted on it. I have "controlled AFIB", on average a normal heart beat rate. Howeve...


Posted by Cuddles on 2015-10-23 18:45. 4 comments. 318 reads
 
I had a pacemaker put in Oct. 6th 2015 and everything has gone wrong. They say it is Minor surgery but mine wasn't. I had a big hematoma and lots of swelling and my lung was nicked so had trouble breathing for a while. The bruising has gone down my arm past elbow and under breast. I went to have it checked out and one of the leads to the Atium has come loose not of my doing so now have to go back in and repair it. I also have Afib and pulse is erratic and beats low so that is reason for Pacemaker. Not a bit happy to have to go through this again

Posted by cmarr55 on 2015-10-23 10:53. 6 comments. 324 reads
 
In April 2014 I had bypass surgery and needed a pacemaker because my heart would not pace. Since then I have had fatigue issues. It got to the point in Aug.2015 my cardiologist discovered my heart was not in sink. So they put a 2 lead pacemaker in. Since then my fatigue has gotten worse. In 2 weeks they are going to try to tweek it and see if it helps. The Doctor tells me people have different results from pacemakers. I am 60 and my retail job requires a lot of physical labor. If this does not work I will have to consider Disability I will have no choice. Has anyone have suggestions. And if I have to go on Disability what would be the cause?

Posted by Whyme on 2015-10-18 14:55. 5 comments. 344 reads
 
Had my pm installed oct 5th at ate 42,each day has been challenging. Thought id feel so much better. Was diagnosed with vvs in September with 2 positive ttt. Including flatlined on both. Anxiety is overwhelming and now panic attacks are more often. Im not set to see dr. Till nov 4th. How do I know my leads are working. Keep thinking the discomfort an twings are something wrong going on..please let me know your thoughts.

Posted by Dan77 on 2015-10-17 17:52. 3 comments. 331 reads
 
My EP told me he didn't want to make. Me dependent. On my pacemaker because how young I am,but now wants to. What are some of side effect of being totally dependent. On pacemaker can you still do what you want? My EP said I be more fatigue ,I am already that way I crash after any activities.I don't have energy after work to play with kids even on weekends and on Sundays after I preach I crash. And never had this problem till last 2 years.

Posted by scrapgirl42 on 2015-10-16 03:44. 2 comments. 307 reads
 
I am on my fourth ICD and had this one implanted in June, 2015. It never sat right and I would get weird pains, etc. Plus it was really showing under my skin, I have never had that with any of my others. I should say, mine is put under the left breast. My original one that was put in in 1997 was larger and the doctor thought that would hide it better. So, since the pocket is there that is where all the subsequent ICD's have been put.

A few weeks ago, my current doctor agreed that something was wrong and it needed to be revised. I went in on Oct 13th and had the revision surgery. They cut out some scar tissue and rotated the device 90 degrees. I am very sore and swollen, but the odd thing to me is that my left arm is numb. Not co...


Posted by freddyv on 2015-10-13 02:32. 1 comments. 182 reads
 
to me it feels like my heart is bugging but when I checked heart rate on my cell it said 74 it is weird last week when I went for a check up my DR said I was using it only 1% & 4 % the past few days I feel like it has been a shitload more I might go see my dr tomorrow to see for myself what the deal is it makes me scared when I get like this

Posted by freddyv on 2015-10-11 16:11. 3 comments. 263 reads
 
This may sound crazy but since they changed my battery I have had pain in my left shoulder joint when lifting or moving it at times not a constant pain but enough that it bothers me anyone ever hear of this?



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