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Posted by skaggsoak on 2014-10-01 05:34. 6 comments. 209 reads
 
Have been hospitalized now. Its 6 weeks after implant and have a bad infection all around implant site. Chest hot swelled red no one knows why this long after surgery. Putting bags of antibiotic in me to try and stop it.

Posted by chelsea_clio on 2014-09-29 14:48. 3 comments. 188 reads
 
Hi there,

I was wondering if anyone was taking flecainide for their arrhythmia. I am taking 50 mg twice a day and I feel weird sensations in my chest when walking. Is a bit like my rate response kicking in too early and it only happened since I started the drug. I also feel very tired. Just wanted any comments on side effects from others on this drug.

Thanks




Posted by vbpoppy18 on 2014-09-27 13:44. 1 comments. 162 reads
 
Everything I have read online has said that alternators will cause a pacemaker to slow it's pacing until it is removed from the alternator. But is it possible for an alternator to make the pacemaker speed up and stay sped up permanently?!?!

Posted by Cynthia56 on 2014-09-25 12:18. 2 comments. 301 reads
 
Hi everyone. I'm new on this forum and would appreciate getting to know others who have pacemakers and learning from some of your experiences. I had a pacemaker installed in March of this year. It was sent at 60 bpm. I am exhausted all of the time. Have any of you every heard of someone having their bpm's increased to help with exhaustion? I would appreciate

Posted by Nanabanana on 2014-09-24 18:29. 4 comments. 226 reads
 
Is there going to be a problem if I have a wound VAC about 3" form my pacemaker?

Posted by carolinagirl27 on 2014-09-22 23:45. 7 comments. 472 reads
 
Hi,

I received my first PM implanted last Tuesday. I have the Medtronic, dual chamber MRI compatible device. I had some complications after surgery and had a lot of inflammation from the leads. I spent two days in the hospital. This past Saturday, I was found to have pericarditis. I spent the weekend in pain but received a new med to go along with my motrin. It has helped quite a bit.

Today, I recieved the news after my echocardiogram that I now have fluid around my heart (pericardial effusion) and will need it drained. Also, my atrial node lead has failed and needs to be repositioned. I check into the hospital for surgery tomorrow to drain the pericardial effusion and fix the faulty lead.

My question is ...


Posted by David1 on 2014-09-21 14:44. 5 comments. 206 reads
 
My brother in law just had a pacemaker installed 2 days ago and has muscle twitching. He shakes almost like he's cold, but isn't. They're checking him now, but if it's a lead problem, or placement, how do they fix this?

Posted by Buckeye on 2014-09-20 22:50. 1 comments. 118 reads
 
Would appreciate if any members have had any experience with Cefaly which is a headband used for headaches. After ordering it, I started to wonder if it could hurt my pacemaker. Please respond if you have heard anything.

Posted by carolinagirl27 on 2014-09-20 15:00. 4 comments. 261 reads
 
Hi,
I just had my first PM implanted on Tuesday and have had a lot of inflammation from the leads since surgery. I found out today I now have pericarditis and am in horrible pain. My physician has given me a new medicine to treat it and so I hope to have relief soon. He told me this was pretty rare to happen but was wondering if anyone else experienced this after implantation?

Thanks for any input....

Posted by sstorck on 2014-09-20 12:00. 7 comments. 255 reads
 
I received my Medtronic Advisa Pacemaker in April of 2014. since then, there are times the pain is so intense in my left arm and chest rea right above the pacemaker and sharp I cant use my arm. trying to lift anything above my head produces a tugging feeling and feeling as if I am being shocked. we checked the pacemaker, it is working fine, my doc said its just part of the healing process that the lead may have moved and is sitting on a nerve. all I know is OW. it hurts like heck. I cnt take NSAIDS due to kidney disease. any ideas what this could be? or a cause?

Posted by KauaiBeachgrl on 2014-09-19 19:44. 3 comments. 257 reads
 
I'm 49 with a 7 year old dual lead medtronic pacemaker. I have had shortness of breath followed by weakness increasingly over the past few years. Doctors told me initially it was anxiety which I knew was "bunk" and then they said acid reflux and when I totally changed my diet to all natural and exercise, I still get it. Even more so lately with more intense working out. The Cardiologist medtronics techs have played with my settings for years. My heart is 100% dependent in the atrium and lately my ventricle changed from 3% to 50% pacing. It's set at 60 base. I only have bradycardia...I'd like to hear from others who may have had similar issues.

Posted by emily99 on 2014-09-19 16:47. 4 comments. 207 reads
 
Hi everyone. New to the sight. I received my PM about 2 months ago. My heart and pacing are doing fine I think although I do feel it kick in. Fortunately it only paces 20% of the time so it is not too bothersome. Before receiving PM I didnt realize for a long time what was causing my shortness of breath and several syncopes. The dr thought it was virus related cause it would come and go for about a year maybe longer. I was diagnosed finally in June of this year with 2nd degree heart block. While waiting for PM implant which was about a month I was very anxious and developed muscle twitches. I was told it was just anxiety. After surgery the twitches went all over my body sometimes actually cause a limb to jerk. I have no muscle weakness but...


Posted by Midwestmama9 on 2014-09-17 00:16. 3 comments. 197 reads
 
site of my implant is hurting for the last 2 weeks I've had the pace/defib two and a half years now

Posted by Marine8914 on 2014-09-16 23:55. 5 comments. 263 reads
 
I just recently had a dual chamber pacemaker implanted to help combat atrioventricular heart block which would cause bradycardia and hypotension which then resulted in pain, syncope and cardiogenic shock. Every time my pacemaker paces my ventricle, Vpaces, I feel it and it hurts. It feels like a horse is kicking me in my chest with every pace. I am also still going in and out of heart block and sometimes the pacemaker will pace me and sometimes it does not. Sometimes it paces when it's not supposed as well. Has anyone else had any of these issues as well? I have been to multiple cardiologists and electrophysiologists and every time it have to prove to them that I can actually feel the heart block and feel when the pacemaker paces. Every do...


Posted by goralski.chris on 2014-09-16 18:52. 9 comments. 251 reads
 
hello friends-
enter cardiologist-
pacemaker surgery august 26-
surgeon punctured my lung-
lung collapsed-
chest tube-
10 days in hospital-
dr removes stitches-
incision opens-
get restitched-
take off dressing today and entire sight is bruised and marks like blood under the skin-
haven't been seen yet-
but nurse suggested infection-
i want different dr-
clinic doesn't want me switch-
there is constant pain at the the sight-
have not slept thru the night since surgery-
i battle depression-
and i am breaking-




Posted by dragon on 2014-09-16 16:11. 2 comments. 156 reads
 
Hi

I have just had my dual chamber fitted 4 days ago and apart from the soreness in my left harm I am finding when I stand up I feel very unwell has any one else had this and how long does it last i'm 46 And feel life's changed drastically at the mo.

Posted by Rebecca611 on 2014-09-14 22:20. 2 comments. 164 reads
 
My grandmother has a St Jude pacer, Merlin at home transmitter. She is in a nursing home, they are telling me we can't set this up, because to many phones lines in the building, even though she has her own phone. Is that true ?

Posted by starlight on 2014-09-13 10:18. 5 comments. 327 reads
 
Is there anything out there to prevent solar flares from disrupting our devices? I've wrapped my chest in aluminum foil however I don't know if this works or not. Any solutions? Thanks, Starlight

Posted by howdoyoumendabrokenheart on 2014-09-11 21:22. 1 comments. 268 reads
 
Hey all,

I am wondering if the geomagnetic storm that is coming in a few days due to the solar flare eruptions on 9/10 and 9/11 will be cause for us to worry?

If it can disturb GPS systems and all I am praying it will not have any affect on PM's or ICD's. ("Geomagnetic storms can temporarily disrupt GPS signals, radio communications and power grids, as well as intensify the beautiful auroral displays known as the northern and southern lights.")

Anyone know anything about this? Thanks.

Posted by miller1 on 2014-09-11 17:55. 5 comments. 298 reads
 
Hi all I have not been here in a long time, I am not feeling well. About two years ago I received my pacemaker due to Brady Cardia, Last September I had Massive open heart surgery due to a walnut size blood clot in the heart on a lead, while they were in there they repaired my aorta, fixed a merma, found a tumor in one of the chambers. A 4 hour operation lasted 8 hours and 6 hour recovery went to 72 hours in a coma. A six day hospital stay turned into 17 days.

Well it's a year later and I just found out that I had a silent heart attack and they also just found out that I have a right bundle blockage. Nobody told me that this is pacemaker life. Right now I am weak and very tired all of the time, I have a hard time doing the stair...




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