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Posted by Mommymissy on 2015-02-08 10:59. 3 comments. 179 reads
 
Can someone explain what this means on a EKG monitor?

Posted by sheilabrown on 2015-02-08 07:01. 2 comments. 144 reads
 
I had annual pacemaker check the other day and asked could my pacemaker be checked out as there appeared to be swelling around it. I was concerned because we are booked on a long haul flight on 10 February to NZ. The doc we saw wanted the specialist who had done original pacemaker op to see it .we had to return to hosp the following day prepared for an op to resite the pacemaker. However the specialist decided not to operate he thinks it just a build up of fluid that is not at the moment infected. I am now on antibiotics four times a day and had compression dressing on for 5 days. I been given the green light to fly.
If you get anything unusual get it checked !!!!!,

Posted by davey on 2015-02-08 05:21. 3 comments. 202 reads
 
hi.
am new to this but here goes ,
I had a pacemaker first fitted in 1996 for eleven episodes of nocturnal ventricular standstill , as I had unconsciousness, however I had further unconscious episodes even though I had a pacemaker implanted ( was this justified giving me a pacemaker in the first place ).
Reason I ask is because pacemaker had to be changed in 2006 and now its for complete heart block narrow qrs, I was told by a technician that base rate was set higher than it should be and re adjusted it accordingly, it was set at 60bpm adjusted to 50 bpm, it was noted later that my heart was saying it did not need pacemaker assistance and wants to work on its own.
this no doubt was discussed with the consultant because...


Posted by Bron75 on 2015-02-07 23:49. 2 comments. 131 reads
 
Hi all,
First post for me!!
Had my pm implanted Sept 2014 and on a whole everything has gone pretty smoothly. Had some adjustment issues but nothing out of the norm from what I understand.
Have recently had an episode with the pm not functioning for several seconds which resulted in me passing out at the gym. Have seen the cardiologist who assured me that with further adjustment this shouldn't happen again. Guess I've lost confidence and I'm wondering if anyone else has ever experienced these"hiccups". Feel too nervous to even think of starting anything again!! Looking forward to any info people may have.

Posted by Celast on 2015-02-06 09:28. 8 comments. 344 reads
 
What happens if your pacemaker suddenly stops,
Do you just die, had my pacemaker about 8 weeks now and I have wondered ever since having it fitted

Posted by Tash123 on 2015-02-05 16:13. 2 comments. 171 reads
 
Hi Everyone,
I have had a pacemaker since 2000 and am currently on my third one with a year or two still left on the battery. Recently I have been having discomfort in my shoulder where the pm is placed. If I move my arm a certain way it feels as tho the pm or something shifts under my skin (it's hard to explain) and it is very uncomfortable. There is also slight pain similar to muscle aches around the pm but I have experienced this before. The discomfort and movement is something new to me. I have been unable to find any reasoning for Why this would happen so I was hoping someone on here could help me. I have also lost weight in the past year and thought perhaps that could cause tightness across the pm since there is no...


Posted by hutter@montana.com on 2015-02-05 10:07. 2 comments. 127 reads
 
I continue to have deep debilitating pain in my left chest9 months after PM surgery. I had an abandoned lead removed but it hasn't affected this pain.

My cardiac surgeons doesn't "hear" me; my cardiologist doesn't "hear" me. I'm thinking is must be a common after-surgery and life-ever-after condition.

This pain is so big it affects my entire left chest - a deep grinding pain. It is not associated with bra-straps as it is there before dressing and after undressing.

This pain is affecting my recovery - I don't want to do anything. It's like a migraine in the body - consuming my attention and desire to participate.

Any ideas?



Posted by hutter@montana.com on 2015-02-05 09:59. 0 comments. 77 reads
 
Someone posted about having occasional sharp pain which were doubling him/her up. I suffered the same to the point of not wanting to drive.

My cardiac surgeon's nurse diagnosed the problem as an "abandoned" PM lead from bypass surgery.

Apparently only 5% of cardiac surgery patients experience difficulty with this foreign body.

I had it removed under local anesthetic but it normally requires at least sedation.

Instant relief.



Posted by porrige on 2015-02-03 05:04. 2 comments. 228 reads
 
Hello Friends,

My husband is currently in hospital with Pericarditis Effusion and possible fluid on the lung too, this all happened after having a pacemaker put in over a week and half ago and three trips to the ER to find out what was wrong with him. He suffered excruciating
chest pain, shoulder pain and jaw and throat pain, he could not lie down and he collapsed and turned grey in front of my eyes, I was never so frightened in my life, the paramedics were so good they took charge of the situation and took him to the ER. He is currently in Coronary Care Unit being monitored and they have him on strong antibiotics, pain injections and steroids etc., they have told him that he is stable at present and that the fluid has not ...


Posted by dmedcalf on 2015-02-02 21:55. 7 comments. 203 reads
 
I have had my pacemaker 5 weeks. I have had the device checked twice. I told the technision when i went about the popping I was feeling and I actually felt it while he was checking my device. He said it was the leads and that he switched something and tgat I should no longer feel it...well it is worse. Sometimes it pops so hard I feel like it shocks me. I only have a pacemsker and the nurse told me that I should not feel anything. I also am still really sore and my left arm gets a sharp pain every.now and then
Does anyone else have this issue and should I be worried?


Posted by Calvin on 2015-02-02 11:05. 3 comments. 254 reads
 
Possible relationship between PM and fatigue?

Posted by philco on 2015-02-01 21:02. 4 comments. 194 reads
 
had pacer 12-9-14 now see a white suture at one end of incision ?

Posted by Dave H on 2015-02-01 15:45. 3 comments. 236 reads
 
Thanks, donr for you information.

Only other thing that has my attention: I walked the ICU's halls for about 45 min a few hours post procedure. I noticed my left hand turning blue, which kinda freaked the ICU nurse. This phenomenon has continued. I contacted the EP Friday---- he stated: "It is likely to be result of reduced blood flow due to the presence of a new lead in a very limited space. As time goes on, new blood vessels will form and there may be less symptoms". Anyone else experience a like phenomenon with a 4-lead device? EP also stated signs of a clot would be: swelling, pain, and redness in the left arm. Thoughts, anyone?

Posted by rick33949 on 2015-02-01 12:44. 4 comments. 208 reads
 
i am new here and 43 had my first st jude model 2240 just two weeks ago, I am 100% dependant since he did a av node ablation as well. surgery went well with only a couple complication during the av node ablation and bleeding. any how. since surgery i have had a heck of time breathing, hard to get a breath, when i yawn i feel like im suffocating there for a minute. I do have Copd and asthma but never like this, my inhalers are not helping. No fever, but there is alot of pressure in my chest. it does feel worse when i feel the pacemaker rate response increase my heart rate, it is averaging 126-130 I asked the suregon to lower it and he said that will be up to my regular cardiolist. there is some pain in my chest, around the insert...


Posted by SimplySuzi on 2015-02-01 09:12. 1 comments. 137 reads
 
Hello all,

My 7 year old daughter just had a pacemaker implanted a week ago. She has started complaining of "stabbing" pains in the tips of her index finger and thumbs on both hands. These pains do not happen at the same time and come and go through the day and night. Has any one else ever experienced this? Is this a common side effect or something I should be concerned about?
Thank you!

Posted by jkc on 2015-01-31 21:21. 2 comments. 175 reads
 
I am wondering if one of my wires has come loose or the device is shorting out. Approximately every minute and a half I get a sharp pain, for a second, in my heart. Then fine for another minute and a half, I have had the device since August of 2010 with no problems at all. I no other symptoms. Has anyone heard of this?

Posted by lucook54 on 2015-01-29 15:42. 2 comments. 156 reads
 
I had my pacemaker put in dec 19 2014. However my insicison will not heal all the way. My heart doc put me on cephalexin 4 times a day at 500 mg each. I also have a dual pacemaker . Has anyone had any of these problams? Has anyone had a pacemaker removed? Other than this I've felt pretty good except I hav bronchitis an he thinks it may be related thought? Anyone? Pretty scared. Lu

Posted by porrige on 2015-01-29 06:50. 6 comments. 321 reads
 
Hello Guys,

Joined the site this morning as my husband of 54 had a pacemaker op a week ago today, he seemed to be recovery grand until last night when he could not get any sleep at all he could not lie down as he had initially pain in his back then his chest and now his throat and jaws, the poor fella is totally shattered this morning having not slept for over 24 hours, he's a bit stubborn about going back to the doctor, he thinks that its nothing to do with the implantation device but something else, is is normal to have these pains a week today after the operation, and he was doing so well its awful to see him in such pain.

Posted by mkyah09 on 2015-01-27 06:54. 1 comments. 164 reads
 
Hello Guys,

My dad had a CRT-D installed last year and for the past 1 month he is experiencing shortness of breath while lying down and also if he walks for more than 5-10mins.

is that sign of pacemaker not working??

Appreciate your perspective so when we see the doctor tomorrow we can check with him as well.

Appreciate your quick feedback.

Posted by August30 on 2015-01-26 21:46. 4 comments. 170 reads
 
Hello,
I had my dual pm implanted at the end of August 2014.. The incision seemed to heal o.k.. I went to the device clinic in October 2014 and the pm was working fine. My question is why I feel a kind of irritation and stinging at the site sometimes. Sometimes there is quite a sharp little bump that can be seen at the top of the pm. Other times there is no bump and I hardly notice the pm. Would the device clinic people advise on this, or would they refer me to the Doctor who did the surgery?
Thank you for your comments.
August30



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