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Posted by plato on 2016-03-07 00:39. 1 comments. 177 reads
 
I am posting this on behalf of my mother who has a pacemaker fitted. Recently I aquired a device for her which allows her to listen to the TV more easily.
The device works by sending an electromagnetic signal to a receiver which she wears around her neck. The receiver then transmits a signal to the telecoil in her hearing aid , which produces a clearer sound from the TV.
Does anyone have any experience of this type of device and any knowledge as to whether the elelcreomagneti signal would interfere with the proper functioning of the pacemaker

Posted by Francesca on 2016-03-06 23:44. 2 comments. 198 reads
 
My Pacemaker was implanted on 2/8/2016. I have neck pain once in a while in the very front of my neck and I never belched or burped before the PM...now it seems like that is all I do. Anyone else? Francesca

Posted by suesp85 on 2016-03-03 08:10. 0 comments. 293 reads
 
Hi all!
I was just wondering if anyone else has had this issue and was treated for the pain with Novocaine injections. I had my dual lead pacemaker inserted Jan 2015. In April 2015 I had to go back in for a location revision because the pacemaker was trying to be an escapee by pushing outwards and was very uncomfortable. I had a really bad time with the revision surgery. It did not want to heal. I ended up with adhesive on my chest for almost 10 months. About 2 months ago I started getting pain above the incision site again. It continued to get worse to the point where it was affecting mobility and everyday tasks. Totally wore me out. I went in for a fluoroscope and there was nothing wrong with the leads so I received about 4 shots...


Posted by zazen_1 on 2016-03-01 17:21. 1 comments. 308 reads
 
Two weeks after the PM install, my left arm including the hand started to swell. There had been no swelling prior. I had been doing well, even rode the stationary bike a few times. Other than the swelling, I'm feeling quite good.

It started out with minor swelling when I woke up in the morning but would subside during the day. After a few days of this the swelling remained. I iced it and that seemed to help. My son said icing would not help and keep it elevated. After a couple of days of keeping the arm elevated it has improved markedly, however the elbow and upper part of the arm is still a bit swollen. I can now see the veins in the back of my hand.

I left a message with the doctor who called. He said if the swellin...


Posted by andronicus on 2016-02-29 12:09. 3 comments. 210 reads
 
Hi! Wondered if anyone has had a similar problem. Woke one morning to find a really large swelling all around the site of my CRTD. Attended hospital and after being visited by 4 doctors was sent home with Anti-Biotic, just as a precaution. Have taken the tabs for a week there has been no change in fact I have realised that the swelling is at it's largest in the morning. It appears, when the x-rays were compared that the PM had turned but when checked it was working as it should. Would be grateful for any feedback thanks. andronicus

Posted by Rinnde on 2016-02-29 09:28. 3 comments. 229 reads
 
Hi everyone. I'm a 37 yr old female with congenital third degree heart block and dual lead PM since the age of 3. I've just had my 5th PM replacement at the end of Jan and for the last 2 weeks I've had an irregular rhythm kick in once I start any form of light activity. It starts really slow, then into a very quick pattern until finally settling into a normal rhythm. I have never experienced this after any of my prior replacements. I am booked into the pacing clinic on Thursday and am curious to see if any of you have experienced this kind of thing before? I have a prior history of palpitations since 2009 (just started out of the blue one night and have continued ever since!) but these feel like skipped beats. I appreciate any feedback ...


Posted by BDas23 on 2016-02-29 01:05. 4 comments. 347 reads
 
Hello Pacer Friends!

I could really use some help!

I have been suffering (for over 10 yrs) with fatigue,feeling lightheaded, daily headaches, and difficultly concentrating. I feel like I'm in a dazed or confused state most of the day. People at the grocery store ask me if I'm feeling okay. Others think I'm high! It's horrible, but 10+ yrs later I still have no resolution from doctors.

I'm new here, but I'm not new to the world of pacers. I have had 5 over the span of 20 yrs. I'm a 23 yr old female, and my first pacer was at 3. I had complete (3rd degree) heart block with tachycardia (250+ bpm). After 3 AV node ablations, I had my first pacer (biotronik DDD) implanted. A few months later the device failed...


Posted by vernmary on 2016-02-27 12:23. 1 comments. 163 reads
 
Four months ago I received my 3rd pacemaker, a bi-ventricular pacer as I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, LBB, left ventricle not pumping and have been in A-fib for the past year. At that time my EF was at 40% and had been stable for several years. Last week, my echo showed my EF at 24%. I'm at a loss as to what could cause this problem. Yesterday I had a Muga to confirm the Echo. No results yet. Any ideas or comments? I'm new here and I'm happy to know there is a pacemaker club where I might have some support.

Posted by staals on 2016-02-26 05:07. 4 comments. 339 reads
 
I had my 3rd dual chamber pacemaker placed in January along with a lead revision because my ventricular lead was broken. Immediately after discharge I started feeling electrical impulses approximately 2 inches from my sternum. The nurse practitioner traced it to my new lead. She turned the voltage down from 3.5 volts to 2 volts and she told me she would turn me down more later, that I needed to form scar tissue so hopefully I wouldn't feel it. "See if I can tolerate it." Well the electrical impulses turned into stabbing pains. The Dr went back in 2 weeks ago did a lead extraction with the lead he had placed, and placed a new lead. I ended up with a pericardial effusion and pericarditis, spent 5 days in the CCU. The electrical impul...


Posted by oli on 2016-02-23 15:40. 4 comments. 231 reads
 
Hi

I had my ATP MRI compatible pacemaker fitted on the 12th February. My pacemaker is set at 60 but my pulse keeps dropping to 55/56. I have tachycardia episodes as well bradycardia episodes and I understand that tachycardia part has not yet been connected.

Any help or advise would be appreciated.

Many thanks

Oli

Posted by sharonboxall on 2016-02-21 21:27. 1 comments. 306 reads
 
Wounded if anyone can help I had my pacemaker changedfrom single pacemaker to a duel pacemaker A year on the 24th of February since then iv had a twitch when I lie flat on my back are worse when on my left side. At my six weeks check they said my readings were high so they changed settings and sent me for a xray the doctor said lead had slightly moved by about 2 millimeters he was going to get me to come in hospital the next day for opp but I was shocked so told me to come back in 2weeks . When I came back doctor said readings were a bit better so he left pacemaker the way it was. I have been getting a bubbling feeling in my chest and my chest has been wheezy in December I went to see another doctor about a knee opp he listened to my che...


Posted by zazen_1 on 2016-02-21 01:03. 6 comments. 304 reads
 
I had a PM installed a little over a week ago to handle Mobitz Type II block. I find out afterwards I also am subject to PVC and PAC - I am told a PM does not deal with them. Now I think the missed/skipped beats may have been due to PVCs?

Yesterday I had an "episode" - feel light headed, about to faint (only happened once), the HR drops significantly when cycling, etc. I stop to recover and continue on.

Supposedly (according to the doctors) these episodes are caused by a Mobitz long pause between heart beats. I have records dating back 10 years of these episodes, average 4 to 6 a year, almost all (until recently) occurred while cycling.

The PM was installed to prevent these. I am very disappointed.


Posted by threefingerlee on 2016-02-19 20:09. 2 comments. 253 reads
 
Q. I have a pacemaker implant..This April .11 years..recently I had a fall and extended my front torso..since I've had an electrical shock down my left arm threw my upper thigh on left leg mainly on extreme coughing..trend only while standing up...today I had my cell phone in my left pocket and it rang and burnt my left thigh...is it possible I pulled the wire out of the heart..or something causing a short ..

Posted by mkyah09 on 2016-02-19 07:09. 3 comments. 259 reads
 
Hello Fellow members,

I need your sagely device. My dad is 70 yrs old, we installed Medtronic CRT-D 2 years ago. But his EF is not improving. The last time when he did the echo it showed 20%.The cardiologist is not changing any medicines. Last week he had 4 consecutive heavy shocks so we rushed him to the hospital , he was there for few days and got discharged yesterday and yesterday night he noticed a mild shock.

My question to u guys
.1 How can i support my dad, what should i do?
2. Are there anyone in the same boat and did something different which improved their EF
3. Does the shocks tell that his condition is getting worse or its a corrective measure?

Appreciate your feedback. PLease , ...


Posted by Brydie on 2016-02-18 11:36. 4 comments. 183 reads
 
Has anyone had a dobutomine stress test after a P/M fitted with AV nodal ablation. The top parameter is 120. Has anyone had one of this stress tests done after their P/M was fitted.. Also experiencing feeling like my heart is racing a lot more than the 120 BPM set by the P/M I'm a little worried about the stress test my cardiologist wants me to have. Is there anyway the heart can beat faster or go slower than the parameters set by the P/M technician

Posted by JSWG on 2016-02-17 18:18. 0 comments. 122 reads
 
Thank you all for your comments. The magneto on the tractor I was using is right at my feet so it is close. It may be possible that it caused the problem or the bouncing is very probable. I've been checked out (stress-echo tests etc) so... We'll see. Everything checks out. I'll be finishing the field with a diesel tractor and still bouncing but with no magneto and we'll see if the same thing happens. Thanks again for your comments.

Posted by ER on 2016-02-15 03:53. 4 comments. 258 reads
 
My husband had a pacemaker put in in October 2015. The dermatologist has found a basal cell carcinoma on his left clavicle above his pacemaker. Is there any danger to the pacemaker in having the skin cancer removed? It is in such close proximity to the pacemaker. Thank you so much.

Posted by lisa123 on 2016-02-15 03:35. 1 comments. 179 reads
 
I have no idea where to post this because it sounds so strange, but have been getting sharp electrical type feeling of my pacemaker, but it's high up in my neck, on the left hand side. Has anyone else experienced this? My heart rate seems normal, around 66bpm, and nothing else untoward. Have been feeling a bit of weakness lately but very hard to pin down what symptoms are from what. What do you think? Any info would be most appreciated just so I don't freak myself out. Cheers

Posted by JSWG on 2016-02-15 02:24. 5 comments. 322 reads
 
Just for anyone's information: I recently had a pacemaker implanted (Oct '15) and had not driven my 1951 John Deere tractor which I use for light duty work since I restored it a few years ago. I spent all morning this morning harrowing one of my hay fields. I felt some mild pain in my chest which I dismissed as muscle pain since it's a rough ride and I have to turn around a lot while driving to watch the harrow.
When I came in for lunch I felt a very irregular heartbeat and felt light headed. The pacemaker was obviously not working properly.
Well...I never thought that the tractor has a magneto ignition and that might cause some interference. After about 1/2 hour all the symptoms disappeared. So... I guess I won't be drivin...


Posted by corkie1 on 2016-02-12 23:51. 2 comments. 401 reads
 
Hello, this is my first pacemaker. I have had it in for six months. It took me a while to get over the surgery (three months) with weakness, tiredness and could hardly walk. I was very high functioning before the surgery with seniors exercises four times a week, power walking, and lots of activity etc.
Now since pacemaker insertion I am having trouble walking long distances such as a couple of miles. When I over-do working around the house, walking too far etc my pacemaker throbs, is sore. When I sit down to rest I get thumbing big atrial beats, sharp pains in my heart area.
Can anyone tell me if there is anything that can be done about this. I have been back to my GP and cardiologist several times, have had all the tests...




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