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Posted by issikkulboy on 2014-07-17 13:45. 1 comments. 174 reads
 
This year I underwent Mitral valve repair. Was done in March and although the repair was successful my heart conduction system was permanently damaged. This now requires that I undergo Pacemaker device implant permanently. Has anyone heard or have information regarding this type of issues caused by Mitral valve repair. I know that it could happen if the valve is replaced with a mechanical one but not sure if it's possible on repairs. My heart other than the valve issue was very healthy and my ejection fraction was 63% prior to my surgery. It's now at 25%.
Appreciate any feedback on this.
Regards,
Luis

Posted by stormynw on 2014-07-17 02:04. 3 comments. 321 reads
 
Have many of you had to deal with pericarditis? After my implant 8 1/2 weeks ago I've been to the E.R. 4 or 5 times now with painful breathing and a painful chest. After the first three visits (all 4-5+ hours) with NO answers other than the 3rd time they did a CT scan to rule out a blood clot in my lungs and came back and said well you don't have a blood clot and I was like… What about the pain? and the ER Dr. said well you have pain medication and I told him I wasn't looking for pain medication which obviously wasn't helping anyway being as they had administered some while I was there with no relief. I wanted some answers. At that point I mad a 2 hour plus 35 min ferry ride to Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle where they diagnosed peri...


Posted by jimmowry on 2014-07-14 13:53. 0 comments. 155 reads
 
I HAVE HAD A PACEMANKER SINCE 1995 (6 TOTAL), WITHOUT ANY COMPLICATIONS. RECENTLY MY PULSE RATE HAS VARIED FROM 40 BPM TO 80 BPM. PACEMAKER CHECKUP DOES NOT SHOW ANY ABNORMAL ACTIVITY. HAS ANYONE HAD A SIMILAR EXPERIENCE?

Posted by benwhen on 2014-07-14 12:42. 2 comments. 332 reads
 
Hello, thanks for the feedback. The Doctor removed my pacemaker and leads after 4 months. When he opened it up there was clear liquid and a little white puss. He said the tissue behind the pacemaker looked rotten. I had to ask to get my culture results back and they were negative. I guess it was a judgement call. My wife has been taking care of the wound daily. It has healed up after 4-5 weeks. I have a small pit
in the chest, where the pocket was. I went to a new EP and I am getting it replaced at the end of this month at a different hospital. It will be on the other side of my chest. I thought I could do without for a while but I was using it 38% of the time for chronotropic incompetence. I am getting a medtronic dual ch...


Posted by LizzieB on 2014-07-13 16:55. 7 comments. 262 reads
 
So I had my pacemaker implanted yesterday, and they lost the little temporary card they were supposed to send me home with. It was supposed to be sent back to my room with me, and it was never found. Does anyone know if this is particularly important? I'm not flying any time soon, but should I ask my doctor of he can find me another one? How long does it take for the actual card to arrive?

Posted by LEW49 on 2014-07-13 14:27. 1 comments. 273 reads
 
I had a pacemaker implanted in late March of this year to treat heart block. The cardiologist assured me that I'd feel great and after the incision healed be able do anything I wanted to.
As soon as I got up and walked around the cardiac ward after the implantation, I knew something was wrong. But I was assured everything was alright. The morning after they let me out of the hospital I was back in the emergency room. I had developed in atrial flutter which was driving me into tachycardia. I was put on a beta blocker and an anticoagulant. I felt much better. Luckily the atrial flutter was a temporary condition caused by the irritation of my atrium getting used to pacemaker lead. I was able to discontinue medicine after six weeks.
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Posted by GrumpyBrew on 2014-07-12 09:44. 2 comments. 186 reads
 
I recently had my 4th pacemaker insertion and am having severe pain in my elbow while bending it and flexing it. Never had this issue before. I Don't have any signs or symptoms of infection. Anybody else have this issue.

Posted by Beautifulg1 on 2014-07-12 07:51. 3 comments. 253 reads
 
I was wondering if I could get any feedback or information on a problem I'm experiencing with my pacer. I'm having really weird sensations on the left side of my body which is the side where my device is. It feels like the left side is tingling really bad then my heart rate feels like it is getting weak and I get very very light headed as though I'm going to pass out. Then my heart will start beating really fast. When my dr put my pacer in he ablated my AV node and I have a demand pacer. But, the thing that is really scary is that it get so bad to the point I feel like I'm going to just pass out. The tingling goes up into my face also but just on the left side. It feels as though one of my wires may be frayed or gone bad. If anyone can le...


Posted by Mojo on 2014-07-10 22:12. 8 comments. 285 reads
 
Hi everyone. I haven't been on for awhile as things were going so good. No asthma issues since March, exercising regularly, but very overweight no matter what I do or eat... I'm a 60 yr. old female, PM implanted 6/13. I have been having terrible joint pain, extreme fatigue, itchy skin and head, some hair loss. Went to family doc who tested me for lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, connective tissue diseases, and Vitamin D count. No connective tissue type diseases, thankfully, but I have an extremely low Vitamin D count (<25.0 - normal range 30.0-100.0). The doc ordered Vitamin D 50,000 IU D2. I'm so afraid to take one (I have to take one, once a week for 10 weeks) because today, on the advice of my doctor, I took a probiotic digestive sup...


Posted by georgeazarmitchell on 2014-07-09 10:45. 14 comments. 402 reads
 
What's the difference ? Having to have a second operation to successfully correct a botched first one ,I have done a lot of research since then .My first implant was done by a cardiologist not an electrophysiologist !! The shock lead had penetrated the wall of my heart and the operation had to be done a second time ,this time by an electrophysiologist .The second time it was done correctly !! I had much pain because of the first botched operation .Let me tell you that some cardiologists take a week-end course provided by the icd/pacemaker companies ,sometimes the companies provide a large truck with a mock operating room and the doctors receive their week-end training there !! While an electrophsiologist spends years training under the s...


Posted by tandpman on 2014-07-08 08:49. 3 comments. 178 reads
 
I'm new to this PM thing (2 weeks) and yesterday we noticed my pm appeared to be slipping out of position. Kinda painful, too. Should I be concerned? BTW, I have a St. Jude PM 2110 dual lead.

Posted by hhorriat on 2014-07-05 15:21. 3 comments. 196 reads
 
hi everyone
i have aquestion . my mom is 86 ,6 weeks ago she fell and had broken ribs, she also got pacemaker in hospital. she is in rehab now. i noticed when she sits for 20 minutes her left foot up to toes turn blue. we let the nurse know so they will do ulterosound in 2 days . is this something to worry about ?

Posted by Mod on 2014-07-05 02:43. 3 comments. 247 reads
 
PM put in last Sat. Yesterday and today when left arm is down it starts to throb and turns kind of purple along with the hand and fingers??? Hand and arm ache. Any thoughts?

Posted by reeno on 2014-07-05 02:35. 3 comments. 221 reads
 
I just had a pacemaker put in last week. It was pm with defibrillator. I am having second surgery next week to put in second wire thru the ribs to the outside of left ventricle. They could not attach thru the heart. I am experiencing crippling fear this time. Anyone had this surgery? Coping with the fear?

Posted by benwhen on 2014-07-03 17:00. 2 comments. 278 reads
 
Hello, I received my pacemaker 3/2014. It was recommended because I could not get my heart rate up during exercise. And a few times I would be light headed after spinning class. I am 62 years old. I noticed about 2-3 weeks ago my pacemaker seemed to stick out more and on the side of the pocket the skin was thining. Touching the thin skin you could feel fluid. It does not hurt and there is no redding or discharge. And I have no fever. I went to the cardiologist and he wants to open it up and by looking at it, he would determine if it was infected. If infected he would remove the pacemaker and the leads and then replace a new one on the other chest side. I have a dual chamber boston scientific. I use the pacemaker 38% of the time in ...


Posted by momOwens on 2014-07-03 03:22. 2 comments. 165 reads
 
My 23 yr old son had to get a pacemaker 2 months ago. It was placed under his pec muscle, but continues to give him a considerable amount of pain. He can't jump or run without it feeling like its bouncing around and hurting. Has anyone else who had it implanted under the muscle experienced this? He was a college basketball player and very fit, so this is an issue for him. Would appreciate any feedback that might help us. We have a follow up doctor appointment in a month.

Posted by foxy on 2014-07-02 18:50. 4 comments. 230 reads
 
Hello everyone, I have a challenge. I have had my PM now for 13 weeks, and I thought that I was going well.
Now I've noticed over the passed week or so that I have becomes overly sensitive to cellphones, laptops cordless phones any thing you can think possible. I have also been feeling like electric shocks in my fingers. and a burning heavy sensation in my chest. I had the PM checked yesterday and the tech said that it was working well. I have to travel for work soon, and most flights have wifi. Its all really uncomfortable. Any ideas on what to do next. I'm suffering. Foxy.

Posted by johnlawst on 2014-06-29 16:05. 2 comments. 207 reads
 
i am 67 yo and have medicare and a secondary insurance policy. On very short notice in the er a great doc put in a pacemaker that got infected day 3.
we, me and the doc, about taking this out and relocating a new one to the right side after dealing with the infection.'

Who pays for this second attempt??? What have others done?

thanks for advice in advance

john

Posted by Pfisher@0013 on 2014-06-28 04:30. 6 comments. 213 reads
 
Is there anyone who has experienced almost constant irritation around and under their pacemaker - stinging sensation would be the best way to describe it. My cardiologist has never had anyone report stinging or burning sensations before (despite having performed 100s of implants - so I am told). The best advise I have been offered is paracetamol/codine for a month or consider anti-aniety mediation.

Posted by 2for1 on 2014-06-27 22:32. 3 comments. 276 reads
 
Could people please comment on their experiences with
getting an "upgrade" to their pacemaker from 2 leads to 3?

I had a 2 lead PM installed in Oct 2013 for 2-1 AV heart block.
I have felt very unhealthy since. 9 months later I finally got some tests. My latest test (nuclear stress test) and echo show that my left ventricle -- previously functioning PERFECTLY -- is now "akinetic" and its injection fraction is reduced by 25%. The "solution" proposed is to now add a 3rd lead.

Has anyone else been through this?? My card. calls this an "upgrade". Should I go through with yet another operation?
Will it help?

If I had it to do over again I would never have gotten the PM to start out with.



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