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Posted by Chazz on 2014-10-22 20:29. 1 comments. 198 reads
 
My Cardiologist mentioned a sack would form around my recently implanted pacemaker and I regret not questioning him about the remark. I would be grateful if anyone can
explain what he was reffering to.

Chazz

Posted by ODIN on 2014-10-21 08:29. 5 comments. 305 reads
 
Got a PM 8 weeks ago. It is a dual PM attached with hooks. Got it because I had Lyme which became Carditis. Yesterday they turned off the PM and the Doc said my heart was was working perfect. So he set it at 60 and said if I have no issues in 4 weeks it can come out. I had issues last night. Felt like my heart was working hard. Anyways much better this morning. WOndering if anyone has had their PM pulled and how it worked out. Thanks

Posted by Bebie on 2014-10-19 12:20. 3 comments. 238 reads
 
Hi everyone. I just had my PM implanted 3 months ago. Currently, I feel like my heart is tight unlike before where I just dint even notice that I have a heart problem like the fib that was recently diagnosed right after my stroke. Is this a normal feeling? I also have difficulty of sleeping. Is there anybody there who can assure me that everything is normal and I have nothing to worry about my PM? Thanks a lot for your concern.

Posted by kathyk on 2014-10-19 01:13. 4 comments. 147 reads
 
Has anyone had to use the PaceMaker transmitter (mine is Merlin@Home)--and use a Heart Event Monitor, too?

If so, why is this?

Thanks so much

Posted by Shagood on 2014-10-18 14:24. 5 comments. 183 reads
 
I'm 1 week and 2 days out from pm being put in. The journey started with episodes of A fluter and just jumping out of rhythm. Was started on multaq and tolerated that for about 2 weeks before I started having shortness of breath and various other side effects. I was on nothing for about 2 more weeks and was back out of rhythm in just a few days with sky high heart rate. Then started on amerodone and scheduled for cardio version. When I went in for that my heart was back in rhythm but was having severe sob and let pain. Turns out my heart rate was in the low 40's. So then enters the pm. So now I have a pm and am on rhythmol. I still feel sob but I think maybe it's because I still have inflammation from the pm being implanted.
What is ...


Posted by wjs1954 on 2014-10-18 11:08. 3 comments. 224 reads
 
Had my MRI yesterday, Medtronic advisa PM
Rep showed up did her thing, had the MRI. The rep did whatever they do. No problems what so ever.. Well except they are not reading the MRI for a few days : (, oh well have to wait and see if i get yet another surgery to add to my list of many... guess no running or biking for a bit.......

Posted by Lee24 on 2014-10-17 13:50. 7 comments. 469 reads
 
Hi guys, something weird is happening to me. I have a pacemaker due the slow heart rate I had. Recently I've been having syncope events. When my doctor check me out she says somethin he doesn't understand is happenin to my le atrium. Which Is making my heart beat for abt 370 bpm for 29 seconds when that happens I immediately loose consciousness. Today it happend again when I called him he said he doesn't know what is happening. I'm scaredwhat is happening now? I wish I could afford another cardiologist. I don't wanna die I'm only 25 yrs.

Posted by Stillrunning on 2014-10-14 21:02. 2 comments. 179 reads
 
Anybody got any comments about experiences with lisinopril and or carvedilol ,,, after after 14 months after stint and PM inplant and many attempts at settings and adjust to help me run with some oxygen and reasonable comfort not worked so far struggle to run a post PM pace of 10 min/mile with pre PM of normal 8:30 - 9:00 pace, I'm nearly 70 runner for nearly 50yrs , can do everything as before but running is always like the nd of a race breathless and uncomfortable !!!
Thanks for your input,,,

Posted by wjs1954 on 2014-10-13 21:33. 4 comments. 155 reads
 
Not happy, oh well.

Need a MRI of my knee. I have a Medtronic advisa MRI pacemaker. You would think pretty easy, wrong!! lab says " not on fda list of approved pm. So I call my cardiologist she says have the doctor set up the MRI at hospital where they put in pm. Now I need to wait for them to contact Medtronic so the pm rep can be there for MRI, not as easy as one would think. Meanwhile my knee is killing my, thank goodness for pain medication, . Maybe I will hear back tomorrow, well no work for a bit....,,

Posted by skuhl5 on 2014-10-11 08:49. 12 comments. 397 reads
 
I am 34 years old a mother of 3 very active busy kids! They are involved in everything they can! Select Sports to competition cheer to basic clubs like Girl Scouts & 4H! In July of 2012 I have my first episode. A coworker took me to the ER I was in the hospital for 2,days with every test in the book! They sent me home with a clean bill of health and said if this happened again I would need to consider a PM.

Exactly a year later I had another bad episode that landed me back in the hospital. They gave me an aspirin watched my heart rate diagnosed me with Sinus Bradycardia and suggested I make an appt with a cardiologist! I saw that Dr for a year with no signs or episodes! Then a few months back I started having symptoms again! Sma...


Posted by ODIN on 2014-10-08 07:35. 1 comments. 158 reads
 
4 weeks and 1 day ago ended up in the ER. Pulse about 32. Got me a dual PM the next day. 1 week later tested positive for Carditis which is Lyme disease. I am on shots of Ceftriaxone daily. If they new it was Lyme causing the Heart block most likely would have put in a temporary PM. If my heart starts firing again the said the can pull the PM. Cardiologist said he can pull the PM with 18 months. About 8 yrs ago I had SVT. the did the oblaqtion [ not sure on the spelling]. Only other heart trouble I have had.

wondering if anyone has had Lyme disease. If so did you keep the PM or have it pulled ? Thanks

Posted by Roys on 2014-10-03 19:00. 2 comments. 293 reads
 
Hi
Can low Sodium cause an electrolyte imbalances, and arrhythmia?
Cheers Roy

Posted by pacergirl on 2014-10-02 22:48. 7 comments. 355 reads
 
Greetings fellow PM people!

Well, it's been awhile and I see many new names and stories. It seems odd to say "Nice to see you all" as it means that you have had to get a PM or an ICD.

Had my PM check-up (yearly) a few weeks ago. Everything seemed to be fine.... then the test came back. Seems my BP was in the "stratosphere" (a direct quote) and my heart was beating like a racehorse! 200+ plus range. It was so bad at times that my PM actually recorded it on 3 sep. occasions. So.... new medications for me. ugh. One pill is so large it looks like a JAWBREAKER! Does anyone recall those? :-) Just sayin' Then... the blood work comes back a few days later and I get a call for the nurse.... Apparently my bad cholestero...


Posted by belly321 on 2014-10-02 17:28. 4 comments. 235 reads
 
Good evening everyone I have not been on the site for a long time as I have been looking after my mum who is ill
I am
Pleased to say that I have no pm problems but I have a question if that's ok
I am due to have nerve conduction studies done in three weeks and on the appointment letter if said IMPORTANT let the dept know if you have a pacemaker
I rang and the secretary said she would make a note and tell the consultant but as my pm isn't all that old I should be ok
I just wondered If anyone has had nerve conduction studies with a pm or had any info many thanks Anita

Posted by belle on 2014-09-29 10:59. 0 comments. 256 reads
 
EASIER FOR ME TO TYPE IN CAPS. I HAVE NO IDEA WHETHER THE FIRST POST WENT THROUGH, BUT I WILL POST AGAIN. I HAD NO OPERATION, I HAD A LONG TEST LIKE AND MRI TO SEE IF MY HEART WAS VIABLE. IT WAS, BUT MY EF WAS ONLY 10%. THAT IS REALLY BAD, HAD ALL THE TESTS DONE, ARTIES ARE CLEAN, HAD A SCAN OF MY HEART WHICH LASTED OVER AN HOUR. MY REGULAR CARDIO SENT ME TO COLUMBIA PRES HOSPITAL IN NY TO A DR WHO DOES HEART TRANSPLANTS. SO I SAID NO TO LET ME SEE HOW THESE MEDS WORK, ETC. THE DRS WOULD NOT PUT ME ON DISABILIT!!!! SO I WORKED, NO SMOKING OR DRINKING, SINCE MY FIRST EPISODE WITH CHFG I HAD NO SHORTNESS OF BREATH, BUT I HAD TO GET A BI VENT PACEMAKER. FAST FORWARD 2013 GOT PACEMAKER REPLACED. 8/15 I HAD TO HAVE A PROCEDURE DONE WH...


Posted by lray on 2014-09-27 19:10. 3 comments. 273 reads
 
I had my pacemaker installed Sept. 10, 2014. My electric heart fraction was 35 percent which caused me to have CHF and bracardia. I was told if I did not have pacemaker installed I might live a year, A cardio psychologist installed it and I also have a cardiologist who seem to be very optimistic about improvement, I am a 58 year old female.
I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THERE IS ANYONE else THAT HAS LEFT BUNDLE BRANCH BLOCK THAT CAUSED THEM TO have SUCH A L LOW HEART FRACTION. The Doctors also wanted to install a defibilator but my insurance would not approve unless it dropped another percent.
I WOULD appreciate ANY COMMENTS.

Posted by ravindermalhotra on 2014-09-27 09:38. 1 comments. 193 reads
 
since a pace maker is to be implanted for my son's heart who is 22 years old , thus , please let me know which pace maker should or is the best one available in India and it's warranty / guarantee period .

Will an implant of pace maker would make the right ventricle work properly after the implant.

How would my son come to know about expiry of the pace maker and how it's working would be monitored
.

please help me in all aspects of implant of a pace maker.

ravinder malhotra.

Posted by Brightstar on 2014-09-20 14:35. 3 comments. 211 reads
 
I have a bifascicular block, and get many symptoms. I feel like I am going to pass out if I go up two flights of stairs, have chest, arm, neck and back pain with exertion, and get breathless.

I am going through tests right now, but my next appointment to see the Cardiologist in in January 2015!

I am currently off sick from work, and am desperate to get back, but everything is so dragged out, and in the meantime, I feel ill. I also have hypertension, high cholesterol (due to family trait, not diet).

The Cardiologist only mentioned a pacemaker as a last resort, but I am so unwell.

Have any of you any ideas on this please?

Posted by lucyb on 2014-09-19 20:36. 8 comments. 239 reads
 
I got a Zio Patch stuck on for the first time ever yesterday, and I have to say, what an improvement on the old holter monitor! I'm only 29 but I remember the days when the holter monitors came with a box the size of a brick (which seemed even bigger to me as a 10 year old!) I didn't know the Zio Patch even existed until yesterday (I was preparing for all those holter leads and a couple of days without a shower) instead I got this nifty little waterproof thing that I can wear for 2 weeks.... technology is amazing!

I popped a photo on the member gallery in case anyone wants to see what it looks like.

Posted by HoneyBadger on 2014-09-19 19:04. 4 comments. 175 reads
 
A follow up to my earlier post. Went to a dermatologist who says my welts and rash are not a reaction to the Metoprolol but poison ivy after all! I am so relieved as the med is working well to curb my tachycardia. I am so happy that I can continue to take beta blockers. My cardiologist said if my skin reaction was an allergic reaction to Metoprolol, then all beta blockers would effect me in the same way. He also said that in all of his 36 years in practice, he had never seen a bad skin reaction to Metroprolol. Never been so happy to have a bad case of poison ivy! Thanks for the kind posts and the support from our club members.



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