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Posted by cans624 on 2014-11-16 12:22. 6 comments. 246 reads
 
I have not been on here for a long time so many things going on in my life this year has not been a good one but my parents were both ill but slowly getting better my mom had to get a pacemaker this past February my question is I recently had an echo done and was told my ejection fraction is 50-55 percent low normal is that something I should be concerned about cause last year my ejection fraction was 55/60

Posted by jstowe on 2014-11-15 22:30. 3 comments. 239 reads
 
Hello,I had my pacemaker installed 3 months ago and still have no energy,yet doc says its working perfect.any advise on where energy is?

Posted by Bebie on 2014-11-14 04:32. 1 comments. 297 reads
 
Thank you very much for the information I have been getting here. It is a real comfort that experiences really help. Thank you also for the comments. My concern now is the safety of having some desk top computers and even laptops in front of you most of the time. Is there an effect of this one to our pm. I was operated last Aug 12. What bothers me now is the tight feeling that I experience any time during the day,.Is there anybody who can shed light why I feel this way?

Posted by rolson on 2014-11-11 13:46. 6 comments. 231 reads
 
I have had my pacemaker one week today. Before pacemaker I had low (35 resting) normal pulse rate and blood pressure. Now if I move around my pulsar rate and blood pressure gotta high until I stop moving them it slows down again. I have a doctor appointment in Friday but wonder what's going on.

Posted by Bebie on 2014-11-11 04:31. 1 comments. 145 reads
 
After the pm implantation, I had some adjustments. however i am fine now. Just lately I can feel tightness in my chest. Is it normal and what might be the factors that triggered it? thank you.

Posted by pacingdiva on 2014-11-08 03:40. 1 comments. 184 reads
 
I have a St. Jude Accent Dual Pacemaker. Since last year when I go and have PM check it give out alerts. I had over 22 High Ventricular Heart Rates they put me on medicine called Cardizem cause anything else will irritate my asthma. The alerts has pick up very high rates over 300bpm. I have the dual pacemaker for Sick Sinus Syndrome. My heart completely stop for 33 seconds and started back beating on it's own. Why is it now I'm having tacky?

Posted by LitLady on 2014-11-07 11:38. 1 comments. 146 reads
 
Really appreciate your time in sharing your post PM experiences. Agree fully--pacemaker=good; no pacemaker=dead---I'll take "good" all day, every day! Knowing what others are experiencing provides peace of mind and thoughtful ways to live a PM lifestyle. Thanks a million to you who kindly and candidly responded.

Posted by ariashabb on 2014-11-07 10:42. 5 comments. 222 reads
 
Does anyone have any info on getting a mammogram with a pacemaker?

Posted by Chase on 2014-11-05 23:48. 2 comments. 204 reads
 
Will taking OxyContin effect a person's pacemaker?

Posted by Bebie on 2014-11-05 13:30. 3 comments. 180 reads
 
Hi everyone. May I take this opportunity of thanking everyone who shared some information which is so beneficial to us all who have pm. I have mine last August 2014 because of AFib and experienced a mild stroke the reason why I was diagnosed with having AFib that caused the stroke. My lipid profile is okay. However, I am ask by my Neuro and Cardio to take pradaxa, losartan and simvastatin in a lowest dose. While light headedness and dizziness were gone after the PM, I still have my energy at 3 and even have a hard time sleeping straight at night. Are the meds that I am taking causing the low level of energy and not being to sleep well. I still feel that generally I feel better before the PM.

Posted by NormaLou on 2014-10-30 22:54. 2 comments. 193 reads
 
I had my first PM implant in 2010 and after three years the battery died. They told me it was defective. I had PM replaced in 2013, about a year ago. Every since the first PM implant I can hear a "squishing" or "crunching" sound in my left ear. My EP dismisses my concerns about this saying it is just blood flow I'm hearing.

Has anyone here every heard of this. I never had this before the PM. And it is annoying and a bit concerning.

Thanks.

Posted by Roys on 2014-10-30 19:13. 5 comments. 269 reads
 
Hi
Are some of you using Eliquis ( Apixaban ) and do you have any problems or side effects, like upset stomach or pain? My Doctor would like me to use Eliquis. The cost is not a problem as in Australia I would only pay $6 each month. Thanks for any info you can give me.
Cheers Roy

Posted by Dave H on 2014-10-30 17:49. 1 comments. 118 reads
 
Hey gang: It's been an exciting month for me------4 or so EMS supplied visits to the ER, Panic attacks -1st full blown one for me, 3 days in the hospital cuz I went crazy due to a "low sodium condition" (124). Too lengthy to discuss here. One question: Home health nurse and visiting paramedic yesterday commented that I should keep my INR between 2.6 + 3.5. I do my own home testing with a Remote Cardiac Services INRatio2 device and have kept my INR usually 2.4 to 3.0 Anyone using this device? Do you trust its results? Thanks!!!
---Dave--

Posted by pacingdiva on 2014-10-28 23:15. 7 comments. 214 reads
 
I have a question what is Sinus Arrest? And for you to last in it for 33 second then your heart start beating on it's on.

Posted by Tinkergirl on 2014-10-25 22:21. 9 comments. 317 reads
 
Question, has anyone when they have gone in for an EKG after getting their PM implanted have theirs still say Abnormal ECG? When I got my first one since the implant last week my Cardio said it looked good, then I noticed it said Abnormal ECG and also under all of the numbers by where it has the T wave results it said " can not rule out Ischemia".

I was wondering if the machine said these things because it was picking up my PM.

Posted by Lizzie on 2014-10-23 23:47. 2 comments. 154 reads
 
Hi everyone,
Just had my yearly check. Noticed on print out that AFib suppress mode was off. I have a lot of trouble with AF.. Asked for it to be on.
Short story, two days later 8 hour bout AFib. Made no difference at all. I have St JudevZephyr in snce 2009.
Anyone else get help from Afib with their PM?
Cheers
Lizzie

Posted by wjs1954 on 2014-10-23 09:21. 3 comments. 116 reads
 
just a update.
Surgery scheduled for 11-4. Doctor said because of PM surgery has to be done in hospital rather than OP Center. Also requires a cardiologist check prior, going today for that check up. looks like
no running or biking till after thanksgiving.Oh well could be worse, doctor said other than meniscus which will be fixed and a little arthritis of the knee i am good to go....

Posted by Chazz on 2014-10-22 20:29. 1 comments. 213 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. 317 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. 256 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.



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