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Posted by Synch on 2015-09-06 21:35. 0 comments. 365 reads
 
All infections carry a whole new meaning post pm implant. Almost 8 weeks post implant I developed a villus hair cyst on left side of upper trunk area. Appeared to be pimple/blackhead....then it became inflamed, enlarged and hard to touch and appeared to have surrounding pus. I will be seeing dermatologist this Tuesday. In between time, saw my primary care who put me on Clindamycin and hibiclins wound care and antibiotic ointment (three times a day). Last weekend, had spontaneous eruption of pus from the site...As stated before, many infections can occur while in hospital, and the one that worries me is staph and MERSA. Please have Your doctor check.....the sooner any medical concern/problem is addressed the better...better safe than sorry....


Posted by ariashabb on 2015-09-06 01:45. 6 comments. 457 reads
 
What are the most important infections to avoid when you have a dual lead pacemaker??

Posted by ariashabb on 2015-09-05 22:29. 2 comments. 368 reads
 
How bad would an ear infection be with having a dual lead pacemaker?

Posted by TwoCents on 2015-09-05 19:34. 2 comments. 467 reads
 
I'm not sure if I picked the right area to post, but here goes. I am pacemaker dependent since a major medical center made a medical error in 2001 and fried my sinus node. In any case, fast forward to present (I just turned 68) and I am having a terrible time breathing (at times). Last night I was at a cafe and could not even finish a sentence and was so uncomfortable I went to the restroom and removed my bra thinking it might be too tight. Long story, but I told my husband we had to leave and I was in a panic to get home and lie in bed with my arms over my head to ease the situation. This has been happening more and more frequently lately. I have an oximeter and found my sats at between 88 and 95, mostly 92. I woke in the night and took a...


Posted by Virgo910 on 2015-09-05 04:14. 1 comments. 232 reads
 
After being on Coumadin for almost 5 years, I finally received a proper diagnosis after having 1 dvt and 2 pulmonary embolism. I have anticardiolipid antibodies and I am on Coumadin for life. I have been taking it since I was 21 and I am almost 40 now. Is anyone else on life time Coumadin therapy or has anyone taken it at a young age?

Posted by Happiness88 on 2015-09-02 21:09. 6 comments. 388 reads
 
I've been having various tests regarding arrhythmia, syncope, dizziness etc. Yesterday I was told that my heart rate was recorded as having stopped for 11 seconds while beating at 39 beats per minute, with several shorter pauses when my heart rate was 36. I am having a transthoracic echocardiogram next week to check for damage to my heart. I am still waiting for the electrophysiology to be done. Is there any way of preventing these sinus pauses in the meantime? I am really worried.

Posted by Synch on 2015-09-01 02:58. 4 comments. 405 reads
 
Hi all,
I have a dual lead pm and will have a stress test in a month. At the time of the stress test I will be three months post implant ( for very low heart rate). I am fearful of treadmill test because of generalized fatigue etc and am not really back to normal. I don't think I could tolerate Treadmill any time soon. ( I had treadmill test fifteen years ago without incident; however, many changes have taken place since that time). My cardiologist will perform Regadenoson (Lexiscan) Nuclear Stress Test. Has anyone had this test post pm and, if so would you share your experience or any information u have? Thanks for your feedback!

Posted by wonderboy on 2015-08-29 07:42. 2 comments. 361 reads
 
any relation to inability to sleep more than 3 to 4 hours and having a pm/df?


Posted by Happiness88 on 2015-08-17 19:49. 8 comments. 681 reads
 
Hello
I am new to this forum. If anyone has had similar symptoms/experiences I would love to hear from you, as I am currently confused about it all.
I am a 26 year old female. For the last 19 months I have been suffering with dizziness, syncope and chest pains. These have been increasing in frequency, especially in the past few months. I have had repeated trips to hospital in the ambulance, and have recently returned home from an inpatient stay due to these symptoms. I have been attending cardiologist appointments since January this year. Each time I have an ECG done, a marked arrythmia is noted. I was told last year that I have bradycardia, with my heart rate falling into the 40s. However, last week my ECGs when I was seate...


Posted by raiderralph on 2015-08-17 18:44. 6 comments. 387 reads
 
I am experiencing a modest amount in my left ankle area only. I sent the doctor an e-mail this morning I am awaiting her response I know I have gone over board with salt. Any one else with these issues

Posted by dkburnes on 2015-08-17 18:21. 3 comments. 431 reads
 
I have had my pacemaker (Metronics dual lead), for a year in July, due to electrical issues related to a slow heart rate. I have two issues.
One of the leads from my pacemaker bulges under my skin and hits my shoulder bone when I move. Also, the pacemaker itself has moved closer to the bone. Is this normal?

Also, I am continuing to experience a shortness of breath when lifting, pushing, bending, talking excitedly, lying down. I have been to a pulmonologist, cardiologist, and a gastroenterologist.I experienced the shortness of breath prior to the pacemaker implant. The breathing has improved some but not that much. I see lots of posts on breathing issues. Any insights to share?



Posted by Kris1942 on 2015-08-14 22:07. 2 comments. 380 reads
 
I am 74, and got my PM 5 weeks back. Couldn't sleep at all so Doc gave me sleeping pills (Restoral), which I am taking every night.

I still feel dizzy as before the implant. I am not sure if it is because of the low pulse setting (60), or some other issue like balance, or the lingering effects of Restoral.

Any advice, please?

Posted by marine8914 on 2015-08-13 21:33. 7 comments. 492 reads
 
Hey all. So I am not sure what to think at this point. This past week I landed in the CVICU because I went into complete heart block and was extremely hypotensive and bradycardic. I was out of town so I was hospitalized where no one knew me or my condition. When I got back to my home I was still going in and out of complete heart block. I do have a MedTronic CRT (biventricular). When I called my cardio/EP today to see if I should go to the ER, he said to drink more fluids and see him in the office tomorrow morning. My concern is that my blood pressure is ranging from 60/28 to 90/52. My heart rate is ranging from 46-64. I am extremely dizzy, nauseated, have chest pain, cannot get out of bed without getting very short of breath and everythin...


Posted by Patsy2728 on 2015-08-13 15:29. 2 comments. 301 reads
 
Has anyones blood pressure went up while on Lasix? I have had nothing but bad experience with this pill.

Posted by judyblue on 2015-08-08 22:41. 0 comments. 260 reads
 
Well, I never got the MRI for my hip because out of pocket expense was $700. Thankfully, it is not a life threatening condition. It would have been nice to know why the pain is there and not just guess, but I would rather have the $700!

Posted by hilowell on 2015-08-07 17:12. 3 comments. 358 reads
 
So I'm very new to this website and other people with pacemakers so does everyone have to get their sternum cut through to get to the heart and get the pacemaker implanted?
Or is like completely different way of being handled for everyone.
I got my sternum cut through for my surgery and both of my lungs got collapsed. Recovery was the most painful thing after getting surgery!
Anyone else have a really hard time when they removed the tubes out of your stomach? LIKE HOLY &*^% that was painful.

Posted by Pinkshirlz on 2015-08-06 12:29. 8 comments. 509 reads
 
I posted a message a few weeks ago after having my pacemaker fitted at the age of 28. It has not been an easy journey as I am sure most of you have experienced in your own way.
My biggest mistake was returning to work too soon after only one week. I put alot of pressure on myself to forget the surgery and push forward with my stressful job. I have been back at work for 1 and a half weeks already and I have has 2 meltdowns already. Feeling like I have no strive to live, every day its a new challenge. Kinda feeling like its a never ending struggle.
I can say that nearly 3 weeks post surgery, I can sleep on my sides and lift my arm up slightly. Thats the positive, the negative is that I initially was rushed to ICU more than a mont...


Posted by Kriscon41 on 2015-08-06 11:01. 0 comments. 310 reads
 
Has anyone ever developed afib after being 100% paced for over a year ? If so what steps were taken ? Thanks.

Posted by rgh718 on 2015-08-02 03:06. 2 comments. 307 reads
 
Hi everyone my Name is Ray. I've had sarcoidosis since 2012. Went into remission for about 8 months. A few hours after a family even I become nauseas and for the next day cant hold any food down. to make a long story short go to the hospital they start running test and find out sarcoidosis has attacked the wall of my heart and now I need a pacemaker/defibulator. Things are moving fast. I have a lot of questions. My procedure is Tuesday.

Posted by lizzie on 2015-08-01 09:40. 0 comments. 221 reads
 
Hi I wondered if any fellow pacemaker device patients have had a Ph acid test done. I'm bad with stomach acid and have a feeling I may need further investigation but don't know which tests are suitable.



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