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Posted by robertleec2 on 2014-11-21 22:22. 7 comments. 245 reads
 
I'm 62 yrs old, got 5 stents, had 2 episode s of v tack with chemical invertions, 2 spine surgeries, 1 stomach surgery,, 4 knee surgery s and going in this wed for a 2 lead pacemaker. Yep I'm scared.

Posted by racquelwilliams@rocketmail.com on 2014-11-21 19:04. 5 comments. 144 reads
 
is it safe for a women with a medigronic pacemaker to get pregnant ?

Posted by rolson on 2014-11-18 17:57. 12 comments. 352 reads
 
Ok, this may be a silly question but, before my new friend in my shoulder I was a side sleeper, left side, right side, didn't matter as long as it was not on my back. I got my PM 2 weeks ago today. I have been sleeping in my trusty lazy boy chair because I am afraid I will tuck my hand behind my head and curl up on my side, like I used to. I am going to be away from home and my comfy temporary lazy boy bed. My question is, how long after implant do I need to wait to sleep on my side? ?? Also, my husband would really like to have me back in bed with him. (I think his feet are cold).
Thanks for the help.
Robin


Posted by pacemakersal on 2014-11-18 07:50. 4 comments. 271 reads
 
Hi,
I hope this group is still going. I have had my pacemaker for a 3rd degree av block since June 18. It has been a difficult ride. I was very sensitive to the pacemaker and have had it adjusted several times. The last time I had it adjusted by the Medtronics rep and for a short time I felt great. Then I got a cold. After the cold, I went to the ER because my chest hurt so bad, I could not lie down and had difficulty breathing. The pacemaker, they said was adjusted okay and all else checked out. I am not feeling myself and feel pretty depressed. I was healthy and very active 6 weeks before I experienced symptoms. Heart rate went down to 40. I am having difficulty adjusting to this more limited level of activity. I keep t...


Posted by tomshad on 2014-11-15 22:52. 4 comments. 222 reads
 
Hey all

getting my defibrillator put in monday nov 17 . I am a pro musician ( electric bass, stick, guitar and mandolin), 50 years old and scared when i read that headphones are dangerous.

any other pro bassist or guitarists on here i can converse with about reality of gigging and rehearsing ?


thanks

Tom

Posted by Narda on 2014-11-13 05:45. 5 comments. 253 reads
 
Hi Again Everyone,

Thanks so much for all the comments. It is comforting to know that I am not alone on this journey. I do have a question, has anyone had any problems with electrical appliances, etc? I am especially concerned about hair dryers. I have read so many conflicting things, that I am confused. Thanks.

Narda

Posted by Narda on 2014-11-12 15:37. 5 comments. 328 reads
 
Hi Everyone,
I am a new member here. Last Friday I had a complete AV node ablation for Atrial Fibrillation. I am now 100% dependent upon this pacemaker, which was inserted on January 20, 2014 for a slow heartbeat. It is scary to think that this is the only thing keeping me alive. I try not to dwell on it, but it does creep back into my mind quite often. Does anyone else have these feelings? I would love to hear some comments on this. And how do they replace the pacemaker when it needs new batteries, when a person is 100% pacemaker-dependent?
Narda

Posted by Jemmima on 2014-11-11 15:12. 2 comments. 137 reads
 
Had pacemaker inserted 19 July 2014. Cardio inserted it very near my shoulder so that it wasn't visible on the slight tan I'd acquired, I told him a scar was not an issue... My problem is that my bra strap bites into the side of where the pacemaker is situated and I have tender lumps after wearing. As I am well-endowed I wear my T-bar gym top but it still chaffes and also have that pain down my back.Am wondering will this discomfort go away? And I'm still finding it hard to climb...

Posted by Duke Heart Patient on 2014-11-07 09:23. 4 comments. 231 reads
 
How many of you have anxiety that you think it triggered by your illness ? Who is one that just sits around thinking 24/7 about there body and feel like they are just waiting for something to go wrong ? Have any of you experienced and blurred vision or "spacey" feelings ? Have any of you ever felt "numb" and like you were here but not (If that makes sense) ... Thanks for the feedback ... Michael

Posted by rjsully on 2014-11-05 19:58. 3 comments. 177 reads
 
I had my f/u appointment this week with EP to discuss my options. After discussion, I have opted to go ahead w/PM as I didn't feel medications were effective and in fact made me feel worse (metoprolol/florinef) and didn't address the issue of slow HR. EP mentioned he didn't think it was slow HR that was making me feel so tired/crappy/dizzy but rather my neurocardiogenic syncope episodes. I think it is both. He said PM wouldn't help with neuro sync, but other posts I've read said it does and is reasoning for some to even have PM. I wonder how would neuro sync be managed w/o first having PM, when I have a low HR? So, he basically left it up to me..."what do you want to do". I said I feel I need to go forward with PM. I like being giv...


Posted by Duke Heart Patient on 2014-11-04 14:18. 11 comments. 363 reads
 
So why do you have a pacemaker ? How long have you had it ? What meds are you on ? What is your energy level like ? How old are you ? M or F ?

Looking answers to compare to my situation ... I am 40 , M , 3 meds , Pradaxa , Sotalol and Enalapril ... Single lead PM since 12-16-2011. Energy level on a scale of 1 - 5 is a 1. I just don't sleep good , have low energy. I thought the PM would help me out and increase my energy level but almost 3 years now and I felt 10 times better before the pacemaker.

Would love your feedback and it you would answer the questions.

Thanks



Posted by rolson on 2014-11-04 12:28. 5 comments. 205 reads
 
I am getting my Pm today. Nervous, wish it were over. Thanks alp

Posted by LitLady on 2014-11-04 07:44. 3 comments. 217 reads
 
My Medtronic pacemaker was installed 4/3/14 and has been moderately adjusted/fine-tuned 3 times. It is 7 months out and I have several issues:
#1 - A very mild but ongoing discomfort in my chest at the pacemaker site. I am a big-busted woman and perhaps the weight stresses the area and accounts for the problem.
#2 - My early AM blood pressure is significantly higher than before the implant. (I take BP meds that lower it after wakening.)
#3 - I have trouble staying asleep. I awake at 5:00 AM every morning, can sometimes go back to sleep, but by 7:00 AM I am UP! It makes no difference what time I go to bed, this is my daily routine.
Any thoughts out there from you "Pros" who live with a pacemaker too? Thanks

Posted by JoMarie on 2014-11-03 03:15. 10 comments. 240 reads
 
Are there others out there who have had pacemaker followed by AV node ablation specifically for paroxsymal AFib after failed ablations? I just want to know what followed for them in the months which lay ahead.

Will keep an eye here to see if anyone fits the bill ......

Posted by rolson on 2014-10-29 13:01. 7 comments. 206 reads
 
Has anyone had this issue with the heart and what was done to help. My low bpm is 35 and my high is 135. Doctor says we can try pacemaker and beta blockers but that may not be enough. Kinda scared now. Any help? ?

Posted by newatthis on 2014-10-28 20:59. 7 comments. 221 reads
 
What kind of bra should a new lady with a pm use?

Posted by Griddlebone on 2014-10-27 18:16. 4 comments. 289 reads
 
I know none of you can have any clinical answers for me, so I'm not asking for that. I have my 6-week appointment already scheduled with my cardiologist day after tomorrow, so it's just a matter of making it through 48 hours without worrying myself to death.

I had my PM implanted about 6 weeks ago. I've been feeling the bubbly/thumpy sensations under my sternum that worried me until many of you said, "Yep, had those too." My voltage is still at 3 V and this is only my second follow up. My only other problem has been mild anxiety (lack of trust in the PM!) which has disturbed my sleep patterns.

Today I met with my gastroenterologist to discuss my upcoming routine colonoscopy. Since I had an esophagoscopy 12 years ago ...


Posted by rolson on 2014-10-27 17:28. 1 comments. 136 reads
 
Had to go to the doctor this morning. Have been having chest pains for 3 days off and on. The have now moved my appointment with the surgeon to Wednesday morning and my new pacemaker asap. Well let you all know what happens next.

Posted by Iwantmikenow on 2014-10-27 11:23. 10 comments. 318 reads
 
Hello, 45 year old male here--I am so very glad to find a place to come to at a moments notice to read and listen to others who have come before me. I am one freaked out dude and considering my type A personality I'm all over the place mentally. So, I went to the doc last month as I feel light headed occasionally in the middle of and just as I start to work out. Passed out a couple times over the last 4 years but no other symptoms worth noting. He put me on a holter and found multiple instances of heart block lasting from 8-15 seconds about every other night. I even did a sleep study for apnea--negative results there but they saw the same thing the holter did...WOW. Talk about a kick in the pants! So, looks like I get the PM this Friday th...


Posted by kittykat48 on 2014-10-25 09:02. 12 comments. 343 reads
 
Hi, I'm having my PM fitted on 27/10/14 and as I was only told I needed one yesterday I'm still reeling.

Ive found this site very helpful in answering some of my questions but I still have one or two.

Does the PM device protrude from shoulder?
Is it uncomfortable and how long does it take, on average to get used to it.

When its healed is it possible to wear suntops in summer or is it too noticeable?

I'm used to sleeping on my tummy, I guess that won't be possible at first, but how long before I can sleep normally?

I know some of these questions seem insignificant but its what is going round in my mind at the moment.

I would welcome your advice as you have already g...




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