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Posted by Butch1 on 2014-01-26 02:58. 12 comments. 324 reads
 
Hi I am a 26 year old male and have recently had a 2 wire pm,21/012014.I had the implant because my Bpm was dropping to as low as 20 beats per min,sometimes even lower
I understand I am going to feel a bit sore at the minute because it's only been a week,well not even that,the only problem I am having is excepting it mentally this may sound really stupid.
But I happened so fast!!!! I have gone from playing football 4 times a week and being a active person,to not wanting to move incase I move the pm.i want doctors on a Friday complaining about dissness and fainting,I done a few tests!!! On the Monday got a phone call telling me I need an emergency op,previous to this my doctor had told me I had heartburn!!! And now I have been to...


Posted by Bonevans on 2014-01-25 16:45. 7 comments. 206 reads
 
I just turned 39 and had pacemaker implanted double chamber last Friday I also quit smoking as I result! I feel depressed anxious scared pissed off that this happened is that normal or am I an ungrateful cry baby?

Posted by melissamay5@verizon.net on 2014-01-25 10:53. 2 comments. 159 reads
 
after a very long horse show season my girls had there end of the year banquet last night I got out of work got ready everything was fine. We get there eat and awards start and all of a sudden I feel dizzy to the point were I almost fell. Im used to the dizzy thing every once in awhile since I had a pacemaker put in almost 3 years ago. This was very different It just continued to the point were we had to leave I feel horrible because my girls work so hard for this. I slept threw the night got up this morning hoping to feel better I feel awful still dizzy and not I feel like someone is sitting on my chest this sucks. Im tired all the time lately and cant stand it. Every check up I have had is fine idk whats going on.

Posted by Southy on 2014-01-24 11:42. 6 comments. 243 reads
 
I had a pacemaker fitted in November 2013 I am not coping very well at the moment. It has left me very depressed and I don't feel that I will ever get over this. Is there anyone else who feels the same way. I have been told that everything is working ok but I am still scared that something is going to go wrong. I have told myself not to be so stupid but cannot help the way that I am feeling.

Posted by Gigi200057 on 2014-01-24 09:52. 9 comments. 175 reads
 
I had a Biotronix pacemaker put in after incident at home(Heart Block) and now 8 wks later, my heart still raises, At 57 years old, and a mom, now I check my BP with those BP monitors you put on your wrist and it reads very high, ex: 140/100 and pulse 111? This only last 30 seconds but they are very uncomfortable 30 seconds. Next week I go again to see my doctor and I feel upset because before I was sooooo active and doing soooo many things and now I am so limited, I look terribly tired and can't even get in a good night sleep.
They told me it will take time at the doctors. Has anyone had any good experience or heard good reviews about BIOTRONIX PACEMAKERS? Is it normal or does anyone has any suggestions or opinions about this...


Posted by scharette on 2014-01-21 14:29. 7 comments. 253 reads
 
I joined Weight Watchers July 2013 and as of December had lost 55 lbs. I exercised diligently. ..mostly walking and jogging. I rarely drank water when working out and wonder if this contributed to the complete heart block I was diagnosed with on Dec 15, 2013. I keep searching for answers. Why me..no previous symptoms. It's been a month and I feel a bit fuzzy headed. I am 61 and thought I was in the best shape I have been in for 20 years. The experience (first time in hospital) was terrifying and I am very disappointed this happened. Looking at glass as half full they did Angiogram and normal arteries, no blockage.



Posted by PJinSC on 2014-01-21 13:38. 7 comments. 178 reads
 
It's been a long time (2010) since I first posted that I was getting an ablation for AF. Well, it was only 80% successful and late in 2011 had another ablation. Began having heart crazies again and felt bad. My arrythmia specialist had been urging me to get a pacemaker. I finally relented and he inserted a Boston Scientific CRT-P in January 2013 and then did an AV Node ablation and turned the PM on. After a moth at 80 bpm, they adjusted it to 70 bpm. What a difference. I felt and still feel much better. This baby can tell if you are moving, breathing rate, talks to the doctor with a remote on the phone and does everything but remind me to take my meds, which are now only a medium dose of Metoprolol and Pradaxa (very glad to get off Warfar...


Posted by tojo on 2014-01-20 19:30. 3 comments. 155 reads
 
Sometimes I notice a slight ping, not audible but discernible, when my pacemaker is pacing. I don't notice it everyday or all the time but sometimes when I am sitting reading. Do most pacemakers give the person some indication when they are "working"? Mine is set at 50 beats per minute so is only activated when needed. Tojo

Posted by evmohr on 2014-01-19 18:33. 11 comments. 491 reads
 
Hi,
I am a 50 year old woman (sorry 51 last friday) who just had a pacemaker implant on January 14, 2014. One minute I was fine next minute I was on the ground at Starbucks downtown Toronto. I had just finished work got a coffee before getting on the subway and had a very strange feeling in my chest, very hard to explain. Like a wave and tightening,(has anyone had a similar feeling?) next thing I knew people were standing above me lying on the ground and had called an ambulance. That was the first episode, 3 more to follow over the next 20 hours. The final episode happened while on the heart monitor, so the doctors had a strip showing a good heartbeat and then suddenly none, only a flat line for about 20 seconds. (this one happen...


Posted by Kreth on 2014-01-17 08:54. 2 comments. 88 reads
 
Coping with day to day is sometimes very difficult. Life kicks you in your behind and laughs at you. When I start stressing out big time. I am learning to back off, breathe deep, set it all aside for a while. Maybe get a new prospective?
So many [me included] have ups and downs, some are depressed. I don't want my sons [4] and all my grandkids [8] to remember me like that. I want to make great memories that last with them a lifetime. So, imagine, dream, sing, laugh. The sun will come up tomorrow, and somebody loves you. Pick a flower for yourself.
Happy Friday, have a great weekend. Kreth, off to seek breakfast and insulin :-(.

Posted by ArchGirl09 on 2014-01-14 18:59. 7 comments. 298 reads
 
I've posted here a couple of times about my issues, so I guess this is an update of sorts...
I was born with a total heart block and as a result of complications from open-heart surgery, a pacemaker was implanted in my abdomen when I was less than 2 months old. I'm 27 now and I've had 4 replacements since then. This past June, when I was due for a new one, I had it implanted in my chest because this is where it's "supposed to go". Everything supposedly went fine but then in August I was sent to the ER with an infection. After spending the weekend in the hospital on IV vancomyacin, I was declared cured and discharged. Then the weekend before Thanksgiving I knew something was wrong again because I could feel the top of the leads poking ...


Posted by Kriscon41 on 2014-01-13 00:33. 11 comments. 292 reads
 
Hello I'm a 43 year old mom of two who just received a pacemaker this past Tuesday. Went to the ER feeling dizzy, short of breath and very low pulse 30 to 40. Next day pacemaker put in. I guess I'm in shock. Wasn't aware that I was as sick as I was, which is upsetting. Constant thoughts of what if this fails ? I want to live and enjoy my life and family. Hate having these thoughts. At night when all are asleep I cry for hours. I also analyze ever flutter of weird feeling in my chest. Glad I found this group. Anyone else ever felt this way? If so how to move on.

Posted by Ann1947 on 2014-01-12 23:54. 7 comments. 201 reads
 
I am new to the group. My life changed overnight and
I don't think that I am adjusting
well.
Diagnoses --Sick Sinus Syndrome & AFIB WITH RVR ( not even sure what that all means)
This happen Nov. 25,2013
.Still afraid to move my arm.. Some days I can't get out of bed..
I hope you all will bear with me.. I always have been a healthy happy person this is very hard for me
\

Posted by afibpatient on 2014-01-11 13:44. 5 comments. 325 reads
 
l was searching for a cure for my paroxysmal afib. After 4 unsuccessful catheter ablations, I decided to try a minimally invasive mini maze procedure. I found a surgeon on the Internet and decided to go with him based on doctor review postings. Big mistake! During the procedure, he tore my aorta, which required emergency open heart surgery to repair. My blood pressure had dropped to 20s systolic and I was near death. While in, he performed a full Cox maze procedure, which left me with permanent a-fib. Prior to the procedure, this surgeon requested a loop recorder be implanted in me. My insurance company refuse to pay for it stating "medically unnecessary" which cost me thousands of dollars. About a month after the surgery, I suffe...


Posted by HHIPacer on 2014-01-06 20:24. 7 comments. 444 reads
 
Has anyone had an issue with being tired more than normal at the end of the day after having your PM surgery? I also find that I'm sleeping longer at night (usually 7-9 hours), yet I wake up sluggish and am often tired by 4:30-5:00 pm after working all day. Thanks for any help or insight.

Posted by Duke Heart Patient on 2014-01-04 03:55. 12 comments. 286 reads
 
Anyone else have trouble sleeping ?

Posted by shirley d on 2014-01-04 01:59. 2 comments. 192 reads
 
Terrible time lately. Having convulsions which sem to cause a run of PVC's. and also a cough. As the cough is new to the convulsions and the PVC's are getting worse I was wondering if there was a link.Does anyone else link PVC's to a reactionary cough?
Ta muchly
Shirleyg

Posted by chase19 on 2014-01-03 22:46. 6 comments. 232 reads
 
I had a pacemaker put in May 2013 and now its time for my yearly mammogram. Has anyone had a problem with this or is it safe? Everything I have read says it ok but I am still afraid.

Posted by Theknotguy on 2014-01-02 23:13. 1 comments. 187 reads
 
Question from another member about Hydro-massage brought it to my mind that I should post a message about having a massage therapist work on you with a PM. I’ve had massage therapy for years. Even though the doctors say it isn’t necessarily a medical therapy it sure does make you feel better.

Post PM insertion and after the trauma I received before getting the PM I felt like a squashed bug. (I had a broken rib, collapsed lung, a wound from the chest tube, and a PM. My chest was sore from where (at least) three people had done CPR. Then a badly banged up leg from when I collapsed.) Pain from the PM site and pain where the leads went into the vein added to the overall experience. I was begging the nurses to give me ho...


Posted by GratefulGirl on 2013-12-31 19:33. 4 comments. 225 reads
 
Well I rode my bike too hard and too fast last Saturday- I got my heart rate up too high and my ICD did its job. WOW!! What a scary feeling- OMG!! Another ride to HOAG hospital in the ambulance- and back home with meds to slow my heart rate down. Now today I feel OFF…..I called the Dr and he reduced the meds to half the dosage. Hoping I feel better later today and for sure tomorrow- I want to start off the new year feeling GOOD, HEALTHY and WHOLE. I am struggling with fear as well- how do others of you cope with NOT living in the fear. I really gain a lot of hope when I read posts in this group about how many of us there are who are living full lives and moving ahead. I was there up until this episode recently when I got my first shock. ...




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