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Posted by KAG on 2014-08-07 11:35. 2 comments. 311 reads
 
I wrote this in the hope that it will help the newbies. Sometimes I spent more time in one phase than in others, sometimes went back and forth, but eventually I got through it. You are not alone and you can get through it with persistence and being your own best advocate.

My experience in getting a PM:

Shock, what the heck happened, I was fine a short time ago, no heart issues

Fear, I could die from this.

Pain, I've been cut open and foreign objects installed.

Discomfort, as the incision and bruises heal and I try to get used to having a chunk of titanium in me.

Anxiety, as I realize how close to death I was and there is only this tiny electronic battery operated computer ...


Posted by debcar01 on 2014-08-06 18:48. 11 comments. 276 reads
 
Hello group,
So, i just got my Medtronic dual chamber pacemaker two weeks ago. I'm only 47 and kinda having a hard time with all of this.... any other younger folks out there that can help?

Posted by garydiamond on 2014-08-05 23:24. 13 comments. 419 reads
 
Can you get anything from your heart doctor to get you off wearing a seat belt

Posted by amacord on 2014-08-05 21:01. 3 comments. 196 reads
 
experienced complete heart block on Friday morning, pacemaker implanted Friday afternoon. I hope to make a good adjustment and will be sensible. Fitness is very important to me: fast walker, yoga, cardio & resistance training. I hope I will be allowed to resume all these activities. I live in San Jose,Ca and would like to connect with others. I'm a single woman in my early 60's.
Thanks.

Amacord

Posted by willow on 2014-08-05 11:24. 12 comments. 433 reads
 
hi
i am a 54 year old man ,very fit going to gym 4/5 times a week lots of walking and outdoor activities ,just been told yesterday by my cardiologist that i need a pm fitted ,i fell my worlds ended ,thought pm were for older people ,dont really know what to expect how iam going to feel after pm fitted can i still do same things as ive always done ,will it effect me can i feel the pm in my chest ,seems such a lot to take in ,wife thinks as long as it helps me then its better to have then not to have ,i was diagnosed 5 years ago with mild A F ,I HAD A LEAKY MITRAL VALVE and was told to have it checked in a years time as i never had any problems i forgot about it until i fainted one night as i got out of bed at 2am .had a check at hos...


Posted by CincyGirl on 2014-07-29 22:25. 2 comments. 332 reads
 
Since being diagnosed with CHF and having the CRT implanted I have really struggled with feeling like "me". For years I was always one of the healthiest people around. Ate right, exercised, actually took cod liver oil for my heart (yuck!). I never would have guessed that I would be diagnosed with CHF
with an EF of less than 20%. It was touch and go for a while. I never realized the symptoms I had was from CHF. I just thought it was "mommy syndrome" - burning the candle at both ends. Now I'm here, 8 years later. I had my first CRT in 2006. My second 4 years later in 2010. I assumed I would have to get another this year. Checked with the EP Nurse and she tells me I have 8-12 months remaining on the battery. That's good news. I k...


Posted by LLou on 2014-07-28 08:24. 3 comments. 345 reads
 
Just working and out of blue started passing out. GOT a Pace maker was put in in 2011. I have it for a year and have had 5 surgery lead. (2 leads came unattached, and infection, 3 issues with pace maker) I had a heart doctor and decided to change after you never even came in to see me during a year and a half. Got another doctor which everyone said was super but I he did try and figure out why this happened. Lexiscan done, catherization and arteries blocked. Put me on medicine and was told him I was allergic to sulfa drugs. Was told to take it. Ended up with Hives, another medication made me fill like I was spaced out. Called and called only nurse would not make me an appointment and was told I had to go through her. JUST gave up and nev...


Posted by gelove48 on 2014-07-27 20:07. 7 comments. 377 reads
 
I was implanted on July 8, 2014. Dual chamber pacemaker. I was put on Xarelto and Amiodarone. The Amirodarone was bad news for me - had dizziness and fainting. Am now off of it. My question is, does anyone have atrial fibrillation, sinus node dysfunction with a pacemaker and know what life expectancy I might expect. I am 67 year old male.

Posted by edesano on 2014-07-25 13:47. 7 comments. 410 reads
 
Hello all,

I am 37 and just received a PM on June 6th. I am having a terrible time coping with this. I already struggle with anxiety and depression. I just can't believe how hard this is to get use to. I touch it every ten minutes it seems. Just looking for support...

Posted by AnneSalvio on 2014-07-24 13:34. 4 comments. 365 reads
 
I was wondering if anyone else has had this experience....after eating a healthy meal - my heart/pacemaker seems to be working harder. I feel more tired. Is that normal?

Posted by PacedICD on 2014-07-24 02:14. 5 comments. 335 reads
 
Hello my name is Alex. I have posted here in quite sometime but it feels like a good time. I'm 23 and I was recently with my 9th pacemaker/defibrillator and it hasn't gotten easier. On top of chronic pain from implant scars on my right and left my depression hasn't really improved and has only gotten worse sine my grandmother who also had a pacemaker/defibrillator and my same condition passed away several weeks ago. Her heart is a.decent look into the future of myself which is bleak especially since I presented with the condition much earlier. I also deal with severe chronic pain that I take prescribed narcotics for that only take the edge off. Surgery, lidocain, steroid injects all had no effect on the scar tissue that pains me on m...


Posted by magic on 2014-07-22 03:11. 1 comments. 233 reads
 
Hi every one my name is chante i had my pm & differentiator march this year i am so pissed off about it i went to hospital with a sore leg spent 3 weeks in intensive care i live in Australia and again not happy about this



Posted by cb on 2014-07-21 16:17. 4 comments. 225 reads
 
Hi!
I have a 2 lead St Jude for 18 mos, for 3rd degree heart block. I take no medicines. Last March, after an emotional hit, I went to the ER and was told I was having premature atrial contractions. They gave me some nice (but only 10!) anti anxiety pills and sent me home. But I am feeling that way again....HR is 83 (am programmed 55 low rate) while laying in bed...and I FEEL the very strong contractions...not good. I don't have any reason to feel upset now. Do any of you have PAC? What do you do to stop it? I am feeling wrung out and unhappy about this and will appreciate any input.
(BTW, the trip to the ER cost big bucks and thus I do not wish to do that again)
THANK YOU!!

Posted by Dillon8986 on 2014-07-20 23:00. 1 comments. 266 reads
 
Sorry this is quite long but I am new to this group!! I appreciate any feedback!!! Here's my story....

Feb 2011 got flu. Have been a little over weight and went to doc to try to loose weight and did EKG. Found issues and sent me to cardiologist. Doc did angiogram and said it caused non-ischemic Cardiomyopathy, and a LBBB. Didn't know until 3 months later. no blockages but confirmed other issues. Said had CHF with an EF of 20%, after surgery reevaluated was 40% and doc said that would be the best I will get. I also have sleep apnea, and asthma (mild), Chf Nyha Class II, and IBS.

Put me on:
metoprolol succinate 50 mg XL (toperol)
fUROsemide 80 mg (initially now with a take two as needed)
losartan 1...


Posted by rfassett on 2014-07-20 20:50. 9 comments. 315 reads
 
I have not been around for awhile because there has been ssoooo much going on in my life and I have not had any issues with my PM (implanted last October). Although I did find that getting through my extremely busy season became in doubt toward the end. I was not sure if I was going to make it. But I did. Not sure if I can do it again. But to my reason for posting, I told my wife last night that I have do my pacemaker transmission on Tuesday. The "my pacemaker" part gave me pause. I am still, after 9 months, still in a non-believing state of mind at times. Not always, and not even most of the time. But sometimes. To all of you veterans out there: does that feeling EVER go away?

Posted by KAG on 2014-07-15 11:07. 4 comments. 448 reads
 
I wrote this in the hope that it will help the newbies. I originally posted it a while back and think that maybe it's time to post it again. Sometimes I spent more time in one phase than in others, sometimes went back and forth, but eventually I got through it. You are not alone and you can get through it too with persistence and being your own best advocate.

My experience in getting a PM:

Shock, what the heck happened, I was fine a short time ago – no heart issues

Fear, I could die from this.

Pain, I've been cut open and foreign objects installed.

Discomfort, as the incision and bruises heal.

Anxiety, as I realize how close to death I was and there is this tiny electro...


Posted by dave58 on 2014-07-11 13:47. 8 comments. 423 reads
 
Hello all.

I had my pacemaker fitted early May 2014. Since then i have
returned to the pacemaker clinic at my local hospital. And they
inform me that the pacemaker is working fine. My problem is i
am still not well in myself. I cannot walk to far. Time spent in the
garden is limited to light duties and anything a little bit more taxing causes me tightness in my chest and a soreness of my
chest wall and soreness up into the jaw and neck. I have been
back into hospital since having my pacemaker fitted. I have been taken to hospital twice by ambulance as my symptons
were tightness and soreness of my chest. I had blood tests early in the day and late on in the day as the doctor at the hospital s...


Posted by leet on 2014-07-09 15:51. 5 comments. 319 reads
 
I have had my pm for 1 year and am going for my 1 year check up but I am finding I when it is hot out I puff out when I walk and it is scaring me as I go back into a-fib which I know a pm is not a cure for a-fib anyone else have this problem? thank you

Posted by bobandbj on 2014-07-08 09:26. 2 comments. 334 reads
 
Flutter Ablation and Dual Lead Pacemaker Implant

Hi again! Well, I had my Aflutter ablation and Pacemaker implant 4 weeks ago today and I am still experiencing daily irregular beats as well as periods of 100+ heart rate at times even while just sitting. I've phoned my doctors more times than they seem to like so 2 weeks ago I just quit calling to complain and question if all this is normal. They continued to tell me I will experience these kinds of things for up to 3 months and it's normal! It was also mentioned he will see me in 3 months and check out my situation then and it's a possibility I will need the "big" ablation as he calls it. I've experienced Afib in the past - diagnosed 3 years ago as Paroxsymal Afib and have had a...


Posted by jericho on 2014-07-05 20:00. 4 comments. 305 reads
 
I have had a pacemaker fitted 2 weeks ago, quite a shock emergency situation, I think I am coping but keep checking and rechecking all the information I am given

I am a carer for my husband who on the same day had a knee replacement without knowing I was in hospital. However although he is 74 and a farmer who only wants to work full time again and I am 66 and want to go cycling in Vietnam and Cambodia which I did last year and India the year before - we have decided enough is enough and we aim to live life as full as possible.

However I still find myself wondering how I am going to cope I have sinus node disease and the consultant mentioned tachybracycardia I keep reading your comments and they are inspiring. ...




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