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Hi all, I'm 26 and I will be having my pacemaker fitted tomorrow. Any tips, advice etc for someone getting one, especially so at a younger age?



by AgentX86 - 2022-11-06 18:54:55

I guess we missed you.  I hope everything went OK and welcome to the club (if you forgive us).

You can read through the forum and get an idea of what you're up against (not much) and how to get as much information as possible.  Arm yourself with information, talk intelligently to your doctor, and he'll talk openly about what he's doing and why.  Most people don't want to know, so they aren't told anything.  If you show that you're interested and have done your homework, doctors will spend more time with you and expain exactly what's going on.



by Lavender - 2022-11-06 19:53:01

Godspeed your recovery. Each individual has a different experience but it's such a commonly done procedure that they have it to a routine. You are young. Many older AND younger than you have pacemakers. Babies have them. After a short recovery time, you'll be back to your normal life. You will have more peace of mind that your heart will have this reinforcement. 



by Tanno - 2022-11-08 04:19:43

Let's hope so! My left arm and chest is killing me! Thankfully my doctor confirmed that I can travel by Friday, because I am on my way to Poland haha


by new to pace.... - 2022-11-08 09:13:06

that does not make any sense to travel so soon after your implantment.  

new to pace 

If dr okay’d then bon voyage 😃

by Lavender - 2022-11-08 13:23:56

The left arm- mine was and still can be an issue. I'm old enough to be your mom so things are different. I found that alternative ice and heat packs on the arm helps. I also bought a copper compression sleeve that I plan on wearing on days it's more of a pain. Massage therapy is my "go to"- with a licensed therapist. But for now, your symptoms are just normal after such recent surgery!

I'm glad the doc said you can travel. Be protective of your surgery site! Don't let it get bumped. Don't touch it. UK to Poland is just a hop skip and a jump. It'll get your mind off things. My doc said to get out there and live my life😁


by Tracey_E - 2022-11-08 16:38:28

Hello! I love your doctor's attidude. There is no reason not to travel. Once we heal, it shouldn't slow you down at all. I got my first at age 27, that was in 1994. I've been paced every beat since. I had two children after, own a business, and healthy and active, love to travel. No one would look at me and see a heart patient. Have a great trip!


by Tanno - 2022-11-09 09:09:01

I love my Doctor's attitude too, and thankful too since the reason fro travelling would be to see my girlfriend.

My heart is generally fine however, I've had instances of fainting over the years where my heartrate would stop completely, and then restart itself, which is why the procedure for the pacemaker was done, otherwise 99% of the time, my heartrate is generally fine.


My parameters for the pacemaker is that it will only step in and "zap" me if my heartrate goes below 45, which I think is good as my heartrate (from what I can tell from my smartwatch) only goes down to 55 at the lowest, and that's when I'm in bed in the morning for example.


by Hot Heart - 2022-11-12 19:39:39

I'm coming 70 and been pacing for almost 15 years. I'm the one in my group of friends who does the most, rarely come in here because I forget I have a device. Once you get used to it you will just thinking of it as a natural part of you, a device to keep you safe 

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I've seen many posts about people being concerned about exercise after having a device so thought I would let you know that yesterday I raced my first marathon since having my pacemaker fitted in fall 2004.