New pacemaker

Glad to have found this forum.  I had bradycardia following svt ablation on 5/30.  Wiped out my SA node and was in complete heart block.  Just had my pacemaker surgery a few days ago.  Already feeling better.


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Sounds Familiar

by Dprib - 2019-06-29 21:41:31

I had the exact same experience for a AVNRT ablation, third degree heart block, my ablation was on May 22.  Still stuggling with my pacemaker but improving....

Doing Yard Work

by GHect - 2019-07-26 17:00:02

Got the pacemaker about ten days ago.  After a few days started feeling human again.  I need to do morning chores for 2-3 hours.  They generally are yard and garden duties in the summer.  Went out two days ago and did general garding, pulling weeds, etc.  My wife, the retired ICU nurse, hovered pretty close.  She was there helping me with every chore.  We talked about my keeping my left arm from going out straight or over my head.  I concentrated on keeping my arm lowered while doing my chores.  But, every once in awhile I caught myself reaching up or out to grab something.  She suggested I wear the sling while doing my chores, thus immobizing the arm completely.  I was concerned about my "productivity" with an arm trapped to my chest.  We came about with a compromize.  I would use a strap to hold my left bicep to my side.  I found an old belt to strap my bicep to my side.  My wife had to strap it on, too awkward for me.  Went out and did my chores for about 3 hours.  Put up some rabbit fense in the garden.  Have a woodchuck eating the squash.  Also, cleaned bird seed feeding area, hand trimmed brush around garden, and a couple smaller stuff.  The belt held my left tricep down to my side and I still got to use my left forearm and hand.  I could actually do most of my garden chores.  Felt good to go out and spend time in the garden being productive.  

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