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Can you operate an aircraft as flying crew?

Can you operate an aircraft as flying crew?

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Pacemaker

I had bad chest pains in the center of my chest and pain in my right side of my jaw. I have a pacemaker put in back in may because my heart would stop beating i also have angina.i have nitroglycerin when the pain in my chest happens. I ened up taking 2 pills with in 15 mins. How can i know if its a heart attack or is it angina attack?  It took 20 mins for my chest pain to stop.i can take up to 3 nitroglycerin in 15 mins both attacks have the same symptoms.  Thanks for any help ...

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Hi

Hi All, 

I'm sorry this is not related with pacemaker, but do we have any Virgina tech Professorr over here. Plz comment if we have any 

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A question

They say that time is a great healer  . Is that why you've got to wait so long to see your doctor ?

Ian

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Bariatric surgery after long term prednisone use - experiences/advice?

Hi everyone,

As anyone who has been on long term prednisone knows, they give you your prescription and throw in 10 buckets of free fat!  Woo (not).

I've been on prednisone for the last 3 years since getting my pacemaker and being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder.  In that time my weight has almost doubled, I've developed sleep apnoea, lost my hair, I now suffer from severe joint pain, high cholesterol, questionable blood sugar levels,and I'm very se...

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Update and of course more questions now.

My husband had appointment moved up today and this is what we learned..his ejection fraction is 25% now( was 55% last summer before dual pacemaker placed)  Dr has suggested 3 lead pacer with defibrillator and wants him to have stress test next week. He put him on enteresto 2x a day as well as Coreg. The dilemma now is second opinion and where. Anything we should know about meds and just wow this is overwhelming. Any input helps. My anxiety is thru the roof and I’m scared of us maki...

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Pacemaker audible signals

My PM is emitting an audible sound intermittently. I had a check up 3 days ago and was told I still have 3 years of battery life. What other settings could cause these signals?

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Lyme Disease

Has anyone been told that they may have lyme disease and that could be the cause of their heart issues? I went from having tachycardia arthmyia from 1999 till about July of this year. Since July I have been dealing with bradicardia instead. Some reason when I got sick in july, my heart rythm changed. Back in 2009 I had a tick on my belly that was almost buried in my skin. My MIL had pulled it out. Far as I know that head was not in. I wasnt showing any symptoms of lyme and I researched them....

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Aspirin

News item late this afternoon:  Use of low dose aspirin in a 70+ year old - who has no history of a heart attack - is of no benefit and may cause harm.  This news item suggested "low dose" would be 100 mg ------really? I don't use aspirin but I recall its low dose to be 15mg?  In any event remember, aspirin is not an anticoagulant - which increases your PTT.  Aspirin is an anti-platelet that helps thwart platelets from "clumping."

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more pacers in the news

FDA to bolster cybersecurity of medical devices

http://www.startribune.com/fda-to-bolster-cybersecurity-of-medical-devices/492913731/

Don't let your imagination run away with you! This is all preventative and hypothetical. The article says "there’s never been a documented computer attack on a medical device that led to intentional patient harm."  Basically, the FDA is going to start requiring a plan to do cyber security analysis and  software updates...

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Little pimple right by the incision

Hello Everyone!

I have had my ICD/pacemaker for over a year, yesterday I noticed a little pimple right by the incision. It is little, red, with a white middle. I'm afraid that the bacteria from the pimple will spread to the actual pocket or device. Should I call my MD and get some antibiotics? Or just watch it? Many thanks in advance! 

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Blood pressure monitoring

Can my Medtronic PM monitor my blood pressure?

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An offer

I want to thank gorhyrtm for informing me about I have the legal to off my ICD. I tried last week to remove my ICD. I did not realiize that I could ask my cardiologist to turn it off or shut it off. I believe (know)  what happened is that my battery ran out and caused my defillibrator stopped me shocking me. Why was my ICD was not turned off? Was not 66  shocks  enough to turn off my ICD/ Apparently, Not.I am going to make an offer to all membes of this club. My patent ide...

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Lightheadedness

I've had my device for just over two weeks and have experienced some lightheadedness and a slight loss of equilibrium .Any one else out there gone thru that?

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Movie

Guys, maybe you know movie about people with pacemaker, action / drama /anything

Thank you, 

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Cough blackout

Coughing from what seemed to be bronchitis. Cough is not from my chest anymore, however it is as though my air is being cut off when I cough because I almost blacked out twice (vision narrowed; dark). It feels like something in my Adam's apple area is stopped up. Anyone else have this happen?

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Newest Apple Watch heart monitor has fda approval

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/new-apple-watch-has-heart-monitor-fda-approves-n908976?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter_post&utm_campaign=twitter_post

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First EP visit

Hello, I was born 1951 and have experienced PVCs for 20+ years with no intervention. On July 28, 2018, I had a 'small' heart attack that caused some damage to my left ventricle. After six sessions of cardiac rehab my symptons are getting worse, not better. I have been advised to lay low until I meet an EP on 9/19. Tests showed no blockages. I did wear a monitor for 7 days, shortly after the heart attack. The PVCs seemed to subside for a while after the HA, but have now returned.

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Slow and fast heart beat

Hi,I was wondering why Sometimes my heart goes slow for about 1 to 2 seconds and then back to normal.I got my pacemaker 3 weeks ago.also sometimes I get a tap feeling near my pacemaker about 2 to 3 taps.

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St.JudeDefillibrator Problems

Last October I was shocked 66 times my defillibrator. I believe I died, temporarily. Doctors said that it saved my life.  I questioned that. After be shocked over abd over and over........ How does my heart maintain a normal rhythm sot have a abnornal rhythm. I can not feel that my defillibrator  let me have me have a normal rhythm. I found out Thusday that my implant has been recalled. I looked it up in the internet. I went to 3 hospitals to try to have it remove. The day before, I...

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I am no expert, but I believe that without the defibrillator that I have, I would be dead.