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Cpap

Just wondering if anyone uses a cpap machine I ended up having to have sleep study done after pacemaker lead moved from original spot anyways I've been getting bad sinus pressure I've tried everything my machine has humidifier on it I take sinus meds daily running out of options 

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Palpatations

Has anyone been told Prozac can increase palpatations

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alcohol and the pacemaker

Hello all....does anyone have any thoughts about drinking alcohol and having a pacemaker...?

 

chrs Dave

 

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Heart rate a lot lower than pacemaker setting

My pacemaker ( St Jude duel chamber) was installed 8/27/2020. I constantly check my HR with either Apple Watch, Fitbit (sleeping) and Omron machine.  My pacemaker is set at 70 bpm however the other devices (even at my doctor's office) show my HR at 39 to 44 much of the time while at rest.  The doc says i have an extra heartbeat that causes this. I had afib and went through the cardio ablation in November of 2019. Doc says not afid now but the extra heartbeat.  i am tired al...

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MRI, oh my.

So, I have a torn up Achilles' tendon in my heel and an appointment with an orthopedic doc on Friday. I saw my primary care doc on Monday and she wanted me to get an MRI of the ankle/heel before the Friday appointment. 
 

the first imaging center I spoke to said their machines work fine with my "MRI Safe" device, but they don't have the team necessary to work with pacemakers so I was referred to my local hospital MRI center. After speaking to them,...

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Boston Scientific doctor near Rochester NY?

Does anyone know of an electrophysiologist near Rochester NY who does Boston Scientific pacemakers?

My current pacemaker is near the end of its lifetime, and I would like to replace it with a dual sensor pacemaker from Boston Scientific. I need adaptive pacing for my chronotropic incompetence. My current pacemaker (from Medtronic) is not helpful for biking.

Or maybe I'm asking the wrong question? Maybe plenty of doctors are willing to put in a Boston Scientific, and the r...

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Medical Clearence Check

Hi everyone,

So I have been considering applying to a foreign service fellowship with the department of state in the USA. But upon reading the requirements I saw that it requires you to pass a medical check. I was wondering if any of you know if my pacemaker would prevent me from passing one. I can't find any clear information online about the required medical check. I am not pacemaker dependent and have no other medical conditions that would prevent me from passing. But I can&...

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What pacemaker, is it still there?

I wonder if my comment here might be a hopeful thing for some in their early pm days.  
   I reckon it took around two years for my heart to become happy with my twin lead St Jude pm for complete heart block. 
    And now, two and a half years on, I'm not even aware I have a pacemaker, or even a heart. I'm almost a normal old man, whatever that is!


   
   

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Probiotics?

Two weeks ago I had a small spot appear on my pacemaker scar, and some soreness/possible swelling under my arm that might have been related but might also have been coincidental. The pacemaker has also been feeling just generally a bit sore, as if something is rubbing or has moved. My GP put me on antibiotics in case of infection which really affected my stomach.  For a while was taking the probiotic lactobacillus rhamosus which was really helping. But I stopped taking it becau...

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Follow up: not working out post-covid

Had a PFT and stress test, breezed through both for the most part so I'm allowed to work out again. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have a mild case of asthma now, don't know if it's from the infection or the timing is coincidence but I don't guess it matters much, we know what it is so can treat it and I can get back to being active again. Made some tweaks to my pacer also, something about atrial sensing and p waves that mostly went over my head, but hopefully that will help goi...

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sick sinus /bradycardia

I was diagnosed with sick sinus/bradycardia Dec 2019 ,medtronic PM implanted at that time, (68 year male) at times i still seem to be dizzy ,it happens in spells ,some times i go for days without spells and then they come back,mostly later during the evening,anyone else have this happen? also i would like to know how long you have had this condition and your PM,i look on the web and it seems the problem (sick sinus) continiues to get worse as time goes on and the life expectancy acording...

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Heart beat and sleep

Hi had a box change 1st June unfortunately my top A lead wasn't working but surgeon decided I didn't really need it, so just turned it off. 

I feel OK but I just can't sleep the PM was changed to 50Bp it had been at 60Bp for the last 23years.they say to make my heart work harder? As soon as I try to sleep I get the flop flop feeling and if I get to sleep I wake up with a strong beat my PM kicking in I think. I want to go back to the hospital but don't want to look a...

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ICD

Hello.

I may be in the wrong saloon, but does anyone know what they will do WHEN I decide not to replace my battery? Will they remove it of simply turn it off? (Please don't chime in with "why" etc.)

 

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Ventricular pacing

Hi All! Happy to have found this awesome page! I am pacing 100% in the ventricles but 0% in the atria, does this mean I'm 100% dependant on the pacemaker? 

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OT: Responses

Those posting replies are doing a great service to fellow patients. Just one request, could you give the Readers Digest shortened version of your response. I'm old and running severely short on time, not to mention attention span. It's near impossible for me to read a complete history of the world. Thanks

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MRI and the PM

I recently had a Medtronic Micra AV leadless PM installed. The care says it is MRI-conditional. Anyone have any idea what that means?

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New Here - Need Your Advice, Please

Hi,

I’m new to this forum and could use some experienced advice. Here’s my story:

I was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer 5-years ago (stage 4). The cancer had spread to one area outside the prostate – the T8 vertebra.  Went through chemo, radiation and surgery as well as 5-years of hormone therapy (Lupron). I’m in remission now and not taking any cancer medications. ;)

The doctors...

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New

Hi Alex here 28 Y/O Female 

I just got done with a month in a half hospital stay. I went into the hospital with Tachycardia 3 days into stay I went into long QT Torsades De Pointes Ventricular Tachycardia. I was then moved to the ICU for stabilization. When in the hospital i contracted COVID and therefore had to wait for a negative COVID test before a pacemaker. I was moved to a COVID unit in the hospital and eventualy had Pacemaker inplanted Medtronic dual chamber. The&n...

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ICD

I am new to this site. I have had 3 major heart surgeries since 1994.The last time was 12/18 when I han my mtal aortic vaive replaced with procine , also my tricuspid and mitral valves. difficult recovery. have had a pacemaker since 1994 .and of course battery changes along the way. Now I feel pretty good. On Entresto. The EP wants to put in an ICD .My EF is 22. I am 77. My feelig is say no.I hear depression is common after. Have to make a decision soon. I would like some input  thanks i...

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Heart rate monitor

Any recommendations for a fitness watch that will monitor your heart rate, also blood pressure would be a nice option on a watch,Garmin, Timex etc. I have a Fitbit that does not seem to be very accurate , I would like to upgrade .

 

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Yesterday was my first day mountain biking after my implant. I wiped out several times and everything is fine. There are sports after pacemakers!