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PM Hematoma? And ?nerve pain in left arm

I am 1 week post PM implantation, and just now realizing that this big bulge at the site is not normal.  

I have a bulge that is about 2.5 inches wide by 5.5 inches long, and when I get up from lying down there is an uncomfortable sensation of thick liquid settling. The size seems to go up and down, and when it's up the pain in my arm is amplified.

I had this at the hospital before discharge, and a nurse casually referred to a hematoma in passing. I was not on m...

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New style unit

I have a regular style pacer for rate drop. I had in put in 2009. I only use it nighly when my heart pauses.  I was told last year my battery is good for maybe 4 years. I was told new units are the size of a bullet inserted via the artery in the leg, dropped inside the heart. I assume the old one is removed at that time.   Anyone had a new style unit? How has it worked for you? I live in Canada so my procedure is totally no cost as was the first one. If you had one, what was th...

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My Story M (21)

People dont think I have a ICD, people think I'm normal.

I feel normal at times, when I do have my shirt on, when there is no physical bonding. 

I'm above average in terms of attractiveness, especially as an asian. 5'10 and abs) People see me as this figure, who is so confident and with his whole life together.

But I dont. Far from it.

Im scared to take off my shirt. Im very scared of confrontation and fighting with a ICD, getting shocked in middl...

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Reply’s to posts

Still kinda new at the forum posts...just wondering how you can reply to people who have been nice enough to comment on your post.  I’m not seeing a reply option.

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Pacemaker sharp pains

Thank you for your advice! The pains disappeared the day after I posted the message.I hope that they stay away!

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Deep Aches After Generator Change

Hi.  One week ago, I had a 'generator' only change. This is my 3rd PM.  While it is not nearly as painful as the last one was, I am getting deep aches and sometimes sharp pains similar to what people describe when they experience angina (which I've never had).  It feels as though it is much deeper than the pocket area.  Is this considered typical for seven days post-op?  Do they tug at/move the leads at all when they change a PM?  Maybe I...

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Pacemaker sharp pains - lead site

I had a CRT pacemaker implanted 8 weeks ago. Occasionally I felt sharp pains where the third lead is. ( I can feel it under my skin) In the past few days they seem to have become worse. I had a telephone check up 2 weeks ago and the doctor said it could be nerve pain.         Has anyone else experienced this? Should I inform my doctor or the pacemaker clinic or is this normal and will it pass?

 

 

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Will Kardia or similar show atrial pacing vs ventricular pacing?

Can I tell from my Kardia (or similar) if I am being atrially or ventricularly paced?  Any ideas folks?

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Pain over PM

Hi, I've had my PM for 5months now and still have pain over the site especially when touched. Anybody have the same problem and any remedy for it?

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Zio Patch

I have Brugada syndrome, few ablations and an icd later I was doing very well. However, lately I have been experiencing skipped beats while working out, I called my cardiologist/ EP, they ordered some blood work, echo, and a stress test. He also ordered a zio patch. Question: in how many days did you receive your zio patch? I don't mean the results, just the device. What was your zio patch experience like? Many thanks, Paula

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heart rate

I  have noticed that after doing the exacty same exercise (walking up flights of stairs) my heart rate goes up to over 120 one day and less than 105 other days. I was wondering what causes the fluxuations. Is it better to have a lower heart rate after exercise or should I push myself harder to get my heart rate up ? 

My EP only says that many of his patients who are on the same does of entresto as I am have a difficult time getting their HR above 100. 

 

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Anyone gone from one lead to two leads? Any changes in athletic performance?

Has anyone gone from having just a single ventricular lead to eventually getting the second atrial lead put in? I was hoping they could share their experiences - especially as it relates to athletic performance.

I got my first PM (a Medtronic Azure XT SR MRI SureScan) about 1.5 years ago. Right now, I have only one lead going to the lower chamber. However, I am an endurance cyclist, runner, tennis player and cannot do stuff to the extent I was able to (which is to be expected.)

Be...

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new poll

There's a new poll up. Let us know how you are handling the pandemic at this time. 

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Apixban

Can mechanical heartvakve patients switch from warfarin to Eloquis yet?

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2nd degree heart block

I have 2nd degree heart block mobitz ii and will have dual chamber pacemaker placed in about 4 weeks.  My question if you have had same how much did it help you with things like shortness of breath, muscle fatigue and weakness, etc

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Edibles for sleep

My cardiologist says it was safe to take thc edibles for sleep with a pacemaker .I take no other heart meds anyone els have experience with this?

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Head rush/pressure

When I lay on my stomach I get an immediate rush of head pressure.  This lasts for about 20 seconds.  I've mentioned this to my Dr., but he acts like he's never heard of such a thing. Anyone ever experience this?  I've had my PM since 2011.  Thanks

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Micra and Old PM

Hi, I have posted lately because my PM went into end-of-life mode. My surgeon had to (inexplicably) cancel his surgeries and they found an EP to replace mine; the new surgery date is this Friday.  In the mean time, this pacing is horrible!  Anyway, I was reading previous posts about the Micra.  What do they do with the old battery?  Does it have to come out or can it be just turned off and left in?  I am wondering because I am scheduled for major surgery a week after...

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Blood Thinners

Any one use Tumeric (Curcumin) as a blood thinner? Been using it for inflamation and it also is known to thin the blood. Thought about a PT test to see the effectiveness. Taking drugs Xeralto does not excite my wallet, unless it is absolutly necessary! Have flutter off and on. No diabetes or high blood pressure, not Fat! Areobic (serious) Exercise two hours every day but Sunday been at this for 40 plus years, thanks now a pacemaker. Bradycardia  My stroke risk factor is very low. Just a...

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Using crutches?

I'm scheduled to have a PM put in next week, in the midst of having a knee injury and being on crutches.  It is occurring to me that I may not be able to use crutches for some time after the implant.  

I didn't think to ask the EP about this.  Does anyone know?  

And when he said, "You shouldn't move your arm forward or backwards or reach up, and no pulling or tugging," (I think for 4 weeks) does that mean things like playing the pian...

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