Most Recent Messages in General Posting

Sleeping position

I would love to sleep on my left side with left arm rised and under the pillow. Its my natural position, and the most comfortable. However, I had to have a cable  replaced due to unknown malfunction a year ago, and since then I've not dared to rise my arm above my head.

Nothing to do with doctors orderds,the cable had high impedance (not cut but likely too deeply anchored and developed scarring). Yet I connected that failure to rising arm above my head, as a nasty doctor told m...

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Blood thinners?

Well, I have had flutter off and since 2012. Now it's on totally, Suspect it has been caused by 40 years of excessive exercise, much slowed now thanks to flutter. I am 76. Had three ablations, first 2012 and last two 2020. First right ventricle, then left. First one lasted three days and second nine days. Alos got a pacemeker 2017 for bradycardia. Still exercizing regularly, bicycle 120 miles a week! 10 to 12 hours. No diabetes, no high blood pressure, oxigen levels are normal, resting ra...

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Vt events on interrogation

Hi! I thought I was doing very well until I went for my semi-annual in-person device interrogation. At the interrogation, I found out that I had 4 monitored VT events, the longest event was 7 minutes. I had no idea I had this. The lady doing the interrogation, just casually mentions this to me, and I asked if it is something concerning, and she responded  "no". She didn't even tell me when did these events occurred. I am very active, I ride mountain bikes, and plan on...

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Manual check o heart rate different than readout on wrist monitor

Good Morning All!  The past month or so I have been having episodes where my heart thumps for a time.  I have manually taken my pulse rate during this and it seems my heart thumps twice, hesitates and then thumps twice again.  My pulse is around 46 during this time.  My pacemaker is set a minimum 60.  Could their be a problem with my pacemaker?

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La Festa Degli Innamorati (Valentine's Day)

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone.    Make sure you spoil that special partner in your life, won’t you.  We are very lucky to have found someone to share our lives with, something we may all strive for but not easily achieve.

And for those less successful in finding the right partner or who prefer to enjoy living alone and there are many of us who happily do, make sure you pamper yourself too today.  You are very special too.

 

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Arrhythmia and Thyroid

Hi All,

Hope you sre all going well. Well, Im not sure if I am pleased or not.  For the past year I've had 152, 000 ecotopic episodes in 12 months.  EP said a lot of people can have that many. Some can feel them, some may not feel them, basically dismissed it . 3 weeks ago i started to be treated for hypothyroidism with thyroid medication . I've only had 1100 ectopic rhythms in the past six months. THat's great but Im slightly annoyed , that they did...

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New box

Box replacement yesterday, went in 8am home by 12 noon all went well. 

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One Week Pre-Pacemaker

Greetings: 

I'm one week away from receiving my first pacemaker.  So glad I found this website - now I don't have to go through this alone.  

Quick history- Hodgkins Disease in 1993 with chemo and radiation.  Heart attack in 2015 with stints.  Double bypass and double valve replacement to mechanical values in 2017 followed by conitinued cocktail of warfarin, diltizem, metapropal, and digoxin.  Now I've been diagnosed with 3r...

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st jude pacemaker and merlin monitor

My wife and I have received our second St. Judes/Abbott pacers in last few months. As we had same model for 7 years plus, interesting that we got replacements and have same new model again.

She started with Merlin monitor a few months ago and I hooked it up into land line. 

I got mine last week and Abbott guys in post surgery said we set up your monitor and you just plug it in and your all set. It is set to work with the cellular device.

First night about 2AM my wife wi...

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Fitbit

Does a Fitbit watch interfer with the pacemaker?

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Tests

Went for my pre operation tests, blood & covid, ringing me Monday to confirm if surgery will go ahead. It's all happening so fast, went for pm check Monday got call Tuesday to have box change next week, it will be my third, our NHS is amazing. 

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New Generator/Battery

My old pacer was very low on battery so had surgery to install a new Abbottt MP2272 yesterday along with remote monitoring.

I just switched to Veterans Administration for cardiology and they did a complete echo with IV couple of weeks ago. The VA cardiologist said you will need a new aorta valve in new year or so, so maybe we should do an catherization while you are getting the pacemaker change today.. Good,  so I got a two for one prodecure. They just gave me light sedation with t...

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Boston scientific

What lind of noises will BS pacer make when the battery is getting low?

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getting ICD/Pacemaker

I have my appointment set up to get an ICD/Pacemaker in Houston Feb. 11 by Dr. John Seger. I'm in AFib all the time and there's sometimes a "pause" in my heartbeat. I feel great though. I just got through walking 3 miles and lifting light weights for an hour. I need my exercising for health reasons but more for mental reasons. It's going to drive me crazy to take it easy until I can get back into my normal regiment.

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mRNA vaccines for those who may have already had Covid-19

Further to my recent comment 'Not a scientific analysis' there is an early report (not yet peer-reviewed) from a USA based group who have looked at the antibody levels of people vaccinated with mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna), and recording the incidence of side-effects of the vaccine.  They present evidence of a greater systemic reaction to the vaccine in those with previous exposure to the virus SARS-CoV-2, and much higher antibody levels after the first vaccine dose. https:...

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Alivecor Kardiamobile

Hi all . I was looking at one of those Kardiamobile ECG machines. For my own personal use and interest.

I was about to buy one then saw on their website that is not suitable for people with pacemakers.

Is this a safety issue or is it an accuracy issue?

Anyone else have one of these and find them useful?

Thanks John

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Pacemaker

Hello everyone 

I'm having low heart bit when going to sleep it goes low as 50 then my pacemaker raise it higher I wonder is it ok and not causing the battery to drain faster? And is ther a way to avoid this by a pill?

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PM for bradycardia, now developed atrial tachycardia!!!

Hello there. I was wondering if anyone has a similar condition:  In 2016 my PM was implanted for bradycardia. Two months ago my EP said I have supra ventricular tachycardia consistent with atrial tachycardia. EP says beta blockers may be the only therapy but is contraindicated because of my baseline hypotension.  Sounds like I don’t have much choice. Any chance there’s someone out there in a similar situation?

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Vaccination

Is there any reason a person with a pacemaker should avoid covid-19 vaccination?

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covid 19 vaccine

is there any effects from vaccine when you have pacemaker

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I just want to share about the quality of life after my pacemaker, and hopefully increase awareness that lifestyles do not have to be drastically modified just because we are pacemaker recipients.