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av node ablation

After 24/7 high heart rate due to AFib - rate not controllable with meds - my cardiologist suggested AV Node Ablation with pacemaker which I had several months ago. Has anyone had this procedure and, if so, what has been your experience? Thanks. Juanito

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cell phones

Does anyone have the moto z cell phone? I read that it has a magnet in it for these things called mods. I figured that wouldn't be good for me. I have a St Judes pacemaker and am 100% dependent. Anyone know what cell phones are safest for us? 

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Feeling each pace of the heart??

Hi Everyone,

When my pacemaker kicks in I can feel it. everysingle time., only in the bottom chamber though.

Is this normal? anyone else experienced this?

Im 34, 2.5 months post op with dual chamber pacemaker.

Thank you

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Offer

Memorial Day is coming up quickly.  I will be going up to Willamette National Cemetary,  I will be placing Roses from my yard on family member's grave sites.

If any one from PaceMaker Club would like me to place flowers for their family member or someone they loved grave site I will be more than happy to do so, just contact me.

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sewing machines

Hi all,

Today I have had to see occy health at work, they recently had a technician in to have a look at my industrial sewing machine, which I use everday.

The report came back to say I was ok to use it as long as I was 2feet away from the motor due to my pacemaker.

The occy health wasn't convinced by this and sending off for more reports, I also have to visit their Doctor.

Had my pacemaker 20yrs ago and never had a problem, does anyone think she is going a bit ove...

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Can I travel

I was told 2 weeks ago that I needed a pacemaker as my heart was stopping for 6 seconds at a time, I was also told that it would be fitted within a couple of weeks unless I had a syncope episode and to go straight to A&E I had just booked a surprise holiday for my husband in September told the doctor this and his reply was as it was being done so soon that wouldn't be a problem, I have just been told that my pacemaker is scheduled for 25th July so 7 weeks before I fly is that enough t...

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finally got the courage

So I finally went back to my Zumba class last night.  I received my pacemaker back in October of last year and have been a chicken to go back.   I have to say I felt better during the class than I ever had before.  Makes me love this pacemaker of mine even more!!!  It just amazes me how much better my life has became in the last 7 months.

 

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Travel to France

I have had my pacemaker for two years and have travelled throughout the US and Canada. In a few days, my wife and I will go to France (Tauck tour).  This will involve time in Paris and onto Normandy on a Seine river cruise.  I am experienced with what to encounter at airports with my pacemaker but we will also visit historic places in Paris and along the cruise route.  Any suggestions on what I might encounter when entering such places and when leaving and returning to the rive...

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Need MRI

Hi all, been awhile since I have been on. My foot doc wants to do an MRI on my foot, ( thinks I have stress fracture, and it really hurts alot) Well, my heart dr, told me to go to a hospital in Jacksonville Fl. I called them, they said they dont do pacemakers at all. WELL< funny the guy was with the Doctor when I was there, the Metronics guy, ) He said yes, that hospital does them. I havve a MRI compatable pacemaker. Well, so now I called another hospital, they said EVERY hospital in Jacks...

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Missed beats

 I have a pacemaker for sick sinus syndrome and I'm also taking flecainide 100 mg twice a day for af.  I have been fine for a few months but have now started to have Missed beats each followed by an episode of tachycardia. Does anyone else have anything similar and is it anything to worry about.

Thanks in advance for your help 

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HR Increase

I am struggling. I just had a Medtronic pacer put in last Tuesday (May 16). This is my first pacer and going through some depression and worries.  I was given the duel lead pacer for sick sinus that all started 10 years ago when the node was damaged during the Maze open heart  procedure to cure my Afib which it did for 10 years. Any way..prior to the pacer my HR at rest was 50 - never light headed, never passed out but was having pauses and very low HR at night. Basically the node w...

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Pacemaker with myocardiol bridge

I had my pacemaker procedure last September after finding my resting heart rate was always low. 

I have not felt "great" ever since. I have had stress tests, xrays,etc. 

I just recently went to the hospital for chest pain again, and after a cath they found that I have a midocondondrial bridge. 

This makes me wonder if my heart was self regulating, cause the low rate prior.

Now I'm on a beta blocker to lower my heart rate? 

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Pacemaker Types

I have had 3 pacemakers so far, with the first Medtronic Dual Chamber being implanted in 2001 after septicemia caused total heart block when I was 40.  Prior to that, I had zero 'medical' history other than 3 normal pregnancies.

The second pacemaker (also dual chamber Medtronic) was implanted 2006.

The third pacemaker, this time a Sorin single chamber was implanted in 2015.  One of the leads from the Medtronic pacemakers never did work, but since I have never had...

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Tens Treatments

Has anyone had any experience having a Tens treatment used for muscle stimulation and pain relief while having a pacemaker?  i checked the maunfacturers website and they do not recommend using a Tens unit but some people say that as long as you keep the probe pads at least 12" away from the PM, they are OK. The manufacturers may be stating this to be on the safe side, but store theft devices and MRI's are considered safe with caution. I have had treatment for sciatica prior to t...

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Spasm with slight pain under pacemaker

Hello all, it seems that everyday is a challenge since December when I got my first PM replacement. This morning I noticed a spasm/slight pain under my pacemaker. I tried to recreate the pain but couldn't. It comes and goes and lasts about 10 seconds every few minutes. I'm concerned but feel that going to the ER would be trivial. I don't have any chest pain, shortness of breath. Any ideas? 

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Heart Rate

I had pacemaker implanted in December 2016, I had AFib in Sept 2015.  I was diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome.  Also tachy-bradia syndrome.  Pacemaker was originally set at 65 beats, then reduced to 60.  I was okay for first 4 months, I now find that after mild exertion, or no exertion, my pulse rates jumps to 90's then settles back to 60.  Fullness and burning in chest happens then pulse increases.  I have been in an ankle cast for 3 months, I am wondering...

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Alivecor Kardia mobile ecg

Has anyone ever used an hand held personal ecg unit / app such as the above. Are they worth the money?

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Just found out I need one.

So yeah.... I'm pretty much freaking out right now.  I have a lot of research to do.  I have sick sinus syndrome apparently.  I've been weak, dizzy, near syncope, exhausted for weeks.  Spent 6 days in 2 different hospitals.  All heart tests were good.  30 day monitor is catching pauses.  I am scared of....well...all of it.

 

 

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declining EF 3 years after successful CRT-D

summary. pre crt-d procedure, EF was 10-15. increased to 35-40 up until this year. last exho showed decrease to 30-35. they think its due to PVCs or extra beats. any thoughts on this?  feel fine but i. concerned that decline will continue. 

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Bruising sensation off and on

Hello all,

I am 80 years old, and have had my Medtronic pm implanted since Dec, 2012, and for the most part doing well. I'm able to do wt lifting, walking and playing golf with no problem. I have had some short periods of afib off and on over the years, which I do not feel, lasting " few minutes to 45 minutes "  I'm on asa 81 mg daily,  In April while travelling out of country I had an episode of afib lasting 3+ hrrs which I did not feel, and since...

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