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pacemaker size

these are both pacemakers i have, 1) Boston Scientific is the present one for approx 5month    2) St Jude for previous 9 1/2 years below the size differences, its not the function I am not happy about but i thought with advance technology the newer ones as B.Scientific would have been much smaller in size, so this one I am not at all happy with the way it sticks out on my chest, i complained they said the second replacement always sticks out further than the previous one, is th...

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Jansen the Dodger

NOT yet, of course, but, IMO, he is a candidate.  He has an irregular pulse and has had prior heart problems .. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

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CRT-D Implant Question

I am going to have a CRT-D implanted Monday. I understand that the device has a pulse generator. Do you actually feel the pulses or are the sbtle enough that you become unaware of the sensation.

Any side-effects or discomfort that anyone has had ? I am choosing to have it inserted under the muscle. /.

 

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Programming Wand Magnet

Can anyone put light on the fact that how much the magnet of  a pacemAker programming wand cost pacemaker's battery?

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DVLA

Hi, before I had my pacemaker fitted I was told be my neurologist that I had to surrender my driving license to DVlA and once I had my pacemaker fitted I just reapplied for it back. I had it fitted ten weeks ago applying for my license straight away, still waiting for its return. Anyone else had this problem?

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First Pacemaker

Australian. New to this site.

I am 57 y.o. male. who was running marathons until 12 months ago.

Had A-Fib for a long time, but last 4 months became more frequent and more severe.

Coupled with this, I was having passouts, without warning. RHR was 40 due to fitness from training history.

Difficult to treat with meds, due to lowering high end heart rate of 180-195, the effect on low end at 40.

Passouts without warning becoming more frequent.

Holter monitor pic...

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Do pacemaker lifespan be affected by electronic devices such as Electronic massage chair and PT device muscle treatment

Query:

1. Do pacemaker life span be affected by an electric massage chair?

2. What about the electeonic massage used by Physical Therapist for muscle spasm treatment?

I had a minor accident that physically affects my muscle/viens. I had a hard time walking. I was advice for PT treatment but i was afraid of the side effect if there is any.

Thank you. Looking forward for an advice.

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Amateurs and pacemakers

When someone hears the ticking sound emanating from my chest, the believe it’s either a bomb or, if they know me, my pacemaker. It’s my valve.... I don’t think that’s ever a normal conversation. 

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New member--getting a St Jude Assurity PM implanted in 2 days?

Hi, 

My EP chose the Assurity as I have Afib and it is supposed to try to pace you out of the PACs that often lead up to an Afib episode. Also it is MRI safe. Has anyone had experience with this model?

Thanks!

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ANYONE WITH COMPLETE HEART BLOCK AND NO PACEMAKER FIXED ?

I AM IN SUCH A SITUATION .

PLS LET ME KNOW...

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heart monitoring

I've had a pacemaker now for 1.5 months and I think my pacemaker needs a little tuning to get it right.  But I've noticed something odd. When I wear a heart monitor (in this case a chest strap that transmits to my phone), I'm noticing something unusual.  In particular, when I’m working out, the monitor is indicating ~ 50% of what it should be.  For instance, I’m on a stationary bike and typically my heart rate would be in the 130 range, by my heart rate...

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Pacemaker Trade #2

I posted a message (ref: pacemeker trade) and the response was not what I thought I'd receive.  I want to understandstand the thought process my doctor went through to decide on the unit he installed in me.  Let's be clear, there are three major manufacures of pacemakers.  One assumption we can all agree on is, they are not identical.  While they have to meet certian standards, they all most likely programmed a little differently and depending on the model, have di...

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new vitalbeat pacemaker protection, anyone buy?

Hi all, my son who is 5 would like to start playing football. He has a pacemaker. On doing an internet search I came across the vitalbeat shirt and protection. Looks good and would be more comfortable than the evoshield. The shield only goes hard on impact and then goes soft again.

Would lorve to hear feedback. It is costly so would like some recommendations before I buy! 

 

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Boston MV

A Boston Scientific tech told me today that the minute ventilation problem fix has been approved by the FDA. It is supposed to be sent to clinic techs on the 4th of September. Hope that is good news for anyone with MV turned off, as mine has been since February.  Good luck.

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New to PM

I am an active 29 year old between working in law enforcement and the fire service I have always been active and even amateurly lifted weights. After what started off like panic attacks and moved to me passing out randomly I was diagnosed with bradycardia. After multiple tests from echo to tilt table to a Holter monitor my cardiologist has decided I need a 2 lead PM. The problem is this has majorly freaked me out I may be paranoid but I don’t personally know anybody who has a PM. I...

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Possible Allergy? Or something else

Hello all. Been sometime since I posted. I had a Dual lead St Jude pacer put in Oct 2017 for 3rd degree heart block. I am 34 years old female. A few months now, I will have a tingling and burning face. Sometimes a rash (lacey) will be on my left arm. This comes and goes. Does not effect my breathing or anything in that nature. My PCP assured me its anxiety, however, I then went to an allergist who said, it is not. He did outdoor allergy testing which came back only a few things, food is negat...

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Getting married

I know others too would have posted about it here or would have tried to. I just want to know about getting into a widding alliance after the pacemaker was implanted on you? Is there anyone who can share the view. Sorry if the question is not welcome. 

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Boston Scientific

In May we replaced my Medtronic unit with a Boston Scientific. Since then I have been plagued by lightheadedness, headaches and some nausea unless I am lying down or totally still. The Medtronic leads remain. Every imaginable test on me has been performed, and repeated device interrogation indicate normal operation, but my symptoms persist. In a couple of  weeks I am off to the Cleveland Clinic in search of an answer. Has anyone had a similar experience?

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Low heart rate - a little help please

Hi everyone, 

I've been trying to find some info about bradychardia and heart block from people who have actually experienced it, and I came across this website. I wonder if any of you could help. 

I'm 35 years old and have never been diagnosed with any heart-related issues, other than having low blood pressure. However, since I bought a fitness tracker back in January, I have noticed that my resting heart rate is unusually slow - usually between about 46 and 51....

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Increase in a-fib symptoms

I was always lucky enough that I rarely had symptoms with my atrial fib.  Since the placement of my PM my symptoms are much more pronounced.  I have more dizziness, more chest discomfort, more palpitations, arm discomfort, shoulder discomfort, just to name a few.  Did anyone else notice an increase in symptoms folliowing their pacemaker placement?

 

 

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99% of the time, I totally forget I even have this device.