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Pm vs. Ablation

Hey! Currently in the hospital cause I have afib, bradycardia and av node block. Doctor thinks I should get a. Ablation cause I'm young (33), vs a long term pacemaker, which can have complications. But I've heard that sometimes ablations don't work. And for PMs he says the side effects of the antiarrythmic med i would have to take will make me fatigue and change my lifestyle. Trying to get all the facts and opinions but does anybody have a similar experience?

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something pushing on my lungs

Hi All,

Just had my first device fitted (a dual chamber pacer and defib unit).  The unit went in on Monday Nov 20th and so far everything seems OK with just one concern.  When I try to breath deeply (and on some other occassions) I get an uncomfortable feeling inside the centre of my chest towards the top almost like it's in my throat.  Its not exactly pain but is uncomfortable like a pressure on my lungs but I have no other symptoms.  No temp, wound healing...

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Struggling!!

Hi everyone,

it has been 5 weeks since  I had the spark plug put in as I was diagnosed with 2 degree block. Prior to the operation I was running 50/60 miles a week at 8 min mile pace. I started running again two weeks ago but am really struggling. It feels as if I have not run for years. I am only running 4 miles a day as its all I can manage.

my pace maker has been set at 60, my normal heart rate at rest is 50.

any advice please.

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Trying to Understand my Heath Block

Hello all,

This past year, I underwent surgery to replace a failing bicuspid aoritic valve with a carbon fiber one. I was 22 at the time, and had only had symptoms for maybe a year before that. My condition had been monitored since birth, but I was relatively free to do what I wanted. I couldn't play organized sports, but other than that I was good. Had open heart surgery at 15, but a bovine valve was used. And even then, I still lifted weights, did lots of bodyweight exercises, and...

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I'm not wired yet

Hello I have been very tired for almost 3 yrs and very bad headaches, and falling for no reason. being dizzy, light headed the list goes on... last tue I was sitting at my ddeck and I had the biggest dizzy spell I have ever had, and instant nause. I had to grab my deck. I waited after and thought (I'm diabetic} do I need to eat? but I'm so very tired. so I opted for sleeping. I got up and walked maybe 3 steps and down I went. and to the ER I went. long story short. I'm now wearing...

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EP in Pensacola?

Any EP recommendations in the Fl panhandle? Pensacola would be idea but farther out is ok too. Thanks!

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tacky brady syndrome

I have tachy brady syndrome. I just received a one lead pacemaker set to kick in when my heart rate hits 45 bpm. That is for the bardycardia. I'm prescribed metoprolol 25 twice a day to address the tachycardia. Is anyone else on a similar regimen? Especially someone who wants to do moderate exercise. I fear that when I get back to exercising, my heart rate might slip to, say, 60 bpm, low enough to make me want to stop but not low enough (45 bpm) to kick in the pacemaker. 

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So who recommended Bio Oil?

A big thank you to you. Have a look at my 15 day old scar on the Member’s Gallery. So proud of it. And I’m using it on my face too so should soon shave a decade or two off my age!!! 😂

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By 'eck, that didn't take long ......

Last Monday I went to the Doctors for a repeat prescription of antibiotics to clear my coughing phlegm laden heaving chest of 'man flu'.

“Just another weeks supply of tablets, please” I asked.

This was a different Doctor to the one I saw previously and she gave me a short medical check over.

“Your pulse is a bit slow and rather erratic” says the female practitioner “Just nip up to A&E for them to monitor your heart, it won't take...

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Upcoming pacemaker

Hi,

I've just joined this site after finding our I'm getting a pacemaker shortly. I've had open heart surgery as a baby and at 21 this is the first real issue I've had. After fainting on holiday and a lot of dizzy spells an ECG showed my heart has been getting a lot slower, I got given a reveal device which further proved this.

I'm really nervous about getting a pacemaker. I'm in my final year of uni, an active lacrosse player and I love running and go...

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Saunas

Week six here doing well. I have a infared sauna, Would the infred source affect the PM?

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Having PM put in December 5th...questions

I have a slow heartbeat and will be getting a Pacemaker implanted in a few weeks.  I have been reading these forums for the first time and it has made me a bit skitish.  I realize people usually post things when there are issues but is there anyone that can tell me they feel better and have had minimal side effects since the implantation?  Thanks 

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Questionnaire for all pacemaker patients

Hi all. Our questionnaire is finally done. I hope you will take 10 mins to answer it, so that we may use the data for our development of our mockup (product). Thank you so much before hand and if anybody is up for some more questions feel free to leave a comment on the post stating whether or not I can contact you :-)

https://www.survey-xact.dk/LinkCollector?key=AAKH475GC515 

Have a nice day everybody. 

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Itchy Surgery Site

Hi there, I got my pacemaker in July after several episodes of my heart stopping, 3rd degree heart block and bradycardia. I initially had several complications and ended up not being able to go back to work for some time, but things have definately improved. Now, as 4 months have gone by, I am wondering if anyone else has had pretty severe itching at the surgery site. It is driving me crazy....

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High Blood Pressure after Pacemaker

Recent Medtronic Advisa DR MRI SureScan 2 months ago; high blood pressure prior to PM 160/88 range mitigated to 130/80 range by 160mg Valsatran+ 25mg Furosemide / now Blood Pressure 190+/105+ mitigated to 160/88+ with increased meds 320 valsartan=40mg Furosemite+ 50mg x3dy Hydralazine. Noted other postings where blood pressure increased after PM.. Had extensive burising and bleeding for 3+ weeks after PM procedure Doc said no problem normal, but friends with PM's said only mild bruiseng g...

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Bradycardia diagnosis

Hi I'm a 28 yr old F and I was recently officially diagnosed with bradycardia. My HR is usually around 40 and after this diagnosis and becoming aware I realized I've had this issue for a long time and it has went unnoticed by my previous drs. I can remember being 12 telling my mom my heart was doing flipflops and her saying its growing pains. I can remember a Dr telling me my pulse was that of a dead person and I just needed to eat more fruit. Now looking forward I'm planning a we...

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Questionnaire to all pacemaker patients

Hi, i'm Simone and im living with a CRT due to heart failure. Currently I am working with my group in UNI to develop a device/ or business idea that would maybe make it easier regarding the check ups we go to. So we are trying to gather information among patients so that we may develop in regards to our data. Would it be okay if I was soon to post a questionnaire in hopes of maybe getting some of your opinions. 

And if it's okay and if one or more of you are open for furthe...

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pacemaker decision comimng u

Thanks for your experienced advice and encouragement. I am contacting my Cardiologyist to arrange for the next step. I'll post the phases of my procedure for anyone interested.

Thanks,

Don

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Biotronik CardioMessenger

Here's a question that even a Biotronik rep couldn't reply to.

I have the Biotronik CardioMessenger on my night stand as suggested in the manual.

Somewhere I read that a clock radio might cause erratic behaviour with the Messenger. So my questions are: how far away should the radio be away from the Messenger? Can they both occupy the area of the table safely?

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Trying to make decision about getting a pacemaker

Hi All!  I am needing advice and support. I am 41 years old and recently diagnosed with complete heart block.  I had an ablation 3 years ago for SVT's and developed transient AV block that progressed to first degree to second degree and now complete.  The complete was discovered after wearing a 30 day event monitor and stress test.  My target heart rate for test was 173 after 8 and half minutes I reached 98 beats(impressive I know).  I have had bradycardia for the...

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