Most Recent Messages in General Posting

Pulmonary Function Test

Altho it has yet to happen, my heart failure cardiologist wants me to have a Pulmonary Function Test.  My visit to Rochester's Mayo Clinic last year (for hematology and cardiology) resulted in the easy 6 - min and 11 - min "walks" on a treadmill. No issues were reported.  After having my Iliotibial band successfully treated a few months ago, I've resumed 3 to 4 mile stints on the treadmill at 3 to 3.5 mph. A Spirometry test 18 months ago showed only "mild...

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AV ablation

Are there many who had the av node ablated and totally dependent on the pacemaker for pacing?

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Tachycardia after pacemaker placement ??

Is this common ?? Seems like heart rate is pretty labile. 60s at night and while sleeping. 75-95 sitting, mild moving around bit will sometimes stay up in the high 90s for quite some time. Post op day 6 today. 

Also notice it jumps up and some dizziness if I do any form of exertion. 

Is this something they tweet when I go a check up ?

Normal to have this for a while ??

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Slight Fever

Hi I got my pacemaker surgery done 7 weeks ago and then my temp became 37 c im not sure if this is an issue and my head and body feels slightly heavy.is this normal?I also have a cold.

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RE Introduction

Good evening all. Hope you’re all well? I’m a 52 year old female living in the UK.  I learned on Tuesday that I require an urgent pacemaker inserting after a 24-hour electrocardiograph has shown Mobitz Type 2 Anterioventricular Heart Block.  My head has been reeling since receiving the news tbh. The procedure itself doesn’t really bother me; I’ve had worse, e.g. hip replacements but I’m really scared what the heart MRI might turn up.  Surely t...

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New to PM

Hi i am New to this, i had a PM implanted 2 days ago now back home and feeling well although somehow shocked as i was feeling fine with no problema and visites my doctor for a checkup and he round my heart rate was too low (38) and Ender with a PM 24 hours later. One question i have is how do you cope with seatbelts because if you have an accident seatbelts might damage your PM. I am also wondering, i got a Biotronix evity 6 DR-T PM. Is this a good quality PM?

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Accerlated Junctionel rythm

Hello everybody ,i m sorry by the way i speak a little english,last month afer i have spontoneous pneumorhorax i develop junctionel rythm its been now 2 months i m very tired i feel dizzy all the time sometimes short of breath and pain in my chest my plumonolgist say that my pneumothorax  resolve ,but i m still suffering from junctionel rythm  its so bad that i cant back to work i spend all day sleeping palpitation dizzness all the time ,after holter monitor for 14 days my card...

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Site tender, left upper arm has dull muscle pain. Still very tired :-(

I am 54 yrs old and had a pacemaker placed 5 weeks ago today. I have tenderness at the incision site also upper left arm dull pain. Also tired still! I am planning to go back to work my fear is it's not healed enough and being tired won't be good either. I am also on Sotalol a low dose. Monitoring my heart rate and I am at 60-61 but I have gone down to 52 then up to 56-58 then 60 is this a normal way this pacemaker should work? this is not all the time just now and then.

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Metal detectors in shopping malls, schools

I am pacemaker dependent and cringe evrytime I approach the metal detectors in public access buildings. I am uncertain if airport security metal detectors are more or less likely to affect my pacemaker. Are the metal detectors in shopping center, schools, municipality and govt. buildings a threat to my ICD? I have a card that I can show, to circumvent the detectors, but do I need to avoid these devices and be subjected to near strip searches every time I go through the front door of a public...

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Why can't patients have ongoing access to their pacemaker reports?

I don't understand why patients cannot access a report on their pacemaker activities to determine if anything out of the ordinary is going on.

I bet more people would live if this kind of medical monopoly that excludes the patient was changed.

I hesitate to call my doctor when I feel lightheaded because I know how long I'll have to wait to get through the switchboard. Then, I have to wait for someone else to respond. The whole process can take days.

If it's nothi...

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Tinnitus

Hi, I've had my pacemaker for about three years now without any problems, however not long after having my pacemaker fitted I developed Tinnitus. Has anybody else out there experienced the same problem.

Many thanks

Owen.

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Pacemaker and pregnancy

I have lived with a heart condition my whole life. After open heart surgery as a child, I lived relatively normally, albeit with leakage and heart block. It does not typically affect my life though as I am very active and run marathons.

At my most recent yearly check-up, my husband and I informed my cardiologist that we want to start a family. The doctor told us he wanted to first run some tests to see how my heart would hold up to the stress that pregnancy brings. I passed all the test...

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C1 driving license (HGV)

Hi all,

Im 22 and I just graduated as a Paramedic. I was due to start my job but for this I have to do a C1 driving test. I sent off for a provisional license from the DVLA but they have now had my license for 8 weeks. Due to this I have had to delay my intake with the ambulance service to start my job. The DVLA have contacted my consultant and apparently now the DVLA doctors are deciding if I am fit to drive larger vehicles. I am a bit scared as if they say no I cant start my job as a...

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Where to get ID card?

Hey everyone,

So I've had a Pacemaker since I was little, and I turned 18 last year, but I never got a new ID card(since my old one says child/underage/dependent). I've never really needed to use my ID card before, but I feel like I should get a new one. And I don't have anyone to talk to about this since my mom died in June. I called my cardiologists office about it but all they told me was that I need to call the company, but I'm not sure what information I'll need...

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Bus and jeep

hi I'm from the philippines and have a question about traveling to school.Is it bad to use bus or jeep especially bus because people who ride on a bus im my place are compressed inside and tight and would that be safe?I have my 3rd pacemaker surgery done 6 weeks ago.worried that leads would be dislodge again.

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Cardiomyopathy & Ventricular Tachycardia

Back in April 2016, I gave birth to my sweet baby boy. My first baby. 2 months later I had gotten really sick. I was coughing up blood & having shortness of breath. I immediately went to the ER. Of course, did xrays and other tests & that's when I found out I had postpartum cardiomyopathy. My OB & Cardiologist both recommended that I get on birth control right away because it was too risky for me to go through another pregnancy. And so I did because I was so scared that if I d...

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FATIQUE (year+ after implant)

I am over 1 and 1/2 years post 2-lead pacemaker implant.  Last device check showed it was working as intended.  However; in the past 6 weeks I have suddenly developed extreme fatique.  For example, I went to bed early last night (9:30ish) and slept through to 7:15 this morning, with only 3 or 4 awake periods that I remember.  This morning I was completely fatiqued by 10:30 and by 12:00 I had to nap.  I woke up felling a little more energy, but by 1:30 was extremely fa...

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Who gets what

Just noted that former VP Cheney received a heart transplant when he was 72? - 73? If a like procedure were needed by anyone here, think it would happen?  

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Officially a member

Hi, people.  Second posting.  CRT-P implanted 10/3, with AV nodal ablation. 

It's pacing at "100 percent" which I take to mean it's making my heart beat all the time.  So happy not to have the tachycardia and/or brachycardia anymore -- it was really wearing me down, and looking forward to having my life back after years of struggling.

Only one night in the hospital -- yay! (Last ablation I was in the ICU for 6 days, which seriously sucked.) Am...

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Ph Testing

Can Ph monitoring  be carried out if you have a pacemaker device. Has anyone had the Bravo or Heidelberg test done. They involve small electronic devices to be swallowed or inserted in chest area so I would guess they are not allowed????

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The experience of having a couple of lengths of wire fed into your heart muscle and an electronic 'box' tucked under the skin is not an insignificant event, but you will survive.