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Blood Thinners

Any one use Tumeric (Curcumin) as a blood thinner? Been using it for inflamation and it also is known to thin the blood. Thought about a PT test to see the effectiveness. Taking drugs Xeralto does not excite my wallet, unless it is absolutly necessary! Have flutter off and on. No diabetes or high blood pressure, not Fat! Areobic (serious) Exercise two hours every day but Sunday been at this for 40 plus years, thanks now a pacemaker. Bradycardia  My stroke risk factor is very low. Just a...

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Using crutches?

I'm scheduled to have a PM put in next week, in the midst of having a knee injury and being on crutches.  It is occurring to me that I may not be able to use crutches for some time after the implant.  

I didn't think to ask the EP about this.  Does anyone know?  

And when he said, "You shouldn't move your arm forward or backwards or reach up, and no pulling or tugging," (I think for 4 weeks) does that mean things like playing the pian...

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Entresto

Hey folks, I have had a pacemaker since April of 2020. Immediately after surgery I felt great, but then my doctor turned my resting rate up to 65 and started me on Entresto. Since then I have been very tired. When I sleep, it just doesn't feel like the sleep is nearly as good as it once was. Trying to figure out if it's the new drug or the higher rate. I'm only 40 years old and had minimal issues with fatigue prior to being diagnosed. Any thoughts?

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Fell Flat on My Chest

One week ago, I took a hard fall. I went down on my knee caps, my arms flew out so I did not break the fall, and I landed flat on my chest. The following day, I had some discomfort to the left of my pacemaker, towards my armpit. Each day the pain has become greater and has now traveled towards the center of my chest. It is painful to cough, laugh, sneeze, blow my nose, reach with my left arm, and take a deep breath. At first it felt like someone punched me. Could I have damaged the muscle tha...

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Pacing rate question

On June 30 I went in my first device check since getting my pacemaker on May 28. I was satisfied with answers I received at the time from doctor and the rep. As I  was advised here, I got a copy of my summary. I was told that my base rate is 70 and also told that the ventricle apex lead was pacing at 93.7% and the atrial appendage pacing 5.9% of the time. The doctor said this demonstrates my problem was LBBB and 3rd degree heart block and also said my SA node seems strong. The more...

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Seatbelts

This coming Tuesday marks two weeks since I got my pacemaker. It also marks the day I have been told I can drive again, but I must stick to driving an automatic at first (normatively I drive a stick shift, but the doctor who put in my device said I should drive an automatic for the first week before returning to stick shift). My concern here is with wearing a seatbelt. Riding with my wife, the seatbelt comes over the right shoulder, but it is a bit close to where my device was placed. I reali...

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Coming up to week 1 with the PM, Communicator question

I had my Pacemaker (Boston Scientific, two leads) inserted last Monday (June 29) for a heart block and so far everything is just going fine and I feel great.  My resting pulse rate is now low to mid 80's up from the very low 40's it was at before.  No problems with the incision site and I have my first follow up with my cardiologist on Wednesday.  

I do have a question about the Boston Scientific communications box though.  It's a Boston Sc...

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Sharp pain

I had my dual chamber PM implanted 4 days ago after the procedure I started getting some sharp pains in my opposite shoulder. By that night it was so bad I was in tears. It has gotten better but now it is horrible shooting pain in my right shoulder with every heartbeat if my HR goes above about 100. Could this all be from swelling or the procedure, or do you think it's a lead placement issue? I'm calling the doctor on Monday if it persists. 

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Pins & Needles

Hi guys,

Just looking for advice and thoughts on the following.

I had my new PM implanted on my dominant RHS last April after having my previous device removed due to unfortunately getting Endocarditis..

Anyway I have recently returned to my construction /Plastering job and over the last week or so I have noticed I am getting pins and needles a lot at night time in both arms, especially if I raise them above my head. I am now wondering if this is a circulation problem and co...

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PM and MRIs

I will be getting a PM sometime this month, if scheduling issues allow.  (Sick Sinus Syndrome and brady/tachy syndrome, not currently life-threateneing but symptomatic.) As it happens I have twisted my knee and am also waiting to see the ortho dr.  I think it's quite possible that he will order an MRI.  

The EP told me he would be implanting a two lead Boston Scientifics PM that is MRI compatible, but that it takes some planning to make an MRI happen.  Looking at...

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Too young for this...but NOT complaining!

I wish I had found Pacemaker Club several years ago.  It might have acclerated my jump to my best cure--the Pacer itself.  I started with an AFib diagnosis at age 39...and from there, things spiraled; AFib, A-Flutter, Junctional Rhythm, Tachycardia, Bradycardia, surgeries large and small...and ultimately a Pacemaker.  That was to have been my last resort, but it has proven to be the most effective (especially after years and years of misery-inducing drug combinations). &nb...

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Air fryer

 

I wouder if using a air fryer affect my pacemaker 

which was inserted 4 years ago

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Too old for this

AT 89 + years my sticky aortic valve decided to call it quits. I will have a tavr but first comes the pacemaker. Next Wednesday is the big day. Not at all looking forward to any of it. Tavr about a month away. Have had 3 hip replacements and knee surgeries and shoulder surgery. Have had heart arrhythmia for a long time. Dread this pacemaker thing especially the recovery aspects. Joined group to hopefully get my courage up.Appreciate all the info.

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Total AV block- Looking at Medtronic Micra AV,

Hello!

I'm a 36yr old father of 3, and I've known about my total AV block (as diagnosed at least) since I was 18.  My resting hr has steadily been dropping from the high 40's in my late teens to the high 30's now.  My maximal hr is about 130, and I can maintain steady exercise in a relatively normal fashion. 

I've put off a pm due to the length of time I am likely to need one.  I'm still asymptomatic (at least for any dramatic symptoms l...

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EP vs Pacemaker Tech

I have seen references to seeing your PMTech for adjustments. Do you make an appointment throught the EP's office for the Tech specifically or do you see the EP and they bring in the Tech?

When I saw the Tech at the hospital before I was discharged and asked about how things were set he said he couldn't make any changes without directions from the doctor so I am assuming you make your appt with the EP?

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rare earth magnets

I'm looking at new knife storage and the one I picked has rare earth magnets. I know they're stronger and heard we need to be careful around them but didn't know much more about them so went on a hunt to learn more. This article is the easiest to understand that's from a reputable source (NIH) so thought I'd share. It's from 2008, didn't see anything newer. A rare earth magnet can put a pacer in magnet mode up to 24 cm (9") so slightly longer average dist...

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Micra

Has anyone else on here had the micra AV implanted? If so I would really like to chat and compare notes!

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the power of caffeine

Subtitled, I Really Should Know Better

Some lucky people can handle caffeine, others of us not so much. I went 10 years with no caffeine because I know I can't handle it. Then I had a cup here and there and I was ok. Then I got to where I allowed myself one cup per day and I was ok. At least I thought I was. According to my apple watch, my resting rate has been high 80's/low 90's and I was going to mention it to my ep next time I see him. Then with quarantine I've been&n...

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Initial Low HR Setting

I recently had my pacemaker implanted for bradycardia that I have as a result of childhood illness. I am also a runner and my resting HR was in the mid 30's to low 40's. The pacemaker became a necessitiy when my heart couldn't keep up with my activity demands any longer. The EP set the lower HR on the PM to 60. Since the implantation I have not been able to sleep, feel like my heart is beating really fast, and just feel shaky and jumpy (like i have had too much caffiene). I feel l...

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A pulsating feeling that repeats every day

I've had a BIOTRONIC Evity 6 DRT for 1 year and two months exactly. These last two months I've been, as have most of us, under lockdown (age 78) These lst two months I've taken to writing a lot and since I'm at the computer in the same position all the time, I became aware of a strange, pulsating feeling every afternoon at exactly 5 pm. The kind of reaction one gets from taking a shot of straight malt in one gulp, pulse and chest accelerate briefly. No dizziness, no faint...

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