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Traveling with my pacemaker

Shortly after having my pacemaker put in I took a vacation and went to the Philippines and I forgot all about my monitor.

I didn't have any problems in fact I'm virtually forgot about it.

Since I didn't have a cell phone number that the monitor could get to I was never called about the absence of data for that month

 

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How do single chamber leadless pacemakers actually work on sinus node dysfunction

I was just reading about the new single chamber Micra AV leadless pacemaker. It says that it provides most of, but not all of, the function of a dual-chamber pacemaker. The one thing that it's lacking is "atrial stimulation, which would be for people who the atrium doesn't beat fast enough, such as in sick sinus syndrome or chronotropic incompetence". In that case, you would still need a leaded pacemaker in order to address these problems.

I have a single cha...

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New to PM

My PM insertion was May 15th and I’ve been somewhat stressed because of lack of knowledge on how I’m suppose to feel.  My PM was suppose to be placed on the left side but at the time of insertion the Dr asked me if I’d had any problems on that side because it was obstructed or he wasn’t able to go that way.  So I have a right side PM and I am a predominately right side sleeper and I felt like I was laying right on my PM so I would sort of compensate and adjus...

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What is the procedure like? What questions do you suggest?

Tomorrow I'm having the pacemaker conversation with my EP.  I have a list of questions, but I'm wondering what you wish you had thought to ask up front.  (I have lots of PACs/PVCs and now intermittent bradycardia - HR 40s, hx of A-Fib, and "a very ectopic atria." EP doesn't think I have sinus node dysfunction).  

Also, what is the procedure like?  I've seen conflicting stories elsewhere re: anesthesia, no anesthesia, general vs. propofol, da...

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What should bpm with PM

What should your bpm be with pacemaker? In the house lying up in the bed the Fitbit says 64 bpm. Waking up from sleeping it says 51-54 bpm. I go for a walk with my wife and bpm on the Fitbit say 86 bpm the other day. Today it was 104 bpm. I'm still sweating while walking but not as bad.

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Heart flutters while exercising

Hello, I'm 25 years old, have had my icd for 4 years , and several ablations for Brugada Syndrome. Everything has been fine for the past 3 years, but now every time I ride my bike or go for a run, I start getting flutters/skipped beats. If they persist I start getting really out of breath, they only happen during exercise, my icd has not fired at any of these times! I have my 6 month follow in the middle of July, should I wait until July or ask to be seen earlier? Has anyon...

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Upper pec and under arm still sore

Hi all..

Just wondering if any thoughts or advice for me. I am 8 weeks in after receiving my new PM on my dominant right side. I'm still feeling slightly sore above my right pectoral muscle and slightly under my arm pit.. I'm a little anxious about this as I am hoping to return to work in the coming week and as I work at construction (plasterer) I'm worried that either I have done some damage or will do damage to the pocket/site ..Any thoughts guys??? Thank you in advan...

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One more new guy - procedure scheduled for June 29

Greetings everyone, I am glad I have found this site and group.

I have had a slow heartbeat as long as I can remember (around 42 bpm) .  I have had tests and ECG's in the past and doctors have never gone any further with it and I always thought I was just incredibly calm (!).  Fast Forward to 2020 and my wife and I have both retired and relocated from Colorado to Kentucky to be closer to family and I found a new doctor.  On my initial appointment she immediately...

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If you haven’t figured it out yet...

We are all cyborgs, literally by definition.

A cyborg (/ˈsaɪbɔːrɡ/), a contraction of "cyberneticorganism", is a being with both organic and biomechatronic body parts.

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To get a pacemaker or not, that is the question - bradycardia

I'm new here on the forum, thanks for any responses.  I had to go to the ER for a heart rate of 40 over a 4 hour period one afternoon.  They took me off diltiazem, but I still have HR 40 intermittently.

I have a history of Afib and somewhat successful ablation, except for aLOT of PACs (burden of 22%), alot of atrial bijeminy. The EP says "non-conducted PACs" are causing the bradycardia.  I can't take meds to control them (diltiazem and fle...

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New PM on my dominant RHS

Hi all, 

Looking for any advice and views to my new situation I know find myself in. My new Sorin Eno ( Medtronic leads) pacemaker was fitted on the 28th April this year, it's my 3rd device and my previous 2 were Medtronic..Unfortunately my last device was only in for 3yrs and had to be removed in March because I developed Endocarditis on the leads..After a pretty tough few months of heavy antibiotics and trauma , my new device was eventually fitted ..But as you can imagine the...

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30,000+ PVCs

I am new here and have to see doctor tomorrow to schedule a pacemaker following a failed ablation in December, 2019. I experience, but do not feel, over 36,000 PCVs in a 24 hour period daily as measured by 2 different holter measurings for 48 hour each during the third quarter of 2019. Reading all these posts, I am most concerned.

What should I expect? Does anyone here have had a history of these amounts of PVCs. I am on Brilinta and Metoprolol.

Any info would be greatly appreciat...

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Medtronic Micra Pacemaker and dental treatment

Hi guys, it's been a while...

Ticking along fine with my Micra leadless PM. Almost had it a year now for sinus node pauses. I'm considering getting some orthodontic work done on my teeth. I need fixed metal braces and probably a couple of extractions first. I wondered if anyone has experience and if there's anything I should be concerned about or questions to ask before I go ahead?

Thought of a couple of things:

1) Perhaps I should get reassurance from my ca...

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Nerve pain from Leads?

Hello,  I've had my PM about 1-1/2 years or so.  My heart valve was damaged due to chest radiation (breast cancer) - and I passed out a couple times - the ticker just wouldn't keep up.  That's the background, not that I think it matters much.

They put the PM on my right side (opposite of the heart) and the leads under my collarbone seem to be doing their thing and pinching the heck out of me.  Depending on what nerve they hit, the pain can go down my arm...

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What Doctors and Tech know

Three months in and still no answers.  I am amazed at what Doctors and Techs don't know about these devices.  (Perhaps I should have said my Doctors and Tech but reading some of he comments here makes me think I am not alone.) Have concluded that it is because they aren't living with one.  They understand "how" they are suppose to work but if there is a glitch they go to some manual to try and figure it out.  If that doesn't work...as told to me...it...

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Upgrade

I am having my pacemaker upgraded next week. 

I noticed on the admission form it said i was having it done under a General Anaesthetic. Last time i had sedation and local, just under 3 years ago....why would they choose this instead and has anyone else had a general to do this? It is currently placed under the muscle and it was very painful last time so i am dreading it a bit...

 

Thanks 😊

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Breathless on walking hat I call ‘bad days

Thank you all so much.  Just an update. I went to see my GP who has referred me to my cardiologist. As I am being shielded I have been offered a virtual consultation on Friday as a private patient.  This I have accepted. I decided to go for a short walk yesterday wearing my pulse oximeter. After about 20 paces I was very breathless, the alarm went off on my pulse oximeter. My pulse reading was 96  but my oxygen sats were 91.  The sats wen...

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Travel international & Necessary Precautions

Hello, Hi, I am planning to go for vacation and going Mexico, my first time to travel since my incision 5 mos. ago. Is there any you can advise? Should I bring the device monitor with me? Can I do snorkeling? pool? Sauna? Massage? My pm area still sore come and go and some heaviness ( weight on my breast) and some pressure on my chest come and go. Am I allowed to lift 40 lbs of luggage? Is there any list that I can follow the do’s and don’ts? Appreciate so much all of your in...

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E bike

I am a one week 83 yr old newbie and wondering if there are any contrindications to riding an e bike.other than the usual safty measures?

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Volunteer Firefighter

Hi. I had an aortic valve replacement on March 23, 2020. I'd previously had a right bundle branch block identified, but it was never something discussed with me, 
Following surgery, my unpaced heart rate sat at 30bpm. After 5 days it was decided I would need a pacemaker. It was only in reading the pacemaker surgeon's summary notes that I saw I was described as having complete heart block.
I am starting to feel closer to normal as far as the sternotomy goes. It is nearly...

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Yesterday was my first day mountain biking after my implant. I wiped out several times and everything is fine. There are sports after pacemakers!