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Ouch!

Not sure what category to post this under, so: this morning, my pacer site started hurting--stinging, in sort of a rhythm.Have done nothing that would aggravate it--no heavy lifting or extreme twists, etc.

I had my 3-month check on Friday and all was well.

I sleep on my sides & can often notice its presence, just as a little pressure. The entire site--plus several inches surrounding it--has been itchy since day one. (Apparently that's normal?)

When the stinging...

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Close to Fainting

60 year old Female. have St. Jude dual chamber inserted 2/6/18. Diagnosed with SSS. Felt great for 2 years. Today, while preparing my morning smoothie, I felt faint , nauseated, broke out in a cold sweat. I caught myself on the counter. After I got my legs back I went to take BP. It was 117/68. Pulse was 70. I don't have diabetes but took my blood sugar. It was 94. Pulse Ox reading was 98%. All in all, I feel tired enough to sleep all day. I slept 8 hours last night and it was a good unin...

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PVC/PAC’s

I received pacer 4 weeks ago. I was having a high number of pvc's and PAC's and doc said implanting pacer would allow her to dose me with enough meds to control. Only med she changed was metropolol. Took me from 12.5mg to 25mg 2x a day. No change. Still excessive. Pacer set at 60. Resting HR has gone from 64-70 to 82-90. Any thoughts??

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COVID 19 & Myocarditis

Good morning all! I'm sharing this with 1) skepticism 2) intrigue 3) genuine interest in what you intelligent and well read folks might think.

My background - I am a healthy 31y/o with no history of health issues except for a VSD murmur which closed up as a child. No symptoms. No issues. Until suddenly I developed heart block in late Feb of this year (PM placed in April). I've come to terms with my condition and ultimately I guess it doesn't matter what got me here...

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Anxiety

Hi everyone!

First of all, thank you all for the support on my previous post. It certainly calmed my anxiety quite a lot.
 

Just as a quick refresher I was diagnosed with a complete heart block at the age of 5 and had a pacemaker implanted since. I've never been in any sort of medications or any sort of irregularities. I am 20 now and thankfully progressing quite well in university and my professional life. However, I often get a lot of anxiety over my life span bein...

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Swollen feet and ankles

Hi all, I had a dual lead PM fitted just over 2 weeks ago. Getting out of breath whilst walking has deffo worsened, I’ve had a few dizzy spells whilst walking, and now my feet and ankles have swollen, sometimes quite significantly. Is this cause for concern? Just the norm at first? PM was checked at the hospital last week and I was told it was working well, but Im not so sure. Any comments or advice would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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CardioMessenger Smart

I am going out of town.  Can I unplug this Biotronik CardioMessenger and take it with me and plug it in when I get to the beach house.  Forgot to find out yesterday.  Biotronik help desk not there on weekends for messenger.

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Mobile app

MYCARELINK HEART MOBILE APP

This Medtronic app was mentioned on an afib forum and I would be interested in knowing if anyone on this forum uses this app to send their pacemaker checkup information by smart phone to the Doctor or has information about it?

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Micra AV Next Week

Cardiologist and EP say I have Sick Sinus Syndrome although I've never fainted. I'm 71 and EP study 6 months ago didn't reveal any problems. I do have a Linq monitor. Recently my heart paused once for 4.7 seconds. It happened at 10AM, I was awake and felt nothing. Cardiologist said that once was too many times and wants me to have a pacemaker (Micra). If I had fainting episodes I'd be onboard. But I don't. Sheduled for surgery in 7 days, reluctantly.

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Dual lead pacemaker replaced with CRT pacemaker

I wonder if anyone else has had the same experience as me? I would like to hear from you. In January due to a slow heartbeat (36-40) beats per minute I had a dual lead pacemaker implanted as emergency surgery. All was well until May when I collapsed at home. My pulse had risen,so I went to A and E and I was taken to Cardiology. It was discovered that the left side of my heart was out of synchronisation with the right. I now had LVSD and RWMA. I was also told I had heart failure. 

I...

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Boston Lattitude

I recently had my Boston PM replaced, same model as before, with my old one i was using Lattitude, if i plug my Lattitude monitor back in will it work with my new device or does it neef to be reprogramed? My dr was going to get someone to call me as he wasnt sure what needed to happen but i am yet to hear back.

Just wondered if anyone else has had any experience with this? 

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MRI’s w/ “SureScan MRI” Medtronic PM

Hi, 

Who on here has had MRIs since PM? Was it difficult or challenging to make the appointment? How was the MRI? I'd like your feedback! 
I'd also like to share what I know (so far) for others. I've had multiple MRIs of my brain & ankle, pre-pacemaker. 

42yo, got PM 4/2019. I'm in the mid-Atlantic region in the USA. Have a Medtronic SureScan MRI PM, I was told casually that this meant I could still get MRIs. I...

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Occasional sharp pain on PM area and discomfort on sides under armpit

Hello there, please need your input. it’s my 7th month since the incision of my PM and I still felt some heaviness on my left shoulder and today I have this sharp pain and discomfort under my left armpit on the side of my breast. Also I felt some pain when I inhale and exhale on that side of my breast occasionally . I blamed it sometimes on my sleeping position. Am not comfortable sleeping on my left shoulder but subconsciously I did it anyways. I did a somewhat lifting on groceries the...

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After 4 yr: HR suddenly continues at 78 without immediate ramp down to base 60 (in sleep after motion)

I'm so pleased to have found this site again. I hope someone here can identify what I recently began seeing in my bio-data graphs of sleep metrics and brought me to looking for this site again for help.

I soon will have an appointment with my vascular cardiologist who has been unresponsive to requests for his reaction to the graphs I put into his hands--apparently because they are incidental to sleep apnea treatment. I hope that means he knows and sees the new pattern as o...

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Low heart rate

I went to a GP today for a matter unrelated to my heart. 
they took my vitals and my HR was 50.

i had a PM installed last October because my AV node gave up on me .

my understanding is this device is set at 60 on the low end to like 150 or so on the top. 
 

should I be concerned I was below 60 and only at 50?

i do take a beta blocker and have for 13 years after I had bypass surgery. 

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Blood thinner

Has anyone had their pacemaker surgery without stopping their blood thinner meds prior to?

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Heart BPM

I have recently had the pacemaker BPM reduced to 50 BPM, Does any other Clum Member have rate as low as this?

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steroid shot

has anyone tried a steriod shot for their shoulder pain from pacemaker surgery.

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pacemaker benefit

Greetings all, just joined to ask this question on my wife'f behalf.  My wife is 79 and has a heart rate ranging from mid 30's to mid 40's.  She complains constantly of being tired and of  no energy. She has a cardiologist and he determines if a patient needs a pacemaker if there are symptoms such as lighted headedness or dizziness.  My wife really never gets these symptoms.  I always accompany her to her visits and have asked the cardiologist numerou...

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Lower and Upper rates

Just wondering if there is any way to tell how much your pacemaker is pacing, by checking your heart rate. I am taking my BP morning and night so I see my HR 2 X a day and it got me wondering....

My low rate is set at 60 and upper rate at 130. I've felt very well doing my regular activities. Most of the time my HR is in the 70's or 80's. Only a couple of time have I had it 69 or 68. Never anything lower. On my patient portal it says "atrial sensing and  ventri...

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