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HR 44-51 no heart problems

Hi I am 44 and have all tests on my heart and it's fine apart from Brady. It was picked up after a hysterectomy 4 years ago. No under active thyroid. I used to keep fit but lately if I exercise it takes days to recover.  I wake with a dull ache in chest especially day after exercise, I get light headed on occasions, occasional palpitations, and I'm constantly shattered sleeping more. Will they still put a PM in with no other heart problems ? Feel like I'm going around the ben...

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Left Ventricle Assist Device

In addition to pacemakers, any LVAD users here?

--Dave--

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Cannot lay flat without feeling like chest will explode or pressure.

First pacemaker in 2012 and second pacemaker in 2017. This happened one time when at doctor. EKG shown no problem. Have not been able to lay flat on my back since 2012. Has anyone else experienced this problem?

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Problem

My PM was placed on Jan. 15th , and exactly 2 months later I was playing and was chasing a flyball down. I somehow fell on my chest. It knocked the wind out of me and ever since (yesterday)I've had a pain in my chest that feels like the pain I had the day after my original implant when they had to re-operate to fix the slipped leads. Luckily, I am scheduled for my first follow up in 2 days.

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His Bundle Pacing hiting mainstream

I have posted before about receiving a Bundle of His pacing (HBP).It has been 3 1/2 years now and my LBBB is still corrected and the RVlead threshold has not increased and I have had no major problems.

At the time I got my PM there was little talk about HBP now there are articles almost everywhere and my EP doc was one of the few doing that technique.

Here is a link about developments in HBP from a EP doc who has been converted to a HBP enthusiast.https://www.medscape.com/viewarti...

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Dizziness and feeling faint

Hi folks. Just a quick query. Had my PM since Feb 2017 for type 2 second degree heart block. All been good until recently when I've been having frequent episodes of dizziness and feeling faint and completely exhausted. Anyone else experienced this? It's starting to worry me if I'm honest but don't want to bother GP etc if this is just par for the course.

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Biventricular Pacemaker Recommended

Hello All.  So glad I came across this Club.  I've been seeing a cardiololgist for over 5 years and my doctor has summized that I should have a Biventricular Pacemaker due to low ejection fraction, 30-35% which saw a 25% drop from just a year and a half ago.  During that time I was exposed to a tremendous amount of stress which I feel may have been a contributing factor to this decline.  I am 68 years old this past Janurary and I also am afflicted with CHF and a LBBB s...

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Health

I'm about to have a mammogram, my first since having my pacemaker fitted and am slightly concerned the pacemaker may be in the way.  It's a year since I had it fitted and can still be a little uncomfortable if I press on it.  I have read that the pacemaker can hide some of the breast tissue so am wondering if I should avoid this.  It's not my first mammogram and I have found my previous ones very painful, whether it's because I am quite small or just how it is I...

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Pacemaker too low

Thank you to everyone who replied to my post. I appreciate your taking the time to do so.  I will keep monitoring this with my NP and my oncologist that I see every 6 months, unless I need to go in-between.  So far, mammograms have been ok, I just worry about further drooping of the area!  But then, I tend to worry about a lot of things!  If at some point I need to have the PM moved, I will deal with it and the fear of having the leads out even for a brief time.  CHB...

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Pacemaker to ICD upgrade

Hello.  

I am a 42 year old male with a dual chamber Medtronic pacemaker for heart block that was fitted 6 years ago.  I have been told by my cardiologst that i may have to have my Pacemaker upgraded to an ICD in the near future.  He explained that the procedure is dangerours and not something that they will do unless necessary due to the changing and removeal of the leads.

Can anyone shed any light on this or has anyone had any expereince of this being done?&n...

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PacemakerEffectiveness

Are some Pacemakers better than others?  My previous PM was a Medtronic VIVA XT Defib item that was replaced with a Medtronic Claria MRI CRT-D this past Nov 30. The Claria looks to be around 20% smaller than the VIVA XT.  Two weeks prior, I took a pulmonary treadmill stress test - Performing it was a breeze. Today, I couldn't perform that chore. Either the new PM isn't as effective as the old, or the series of ills I suffered in late Dec/early Jan took their toll. (diverticu...

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My one year anniversary. Struggling with Depression.

Hello All!

I have not been back here since about four or five weeks after surgery. I was so determined to 'bounce back' - and let's face it, the medical fraternity (is it still a 'fraternity') don't exactly counsel you on what you have been through they just process you on the assembly line and usher you out the door with a 'you'll feel better than ever'...

 

And, tbh i feel no different. I was not 'sick' before my first cynco...

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Pin type sensations

Decided to google up my “pin type” sensations when I came across your site. I hate to say that I was “encouraged” to hear others had these same sensations but I feel better knowing that I am not just imagining these pin type pricks around my pacemaker. I have been bothered by the fact that I can have just a few per day to having many. The degree of the sharpness can vary as well. 

Just had mine installed in January of 2019. My second checkup is in April...

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Electric Car

Thinking of getting a Tesla Model 3 electric car, have done some research and it seems ok for pacemaker but still curious who out there is driving one and any feedback regarding Superchargers or the new powerful V3 charger? Any magnetic field interference?

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pacemaker too low

Hi!  I have a female issue with my pacemaker.  Had it implanted in Feb. of 2017.  Over the months since, it has dropped a bit and is very close to my breast tissue.  My NP has said that it IS a bit lower than usual and that I can have it adjusted, but that means another surgery. I have large breasts, and I think that their weight has played a part in this.  My surgeon didn't take that into consideration, or he would have put the device much higher up. I...

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Feeling fatigued

Does anyone here also feel like since having their PM fitted, their energy levels are not the same as before surgery? It's been 2 years for me this August since having my PM fitted for vasovagal syncope, and I just flat out feel fatigued easier than before. I still have good days with energy but overall... blah.

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End of Life

I have had cardiomyopathy w/severely low EF for 18 years. I am on my second pacemaker. (1st one only lasted 5 yrs). My Cardio recently told me all I have left to do is a mechanical heart or a dobutamine drip w/a port. I would like to know what the 'end of the road' will be like. I would like to avoid the 2 options I have been given.  I imagine I'll feel like I'm drowning at some point. Anybody out there on one of these options & what is it like?  I was told this...

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Both Stents and Pacemaker

Hi, does anyone know if a stent/s can be inserted in veins other

than those used by an already implanted Pacemaker?

And if so, is the groin artery used instead of the wrist for these stents

Thanks

jim

 

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High Blood Pressure After Pacermaker Surgery

Hello all, my mom had a pacemaker put in a week ago and she started having high blood pressure before the surgery which she takes lisinopril (10mg) for.  When she was first diagnosted with HBP, she ended up in the emergency room, as she felt like she was going to faint.  Much to our surprise, the ER did nothing to treat and basically told us they don't "chase" HBP. She has now seen two different cardiogists, which ended up in her taking the lisinopril an...

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Ablation v Watchman as a cure for A/Fib and A/Flutter.

Hi

I had a pacemaker fitted in Juine last year due to my heartbeat going down to 29 at times. The procedure has been a success, however I am still getting A/Fib and Flutter and my original consultant wanted to do an Ablation. He had a problem in that he wanted to give me anti-coagulents but was not able to until my platelet count could be lifted from a current 30ish to 50+. My Haematologist was not keen to play ball so I reached an enpasse. In order to try to break the empasse I mo...

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