Most Recent Messages in General Posting

Still Don't Understand ECG

Hello all.  I did a search on Left axis deviation and still don't understand.  In elementary terms could someone please explain what  Left Axis Deviation means?  Yesterday, my cardio sent me to the heart hosp. ER where I had an ECG in the ER for a strange combo of symptoms and don't know how to interpret the ECG.   Am assuming that the Left Bundle Branch Block is the reason for my PM.  However, I don't know what LAD means.  My Ventricular Rate wa...

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Newbie to this group

I've had my pacer for a couple years not and I'm quite attached to it. :)  I'm going to be redecorating my bedroom by myself and have decided to replace the flooring with a click and lock option. I know that I'll have to use some powertools to cut the flooring into the right lengths. I had an "oh no" moment when i thought, maybe using powertools will be a bad idea because of the vibration of the saw. Am I being over-cautious or is this something that I shou...

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Newbie to the club

Hello everyone, I had my first pacmaker put in on Saturday April 27th for bradycardia. I get the staples out next week and was wondering if anyone here who puts in a lot of miles bicycling can let me know what to expect and when I might be able to resume. 

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INR Service

Hi, Wondering if all INR  services cost the same per month if on Medicare a few Acelis, Roche, RCS really want to know the best prices or if does not matter any help appreciated.

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pacing anniversary

I got my first pacer 25 years ago today! I'm on my 5th device, have coasted through with no major complications, and I feel great. If you are just starting out on this journey, don't let it get you down. Challenges life throws at us will only hold us back if we let it. 

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Monitors

Needing some help/suggestions. I received my Medtronic Azure pacemaker a week ago & feel better than I have in a long time. Recovery is going well, but frustrated with my monitor situation. Drs office said I could download an app & monitor remotely from my phone; great since I travel for work & pleasure. According to the Medtronic rep the monitor sent to me must stay at my bedside & my phone has to be 6ft away. Found out there is another monitor that uses the phone app, but no...

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Medtronic care link application for android

I've had my pacemaker (Medtronic)  for only a short time and so technically am still in the heart remodeling/recovery phase (April).  I am trying to us the MCL app on my android phone.  I was wondering if anybody else is using MCL app and if so, are you able to get any useful information from it.  Thus far it is just dictionary items (model, implant date, etc. ) but no information on the pacemker operation and functioning.  The app has only been availabl...

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Tourism

Hello. 

I am currently on holiday in Rome, and want to tour the colosseum tomorrow. However after looking at the site today notice metal detectors that you have to walk through to get in. I do of course have my pacemaker card but I struggled to find any other ways into the colosseum without going through the detectors and wondered if anyone had been before. Cheers. 

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Junctional tachycardia treatment

Are there any pacemaker setting changes, or any therapy other than beta blockers or channel blockers for junctional tachycardia?

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Pacemaker poking at the top

Hey everyone! 

I had my pacemaker placed in for the first time in February of this year. I was holding my toddler today and for the first time ever he decided to push on my pacemaker scar. I of course had pain and it feels like it has agitated some nerves. Now I feel like the top of my pacemaker is poking up towards the skin more that it’s now more visible then before him doing this. Has anyone ever experienced this before? I suppose I should call my doctor tomorrow to get it...

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Can one develop a second rhythm issue with a PM?

For the past week I have noticed a fluttering feeling and when I check hr with oxymeter, find pulse 97-100 bpm. Was woken 2x last night with an accelerated heart rate. My low pacer point should have been 55. I have had a PM for bradycardia since 2013.

is it possible to develop AF when one has a pacemaker? The episodes start and stop for no apparent reason. Does anyone have any such experience?

thanks!

cb

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Congenital heart block diagnoses at 22 weeks pregnant

Not sure who to reach out to just needed to hear from someone that went through this. My baby's heart rate is 60 I'm only 22 weeks pregnant,  waiting to get an appointment with a specialist it's all just very foreign and scary, they did say pacemaker and it terrified me. 

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HEART TRANSPLANT

This is my first post, although I've been a member for over a year and an avid reader of posts.  I have just got home last week from 3 months in hospital, including 10 weeks in the wonderful Royal Papworth hospital in Cambridge.  While there I had an urgent heart transplant. It was touch and go for a while after the operation, and I'm still getting my head around that, as well as my body still taking its time to settle down.  The meds I am now taking are mind blowing! H...

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Should I reconsider CRT? Please advise

I am scheduled for CRT in 15 days time. 

But should I reconsider? Symptoms have improved.

I’m not experiencing flat-out tiredness. I’m managing lung congestion by reducing sodium, and doing breathing exercises. Lost about 10 lbs, i.e. fluids. Light indoor biking 8 mins daily, that in past triggered exhaustion, now ok. Also, I’m following a more balanced diet  

ON THE OTHER HAND, We did painstaking evaluation duri...

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Dizziness While Standing Up

I have a BV ICD recently installed, and am on CRT with a minimum set heart rate of 60 BPM. I feel good, but have difficulty standing up from a kneeling position. I am out weeding my flowwer beds, and stand up to move, then start to get dizzy and feel as though I am going to black out. Had my cardiology appointment the other day and my BP was 120/80. Was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy with 22% EF in left ventricle and 31% EF in right ventricle. Post surgery xrays revealed enlarged heart consist...

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Implant loop recorder

Hi everyone ! today I have been told I need a ILR because I have had coughing syncopy which is (coughing then collapsed )

my questions are....

can you drive when you are fitted with this device ? 

Also I have had a breast augmentation 10 years ago.  will they be able to put the device in and leave the implants alone 

many thanks Aimee x 

 

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PM Interrogation - what does it tell the clinician?

I've always been curious as to what my doctor learns about my heart during an interrogation. I know he checks the leads and their conduction to and from the heart. I know he checks the battery life as well. However, does the interrogation give him/her any indication of your overall cardiac health?

From my understanding the heart has an electrical system and a muscular system. The electrical system is what is corrected by a PM. When your nodes no longer function and send the signals...

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Way OT - Hip Joint Replacement

I'm still alive - Been about two weeks helping MD Daughter cope w/ a failed left Hip prosthesis.  She had original hip job on left about three yrs ago.   That was after having right hip done two yrs previous.   Left hip failed after a relatvely short time - ball came out of joint twice in a two day period, requiring a revision.  The suture line in the soft tissue tore open.  FFWD to last winter - left hip started squeaking, grinding, popping, etc.&nbs...

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Lawn Mower/Weed Whacker Use with BV ICD

Just wanted to know if anyone has had issues with operating a push mower or a weed whacker with an ICD implant? They say avoid chainsaws, but just wondering if mower vibrations can make the devise go off? Thanks.

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Wound Site Oozing

A week and a half after surgery my wound started to seep. I have made sure to follow all directions post procedure. I was double sutured underneath, and had surgical glue over the top. Looks as though the wound shifted slightly, and the incision mark has separated from the skin. Not too bad of a leak, but am just wondering if others have had the same thing? My first pacemaker didn't have any issues with the incision, but the doctors left the bandages on. This time they pulled everything o...

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