Most Recent Messages in General Posting

Ultrasound cavitation

Does anyone with a pacemaker have experience with ultrasound fat cavitation? I just bought an ultrasound fat cavitation device. All the reports I found show they work. Fat cavition destroys fat cells. There are plenty of YouTube videos about the devices. Unfortunately, I saw warnings about pacemakers and fat cavitation after getting the unit.

Saint Judes Medical says therapeutic ultrasound is safe, when used according to their guidelines. The difference is that fat cavitation ultrasound...

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Watchman device

Hi all,

 

Hope everyone is doing well. I haven’t been on here in awhile. Been recently diagnosed with a fib (paroxysmal) and I can’t take blood thinners.  Dr is pushing Watchman device.  Has anyone ever had this device or considering it? 

I have a new pacer too, Medtronic Azure which I’ve read can override episodes of afib if programmed properly.   

 

Any my comments suggestions are welcome.  Thanks!

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Post PaceMaker procedure symptom

Hi there -  New to the Club and would appreciate a response.    Had PM inserted in August and a couple of weeks later noticed that I had a lump in my left breast.    My GP referred me to the hospital Breast Clinic and I have since had two appointments.  First one was a scan, followed 6 weeks later by biopsies.  Both the Consultant and I suspected this lump was the result of trauma from the procedure and the pathology confirmed it was benign. ...

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Hot tubs!

Do you pacemakers use a hot tub?  I’ve enjoyed my life since the arrival of my pacemaker 2 years ago.   I finished the 3521 mile Amerithon!  I don’t know why I’m nervous about it, I take showers!  

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LOW BLOOD PRESSURE & AFIBS.

I REC'D MY FIRST MEDTRONIC PACEMAKER 4 WKS. AGO (EMERGENCY), DUE TO EXTREMELY LOW BP.

THE FIRST WEEK I HAD AFIBS EVERY DAY, THE SECOND WEEK, LOW BP DOWN TO 48. THIS PAST WEEK, BOTH HBP AND AFIBS.

CARDIOLOGIST TOLD ME TO DECREASE ORIGINAL METROPOLOL  DOSAGE FROM 100MG (2X'S PD) TO 150MG. -50MG IN THE AM AND 100 IN PM.

SINCE DOING THIS I WAS IN AFIB, TWO DAYS AGO 155, AND LAST NIGHT 165. BP THIS MORNING AFTER 7 HRS.WAS 80/55.

I'M SCARED AN...

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Flutters after Pacemaker placement

Hi there 

I had a biotronik PM placed 2 days ago after fainting at work.

Since that time I have been experiencing quite frequent flutters in my throat and stomach (and associated slight dizziness) mainly at rest that often make me cough.

I think I have read here that you can go back to your PM tech and they can possibly adjust the settings to try and eliminate it?

Is it something due to the voltage settings for the ventricle lead?

I also feel quite tired fro...

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Rate responsiveness?

New age pacemakers are rate responsive, what does it really mean? Do they really control pulse rate based on your activity like when you are running? What about your normal heart activity then that go beyond the minimum 60 set? Can pacemakers inceasre your pulse rate when you are still but in some tension?

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Show must go on!

So today i spur-of-the-moment decided to go see “Bohemian Rhapsody” and because it was Queen we were dealing with after all, i thought i’d better pick one of those fancy cinemas with the Dolby Atmos, laser projector and such. Turns out the seats were also fancy schmancy, apparently called Guitammer, which have a low frequency digital processor and some vibration generator in each seat. I thought i’d take my chances for the proper Queen experience, was on nettles for th...

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Feeling Weird Since They Changed my Settings

Hi guys, first post. I'm post pacemaker 2 1/2 months. I went to the hospital to meet a new cardiologist last Thursday. They said that it was doing the pacing 89 percent of the time. For fear of the battery dying out to fast, they changed the settings to let my heart beat if it could before the pacemaker kicked in. I told them that it felt strange and that I really noticed it right away while I was still there. They said it was probably in my head. I'm here, Monday, totally feels like...

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What is this

I have had a dual lead Pacemaker for almost a year and a half now after being diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome.  I also have a fib and I'm on medication for same. The PM was placed on the right side of my chest due to lymph node removal on the left side. About two weeks ago I woke up laying on my left side in bed with my heart pounding and my blood pressure running higher at times.  Usually when this happens I lay on my back or get up for a while and it settles down,...

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Crt d shocks

My wife has to have a Crt pacemaker fitted in a weeks time, they have given her an option between the Crt d (with defrib) or Crt p (without defrib) 

Our question is how often do the defrib’s trigger unnecessarily? My wife is worried that she will become a nervous wreck waiting almost expecting it to trigger.

any experiences?

thanks, Jon

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An Historic Day

Today was indeed an historic day in the history of the World.  One hundred years since the ending of the largest scale, most deadly, destructive war in history.  Forget whose fault it was; forget who made stupid decisions,; look to the future.  Will it happen again?

I have spent my entire adult life as a professional American soldier.  My youngest granddaughter  continues the family tradition by starting the 150th year of Army service as...

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DIsney world rides

Good Afternoon all,

I had my pacemaker put in October 2017,   I am going to DIsney World Jan 2019.  I was told by my EP that rides are ok as my pacemaker is for a heart block and only "kicks in when needed".  My question is, do you know if rides like Tower of Terror, or any rollercoasters that have the overhead harness would be ok due to the bumpyness if these types of rides... Any input would be appreciated

 

Thanks

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Nervous, Confused and afraid of getting CRT/ICD - UPDATED INFO

I had a syncope episode while playing soccer on August 1st 2018. I went to EMER and they told me that I have a condition called as Dilated Cardiomyopathy and EF is around 25%. Doctor put me on Carvedilol, Lisinopril and Spironolactone starting with low dosage for 3 months. 

This is my condition as per the doctor as of Nov 8th, 2018 - 

Dilated LV with eccentric hypertrophy and severely reduced systolic
function. EF 20-25%. Severely dilated left atri...

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Exercise and work after my first 4 week pac maker check...

I was a bit underwhelmed by my pacemaker check.... I must admit, I was expecting to at least get some advice as to when I can start doing arm exercises, planks, that sort of thing, and although the medical staff in attendance did everything necessary with the pacemaker, they weren’t very helpful regarding going back to work, or indeed, the fitness questions and advised me to get in touch with my doctor?

I have a very physical job, with a lot of pushing and pulling... and with no s...

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Cardiac Re-synchronization Therapy

I would appreciate feedback on Cardiac Re-synchronization Therapy.  My husband's electrophysiologist is recommending this as it is time to replace his pacemaker and he is experiencing a persistant irregular heartbeat.  He has had a 5-box mini maze (2011), several ablations and drug therapy.  This has worked on-and off for years, but now nothing seems to be able to control it.  His previous electrophysiologist had also recommended this.

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Vacation out of country

I have a chance to go to Mexico for a 5 day vacation, I'm not sure about going out of the country with a pacemaker, afraid something will go wrong with it in a foreign country.  Any advice?  I've had my pacemaker since 2015, so when my vacation comes up I'll have it 4 years with no issues and it paces only 1% and I will be 73 at vacation time.

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elevation of 4700 feet

hi all

i have a crt-d for cardiomyopathy with an EF of 35-40. im active and walk up and down stairs, use treadmill and elliptical. i live at sea level on the east coast and am planning a 4 day to sedona AZ at 4700 feet. im a bit anxious.....any thoughts? problems?

thanks!

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3 days out

I'm 3 days out from getting a PM installed.  Feel tired most of the time and a little bit woozy a few times.  Shoulder and arm sore.  Pain at site.   Par for the course or should I be concerned?

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Merlin via WiFi?

My elderly mom received a pacemaker today.  The hospital handed me this Merlin@home device.   It says it must be connected to an analog line.  That’s tough because she is deaf and doesn’t have a phone.  She does have WiFi.  Is that an option?    Thanks in advance! 

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The pacer systems are really very reliable. The main problem is the incompetent programming of them. If yours is working well for you, get on with life and enjoy it. You probably are more at risk of problems with a valve job than the pacer.

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