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Odd pulse rate when walking after implant

Hi 

I had my first PM implanted last week, 17 October, and have been doing a lot of walking since. 

Until today my pulse rate when walking was pretty consistently between 90- 100 [using a smart watch]. 

Today when I started my PR was 117.  Within 5 minutes it had dropped to the 50s. Quite regularly it fell into the 40s, as low as 41.  It went up when I stopped.  [Right now it 70 about 30 minutes after getting home].

However I was advi...

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Av node ablation

Spent Sunday in ER by ambulance! Tachycardia 200 and Afib. First event since pm implant 2 weeks ago. Started on Cardizem and sent home. Rate stayed high so saw EPs PA yesterday, Cardizem dosage doubled to 240, started on Flecainide and I think I converted during the night. EP is going to do AV ablation ASAP, hopefully by Friday. I hope so because meds are making me miserable plus the discomforts still from recent implant. Thanks for listening. Appreciate this site❤️

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Cost of devices

Current issue of Automobile magazine (hardly a left or right mag) has this article: "Casualties of War."  It describes the POTUS's former love of Harley Davidson.  Now, the POTUS is supporting a Harley boycott due to the company's  decision to move more of it's production offshore due to the POTUS trade policies.  Why, and what has this to do with pacemakers, you ask?  "A study by the Peterson Institue predicted that 195,000 jobs will be los...

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1 lead vs 2

I’m 27, was diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome at 18 which has worsened over time and developed Junctional Escape rhythm as well. My week long monitor showed a range of 32-198 bpm while I was on extremely limited activity restriction (no exercising, no walking more than 50ft, no lifting over 5lbs, etc). Had a pacemaker placed two weeks ago. My procedure was complicated and they were only able to place a ventricular lead even though I have a dual chamber pacemaker. I continue feeling flu...

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ID bracelet

I know this has probably been asked many times but should I consider getting a braclet/necklece. I have a pace maker for 3rd degree heart block that just paces for me when my heart can't send signals to the nodes on its own and and does not allow me to get my heart rate bellow 60. Is it worth having a medical ID bracelet I mean I keep my medical card in my wallet that is always on me. I justed wanted everyones input and if so where is the best site to get one.

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Jet Boats?

Anyone been on a Jet Boat with a Pacemaker? 

My friends are wanting to do it with me but they are worried it will cause issues. 

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AV Ablation

I am one week after pm implantation and on cardizem for tachycardia. Have sick sinus syndrome. Would like to hear of success stories after AV ablation in case that is the next step for me. 

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Question on pacing as I am new to this

I had mitral valve repair surgery in april for severe non symptomatic mitral valve prolapse currently 27 and developed complete heart block about a week later as a result of the surgery. where my nodes where working on their own but not comunicating developed brachardyia. I belive my settings are 60 and 136. I had a checkup in August after diong my first remote and it showed I had an underlying rythem so she reprogrammed it a little so it only paces as it needs to maybe chnaged the...

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Pulmonary Function Test

Altho it has yet to happen, my heart failure cardiologist wants me to have a Pulmonary Function Test.  My visit to Rochester's Mayo Clinic last year (for hematology and cardiology) resulted in the easy 6 - min and 11 - min "walks" on a treadmill. No issues were reported.  After having my Iliotibial band successfully treated a few months ago, I've resumed 3 to 4 mile stints on the treadmill at 3 to 3.5 mph. A Spirometry test 18 months ago showed only "mild...

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AV ablation

Are there many who had the av node ablated and totally dependent on the pacemaker for pacing?

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Tachycardia after pacemaker placement ??

Is this common ?? Seems like heart rate is pretty labile. 60s at night and while sleeping. 75-95 sitting, mild moving around bit will sometimes stay up in the high 90s for quite some time. Post op day 6 today. 

Also notice it jumps up and some dizziness if I do any form of exertion. 

Is this something they tweet when I go a check up ?

Normal to have this for a while ??

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Slight Fever

Hi I got my pacemaker surgery done 7 weeks ago and then my temp became 37 c im not sure if this is an issue and my head and body feels slightly heavy.is this normal?I also have a cold.

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RE Introduction

Good evening all. Hope you’re all well? I’m a 52 year old female living in the UK.  I learned on Tuesday that I require an urgent pacemaker inserting after a 24-hour electrocardiograph has shown Mobitz Type 2 Anterioventricular Heart Block.  My head has been reeling since receiving the news tbh. The procedure itself doesn’t really bother me; I’ve had worse, e.g. hip replacements but I’m really scared what the heart MRI might turn up.  Surely t...

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New to PM

Hi i am New to this, i had a PM implanted 2 days ago now back home and feeling well although somehow shocked as i was feeling fine with no problema and visites my doctor for a checkup and he round my heart rate was too low (38) and Ender with a PM 24 hours later. One question i have is how do you cope with seatbelts because if you have an accident seatbelts might damage your PM. I am also wondering, i got a Biotronix evity 6 DR-T PM. Is this a good quality PM?

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Accerlated Junctionel rythm

Hello everybody ,i m sorry by the way i speak a little english,last month afer i have spontoneous pneumorhorax i develop junctionel rythm its been now 2 months i m very tired i feel dizzy all the time sometimes short of breath and pain in my chest my plumonolgist say that my pneumothorax  resolve ,but i m still suffering from junctionel rythm  its so bad that i cant back to work i spend all day sleeping palpitation dizzness all the time ,after holter monitor for 14 days my card...

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Site tender, left upper arm has dull muscle pain. Still very tired :-(

I am 54 yrs old and had a pacemaker placed 5 weeks ago today. I have tenderness at the incision site also upper left arm dull pain. Also tired still! I am planning to go back to work my fear is it's not healed enough and being tired won't be good either. I am also on Sotalol a low dose. Monitoring my heart rate and I am at 60-61 but I have gone down to 52 then up to 56-58 then 60 is this a normal way this pacemaker should work? this is not all the time just now and then.

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Metal detectors in shopping malls, schools

I am pacemaker dependent and cringe evrytime I approach the metal detectors in public access buildings. I am uncertain if airport security metal detectors are more or less likely to affect my pacemaker. Are the metal detectors in shopping center, schools, municipality and govt. buildings a threat to my ICD? I have a card that I can show, to circumvent the detectors, but do I need to avoid these devices and be subjected to near strip searches every time I go through the front door of a public...

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Why can't patients have ongoing access to their pacemaker reports?

I don't understand why patients cannot access a report on their pacemaker activities to determine if anything out of the ordinary is going on.

I bet more people would live if this kind of medical monopoly that excludes the patient was changed.

I hesitate to call my doctor when I feel lightheaded because I know how long I'll have to wait to get through the switchboard. Then, I have to wait for someone else to respond. The whole process can take days.

If it's nothi...

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Tinnitus

Hi, I've had my pacemaker for about three years now without any problems, however not long after having my pacemaker fitted I developed Tinnitus. Has anybody else out there experienced the same problem.

Many thanks

Owen.

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Pacemaker and pregnancy

I have lived with a heart condition my whole life. After open heart surgery as a child, I lived relatively normally, albeit with leakage and heart block. It does not typically affect my life though as I am very active and run marathons.

At my most recent yearly check-up, my husband and I informed my cardiologist that we want to start a family. The doctor told us he wanted to first run some tests to see how my heart would hold up to the stress that pregnancy brings. I passed all the test...

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