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Time has arrived!

Hi, everyone
The time has finally arrived for my departure, one very long and stressful plan which has finally come to fruition! I have waited for this a very long time, and of course not everything goes according to plan! But I will say that much” if you have something to aim for? Give it your best` and keep at it! I had my ups and downs but, still I hang in there! And I am heading off to France as one may say! To test the waters! For the ones that are not familiar with my plan if you cli...

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Remember John Hopps?

WE SOULD ALL THANK MR. JOHN HOPPS
John Hopps, a Canadian, invented the first heart pacemaker. At the age of 21, he joined the National Research Council in 1941 after training at the University of Manitoba as an electrical engineer. He found that by using mechanical means the heart could be artificially started again after it was exposed to a cooling process. With this discovery, Hopps was able to build the first pacemaker in 1950.


In 1958, the first pacemaker was implanted...

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Update to endless pain

Hello,
Thank you everyone again for your thoughts and prayers. Today I went and did a lung scan that came back negative for pulmonary embolism. Nice to know, but...please forgive me...I am absolutely frustrated. The doc is relying on solely the scan (which only looks at the lungs and can be highly inaccurate) to say I have no clotting going on, but wouldn't do any additional testing until I mentioned it. Now I am on to ultrasounds of both legs and my bad arm.

I have another condi...

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About to join the Club

Hello from New South Wales, Australia. I have read many of the postings here as I approach the date of my defibrillator implantation on 27th June 2007. I have learned much more here about little things to be aware of than I learnt from my doctor. Any suggestions for a newy welcome!

I need to check, but I think I am having a Medtronics defibrillator. I know it has three leads and that the pacing side of things won't actually be functioning, just recording, because my doctor said with m...

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Non-pointless thought ;)

Hi pacer friends,

You know how before theater people go up on stage to perform someone says, "Break a leg!" ?

What about a pacemaker person going in for surgery...would it be 'Pull a lead!" ?

there's my wise thought for the day.
take care,
~valerie :)

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Let us remember why we are fathers to our kids. Happy Father's Day!

A hard working man, never having time to spend with his son. One day would understand how important it was to walk by his side. After years of ignoring his son he one day was forced to a choice of seeing his son and understanding his presence in his life. He decides to take time out from his busy schedule to spend father and son moments together. Everyday, him and his son would walk through this open field and they would stop at a rock where his son use to love playing on. Both of them look...

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Pacemaker defibrillators help women as much as men

By Heather May
The Salt Lake Tribune
Article Last Updated: 06/12/2007 08:39:45 AM MDT

A researcher at LDS Hospital says he has dispelled a myth that has prevented some women from receiving a life-saving heart device.

John Day, a cardiologist who specializes in heart rhythm abnormalities, said there is an erroneous perception among doctors that women don’t benefit as much as men from heart-failure pacemaker defibrillators, which strengthen the h...

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Endless Pain response-THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR CONCERN! WOW!

Hello,

Recently I posted about my endless pain with my pacemaker and my chest.

Queen beez--thank you, thank you, thank you for your concern! Thank you also to everyone else for your concern as well, especially Cathy. I have not gone to the ER, but just yesterday my internist at the large medical center I go to for my pacer did a test for d-dimer--which is a test to rule out blood clots.

About an hour after my blood was drawn, my doctor called me very concerned. D...

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Lenora

I am just wondering if anyone has had any conversations lately with lenora. I am scanning through my lisy of online friends and I am trying to keep everyone in my prayers and thoughts . I was sorting through all those that have reached out to me over these months.Lenora is one of such people. Please let me know if anyone knows how she is doing. Or if you read this Lenora call me.
Take care every one.
Susan

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Confused

Ok, here is a semi-dumb question. How long after your PM is implanted is it supposed to be check? I not talking about the surgical site, but the PM itself? I thought 8 weeks, before the magic wand gets hung around my neck again? I have a Medtronic Adapta. Help????
Thanks

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meds

Has anyone had any experience with Mexiletine.

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What happened to the old site?zg

Hi
What happened to the old site? I've been away for awhile and the loggin didn't recognize me as a member. I had to register again after being a member since 2004.
Butterflyrose

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Hybrid cars/keyless entry

I was wondering if anybody had information or experience with hybrid cars or keyless entry. I know that the engines of hybrids have strong, but shielded, electromagnetic shields. They are supposed to be safe, but I want to know for sure as I am considering purchasing a hybrid.

I have also heard that keyless entry in cars produces a field that can interfere with a pacer. Has anybody heard anything about that?

Thanks,
Carissa

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Doing Great!

Forgot to mention that I am doing well. Came home Friday & am always glad to be back in my home with my hubby and especially my dog. They really get you up and going with a joint replacement these days! More pain this time than with the right one 4 years ago but the left was ever so much more involved (a train wreck as the surgeon said). Should not have waited so long. Anyway, it is now behind me and I am so happy, looking forward to a quick recovery. Physical therapy in the hospital bega...

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They do match!!!!!

Hello Everyone - A great big thank you to everyone who wished me well on my knee replacement. And, especially to our little Valerie. I have never, ever been as astonished, surprised, astounded, etc. as when she walked into my hospital room not long after my surgery! God could not have sent a better angel! She is surely one of the most special people I have ever known and to think she is just 21. We will see really great things from her as she continues her education & begins her career. Sh...

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"Endless pain" response

Hello again, everyone. Thank you to all who responded. I forgot to mention in my post that my doctor is with a large university medical center, in fact one of the biggest in the country and listed as the "best" in my state. So going to another for a second opinion is very difficult for me, especially as I also rely on public aid (medical) in my state to help me (if they do, that is).

I also have concerns about a possible blood clotting issue because the swelling in my arm just began o...

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Just saying Hello!

I just found your site&signed on.After reading some of the messages, I guess I've been lucky. My PM was installed& I volunteered for a research program in my area.The only thing I don't like about the pacer is the every other month phone checks.Are they really as good as an office check? They never tell you anything when their done but I guess since it's still beating I'm okay!
So far there have been no problems. I've had my PM since2004.Thanks for letting me talk.Till next time,
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Doctors And Drug Sales Reps

The following, written by Patricia Barry, is from the June, ‘07 issue of AARP Bulletin. If this is an accurate description of the thoughts and actions of the people promoting prescription drugs, I have to wonder what the thoughts and actions are of a representative promoting medical devices such as pacemakers, joint replacements, etc.

Doctors Still Chummy With Drug Sales Reps

“There's a big bucket of money sitting in every office and every time you go in, you reach your...

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I got it done

I got my Pm on the 6th. Dr says it is two wires but has a defibualator. To speed up heart and shock if it quits beating.
Paces 24/7.
I sure have been sore and hurt. IT WAS DONE IN dALLAS,TX.
It is getting better, but sure am weak.

Is it nornmal to feel really warm around cest, under arms, and back. I just started noticing it on the 8th of this monh.

my only restrictions are not to raise arm above head of lift heavier than a gallon of milk.

I can...

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Just quick up and

a thank you Blake. I had forgot my password since you the new setup here. The change over happened during the busiest time and I forgot to write it down.. My nephew was a basketball team and the ended up winning the district games. They were one game away from winning state but lost the last game before the state finals Then in May I got a really bad cold that lasted three weeks and turned into bronchitis. Question Can coughing affect the pacemaker settings. Since then every now and then I will...

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