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I'm Back!

Hello My Friends - I am back and so happy to be reading and sending messages. Other than a great big "OWIE" I am doing great. Thank you all for your prayers and good thoughts on my behalf. It is appreciated more than I can ever tell you. And, our little Valerie surely made everything so much better from the moment I saw her. What a lovely, sweet young lady. Her parents have done a fine job raising her; I wish more parents raised children like Val! I love you all for your caring and kindne...

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STILL ATHLETES AT HEART

Some cardiac-device recipients don't want to give up sports, so a medical registry tracks how they're doing.

Pioneer Press
BY CHRISTOPHER SNOWBECK PIONEER PRESS

For heart patients who have defibrillators implanted in their chests, the conventional wisdom when it comes to competitive sports is simple: Stick to golf. Or bowling.

Doctors worry that rigorous athletic activity could stress a patient's heart and prompt either an appropriate or inappropriate shoc...

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Almost 1 year now

Good morning to All,

Well a year is almost passed that pacemaker was implanted and Thankful for new lease on life. Still have some issue that need answering but have not found them yet!! so here it goes to all of you any suggestion /comments ? Is this the way it will always be????
1) Still the numbness continue on the letf side and yes the arm too always seems asleep Why?
2) When I bend over to tie shoes are scrub floors the chest feels so very heavy Why?
3) Sometimes I...

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Hello!

Hi everyone!

Just here to introduce myself...and I must say, I'm quite thankful that a club like this exists! So far, the information that I've learned has been extremely helpful, especially in calming my nerves.

Please, drop me a line...would adore meeting you!

john

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happy father's day

happy father's day to all the father's out there. our sight is made up of young old men women and there are many father's who to-day are honoured for being there. as for my own father he was great. life was different then and the expectations were different. all i can say is he took little for himself and saw that all five of us were educated and could fend for ourselves. he stayed when many would not have. he didn't have a father long himself so he had no one to identify with. so my advice is l...

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dissability

hi have anyone with a icd had problens with reciveing dissability

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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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You run like the bionic woman.

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Today I explained everything to my doctor, he set my lower rate back to 80 and I felt an immediate improvement.