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Pacemaker check

I had a guidant pacemaker put in place in 2001 and it lasted until january of 2007. Now it has run out of batteries and had to have another one put in this year in January. I went to my pacemaker check at a local pacemaker clinic and the technologist told me that my pacemaker was already over 20 percent used. Is this bad and what can be done about it. I have been extremely tired lately and short of breath. I already had two electrical heart attacks and 2 major strokes.

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hi, new teen

I'm marisa, i'm 14, i have a congenital (born with) heart problem, I have gone through 8 surgeries and 5 pacemakers, my last surgery was october 2006. For anyone who has just recently got a heart problem and is trying to cope with their peers like i have over the gazillion school years dont stress and be self councious of others staring at you.

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Talked to Valerie!

I know many of you have asked me if I have talked to Valerie. I talked to her yesterday. She still isn't feeling well so continue to lift those prayers up for her. The power of prayer is amazing. She has been in out of those doctors and the ER many times from the last time I talked to her though I know she is a fighter like the rest of us she will get through things.
More than anything she really does appreciate all of your thoughts.
Take care and blessings my friends,
T...

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Is Angiogram necessary before PM fitted

Hi Everyone Windway here after a little difficulty logging in but helped by the marvellous Blake (Thanks Blake)
Friday 30th June 2006, I went to my GP (doctors) on a regular three monthly blood pressure check with the nurse. It was fine but heart rate under 50. She did ECG and called the doctor to the room who repeated the ECG. She read it, said "Don't move" dialled 999 (America 911) for an ambulance which took me to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. I had had no symptoms of heart...

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Who's Online? list

What does it mean when a member's name is highlighted in red on the online list? I'm still learning....Is there any way to tell who's in chat?

Does anyone have any thoughts on comments I made today in response to the "To Smitty" post 8/22 by auntiesamm re religion and pacemakers (comment #3) and my comment (#6) in response to "What 65 means" post by Misty on 8/20? Do my daughter's numbers look good (What 65 means)??? I'm a very nervous Mom... Mary Jane

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Valerie??

I haven't seen a post / reply from Valerie in a long time. I also didn't get a reply to a PM. Has anyone heard from her? Maybe she's away...


Suze

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Very basic question

OK so I'm confused.
I'm getting a pacemaker in a few months time for a compete congenital heart block (I'm 34 and asymptomatic so it as a precaution rather than an immediate necessity).
My health insurance is up for renewal and I was asking my insurance company where and what I was covered for...and I couldnt answer any of the questions they asked. Whats the difference bewteen single/dual/bi pacemakers and the number of leads. And do you have any idea which type I'd be getting. (I'm no...

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its o.k!!!

all of you afraid kids out there that is goiong to have surgery you will be just fine i am 11 yrs. old and i have a PM also i got my first PM when I was about 3yrs. old i just got a new PM in november of 2006 and looking at me now doing everything a normal kid would do!!!!!!!!!

DONT WORRY YOU WILL BE FINE
GOD BLESS!!!

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Shortness of Breath

I had pretty severe shortness of breath which was my primary symptom that led to the PM. I have been fine for a year with my PM. Over the last two weeks or so I have had bouts with shortness of breath again and they are getting more frequent. My PM was just checked on Thursday and they say it is fine. Anyone ever go through this? I have an appointment with my PCP on Friday.

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To Smitty

Hello My Friend,

Thank you for your recent postings on several subjects and your words of wisdom. When you post it makes everything right in MY world. I especially like your last posting under the Religion & PM debate. You summed it up extremely well and I appreciate how well organized your thoughts are. I tend to be all over the place. This topic has created some of the most interesting responses in a long time which is very healthy. The number of "reads" is really up there! W...

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Anyone here from Vegas

I am going to Las Vegas next week and just wondered if any of our members are from there. It would be fun to get together with someone from out of my area to talk to and meet while there. It is nice to meet people with similar problems and find out we are not alone. I have Bradycardia and VVS. No other heart problems. If you reply I will send you a private message and let you know where I will be staying. Bowlrbob

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strage feelings

hi everyone already put this essay on but in wrong place. Its been 4wks now since l had PM put in,had check up with doc tor, had check up with clinic,all seems fine, so why is it that l still get the strange feeling l used to get before l would blackout? Which l can only descibe as a swimming in the head and tingle in the ears,hot sweat up my neck and hands last 3/6 seconds. l'v mentioned this to docs and techs they say l might be over sensitive but it is a worry should l be more concerned or is...

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Where I am going next

HI everyone,

I am still in hot pursuit of the right care, but I believe I may have found a place that is willing to step out and take a chance to help me! In the next few weeks I should have an appointment to another medical center in another state.

So far with talking with these folks, they seem like they really want to try to help me. I am looking forward to it, and as the spiritual person I am, I think there may be some divine intervention going on here too.

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Hi Folks

Got back from the mainland last Friday. We had a good trip and it was great to see Kay (Rewired Aussie) Unfortunately I was still suffering the effects of flu and my energy level was so low we only saw each other for about an hour. All is not lost I am spending a week in Melbourne on my way back from New Zealand in November and have set aside the five days so we can have some contact again. It was nice to go away and nice to come home again. The weather here is freezing cold at night but su...

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Private Messages

Admin. and others...I was just wondering if those of you who have recently used the private message feature on this forum have had this problem: I go to enter the person's name to send a message to and it says in red next to it "invalid user" when you KNOW that isn't right (re: that person exists on the site and is an active member)? I continue with the meesage anyways and then send it hoping it sends--and it seems like it has. The message pops up in my 'sent' folder. I haven't heard back fr...

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VasoVagal Syncope

Tilt Test was positive, all Heart Test Normal, wearing belt for a month, then may have implant machine for a month. Cardiologist not so sure syncope since it only happened after the medicine was introduced. I have passed out this year over 12 times. Blood Pressure and Heart Rate Drop and then I hit the floor with my face no warning.. Am I a candidate for pacemaker if Belt test and machine in test so nothing.
DesertRose

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What 65 means

My son found this website for me and encouraged me to join. I have to tell you though that it will be my son or husband who checkes the site and writes my questions and replies. In fact my son will guide me through this process since the internet and computers are something i know very little about. They can do the internet and I'll do the cooking. I always say: "stay with what you know".
Anyway here's some of the details of my pacemaker: Got it in November of 1991, after the operation I w...

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New member- a few questions

Hi,
I just joined this forum, thanks already for the helpful information.

I'm female and in my 30's and I got a pacemaker 3 weeks ago. I had a few cardiac arrests and went to the ER, so there wasn't much planning involved. The surgery was fine, but I ended up with a significant pnuemothorax, which bought me a few extra hospital days and a really fun chest tube. There's no real reason for the CA, except bradycardia and a funky sinus node.

Anyway, I want to know if anyo...

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Sorry for not posting lately!

To all the new people on the site which seems to be many I want to welcome you all.
Still haven't been up to par lately and haven't been having as much energy as I wish. I have also been a little down more lately as I am 21 and fighting this battle all alone or atleast sometimes it feels that way. My sister is more support line and as she is getting farther along in her pregnancy she hasn't been able to keep up with me as much. I saw her this past weekend and she gave me a lot of encoura...

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Hunting Questions

Hi there, I received a pacemaker in January of this year and I am requesting information on hunting and the pacemaker. I usually hunt with a bow and a rifle, does having a pacemaker limit hunting with any of these? Approximately a month ago, I also had an AV Node Ablation and I am not sure if this will prevent me from doing any hunting. I appreciate all of you out there, I read all of the postings on a daily basis, learning from all of you. Thank you, Jake

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