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Pacer moms

Any young pacer moms out there?
How was your pregnacy any issues because of your pacemaker?

Im 24 and starting to think about a family in the next few years.
Any insight would be great.

Thanks
-Jenn-

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Chat room

Boring none in there ...
Wanna chat?
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Intro

Hello Folks,

Im new to the PM Club. I've had a pacemaker since 1991 when I was 11 or 12. I'm currently 28 and I'm on my third pacemaker (installed last November).

I would love to meet other PM folks who are under 30 to chat with.

This last pacemaker install has thrown me for a loop personally. I haven't quite recovered mentally from the procedure. Possibly lead to a mild depression, but I work on it daily.

I look forward to hearing from others.

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wires disconnect

How would you know if your wires, leads became dislodged from your heart? I have a St. Judes with two leads.
Thanks so much
Charlie

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chat room

Whats with the chat room? I couldn't get a response. Its like everybody is just starring at a blank screen. Watching and waiting.

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Thank You Smitty

Just wanted to thank Smitty for being such a huge part of this group. I learn so much from you. We are very fortunate to have you here to help us and teach us. Thanks again.

Vicki

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Leads

I was checking my Pacemaker registration card and I see I have SELOS leads. 1 straight and 1 "j". I don't find anything on the Biotronik webpage indicating they are the manufacturer. Is anyone familiar with the SELOS brand?

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Dr. Visit!

I went in today to what I was thinking was going to be getting placed on a medication to increase my blood pressure. That was not the case my blood pressure was high today. I stopped checking it because I just got lazy with checking it. I know in the mornings and late at night it gets low sometimes. He told me that he wants me to wear this 24 hour blood pressure monitoring. I had never heard of that so I get that tomorrow.
They then ordered me to have a test tomorrow on my left subclavia...

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Just curious about Device Rep.

My PM was installed in 2002 and I have noticed that a lot of you have dealt with a device rep, or seen, talked to a device rep etc. I have never met a device rep nor did a device rep. explain my pm to me when I received one. My EP doc did all the explaining and put my fears to rest. Are device reps really needed, since they really don't know your history and the doctor probably knows just as much about the device as the Rep does? I would have more to say, but don't want to start a heated d...

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Those strange pacemaker "shocks"!

I'm the lady that was getting "shocks" from her pacemaker. I got some great information here that relieved my mind until I was able to get to my EP today. As I felt the shocks were from the impedance check of my atrial wire, that's what we checked first. Yup! That was exactly it. Because I have Unipolar leads, the pacemaker battery (called the "can") becomes part of the complete electrical circuit. The charge goes down the unipolar wire to the heart muscle and then travels back to the can...

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Our Valerie....

Hello Everyone,

Had a lovely email from Valerie. She is still recovering from the surgery but doing okay. This beautiful child has had an awful time and thru it all has not lost her sense of humor. She is trying to keep up with her school work. As we all miss her, she is missing everyone in the club and when she is able will be back on entertaining all of us with her wit, humor and beautiful heart. Please, let's all keep praying for her and for her family who are so supportive....

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Chuckle

Hello,

Been a long hard week and I think it is time for a chuckle. To anyone offended I promise to do better in the future.

The census taker in a rural area in the deep South went up to a farmhouse and knocked. When a woman came to the door, among the questions he asked was her how many children she had and their ages. She said, "Les' see now, there's the twins, Sally and Billy, they're thirty-two. And the twins, Seth & Beth, they're twenty-six. And the twins, Penny and...

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Re: Raising arm

Hi everyone,

Just a quick question; I know that when the pacemaker is implanted, you aren't supposed to lift that left arm (or whichever side its on) afterwards. By the way, I noticed that for most of you, your doctors say 6 weeks, ours in Canada say 2 weeks; but anyway, all the postings I have read here, made me feel better and I haven't really raised my left arm above my head yet (its been nearly 5 weeks now). But what I was wondering was: Has anyone experienced problems from us...

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Medtronic Suspends Sale of Heart Device

Medtronic Suspends Sale of Heart Device

The Associated Press
Monday, October 15, 2007; 6:42 AM

WASHINGTON -- Medtronic Inc. has suspended distribution of its Sprint Fidelis defibrillation leads after identifying five patient deaths in which a lead fracture may have been a contributing factor.

A defibrillator monitors a patient's heartbeat; if it senses an abnormal heart rhythm, it delivers an electronic shock to reset the heart to a normal beat. A defibrilla...

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Changes to the site

Hello all. I'll be making some changes to the site this evening. If you notice anything odd (and you shouldn't) just give it a few seconds and try again. I'll be working on it for the next couple of hours.

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traumatized

When I had my p/m inserted in 6/2000 I initially felt slight pain when doc started to cut...when I winced he gave me a little more local pain killer. After that there was only pressure of him inserting p/m into pocket...no more pain. Your doc's procedure should be checked out...you might want to question his continuing while you were in pain. I'm getting ready for a replacement p/m......battery life is almost at an end...thank God, in all this time I've had no problems with it. Good luck.

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Phone Check

Nothing to get excited about. The only thing I've had to contend with is my phone. The unit the doc gave me to use at home has a cradle to hold your phone. I find that the new smaller phones don't work so well...I need to use an older phone that is larger and fits into the cradle with ease. You might want to sit on the magnet for a while and warm it up before you place it over your p/m...it can be a little chilly. Have had no problems doing this since 6/2000...I don't think you will either....

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power tools and machines.

I use every power tool I own which is a pretty long list and I,ve never had a problem. I,m very big on the firewood and do alot of work with chainsaws and never had a problem. I have VT and am the proud owner of a Guidant ICD. I say live life its why I had it put in. Thanks, Zapper.

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nebraska pm people

hello are there any people here from nebraska i live in nebraska city nebraska would like to talk to some people around here my email address is huskersnb1@yahoo.com if you want to talk with may god be with us all

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Photo Album Coming Soon ...

Thanks to the generosity of members who donated, the photo album will be online as soon as our Web Developer can get it done.

I have emailed him asking that it be added to to his "to do" list and I will follow-up with a phone call on Monday.

I truly appreciate the support received and know other members will too once photos start to be posted.

Thank you,

Blake

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You know you're wired when...

The meaning of personal computer is taken a step further.

Member Quotes

I've seen many posts about people being concerned about exercise after having a device so thought I would let you know that yesterday I raced my first marathon since having my pacemaker fitted in fall 2004.