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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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Endless pain?

Hello, everyone! It's been a while since I've written and am curious about whether anyone else has ever experienced what I am feeling right now.

I've had two prior pacemakers try to expel themselves from my body. Usually due to infection, an infection could not be found. A third machine was placed on the same side as the other two but deeper down under the muscle--that was in May, 2006. It's over a year later and the pain I began having after that surgery just won't end. The pain is t...

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Update!

I wanted to say sorry to everyone that I haven't gotten to get on and post on anybodys questions. I read over some of them and just wanted to sum up everything in one thing so I wouldn't have to spend a lot of time.
Sharon we all do think of you and pray for you and hope that knee is getting better. Valerie your heart is amazing thank you for supporting me through this last hospital stay this past week.
To the others who are facing problems with doctors and any other issues. I hav...

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fast heart rate

Hello
Its been a while since i have posted anything but just recently i have noticed my heart rate is up tp 125 or so that is even in the morning just waking up,my upper threshold is something like 177 but is this normal could it be a-fib or from stress which i have been under alot the last couple of weeks i have had my pacemaker since 12/05 and never have noticed this before any ideas ?
Thanks Valerie
mytrose444@aol.com

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visits

Wow, Sharon will be very happy to read these encouraging messages when she comes back.

I really want to visit again b/c she is just the sweetest person. She emits this light around her; like a glow...then again it could have been the light above her hospital bed, lol jk
Anyway, I'm not sure how much is too much in regards to visiting, so I'm thinking maybe one more time...I'm not too sure....suggestions please? hehe. thanks.

It was quite an adventure getting there thou...

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Is pregnancy a problem?

I am new to the pm world, so I was curious if pregnancy has more complications with a pacemaker than a normal pregnancy? I am 28 and had a catheter ablation that went awry, which led to me having heart block, and then the pacemaker...but I really want to start a family soon...any advice out there?

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Sharon's Update

Hi pacers,
Well, I saw our wonderful Sharon today at the hospital (the same hospital she had her PM implant) and her knee replacement went well.
She is in good hands. The nurse on call was very nice to her and he said, "I just met her when I got on shift today, and she is just lovely", so as you can see, she has that instant effect on people.
She wanted to tell all of you that she truly appreciates all of your thoughts and prayers, and that you are such wonderful people on this s...

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You know you're wired when...

Your pacemaker interferes with your electronic scale.

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Do feel free to contact the manufacturer of your device. I have found them to be quite helpful when I have had questions and concerns.