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How long before I feel more energetic

Hello I have had my pacemaker (single wire) fitted four days ago.  Im wondering two things:  how long before I feel more energetic? And also my cardiologist has given me beta blockers for my current low blood pressure but could my readings of approx 90/60 stop me regaining my energy?

(I had tachy and bradycardia....fluctuating heart rates hence the pacemaker)

many thanks

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Armpit Swetting/Rash

Hi Everyone,

 I am two weeks post surgery for my first device.  Like others have mentioned, I am trying to use my left arm a little to keep it from freezing up.  However, it does hurt.  My biggest problem is keeping my armpit "aired out".  Sweat keeps building up.  I am keeping it clean and trying to keep it propped up so it breathes, but I am getting what looks like a yeast rash under my arm.  It is really uncomfortable.  Did anyone els...

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Pacemaker decision appointment

 

Hello everyone,

I've posted a few posts here before. I am 30 years old and It's related to my 3rd degree heart block. It was discovered by chance a few months ago that I probably have congenital 3rd degree heart block and no major structural problems were seen in the MRI, echo and treadmill tests. Holter tests revealed 3-5 second pauses and 3rd degree block. I lead a completely asymptomatic life. I got opinions from a few drs. There were doctors who s...

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New member

Hi all.   New member here.   Last few years I've been having tests done as I've been taking propranolol for 20 years (put on it for anxiety) and my heart rate is very low.  Late 30's, 40's etc but it can go higher then.  Had few ultrasounds, mri etc.  Told me I've got cardiomyopathy, heart block etc.  So, I'm coming off of propranolol now (nearly off them completely now), then got to go back for another holder monitor then maybe...

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Post Pacemaker Implant

I had a pacemaker implanted last Thursday. I am no longer out of breath but am feeling woozy/spacey - kind of dizzy but not like I'm going to pass out. Is this the normal part of adjusting? Today it seems to be the worst. I have my first post op appointment Thursday. I had 2nd degree heartblock with a few 3rd degree which was going on for a loooooong time. Any incite would be appreciated! :) 

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Jaw pain

Pain in lower left jaw

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Pacemaker surgery tomorrow

Hello everyone.

My doctor recently decided that I need I pacemaker. I will get it tomorrow. I have an AV block type 2 mobitz 2. I don't show symptoms but doctors think that because it has progrerss from type 1 to type 2 m1 to m2 now it is better to put the pacemaker now before type 3 which is very dangerous.

I am 30 years old and I am scared, sometimes I doubt that I really need it. But it is for the best. I have mixed feelings about it. I just hope I get to the moment where I...

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Post Replacement Question

It's been over a month since my surgery.  All seems to be ok with the exception of soreness from where the leads are.  How long should I expect this area to be tender?  I don't recall this from my initial placement in 2013.

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Redness after box change

My husband had a box change 24th November and rested for a couple of weeks before driving again and playing snooker,but he has noticed a redness around edge of where box situated (no temperature or any other symptoms).Is this where the edge of the device reacting to movement again (this ICD was slightly bigger and EP had to pop the muscle to insert)and nothing to worry about-any comments appreciated.Thanks 

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Update from procedure n Dr appointment

So if you know from my previous post after the ablation study procedure dr toold me . That he dint find no areas to do ablation he did nention this ..you do have extra beat but it's coming from I forgot the area he mentioned n Said nothing he can do there ? He told me I be taking 12.5 metropolol like I always been but he will add 30 MG 3 times per day of cartia.  Why ?? I mention can I start going gym ? He said wait till I get your rhythm under control ?? But Said it's OK...

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Midnight Cough

So I have been experiencing a very strange symptom since my pacemaker replacement on 8/22. Every night at exactly midnight, I feel a weird sensation in my chest that causes me to cough. It literally lasts 20-30 seconds, I cough, and it's over. And it happens at 12 AM in the dot. Every single night. 😂😂😂 This happen to anyone else?  I have my next cardio appt in January. I'm going to for sure ask both my Medtronic rep and my cardiologist.

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2 weeks post fever

Hello Everyone,

Thank you for always helping with your advice. I need your help. So my mom is having fever now since 4 days. Now to check for any sign of infection the doctor took her urine sample as well as complete blood count. Both the reports are completely fine, within range leukocytes , RBCs and everything else. Urine microscopy claims no sign of bacteria. Has anyone experienced the same??

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Post surgery care

Hello everyone

This forum has been really helpful and has put my mind in ease. I have a query here, my mother is 10 days post surgery and today she had her stitch removed. The site seems fine, healing is well. Can she tilt a little bit towards her right side to relax or that's a no? 

Also anymore precautions that she should be careful of from now onwards?

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Post pacemaker surgery

My mother had a PM implant 1 week ago. She was diagnosed with bradycardia i.e. slow heart rate and to keep her heart beating over 60 bpm a dual chamber PM was implanted. Today she was walking at a medium pace and she felt a little breathless, I took her heart rate and it showed 49 . I told her to relax and sit and after about 10 seconds i took the bpm and it was 94. She felt better. Is it common to experience this initially? Did anyone else had this problem?

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Cardiac ablation pray for me or wish me well please!!

well, time is almost here hope i write back in here if i don't it means am gone I have a pacemaker i don't know if the cables inside will be moved or in the way?? i get so confused by the comments here. will i be completely out ? will i know what's going on. Did someone mention in a post that one of the worst parts is the anesthesia they use on the legs ? i also suffer from some sleep apnea will that causes me problems,, i have noticed that even do im scared,,i think am more scare...

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Post Recovery

Hi All,

I'm a Government staff from India. I have my pacemaker implantation due within 6  months. Here in India, My State Belongs to Kerala. Kerala Government staff's are allowed to take special casual leaves of 45 days for Open heart surgery which is mentioned in the service rules which was framed on 1965.That days Pacemaker implantation is rarest of the rare in here . Now angioplasty, angiography, pacemkaer are common here.Based on that law that consituted on 1965, on 201...

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Swelling of arm and hand after replacement of failed Medtronic Pacemaker

I had surgery two days ago to replace a Medtronic Pacemaker that had been implanted since 2014 when I had a heart transplant. It had done its job for 8 years.

That new replacement Pacemaker broke after 24 hours and was pacing at 49 beats per minute.

I went to the emergency room  and that new Medtronic Pacemaker had to be replaced with yet another new Pacemaker . They also replaced the original 8 year old lead with a new lead when they put in this new new Pacemaker. Seems the...

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Chest ache 2 days post surgery

Hello all. 

I'm 50 and had my implant two days ago after a diagnosis of 2nd degree heart block (strangely type I and II have been mentioned on paperwork 🤔). I was given the impression that post-op the only pain I would suffer would be around the Surgery site. Today I had to go into hospital for a separate, unrelated scan and had to do some walking. 
I had chest pain akin to what I would imagine a heart attack to feel like, my lungs ache and I find it pa...

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pacemaker for my father who is 87 years old

morning all, this is a cry for help really my father is 87 years old and has suffered a heart attack, an atrial flutter and now has been informed he has bradycardia his most recent ecg shows his heart pauses 23 times during an hour. so we are waiting on a date in december for a dual chamber pacemaker to be fitted. it has troubled him greatly that he will be awake during surgery and the fact that he has been told he will be unable to use his left arm for 4-6 weeks after surgery. i am looking f...

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Testing the Pacemaker

Something that struck out to me while they were testing the pacemaker after I had it implanted was that they brought out this device that went over my chest where the pacemaker was put in, and then were testing the device. I don't know exactly what had happened, but they pressed a button on the screen and I had the worst palpitations I've ever had, my palms and legs went sweaty, and it honestly felt like my heart had stopped.

The Doctor seemed kind of concerned and stopped it im...

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