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biotronik edora 8 dr-t

I had this device installed last week Wednesday to treat bradycardia. I am 51 years old and have had four heart attacks treated with multiple stents. I have an underlying genetic muscle disease known as Spinal Muscular Atrophy and am wheelchair-bound. It is my first device and I do not know much about its functionality and what programming/pacing options are available.

My heart rate was averaging 42 bpm and the device is set to 72 bpm. I do not know if that setting is a constant 24...

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How did I get here?

Hey guys... really great forum.  Nice to get some support.  

Anyhow, I am a 40 yr old male, generally pretty healthy including exercising 3-4 times a week and eating a decently balanced diet.

Got a pacemaker 2 days ago after repeated visits to my family doc for 3-4 years, presenting symptoms of near fainting, dizziness, numbness, etc.  I was told repeatedly it was anxiety ( which I didn’t believe) and finally got a holter monitor thanks to her intern.

so...

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numbness and pain

i am about 6 1/2 weeks from getting my first PM. It is on the left side.  I was wondering if anyone has experienced discomfort like pain in the under arm area towards the front and soreness.  

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Right Side Chest Pain

Hi all.  I'm a 41 year old male who received a pacemaker on Wednesday after being diagnosed with third degree heart block.  I'm experiencing lots of new feelings in my chest and thought I'd share one in particular in hopes someone has some experience.  Since yesterday evening, I've noticed pain in my chest on the right side.  It was much stronger last night and has dulled this morning except for an occasional stab that gets my attention.  When tha...

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Broken leads

Hi, just found this forum.  I was wondering if anyone has had an issue with broken leads?  My son is 7 and will be having surgery for his 3rd set of leads!  They are Medtronic and the cardiologist told me they were the only ones that make these exterior leads.  Is that true?  Something is wrong, why would they keep breaking if not?  

Thanks 

Dave

 

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Pacemaker

Hello guys, had a pacemaker installed 10 days ago and had to return to emergency room because of swelling of my left arm from shoulder to hand with a dark red color of entire arm.  I was diagnosed with a blood clot and put on blood thinner for a week. I was told not to worry that this happens offen. Also I'm having dizzy spells when I stand up quickly. Still weak. I guess it just takes time to adjust. My history of 4 heart attacks with only stints is a long going history of 30 years....

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Stinging wound.

I'm 6 weeks post op after lead and defib replacement. Woke up yesterday with stinging sensations in my wound that I'd not felt before and it was really pretty painful. Later in the day decided to have a look at said wound and saw something light coloured sticking out ... so I pulled on it and out came a piece of 'dissolvable' suture. And voila, the stinging was gone. I learn something new every day. 

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Struggling

Hi I have just joined pacemaker club as have been struggling and any questions I type into a search engine seem to take me to this club : ) I had my biotronik dual valve pacemaker put in 8 days ago and have been feeling really tearful for the last four day, still have a dizzyness and very tired, have managed to cut down painkillers during day but so painful at night, which seems to be positional and can't lie in any one position for too long. I was diagnosed with heart block and it was fe...

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Two plus years, post PM

Surgury & Recovery apply NOT !

There is nothing to report, health-wise.. The PM, its presence are are no more than a wart on a toad.. Thus, a wonderful age in which to live.

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anxiety about leads dislodging while healing and some questions

Hello everyone. I got my ICD 12 days ago. 

I have been reading that many of us get really bad anxiety after the procedure. I have GAD/panic disorder already and am concerned that it will get worse. I can say that after finding this site a few hours ago and pouring through the forum I feel more at ease with it.

One of my concerns is that the leads may dislodge before the 4 weeks healing is up and I will have to get it redone. I tend to raise my arms in my sleep; already I have...

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Lead Extraction Recovery

Has anyone had a lead extraction done? How long did it take to recover? How was the pain? 

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Incision site

I am almost 5 weeks post op.  The incision site gets itchy.  Do you know if its ok to put lotion on it.

 

Thanks 

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Av nodal ablation

Not sure where to start. I have an extensive history of svt and nothing has worked to clam it down. My doctor said he is going to do an av nodal ablation. However he said he was just going to ablate a small “piece” of it. He said this brings a risk of needing a pacemaker. He said I might need 2 ablations at separate times so my heart doesn’t end up going too slow. I’ve  searched high and low for this procedure and all I come across is the av node being a...

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Battery Replacement/ Health Insurance

Good afternoon!

My husband has had his second pacemaker (st. Jude) since 2010. Last year he had 3 years left. Last month it had depleted to 4 months- along with all the recall problems.  Our doctor was ready to schedule his surgery for our picked time frame of around thanksgiving until his nurse called St. Jude for recall questions. Now they are saying they cannot replace until it gets to a certain point. 

His home test disconnected, so we have to go in for check ups. He...

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New PM

I am almost 4 weeks since getting my pacemaker.  I did not know if anyone has experienced any fatigue within the first month of recovery.   By the end of the day I am tired.  Also my arm/shoulder of the side it was implanted is sore.  I am only 46 years old.

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Pacemaker for 3rd Degree (Complete) Heart Block

Hi all,

I am 29 and just got diagnosed with 3rd degree heart block. I will be getting a pacemaker installed in a few days. I am worried and anxious but reading these forums has reassured me that the surgery will go well and I will be able to live a healthy active life. Does anyone else have experience with pacemakers for 3rd degree heart block? Thanks.

 

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We need a little hope/ CTR+D

Good morning! My husband received his CTR D last May. However, this has represented the emergence of certain symptoms; Edema and lack of oxygen. Everyone said that this would change her life and it really is. It's 39 years after being an athlete now it's almost impossible to climb the stairs.It feels good for a few days and the symptoms return.

I wonder if any of you have gone through something similar and after a while got better results. His diagnosis is a dilated cardiomyopat...

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New PM

I am 46yo and had my pacemaker put in 3 weeks ago.   Its a dual chamber.  No history and a 2nd degree heart block with symptoms only presenting a.week prior.  Currently i am getting a feeling in my chest like a little thump or vibration that only last a second and it is putting my anxiety through the roof.  Not sure if this is normal or not.  Just started so I haven't called the doctor yet.  Has anyone else ever experienced this

 

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First Pacemaker questions

I just got my first pacemaker implanted 2 weeks ago, and to day was my follow up appointment. I had bradychardia and an RBBB before the pacemaker that was causing obvious symptoms like fatigue. I havent experianced much of a change in my energy levels like i was expecting though. I almost passed out at a football game the other day and it is still very difficult for me to shower without feeling weak. At my appointment today my chardiologist told me my blood pressure is low. I'm looki...

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Raising blood pressure

Hello all,

I had a PM fitted 6 weeks ago, so there's a lot going on in my mind and body right now.

My main question regards blood pressure - I had a tilt test a couple of days ago, and fainted. The doctor said I had no blood pressure, but I need to check that when I see my doctor in a couple of weeks (it sounds too crazy)

My question is, can I increase my blood pressure?

I've started eating savoury breakfasts, drinking lots of water, carrying salt sachets... I...

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