Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

PM born 9/5/08 for me

Had been feeling tired and short of breath for several weeks. Finally went to family doc on 9/4, EKG showed heart rate around 40. He set appt for 9/11 with cardiologist, BUT he called their office all day to be sure the cardiologist actually looked at the EKG he faxed. They said, get her in here tomorrow a.m. 9:15 am was in heart doc office, 10:00 am admitted to hospital, 12:30 pm Pacemaker was implanted. I continue to say ALL IS GOOD. Timing was absolutely everything. Heart rate dropped d...

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Getting Ready for Surgery

Hi all
I was just told on Friday, I need to have a pacemaker, totally unexpected and I am scheduled for surgery this week! I live in Brisbane Australia, and am a 45 yr old female. I'm feeling very nervous and I am still in shock from this news from the cardiologist.

About 18 months ago while flying on a plane to NZ, I had what was diagnosed at the time as a vasal vagal episode. I passed out and seizured for about 2 minutes but my husband said he thought I had died. Apart from...

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Dual Lead PMs

Greetings:

Well, I am finally getting my PM on October 24th. I've had 2 more fainting episodes since my last post. One, I was 8 weeks pregnant. I had a seizure during that episode and was out for about a minute.

I'm worried about surgery. How long does the whole process take? I would like to be completely asleep... is this the process?

Any advise is helpful. Thanks guys!
Sarah

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Pain

Hi I started having pain in the right side of my neck the day after I came home from the hospital. Not an ache A Sharp pain!! I went to my EP and he checked my device and said all is well. That night The pain completely move to the left side except not only in my neck, but behind my left breast,in my back,down my arm I thought I was having a heart attack and I couldnt take a deep breath. I also have MS so the EP said I was fine and my Neurologist never called me back. I am so ready to go to the...

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Hello

Hey there everyone. I'm a 30 year old F diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and LBBB (left bundle branch block). I just had my ICD installed yesterday (YES, YESTERDAY). I'm home now and feel like I ran a huge marathon but otherwise I'm doing pretty great. I wanted to say HI to everyone since I've been lurking for a few weeks behind the scenes... :) So...HELLO!!!

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Numbness and tingling in left arm

Hi all, (post op 12 daays) I am recovering slowly, I think they must have really done some diging and poking around in there. I am going for my first check up tomorrow, hopefully I will get some answers on what they are going to do with the lead they didn't get in. I need that lead, I have a lot of shortness of breath with any task.

Anyways....my left arm is continually "falling asleep" being numb and lots of that pin and needle tingling, is this normal after implant?

Thank...

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pocket revision

Had a pocket revision 6 months after battery change. It is now almost a month and feeling very tired. Dr. stated some people bounce back faster than others. However, I am so glad I did it as the last surgeon botched it. I had leads poking and pacemaker top pushing through skin and traveling PM to underarm.
Now, the original surgeon placed it deeper and I don't feel any pain. Did any one ever have a PM pocket revision and what did you experience and how successful was it?
Thanks

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:( In pain - biventricular ICD defib

Hi all, just giving an update. I had my surgery for my ICD on Wed. They sent me home yesterday. I was in recovery for a long time. When the Dr. finally came to see me, he informed me that they couldn't get the third lead in, that my viens were to small. So now they are going to consult with another cardiologist to see if it is feasable to try again, or whether they have to do an "epicardio" (I need to look that up, I am not really sure what that is). Anyways they say they can't do anything...

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I was awake 75-80% of the time of the ICD implant. read me

Well hello, I am larry age 26 and have just got the new hot model ICD from Metronic installed about 4 weeks ago. I am doing good and have stuck by the Docs note of not doing much with the arm at all. I will be starting back to walking with my MP3 player in the next few days.

The Surgery-

Well I am in the hospital room and the docs come in with a grin and tell me there is no anesthesiologist. Me never having surgery I was like that is cool and they walked out of the room....

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Pacemaker Healing After 2 Weeks

I am starting to feel better after getting my pacemaker 2 weeks from tomorrow. However, I'm guessing that since maybe the swelling is going down in that area, I can 'feel' the pacemaker now?? I didn't have the sensation of anything in my chest before, but now I do. I am finally able to sleep comfortably on my right side, but reading that some people had their pacemaker flip or move scares the heck out of me now!

Is this weird feeling just me getting used to it and the swelling go...

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It's almost time for surgery...BiVentricular

Me...almost 40, single working mom of 2 boys. 2000 I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. Meds worked for awhile. In 2003, I got a pacemaker, which put me in afib. They have never got me out of it. Anyways I have been going down hill for awhile, no energy, tired alot, and it's hard to even go for a walk. After work I am just tired, poor kids have to deal with me. My current EF is 25%. I am going to get a bi-ventricular pacemaker defibilator on Wed Sept 3. I have not been sleeping and I a...

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Did anyone have lumps in neck or arm after surgery

Hi. I'm new to the Pacemaker Club and very thankful to have found you. I had my pacemaker inserted August 14 after an ablation on the 13th apparently stunned my heart. I believe things happen for a reason, but I'm still sad about it all and a little scared. I have a question that I'm hoping someone can answer. Last week I developed chills and a fever. My doctor put me on antibiotics and my fever broke yesterday. I also noticed that my left arm was very swollen. My doctor gave me laxis fo...

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Pacemaker

Hi. I just had a pacemaker implanted 8 days ago. Totally unexpected and of course, totally scary to me. I am 47 years old. I was told my heart rate was slowing down a lot and getting pauses. Now after having the pacemaker, I feel like I'm constantly aware of every breath I take and always walking on eggshells. I got a couple quick pains in that area today and of course it freaked me out and had to call the doctor. I saw him yesterday and everything checked out fine. How long 'til I start...

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My Mother-In-Law is scared.

I'm wanting to ask quetions for my Mother In-Law. She needs a pacemaker right away. The doctor here, in Canada, have her on a waiting list for 2 years. We are wondering if there is somewhere, where she can go to get it done sooner.?

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new PM

Hi there, first - I would like to apologize because of my English - I hope that you will underestand me... I am from the Czech Republic (Europe), I am 22 years old. I had many (5) ablation of sinus node. Each ablation took a lot of hours (from 6 till 9 hours). First I had 2 normal (endocardial) ablation of SA node, then 1 endocardial and epicardial ablation of SA node too, then 1 surgical (thoracoscopical) ablation with take away the phrenicus nerve, because I had the nerve really very near the...

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Exhaustion

I received my ICD/pacemaker on July 22nd. The 1st week I felt pretty good, just a little discomfort at incision. As time goes on I feel more tired and draggy and am wondering at what point do I call the doctor and tell him about this. I have started walking 3 or 4 times a week for 30 minutes and am wondering if maybe I should back off some. In order to get my walk in I'm getting up a half hour earlier than I normally did but I'm also falling into bed earlier so I don't think it's a lack of sleep...

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husband has 3 leads and is in pain

My husband had his pacemaker/defibrillator about 2 weeks ago, and he still has radiating pain to his shoulder. My question is that does anyone know what he will feel if the pacemaker does anything, and also, what will he feel if the defirbrillator kicks in? He is still very sore, and really can't do much but sit around. Would like to talk to someone that has had this done. He has a refraction of 19 so he had to something, I hope the pacemaker makes him have more energy.

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Bumpy roads

Do I have to stay off hwy since construction about one hr worth, I am one wk post op. Can bumps loosen leads??

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pain

I am 6 wks post op for my PM. I am experiencing chest discomfort. The doctors can't find anything wrong. Is this part of the healing process? How long does it take to heal? My lower lead is placed wrong. Could this cause the pain? the doctors are leaving it up to me to have it removed or not, since I don't use it. They say its more serious to take it out than just leave it. Has this ever happpened to anyone? I use the PM top lead about 28% of the time. Also, I get very tired after min...

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Received PM yesterday

I received my PM yesterday. I came home today. So far I only feel a little pain in the area where the Pm is located. So far so good. I hope to get a good nights sleep with out being woke up for the nurse to check my blood pressure. she always came in just as I dozed off. I will write more later.

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