Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

Getting Nervous

Hi all, hope you are all well.

Well tomorrow is implant day, and I have to say I'm really nervous. I have read so many posts on here, but I still feel anxious. I know that the PM will make me feel so much better, I have heart block, so faint at the weirdest of moments.

I will be logging on frequently over the next few days.

Talk to u soon

fiona

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Pacemaker

On 6/8/2007 I had to go to the emergency room due to sharp chest pains, at first i didn't want to go thinking it was gas!!! but pain was getting worse so i decided it was time for me to go to the hospital. As soon as I got into the emergency I had a heart attack!!! my heart stoped for 5 seconds (flatline) hr later second heart attack, heart stops for 6 seconds, minutes later third heart attack, this time stops for 8 seconds, I only woke up for the cardiologist to tell me I needed a pacemaker and...

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Defective Pacemaker

Just recently had to replace my pacemaker (model #5370) because of a "defect". The surgery this time took alot out of me - can't seem to get my energy level back and I'm unable to walk long distances. Has anyone experienced this? It might be that I'm expecting too much too soon. My surgery was just last week. Would appreciate any comments or advice you might have to offer. Thanks.

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What's recovery time/process like?

After 15 years of dealing with an idiopathic arrythmia I've arrived at the point where it's time for a pacemaker - bottom end of my heart rate is now going too low. I'm pretty cool with the whole idea, given that I figured out 15 years ago that I'd need one of these things eventually. I'm just glad the technology exists and that it works - thanks to all those who have done this before me! So I go for my implant sometime in August.

But being the active (and otherwise healthy) person t...

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I went. I'm done!

Just got my 6th pacemaker implanted. For all of you that have to go for generator failure surgery, I'm getting to be an "old hat" at it. Still it causes a bit of trepidation. Mine is now finished and it went great. This is my 6th in 32 years with a dual implanted 25 years ago. I still have the same old wires, too. So far, this was the easiest yet. They really have improved their methods of reimplantation over the years.
I have gotten alot of really great information on this site and...

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Hello again

Hi all, hope that you are all doing well. I posted on this site a few weeks back as i had just found out that I needed a PM, i know have my date which is July 30. I am starting to get quite nervous and I no realise that i am about to get one.

This site has been so much help to me. I think it will be very important over the next few weeks.

Well you will be seeing alot more of me in the next few weeks.

Fiona

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Implantation of Pacemaker


Hi,

I am Priyanshi Jain resident of Mumbai India. I am 9 year old Girl. I have been operated and a Pacemaker of st jude medical has been implanted near my heart on 12th July 2007 in Narayan Hrudayalay Bangalore Karnataka India.

I am a new member in your community.

Thanx and regards
Priyanshi Jain

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starting to feel better after 6 weeks.

I'm staring to feel better after getting my PM 6 weeks ago.When I felt like I was short of breath and had difficulty climbing stairs my cardiologist had me do a nuclear stress test. I lasted 50 seconds on the treadmill. The stress showed that there might be a "mild" blockage so the cardiologist wants me to do a catheterization. It is scheduled for the 17th of July (next tuesday). Afew days ago I played golf and felt pretty good.
I was able to take a 2 mile walk today and walked up the stair...

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My dad needs a pacemaker

My dad's heart beat is very low but he refused the pacemaker option. Last Monday and Tuesday he fell. He's 82 years old, should he go through the surgery or can he survived the surgery? Your response will be appreciated.

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Discomfort at site area

Hi Everyone,
well I am still fairly new to this group as I just got my pacer on June 27th. So far my recovery has gone smoothly, very little pain. However the past 2 days has been a little annoying. I have slight discomfort at the site of the implant, it feels as if there is a weight there. I know this is probably a normal reaction due to the fact that well technically there is a slight weight there. I am only 31 years old and would like to be as active as possible, but with that feeli...

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Pacemaker Replacement

Hi, I'm new. I am 31 yrs old and had 2 open heart surgeries due to congenital heart defects. One at 9 mos and other at 9 yrs old. I have been pacemaker dependent since I was a year old. I have had my current pacer for 18 years. Went to Dr.s last week and its time is apparently up. I am to go in next month for a pacer replacement. I am very unhappy though about the life span of the new pacers. Do I have a choice over what kind I can get? My current is a Guidant. I am not reading nice thing...

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Dizziness & Pacemaker Syndrome

Hi Folks!
I am from Indonesia and just got my PM on the 21th June. I have dual chamber Medtronis Sensia SEDR01.
Today my first day back to work (I am an Instrument Designer)

But even rarely I am still feeling dizziness and it comes on most when I walk little bit hurry.

Can anyone advise me? I also would like to know more about pacemaker syndrome.

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ICD Implant and still feeling pain!

Hi there. I had my ICD implanted June 14, 2007 (about 2 and half weeks ago), and I am still feeling pain. It isn't sharp shooting, but it is a constant pressure...almost like someone is pushing down on a bruise. In order to make it look cosmetically better they put mine lower, so not sure if that is why I am feeling the pain. I just wanted to see if other felt this way and for how long they felt it. Tylenol and not moving for a long period of time helps. Also, I notice it gets worse as the day g...

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Please wear the stupid sling!!!

I am having two leads fixed tomorrow, so please wear the sling, even if they tell you its okay to "use your arm' after one week. I really tried my best to follow the instructions of the people who supposedly know best, but now I am having my doubts. both my doctor and the nurse that checks the device after the first week said use your arm, live your life. maybe they should know what that entails. i took their advice and know now that after just two weeks, a lead had come out, of course no one wo...

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Blake?

Hey Blake,
Maybe I missed it, but I haven't seen a posting from you in a while telling us how you're getting along after the ablation. Did the heavy chest feeling get better? Was it successful surgery? As with all of us, you don't need to post if you prefer not, but zillions of us care about you and want to know how your "well-being" is doing. Take care, Cathryn

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Surgery

Hi i am having surgery on the 27th of this month and having a pacemaker fitted.
Does it hurt, can you feel them doing this??
Regards Daisy

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Type of pacemaker

Hi everyone, I've had questions about my type of pacemaker, and I think it's called a Medtronic Adapta and it has Rate-Drop Response, also it is dual-chamber, and I am at lower-limit of 60 bpm, so as soon as my heart tries to go to 59 it kicks in (I actually got to see/feel that happen on the monitor when I was at the hospital). The first night my heart dropped 22 times, and I'm sure it does that most nights. During the day I feel it kick in at least 5-6 times per day, and those are just the o...

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I'm back after surgery!!!

Hi all, I'm the 24-year old that had my PM implant surgery was last Friday morning June 8th and I am feeling great compared to before! I am sore of course kinda like some pulled muscles is what it feels like in my chest and shoulder on the left side. I guess that is normal. Having trouble laying down in bed too at night. I prop up with about 5 pillows under me and then an extra pillow under my left arm to prop it up. I have also been having trouble with my left breast.... sorry to be so blu...

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RECOVERY TIME

HI

I HAD POSTED A MESSAGE EARLIER STATING I HAD A PM IMPLANTED ON JUNE 24, 2007, SHOULD HAVE BEEN MAY 24, 2007. I AM HAVING A PROBLEM WITH RECOVERY. I STILL HAVE DAYS WHEN I DO NOT FEEL UP-TO-PAR. MY ENERGY LEVEL IS A LITTLE LOW. I HAVE BEEN TOLD TO BE PATIENT, IT MAY TAKE SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS. THE PM IS WORKING GREAT. I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH BRADYCARDIA. IT WAS QUITE A SHOCK. MY PULSE WAS BETWEEN 44-48.

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Life after having PM

Hi All,

Will PM really make you do the activites that you havnt done for a long time because of your heart problem? My girlfriend, is now unconscious because she experienced shortness of breathing yesterday resulting to heart attack i guess,.. The Doctor recommends that she needs to have a PM,.. She has a cardiomyopathy.. does anyone of you have the same condition as her before? does it true that PM will add another 10 yrs for you to live? I guess this one will depend on you right?...

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