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New recipent

Hello, any information on  Azure S Dr MRI just had it inplanted Dec 20th 2019. What to expect having a pacemaker. Everything is new to me.

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Moved

8 weeks after a PM inserted it feels like one corner worked its way out of the pocket somehow. I can feel the whole corner. Are they insert to move around? Does anyone else have this?

Thanks as always

-joe 

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Newbie Here with Questions

Hello everyone! 

On 12/30 I received my first PM. It is a Biotronik dual chamber PM. I am 39 years old and was diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome. The odd part is that mine was only when I slept. I have pretty bad OSA as well. During the day I had no pauses or bradycardia, but when I slept I would pause up to 8 seconds and my HR would drop really low. After they adjusted the pressure for my sleep apnea the pauses reduced to 4 seconds and under but it would happen nightly. As for th...

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Replacement Pacemaker after 3 months

Has anyone had to have a replacement Pacemaker put in after only three months?  

I had mine out put in late Oct - Dual Chamber- I went and saw the doctor today and my EF rate is at 35% and now they are recommending I get a biventricular pacemaker put in.  

Pretty big bummer as I am getting back to doing everything normal.  Also a nurse mentioned during my first surgery back in Oct, right before the procedure I should consider getting a biventricular p...

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Conundrum

Facing belly surgery to repair an incisional hernia on 7 Jan.  Last week had a PM check & battery life now projected at less than a month to 20 months.  RN from pacer clinic says  "No Sweat, you still have 20 months."  Interesting note is that it went from 1 month to less than 1 month in a month.  Hmmmm!  That sounds like a 60 day drop in 30 days.  Today went to Coumadin clinic.  RN takes my pulse on an automatic device & it sa...

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Pressure dressing after pm implant

Hi, I am not finding a good website to show me how to apply pressure dressing to my daughter's pacemaker incision sight. She just had it implanted Friday, 12/20/2019. I applied the 4X4 gauze pads and used 3m foam tape that the hospital provided. I am just concerned that it is not puting enough pressure on the site. It is going across her chest. I cannot put it under her left armpit because she had an incision there, as well. So it goes from one shoulder to the other shoulder. Any suggesti...

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Recalls

Does anyone know if there has been any recalls on the metronic pacemaker that was inplanted in 2017.

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Under muscle?

Hello I'm 40 and enjoy hiking kayaking and have 4 young kids. Getting a pacemaker in 2weeks. Will under the skin suffice or does anyone suggest under the muscle? My EP doesn't do under the muscle so I have to be put out and a surgeon does it. Seems more risky. Kind of rather have my EP do it but not sure if under muscle is worth it or not. 

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Left arm pain

Hi, I had my ICD implanted since July 3, 2019. I feel really good but when I move my left arm in a sudden or certain way, it literally takes my breath away with pain. Has anyone else experienced this issue? Has the pain in your arm lasted longer than six months? I was told it could last up to a year. I use my arms like normal, but now and then, it is horrible. My doctor says I don't need physical therapy. Any response would be helpful!!!

cheryl

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sleep apnea after PM

Has the PM improved anyones sleep that had been diagnosed previously with sleep apnea? I had my PM implanted just 2 days ago. My sleep seems a little better but first night I was still in the hospital which I hear noboby sleeps well in a hospital.

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Pacemaker neck discomfort.

It's been 4 weeks and a day since my pm surgery. Im moving around a bit more and have a green light for normal activity on Thurs. Ive had a slightly stiff neck on pm side going from collarbone to just under the jawline near the lymph nodes. Not really pain but just a slight discomfort. I left a message for my ep and waiting for call back tomorrow. I have to admit I really babied my arm during the last 4 weeks. Any thoughts or advise would be appreciated. Thanks!

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5 days post op chest pain

Hey all, thanks for being here!

I had a medtronic dual pacemaker placed 5 days ago.  Since then I have diffuse chest pain on any exertion, more on the right than the left.  I don’t feel any better as far as shortness of breath or fatigue than I did before.  Now add the chest pain and it is worse!  I have an annoying cough, my left boob is now bigger than the right and I am “burpy”. All new stuff 😕  I am set to 60 with adjustments for activ...

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Just come out fitting my.pacemaker 1 hour go

My pacemaker set to not let my heart drop  below 60 

But I do feel palpitations is this normal?

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Pacemaker. 3 days in

Had pacemaker tuesday. Soreness improving. Staples out Tuesday. Struggling to emotionally cope initially. Has anyone any tips on general recovery. 

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repositioning of ICD

I recently (3 weeks ago) had my first ICD implanted on the left side of my chest under muscle.  I'm a small person and know the doctor didn't have much room to fit in the ICD.  I feel like the ICD is pressing into my armpit and as a result have daily and what I feel is unnecessary pain in arm and shoulder.  I've lost the ability to reach my left hand across my body to touch my right upper arm and shoulder.  Walking vigorously irritates my arm and shoulder. ...

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Getting my device next week

Hey everyone! I was happy to find this club.  I am 43 years old and very fit.  In fact, it's my job to be fit and help others!  I have been working in the nutrition and fitness field for 20 years!  I was shocked to find out that my low heart rate was actually a problem - I just thought I had a super strong heart!  ha!  So much for that idea.  

I will be getting my device next week. I'm pretty nervous about it.  Mostly I am concerned w...

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soreness at implant site

I had my PM implanted on 10/31 under the skin, not under the muscle. I've been good about not raising my arm or lifting heavy items. The wound is healing nicely. However, it's still quite sore and painful to the touch. I guess like any surgery, it takes time but I've been reading that most people see pain going away after 2 weeks. 

What's the consensus out there, my fellow pacemaker wearers?

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Warm sensation

Hello, my dad has a pacemaker fitted last Thursday and he has been recovering well. Today, he said he felt a warm sensation internally from the pacemaker, he has been feeling okay all day but I think he was worrying a bit. I put my hand on the pacemaker but I did not feel much warmer then usual? He also has a device that reads his pacemaker and sends the information back to the cardiologist. Should I be worried or is this normal? 
 

Thanks!

 

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Sleep and Thumping Feeling

HI I am now 4 days post pacemaker implant. I have a couple questions. Does anyone know what is the best position to sleep in? I thought I read somewhere on your back. I'm struggling to get any sleep on my back. I am usually a Left side sleeper. I am wearing my sling only at bedtime as directed by my Dr. to remind me not to raise my arm above my shoulder level. 

Also, since just a couple hours out. I feel a thumping feeling in my chest. No pain with it just gets a nnoying after...

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History of pericarditis, can I still get a pacemaker?

My cardiologist office is closed until Monday for me to ask this, but I am wondering has anyone had a history of pericarditis and then got a pacemaker? Would I be more at risk for redeveloping pericarditis? I had pericarditis 11 years ago. I now have bradicardia and 5-10 second stops. I believe my cardiologist is leaning towards a pacemaker. I am worried that I could redevelop pericarditis after implantation. 

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