Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

Pacemaker to CRT-P Upgrade

I'll be getting an upgrade from a std dual lead pacemaker to a CRT-P in less than 2 weeks. EP believes my wide QRS (ventricle dyssyncrony) is causing a lowered ejection fraction. I have had 2 pacemakers in the same submucular pocket so this would be the 3rd device (I assume a larger one at that) in the same pocket. Aesthetically, previous EP did a great job with submuscular implant as there was no buldge at all after swelling went away and PM seated in pocket.

Couple of questions:

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Just Feeling Strange

I have had my pacemaker implanted 3 weeks ago for stage 3 block after passing out at work. I am a soon to be 65 year old male in pretty good physical condition. I found out that my pacemaker is pacing 93% of the time for my ventricles. My comment or question is "How long until you get used to this?" My heart just feels so different. Sometime it feels like butterflies in my chest and other times it sems to take my breath away. Is this mormal and if so, will I ever get accustomed to i...

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Pacemaker now fitted

Well, I had the pacemaker implanted last Wednesday.  It was not as straightforward as I had anticipated as the cardio could not get the wires into the correct position because of scar tissue from my previous ablations.  He nearly gave up at one point and through the fog of morphine and sedative, I heard him say he was going to try the other side.  But he did not need to in the end.  It took 2 1/2  hours and I was given a lot of morphine and sedative.  Later, I fe...

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New Pacemaker for Second Degree Heart Block - Type II

Hello:  Just to introduce myself.  I'm aged 62, and I had a pacemaker installed 2 days ago for a Heart Block which had caused dizziness for a number of years.  I live in Cheshire in the UK.  Have been reading posts on here for a couple of weeks to get me into the flow of my new life with a pacemaker.  I am very optimistic that this is the new me and want to feel positive about it. I go back to the hospital (Wythenshawe) in 3 weeks for a pacemaker check.&...

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New device

How long does it take for surgical site to heal? I am post surgery 3 weeks.   When I stand it seems gravity makes it hurt.  Is this normal?  Incision looks good no infection. Feel like I have a 3rd boob. Had some bleeding after surgery so there still is this lump of swelling. To me the device feels hot to touch or warm. 

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Recovery after surgery

Hello, I am new to this group but not new to having a pacemaker. I had my first one implanted when I was 6 months old. It stopped working when I was 5 years old. Since then I been in pretty good health. I have bradycardia which I have known all my life but that never stopped me from having a normal life. Just this past November I had a seizure for the first time. I had another seizure in December. Panic attack’s started happening in January so I know it was something serious. I...

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Pace-infected

Good afternoon every one,

my pace was inserted in 12/27/2018 and on 2/12/2019, I went to the ED because there was yellow discharge that was coming from my pace as been placed, and the doctor told it was an infection and now, they have removed it and give me a new pace. Anyone here ever had their pace infected. Or any one here, can give me encouragement words as for me my recovery was not easy. 

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Struggling with recovery

Hello everyone,

I’m kinda struggling with my recovery after having a pacemaker fitted January 31st.

Some background info for you. I have had blackouts on and off since I was 7, I’m 31 now, doctors had always chalked it up as just something I do. Following a bad blackout which put me in A&E with concussion doctors decided to run some tests and they discovered I had vasovagal syncope. They couldn’t work out a treatment plan for me but I was still havi...

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New pacemaker/AICD feeling hard strange beats

My husband (37y hx PTSD- fmr Military, RBBB, new HF disgnosis NICM of unknown origin- still having tests done) had a StJude PM/dual chamber ICD placed Monday for periods of low HR(low 30’s) and heart failure (36%RV 49%LV). He’s been having what feels like small shocks that he can feel that matches his HR and occasionally “hard beats that make me feel like I am going to pass out”. Has anyone experienced either of these and if so, what was it? Was the...

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Pacemaker implant

Hello everyone - just joined you.  I have had Paroxysmal AF for nearly 20 years.  I take medication have had five ablations.  In the last three years the episodes have become more frequent, but I could handle that if only the episodes were not so debilitating. 

In my particlular case the AF starts and from then on I dare not move, because my pulse will soar to frightening rates - 250 plus.  So I pretty much always go to hospital, where I feel safer and it usuall...

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Reasons for replacement

Hi!

I just want to ask if there are any other reasons for replacement besides low battery?

Thank you!

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Post ICD implant pain

I just had my first ICD put in a little over two weeks ago. In general I feel SO much better than I have in the past 2 1/2 years (diagnosis is heart failure) but I've got pain up at my collarbone where the leads are going into the carotid artery. I expected pain from the muslce trauma where they inplanted the ICD but not where the leads are. It feels tight there and like they're "pulling", even if I'm not moving around.  I'm a leg amputee and walk with fora...

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Settling in

I had my PM fitted 5 days ago so is there a settling period,Iam suffering anxiety which sometimes makes me feel lightheaded is this normal.Ihave this ongoing fear of leads dislodging and have had this fear ever since I was diagnosed and a PM  suggested.Doctors these days don't give out prescription for calm me downs they prefer a visit to the Phsycologist they don't work with me having suffered with anxiety etc for years.

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Extreme pain during surgery!!!

New to the forums and this is my first post!! I'm due to have some upcoming procedures that are normally done under local anesthesia and it's making me very anxious to relive what I went through with my pacemaker, while researching I came across the club here and thought I would share my experience and see if anyone had any advice.  

So my story goes something like this....

Endocarditis in August of 2017 caused me to have a tricuspid Valve replacement, during rep...

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Protruding pacemaker

Hello everybody! I just want to say thanks in advance for any insights you're willing to share. It's comforting to know there's a community out there.

So, I just had surgery to replace my pacemaker for the second time (this is my third pacemaker) 11 days ago. My concern is that my pacemaker isn't fitting into my pocket the same way the other ones did?! This new pacemaker is the same model and size of my last one, but instead of laying flat it's protrud...

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Improving Scarring

I had my third pacemaker implant surgery about a week ago. The first was when I was 2, again at and twelve and then now at 22. 

The past ten years I have worked very hard at healing my scar and not being affected by it. I got to a point where it didn’t bother or I hinder me in anyway, sometimes I even forgot it was there until someone asked me about it. But now I have a new scar and it’s bringing me back to how I felt at 13. My new pacemaker is also...

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New pace maker

I had my pacemaker implanted 3 days ago I'm quite anxious about it anyway but the pain around the wound seems to be getting better but I'm feeling breathless and have alot of intergestion has anyone else felt like this? 

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When will I feel improvement?

Had a loop recorder installed 8.5months ago after syncope and dizziness. It showed the bradychardia immediately, and over time heart block.Had bradychardia- down to 37 bpm at rest, and pauses (2.5-6 seconds). Had a PM installed 9 Jan 2019.

I've had CFS for years, and am hoping it was actually the bradychardia, and I'll feel better. I have been a bit less breathless (my breathlessness is usually at rest- when my HR falls), and am less tired after meals,  but am still ge...

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Pain

Had my PM surgery 10 days ago. The intermittent pain is getting to me. Mostly during the night, or after rising. I feel the PM all the time- either pressing, shoulder pain or a burning pain at the place of the PM. How long does this last?

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New Pacemaker

Hi just found out today that I need a pacemaker. New to the heart issues and feeling a little overwhelmed with this new chapter of my life. I am 61 years old and have never had any problems until Bradycardia was discovered in November. After all tests and an event monitor, Dr says Pacemaker 2/6/19. Just need a little info on what to expect. Thanks

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