Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

Well, I’m in the Club Now

Hello everyone,

Today, I officially joined the club.

I am 33 and recently (in February 2022) started experiencing syncope episodes with asystole. I would wake up at night feeling hot and nauseous, and then would pass out. Didn't matter if I was standing, sitting, or lying down.

The docs diagnosed vasovagal syncope and implanted a loop recorder. We caught a 7-second pause once when the EMTs had me hooked up to ECG as I passed out. Then a couple months later the loop recor...

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PAIN

Hi

May i apply an icepack to the surgical wound

also, what is the approximate healing time

Thank you

TIMMY 2 TOES

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ablation

A friend just told me one of our friends had an Ablation done.  They went in by her neck.  Was wondering if any one has heard of that way.  Went to a major hospital. 

new to pace

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Intro

Hi, I'm new to the group.
I had a St Jude PM2272 ICD implanted on 2022/04/08.
It's been approximately 6 weeks and at times I feel almost like a itching burning sensation on the cut wound, should I be concerned or is it just part of the healing process?

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New to the club

Hello, 

I am new to the club and I guess just wanted to introduce myself and share a bit of my experience. I am 37 and I live in Ireland.

I had my pacemaker implanted on 13th April 2022. This was the outcome of 6 years of syncope seizures, 18 months with a loop recorder and finally a significant syncope episode. At this time my heart paused for 5 seconds. Upon admittence to hospital I was on a telemetry monitor for 3days, my heart was still showing dips and pauses at times. T...

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Waiting in ICU for them to put pacemaker in

Hi,

I'm scared about the surgery and recovery but so glad that I found this site on the day of my surgery. I'm a no symptom recipient. I feel like I've always felt. I'm not sure of the correct medical name for what I have. The non-medical description is that my heart rate was going down in the 30's and sometimes would 'drop out'. Mine is a duel chamber. I went to the ER with stroke symptoms. Got admitted and had head/neck MRIs to check my blood vessels....

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Replacement pacemaker choice

For all those using the NHS, I would just like to remind you that there is some choice. 

You can choose which make of  pacemaker to have within your physiological parameters and compatibility with your existing leads and what the hospital has in equipment.

For myself, I am listed (10th June)  for what I hope will be a super, Boston Scientific ( no groans, please!) which I hope will help with exercise initiation.   

My cardiologist...

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Transplant update

16 days after my heart transplant I shall be going home from hospital today. My temporary pacemaker wires have been removed.

At which point I will not really qualify for membership here and hope never to qualify again although that could always change.

 

This forum is incredibly useful and supportive and I can honestly say that living with wires for the last 4  years has been made so much easier for being here.

 

Thank you all. 

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Waiting for Pacemaker Procedure for SSS & Afib

My pacemaker procedure is 2 weeks from tomorrow. My BP & pulse are normal, but the fatigue, lightheadedness is getting pretty brutal. Now I also have serious anxiety so I am not sure if that compiling on to my symptoms is making it worse. My heart doc says if it gets unbearable then go to ER for emergency pacemaker procedure. Just wondering if anyone has had to deal with these symptoms while waiting and I surely don't want to wait to have a cardio event. Plus all sympto...

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Lead extraction/new PM surgery friday…looking for tips!

Hi everyone! Im new to the club, I've had my current device for almost 11 years and my lead is 17 years old. Im getting a replacement this week and going from one lead to two lead left bundle pacing because I developed wenkebach two years ago and my current system isn't working for it. Because I'm young it was suggested to get my old lead removed so I will be doing that as well. 
 

Those of you who have had laser lead extraction what can I expect for the proce...

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Cough

Hi all. . .  Another question for you.  I am 10 days post surgery and feeling so much better.  However a day ago I started with a cough coming from a tickle in my throat and mucous.  I do not feel sick but worried I could dislodge a lead.  Have any of you experienced this?  I do have allergies but they are in check.

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Swelling

Just had a new battery/generator replaced (not the wires). I have a lot of swelling to

my left side of chest and some redness. Its been 3 days since the surgery. Has anyone else had swelling after a battery replaced??

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Pacemaker

Hi. So, I have vasovagal syncope. Needles are very upsetting to me. My pulse goes down to 30 and then I have experienced a heart pause. The one they recorded on my tilt test was 3.2 seconds long. I am struggling with the recommendation for a pacemaker because I don't experience syncope episodes outside of triggers. I have not had the best time getting my questions answered by the doctor. I think I would feel better if I could understand WHY the recommendation was being made. 

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Sick Sinus Syndrome

Been dealing with fatigue and light headedness with onset of nausea, for several years. It comes & goes, some episodes last, days, weeks, months. All doctors and tests suggested allergies since they really couldn't pinpoint the cause. A month & a half ago I had a serious blood pressure drop, 80/50 pulse 40, nauseaus, really dizzy, and extreme fatigue. Went to cardio doc first time in 5 years, wore heart monitor and the diagnosis was Sick Sinus Syndrome & A-Fib. Waiting for pac...

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Update

I currently may have a temporary pacemaker and possibly a deactivated one. No idea on the status of the old wires. Will ask the transplant surgeon tomorrow. Had my transplant on Wednesday. Awake yesterday and talking. Sitting up in a seat all day. Apparently I'm doing well! 

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Pacemaker expectations post surgery

I am 7 days post surgery with Medtronic dual-chamber pacemaker.  Having issues with fatigue and dizziness when up doing most anything.  Seem to have to sleep a lot.  My post check-up isn't until next week.  Noticed I do not pace below 60 anymore, so appears to have taken care of Bradycardia but having issues with Tacs upon activity.  My diagnosis is Sinus Node Dysfunction.  Anyone else experience this upon recovery?  My expectations must be a little too...

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Backup pacemaker.

I don't have any idea about how pacemakers actually sense. I mean the mechanics that enable them to assess your required heart rate and proportion it to any increased physical demand.  I understand that it sense's through the leads and has an onboard computer but that's about it for now. I must research it a little more as nothing much is explained to you at first about it's potential in terms of adjustments related to lifestyle etc. As a layman l understand tha...

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Backup Pacemaker

Actually l am pretty unfit now as it's been 5 years since l was able to do anything in a gym. I don't have an enlarged or athletic heart and just suspect that l always had a problem with Bradycardia, but as l was so active the specialists always put it down to that, and so didn't take me seriously. Now that l don't get below 49/50 l do feel better than l did. The max HR of 115 just seemed to stop me being able to dig deep and give my exercise that extra push, but l could still...

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Backup pacemaker.

I think that by backup pacemaker they mean that it will only start pacing when my own heart isn't coping well, so it doesn't pace all the time. I am not sure if 50 bpm is still low considering that l am being treated for ectopic beats using beta blockers but l know from years of experience that l very rarely managed over 45 bpm at rest untreated, and when flat out exercising never got above 115 bpm but they put that down to being fit as l used to exercise a lot. I had my pacemaker fit...

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First implant.

Hello All,

Had my first implant of a backup pacemaker for long term Bradycardia which l had for around 15 years. Procedure went well and the physical healing is very good, but l still feel tired although l am pacing at 50 which is much better than the low 40's l was getting before. I had lots of symptomatic ectopic beats before being implanted and the idea was to get the heart rate up and then use beta blockers to control the ectopic beats which are still happening and actually seem...

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You know you're wired when...

You invested in the Energizer battery company.

Member Quotes

So, my advice is to go about your daily routine and forget that you have a pacemaker implanted in your body.