Most Recent Messages in Surgery & Recovery

PVC's are back

Had my PM implanted 12/12,beta blockers for my pvc's cause low heart rate so PM is to keep it normal.Within the last few days my pvc's have returned,not sure if its PM related or from the meds.Any other have a similar problem?

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3 more days...

Welp... After 10 years with my first pacemaker and set of leads (Type 2 Second-degree AV block) its time for Round Two! With two months of battery life left and 1 fully fractured lead and the other only half working January 7th is the day! Going in for lead extraction, new leads, and new device. During my first surgery in 2009 the device was placed Subpectoral (most likely due to my young age at the time) But that has now been shown to possibly have caused complications (s...

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Pacemaker

Hi I'm due to have a pacemaker fitted soon,what I want to know how long does it take to fully recover and get back to duties such as making my bed changing sheets,reaching above my head with my left arm as that is the side the pacemaker will be fitted,cooking meals washing up doing the washing and hanging out.As you can see I live alone,I'm scared of the wires coming adrift which would mean a trip back to hospital.I've tried to get this info  but am being told the doctor...

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Re: energy level

I just had a pacemaker put in on 12/13/18. I have intermittent heart block. I  was wearing a Holter monitor because I was feeling lightheaded and the Holter picked up a 10 second pause while I was sleeping. The cardiologist I went to said he wasn’t concerned because it happened when I was sleeping. I then wore a Zio patch for a month and nothing happened. I was away one weekend and went to an art show and felt like I was going to pass out. I got nervous called my doctor a...

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Advice Please

Hi there! I am 16 and having my pacemaker placed in late January /early Feb just wondering what I should expect after surgery and recovery? I am also travelling overseas (I live in Australia and am going to Singapore) in July, anything I should be aware of in regards to traveling with a pacemaker? Thanks you in advance 😁

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Recent first Pacemaker

Hi all,

Im 34 yrs old and had a dual chamber PM put in on 03/12/2018. Aside from the incision weeping and taking a little time to heal, recovery has been okay. However, just these last few days i have started to get twinges and pains in my chest and im wondering if thats normal and just all part of the healing and bedding in process. 

I literally have just started to get random sharp pains every now and again when i breath in or sometimes it can happen if i swallow norma...

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New to this site and very thankful for all the comments

I just got my pacemaker on Monday 12-17-2018. For AV block and occasional Complete heart block. So far I have been having PVC's plus fast and slow heart rates. I'm trying to be patient for it to settle down. I talked to my EP specialist yesterday and she thinks it is just the settling in phase and it should get adjusted over the next week. I'm very happy I found this site it has been very helpful.

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Feeling faint

Thanks all for the support

sought advice from cardiologist, further tests - it appears that I fluctuate between  brachycardia and tachycardia, pacemaker has resolved heart block and low heart rate, now also looking at either beta blockers or ablation to manage tachycardia.

 

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Dual Chamber Pacemaker

I have been around this site for awhile looking at different subjects. Just had a dual chamber fitted for sinus node dysfunction felling ok now just a little sore. PM set to 60BPM actually feel pretty good came in with heart rate around 34 to 37. Everyting staying around 59 to 60 BPM no lighheadedness yet. Excited to get rid of those lightheaded, fatigue and over all related symptoms. Will keep the club updated on my recovery. Hope i can keep this positive attidude moving forward.

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Feeling faint

Hi

i had my 2 lead pacemaker fitted 2 days ago , a history of fainting and heart block identified at last faint.

today I have been feeling very faint, blood pressure elevated, when feeling faint I no longer become unconscious but am lightheaded, unsteady, palpitations, pale and sweaty.

is this normal after having a pacemaker and do the symptoms resolve with time?

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Healing post pm

l have been scanning through all the posts l could find in regards to healing/swelling post pm. It has been just on two weeks post biventricular pm. I have had the pm inserted into muscle rather than just under skin, hoping to return to CrossFit when able to do so. Doctor hasn’t said no but hasn’t commented at all on the subject so I’ll take that as an eventual yes. I’m guessing swelling and healing is generally slightly longer if in muscles than under skin (taking int...

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Post-Op

Had a CRT-D placed October 2, 2018. 9 weeks out now. I still have some soreness around device area. After waking up in moenings the area is sore and tight, is this normal? What should be the total recovery time until the soreness subsides? TIA

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Death & pacemakers

question when we die is their anyway too donate it to someone who may not be able to afford or something 

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Tightness in chest after drinking/eating

Hello everyone! Today marks 1 week since my implantation. My new lil friend andI are still in the getting to know phase.

Wondering if anyone has experienced this before, everytime I eat even a spoonfull ortake a sip of water, I get this moving tight feelibg in the middle of my chest. Like air moving, andcan be quite painful.  If anyone has, what did you do toget relief? Or does it eventually go away as recovery continues?

Thank yiu!

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Dec 5th is the big day

Hi All,

After a failed surgery in June, lots of doctor trips and a second opinion from Cleveland Clinic, a new solution is going to be attempted in two days time.

Three teams of surgeons will attempt removing my two SVC leads that are dying via laser lead removal and then insert 3 more with a new CRT-P.  I have SVC blockage and the dual chamber I currently have is not doing the job correctly since my ventricles after 26 years of pacing, are beating out of time and my eje...

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Still tired

I had my pacemaker surgery done exactly 5 weeks ago today. I have Sick Sinus Syndrome. I had 4 instances of syncope in which my heart stopped beating completely for 30 seconds, with the final two instances being a minute each.  I am a 73 year old female. My question is: Should I still be feeling tired so much? When I wake up, I feel great. After about 3 hours, I have to lie down. If I do anything more than just moderate activity, I have to lie down for about 30 minutes. After the rest, I...

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Can I recover at home alone?

Hello All,

   I will have an icd implanted in about a week or so. I live alone and want to know how much help and " babysitting" I will need.How long will I need them? I have some options, some family, some friends...should I research home health aid,? does insurance cover that? I am new to living alone, this would be a downside of separation. I'm sure I can figure this out, I just need information as to what to expect.

I am projecting into the future but I...

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Band/ClozeX

My son brought up the subject of  "The Band" No,not this one:

ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EisXJSsULGM h

The Band he was speaking of was in regards to closing a wound without sutures:

https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/clozex-wound-closure-device/

Anyone have info?

I'll have to quiz my EP about how he closed the wound with the PM change yesterday.

--Dave-- 

 

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Beating fast

Is it normal to be able to feel your pacemaker working , I can feel the pulsing and it beating really fast nearly all the time only time I don’t is when I manage to drop off to sleep . It was recently changed Tuesday ? And put back to the same settings as before why would it feel different I can’t Remember it being like this when it was originally put in it doesn’t feel nice really strange feeling . Also I haven’t had full feeling back in my arm yet Almost a numb weak...

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Moving pacemaker from under skin to under muscle

I had my first pacemaker implanted in 2014. It was placed just under the skin. My pacemaker had always been sticking really far out of my chest to the point where I can see almost the whole device. It shifts a lot, which is painful. It stings when I move my arm in the wrong way, My bra straps make it super uncomfortable because of how far out it is the straps rub against it, as well as tank tops, even seatbelts cause issues for me. I went for a pm check yesterday. And they...

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