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Pacemaker and side effects

Hi since i had a new pacemaker in Jan this year, i have been experiencing chronic back pain, it is destroying my quality of life, does anyone identify , if so would you please post a solution, if you can, regards Joseph.

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Burning and stinging in the area of the pacemaker

I had my medtronic pacemaker put in in 2017. About a month after it was put in it was turned off. I was actually feeling much worse after it was put in than before I had it. Went to two other cardiologists and did several tests after installation by the first cardiologist and was told I was miss diagnosed and didn't need a pacemaker so it was turned off. It's still there because removing it is called elective surgery by the insurance and company which means I would have to pay 45K. Th...

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Small Electrical Shocking where the leads are placed.

I know that this sounds crazy, but I am having a small electrical shocking feeling in my chest fairly close to where the two leads from my defibulator are located.  It doesnt hurt, but i can definitly feel it when it occurs.  Has anyone else had anything like this?  I know there are hundreds of reasons why this can't or shouldn't be occuring, but it is.  

So any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

 

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Pacemaker Misfiring Nightly

Hi everyone! 

I’m wondering if anyone else has experienced this...I received my 4th pacemaker implant in October 2022 & until about 3 weeks ago everything was going smoothly. (I’m 100% ventricular paced/90% atrial paced) Then I started waking up somewhere between 2 & 3 am with hard heartbeats and once they would start it lasts around 10 minutes but I can’t get back to sleep afterwards. At first I thought it was just my heart & I must have bee...

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Sore shoulders

Hello everyone,

 

I would like to inquire about a medical issue I have been experiencing. I received my implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) three years ago and have not had any significant problems until recently. Over the past few weeks, I have been experiencing a persistent, dull pain in my left shoulder and neck. I have researched online and found various possible causes, but I would appreciate any insights or experiences from others who may have encountered a sim...

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Abbott Avenir Atrial Leadless Pacemaker Implantation—dislodgement

Hi everyone, 

I had an Abbott Avenir Leadless pacemaker installed last week due to Sick Sinus Syndrome.  I chose that type over the leaded option due to the easier implantation and recovery time. The implantation went well--took less than 2 hours--but then became dislodged and moved to my pulmonary artery where, thank God, it was retrieved without issue.  So, I still have to get my SSS resolved but am hoping I can get more information to help determine my course of action...

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Update on Pacemaker Mediated Tachycardia

Hello Fellow Pacers,

I had previously posted about a report I received that indicated I experience an average of two episdoes of pacemaker mediated tachycardia daily. Since I had never heard of that term before, I asked for advice from this group. It was suggested that I contact my EP Clinic about getting my settings changed.

I had my clinic appointment yesterday and the tech adjusted the PVR from 225 to 325 and I had a positive retrograde test at 286 milliseconds. Hopefully this...

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Pulsing Feeling in Chest

Has anyone had the feeling of a intermittent pulsing feeling or that something is bouncing in your chest? It sometimes happens while just sitting or brushing my teeth, or walking sometimes. My pacemaker was inserted 4 weeks ago.

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Feel sick on slightly bumpy road

I've only had the atrial lead in my pacemaker for a week and in a car on a normal road I get a lump in my throat and mild nausea. On a bumpy road I feel very close to being sick with that nauseous feeling on the sides of the jaw and under the tongue as well as throat pressure.
The specialist says there are only two settings, and the other setting is for old people. I'm guessing that means they turn down the maximum rate from the current 130bpm to 100bpm....

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Endurance Heart causes collapsed lung

Hi everyone. I am new to this forum. On Wednesday I had a Medtronic Azure pacemaker implanted. I requested they place the pacemaker under my pectoral muscle so that it didn't interfere with swimming and also requested the pace me at 50 while resting and 170 for the high with an aggressive response rate (4 on the scale of 1 to 5) for running. My pre pacemaker healthy resting heart rate was 48 prior to dropping to the mid 30s. They also set my sleep heart rate to 40 between 10p and 5a.

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Syncope with a pace maker

Passed out last May and my heart stopped for 14 seconds. Was diagnosed with sick sinus.  Around the winter months of last year I started having syncope episodes again. I started tracking them in January and have had six episodes. All of them are between 7:43am and 12:01pm.  I no longer pass out but depending on the sererity of the episode it can take 30 minutes to recover.  My Cardiologist had me wear a monitor for two weeks and I had an episode, My blood pressure dropped to 89...

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Pacemaker muscle pain

I had my pacemaker put in 2019. I am having muscle pain in the left side where my pacemaker is. Some times it feels like just an ache. Sometimes are worse than others. But I bring it up with my cardiologist and it's just disregarded as muscle pain. But it gets painful and concerning. I can massage it and can help with the pain, but once I stop it hurts again. I've done nothing to extend or injure it, but does anyone else have pain in the muscle. Sometimes it will go to my arm and upni...

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Solar eclipse and pacemakers

Random question.. did anyone experience side effects or issues as a result of the solar eclipse today?

I am asking because I felt my pacemaker or heart racing for about 1 min. during the eclipse and found it super strange. 

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1st Post, significant problems

Hi guys,

I'm grateful to be here. 1st post. Got my PM installed on 14 March 2024 and have had a slew of problems and looking for advise:

Timeline:

- 1 March diagnosed with AV block. HR at night dropping down to 26 BPM (eek!)
-14 March 2024: Initial PM implant. 
-21 March: Wound check no problem. Felt great.  
-25 March: Lead falls out and is giving me muscle spasms in my diaphragm. No explanation as to why. I had been walking at my own pace with...

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Angiogram Results

My cardiac doctor ordered a heart CT Scan for me which I had on April 1, 2024, after the pacer clinic accidentally turned my 100% pacer off during my yearly screening causing cardiac arrest again, and could not restart my pacer.  Trip to the ER who restarted my paver.

 

Angiogram Results:

1. There is stable prominence of the ascending aorta measuring approximately 4.3 cm in diameter.

2. There is a 2.4 cm nodule in the right lobe of the thyroid. A dedicated th...

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Electrical shocking after Pacemaker Instal

Not sure who to talk on this.  But right after I got my 2 lead pacemaker installed, I started have these electrical charges start at the heart or right at the pacemker.  The charges goes across my body and then down to the bottom of my hips or all the way to my feet.  My fingers tingle and I have problems making my fingers move correctly or hold on to something in my hand.  I feel these electrics shocks many times an hour.  It is especially hard electrics shock w...

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Pacemaker Mediated Tachycardia

Hello,

I received a 17-page report on the status of my dual chamber Biotronik pacemaker for sinus node dysfunction for the period of early October to the present. Though the report is quite complex, a few things jumped out at me.  My atrium is pacing at 61% and my ventricle less than 1%. My settings are 50-110. My average heart rate is 68. I'm taking 12.5 mg of metropolol in the morning and 200 mg of acebutolol in the late afternoon.

I'm averaging 4 PVCs per hour and...

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Post ablation blood pressure

Hi! Got PM 5 years ago, have had flutter/AT since off and on. Yearly checks. 3 weeks ago I went to ER with 230+ bpm. Stayed 2 days, began Sotalol, doubled irbesartan and continued recent 5 amlodapine. Ablation scheduled 4/6. Then 2 weeks later bp shot up 178/104, sitting doing nothing. ER again, this time for observation and days later were able to do "successful  CS OS Focal Atrial Tachycardia ablation". 
Question: bp running significantly lower 2...

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High heart rate after implantation

Hello everyone!

I have been reading so many posts on this forum since I found out I would need an implant about three weeks ago for sick sinus syndrome. Implant was placed on March 4th. I have been recovering at home but have experienced some issues. Since the surgery my heart rate has been much higher than before the surgery. About 15 beats across the board higher for sleeping/sitting/standing/walking. I went back to the cardiologist yesterday and my heart rate was 115 sitting and my B...

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Palpitations post Covid

I came down with Covid the second week of February. Looking back, the first symptom was a fast heartrate. It felt so strange, I grabbed my little pulse/ox meter. O2 95, HR 100. I'm pacemaker dependent, so a resting HR of 100 gets my attention. It stayed elevated about a minute then went back to the set minimum of 70. The same thing happened 3-4 times over the next several hours.

I woke the next morning definitely feeling unwell, took a Covid test and was positive. I was given Paxlov...

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