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New Pacemaker, done after ER visit, living in Ecuador!

I’ve posted on different subject from the drop down menu.  No one answered.  I’ve had arrhythmia my whole life.  Had my first out of four ablation when there were only 70 Electrophysiologists in the U.S.  I New a pacer was coming, but fought it off, because I didn’t want to live with maintainance for so many years!

went into ER because for the first time, my high HR wouldn’t, couldn’t be stopped! 130-150+ bpm.  I also dropped to 30b...

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Pacemaker syndrome

Hi there. I am 44 yrs old female. I have had my Pacemaker for almost a year and half. I had Sinus Bradycardia (low pulse for over 10yrs that i know of) as i have always been sporty so felt it was normal. and arrythmia prior to getting the Pm. I have a lead in my top right atrium and another in my bottom right ventrical. Mostly my top lead has been doing the work but recent check up showed my bottom lead in ventrical also working which is symbolising Progressive Pacemaker syndro...

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Lead Failing / Opinions on Options

Hi. I am a 22 yo female. I had my pacemaker put in when I was 5 years old. I started having issues this past year while excersising or doing strenuous activities. Went to the doc and got an x-ray because one of my leads was not doing anything. He found a “kink” in my lead which has caused it to rip in half. He has told me that I would have to have surgery to remove the lead and replace it. The surgery would have to be separated into two because of how my lead was placed. The first...

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severe itching after Pacemaker surgery

After my Mother's Pacemaker surgery in June of 2017.  She has had continuous and severe itching since the procedure. At first an itch around the incision it has covered her shoulders arms and scalp. A specialist she sees told her it looked like Scabies and she has been treated with Permethrin and one series of drugs afer another to relieve the itch. A dermatologist she was referred to at a clinic concurred the bumps did look like a scabies infestation. No one around her has been affe...

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no one understands me how i feel not even my DR

pacemaker since 07 im 37 years old , this past years i have gain weight and i notice that when i exercise light walks 30 minutes ..or so..i have a bad recovery time i feel like passing out i have to lay down on bed for at least 10 minutes until my heart slows down then i get back to normal.  also im getting check for dizziness mostly balance issue..im still going to my first dr visits for that issue ,,one neurologyst gave me plavix..then he retired and i have a new DR he tells me not to...

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Post pacemaker surgery, Severe gas and stomach pain

Hello Everyone, I am new to this group. My father aged 60 years had gone Pacemaker surgery before 2 months from now. 3 weeks post surgery he always has severe gas problem followed by stomach pain. He feels very discomfort, suffocated and tired. Unable to sleep in night. Often he pass night sitting on bed because of gas and discomfort he feels. Doctors are saying there is no problem with Pacemaker. It's working fine. Just have simple diet. We are providing him simple food and juices, but&n...

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Nerve or Muscle Damage?

Well, it has been a while since I've been on, or asked any questions specifically.  But, I'm still alive and able to ask, so why not go to the experts of experience!

December 21, 2016 I had my third ICD device installed.  The difference this time, was they had to do a lead extraction(damn Riata).  During extraction the wonder lead uncoiled in my heart like shrapnel and had to be taken out piece by piece over a ten hour period.  Doc said they had me arched bac...

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Swelling at pacemaker site

I've noticed some swelling at my pacemaker site and that I can feel my pacemaker a little more than before..I don't have any other symptoms of infection, I don't think.. I have had some other issues that I don't think are related such as breast pain (appt tomorrow), and neck and upper back pain (working on in physical therapy).. I have an appt today for a stress test but I'm wondering if I should go thru with it or ask to see my doctor instead to get him to check my pacema...

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Pacemaker Syndrome

I have a Medtronic dual lead sure scan pm. The VA hospital is where I go for all of my cardio stuff. I have been having a ton of problems and they are calling it pm syndrome. I am only 44 I have a level 3 av block or complete heart block and when just the ventricle is pacing I feel it every time. It feels like I felt everything I woke up from syncope. They have tried to reprogram it at least a dozen times and nothing works  

It has been so bad that I want to sign a DNR and have it...

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ENDOSCOPY AND PACEMAKERS

Hi all, I’ve been away for awhile and fortunately that means my generator replacement last year healed without complications and life went on.

today I have a question please.  I am scheduled for the dreaded colonoscopy and EGD  next month and because I have a pacemaker the GI doctor wants me to have it done in  the hospital setting and not in an outpatient center.  Any of you had a recent scope ( top and bottom) and if so what were your experiences?  Did t...

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Get short of breath and feel sick with some types of physical activity

Dear members, I’ve thought long before posting this and sorry for bothering you with this long text.    

I received my pacemaker (Biotronik Ecuro DR; setting: DDDR) in October 2014, just after my 60th birthday, for 2nd degree AV block; meanwhile this has developed into almost total heart block. I also have SSS and I’m am chronotropically incompetent, but otherwise healthy and with a normal LVEF (>55).  I was successfully ablated f...

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Left Chest Pains after implant

Hi... just had a Biv CRT/Defib implanted two days ago. This afternoon I started experiencing rather sharp pains in my left chest area, below and to the left of the incision, much more intense than I had been led to believe - tylenol will not fix these and percocet is not helping much.  

Called the after hours cardio guy who was no help.  He could not think of anything the device would do to cause that.  I mean, c'mon guy - it's related, whether it was ca...

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Atrial fibrillation

Pacemaker implant end of August 2017.

Check-up found atrial fibrillation-any connection

Also fluctuating blood pressure

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Tachycardic runs

Hey All,

I had my pacemaker implanted at 25 for severe bradycardia and Adams-Stokes syndrome. Over the past 2 months I've been getting runs of tachycardia which makes me feel awful. Tingling into my face, I feel it in my throat and my HR gets over 130. I know this isnt crazy high, but it makes me feel pretty shitty.

Has anyone experienced this?

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Infection Club

Had a device swap and lead revision on Jan 2nd (this year). On Jan 29th I had a stress test to see what the new unit was capable of and to see if they moved the atrial lead to a better location then before. Everything worked better than expected and I was on cloud 9 feeling better than ever.

Well, that didn't last long. Two days after the stress test my incision opened in the middle. I thought I popped a sub Q stitch so I used a steri strip to pull the incision together. A day...

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what would make a pacemaker stand up inside its pocket?

what would make a pacemaker stand up a good inch off her chest after surgry

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WHAT WILL EFFECT A PACER

WHAT EQUIPMENT COULD EFFECT THE SETTING IN YOUR PACER... IE COMPUTER,  CEIL PHONE ??

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shock

Hello, I just discovered this site when I started to research pacemakers in the hopes of getting an answer to a situation that occurred this morning.  My husband was "pushing snow" (I know, I know, but he found the key while I was sleeping and escaped) and he said he felt like a bolt of lightning hit him so hard he almost fell over. He stood there a minute and then he was all right. I am wondering if this was from the pacemaker/defibrilator. He is almost 81, and in 2016, went i...

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Twitching

Hi everyone, My husband received his first pacer at age 19 for type two heart block and nocternal bradycardia. His next generator change was in his late 20s, both were St. Jude. In July, he had another generator change at the age of 35. This was a Boston Scientific device. We went back multiple times to get the settings correct. This part is now resolved. However, about twice a day, he experiences muscle twitching at his site. He also has a sensation in his heart before the twitching&nbs...

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Pacemaker

Have a 3 lead Medtronic implanted November 10th.  Still having problems with being very weak and short of breath. Cannot build stamana. Appointment was met and adjustments were made to the pacemaker a month ago. No improvements that helped my problem. Another appointment was made and seen my cardiologist for the problems. Blood tests were good, chest X-ray was good and waiting on echocardiogram results. Anyone have this problem if so was improvements made?

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It may be the first time we've felt a normal heart rhythm in a long time, so of course it seems too fast and too strong.