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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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Physical work

What is your experience with hard/physical labor jobs that have a lot of arm movement and lifting heavy objects? Does this cause pain/swelling over the site or problems with leads detaching? I'm worried that it will affect my job, my E.P said it's all good but I struggle with swelling and some discomfort after a long day and I haven't even started working yet... 

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Pacemaker lowered in pocket

Hi

I got my 6th (I think 🤣) pacemaker in October. 
come February (about 4 months after device change) the same leads were used. I noticed that my pacemaker has gotten lower (maybe an inch or a bit more) I can also see the outline of one of the leads from under my skin near the scar (which wasn't visible prior)

this has never happened with any of my other devices.

this last device change the doctor said one of the leads had damage to the insulatio...

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Swelling over site

I got my pacemaker in June 2022 at 16, and ever since I have swelling over the pacemaker site at the end of most days that leads to slight numbness in my arm and discomfort. Does anyone else have a common experience and is this normal? I'm studying as a chef and I'm worried it's going to influence my work in the future. Any help is appreciated! 

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Tricuspid Valve repair

Has anyone had their tricuspid valve repaired or kinow of any Centers of Excellence that does this repair?

Tony

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Low pulse

I had a new pacemaker in November 2022. My nightime resting pulse (rhrough my ear) is 39, although pacemaker is set to 60. With my old pacemaker the same pulse was a rock-steady 60. I feel fine. Should I  be concerned?

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Lead Replacement - Tricuspid Regurgitation

My old Paemaker and leads were removed and two new leads installed 2/6/24. During lead removal, the lead broke and they had difficulty getting it out. During the process,  the Tricuspid valve was damaged and I am experiencing extreme fatigue and dizziness. They wanted  me on lasix, but my blood pressure is low and I don't want to risk of it going even lower. I want to seek immediate repair and meeting with cardiologist tomorrow. Does anyone have a recpmmendation as to the m...

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Pocket hematoma

Had a pacemaker and defibrillator put in a week ago Monday and now have a computer mouse sized bulge in the site of the implant; seems to be getting slightly larger Called Dr office but little information   Anyone had this problem?? And what happened???

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HOT TUBS

In the morning my wife and I like to go outside and have our coffee in the hot tub. This morning after sitting in the tub for about 30 minutes I felt a tingle or spasm where the pacer is at. So I got out of the tub, my heart rate was 106 bpm. The tub is set at 102 degrees. I have an appointment for a device check tomorrow. But my wife wanted me to post a message to the group.

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Dizziness ?

Please could anyone advise if when straightening up from bending they feel quite disoriented. My husband has pm too and feels the same. 
 

Bent to look at something on a very low shelf today, stood up and too scared to move. Tried to walk four steps to chair and fell on coffee table. 
 

Most odd feeling 

Di

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