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Exertion problems and fatigue

Hi - very glad to find this site and just joined up.

had my first pacemaker implanted 12 years ago for SSS and a replacement in January 2017. After my second pacemaker was implanted I felt better but not as good as with the previous one. I just thought it was because I was older and had become quite unfit.

I have been riding my bike and walking a lot and taking the stairs in the last few months to improve fitness. For the last 4 to 6 months I’ve experienced light headed ness...

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1 year post-op discomfort

Hi all,

    I am currently on my 5th pacemaker and have had this one a little over a year. During surgery, my surgeon decided to go subpectoral and it looks good however I have been in pain every single day since surgery which was June of last year. In June of this year (2018), I got an x ray done to confirm that my rib had been pulled out of place during surgery--hence why I was still having unexplainable pain. We looked back at x-rays post surgery to confirm. Since we weren&...

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Postural Hypotension? Tapping?

I have a Medtronics dual chamber rate responsive, 3rd degree block (complete), also have CHF after valve replacement with complications. Placed 2 yrs ago, last few weeks I am having dizzy spells when standing or active and have had syncope twice near syncope within a few minutes of standing almost every time.  I was exercising a lot and slowed down a few months ago, so I did ask her to turn sensitivity up however, that should help not make it worse.  Sent in two transmissions s...

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Magnet Proximity Alarm

I've had various Medtronics devices since 2006. This is #5. I am 100% pacer dependent.

Recently the magnet proximity alarm has been going off. Nowhere near any magnet, large or small, no recorded incidents, etc.

Medtronics says it can only be a magnet, usually within 6 inches, that is sounding the alarm. None of the scenarios suggested apply - no new phone or electronics, not dressed (so no zippers or metals), and not even holding something when it happens.  Pacer cl...

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Contraindications

How "seriously" does one take any contraindication to any procedure?  Is the contraindication written in stone, and if violated, one is doomed? My reason for asking: I have the guys issue of BPH - I can't last more than 1.5 hours at night without a banos stop. Previous urologist proposed the "Prolieve" system to shrink the prostate. Previous urologist also poo-pooed these contraindications regarding use of the Prolieve system: "Presence of  implante...

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Is it a issue or normal ?

I am 40 years old and have been health my hole life no daily meds or any thing and working on average 60 hourrs a week . I went into the er felling faint thinking I was dehydrated . Turns out I have SSS sick sinus syndrome after every test in the book amd ended uo with a 2 lead pacemaker about 8 weeks ago . I felt good after surgery more energy than I have ever had in my life . After about 3 to 4 weeks I started to feel wore out all the time . I was getting small pains in my chest could relat...

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High bp

As I have stated I just had my PM put in 10/2, had to have a revision on 10/9 @the time of admission to the er on 10/8, they said I had high BP, I get this tight/ache feeling in my chest that will go into my neck that feels like a stiff neck. They put me on BP medication. Tonight I want doing anything and notice the feeling coming back and I checked my BP and it is again 142/101. Has anyone else had this happen?

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insomnia, vomiting dizzy spells very weak and tired all the time after pacemaker installation

I have been dealing with heart failure for a year now since Oct 2017.   I have had 2 previous open heart surgeries. a pig valve was installed in 1992 and than a mechanical heart valve was installed in 2009. I started having heart failure that started as a cold than recently at age 39.  I just got really sick here in Regina Saskatchewan Canada. It was deemed heart failure with my heart rate dropping to the 20's and 30's often. The Doctors decided to put in the first...

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Hiccups!

I had my PM on 10/2 then a revision on 10/9 due to a lead came loose. Now I'm having an occasional hiccup. I'm not a person who hiccups but I have had them.

Also on 10/8 when I was admitted to hospital, I had a high BP 150/121 they put me on BP meds, has anyone else had anything up with their BP. I've never had high BP before and I had a really bad headache. 

I'm just really nervous of a lead coming loose again. Even though they dont really know why it di...

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Leads

Hello all, can a perforation from a pacing lead cause pain, and it also goes to my neck. cardio says its to risky to extract the lead, i had the leads implanted 17 years ago, but the pain is every day now when lifting and pulling in my work, anyone else having this problem, 

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dislodged leads

Hi, I've posted here before about dislodged leads and a lead was pacing my diaphragm. I had a revision. I went for my 2 week checkup and the leads were dislodged again.  They turned off my device said they were 3 mos out for appointments. I decided to go to another ep and he scheduled me for removal of my biotronik ICD and just go with a pacemaker, no defibrillator in 2 weeks.  When I got to the hospital, infection had developed in the pocket. I had a TEE, and have an...

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New pacemaker

I had my device put in on 10/2 I'm home and tonight I noticed I feel like my chest is congested but there's no coughing or anything. As I was on the couch, I had my dog sitting next to me and thought she had hiccups, I could feel this twitching on my right side. So I figured it was her after moving it didn't appear again. I went to bed and I noticed it again, it wasn't painful just this twitching or fluttering feeling on my right side. Kinda freaks me out. I've been trying...

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Medtronic monitor

Just got pacemaker in Aug. Monitor has now lit up twice , weeks apart, in middle of the night. What to do when that happens? Couldn’t find answer on web. Couldn’t log into Carelink website. Materials I have were so inadequate for answers. Also, what if anything to do  re monitor if I go away for a few days? Somebody should have given me info before leaving hospital.

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Three tries... help!

I had my first device place May 25, 2018, when I went to leave the Boston Scientific rep said the lower leads were firing incorrectly. However, as it was Memorial Day weekend she stated no would come in and I should go. I did and promptly passed out. (Not my style) Back to the hospital I go only to have them release me again, with directions to call Doctor’s office on Tuesday. I left a message with “his nurse”. Afree waiting and waiting, I finally get someone to listen and g...

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Lead dislodgment

Just spent 3.5 hours in the ER my atrial lead is pulled and inappropriately shocking me. I just returned back to work (I'm a nurse) 3 weeks ago post op lead revision.  The MD is recommending leaving a dislodged lead in and turning down the rate and voltage so that it doesnt shock me.  I am having a hard time accepting leaving a lead in my heart that will be harder to remove years later.  If it's not working right why are they leaving it. They are also blaming it on my b...

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Altitude sickness

Last  week my adult son  decided to take a short drive .He just had his second pacemaker/ defibrillator  in Aug.  Living in Los Angeles the mountains aren't that far.  As he drove just past  the ski lifts,about 7,000 feet up ,he had trouble breathing, upset stomach,and pain from the left ear down to the heart. Made it down and home. He rested that night but was weak and still had the pain. The next morning I drove him to ER and he was admitted . After &n...

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Bulging pacemaker

Was wondering if anyone else is experiencing this if I lay flat on my back and I go to sit up I'm fine but if I'm laying on my side and not thinking I go to sit up my pacemaker bulges out into a big lump and it's painful so I try to remember if I'm laying on my side before sitting up to roll over onto my back  because if it does bulge because I accidentally set up from the position of laying on my side  if I laid back down side of my back and we'll go into place...

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pacemaker implant

It's been 7 months since my pacemaker implant , I am still experienceing  pain , it feels like something is pressing against my clavicle bone . I can not lay on my left side because it squishes & hurts ! Does anyone else feel the pressure on the clavicle ? It also hurts into my armpit & part of my breast ! 

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Pneumothorax post pacemaker insertion

Hi all 

I am 3 weeks post my ppm insertion. Totally unexpected as a result of sick sinus syndrome then complicated by pneumothorax and a lung surgery to reinflate  my lung.. so have had a pretty full on few weeks .. on the whole doing ok just slow healing where the chest drains were. Anyway as a newbie and  feeling a bit blahwith the complications.. trying to get my mojo back .. so decided to join this group 

 

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What manufacturer is best

My 67 yr old dad had a valve replacement 4 months ago and the surgery went great until he had HIT from the heparin which then triggered a stroke. After spending months recovering and learning to walk again he was finally starting to feel like he might get his life back. Then a week ago he had stage 3 heart block episode and had to have CPR administered and got a temp pacemaker. He is now scheduled for permanent pacemaker surgery on Tuesday. Although risks of pacemakers are low,...

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