Most Recent Messages in Complications

Strange feelings

I'm a little over a year with my Medronics pacemaker for bradycardia. It's been fabulous once you get over the initial anxiety issues but recently I have been having strange experiences.
They only happen in the evening while trying to get to sleep and only when laying on one side ot the other. They give me an internal feeling like I'm flushing and feeling like I took a fast elevator ride down but they are inside of my chest area, no pain, no other sensations. They start in small spurts and...

Read More...

People These Days...

Hey guys, what's up? Alright, so I was reading about hackers trying to get inside our little high tech friends for our social security numbers, and I just thought, 'wow, we just haven't put up with enough so now people are going to make it worse.' For crying out loud, let's just see how much more suffering we have to go through.
But people don't care now a days, they are just so inconsiderate (not everyone, there are some halfway decent people out there :)). I told my mom about it and said...

Read More...

Anyone had fluid around the pacemaker?

My 21 month old son has inflamed tissue and fluid around his pacemaker. He has had it in since he was 2 months old. Although at 5 months it was moved to it's current location on his right side.

Has anyone had fluid around their pacemaker? Do you know what it was caused from? Was it infected? I don't believe his is infected because he hasn't had a fever or anything. Everything is fine, except he looks like he swallowed an orange whole!

I'd like to have more informa...

Read More...

stuart

Hi
I have been fully paced for the last four years , over the last six months the surface veins around the pace site in my chest have started to swell up and now the veins in my left arm are also increasing in size
I have had ultra sound checks for blood clots and nothing was found
Anybody out there got any ideas as to what might be the cause

Read More...

Abnormal Heart Sound

Hello! I just got a pacemaker implanted June 10, 2008 and all went well with the surgery. I am a 24 year old female in otherwise good health, with a dual-chamber Medtronic pacemaker implanted for extended periods of asystole occurring during episodes of vasovagal syncope.

I was just wondering if anyone with a dual-chamber pacemaker has experienced any abnormal heart sounds that have not been explained with testing (chest X-ray, echo, EKG, lab work, etc). I had all of this done and not...

Read More...

Pacemaker bulging out!

My son is 21 months. He has had his pacemaker since he was 2 months. At 5 months it was moved from his left side to his right to make room for a g-tube.

I noticed this winter that it was bulging out. But, now it is WAY out there. It looks like he has a tangerine under the skin. It has changed. I called this morning and now we have an appointment with a surgeon tomorrow afternoon. It doesn't seem to bother him. But it is really soft?

What do you think? And do y...

Read More...

welding

i know i am suppsed to stay 24 inches away from a welding machine,but does welding affect the pm.i dont weld at work any more,but want to weld at home on motorcycles,race cars,and hotrods.does anyone know how to detect the magnetic field from welding,that may affict the pm? we use high frequency some time in welding.it is considered a radio wave.will it affect my pm?are there any welders out there tat have a pm,and how they have adjusted to it? from the welder

Read More...

New finding

I'm 33 years old and on the 27th June last year i had a Medtronic ADDRO1 implanted with a drop down rate of 40bpm.(Neurocardio Syncope).Everything was fine until about six ago when i started to feel my heart pounding and didn't feel right.At the time i was at work so that sat me down and after a while took me to my GP.He did an ECG and everthing was okay. On my last visit to the cardiologist he noticed that my rate had reached 180 bpm on several occasions.He now wants me to come back in a month...

Read More...

symptoms??

I am wondering what are the signs or symptoms of an atrial lead dislodging? I have been raising my arm too early after surgery--about 4-5 weeks and just recently (8 weeks post-OP)
I am having pain in my atrium. Could I have dislodged a lead?
Does anybody know the signs/symptoms?
Thanks-
Lexi

Read More...

Digoxin

PM implanted 01/08. I take Digixin, among other medicines. I've had rapid, painful heartbeats. Last month, Walgreens sent a letter saying there was possibly a problem with the Digoxin. Some batches were double strength. There's no way to know if I had a bad batch or not. After wearing a Holter monitor, my doctor says I need a stronger medicine, Sotalol, to control my rapid beats. He doesn't think there a link between the Digoxin and the rapid beats. Does this mean the PM is not working? Any idea...

Read More...

Exercise and PM's

In December 2007 I had a catheter ablation to rid of some PVC's. I awoke to my doctor saying that there was a complication and that my AV node was ruined. Although the pacemaker is better than living life at 40 beats a minute, I am finding it extremely difficult to get back to my intense exercise. I am a cyclist, runner and do a number of cardio classes at the gym. My upper limit is set to the highest that it can be set for my PM. When I get near 130-140 bpm's I start having PVC's again. They so...

Read More...

blood pressure increase due to pacemaker settings?

Help! Just received a dual chamber pacemaker set DDDR. Have partial AV block. Before, worked out regularly but had slightly elevated blood pressure well controlled with small dose of Diovan. Now have very elevated blood pressurs not controlled by twice the dose. Now told to take a beta blocker. Installers of pacemaker (arrythmia assoc in nothern va) claim the device does not increase blood pressure, but the only change made was the addition of the pacemaker. Since have left bundle branch...

Read More...

Low blood pressure?

Ok, recently I have been very dizzy, and it used to only happen after I made sudden movements. My mom thought it was low blood pressure, but now I feel lightheaded, tired, and can't think straight. Anyone know what's up? I am scared to death of stairs, because I am always afraid I will fall. I don't think Mom is taking this very seriously, but if things get worse, she is going to have to belive me.

Hope all is well with everyone else, Sydney

Read More...

PFO

I was wondering if anyone here has a PFO? (patent foramen ovale). I recently found out that I have one and my doctor wants to do surgery to seal it. He said it increases my risk of stroke/heart attack. This is scary! Does anyone else have this or have had it corrected?

Read More...

Symptoms back

Hi,

I had my pacemaker implanted July 2005. It has since then removed most of my symptoms. In the last fornight I have started to feel the irratic hearbeats rythmes again and yesterday they returned like pre pacemaker days. iIwas very unwell. I have had a pacemaker checkup last week and am now wearing a halter monitor. Today has been as bad. I do not understand what is going on as they say my pacemaker is working perfectly! Anyone had similar or has any idea what may be hppenin...

Read More...

Help! muscle twiching

Hi all,

I am getting muscle twiching since night on my chest above PM area. It is so intense that it can be seen above clothes also. I have not lifted any heavy weight in last few days, only reason I see is sleeping in an awkward position. The twiching (around 100 bpm) is even faster than my HR. I wont be able to see doc for few days.

Can anyone please help me with the reason on twiching, i am worried about any damage to leads.

Thanks all!

Read More...

first pacemaker

Hello, my father has just had his first pacemaker fitted 4 weeks ago at the age of 76, all i know about it is its a 3 wire type and has a combined defribrillator, the problem is that he actually now feels worse, he has been back and had it adjusted but still feels worse than before he had it fitted, my question is, is this normal, are pacemakers complex to set up, his doctor has mentioned he may have to switcht it off, has anyone else experianced this kind of problem, our family are obviously ve...

Read More...

ICD Repositioning

Hi There - I wrote in several weeks ago about a problem with my defibrillator. As it turns out, it is not infected, but has come out of the subpectoral pocket and is pushing through and a point of it is quite clearly just under my skin. It is causing me a lot of pain and numbness in my arm. I went to see my EP and since it is not infected, her response to me was to "deal with it" until it is ready to be replaced in approx. a year or so. I was quite upset with this response and don't know wh...

Read More...

Under the Pectoral Muscle Placement

I am 74 years old and had to have a pacemaker put in in October 2007. I noticed that one edge of the pacemaker was protruding near my armpit around Decmber of 2007. When I finally saw my cardiologist in February of 2008 he advised that I see the surgeon who implanted the PM. On March 14,2008 the same surgeon said that it had shifted and he operated and placed it more towards the center of my body. It moved again and is still protruding. I am 5'2" and weigh 123 lbs and do not have much fat ti...

Read More...

Pacemaker help

Hi,
I am new here and wanted to know if anyone could help or maybe have some of the same problems...
I had my pacemaker put in 2006 and ever since then nothing but problems!

1.The device moved/shifted from my left shoulder to under my left armpitt. (one of the Dr said that the hematoma shifted it another said no it was just placed wrong)

2.It is unconfortable to move my arm...actually very painful to move it.

3.I feel like the pacemaker is rubbing ag...

Read More...

You know you're wired when...

You take technology to heart.

Member Quotes

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.