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Learning to Live with a PM

Learning to live with a pacemaker has been different for me to say the least. I initially contracted an infection where my pm was placed. Now that I'm passed that my shoulder is black and blue and the site of the pm is sensitve to the touch, should I be concerned? I'm also finding it very difficult to sleep. Some days I have good energy and other days I feel like my energy is just zapped. I have nureo cardiogenic vasalvega syncope. So does anyone have an opinion regarding my concerns? I'm...

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Has anyone ever had a cath test? The Doctor said I am heathy so he knows that my heart will look ok, but he would like to know what it looks like inside. I have no reason for rythmatic problems( I am very heathy and only 30). So he would like to see if maybe I have scaring in my heart...or a reason for my heart problem. But I am scared to have this done. I will take any information that anyone has...the risk or maybe any good news about it:) Thank you
amy29

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posr op discomfort

This is my first post as I only a month ago became a member of this elite group of people. Any thoughts on the possibility that the pm was placed in the wrong location, to close to the arm pit and in that muscle. A month later, I feel like the pm is resting in my arm pit, at least next to it. I can't cross my left arm across my chest. It is even uncomfortable to type on the computer in certain positions, need to be positioned toward the left. Everytime I use that muscle I feel it. Wearing a...

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NEED YOUR EXPERTISE

Hello,

I've been feeling better with the blood pressure medicine. However I have this tightening of my chest. It comes and goes and it's at the top of my chest right in the center. My neck and shoulder are so tense. My blood pressure is reading 120/80 and I've breathing okay. Can this be a sign for heart blockage and what should I do if it continues to get worse. I called my Doctor's office and he said it sounds like anxiety. Is there anyone who can write to me about this m...

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swelling in left arm

Hi y'all,
Has anyone ever had swelling and numbness down the left arm? This feels a lot like when I had the superior vena cava blockage, but this is only my left arm. Also, my pacemaker pocket has been opened 3 times in the last 5 years, and now where there used to be a bulge and I could feel the outline of the pacer, there is now a large indentation where the pacemaker used to be and the pacemaker can be felt way over to the side. Can it move? Thanks for any thoughts. Bambi

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Will my heartrate go back down?

Hello:
Before I needed a pacemaker my resting heartrate was 60. Then I went into double block - my heart would beat 70-80 to get to 45. Now I had my pacemaker installed 3 days ago and I've been staying in the 75-80 range. Will my rate go back down to 60 again?
Thanks.

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Can't Sleep

I just had my pacemaker installed 3 days ago and have been home for 2 days. I can't sleep. Anyone else have this problem? Does it go away? What causes it?

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PACE MAKER PROBLEMS

I have been having fluid built-up after insertion of my pace maker on Feb. 28th of this year...causing pain. The area has been drained once...and again, there is fluid built-up, I am schudeled for another eko...(have had this done every week).
The doctor obviously punctured the heart sac allowing blood in seep in...what would anyone of you advise...second opinion or?

Please help me with this...My life is not back, yet...To add insult to injury...when I went back to the hospital...

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Need advice, quick!

My 73 year old father was diagnosed with a 3rd degree blcok and had a pacemaker put in 4 days ago. He's now complaining the he feels "funny" - especially in his head. About a year ago, the doctors found an aneurysm in his frontal lobe. I was looking on the internet for information on how one feels - physically - after receiving a pacemaker and I am not finding anything that outlines his symptoms. I did, however, find an article outlining that there may be an increased risk of stroke after rec...

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Hi again!

Wow! I can't believe the kinks seem to be worked out with the posting problems I was having! I have been so impressed with the members on this site- your warmth, sincerity, and support you give one another. I had my first pacemaker implanted in 2001, following years of trying to control my a number of arrhythmias with medication, and 3 ablations. Two weeks following my implantation, I went to the emergency room with severe swelling of my neck and face. After determining that there was nothing...

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Here I go agian

Hi everyone:)
First of all love the updates on the Pacemaker club web page:)
Well I thought I was doing well but my pacemaker is now having times when it record my heart racing...then I start to feel sick when my heart rate goes to about 44 and it takes a few mins for my P.M. to kicks in. Anyone feel light headed and there head hurt before there P.M. kicks in? I just feel weird and my doc. wants to do this new cat scan test that takes photo faster then most scans.. Has anyone had this...

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pain after pacemaker surgery

On Dec. 1st, 06 i had a dual lead medtronic pacemaker put in. It works just fine as far as my heart is concerned, ( used to beat 30 to per min., now in 60's and 70's) problemis ever since the surgery my left upper chest to my shoulder has quite a bit of pain and my left arm has lost probably 75% usage. my heart doc said sometimes it takes awhile to get used to it, the second time i went to complain, he said the pacemaker is fine and i would need to see another doctor for the symptoms, even thoug...

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Unecessary Defibrillation

I have had my defibrillator for over two years with no problems. I had one shock within a month of the implant and my cardiologist raised the threshold slightly. No more problems until a group of VA doctors got a hold of me and made a lot of adjustments in the device two weeks ago. Last Thursday while cooking dinner the defibrillator decided to start going off and it proceeded to defibrillate me over 60 times in a matter of 35 minutes. The printout showed the only heart change was Atrial Fibrill...

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Sick sinus syndrome

My husband Stu has SSS he received a pacer in Jan 06 for bradycardia and now requires ablation for atrail flutter. He has been expereincing breathlessness and chest pain. The balation is set to take place on Wednesday. Are there others who have had similar expereience. Would love to know if and how they doing.
Regards Donna

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