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Angiogram, Arteries or not!

Happy New Year to everyone.

November 2017, I got my Pacemaker, two leads top and bottom right side.  It was an emergency at the time but I was told all was well now and sent home to figure it out.  Two hours into our trip back home I started feeling very strong thumps, kicks, whatever you want to call them.  Within first couple of months I told my Rheumatologist, a family friend that is emergency room doctor, my GP and the lovely lady at the Pacer Clinic about t...

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Growth problems around site

I’m just wondering if it is normal for the device to effect the growth of the Breasts, currently my right boob (free of device) is much bigger than the left. As I got my device at a very early age my surgeon was very kind to me and has put my device under my muscle just above my breast to keep it flat and hidden. As the device was placed when I was just reaching puberty my right boob always grew much faster and always has been bigger. I’m now 19 and I believe I have...

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Discomfort and ache

HI I am 42 years old female and am one year post PM impant after the first one was botched- lead displacement.\

ve had no issues whatsoever and I healed really well-to the point I did an epic cycling charity event in the Summer.

In Oct I started to develop discomfort around the site and noticd my scar had become keloid. I wasnt bothered about this cosmetically but the ache has really deteriorated and is getting me down I have been to my docs (3x) and the cardiologist who said...

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Post av node ablation

Two months post av procedure have had episodes of severe nausea and another of feeling faint to the point of collapsing on the table where I was sitting. Has this happened to anyone els?

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CRT-P Pacemaker

I'm having dyssyncrony between ventricles with a high QRS and a lowered ejection fraction (low 40%) with some mild/moderate dilation of both ventricles. EP feels it's caused by the dual lead PM I have (lead in atrium and RV) and he feels I need a CRT-P so heart function doesn't continue to deteriorate. I have been pacing in ventricles at over 90% since PM was installed 4/15.  What's everyone's experience with reduced heart function caused by a dual lead PM and the res...

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pacemaker irregularity

In the first two weeks the pacemaker worked fine.  This morning my heart rate shot up to 90 (it was set at 55) and since then  it has fluctuated between 80 and 55.  Is this an emergency or can I wait until I see the cardiologist tomorrow?y 

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Palpitations and insomnia

I've had my device for ten days and it seems to be working fine.  However, I have not had a good night's sleep since and at night I get low palpitations on the RIGHT side of my chest.  I can't see my cardiologist until January 10 and wondered if anyone had exeprienced either of these symptoms.

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re: manicures/pedicures

This may be a stupid question but...do I now have to be careful when getting a manicure/pedicure as far as being exposed to any bacteria that a person may be exposed to during a general manicure/pedicure?

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I cut my pacemaker scar by mistake

I feel fine and did this while shaving body hair of my skin this morning. It's just a tiny nic and I am just curious with other people's experience with this. Should I go see my doctor to get this checked out?

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St. Jude ICD Battery Leak and Corrosion Causing Severe Infection

I know there is a recall for the St Jude ICD related to battery power...  that's not what I need.

Does ANYONE know of anyone who had the battery leak into the heart causing a severe infection, or has it happened to you?  This happened to my Dad last October.....  he was rushed into surgery to have it removed.  The infection was so bad he couldn't have it replaced and he died last week.  The last year has been awful for him.  We promised him we would...

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Newbie

Hi.  I found your site and have been lurking.  I had a Pacemaker inserted on 11/9/18 after an Ablation for SVT. 

The story is long and unfortunate.

In 2015, I underwent an Ablation for SVT.  The procedure was easy and I was cured of SVT that had been going on since 2003 with increasing frequency.  In 2018, the SVT re-occured with a rapid rate of 260 and a wide QRS complex  The second time in SVT at 260 scared me (and my doctor).  I underwent a st...

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Daughter had pacemaker fitted yesterday

Daughter had pacemaker filled yesterday and came home from hospital the same day, but today she say her heart feels like it is racing., she worried is this normal?

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PM or PM wires protruding skin

I’ve had a PM for the past 22yrs with no issues or discomfort. In Feb 18 however, the PM started to move and eventually started pushing against the skin In the left region of my chest near the armpit. Had a procedure to shift it back in placebut then in Oct 18 a PM wire protruded the skin. The wire protruded from the site of an old PM surgery scar. Again had a reburrowing procedure to push the wire back under the skin.

Was advised by Dr that there is a 50%...

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Pacemaker Relocation

My replacement pacemaker was done in April of this year.  There has been much discomfort since then.  I never knew I had the first one.  The doc said he could relocate it under the muscle.  Has anyone ever had to have their's removed and relocated?  Was it more comfortable after that?

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PM and Left Ventricle Assist Device

Just gathering thoughts and info..................can these two items co-exist?

--Dave--

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Medical complication

Just got it 3 weeks ago. Instead of a one hour procedure, I stayed 6 days in the hospital.

The procedure went wrong: by introducing one of the two probes into the subclavian vein, it penetrated the pleura, causing a pneumothorax. It was necessary to transfer me urgently in pneumatology to introduce in the lung a probe in order to evacuate the air and the water which accumulated. The doc tried several times to bring this pipe into my ribcage (it had frozen me very superficially at t...

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Pacemaker Induced Cardiomyopathy??????

I had a dual lead PM placed 4/2015 for complete heart block with coronary sinus ventricle lead to avoid my surgically repaired tricuspid valve.  There was a dip in echocardiogram a few months later (7/15) in low 40% but the next 2 echos after that 2016 and 2017 showed normal ejection fraction (mid-high 50's). Coronary sinus lead appears to have lost capture sometime in late 2017 and a holter monitor in 9/2017 showed nearly 30% PVC burden. The next echo in 3/18 showed a 42% EF and PM...

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life

yesterday morning i delivered my husband to emerg for a sore foot. no bloodclots. thank god. he did go in to cardiac arrest. he was only dead a moment when he sat up pushed everything away and carried on. he was transferred to london on by his cardiologist in toronto so a bed was waiting. he had full sirens going the whole time to london as he was an unknown quantity. i have always thought that as well. anyway lets hope he can be repaired. i say repair as that's what it is .to be able to...

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Left arm and shoulder pain

I'm now 2 months out from my implant of a pacemaker and I've really started to notice a lot of pain in my shoulder and left arm. To the point it is a burning  pain. My left arm is often weak or not as strong as previously. When I ask my docs, they just tell me to take otc pain meds. I've also noticed that on really cold days, I ache more in my shoulder and site area. I have been in weather temps the last couple days of temps under 28 and the pain gets really bad and will ling...

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Mammography and oacemakers

In late 2013 I had a mammogram done in the facility where I have had most of my mammograms - the Tech was especially aggressive and when I cautioned her that I have a pacemaker her pat answer was “ mammograms do not interfere with pacemakers”. Starting in January of 2014 I began having pulsations in my left anterior chest wall intermittently.  However due to the fact that my pacemaker still had at least or over a “year of battery life left”. I was advised tha...

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