Most Recent Messages in Complications

My whole world stopped

Hi everyone across the world.

I'm doing OK with my pacemaker friend, Gerry.

However, I experienced a very strange, for want of a better word, 'episode' today. 
I was watching TV. Got up to go to the kitchen to make a cup of tea. No warning. Everything stopped. I wasn’t dizzy, lightheaded or anything. Numbers came into my head. Very bright. I thought it must be the beginning of something serious. I stopped moving and truly thought I was on my way somewhe...

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CRT-D Extraction

Well they finally extracted the pacemaker and the leads after 5 infections to the site.  It wasn't plain sailing as people had suggested, it was a real adventure.

Sit down buckle up and break out the popcorn.

I suffer from depression and was in a Epworth Camberwell, mental health unit for a week to settle me down for the upcomming pacemaker extraction.  I was discharged from there only to go home into a house full of Covid.  I isolated as much as I could and was...

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Hello everyone!

Very refreshing to have such a civil and sincere bunch of like wired people with a common interest. I had a Biotronic 2 wire pacemaker put in just six weeks ago. I have type two heart block which caused several fainting spells caused by very low HR. So glad to have the PM which gives me the piece of mind that something is keeping my HR above 60 and it's doing that very well. So the low end is set to 60 and the high end at 130. I'm 75 and still in fairly good shape. My problem is not u...

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Pre-ERI issues?

Hello all, I've had a pacer for 28 years, different generators of course. I have been less than 3 months to ERI for a month now and over the last couple weeks I've felt completely fatigued, with chest pressure, and sob with activity. I have an interregion appointment tomorrow, because the at home checks show the pacer is fine, but I don't buy it. Guys I just don't feel right, has anything like this happened to anyone else?

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Some discomfort

Hi Everyone! I am 6 months post op with pacemaker insertion. I am still having mild discomfort. I was told it could take 6 months for the nerves to settle down. Scar looks good, no infection, or temp. It feels a bit itchy still and tender. I can feel the device which surprised me. When I move or lie on my side there are times can feel it. Its still achy. I have a high pain tolerance but this is a bit unsettling. Surprised I'm feeling discomfort still. Did anyone have this experience? My c...

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Medtronic Pacemaker vibrations

Is it possible my newly fully activated pacemaker vibrated at me in the middle of the night? It's been implanted for 2.5 months but only fully activated yesterday after my AV node ablation. 

It was monitored after the ablation and was working normally as it continues to do. 

Any advice appreciated. Thanks. 

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Finally some answers!

Hello,

Sorry for my absence on here, I am in the middle of A-Levels and have been very busy! I hope everyone is well and happy. 

So following from my last post about dilation... I managed to get in contact with my old team and they have said that,

"Looking back at your previous ECHO’s they do report a dilated aorta and left ventricle. Your aortic root is normal. The dilation in your aorta and left ventricle is to a certain degree expected in your conditi...

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Pacemaker Infection

Has anybody here had one? How did you feel? How did they find out? What did they do about it? How are you now?

I haven't been feeling well the last 2+ weeks and if it was the flu I thought I should be better by now. So help me out with your experiences.

Thank you, FG

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heated electrical vest

Hi all....heated vests have finally arrived in NZ...yes its taken a while...just checking in if they interfere with my 3 lead pacemaker at all..? There's a bit of different information out there..mine is a St Jude Pacemaker..thnks for any info..cheers Dave

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Misdiagnosed

In 2011 I was diagnosed with Brugada syndrome when I was 19 so a ICD was placed..long story short I was misdiagnosed and do not have anything wrong other than SVT that was fixed with an ablation in 2018. I just found out I now need to get my pacemaker & leads removed completely. Has anyone gone through a lead extraction? I am 31 years old & extremely nervous for this surgery as it is high risk and I have two little ones that need me so I'm quite nervous. 
 

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Blood clots

Had to go back to ER last week bp 205/133 chest xrays show blood clots in lungs Has anyone had this happen? Pacemaker has been in 4 weeks this thursday 

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Not sure if my pacemaker is working

May 1st I had a Medronics pacemaker installed that was CRT-P with AV node ablation. The Dr set my BPM window at 60-130. I have had chronic AFib for years and the drugs were no longer working at all so I opted for the pacemaker. I've been in AFib for 5-6 days at least and until today my resting HR has been in the low 60's as it is supposed to be. In fact, everything has been wonderful, haven't felt this good in years. Today I felt odd and checked my BP and HR and the HR was staying...

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Painful pectoral muscle by pacemaker site

I'm curious if anyone else has had pectoral muscle pain by their pacemaker implantation site? I am 2 1/2 years post-op implantation of my 2nd pacemaker, both on left side. This pacemaker was implanted by a different doctor than the 1st and he implanted it in a completely different site than the first, up high near my shoulder. My 1st was lower at the top of my breast. Also I had rotator cuff surgery on the same side about 3 months after the new pacemaker surgery. I am having constant...

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Dentist

Once again thanks Penguin for all your help. Will definitely contact Medtronic.

Can I ask does everyone have a Medronic thingy plugged into the mains next to their bed . I call mine The Watcher. It emits an eerie green glow and apparently sends information to my team. I just wondered if this was the norm.

B

Regards Y (I am not good on computers either but I try).

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dentist

Thank you docklock, Penguin and Tracy E for your quick replies.

It seems sonic scaling is o.k. I would ask my team but cannot get through to them on phone , always busy. I think maybe I will stick to hand scaling by my dentist as he is left handed and apparantly its awkward for him with the lead.

NHS so busy all the time its difficult to speak to anyone let alone ask for a letter to be sent but appreciate your replies. Its all so new at the moment and I am finding it difficult to...

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AV Node Ablation

Just had my 4th ablation.  this time an AV Node Ablation.   My heart rate has been going from the 80s up to 100 and down to 50.   No one seems to be particularly worried, except for me!!   Does anyone have an thoughts, information, etc.

Thanks.

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Lots

See response below on 5/4 - you're all so dear.  Thank you!

Greetings,

I'm new and had my dual lead Metronics Azure pacer implant in January.  Briefly, without taking into account so many factors, the hospital did everything they could to ensure I had an unnecessary pacemaker installed.  Yes - unncessary.  I did not want it. I wanted another opinion, and they were ridiculous.  Putting a patient with a significant loss of muscle tone on a tread...

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Anxiety about the pacemaker

Got my pacemaker implantation surgery done 12 days ago. Since then, I am always feeling anxious. I am 28 Year old. This thing is basically making me a mental patient. So many questions are going through my mind. After the implementation, I started to feel the problem which I used to feel before the surgery and rushed to the hospital. Doctor did an ECG test and said that my heart beat is high. It's around 120 and this is the reason I was getting the symptoms again. But the symptoms intensi...

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SOB, chest pain, lack of energy

New here, just had a pacemaker implanted about 8.5 weeks ago, I believe, due to right & left bundle branch blockages that were discovered during a cardiac ablation procedure.

Since having the pacemaker implanted, I now feel worse than I did before. I have chest pain frequently (I've been hospitalized for it once), I'm so short of breath that daily activities of living such as washing dishes, swapping laundry from the washer to the dryer or walking around our small neigh...

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Medicines

I just had pacemaker extraction! They upgraded my pacemaker to a defibulater. Now if I have any incidents, it will send a shock.  FIRST question, I'm on 2 new medicines that I've never taken before, a beta blocker called carvedil (COREG) for heart rhythm, the other spironolactone(ALDACTONE) a water pill for heart.  One of these two is making my tinnitus worse, very loud and thumping, also dry cough, stuffy nose, not sleeping well and when I awake, I'm...

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