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Pain in Chest/ back that moves, Shortness of Breath, Constant Nausea

Mom: Age 76

ACTIVE - worked two jobs prior to PM implant

On Feb 4th my mother had a PM put in. They somehow nicked the wall of her heart with a lead and she wound up bleeding internally until it was discovered.  At that time they inserted a drain to remove the effusion and she spent a week in the ICU.  She felt pretty good by the time she was released and went home- only to end up in the ER with extreme chest pain and shortness of breath. She checked herself out AMA (bad...

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Shocking Lead Testing

I had my 5th Medtronic PM generator implanted in Nov.2018. Every morning at 3:41am a test is run on one of my leads. I am not supposed to feel it however it shocks me awake and runs for 5+ minutes. This was reported immediately to my doctor. During an interrogation my the techs said this test was turned off. However every morning at 3:41am I am shocked awake. The tech assures me that this test was turned off. I have sent a video of my chest pulsing during this nightly event to...

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Infection

I recently went thru an awful experience and I am just putting this out there to hope that all with a pm or pm/defib or defib...will be more diligent than I was. I had a red spot develop on my chest to the left of my pm towards the bottom. It kinda hurt, I thought it was a spider bite, It never really went away, then started to bump up, go down, bump up. I went to my general physician, my cardiologist, my general physician, back to the cardiologist, then a 3rd time to the cardiologist and the...

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recovery

I had one installed on 3-1-19. Everthing going good until I woke up today, 3-10, with a "baseball" under my skin. Went to emergency, like I was told and they said to call my surgeon on Mon. It has me a little nervious.

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Pacemaker

Has any ever gotten pacemaker sendrome? 

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lead revision prior to valve replacement

Hello all!

My 75 year old very healthy dad had an emergency pacemaker put in on Dec 31, 2019 for bradycardia. He had just moved and did not have all his records prior to surgery. When the surgeon was in there he noticed that his atrial valve is badly damaged and at his 6 week follow-up said they had since received his records and the cardio team recommends a lead revision to go around the atrial valve and then 6 weeks later have a valve replacement. I was unable to be at this appointmen...

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Weird sensation

I had my PM put in in Oct. They released me to start running in January. Of course I had to start out slow. I get to increase about every 3 weeks I'm only up to a mile and half right now. In the process I've lost about 20lbs since my surgery, it feels like my PM is more evident and it feels like its moved or closer to my arm pit. When I wear my bra it feels like it constantly irritates it. Plus when I run it  is achy feeling and sometimes feels like it pulls. I dont know if...

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Defibrillator turned off

After several "inappropriate shocks" over the past several months - the two most recent ones while driving! - I am over the whole defibrillator experience.  I have had multiple issues with mutliple devices over the past 12 years.  Amazingly enough - almost despite the devices my EF has improved greatly - to the almost low normal range.  Now the anxiety about yet another inappropriate shock is a far greater issue than anything going on cardiac wise.  Just wonderin...

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auto mechanics does and donts ?

Im a auto mechanic,  any information.  can a impact gun vibration , affect a crt-d . or wheel balancers,  brake lathe,  tire machines i havent been able to find any information on line outher than warnings about emf fields  

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Scab on icd scar 2 years after surgery

I had my icd put in in 2016. The scar healed quickly. I rarely even think about it being there because it's under the muscle. But today I noticed a scab on my scar. I didn't hurt myself in any way to cause it. Of course Google says skin cancer. So I'm keeping an eye on it and if it doesn't heal fast I'll go to a dermatologist. But after lurking here for years I figured I'd ask here about it. Has anyone experienced anything similar? 

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Racing

Hey all - 

Got my PM put in subpec a little over two months ago. Lately (when I’m sitting or laying down), I have felt the pacemaker kick in, almost to the point where I feel like I could lunge across the room it kicks in so strongly. The other day, I was sitting eating and about fell out of my chair it kicked in so hard, and was close to passing out. Has this happened to anyone? 

Yesterday, the area was also very swollen. It’s down today, but my left si...

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Plastic left inside?

Hi, I had a pm fitted 4 weeks ago. I’ve been aware of two little bumps - one on the scar and one about 2cm along from the end of the scar. Until today I’d been a little squeamish about exploring them.

If I move the skin around the further-out bump it stays static, it looks pointy and thin, poking it moves the scar. The bump on the scar is similar.

They feel like thin plastic (about 1mm diameter) rods. They are very close to the surface, like they could rupture through....

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Numbness in the left arm

Hello there

I have just joined the group

Even though I don't have apacemaker as such I was implanted with a medteMedtREVEAL link heart monitor six weeks ago and have weakness and numbness iny left arm

Being a pianist this. Is causing me alot of trouble

Does anyone have anything similar or perhaps the same. Implant as me

Many thanks

Happy pianist

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Welding

I was wondering a job opportunity showed up in my town on the water dept that would take some training but might include welding at some points is it only certain types of welding that are banned I want too a different job so bad but not sure if it’s possible 

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tachycardia

Just my $0.02 worth of info: Before becoming a PM dependent, A-V node ablated dude, I had this experience: First 3 atrial ablations - by TCAI -  failed. 4th try in June 2011 appeared sucessful.  7 months later, I developed a NSR 125 bpm heart rate. Contacting my EP @ TCAI resulted in a return phone call by his nurse asking, "How do you feel?"  I felt OK, but I knew things weren't right. EP and his companion Doc from St. David's Healthcare made no real effort t...

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Golfing

 Does playing golf cause problems with the leads?

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Medtronic recall

Has anyone on here been affected by latest Medtronic recall?  Concerns programming error 

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Help

I'm so confused.

Just had an echo cardiogram done today, during which the tech asked if I had been told I had afib. Which was one thing I didn't have. Test was done and I was asked to have a seat. Few moments later a cardiologist came to speak to me. The Dr told me that my atrium is not pumping correctly and at times- not at all. That my heart, my history and this is very complicated but get was going to call my Drs and I'd hopefully hear from them tomorrow or Monday. But no...

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his bundle pacing

Can anyone explain what Ventricular undersensing means.How is it recognized and what are the effects of it on PM function. Medtronic wev site says that vent.undersensing may be an issue of His Bundle Pacing

Do any other members have HB pacing ? Any experience with the techs looking for different issues etc on the interrogations?

Thanks for any insight anybody may have.

 

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Waking up

I've had my pm since 2009. I only use it early mornings when my heart takes long pauses ..lately I've been wakmg up 230 330 am with my heart racing ( not sure if pacer is slowing down at that point)  This is happening more and more now.  Does anyone else experience this issue?  My last pacer check was in the summer . They said I have another 5 yrs of battery left.  I'm wondering if its either slowing my racing heart or perhaps malfunctioning?

I did have a...

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