Most Recent Messages in Complications

Broken lead

I went in for a pacemaker integration, found out that I have a broken lead. I had my pacemaker implant 7mo ago. I am very discouraged and scared. I will meet with cardiology on Friday, I don't know what to expect. Has anyone had this to happen. what did they do for this. I have a two lead pacemaker the top lead is either broke or detached. They turned the top lead off. And emeadily  I felt better. Been in and out of Afib for the last month. I hope someone who has experience this can...

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Palpitation

Hello all, I have a pacemaker implant Oct 19,2018. After a month and up to now I’m getting once in while some kind of palpitation or fluttering that will start from my epigastrium and travel all the way to my throat. It will last for less than a minute and feels like something is stuck in my throat.

I just wanted to know if any have experienced the same and how get rid of it.

 

thank you all and have a blessed day

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pericardial effusion

The day after my placement, 8 weeks ago, I began experiencing what felt like a gas bubble in my stomach.  Completely eliminated my appetite.  The following day, I was in the ER with what they diagnosed as GERD after a CT scan looking for a clot, which was not there.  They gave me Zantac and Prilosec to take.  Things got better and they got more painful, sort of back and forth, but not like the day I went to the ER.  This went on for 6 weeks. I kept in contact with my...

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Pregnancy

I’m six months pregnant, and I’ve had my PM since I was 3 years old. Obviously, it’s not very common for someone to have one of those at such a young age, but I’m 18 now, and six months pregnant. The first question I had for my doctor was about the complications that could arise with my PM. He just said he wasn’t concerned about it. Any ladies give birth with a PM? What’s the norm for us? 

Thanks!

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Constant Cough / Wheeze Since ICD Fitted?

It has now been six weeks since I had a dual chamber ICD fitted.

In that time, the dry cough / wheeze I've had seems to have gotten worse. It is particularly bad when I lay down at night to sleep, often taking me hours to drift off. 

My pacing rate has been set at 40, dropped from 50, after I originally had problems with a diaphragm twitch. Would turning the rate back up help improve matters?

Does anyone else suffer with similar symptoms? How did you fix the problem...

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Myxomas

Im a member but not the one who has the pacemaker, my girlfriend of seven years does. I was wondering if anyone has ever dealt with myxomas in the heart and can rellay any good info on them since this week will be the second time in two years my girlfriend will have to have open heart surgery to remove the myxoma from her left side of her heart. She was admitted in 2016 for open heart surgery when drs found three large myxomas growing in her heart, and just yesterday they found another. Can a...

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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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