Most Recent Messages in Complications

Pacemaker that is implanted in the heart? What is bothering you about it?

Were I not expected to become a pacemaker patient in the future too (according to my Dr. and family history at least) I would not be here shamelessly asking for help.

I am an older UC Irvine student, and I've chosen to direct my efforts towards a goal that also affects me personally. I am trying to find the faults in current pacemakers, and try to influence the either my school or the larger companies into improving their device based on the concerns and complaints of the end users...

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Pacemaker Induced Cardiomyopathy

Anyone have more info on this subject?

--Dave--

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Subclavian venous stenosis at the level of pacemaker leads

Has anyone experienced this?  Just got results (mentioned in subject) of a CT scan w/contrast which was done to determine cause of circulation problems in R arm (same side as PM).... arm swelling, aching, discoloration, pronounced vessels, etc.  Next step I'm told is to discuss with an "Interventional Radiologist" who would possibly go in and try to dilate vessel.  Really don't want to live like this, and don't know if it will get worse.  Being told i...

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Life after pace & ablate

I had the completion of a pace and ablate .  I will be seeing the EP as he said this procedure would make me better and it has made me worse at the time he said in 30 years he had on 2 that got worse.  I have been told at the A&E that I have left sided heart failure. How is this? I now feel sick most time and with severe shortness of breath would taking Digoxin help?

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Vascular thoracic outlet syndrome

I'm experiencing what I think is Vascular Thoracic Outlet Syndrome in my left arm, same side where my PM is located.  Appears to be a circulation problem vs. nerve impingement at this point anyway (swollen arm, some aching, weakness/fatigue especially with any use, very visible/raised blood vessels in areas (new/unlike other arm), discoloration (arm is different color than other).  My PM got replaced end of June with a larger one and this one has always bothered me (itching, occ...

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Question regarding increased pacing

I’m currently short of breath and read lots of the other forum posts about what it could be.  I’m 2 days out and have had several echos that showed no issues. Is it normal to be short of breath with a change from 70 to 80?

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My pacemaker

Hi I am in the UK.  Had my pacemaker fitted in September lasy year a medronic dual lead for bradycardia following two blackouts and my heart stopped for 3 seconds. I have felt horrid since with breathlessness easily and pain in my left breast at times. On my check up on Monday my cardiologist said all fine and pacing very little but he asked me to press my hands together in front of my chest and to press my left hand against his he then said the pacemaker went fuzzy and just said they wo...

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what are the symptoms of SVS?

I have had a Dual Chamber Pacemaker for 7 years.  I have recently been having Fullness, Pressure, & Redness of my Faace & Neck when I lean forward or pick up objects.  My doctor ordered a Chest CT Scan which was read as normal, but the symptoms persist.  Anyone had similar probablems with Pacemaker?

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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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