Most Recent Messages in Complications

Not a good start

Overnight last Thursday I went from no health issues to no beats for 7 secs about every 20 minutes. I was fitted with a PM Friday and sent home Saturday. 3 hours at home and I fainted and my pulse was down to 24. I must admit I was terrified and it was made more difficult because I had never thought to review how my new phone can dial 911.

I did not realise how difficult it is to even remember the 3 numbers when you are lying on the floor. It turned out a lead had moved and by Wednesday...

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My CRT-D went straight to EOL and skipped ERI completely

I wrestled with whether or not to post this, not wanting to frighten any newbies so I took the post down until I got more information.  Please keep in mind this is very, very rare. 

In April, the interrogation showed I had 7 months battery life left on my CRT-D.  2 months later in June, my device starting beeping every 6 hours (a red flag but who knew).  I went in to my Cardio's office and my nurse interrogated my device and it revealed I have < 3 months left...

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My Pacemaker/Defibrillators Song

I've been experienceing my body having weakness throughout, and joint pain.

I heard a noise coming from my chest area and thought it was coming from my fitbit watch, unfortunately for me I ignored it for over a three week period.

I took my watch off last night to charge it and this morning I heard the same sound, my watch was in another room on the opposite side of the house. This time there was no doubt that that my pacemaker/defbrillator was making the warning sound.

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Left ventricle pacing

Hi.. My LV ejection fraction is 20% and RV is in normal range, is there any pacemaker for LV pacing only? Some doctors are recommending me CRT-D but some are saying that it will not help to improve LV specifically. 

Please guide me which pacemaker would be better for me, waiting for your opinions. Thanks

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Contraindications

Seems to me, some Docs are just wanting to perform "procedures."  For me, a urologist I began seeing wants to do the Prolieve System to address my BPH.  Reading the Prolieve brochure, the procedure is contraindicated for those with an implanted pacemaker along with coagulation issues (that's me! - LAC & APS). My Medtronic  User Guide also stresses to avoid Diathermy treatment andTransurethral needle ablation. As usual, the contraindications are never addressed...

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Pretty in Pink

as usual, my titles are somewhat misleading, but the pretty in cyan didn't sound as good.

I'm starting to become one of those annoying patients for my poor medical team. Frequent messages to and fro, whimpering, whining, complaining. This weak has been particularly difficult for them and I may just be pushing my luck. Hate to have them dump me after all these years. You know how difficult it is to properly train doctors, they aren't the brightest, and speak a foreign la...

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Popping and twitching in sternum

All, I had my PM placed this week and have found that when I bend over I get a rapid popping sensation and I can see a visible twitching in my chest just under my sternum. This lasts a number of seconds prior to subsiding. Is this normal? Should I wait for my next interrogation to address this or should I get an appointment sooner? Thanks!

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Still suffering pain and can’t raise my arm up

Hi, was just wondering if anyone else has this issue.....its only 2 weeks tomorrow since I got my 2nd pacemaker implanted but it’s still sore when I’m lying in bed and when I turn on my right side it’s like someone pulling down on my pacemaker,,,, also can’t raise my left arm fully , is this normal ?

 

 

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Swelling at front of armpit

Ok I am almost 1 year post op from getting my PM fitted. About 3 days ago I noticed some swelling in the front of my arm pit where I swelled from surgery along with the swelling was some tenderness but the tenderness went away so I thought nothing of it but today the swelling seems to have gotten worse also my PM rotated and is migrating close to my collar bone. Anyone have any advice? Should I have my doc look at it or am I just being to cautious 

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hi people

i everybody.thankes blake for everything

can someone tell me ehat is the profesaional of blake?he is a cardiologist?

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Re Surgery

Hi I had my defibulator fitted six days ago under sedation and local anaesthetic I just wanted to know if anyone felt any pain we hen having this done especially females two things happened to me one was I had two lots of sedation but didn't feel that I had any and two I could feel some of the surgery when I told the cardiologist she apologized and said that the local hadn't gone far enough behind the clavical which is more common in men than women to say I was in pain was an understa...

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Possible 2nd Pacemaker

I had a dual chamber pacemaker put in in May of this year.  I noticed the incision wasnt closing and before i knew it the pacemaker was coming out.  Next morni g it was removed.  I was in a few days and my cardio doc instead of putting another one in decided i should go for more tests.  Yesterday my vitals tanked again.  Heartrate is under 50 and low bp.  I asked for another doc.  Shouldnt they just put another pacemaker in?

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Placement to close to shoulder?

I'm 65, fit active and muscular build. I got my pacemaker 2.5 weeks ago. Significnt improvement. No more dizzyness all the time. I have already walked 4 and 5 miles days last week. I got my fast gate back. I had regular BPM in the low 30's. Been putting this of for a few years. I always wondered if that was from weight lifting all my life. (nothing professional). I feel like the device may have been placed  too close to my shoulder and moving my shoulder cause...

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Help... ASAP Revision, Newbie

I’m 46 with several issues that I refuse to let hold me back. I did however have to get a pacer May 25, 2018. The tech that came in told me the voltage was too high in the lower chamber however “no will come in over the holiday weekend to fix it”. Which turned out to be correct because when I was unable to walk and passed out at home several hours later and went to the hospital by ambulance the colleague of my doctor advised the ER doc to do just that send me home and to cal...

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Posts about possible infections

There have been several posts about infections, or possible infections, to wound sites recently, and I wondered what people were told to do when they had their surgery?  I had my pacemaker inserted as a result of complications when I had a replacement heart valve fitted, and so admittedly I had an 8" (200mm) long scar down my chest to be concerned about as well as the little pacemaker incision, but I was told that my biggest risk at home was infection.

I wasn't told to do...

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pacemaker lead replacement

I had a lead replaced for the second time after it came out.  I waited 7 months.  They have now found bacteria on the lead which was extracted.  Is this serious.  I am to have blood tests in two weeks time.  Has this happened to anyone else and what happens if blood test shows signs of this bacteria.

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Placement

It appears that first my cardiologist put my pacemaker into my breast tissue. Then 2 weeks after my surgery it flippled over up and down ways. It is still in the pocket though. He doesn't want to move it due to complications with infection. I would like to get a second opinion on this. Can anyone recomend what kind of doctor I would see. Not sure if a general surgeon or another cardiologist? I'm just not sure. Has anyone had this happen to them? 

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Peripheral neuropathy like symptoms after PM

Hi Everyone!

I received my PM in October 2017, I’m bradycardia and the pm has been a Godsend. However, shortly after my implant I started experiencing numbness on the soles of my feet, which has evolved into pretty severe burning sensation all over my feet and lower legs. It mimics peripheral neuropathy. I’ve now been tested for a wide array of sinister possible causes but so far we have been unable to dx my problem. 

Has anyone else experienced similar symptoms?...

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Loose lead

Saturday my mom got her PM at age 80. Today she visited her Cardiologist because she wasn't feeling well.

Dr. said  one of the leads had gotten a little loose but nothing to be alarmed. He opted to monitor her closely and have a chest X-Ray to better see how loose the lead is. He also said surgery might not be necessary because these things can occur. 

I don't know. Will just have to wait for her chest X-Ray.

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Pain 5 weeks post PM

Hello,

 I had a PM put in April 23rd, right out of the Cath lab  when meds wore off I had the most God awful pain,  & red hot burning from armpit to elbow and into hand. Thumb, pinky and ring finger were tingling.  Nurse responded "no one has pain from pacemaker- this is really unusual.  Omg I was so upset, I kept telling her I thought it felt like nerve pain because I had an ulnar nerve injury in right arm in 2010. I then had to wait for her to contact...

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The pacer systems are really very reliable. The main problem is the incompetent programming of them. If yours is working well for you, get on with life and enjoy it. You probably are more at risk of problems with a valve job than the pacer.