Most Recent Messages in Coping

pacemaker replaced today

It seems to bother me more today then when I had my first pacemaker put in 8 years ago. The Dr has done more the 5000 pacemakers in his time , and I know he's a good Dr. But they told me it should take about 45 minutes so I know it should be over fast. They told me if all goes well I should be able to leave in 3 to 4 hours. Well here's hoping all goes well and this will last as long as my last one. 

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Post implant

Hi all. Had to have a pacers installed on Friday after a cardio appointment on Monday. Not a lot of time to let reality set in. My biggest fear in life has always been hospitals. I was a awake and aware of my entire procedure. I was told that there would be an amnesia effect and I wouldn't remember it but the exact opposite happened.

Has this happened to anyone else?

To be honest it kind of messed with me a little and then the programming had massive issues as well. I did get...

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Coping with new pacemaker

Hi. I had my PM installed on Thursday because I had my heart stop a few times in the last week. The stops recorded in the hospital lasted for 26 and 30 seconds but I know that at home I had some episodes that were even longer. I had an emergency PM installed and then sent home. All my episodes of heart stopping occured  in my sleep or when about to sleep. I am now frightened to go to sleep. Does anyone have any advice on how to get over this fear? Has anyone else had heart stoppages this...

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Is it Time for a New General Practitioner?

Okay PMC members, I have a question. Is it time for me to find a new general practitioner?

Here's the situation.  Back in June, while digging up a crepe myrtle to move to a new location, I strained my back pretty bad. Several days later, I went to my general practitioner. I've seen this guy for years and he's pretty good with general ailments. I've even been to his house for parties. Small town so everyone knows everyone else. For things like colds, thyroid, an...

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Going Back to Work

As of this coming Tuesday, I will be released to go back to work. In my mind, that is a good thing. However, I have some concerns. I work in a warehouse environment. My primary job is that of operating a forklift, loading and unloading freight, primarily in a flatbed trailer yard. This means I spend a part of my day tying down heavy freight with chains or straps as the situation warrants. I am having a hard time finding anything regarding guidelines for safety in my particular occupation. Thi...

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Dealing with new pacemaker & the constraints of Covd

 I am a new member. Just got my pacemaker on 7-9th. I have been looking for somewhere to see what other people are experiencing or have experienced. I was glad to find this outlet. I was reassured to see that being depressed, especially being isolated as we are all, is pretty normal. I have always slept on my left side, so sleeping has been a problem trying to get comfortable on my back or right side. Hard to "behave" and not do the things I would normally do. I look at the dus...

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Thank you for listening

Thank you very much for listening, I appreciate everyone’s input. I know this is life changing for me and I’m much stronger with people like you.

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Pacemaker

I have just been informed by my cardiologists nurse that my Dr. wants me to come in and talk to her about my most recent tests for shortness of breath and fatigue. The nurse said that she wanted to talk to me about a pacemaker.

My doctor has been around for many years and has a stellar reputation.

I will meet with her in 9 days. I am really flying blind. I do not know anything about pacemakers.  Is there anything I should be asking or doing?

I am totally lost. I don'...

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anxiety with pacemaker

Hi, im new to forum. I had a pacemaker installed at the age of 53 because i had heart block because of my years of sleep apnea. About six months ago i had what i can describe as a panic attack. I never had this issue before but are there others out there who experienced the same. Im taking 10mg of lexapro to deal with it. My anxiety is i think my heart going to go into afib because thats how they first detected it. Im also on metropopol and flaccidine. I hate to be on drugs but im dealing wit...

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I don’t know what to do anymore

Today I saw my FIFTH EP. It was a new office, new city, new network, I actually had hope. He had great reviews online, the office was fancy, I actually thought this might go somewhere. I printed all of my records, I organized everything, I explained my story in detail to the NP before I saw the doc, etc etc. Then as soon as I made eye contact with my new EP I knew it was over. It took a total of about 5 seconds to destroy it. &n...

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I feel my PM...???

2 motnhs after pacemaker implant I can see, and feel the device quite visibly.

Is that normal?

I get converned about touching it while showering etc - dont know if I will always see and feel it and see the outline?

 

Comments and insights much appreciated.

 

Thanks all.

 

 

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One Year

Hello All, well it's been almost a year now since I had my HA and found this site. After the HA they had to put in two stents due to the blockage. A little over a month later, I received the PM. All is well now. My question for all of you is this: Recently I have had a few flashbacks to everything that happened the past year, the hospital, the operation and such. Not like nightmares, but wake up in the middle of the night remembering certain parts. I also decided to retire after all this,...

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Recently had CRT-D fitted

Hi. I'm new to this forum. I had a CRT-D fitted 2 days ago. Feeling pretty low and am surprised at how big the lump is under the dressing and how very sore. Is this normal experience and how long can I expect it to hurt so much? Any experiences appreciated 

Dave

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Antidepressant

I have been experiencing lots of anxiety this past few months. Was wondering if anyone can share an anti anxiety medicine that worked for them or any other type of treatment or therapy. Thanks so much 

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New to this

hi. I am due to have a crt-d fitted tomorrow and I'm really scared. I have an ef of 22% but no real symptoms of anything. Found out I had heart failure by accident as I had an xray and had an enlarged heart. Not sure I really want this procedure as I feel so well. Really struggling with the decision and very emotional about it. Any comments welcome.

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New to this

Hi I am new to this club 7/4/20. I had a flush feeling,went to ER was discharged,called back and sent to ICU and told I needed a pacemaker.

I have lost my appetite but get so nauseous if I don't eat.Did anyone else feel this,?

I think I am getting panic attacks although I am not sure I have never had them before. 

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ICD shock

Hi all. 

I had a shock this morning and had to go to hospital. Thing is I have a 2 week old baby and now I am frightened to hold him incase it goes off again whilst I am holding him. 

I really don't know what to do or who to talk to about it. 

I can't go on just looking at my baby and worrying about not wanting to hold him. 

Any advice would be much appreciated. 

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Hello

I just had a pacemaker put in last week. A little over a month ago, I fainted while eating dinner. I went, with my wife, to the urgent care the next morning. They set me up to consult with a cardiologist, who decided I should wear a heart monitor for two weeks to see what is going on. He also had me schedule an appointment for an ultrasound of my heart. A week after I sent the monitor back, and while I was at the ultrasound, I had a phone call that I let go to voice mail. When I checked my vo...

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General

My a-fib has always been higher when I lie down and since getting my pacemaker (January 2019) I have developed insomnia.  It has been erratic until the last four months, but now bedtime has become a source of stress.  Once I fall asleep I'm fine, but the problem is at the beginning.  Has anyone else had a similar problem?  Other than taking sleeping aids, could the pacemaker setting be changed?

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Facemasks

Just a question. Is it safe to wear a facemask?. I'm told that these slow down your breathing.

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