Most Recent Messages in Coping

Ultrasonic Dental Device

This was the question asked by Pm in October 2016.  I'm scheduled for a dentist visit shortly, so I figured I would get my EP's opinion. So today I saw my EP (I just love this woman, she is "Pacemaker Pam) and she suggested I add a bit more information to the conversation.

This was what she suggested....... Of all people who have pacemakers, about 85% are not fully pacemaker dependent and for those people an ultrasound devise or cauterizer or something like t...

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Pacemaker replacement

Had replacement 1 week ago and I thought it was very painful. Only got five percodan for pain and needed twice as much. 

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Pacing question .... does the pacing percentage increase over time?

Hello !! 

About 120 in with a question about pacing.

When I first got "Sparky" I was pacing about 3% on the atria, now I'm at about 7 or 8%, and less then 1% on the ventrival. My pacing is only at night when sleeping.

In your experience does the pacing percentage go up as time goes on?

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1 week anniversary

I've got 1 week in with my PM and I am looking forward to many,many more. First, I am so pleased I found this site, to read all of your experiences and advice is wonderful. My question, is there a mental adjustment or attitude I must make with my PM. I'm still feeling somewhat  tired and do not have the energy level I expected. Thanks again. 

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Nightmares

Hey everybody, I'm new here. I'm 21 and I've had an ICD since 2014 due to cardiac arrest. Had a new one put in this past March and have since been experiencing a lot of anxiety because of my history of being shocked. I was wondering if anyone else has experienced a dream or nightmare where it felt like the ICD went off? I woke up in a panic this morning after dreaming I was kicked in the chest. I am fine physically I think but I'm generally concerned because part of me thinks...

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Do implantation of a pacemaker causes feeble dizziness on a continuous basis?

  • by KKS
  • 2017-09-11 08:48:30
  • Coping
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  • 2 comments

Three months back a St. Jude Medical's Isoflex model Pacemaker was implanted in me. Last week it was reset from DDDR mode to VVIR mode.

I feel feeble dizziness at all times. 

Is it psyological in my case or it happens in all the cases?

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Coming up on one year!

I got my pacemaker one year ago on September 12. It has gone well. Not too many issues this year. Most days i forget I have it. Just wanted to uplift any of those faced with getting a pacemaker. I remember well my fear and anxiety at this point last year!

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Heaviness, insomnia and breathlessness

Hello everyone,

Am wondering if anyone here as experience body heaviness and breathlessness with or without exertion. Worst when laying down and walking.

In the past weeks i have been walking 1hr without any issue, but since last week its been difficult to walk for 10 minutes no stop.

my feets are weak and abit swollen, always feeling breathlessness, headach sometimes.

I saw my cardiologist last week, i was only feeling breathlessness when walking uphill then and he sa...

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Feeling heart being paced

I had a pacemaker put in one week ago. I agreed to this thinking once it was in my heart would beat fine and I wouldnt even notice it was there. I feel it pace my heart alot. It is a creepy feeling. I am feeling like maybe I shouldn't have agreed to this. Will this get better over time?

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One year post PM and problem solved

Just had my one year interrogation with EP.   Got results from my remote bedside monitor.   I'm pacing 1% from one chamber and 2% from the other on a collective average.   I had a mild to medium pulsating pain mid chest from time to time lasting 30 seconds or less.   Felt that same sensation when EP nurse made PM pace.  Now we know for sure I am feeling the pacing impulses.   Not bad enough or often enough to warrant action.  PM doing exactly as it...

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Good Morning and a realization – It won’t fix itself

It’s been 101 days since the docs put “Sparky” into my chest (Medtronics Dual Lead).  Since then some great days and some down days, but overall I'm releived that I have Sparky.

So, last night I figured I take a check and see what Sparky might be doing.  I put my Fitbit on in the afternoon and wore it to bed.  This morning I checked what it recorded last night and I found that it had paced (55 is my set point) for about 2 hours during the early morni...

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Sore to the touch

Hi all. I got my pacemaker implanted in 2010. It's starting to be really sore to the touch under the incision.  Anyone know why this could be happening?  I'm hoping it's not "growing out".

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Bandage

I just got my pacemaker on 8/17/17. I still have my bandage on, I take it off this Friday and I'm scared to death. I can feel the device under the bandage. I'm so afraid. I imagine the worst, I don't care about the scar it's the unknown. Any advice would be helpful

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Feeling alot better except nausea

  • by Pm
  • 2017-08-29 10:13:01
  • Coping
  • 92 views
  • 1 comments

I wrote a while ago about feeling really bad for over a month (totally lightheaded every time i stood up).  Lots of tests all proved to be negative.  Finally had pacemaker (for mobitz 2) adjusted.  Took about 10 days more of same feeling then all of a sudden one day last week,  i felt fine, like a new person, like my old self.  What a relief 😅!   Oh, at one point i was put on a beta blocker, apo metoprolol 25 mg.  i take half in a.m. And half in p.m. as inst...

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There is light at the end of the tunnel

With the wonderful support of so many on this site, I'm getting back to a normal life.

It was 95 days ago that “Sparky” came into my life, I am one of the lucky ones. I was in the hospital being monitored when my heart stopped gor 31 seconds ... 4 hours later “Sparky” arrived and has been my constant companion ever since.

I am thankful there were no complications and no infection ... but I am distressed by so many others who have had to fight through th...

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Tag/Security Alarm in shops

I have been aware that the security alarm goes off when I enter and leave my local supermarket but tonight I was stopped by security.  He was fine but I am not happy about it because it creates stress everytime I try to do an everyday activity.

It has happened in other stores and security have always been lovely once I have explained but it is still an unpleasant experience.  It is unpleasant because you are half expecting it everytime you visit a shop, because it is like havi...

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Looming questions about my device

Hi there. I don't know if anyone else on here has suffered with panic attacks and constant daily anxiety like I have but it hasn't seemed to go away at all since getting my pacemaker. I am going to be turning 28 tomorrow and on year 3 of my second pacemaker (first was enpulse and the second is advisa with enpulse leads), and I suffer from Complete 3rd Degree Heart Block. I have had two very serious episodes, one early this year and one a couple nights ago where I sincerely felt like m...

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WEEK 14 - STILL STRUGGLING VERSION 2

So last night (Tuesday) at 5:45 I felt like crap.   My heart was pounding and had SOB.  I went up to bed and then BANG .... An anxiety attack and hyperventilation..... my breathing was just horrible.

Called 911 and got to the ER by ambulance at about 6:45.  

By about 9:00 I  had calmed down and my breathing was back to normal.

All tests, EKG, troponum, and all blood work was normal.  There was a Medtronic tech in the hospital  che...

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Sotalol

Hi everyone, I am the new kid.  I am 68 years old and had a Medtronics PM installed May 2017.  Then I was dignosed with Sick Sinus Syndrome (Tachycardia and Bradycardia) .  A month after the PM was installed it was read and I was told I had Afib.  The Afib lasted only a few milliseconds according to the PM tech.  My cardiologist put me on Sotalol 80mg every 12 hours. I am on my 2nd day with Sotalol and my cardilogist will do a ECG on me in a month.  My problem is...

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Week 14 - Still Struggling

I posted a few days ago about Anxiety and Depression.  After seeing my GP yesterday I think I know the difference and I'm pretty sure it's the big "D"

Doctor upped the Zoloft to 100mg, but not much help yet - it's only been 2 days now.

It's sort of odd ... I can't put my finger on what's bothering me; maybe it's the hyper-awareness of my heart beating ... I'm paced at 55 and it may only get that low at...

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As for my pacemaker (almost 7 years old) I like to think of it in the terms of the old Timex commercial - takes a licking and keeps on ticking.