Most Recent Messages in Coping

Bumpy Roads--should I change my vacation plans?

I have a Biotronic pm with CLS and just recently noticed minor discomfort on bumpy roads.  I see there are lots of posts with people experiencing similar issues with the pm unnecessarily raising the heartrate.  Our daughter in stationed with the army in Alaska and we were planning to go with her to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park this summer.  The primary destination is the town of McCarthy, the old Kennicott mine, and the Root Glacier, reached by 90 miles of rough a...

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Newbie husband

Hi. My husband who is 77 had a dual lead PM inserted 16th jan. He's had Afib for 4 years with occasional dizzy spells. Takes digoxin and blood thinners. A few days before his op he blacked out and fell and broke his nose. Trip in an ambulance. His heart rate had been as low as 38 and high at 151 all over the place all the time. He came out the next day on a high. Over the moon to get his PM said he felt better already. Next days kept telling me how good he felt. No pain at site all good....

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Tiredness and Lower Limit

Hello,

I feel tired pretty much everyday, this could be due to stress and work, but also i had a thought about my pacemaker settings. 

 

My lower limit is 50 and my average pulse is 54, I am 19 years old, dual lead pacemaker for 3rd degree heart block. I was wondering if this low limit of 50 could be causing my tiredness? If it was to be raised would that increase my atrial pacing to 100? or does it not work like that, 

Thank you,

 

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Pacemaker

Hello Everyone, 

This post is actually very hard for me but here we go. I am a 41 year old female and in August 2022, I had cardiac arrest which required CPR and an AED machine to revive me. After a week in the hospital I had no diagnosis.  Everyone was cracking their heads. I was told that I had gone through stress enduced trama that cause me to pass out which caused me to go into cardiac arrest.  I have absolutely no health issues what so ever.  I just so...

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Long Term Effects?

Hello All, I hope you are well,

 

It has been a long while since i've been on here, firstly i wanted to wish everyone thanks for their support over my last post, the messages both private and public where lovely. Sadly In april my mum lost her battle at age 38, and passed away, cancer is a horrible horrible disease. 

I mainly wanted to come on here to ask about complications of long term pacing. I have been doing really well lately, physically and mentally, but...

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Recent insertion of pacemaker

I have Mobitz 2 and had a pacemaker fitted in November 2022. So far I haven't felt any better at all, still breathless and dizzy, especially in the morning, does anyone know how long it will take for me to start feeling well? I am 84 and have always been a very fit bloke but this has really floored me.

Would appreciate any comments or advice.

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Advice, please

Recently, I have experienced some episodes of light headedness.  I suspect it may be because of low(ish) blood pessure.  My readings run about 94/65 with a pulse at 64.  I do take medications (Entresto, for one) that do affect my blood pressure.

I had my CRT-D recently (on the 12th) scanned and it is working fine.

I  suspect that the problem may be related to the fact that I do not drink enough water.  I am a bit like a camel in that department. ...

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Palpitations when flying?

Hey PMC!

Hope this post finds all of you blessed and feeling well. I wanted to find out from others if they’ve experience palpitations when flying. Ever since the PM I’ve noticed I get really bad palpitations once in the air. I’ve taken something to relax me (Ativan) but they still persist. Once I land I start to feel better. Anyone else experience this or found a way to stop/reduce them? Thanks for any input and thanks for reading my post. Take care everyone! 

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Heart pain

I've had my pacemaker for 10 weeks now. And I constantly feel a slight pain in my heart. Is this normal?

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New pacemaker member

Hello all. I'm trying to cope with having a pacemaker installed this week due to a 3rd degree block. I've now developed a decent case of anxiety. I'm 59 and thought I was healthy in the cardio world. I was also diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer and wondering if this newly installed PM will delay my treatment plans?. Does anyone have similar experience? This whole this is scary 

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iCPET Update

Hello everyone!

Yesterday morning I completed the iCPET at UCLA. It was quite the production and I hope to never repeat it again. The catheter in my neck was so uncomfortable. Anyhow I don't have an answer just yet. I was told they need to review all data and blood work. The doctor did tell me I do not have exercise induced PH, but when I asked him about EI HFpEF he simply said "it's close" but he has to review everything first. He did tell me that he is going to...

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Update medicines

So I started taking cartia 30mg 3 times per day and been taking metropolol 25 half tablet 2 times per day . This is what i notice my heart feels more relax more slow is that good? I check my blood pressure before n sometimes be around 135/85 now is 118/80 just examples . The only complaint is this I feel weird in my head a little bit comes n goes like a lightheaded weird. Will I get used to it ..also can I drink a few beers ? Would it be better not to drink my medicine that day ? Or it don...

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Really anxious and stressed

Hello

I am honestly very stressed about this change it will bring on my family. My mother means a lot to me, more than I can define and her health has always been very important for me. I have high functioning anxiety and it adds on it. 

Today I found out that my mother has ASVP of 98% and aerial pacing of about 4% and it just terrifies me that I won't be able to spend as much time with her as I had hoped. Is the percentage too much ? It's better I hear it?

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Life after pacemaker

Hey everyone I hope everyone is doing well. Thank you for always being so supportive.

I just wanted to ask has there been any restrictions or has pacemaker slowed your life down in any way. Are you able to travel or live a normal life?

Thank you

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wearing a shoulder brace on pacemaker side - pain in left arm and shoulder

I had open heart surgery and a pacemaker placed in March 2022l  Before the surgery I had to sleep sitting up in order to breathe correctly.  I think I may have pulled a muscle or the shoulder cuff (?} I can't lift my arm ovner my head and My arm pops  alot. I  recently saw  The Compression Shoulder Brace™ advertised.    [Compression Shoulder Brace – Healthy Lab Co] It looks reasonable to me. What I need to know is it okay if I...

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Good grief!

Hey PM Club!

Just a quick update on two items. First I have my Invasive Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test (iCPET) at UCLA on 12/22 at 8am. I can't wait to get this done and see what's happening to me. 

Test Link: 

https://www.uclahealth.org/medical-services/pulmonary/pvd/conditions-treatments/invasive-cardiopulmonary-exercise-testing-icpet

Next update is nothing short of shocking to me. So I thought to do some stretching and some easy exercises at ho...

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Blood thinners

Hi  long term arrhythmia, bradycardia controlled by single lead pacemaker for 8 years, cardiologist recommends anticoagulant but I depend on a good diet and exercise, anyone else who takes this approach I would be interested what you think thanks,

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Cruising

I want to take a Cruise with my husband. I was wondering how did you feel while on it. Did you feel dizzy or did your Pacemaker function properly? I am really worried. I took Cruisi's all the time before Pacemaker was installed, this will be my first experience with it.

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New Pacemaker

Hello everyone.  I am new to both this site and having a pacemaker implanted back on October 5, 2022. Let me first introduce myself.  I am from Kentucky, retired military and retired from the Federal Prison system.  I am new to the pacemaker world and to be honest with you I am scared to death.  I know many of you are saying that heck I have been involved in several wars and this pacemaker scares you.  Well the answer to that statement hell yes I am.  War is abou...

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Latest Update (Long Post SORRY!)

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve been on here so I wanted to provide a rather lengthy update regarding my current health status. These last three years since my heart issues were discovered have been disheartening to say the least. I’ve gone through so many tests, scans, hospital visits and still have no answers. I am getting close, but I am still in the testing phase with my new doctors. I started with the VA, then used my private insurance (Optum) and now...

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