Most Recent Messages in Coping

Broken lead

Good morning pacers! I had my pacemaker implanted 7mo ago, now they're telling my lead has either broken or come loose. wondering has any of you had this to happen so soon. Now I have to have my pacemaker taken out and replaced very disturbing to me. This pacemaker has not been right from the beginning. Need to find out if there has been a recall on these leads.does any know where I might obtain such imformation? 

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You are never alone

Hello wonderful Pacemaker Friends.

It's been one year since my heartbeat paused and a pacemaker was implanted. That was one year after I underwent a voluntary cardiac ablation, hoping to free myself of occasional AFib episodes.

That first surgery was followed by a cascade of issues. If I could go back I would have declined ablation. I will always wonder if that worsened my situation. As a note, I was of good weight, BP, cholesterol, exercised regularly and maintained a he...

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Still Anxious

Well, I am into my 7 th week of post pacemaker and still feeling odd. I am also doing PT who comes to my home. Doctor has decreased blood pressure omens over the next two weeks. 

I am seeing a therapist and taking Lexapro and one half tab of Xanax two times a day. Helps a little, but still anxious, not sure over what though. I want to get back to work, at least part time. I had a caregiver for a week, because I was so dizzy and it was bad. Wondering if this is just going to take mo...

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Is pm a private matter?

Hi all,

I'm a new member to the site from Finland. I'm 33 years, male, and I have AV block 3, and it was diagnosed about 6 years ago. A PM was recommended from the beginning but I have been reluctant to have one. I haven't had any major problems with my health, although now I maybe understand better why I never was the best in any sports in school. 

After the diagnose, I have been regularly tested to find out if there are any changes to HR. (Holter, ultrasound etc...

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SubMammary Inplantation

Hi All -

After four months of activity with my pacemaker, I am noticing irritaion and inconvenience as a female with the standard upper chest inplant.  One, both my swim suit and sports bra grand over the pacemaker.  My regular bras have to be purchased with a strap narrow enough to run along side the pacemaker and then they have to be cushioned to stop irritaion.

Have any of you had a Submammary device placement (SMI)?  How is it working?  Also, were you given...

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Anxiety/Depression

Are severe anxiety and depression common after pacemaker implant? I am 5 week’s out of having a PM.I am currently on Xanax and Lexapro for anxiety. Also, seeing a therapist. Just have never felt this way ever. Delayed reaction to other things. I am really feeling ok about my new pacemaker, but wonder if there are underlying issues? Having my BP meds checked tomorrow.

Thanks

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Pain post-Pacemaker and Ibuprofen

Well, here I am back again with another question. It has been less than three weeks following my Medtronic pacemaker implantation, and I get these fleeting periodic pains in and around my heart. They are responsive to Ibuprofen; however, I don't want to be on this drug for the rest of my life. Can I expect the pain eventually to go away, or will I be stuck with it?

Also, there has been another consequence. I always had hypertension, but now that the pacemaker is here, my pulse is no...

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Still not feeling well

it has been one month since my pacemaker. All is well with me medically. I have good “hours” and an occasional  good day. I am going back to school on Monday. At times I feel a bit light headed and just off. I explained this to my NP, and my blood pressure meds may have to be adjusted. I am also on 10  mgs of Paxil for anxiety. I started taking this in Nov due to really bad afib episodes. Not sure if this is the correct medication. I am seeing another NP on Tue...

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WEIGHT LOSS

when I got my pacemaker I was 115 pounds. I had complete heart block for bradycardia. I got the pacemaker in April 2017. By November of that year people noticed that I lost a little weight. I never really noticed. But I weighed myself a few days ago after my friends told me I look too thin. I was shocked that I now weigh 101 pounds. I am 5’3. I haven’t deliberately tried to lose weight and am not on any medication. Any thoughts?

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Pacemaker and shoulder muscle

19 months since Sparky arrived and all the EP visits have been just fine - zero issues with the pacemaker, but I do have a question.

I'm right handed and the PM is on the left side in what I would guess is the normal kind of pocket maybe an inch or so below my colar bone and maybe 2 inches from my rotator cup.

Over the past few months, I've been expierencing some discomfort when I try to sleep on my left side as the edge of the PM seems to dig into the muscle between the P...

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Feedback

Thank you to everyone that responded to my post. 2019 will be a great year for me. I realize that with my small frame I'm going to have some discomfort. I didn't realize how weak I was until I started physical therapy. PT is gong well and I do my therapy at home as well. My site is very sensitive to stress as the keloid sits on the device so I have to eliminate as much as possible. I am now accepting the fact that this is my new normal. My divorce will be final this month and I&#...

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Frustrating

When I was 19 I was diagnosed with SVT and had corrective surgery. Fast forward to 37 and my heart rate slowed down to much and I had to get a pacemaker. I got it in November. I went to the ER in October because I was feeling horrible and it turns out my blood pressure was high for me. They didn’t tell me that I payed attention to the reading and it was on my discharge paperwork. I used to have perfect blood pressure and this time it was 144 over 88. And at one point 90. This hospi...

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Chest tightness

Hi all, new to this site had my CRt-D put 5/12/18 , was a shock to have this as was fine till I fainted and my husband did CPR on me for six minutes I also crashed an other 5 times between ambulance and in the hospital. My concern at the moment is I get a tightness in the middle of my chest in the afternoon fells very uncomfortable. Thank you in advance.

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upcoming implantation of pacemaker

I'm 67 years old. Had an ablasion done 13 years ago which caused a second degree heart block 24 hours after the procedure. I was advised by all the doctors to put a pacemaker right then but decided not to do it. I never fainted or felt dizzy. At that time my pusle averaged at 45 bpm and now it's more 35. I have been strongly advised to finally have the pacemaker put in. The issue I'm struggling with is wether to put under the muscle or under the skin. The...

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Atrial Fibrillation after Implantation of Pacemaker

On December 18, 2018, a Medronic pacemaker was implanted. I apparently had bradycardia with a pulse of 28 bpm at night with 7 second pauses. But I was asymptomatic. Five days after receiving the pacemaker, my chest began hurting and deep breaths were painful to draw. I was told that my heart tissue was inflamed, and that Ibuprofen was the answer. I took it for several days, and the benefit was amazing. No more such pain. Today, December 27, I went in for a wound check, feeling fine, and the t...

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Require some guidance for my dad

My dad is 62 years old, had his first heart attack in his late 20's. He underwent bypass surgery close to 23 years ago and has lived a mostly normal life since. However in March of 2018 he suffered sudden Ventricular Tachycardia. He had 2 instances of VT years ago, a few months apart, both of which were controlled through medication. The last one however required drastic shock therapy and hospital stay.

The doctor recommended an ICD and he got the surgery do...

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Can‘t breathe

Hi everyone!

got my PM six weeks ago (3rd degree AV Block).

Today I had a run of about 30min and it was quite hard at the end due to missing energy...

Some hours later I hab suddenly soemthing like a panic attack. My pulse was racing and I felt very bad for a short time. I am now under The Impression I cannot breathe enough air and sleeping is also Not possible. Cold feet are also a sign that my BP is down...

Anyone experienced The same? Anxiety? Panic a...

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Daily Struggle

I just joined this group today. I got my PM 01/29/18. I'm in complete heart block. I pace at 100%. I stil have a hard time with knowing I rely on a device to live. I don'ttalk to anyone about how I go thru or how my life has changed. I have a keloid on my device, so I see a chronic pain Dr. I went through 2 EP's before finding one that cared. My PM made me re-evaluate my life and I will be divorced in January. I have a great friend that encouraged me to find a support group....

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Tired

This is my second pm.  I popped back fast from the first one.  Had the second surgery Nov 13 and the AV ablation two weeks later.  Feel good in the morning but by noon my energy level is low.  I spend my afternoon's resting.  I sure hope I start feeling better soon.  Anyone else have this issue?

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Sleep positions and when to fly in a plane

Hi, I am new to this world of pacemakers. Had medtronic implant done Nov.7, 2018.  What sleep position(s) are you most comfortable with at night.  I'm having a few problems staying comfortable for very long.

Also when is it ok to fly?

Thank you so much.

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Sometimes a device must be tuned a few times before it is right. My cardiologist said it is like fine tuning a car.