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First pacemaker check

Hi all

I am 50 and two weeks tomorrow post pacemaker   Check up 13/1  what should I expect from this appr? As new to the pm world ! 

 

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Pacing starts when laying on left side

I am in my 40's and have had ICD for half my life and have been able to stay fairly active. I recently got a ICD surgery, in the past i have always had medtronic but got a boston scientifc this time. I have started noting that every time i sleep on my ICD side or even lay on the ICD side it starts pacing and it doesnt stop until i switch sides. Has anyone else experienced this ? i am going to see the doctor soon to go over this issue. 

I also returned to excercise lightly...

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Supermarket and Tachycardia

Has anyone gone into a store, and had a heart rate spike?  For the past couple of weeks, every time i walk into a supermarket my heart rate spikes.It goes from a normal of 75-80 to between 105-110.  I have a "kardia" device that performs an ECG.  I normally shop at my local Vons in the San Diego area.  After this started, I went to several other supermarkets not owned by Vons/Safeway, and the same thing happened.

I have a Medtronic adapta. Implanted in 2009...

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Post surgery pain

I am eight days post-Pacemaker implantation and was doing fine. This morning I put my bra on, which involves using both hands behind my back. Felt like I pulled a muscle and has been hurting today. Now I am wondering if I could have pulled a lead out or moved it. How do you know if a lead has moved or is displaced? No redness or swelling, just the soreness above and to the left of the implant incision.

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Left arm pain

Hi, I had my ICD implanted since July 3, 2019. I feel really good but when I move my left arm in a sudden or certain way, it literally takes my breath away with pain. Has anyone else experienced this issue? Has the pain in your arm lasted longer than six months? I was told it could last up to a year. I use my arms like normal, but now and then, it is horrible. My doctor says I don't need physical therapy. Any response would be helpful!!!

cheryl

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New

New to this life. Had pacemaker installed 6 days ago. Scared. I reached for a bottle of water and forgot not to reach. Should I be concerned?

Thank you for this forum as I have a lot of anxiety. 

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sleep apnea after PM

Has the PM improved anyones sleep that had been diagnosed previously with sleep apnea? I had my PM implanted just 2 days ago. My sleep seems a little better but first night I was still in the hospital which I hear noboby sleeps well in a hospital.

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Settings Posted

I figured out how to post a photo in members only section .

i posted a screen shot of my settings - I’m interested in input if anyone is willing to check it out . 

I’m not 100% sure what I’m looking at

im doing fine just feel like my rate isn’t getting up high enough during exercise - maybe it’s some other issue the pacer can’t assist with ? 

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Has anyone ...

Heard of a guy named Ivor Cummins ? He has done lots of research abiut heart disease and insulin resistance.  His theories involve the idea that if you have heart disease you are an undiagnosed diabetic. He goes on to say LDL isn't the problem only a symptom of insulin resistance .

look the guy up on you tube and see what you think.

my total Chlosterol is 87, LDL is 50, and HDL 36.... triglycerides 50.

i have taken a statin for 13 years religiously. 
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How can I share a photo on this site ?

I took a photo of my settings .... on can I share that ?

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Digoxin

I had my first ICD implanted in January 2019 and go see my cardiologist next week for an 11 month echo. I'm 56, WAS in great health and very physically active. A little over three years ago some random virus decided to settle in my heart and that in combination with some damage to my heart muscle from chemo 46 years ago put me into heart failure. 

 

I was initially put on Digoxin and Bisoprolol and that brought my EF up from 35% to 40%. I went off of D...

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Ablation

I have had my  PM for almost 1 year and had an ablation before it was implanted.  I now have almost constant flutters and will wear the Holter again in Jan to see if something else needs to be done.  I have no symptoms and plenty of energy for my age (79),  work out 6 days a week, Curves and a gym.  My Dr said another ablation might be considered.  How does that work with a PM and another person told me that age might be a factor in not having another ablation.&n...

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PM & exercise settings

Hello everyone.

I'm cleared to get back into the gym after the New Year. I've read a few posts on PM settings and heart rate. Mine are set at 50 low and 130 high Medtronic dual lead. I asked my cardiologist if this will be fine for working out with cardio and light weight reps. He said yes and that if not, the settings are easily changeable.

Yes, I know this but my questions are:

How will I know if the settings are right for me?

What will I feel if I go above 1...

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Dreading Vo2 test

I am nervously awaiting my VO2 exercise test on Monday. Is it possible to have your VO2 results imrprove over time?

My cadiologist is saying if I score 14 or below, I am a candidate for a transplant. I hate to see so much weight given to one test that is taken. My EF is around 30 and I feel fine.

I dread taking the test.

 

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Timolo eyedrops

I have been taking timolo eyedrops for glaucoma for at least 6 or 7 years .10 months ago I was put on 20 mg of prozac had a pacemaker put in 3 months ago for 3 rd degree heart block . I was wondering if the two drugs together caused heart problem ?

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Pacemaker settings

Hi I really appreciate all the information I've got from this group 

I've got left bundle branch block and right bundle block branch  I just had dual chamber  Biotronik pacemaker fitted..They have Set it so my heart does not drop below 60 just want to know what happens if my heart misfires at 100 ?  Or higher when I'm training.

And how long must I keep the arm sling on to prevent me from lifting my arm 

 

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Leads draped in front of pacemaker

Well I had posted before my procedure in October 2019. Had it done but taking more time to recover than first implant. This time my cardiologist (NOT the doctor who had implanted my pacemaker previous to this one) found that the pacemaker implanted before had the leads draped over the front not in the back. Surgery took longer than expected as he had to remove tissue between the leads to remove the pacemaker. Anyone hear of this?

This pacemaker lays much better than the other. Had surge...

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Pacemaker with Watchman?

Surely some of you all have ahd a Watchman implanted after a PM implant. Are you off blood thinners? Physical reactions?? Thank you for your replies.

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11 month follow-up

Hey guys I haven't been on here in a while, but I've enjoyed reading everyone's posts on their follow-ups and wanted to share mine...I'm glad to hear all of these success stories. I had a biventricular pacemaker defibrillator put in December 26th of last year. My EF was 20-25%...I've had two echos done with one a couple of months ago and one today. My EF is now 45-50%. Thanks to God, all my doctors, Entresto and my Boston Scientific ICD!! Also I will be turning t...

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Rate Response

I need the help of all the techies out there to help me understand what I just did.

Last Friday my EP turned off the Rate Response (acclerometer) in m St. Jude Dual Chamber device. Since its implantation, I have never felt whole or even close -- labored breathing, tiredness etc. Almost immediately, I felt better, and I'm into my 5th day. 

Even though I didn't have the condition for which a rate response was needed, the EP said turning it off would not improve my...

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I, too, am feeling tons better since my implant.