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Anxiety

After being home 5 days I still have not had a full night sleep seems like I wake up about 3 a.m. anxious and when I check my blood pressure it's high at that point I normally take a Xanax and try and go back to sleep hopefully I'll adjust to this device sooner then later and get back to a more normal life.

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One week after pm install

Hello I just had this pacemaker installed a week ago due to full heart block. Although my heart rate dropped to 30 beats a minute I was still somewhat able to function but I think it scared my cardiologist half to death so he sent me immediately to the hospital for a pacemaker implant and a heart cath. So far so good except tonight while watching some old Little Rascal movies I laughed so hard it must have increase the movement of my heart muscle and my heart rate while at rest shot up to abo...

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High Blood Pressure with a Pacemaker

Hi All,

My Mum who is 63 years, just had a dual chamber PM , about 6 weeks back, and has never been too fit, she is low in energy and yesterday her Blood Pressure went to 195/95, wondering if anyone had any issues with a PM.

I have read a couple of posts , where people have had similar issues, but not sure of what was diagnosed.

 

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thank you 

 

 

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Spasms in area of heart

The other night I was sitting in front od computer doing a crossword when all of a sudden what felt like painless spasms hit me in the chest and lasted around 5 minutes. I put my finger monitor on and may OX was 95 and HR 85 jumped from 85 right away hit 95. Then settled back down to its normal 65 after 5 minutes. I also had same 'sensation' two nights before that one. I have been feeling great so took me by suprise. 

Should I have pushed button on monitor when that happene...

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Breathless

Hello, my first post.. i had my pacemaker implanted 7months ago.. i had a near miss behind the wheel of a motorhome and blackouted..luckily my wife took over and steered us to safety...it then took another5months when i actually had to 'flatline' in hospital before i went to theatre to have mypacemaker. No more blackouts thankfully, however I get breathless and i don't know if it's anxiety or my heart? i have just been to the technician and he has adjusted it..he says the top...

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New Pacemaker, done after ER visit, living in Ecuador!

I’ve posted on different subject from the drop down menu.  No one answered.  I’ve had arrhythmia my whole life.  Had my first out of four ablation when there were only 70 Electrophysiologists in the U.S.  I New a pacer was coming, but fought it off, because I didn’t want to live with maintainance for so many years!

went into ER because for the first time, my high HR wouldn’t, couldn’t be stopped! 130-150+ bpm.  I also dropped to 30b...

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Pacemaker Hacking

Don't know if this has been addressed on this forum before.  If it has, I haven't seen it.  Don't mean to be alarmist, but this has occured to me ever since I had my pacemaker placed 2 years ago this month.  So I'm passing this info along as I think all of us with implantible devices should have a heads-up.  Sorry if it causes any undue stress, but I feel we all should be aware of any possibilities.

Check out the main story at the link below and there...

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Pacemaker syndrome

Hi there. I am 44 yrs old female. I have had my Pacemaker for almost a year and half. I had Sinus Bradycardia (low pulse for over 10yrs that i know of) as i have always been sporty so felt it was normal. and arrythmia prior to getting the Pm. I have a lead in my top right atrium and another in my bottom right ventrical. Mostly my top lead has been doing the work but recent check up showed my bottom lead in ventrical also working which is symbolising Progressive Pacemaker syndro...

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Nausea & weight loss

It's been a few weeks since I've had my PM, I feel fine and all but I have had severe nausea 24/7. No vomiting, no appetite, not even parched which is really akward since I'm an athlete and used to drinking over a gallon of water a day. So far im down 14 lbs..not healthy at all. I'm a nutritionist so I know how important it is for me to eat, but unfortunately I'm severely nauases. Has any one else experienced this??

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Lead Failing / Opinions on Options

Hi. I am a 22 yo female. I had my pacemaker put in when I was 5 years old. I started having issues this past year while excersising or doing strenuous activities. Went to the doc and got an x-ray because one of my leads was not doing anything. He found a “kink” in my lead which has caused it to rip in half. He has told me that I would have to have surgery to remove the lead and replace it. The surgery would have to be separated into two because of how my lead was placed. The first...

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Bad recovery

This past 2 years I noticed that when I exercise It takes around 15 minutes for me to feel back to normal after light 30 minutes exercise ..I'm overweight ..but when I exercise I get lightheaded dizzy and feel so horrible to recover ..why why ?? Pacemaker since 07 but got new on 1 year ago...COULD IT BE THE SETTINGS ARE NOT PRECISE FOR ME FROM MEDTRONIC ???

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PM implant 2-1/2 weeks ago in Ecuador. Has follow up, was alarmed.

Ironically my handle, “SpiffyHeart was chosen as my o line name after having four cardiac ablatiions during my adult life.

yesterday, I had first follow up and reading of the recordings in my PM. 

(1) my Electrophysiology is ONLY doc to install pm’s without an 8 hr bus ride or plane ride to Quito in the Andes mountains.  Quito is also much higher altitude than my city of 8,500ft.

(2) He speaks Spanish, I speak beginner Spanish.  I have to take my o...

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Racing heart after eating

I received my pacemaker in May 2017

Shortly after, eating a meal I will have fluttering and palpitation it will last for a little. My Doctor and techs have checked the PM many times with no luck.

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severe itching after Pacemaker surgery

After my Mother's Pacemaker surgery in June of 2017.  She has had continuous and severe itching since the procedure. At first an itch around the incision it has covered her shoulders arms and scalp. A specialist she sees told her it looked like Scabies and she has been treated with Permethrin and one series of drugs afer another to relieve the itch. A dermatologist she was referred to at a clinic concurred the bumps did look like a scabies infestation. No one around her has been affe...

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biventicular pm

Hello all, my cardio wants to ablate av node and upgrade my pm to a crt from my adapta duel chamber medtronic  he said it would improve my "quality of life"and stop any afib or flutter.    but I would become dependent on my pm.   i have not had any heart failure discussions ...  battery currently on save the last three weekand Iam feeling low.....does a bi ventricular pm present any challanges as i am recovering from a str oke{6/25/17} much rehab a...

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All in my head.........or in my heart ?

Had my PM/CRT implanted on 12/12/17.     New lead fell out.      Had new lead installed on 12/28.   Felt great the first few days.....but now, I'm going out of my mind.    I have had a tremendous amount of stress in my personal life recently and have been probably over-doing it.    But, we have a very small family and I have to step up to the plate.     Liquidating a 3000 sq ft home !

My heart feels like it&#...

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Bradycardia and associated symptoms

Good afternoon from the UK lovelies, 

I am sorry, it’s name again...I’m really struggling with the symptoms that come alongside the Bradycardia, I’m blessed that I have an appointment with the EP on the way, but how to cope in the meantime?

 

My heartrate doesn’t go much above the 40s/low 50s during my workday and I get more and more moments of feeling like I’m near passing out...how do you all cope/have been coping before the PM?

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Exercise and physiology

Hi guys, 

I am a new member and just had a pacemaker fitted 5-6 months ago. I am 26 and from England...just thought I would give everyone a bit of background information.

My physiologist said to me that exercise is fine but as I have congenital heart disease and am young the long-term effects are unknown as the pacemaker will be doing a lot of the work.

I am back into running and exercising which is awesome and am loving running without feeling all breathless and w...

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Defibrillator Turn Off

I wandered into my E.P.'s office today for my routine visit.  

Evidently my cardiac condition is changing in a negative way.  Not a big surprise, I have been extremely fortunate the past 14 years.

Here in Oregon we have a document called a P.O.L.S.T. Agreement (physician ordered life sustaining treatment).  POLST is enforceable under Oregon Law.  I have a DNR, P.O.L.S.T. and Living Will.

I had my CRT-D implanted because I hoped it would possibly...

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Lead Extraction

Hi All,

Has anyone had to have their wires removed?

I was suppose to be having my pacemaker buried under the muscle, but after much consideration, the doctors have decided that removing my current pacemaker and wires and then putting in a mirca pacemaker (the new leadless ones - that are inserted through the leg & into the heart) is the best option for me, due to complications with my current pacemaker and also my age (im 22).

Just wondering if anyone has been through th...

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I had a pacemaker when I was 11. I never once thought I wasn't a 'normal kid' nor was I ever treated differently because of it. I could do everything all my friends were doing; I just happened to have a battery attached to my heart to help it work.