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pacemaker replaced today

It seems to bother me more today then when I had my first pacemaker put in 8 years ago. The Dr has done more the 5000 pacemakers in his time , and I know he's a good Dr. But they told me it should take about 45 minutes so I know it should be over fast. They told me if all goes well I should be able to leave in 3 to 4 hours. Well here's hoping all goes well and this will last as long as my last one. 

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Boston Lattitude

I recently had my Boston PM replaced, same model as before, with my old one i was using Lattitude, if i plug my Lattitude monitor back in will it work with my new device or does it neef to be reprogramed? My dr was going to get someone to call me as he wasnt sure what needed to happen but i am yet to hear back.

Just wondered if anyone else has had any experience with this? 

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Eliquis versus Protease Enzymes

My Cardiologist suggested that I begin taking a low dose of Eloquis to prevent blood clotting after A-fib events. My PM has recorded A-Fibs once every three or four months and last very brief times. I am not aware of these episodes. A friend in a holistic practice suggested taking prostease enzymes similar to Cardiovascular Research product called serraflazyme that has s similar blood clotting attributes without the side effects of Elliquis. I have had occassional prostate bleeding due to BPH...

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Really beginning to get cycling again.

I am 78 and a lifetime cyclist. I am 4 months post op when I recieve a replacement Aortic Valve (Via TAVI) and a single line Boston Scientific pacemaker. I am in permanent Afib according to the ECG and the PM is doing its job.

After 6 weeks I was exercising whithin reason. Over the next few weeks with the support of my Cardiologst the PM Tech and the Cardio Rehab, I am getting out and really enjoying an active cycling/sports life again.

The PM has been set 50 low an...

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When Do I feel Better?

I've always had a slow heart beat.  It was in the mid-40's and then as I got older it started to slip into the 30's.  That's when they convinced me to go with a pace maker, even though I didn't feel bad or exhibit symptoms.  The device was impalnted Friday (4 days ago), and I feel worse now than before the surgery.  It's hard to describe the feeling, but I just don't feel right.  At times I feel great and then I feel sluggish as if I&#...

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Pacemaker for 38+ Years

Hi all. I've had a pacemaker since age 5, I am 42 years old. I've had 7 pacemakers (I think!) and have always done great with them. The bottom chamber of my heart uses the pacemaker 99%+. I got called into my cardiologist because I was getting some "noise" across my Merlin tests. They adjusted a few things but now I'm going for Echo and meet with my Dr. One topic mentioned was that since I've used a pacer for so long and so frequently in that lower chamber - there is...

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Pain and enlarged breast

Hello.  I am 48 years old and had to have a PM in December last year.  I have started noticing my breast appears to be larger and is tender.  I thought I would ask if anyone else has that problem?  I know it is also a sign of breast cancer, but before I jump to conclusions and freak myself out, I thought I would start with the group to see if anyone has had this issue.  I do sleep on the left side and am just now getting use to the PM.  Any help would be apprecia...

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MRI’s w/ “SureScan MRI” Medtronic PM

Hi, 

Who on here has had MRIs since PM? Was it difficult or challenging to make the appointment? How was the MRI? I'd like your feedback! 
I'd also like to share what I know (so far) for others. I've had multiple MRIs of my brain & ankle, pre-pacemaker. 

42yo, got PM 4/2019. I'm in the mid-Atlantic region in the USA. Have a Medtronic SureScan MRI PM, I was told casually that this meant I could still get MRIs. I...

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Occasional sharp pain on PM area and discomfort on sides under armpit

Hello there, please need your input. it’s my 7th month since the incision of my PM and I still felt some heaviness on my left shoulder and today I have this sharp pain and discomfort under my left armpit on the side of my breast. Also I felt some pain when I inhale and exhale on that side of my breast occasionally . I blamed it sometimes on my sleeping position. Am not comfortable sleeping on my left shoulder but subconsciously I did it anyways. I did a somewhat lifting on groceries the...

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After 4 yr: HR suddenly continues at 78 without immediate ramp down to base 60 (in sleep after motion)

I'm so pleased to have found this site again. I hope someone here can identify what I recently began seeing in my bio-data graphs of sleep metrics and brought me to looking for this site again for help.

I soon will have an appointment with my vascular cardiologist who has been unresponsive to requests for his reaction to the graphs I put into his hands--apparently because they are incidental to sleep apnea treatment. I hope that means he knows and sees the new pattern as o...

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Possible Infection after New Pacemaker

Hi,

I just had an upgrade pacemaker and ventricle lead put in early for heart block before my pacemakers battery was ready to be replaced.  

I went into the hospital thinking I had COVID,  and they found heart enzymes in my blood and when I was sleeping my heartrate would fall down into the 20's.  

They quickly put in a new 2 lead pacemaker, and now I can breath so much breath better, and now I don't pass out.  But  it's been 2...

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Low heart rate

I went to a GP today for a matter unrelated to my heart. 
they took my vitals and my HR was 50.

i had a PM installed last October because my AV node gave up on me .

my understanding is this device is set at 60 on the low end to like 150 or so on the top. 
 

should I be concerned I was below 60 and only at 50?

i do take a beta blocker and have for 13 years after I had bypass surgery. 

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High-voltage shock

I'd like to hear from anyone with an ICD who has received a strong shock. First-hand experience only please.  I am scheduled to have one of these devices implanted in the next week, and I want to know what a strong shock feels like.  I have heard it's like a horse kick to the chest or being hit with a baseball bat.  I really don't want to worry about this happening while I'm driving or doing other activities.  Is the shock really that strong?  It sound...

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Atrial fibrillation

Hi,

I am a 44 year-old women and I have had a dual chamber pacemaker for almost 3 years to treat my 3rd degree heart block.   I just went in for a device check and it was discovered that I now have Afib.  I have an appointment with my EP cardiologist in a few days to talk about everything.   Has anyone else developed Afib after getting a pacemaker?  This is my 3rd diagnosed electrical heart issue and feeling a little frustrated.  I feel like I get...

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Blood thinner

Has anyone had their pacemaker surgery without stopping their blood thinner meds prior to?

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Heart BPM

I have recently had the pacemaker BPM reduced to 50 BPM, Does any other Clum Member have rate as low as this?

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Post implant

Hi all. Had to have a pacers installed on Friday after a cardio appointment on Monday. Not a lot of time to let reality set in. My biggest fear in life has always been hospitals. I was a awake and aware of my entire procedure. I was told that there would be an amnesia effect and I wouldn't remember it but the exact opposite happened.

Has this happened to anyone else?

To be honest it kind of messed with me a little and then the programming had massive issues as well. I did get...

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Maybe a Dumb Question, But I was Wondering

Is it possible for the rate response feature in a pacemaker to overcome the chronotropic incompetence caused by ( or is contributed to) medications such as beta blockers or calcium channel blockers in a patient with sick sinus syndrome who takes those medications?

That's me. I've taken metoprolol for over 19 years, and diltiazem for most of those 19 years, to control atrial tachycardia and hypertension. Side effects from these drugs only lasted a couple months when I first took...

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Coping with new pacemaker

Hi. I had my PM installed on Thursday because I had my heart stop a few times in the last week. The stops recorded in the hospital lasted for 26 and 30 seconds but I know that at home I had some episodes that were even longer. I had an emergency PM installed and then sent home. All my episodes of heart stopping occured  in my sleep or when about to sleep. I am now frightened to go to sleep. Does anyone have any advice on how to get over this fear? Has anyone else had heart stoppages this...

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steroid shot

has anyone tried a steriod shot for their shoulder pain from pacemaker surgery.

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So, my advice is to go about your daily routine and forget that you have a pacemaker implanted in your body.