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pacemaker edema

My husband developed edema three weeks following pacemaker surgery.  He was perscribed a diuretic by his PCP.  At the six week checkup for the pacemaker, the edema was still obvious, even after being treated for three weeks.  The cardiac PA made light of the situation and said to stay the course of the medication he was on, even though he only had one week left on the perscription.  Three days later, my husband passed away from venticular tachycardia.  I am looking fo...

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New to the club; not a pacer, yet.

Greetings,

Have been lurking on the site and reading the forums for a couple days. 
I don't have my ICD yet but will likely be getting one in a month. 

A bit of backstory - I'm 42, was pretty active, then went to the ER last month with shortness of breath. 
Was admitted to the hospital where I was diagnosed with endocarditis and chronic heart failure. 
Ejection fraction was at 25%. 

My cardiologist has put me on several me...

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Teach me new tricks!

Hiya! So I’ve been in the pacer game for a few minutes and feel like I understand enough about how it all works.

Today we found out my dad is most likely going to need a defibrillator. In January he has his second open heart along with a mechanical mitral valve replacement. He was still having issues that mimicked a lot of mine and I mentioned I thought they should put him on a 30 day halter monitor. They did. It caught him in V-Tach at 300bpm.

Today they got him in wit...

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after pacemaker still problem of Abnormal Heartbeat

My Mother had surgery to implant Biotronic dual chember Pacemaker in june2017

and due to always heart beats irregullar anld also she had angioplasty in 2009 

but after pacemaker Implant still there is same issue of irreugular heart beats ,

before pacemaker implant  if she take Cordarone X 200 contain 200 mg of amiodarone hydrochloride.after 2-3 hours it will become normal but after pacemaker implant same tablet we have to give by 2 or 3times 

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Not sure if I need Pacemaker?

Not sure if I need pacemaker?

I'm 49 years old and I began to take notice of my slow heart Rate a several months ago while at the hospital for something else I keep setting off the alarms where ever I go they always just tell me it's no big deal its the machines and the usually shut them off so I never really thought it was a big deal i looked back so far just the last 4 years shows bradycardia ranging 40 to 48 BPM at different medical offices and more recently at ...

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Greetings Some questions from a newbie

I am a 66 yo male. Type 2 diabetic. Had RHOP chemo in 2008, and it seems the component Doxirubicin had a deleterious effect on my heart. About 2 months ago I ended up in ER, due to shortness of breath, and had multiple tests including nuclear stress, and cathardization, which found no blockage, but there is a left branch bundle block, and my left ventricle shows signs of hypertrophy.
My LVEF is about 25, and my pulse got up to 120, but stabalized at 95, which historically has been my nor...

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Moist vs dry wound healing

Been diving into moist vs dry wound healing.

Most sources I've seen seem to say that a wound will heal faster, and with less scarring, if you keep it moist.  I'm not too concerned about the speed, as I'm healing well, but am concerned about the scar that I see forming.

Has any of your doctors ever recommended  moist healing for your incision?  

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10 days out

Hello All!

I am 10 days out from having my pacemaker implanted. Like many say, I do tire easily but what concerns me is the pressure I feel on my chest- like a kettle ball is on top! I've been very careful not to carry anything heavy-probably the heaviest has been my Chromebook. I have forgtten at times and lifted my hands over my head but it's been quick. I tried to get in to see my dr today to have the bandage/stiches removed-I feel very uncomfortable and hope that by rem...

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High Blood Pressure after New Pacemaker

I never had high blood pressure before and eat a low sodium mostly plant based diet, exercise daily and have very little stress.  However I got my new pacemaker on 4/19/18 and in the hospital my blood pressure was very elevated averaging 160/90.  The doctor prescribed Cozaar for me to take at home but I'm not sure I want to take it.  I am now 4 days post op and my blood pressure has come down somewhat to around 140/80 but this is unusually high for me.  I am hoping tha...

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Pain spikes near implant area.

I have had my pacemaker since april of 2014.  I have always had minor pain and the occasional itching around the place it sits, but recently I have been having more sharp and sudden pain spikes.  Some range from a second or so and are bearable, others last a few seconds and feel like a hammer to the chest.  My left arm has been aching more and more lately, so here I am to ask and see if others have experienced anything like this.  The pain isn't stimulated by physical...

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Raising arm

I've been reading that you shouldn't raise your arm for 4 to 6 weeks, I saw my cardiologist 8 days after the implant and he said I could raise it over my head which I have been doing and now I'm wondering if he was wrong. Has anyone else done that after a week. 

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scary moment

hi everyone looking for a bit if advice.. I'm 2 weeks in with my icd and haven't had much info .. yesterday in the car with my daughter I felt what was just like a normal palpitation but then immediately felt a bit funny and dizzy it only lasted a couple of minutes but it did scare me a bit.. would this have been the icd pacing . grateful for any comments

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Pain in incision area after 6 weeks

Last night I started getting a sharp pain in the incisional area of the pacemaker. The wound itself was badly closed with skin inversion (overlapping) so now it's terribly tender and I am unable to wear anything heavy on it. Even my light duvet causes pain. That's been ongoing for a few weeks but since last night there is now pain over the entire surgical area including the incision, the exploratory area where the atrery was accessed to insert the electrode and even the 'pocket...

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Recent Frightening Experience

I'm 75 yrs old and physicially active.  My experience with a PM has changed my life. It has taught me how volunerable and fleeting my life can be. I work out 4 times a week;  my work-outs are vigorious but never over the top. I'm very much aware that my lifting today is very different then my pre PM implants days.

This is what happened.

I was at a meeting with a group of men  I know quite well after the meeting ended as I was preparing to leav...

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Pacemaker

Interested in the health of others with a long term history of pacing. I've  had a pacemaker since 29 due to brachycardia and now am 57. Daily fatigue has returned. You know the kind- not I'm tired - I'm so tired I can barely move. Had all the usual tests, blood, stress, heart efficiency.  I gave no other underlying health issues. Heck, this is why I got the pacemaker in the first place!

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How did you feel after an ICD implant

  • by Johnl
  • 2018-04-21 03:18:46
  • ICDs
  • 120 views
  • 5 comments

I had a ICD implanted 4 weeks ago now and I have felt 10x worse since the surgery, I'm a 25 year old Male, very fit and active before implant and now I can barely get out of bed longer then half hour. 

I constantly have an odd feeling around the heart, it's hard to explain. Dizziness is more frequent then before. 

I thought it was normal to start with but it seems to get worse as time goes on,

Has anyone been through the same thing, is there something wrong...

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Neurocardiogenic syncope and pacemaker

Hi! I've had my dual chamber Medtronic pacemaker for one month today. I had it implanted due to neurocardiogenic syncope and Mobitz type 2 AV blocks. I've forever had episodes of pre syncope when eating bulky food, getting symptoms whenever I swallow a big piece of bread, for example. When I wore the monitor for a week, I would push the button whenever I felt this but my EP says nothing was happening with my heart when I pushed the button. Instead, there were other times I was experie...

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Biotronic Pacemaker

Has anyone received a Biotroic closed loop pacemaker for maligant neurocardiogenic syncope.   Has it prevented fainting.   My doctor has told me there's roughly an 80% success rate.  My last faint 2 weeks ago I awoke, had enough time to tell my husband I was going to faint, fainted, had a seizure, and projectile vomited while unconscious.   EMS came and my heart rate and Blood pressure were all over, including heart dips into the teens.   wondering if...

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Brand New Pacemaker

I got my new Pacemaker yesterday--a St. Jude Medical PM 2272.  I was awake with a local anesthetic and IV Fentynal.  The doctor let me go home last night and I have to take it easy for a week or two until everything heals.  I have some pain at the site but ibuprofen seems to take care of it.  

I talked to the St. Jude rep and he told me the accelerometer was turned on and it should handle my chronotropic incompetency for most things and he will fine tune it if I...

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Specific pain in chest after flu

Hi, I'm 9 months post ICD placement. I had bad bought of influenza a month ago with alot of intence coughing.I still have a less intesne wet cough. Been on antibiotics.  The last week I started having a pain in my middle chest. I can pinpoint the specific spot, left of breast bone. It is not associated with deep breathing or anything else, just random pain. Has anyone else experienced anything similar. I'm concerned i may have moved a lead with very inten...

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