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nose bleeds

What happens if you have a nose bleed while on blood thinner, how serious is it.  I am not on bblood thinners at the moment.  Do have a pacemaker.

they did cauterize the inside of the nostril with Silver Nitrate, this morning.

new to pace

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pacemarker

Hi everone,

Can a pacemaker cause false blood pressure reading?

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Update

Hello all,

I just want to reach out and thank everyone again for the support and help that I have recieved. The people of this community are so intelligent and caring and have made this whole journey that much easier to manage.

Sadly, I am not feeling any better. My vision/motion issues seem to come and go at random (morning, afternoon, evening, sitting, standing, driving, etc). Sometimes they last for a few seconds/minutes, and sometimes they hang around for 3-5 hours.

I...

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flutter

Can a pacemaker self-convert a person if they are in flutter.  A woman I know has had flutter episodes and said she has had her pacemaker convert her.  I didn't know a pacer could do that, so I am asking if that is possible.  I belive she has to go to a pacer clinc for that.  She has had 4 ablations and her heart rate goes high for her and she then get an ECV she has had a lot of ECVs they work for a while then she goes into flutter again.  Her doctor wants to abl...

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Check-ups

Hi everyone,

Just wondering has everyone had regular check-ups with there pacemaker? 

I have had none and am concerned about that. I had my implant 20/10/20.

Cheers Wendells

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ICD implant

Hi, I've recently received an ICD implant with defibrillator (11/1/2021)   still healing...was wondering those that have had their pacemaker a while, how long did it take to completely heal. Doctor says after 6 weeks the swelling will go down.  I'm approaching week 5 and I feel like I still have a huge lump.  I told the doctor I was worried that the defibrillator would zap me when I'm driving and I could cause an accident.  He said I would feel different b...

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Svt return

Hi all, 

I had my post-check-up,3rd since pacemaker implant in January 2021,(Sick Sinus Syndrome), and was surprised to learn my SVT had returned with a vengeance, unbeknownst to me! I recorded 119 SVT's in three months' time.

Out of 119 recordings, I have only felt about 6 actual SVT, which is odd as when I had my first SVT bouts back in the day, I felt them all.  ( I had an ablation 7 years ago for SVT.)

Doc changed bp medicine to Ditilazam, which I...

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Test

Has anyone had a CT angiogram coronary test? They inject a dye, then get pictures if arteries in heart! Was it invasive? 

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Lifting weights after pacemaker replacement surgery

It has been four weeks since my pacemaker replacement surgery. I'm 54 years old and the wound has healed nicely. 

Thinking about some light weighlifting this week including pushups, shoulder press and bench press. Anyone think its too early?

 

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Pacemaker Club - post Pacemaker/ICD Implant Pain Survey

Dear Members,

Over recent months, several members of the Pacemaker Club have expressed a wish to know how many of us experienced pain following implant of our devices, the nature and extent of that pain and how it affected different age groups and gender.   

A survey has now been set up with the kind help of Club members and the link to the survey is given below.  The survey is confidential and will not be used for marketing.  All members irrespective of w...

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Heart anxiety

Hi guys,

I had my pacemaker implant back in October 2018 so I'm now 3 years into life with one. Recently I was admitted to hospital after passing out after 5 minutes of steady cardio. When the paramedics came they said my heart was running fast and took me to rescucitation, they  checked me and placed me in majors. After a few tests they found my pacemaker was fine and that the medication I was on was causing my tachycardia. They checked my electrolytes and saw magnesium was sl...

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Phone

Hi, 

I accidentally put my phone next to my pacemaker, i mean I actually touched my skin with my phone on the pacemaker incision and Im getting very anxious because I did it once again, does anything happen to us or the pacemaker or our heart when our phone is that close??? 
 

thank you 

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New Member

I had no warning of needing a pacemaker other than knowing my pulse wasn't right most of the time for the past few months.  I was a fool for not going to get checked out sooner.  My abnormally slow pulse was discovered when I went to get treated for a blood clot.  I don't know if the clot is related to the cardiac block, but I guess it doesn't matter now.  I'm grateful for this device, and it's working well so far.  What I can't get over is tha...

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Small infection treatment

Hello Everyone, Had my PM inplanted on 11/1/21.  Small pimple like spot on end of incision which looks like it might be infected a bit.   Red around edges, hurts a bit and it wasnt before..  The post op instructions  stated no creams or ointments.  Am I save in assuming they meant right after surgery? Since the surgery strips are off, sutures are gone, and wound is closed, would it be ok to put a dot on antibiotic ointment on it?  Has anyone else h...

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Nightmares

I've been having occasional nightmares since getting my pacemaker 3 weeks ago. They are very surreal. Part Bionic Woman changing into the Matrix (literally the whole dream pixelizes) when I think about the device failing. I know it is triggered with the knowledge that my heart would not beat sustainably on it's own if it fails. My rate had been down to the 20's. Then of course I can't get back to sleep. 

 

Roughly how long are people taking to mentally ad...

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Replacement Delayed

I was scheduled to have my pacemaker replaced this Friday because I am on the last 3 months of the battery and he also wants to put in a third lead, but he wanted me to get an echo and Stress Test this week, both of which came back abnormal with an EP of 39% and apparently possible blockage somewhere that showed up on the Stress Test (haven't seen the results yet).  Suggested I contact a cardiologist to do a heart cath.  All this was done through his NP because I never see...

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Update on heart tests

I had cardiac biopsies, tested my RV lead to make sure it is functioning properly and will administer a shock (lead my have a fracture as my voltage is low and variable), did right heart cath to check pressures in chambers, and inspected valves.  

12 cardiac biopsies have been sent to 3 labs.  One specific lab works on genetics.  One lab will corraborate with the biopsies taken a few years ago through a German study.  My EP is excited and hopefuly they will find out...

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Gratitude

Hello all.  Today is Thanksgiving in the US so I'm taking this opportunity to express my gratitude to all of you here, for all you do to support others and share your knowledge and points of view.  You've touched the lives of many people.  Thank you.

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Scared, battery is low

I am getting scared.  I have a St Jude dual chamber ICD, pacing artial 90% ventricle 20%.  SSS, right atrium defect.   I live in the US.

This is my second, soon to be 3rd pace maker.  I was implanted in 2011 with this device... I have been told I had 2 years, 6 months later, 1 year,  2 months later 10 months before I run out of battery.  It is dropping quickly.  Mathematically I am at less than 9% battery life.   They (Kaiser Insurance)...

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MRI

Lenox Hill Radiology in Lynbrook called and told me cannot perform MRI of right hip due to Biotronic Endora 8 DR-T pacemaker but they did MRI's last year.  Does anyone know of a MRI ctr in Nassau that will perform that MRI with my pacemaker?

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