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Is it possible to love my pacemaker?

This seems silly, but I do think I love my pacemaker.

My device was implanted mid January of this year. I am almost at my 3-month mark now. For the most part, my recovery was fairly quick and I can honestly say I wish I had this done years ago.

I just turned 37 this month. Since I was around 21, I have had what was diagnosed as anxiety disorder, and it's believed that it was caused by birth control pills that caused my hormones to go out of whack.

You can never really ge...

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One month

Hi Everyone',I just want to let you know that I check this forum every night.It has been such a blessing to me to read all of the posts and realize that I'm not alone in this.One month ago I had my PM installed.It has been a long month with lots of ups and downs but I am stronger and not as focused on "poor me" as I was.I saw my GP as soon as I got back home from FL where I had my surgery while on vacation.She told me I didn't need a cardiologist and wouldn't refer m...

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PVC's

After seeing 3 EP docs, 2 say no to ablation, I am playing the 66% ofds and going with No,

I have had a pm for 5 months due to sic sinus syndrome.  I have been having asymptomatic PVC's which are occuring more frequently.

Had to go to a new cardiologist 2 weeks ago and he put me on metropolol 12.5 mg daily.  Of course I experienced side effects so he discontinued the med.

I am going to see him on Thurs.  Both my PCP and Endo feel he should put me on a calc...

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sore pacemaker

Hi

I have had my pacemaker for nearly 19 years and havnt had a replacement one. From last night my pacemaker has been really sore a constant pain it feels like heaviness in the area of my pacemaker. Last night I felt my heart was beating really fast and felt dizzy and shortness of breath. This has since settled but today i feel weak and the pain is still there in my pacemaker. Has anyone ever experienced anything like this?

 

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High voltage wires.

Does anyone know if high voltage lines can interfere with a dual adapta pacemaker.  I have done minimal research but it seems that it seems safe for folks without a device. However I cannot find any data on residency close within(50)ft of a tower for someone with a device.  Love some input!  thanks blesses to all

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Happy birthday pacemaker

Hi everyone. It's been a year today since I had my pacemaker inserted for heart block 2nd degree. It wasn't an easy start and I experience many problems until it was finally tweaked right in June 2016. Didn't help the fact I had vestibular problems at the same time and I thought palpatations shaking head and unsteadiness was my heart it wasn't. Still getting over that however my health has improved and I can cycle 30 miles and will increase it in time as I love cycling. I teac...

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Etopic Beats

I have been getting what I think is Etopic beats that are painful. Just one, sometimes in throat, sometimes in chest. But , I have also had problems with my stomach the last few weeks. I was trying to get off Prilosec. Not able too . Went to Gastrologist, Throat Dr, becuase was having bad pains in throat. They want me to up my Prilosec for a month and see what happens ( so thrilled) then if its not better endosocopy. Now, back to etopics. I have been getting one after I settle in to go to sle...

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Asthma, new medication and arrythmia

I've had my Medtronic dual chamber since June, 2013.  I also have severe asthma.  I've been battling a severe asthma episode for almost 9 weeks now and have totally lost my voice, am coughing hard constantly, and have some sinus issurs with it this time.  My real problem started this past Thursday morning when my primary care doctor said he didn't think my maintenance medicine, Symbicort, was working anymore and wanted me to try a new medication to control my a...

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MRIs and pacemakers not designed for MRI

Club members may be interested in this new paper from the New England Journal of Medicine (N Engl J Med 2017; 376:755-764February 23, 2017)

The study looked at 1000 pacemakers and 500 ICDs.

 Device or lead failure did not occur in any patient with a non–MRI-conditional pacemaker or ICD who underwent clinically indicated nonthoracic MRI at 1.5 tesla, was appropriately screened, and had the device reprogrammed in accordance with the prespecified protocol.

This...

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New pacemaker

Just got my pacemaker 3 days ago and have a question a dumb question is it normal to still be out of breath this close to the insertion date?  Also have been told I have high anxiety. 

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Going to bite the bullet - PM procedure tomorrow!

After three months with tachycardia and a-flutter, and frustration with meds and worse luck with cardiologists - I have decided to get a pacer. This forum has given me a lot of confidence, so thank you. 

I am 86, had a mitral valve replacement in 2010 and a MAZE procedure. I have been in sinus rhythm up until Jan 2017. I was over medicated by my doctor, went into Brady, then undermedicated - had a fast heart for 6 weeks (120-140) on 240mg Diltiazem and 25 metropolo, I was. NOT...

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A-Ha!

So this is only my second topic after having a Pacer put in due to Bradycardia at the end of December. For 3+ weeks now I've been having very strange Tachycardia issues accompanied by a fluttering feeling when walking. Sitting still, 60 BPM where the low limit is set. Exercising like dumbbell curls or squats, 75-80 BPM. Treadmill walk or simple walk from my front door to the car, 110-120 BPM? Why? After a week I had the tech check the settings and he said everything was fine, an...

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PVC Ablation

Hi all-

I haven't been on here in ages. Everything has been great... up until about 6 mo ago. I have a pacemaker for neurocardiogenic syncope. But have started to have a ton of PVCs.
So I went through every medication under the sun to stop them, feeling crummy on all of them, and nothing seemed to help. I wanted to go ahead with an ablation right out the gate, but my cardiologist wanted to be conservative. The PVCs are truly affecting my life- every day. I can't focus, can&...

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Time zones

Hi everyone! We are planning a trip to Europe this summer and I'm wondering if the pacemaker updates the time automatically like cell phones in different time zones? 

The question comes to my mind since I had a setting changed during the nightime to save battery's lifetime while I'm asleep. Since there is a 6 hour difference , would this affect how the pacemaker works while traveling? E.g. While awake and active in Europe I would normally be sleeping back home.&nbs...

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In Denial

I'm 52.  Bradycardia for at least 25 years.  Avid runner since 15 years old.  Diagnosed in the past with either type 1 block or type 2 / Mobitz 1 -- I can't recall b/c last time I saw cardiologist was at least 10 years ago, when I needed clearance for minor knee surgery.  I have no symptoms at all. My present resting heart rate is in the low 30s.  I was recently scheduled for minor procedure, but due to low heart rate, doc wanted cardiac clearan...

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Exhausted.

Had a medtronic icd implanted feb 27th 2017.  Prior to that in oct i was 100% blocked on 9 arteries.  3 native, 3 first cabg 3 second cabg.  Doc unblocked all arteries in october with impella pump but it left me short of breath.  In jan he said ef was 20 and my signal was 128ms so he was putting a icd into me since i crossed the threshold of 114ms. 

Before i was short of breath but still got out and did the chores, watering feeding the critters and i was wo...

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Still adjusting

So 3-22-17 was my PM one year anniversary. I still have issues but nothing major. I've notice my PM response to anger is faster than my initial response so I'm trying to really be stress and anger free these day. Which I'm not an anger person but there's times I've been upset. I still get sharp pains in my left arm and chest from time to time. My EP told me to keep track of my bp for a little while because I was having dizzy spells when I bend over sometimes. But all in al...

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Symptoms at end of Battery Life

Boy, it's been a long time since I have been on this site and that's because I was doing quite well.  But it's been almost ten years since I had my PM placed and would like to have some reassurance from anyone who may have experience in what I'm about to post.  Two months ago I had my usual interrogation done and my battery showed signs of power loss so they put me on a two month recheck schedule.  I went in just this past Monday and I was told my pacer was indi...

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Pacemaker report vs. fitbit report

Hi Gang!  So Im on my second fitbit here.  I got one to get a daily snapshot for myself as i start to exercise again.  Bottom line here, the fitbit compared to my PM records are waaaaaaaaaay off.   Fitbit is 20-30 beats off in every category: Max heart rate, average daily hi/low rates.  ugh!   It seems to closely mirror the hills and valleys on the chart, which is good, but it maintains that 20-30 beat difference.   So, any...

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involuntary muscle spasms

Just joined this site and glad it exists.  I had a St. Jude pacemaker installed about 3 years ago after my second open heart surgery to repair mitral valve.

After a short time I began experiencing involuntary muscle spasms and was diagnosed by a neurologist as having restless ARM syndrome. I experienced this annoyance for 3 years. I complained to the doctors and they said the appliance was functioning properly.

This monday I had my pacemaker changed...

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I live an extremely normal life now and my device does NOT hinder me in any way.