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Thinking over... no response required.

Two years ago I had a PM implanted. A month after that I had a  cardioversion to reset my heart rhythm. Six weeks ago I had a series of ablations. I can see the mistakes that I've made that caused my heart to get worse. Throughout my life doctors would mention that I had an irregular or a premature heartbeat, etc. Than the docs would go on and talk about my sore knee or injured foot. Only once, after a high altitude run and a nagging (first) wife did I have follow up o...

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Waiting for Pacemaker Procedure for SSS & Afib

My pacemaker procedure is 2 weeks from tomorrow. My BP & pulse are normal, but the fatigue, lightheadedness is getting pretty brutal. Now I also have serious anxiety so I am not sure if that compiling on to my symptoms is making it worse. My heart doc says if it gets unbearable then go to ER for emergency pacemaker procedure. Just wondering if anyone has had to deal with these symptoms while waiting and I surely don't want to wait to have a cardio event. Plus all sympto...

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Short tachycardia episodes following pacemaker

Can I get some thoughts from people?  The bottom line is my husband and I are trying to make a decision about whether it is sensible/safe for me to travel to the other side of the world on a six week holiday to Europe in October – 6 months post pacemaker insert and 12 months post SVT surgery.  Tickets are in short supply which is why we are making a decision so early if some are wondering.

The backstory is that my SVT ablation for tachycardia was successful. I had been a...

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Aorta Stenosis

Hi therre.  Just got the results today from an echocardiogram.  It has been 3 years since my last one (due to Covid) and my EF has dropped from 67 to 49.  Apparently I have aorta stenosis and will be having an angiogram in the near future to see how bad it is. My cardiologist said it will probably end up with a valve replacement surgery in the future.  I have had my PM for Bradycardia since 2016 and I thought all was going well.  I am an active 81 year old f...

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Anyone else w/ 1st PM for SSS, bradycardia - now PM picking up V tachycardia incidents?

Got PM 10/6/21.  Since then, PM has picked up V tach incidences (longest 12 secs while sleeping).   Just received cardiac MRI results, no scar found so that is not the cause.

I'm curious, maybe I've had these all my life (or part of my adult life) & thought I was just dizzy or hypoglycemic at the time.  

My EP just started getting regular transmissions from my Medtronic Carelink app.  Will meet in June to discuss options.   Lucki...

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Return of symptoms

11 days post op and up until today all my previous heart block symptoms had gone completely. Today however on a walk they all came back. Shortness of breath tight chest dizziness. I’ve done some mild exercise and housework and it’s hot today. Would this cause it?

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Ablation part of pace and ablate

In the AF Association leaflet it says the following:

"The procedure does not restore the normal heart sinus rhythm and so the heart will not work as well as it would in the normal rhythm. Therefore symptom relief may not be as good as might be expected with restoration of the normal heart rhythm."

I've had my pacemaker fitted and awaiting the AV node ablation. I read this today and nobody else has mentioned this at all. Are there any other people on here that have ha...

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Lead extraction/new PM surgery friday…looking for tips!

Hi everyone! Im new to the club, I've had my current device for almost 11 years and my lead is 17 years old. Im getting a replacement this week and going from one lead to two lead left bundle pacing because I developed wenkebach two years ago and my current system isn't working for it. Because I'm young it was suggested to get my old lead removed so I will be doing that as well. 
 

Those of you who have had laser lead extraction what can I expect for the proce...

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I watch 7 pacemaker

Does anyone know if the Iwatch 7  EKG app will work if you have a pacemaker? I know my Kardia  does not work with the pacemaker I'm wondering if the IWatch is the same.

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Cough

Hi all. . .  Another question for you.  I am 10 days post surgery and feeling so much better.  However a day ago I started with a cough coming from a tickle in my throat and mucous.  I do not feel sick but worried I could dislodge a lead.  Have any of you experienced this?  I do have allergies but they are in check.

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wrong exercise caused the pacemaker to dislocate

I did a wrong exercise and stretched the musculature where the pacemaker is implanted.
Now I feel discomfort like prickling on the skin and I feel that the pacemaker is loose. When I move my arm, I feel it compress the skin. Doctors say that the pacemaker is working normally and the electrodes too, but they don't pay attention to these discomforts I'm feeling, much less give a solution.
I would like to know if anyone has experienced this and if there was a solution.
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Swelling

Just had a new battery/generator replaced (not the wires). I have a lot of swelling to

my left side of chest and some redness. Its been 3 days since the surgery. Has anyone else had swelling after a battery replaced??

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How soon to lift weights

Just had my pacemaker battery changed after 14 years and was wondering how long do you

have to wait to lift weights again? I did not get my wires changed. Also is it normal for the area around the pacemaker site to be swollen and very tender? I dont remember being this swollen

the first go round. Thanks for any input

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Skiers w pacemaker

Hi.

Just had a biotronik edora dual lead implanted due to bradycardia. I am a serious skier, and while ski season is wrapped up until winter I am wondering if there are any pacemaker skiers out there, anything special you do to condition off season or any advice ahead of next season. My cardiologist said ok for me to continue the sport. (Of course!)

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Pacemaker

Hi. So, I have vasovagal syncope. Needles are very upsetting to me. My pulse goes down to 30 and then I have experienced a heart pause. The one they recorded on my tilt test was 3.2 seconds long. I am struggling with the recommendation for a pacemaker because I don't experience syncope episodes outside of triggers. I have not had the best time getting my questions answered by the doctor. I think I would feel better if I could understand WHY the recommendation was being made. 

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Sick Sinus Syndrome

Been dealing with fatigue and light headedness with onset of nausea, for several years. It comes & goes, some episodes last, days, weeks, months. All doctors and tests suggested allergies since they really couldn't pinpoint the cause. A month & a half ago I had a serious blood pressure drop, 80/50 pulse 40, nauseaus, really dizzy, and extreme fatigue. Went to cardio doc first time in 5 years, wore heart monitor and the diagnosis was Sick Sinus Syndrome & A-Fib. Waiting for pac...

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Update

I currently may have a temporary pacemaker and possibly a deactivated one. No idea on the status of the old wires. Will ask the transplant surgeon tomorrow. Had my transplant on Wednesday. Awake yesterday and talking. Sitting up in a seat all day. Apparently I'm doing well! 

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Beta Blockers

I am on 40 mg of propanolol for hand tremors, not bp.  My docs reassure me that this amount is small, and with a PM will not affect my heart rate.  While it has been effective in reducing my hand tremors, I do worry about it affecting my HR.

I am on a single lead Accolade and 100% paced.

Thanks,

Mike

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ar_vin

May I respectfully remind you that this is supposed to be a support group.  Any openly hostile, ridiculing remarks made by you towards other members in the future will no longer be tolerated and will always be removed.  How another member’s “genuine” distress can cause you such “hilarity” beggars belief.

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Pacemaker now set at 70

I am a 68-year-old male with a fib but also had a three lead pacemaker inserted about six months ago. I got Covid,eventhough I was vaccinated, and some doctors think that it blew out my electrical system.  I have Complete heart block I am I am 100% dependent on the pacemaker.

My pacemaker was orginally set at a low end of 80. And my heart stayed  that way pretty much all the time unless I try to exercise it'll go to 115 120 which the a fib makes difficu...

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