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Missed Beats

Hi All,

For the last month and a half I have been experiencing missed beats in my ventrical.  My doctor put me on a CAM monitor to monitor the episodes of missed beats and its been confirmed that I am in deed missing beats that last 3-7 secconds at a time.  As the time has gone by and last wore the CAM monitor its happening more and now I have numbness in both arms and in my face when this is happening.  My doctor cant seem to put his finger on whats happening and thinks...

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Pain control

I have my PM surgery tomorrow 😬 and the dr said they only give Motrin for pain control post-op. What are your opinions on this? Were you given pain medicine after the procedure? I’m having them place mine under the muscle which she said will be significantly more painful and if it were her she wouldn’t choose that. Just wondering if this is standard practice or just my dr...

thanks!

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Horizontal

Hi all. 6 days post-op from PM implant for bradycardia diagnosed after an emergency RCA stent (47 y.o., fit, Medtronic Azure XT DR MRI, right side implant). I generally feel great with little to no pain or discomfort. BUT, having trouble sleeping. Find that when I lay down it feels like a weight on my chest - center, not implant site - and I have shortness of breath. Issue subsidies when I sit up and is almost nonexistent while moving around normally during the day. I have a follow up ap...

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pacemaker size

these are both pacemakers i have, 1) Boston Scientific is the present one for approx 5month    2) St Jude for previous 9 1/2 years below the size differences, its not the function I am not happy about but i thought with advance technology the newer ones as B.Scientific would have been much smaller in size, so this one I am not at all happy with the way it sticks out on my chest, i complained they said the second replacement always sticks out further than the previous one, is th...

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Jansen the Dodger

NOT yet, of course, but, IMO, he is a candidate.  He has an irregular pulse and has had prior heart problems .. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

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CRT-D Implant Question

I am going to have a CRT-D implanted Monday. I understand that the device has a pulse generator. Do you actually feel the pulses or are the sbtle enough that you become unaware of the sensation.

Any side-effects or discomfort that anyone has had ? I am choosing to have it inserted under the muscle. /.

 

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Programming Wand Magnet

Can anyone put light on the fact that how much the magnet of  a pacemAker programming wand cost pacemaker's battery?

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Pacemakers and dentistry

I have read that I must inform  my dentist about my pacemaker and wondered why. Obviously I will tell her because I usually do as I am told, but  would there be a problem with  ordinary procedures, scaling,  fillings etc? What is this all about? 

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DVLA

Hi, before I had my pacemaker fitted I was told be my neurologist that I had to surrender my driving license to DVlA and once I had my pacemaker fitted I just reapplied for it back. I had it fitted ten weeks ago applying for my license straight away, still waiting for its return. Anyone else had this problem?

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Newbie

Hi 

going in for dual chamber PM in 10 days

not worried at all about the procedure but the sedation is a different story.Hate the thought of not being in control as had a bad experience of having a hard time waking from a general during a knee surgery and never want that feeling again 

I m leaning towards asking  for a very mild sedation just so I’m comfortable while lying there for an hour or two wondered if anyone has had the same

also I hat...

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Newbie

Hi 

going in for dual chamber PM in 10 days

not worried at all about the procedure but the sedation is a different story.Hate the thought of not being in control as had a bad experience of having a hard time waking from a general during a knee surgery and never want that feeling again 

I m leaning towards asking  for a very mild sedation just so I’m comfortable while lying there for an hour or two wondered if anyone has had the same

also I hat...

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Stress Echocardiograph results

Please help with the interpretation of "No atrial pacing during exercise". I understand most of the repport except this phrase. Does this mean that my heart did not pace on it's own during the exercise and I was reliant on the pacemaker's atrial lead?

I have had progressively worse breathlessness and weak legs on exertion. It started in January and I had the pacemaker taken out in April due to blood culture negative endocarditis with a 12mm vegetation...

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First Pacemaker

Australian. New to this site.

I am 57 y.o. male. who was running marathons until 12 months ago.

Had A-Fib for a long time, but last 4 months became more frequent and more severe.

Coupled with this, I was having passouts, without warning. RHR was 40 due to fitness from training history.

Difficult to treat with meds, due to lowering high end heart rate of 180-195, the effect on low end at 40.

Passouts without warning becoming more frequent.

Holter monitor pic...

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Resting heart rate much higher than normal

I had my implant 7/19 and then had a lead reposition on 7/20. My original issue was bradycardia. I know from my recent check up that my paced rate is 75, so I shouldn't dip too far below that for very long. Until recently, my heart was staying at 75 when I was at work or just sitting, but the last few days my resting rate hasn't gotten below 85 and is often over 100. There is a lot going on in my life right now (both good and bad), so I realize stress could be part of it. But, I'm...

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Do pacemaker lifespan be affected by electronic devices such as Electronic massage chair and PT device muscle treatment

Query:

1. Do pacemaker life span be affected by an electric massage chair?

2. What about the electeonic massage used by Physical Therapist for muscle spasm treatment?

I had a minor accident that physically affects my muscle/viens. I had a hard time walking. I was advice for PT treatment but i was afraid of the side effect if there is any.

Thank you. Looking forward for an advice.

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Amateurs and pacemakers

When someone hears the ticking sound emanating from my chest, the believe it’s either a bomb or, if they know me, my pacemaker. It’s my valve.... I don’t think that’s ever a normal conversation. 

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noise in upper chamber

hi all. i had a remote interrogation which detected a couple episodes of "noise" in the,upper chamber but no arrythmias. they said it might have something to do with lead. pacing was greater than 99%. everything looked fine but they would watch it. instead of waiting for 3 month interrogation i asked for another in 1 month. comments please. thanks. i had crt- procedure in 2014. 

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New member--getting a St Jude Assurity PM implanted in 2 days?

Hi, 

My EP chose the Assurity as I have Afib and it is supposed to try to pace you out of the PACs that often lead up to an Afib episode. Also it is MRI safe. Has anyone had experience with this model?

Thanks!

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Pacemaker settings.

Was wondering my low number is set to 60 and then there are other numbers 

ams base rate is 80 bpm

Max sensor rate 130 bpm

Parameters 

Mode DDD

Base rate 60 bpm

Max track rate 130bpm

Paced av delay >150ms

Sensed av delay >130ms

what do all these numbers mean?

 

thanks. 

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Postop Pain with Pacemaker insertion

Good evening. Thank you for participating in this forum. I have a Biotronik dual lead pacemaker, MRI compatible. c.2016. I am retired. I became increasingly exhausted, had a lot of trouble remembering things, and then could not concentrate, etc, ... I literally would feel like sleeping on my drive home from work. It was serious. I was diagnosed in the doctor's office, where I was having a preop check for a foot surgery that was to be in 3 days time. Instead, I had a Holter monitor for 48...

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As for my pacemaker (almost 7 years old) I like to think of it in the terms of the old Timex commercial - takes a licking and keeps on ticking.