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how i got here

hi am very new to this as have just had the pacemaker  installed on Aug 21st,2019.  Needless to say was not aware of any problems.  Knew for years that heart beat was slow.  Was going for shoulder replacement and the doctor required a stress test 30 days before.  Decided since no pain yet cancelled shoulder  surgery.  Heart dr said since have not seen him since 2016 should have echo, heart holter and stress test.  Expected to ge the results on Aug...

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CRT-p then Eliquis and Amiodarone

Is this a frequent combination/sequence?

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Pacemakers and LVAD's

Anyone here have this combo?

--Dave--

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Skiing

is it recommend to snow ski with a pacemaker?

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voltage

Hi All,

Re:  Pacemaker.

Can i have answers to the following questions please.

What voltage would the heart suffer if the two bare leads, or loose bolts touched and shorted out?  The battery being one year old. The device having two leads.  Also, Would this event register on the device memory?

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Heart block

Hi guys,

 

I went to a&e yesterday as I was worried I had damaged leads by lifting weights. They said they'll think I'll be fine and all looks ok and to just get checked at my next pacing app however the first ECG they did in a&e showed second degree heart block and supraventricular premature complexes... the second they did showed sinus rhythm with sinus tachycardia.. the a&e doctor said to ignore the first ECG and said go with the second and discharged m...

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Has anyone had a cryoablation?

I have SSS, so five months after my pacemaker implant, I had a catheter ablation.  The doctor couldn't get me into tachycardia during the surgery, so I didn't get many burns.  He said there was a 50/50 chance it worked.  I was fine for three years, but now the SVT episodes are back.  He suggested we'd have to do cryoablation.  I think the success rate is pretty good on that.  Anyone want to share their experience with cryo?

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Exercise and rate response.

I received my PM in April this year and still getting used to it. It was implanted for bradycardia and Afib. I’ve had several adjustments to make the rate response less sensitive and a lower target heart rate. For a while I was feeling awful when riding in a bumpy car/boat or just taking a flight of stairs. That has pretty much subsided, once they lowered the sensitivity (I think it’s set as low as it will go) and set the upper max rate to 120, any higher is up to my natural...

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Weight lifting - worried about damage to lead

Hi all. Looking for some advice if possible.

I'm coming up to 3 years of having my PM this October. I started at the gym and mainly do cardio but yesterday thought I would try weights - I did two sets of 12 lateral raises at 4KG. Afterwards I panicked and thought oh no I haven't damaged a lead.

I've been having an on and off pinch near my left rib in a particular spot - a little lower down than my breast bone. Now, this could be a COMPLETE coincidence mixed with anxiet...

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CRT-P CRT-D Reaction Time

Had a CRT-P installed for cardiomyopathy on 3/1/19 of this year. EP thinks it was due to RV pacing from my dual chamber pacemaker causing dyssyncrony between RV and LV. I have a very wide QRS > 150 ms and a native LBBB.  Recent echocardiogram 5.5 months post install doesn't show any improvment; even a slight drop in EF from 39 to 36%. I also can tell I've picked up a little water weight. I've heard of late responders to this therapy (> 1 year) but also know most see pos...

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Pacing episodes

hi

Bit of a random one and i really should have paid more attention at my annual check-up today. I have a medtronic dual lead pm, ive had it for 3 years now (i'm 41).. 

The technician mentioned that i'd had 18 episodes totalling over 100 hours.. Im assuming this was over the last 12 months??

Does anyone know what this meant? The technician did alter something immeadiately afterwards and said i shouldn't feel so breathless from now on.. Like i said, i wasn...

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Palpitations/dizziness/blacking out

I found this site last October 2018 after getting an emergency PM for sick sinus syndrome bradycardia, but this is the first time I’ve posted. I’m so frustrated and worried because I’m having severe palpitations that feel like my heart is literally moving sideways. This is followed by dizziness, near fainting, choking feeling, and/or pins and needles. Sometimes it happens over and over for hours. My greatest fear is that I may black out while driving. I h...

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Just saying hello

26 here... got my PM 10 months ago now when I was 25. Can’t express how grateful I am I will be able to watch my daughter grow up. 

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Lead Extraction and Replacement

Biventriclar Defibrillator since 2004, lifetime of heart issues, too many to list - my 5th generator replacement will be in two weeks in addition to a lead extraction and replacement- any recommendations for after care for myself, dos and don’ts or other suggestions or recommendations and what to expect. They will try laser extraction first but this lead has been in 13 years. 

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Sudden change in HR from long time patterns right after most recent routine 90-day pacemaker check

Short story: Exercise HR in long-done exercises at about 5-6 met level have suddenly dropped about 30 beats. Rise and fall of HR on resistance circuit long-ranged 100-120, but is now 60-80 with recovery to 60 long before catching breath. Sleeping heart rate suddenly shows no increase in HR for movements from 60 setting for sleep bradycardia.

More detailed story: In my opinion, one or more of three items (my heart, PM, or PM setting) has suddenly changed after 3 years. The PM checks have...

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autoimmune disorders

this is just a general question, has anyone out there had an autoimmune disorder first and then developed a heart block that required a pacemaker?

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nurses and assaultive patients

hi, i am new to this site and have yet to have a pacemaker 

but I love my job. and am worried that I am going to be told I can't workd due to the assaultiveness of the patients

are there any RN's out there who work in an "intensive care" psych unit  or ER and is having a pacemaker a worry  or have you been told you can't work your unit  due to the assaultiveness of the patients??

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Experiencing weird symptoms

I wanted to post here and seen if anyone had or has similar symptoms to mine. I keep thinking it’s stress (I’m almost 3 weeks post PM), but not sure. 

Im a 30 year old male and consider myself pretty healthy. Pre pacemaker I started having these wave of doom feelings come over me, and I would almost passout. Went to the ER and they found nothing. My primary care recommended a Holter monitor, and they ended up seeing a 5 second complete av node block. 

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Treadmill stress test

My husband has appt tomorrow morning for a stress test.  He got his PM in February and does ok in normal circumstances, but is still out of breath when he climbs stairs or goes up any kind of elevation.  Last week the cardiologist suggested the stress test which we both were excited about.  It would seem that they would see just what is going on in real time.  Well, to make a long story short, he fell last Monday at work.  Did come home with a swollen lip and two brui...

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Skipping beats

I’m in a hotel at the airport and noticed my heart skipping the odd beat. I’ve only had my PM for about 6 days and my anxiety is going through the roof. Please tell me this happens to other people. I’m on the verge of not getting on the plane. My heart is still regular but skips. I’ve suffered with AF and Flutter for years and had multiple ablations. This was meant to be my new beginning. Help 

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To tell you the truth I never even give it a second thought. While growing up it never stopped me from doing anything and to this day my girlfriend or my kids need to remind me that I have one!