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Exercised Induced Hypertension

Hi Mike,

You said you take Lisinopril 30mg. Did you know that if Lisinopril works too good it can cause a rapid loss of blood pressure. I am a nurse and I heard this from a doctor. Maybe your pacemaker is not the issue. Talk to your doctor about your Lisinopril and your symptoms. 
 

I hope all works out for you. BTW, Happy Fathers Day! 

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Exercise induced Hypertension

I have lately experiencing a sudden drop in blood pressure while brisk walking. I usually walk for 5 mi at a brisk pace (2.5-3 mph).  My tolerance this spring has been steadily decreasing, and I am fatigued the last 1/2 mi; lately though I have been unable to go more than a mile.  I am having sudden drops in HR, from >130 to 60, and subsequently am unable to increase my HR above 65-70. I have also extablished that my BP will drop to <95/60.  When this happens I feel dizzy...

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Supercar insurance

I am going to castle coombe for a supercar experience next week and suddenly thought about my pacemaker. Any advice? Will this be ok?  Thank you as always 

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Safety

Is it safe for me to be in pool with grandbaby & no one else is around?  I'm very anxious that I might faint or have a heart attack while alone with her.  I keep her week days.  She's 8 months old.  I'm 2 months out from implant, no problems & doctor had said I could return to normal activities.   Just a lot of anxiety over this even though physically I feel better now that my heart rate is above 30. 

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Mammogram

I have a mammogram booked next week. Concerned with pm... any advice pls?

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PM

Hi all, just need some info please. The girls will be helpful, the guys ...........not so much. Question; what is the lbest way to wear strap on bra or is there any type of padding to protect incision? Also can you ever sleep on your left side again? Got my PM on 4/20/2021.

Thanks

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Pacemakers and back braces

Can I wear a back brace without it harming my pacemaker?

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palpitations during exercise

pacemaker since 2007 i notice that sometimes when i do exercise on the gym like threadmill and stairs machine i get this ramdom palpitations should i worry ? this is the first time i have felt them. also im about to see the pacemaker check in 10 days ..what does the settings on my device do thats the part i dont understand for example i heard somehting like 140 so what does that mean that my heart can only go 140? i dont have any other symptons while exercise only the palpitations any ideas ?...

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New to the PM club

Hi all,
I had my PM surgery for a dual chamber St. Jude's this past Weds., it went smoothly afaik. One moment I was chatting with the nurses as the doc was putting on the anesthetic, the next they told me they were all done and I was getting wheeled out of the cath lab and back to recovery. Since then aside from a few odd throbs the day of surgery all I've had painwise are the expected achiness by my collar at the implant site and what feels almost like there's something in m...

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What to expect in recovery?

I am an active 68 year old woman who received an emergency PM implant 5 days ago for a complete heart block that developed very quickly.  My heart rate was 36 in the emergency room and I had significant shortness of breath with minor exertion for 3 days prior to hospitalization. A minth ago, I had a calcium ct scan which was fine and an echocardiogram to monitor my mitral valve, which has been stable for years. I was feeling very pleased with my cardiac health.&n...

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Heart rate of 120

Hello all , just wanted to confirm with you all if its normal to have heart rate of 120 . My dad just had pacemaker surgery last month and doctor suggested to lower the heart rate. He started Ivarbrad 5mg medication , but after couple of days my dad started facing breathing issues. So we thought of stopping the medicine and after that the heart rate varies from 90-130 . Our cardiologist is off for a month and we are not comfortable taking medication from someone else. Just wondering if this h...

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Update

Hi all fellow pacers.  It has been awhile since I gave been on here.  Back in October I had a pacemaker implanted. Then after having pneumonia due to Covid I had a vtach episode and landed back in the hospital in December to have it replaced with a CRT-D.  The Dr that did my first surgery did this one as well.  He put it so close to my breast that it started sinking down. I was then transferred to another hospital with more equipped Heart Dr's.  This Dr sched...

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Surgery

I receive my unit on the 28th of this month. I am having a lot of anxiety. I have a low heart rate that borders on bradycardia and I'm having frequent PVCs that are symptomatic. When they try any meds to control the PVCs it drops my heart rate down and I get lightheaded. They are hoping the the pacemaker combined with beta blockers will get me lined out. Thankfully I have no "plumbing" issues. All of mine are "electrical" but still very scary for me. 

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Pace maker has moved

I am post op 11 months with my second pace maker. However after a slight movement to my arm from its location on my left side chest above my breast, this morning it is gone!!  I finally was able to feel the edge of it deep in behind my breast tissue. Is this normal?  My first pace maker move a short distance towards my arm (I am a left side sleeper), but then stayed in place for 7 years.  I have reported it to my doctor, but feeling stressed about having further surgery. <...

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Post Op Recovery

I had a PM inserted on 6/4/21. I am curious on how long it took for PM incision to compoletely heal over?. Also with most restrictions on the 4-6 week timeframe, How many of you were cleared to resume activities?, and what activities, if any were still restricted after the initial 4-6 week time period, assuming your healing recovery had no complications. Thanks, just wanted to get a general idea from those who have gone through this.

I am a very activer person, and wanted a feeling of w...

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Pacemaker battery life

My grandson had a pacemaker check in mid-February and was told he had 9 months of battery life plus the 3 month ERI time (total 12 months). They were looking at a pacemaker replacement toward the end of the year. We were doing 3 month pacemaker checks, until August, then going to monthly until time for the replacement.  We did a remote check in mid-May and was told the pacer went into the ERI time on April 10th, therefore he was already almost 2 months into the ERI. ...

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burning

I don't know if what I have is a complication or not? So Here I go. I sometimes have a burning sensation around the unit.Nothing on the inside of the unit. It happens about 2-3 time a month and has been going on for several years, i.e 5. I really have no idea what causes it.   Also, my 10 year old battery has 1 1/2 years left, when the device checker saw something on his computer. It appears that the important leader was clogged. Has that happened to anyone? If so, what happened...

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Still waiting but a bit of good news.

Hello y'all,

 I wanted to give you all an update that the transplant coordinator had just called me about the nicotine results.  As soon as I told her I use nicorette she told me that was fine, that the positive test result doesn't stop the process if there is a reason for it.  She said she just needed me to confirm I was not a smoker and that checked the box.

The remainder of my labs have come in and nothing showed up that would be a contraindication for tr...

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Pacemaker and hot weather

Hi.  We live in Spain. My partner got his pacemaker 6 weeks ago and says he feels really well.  However, he has nearly collapsed 2 x recently and says its because of the heat and humidity here. He did recover quickly. He also has had hiccups 2x at night. First time just 2 his second time it was 4. Should I be worried? Should I inform our doctor?

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PHILLIPS SLEEP APNEA MACHINE RECALL

Hello everyone!

It was announced recently that Phillips has recalled a lot of their sleep apnea machines. Apparently the abatement foam is causing some kind of cancer. I contacted the VA today to see what I should do and I was told to stop using it immediately until they come up with a solution. I'm sure they have some kind of contract with Phillips so the turn around time could take quite a while. I am concerned because I have severe sleep apnea and it's probably the...

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