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Recovering from ablation for atrial tachycardias

I had an ablation for atrial tachyicardias last week, including aflutter. My arrhythmias had emerged since about October, including ventricular arrhythmias that were being 'paced out' by the ICD. Meds had little effect.  Over 110 areas ablated over 7 hours, and about 24 hours in the hospital. I am feeling stronger over the last couple of days.  I had a cardiac arrest/4 shocks from my ICD including asystole in mid December, and unfortunately, no ventricular arrhythmias e...

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A club I never thought I'd belong to

Hi, all. Another newbie here. I'm 5 1/2 weeks out from PM implantation. My symptoms came on suddenly about a month and a half earlier: exhaustion upon strenuous exercise, and later, episodes of lightheadedness that began increasing in frequency and severity.

I had consulted my primary care doc, taken a stress test, and had an appointment with a cardiologist pending. My heart, though, had other ideas, and while I was on vacation I fainted dead away. Fortunately, this incident occurre...

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Retained Lead Fragments and MRI

Hi all,

I have a question on whether having a retained lead fragment from a prior lead extraction is a contraindication for MRI scans.  I had to get my left ventricular lead replaced two years ago but during the extraction process the lead broke twice.  They were able to get most of the lead out,  but ending up abandoning a ca. 5 mm long ring electrode on the wall of the vein going to my heart.  This electrode is made out of a Platinum/Iridium alloy. ...

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Not feeling "oomph" while running

Hi All!

  My first post and thankful I found this club/forum. I had a PM implanted in late September 2019 due to syncope/heart rate pauses. I had two quite serious incidences and some episodes in between the two; after the second serious incident I had the PM implanted within 24 hours, so I didn't really have much time to "take in" everything that was happening. There is some neurological relationship to everything which is still being looked into, but at the mom...

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more visible pacemaker

Hi ! 
It seem's to me when I look in the mirror or even if I touch it, that my pacemaker is more visible. I can almost see it through my skin. 
is it normal if I only have it since 7 months. 
i am worried about it. I am not in my country now, I wonder if I have to go back home in Montreal.

Thanks! 

Chantal 

 

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Brand New Pacemaker

Three weeks ago I started having episodes of bradycardia.  I went to the ER for an infection in my eyelid that wasn't healing with oral antibiotics.  They gave me IV antibiotics but they were more concerned that my heart rate wouldn't climb out of the 40s.  They admitted me.  I returned to the 70's and after 2 days they discharged me and told me to stop taking the blood pressure medication I had been taking for six years.  Three days later my heart rate dr...

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Trackless rides

Hello  I was just wondering if anyone with a pacemaker/defibrillator has been on any of the newer trackless rides at any of the Disney parks. I'm going to Tokyo Disney and Tokyo Sea in June and want to get an idea what is ok to go on.

Thank you in advance! ♥ 

 

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Disneyland rides

Didn't even think about it.  I'm taking my grandchild to Disneyland.   Should I avoid any specific rides.  Checked with the doctor's office.  All cardiac warnings?  Seems severe.  

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Is there a St. Jude Medical pacemaker mobile app?

Background: I had a St. Jude Medical pacemaker implanted in December 2019 for bradycardia and vasovagal syncope.

For the past few days, I have been experiencing chest pain around my upper left pectoral muscle area. I realized that I have a Merlin heart monitor that wirelessly communicates with my pacemaker so I called the device clinic at my doctors office and asked them to check my heart transmissions. They told me that there were no readings to be concerned about and it...

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Living alone after pacemaker and bio monitor

Hi,  I am a 72 year old female and moved in with my daughter last year.  However I have found that I prefer living alone.  Is that doable for my age group.

sincerely

 

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EMI

HI!

I am a semi retired welder, and have just been implanted with  an ICD.  Are there any welders out there with ICDs and are still working? What precautions do you take?  I use both inverter and "old school" iron core welders.  I also sometimes have to use 3-phase industrial mills and lathes.  Is there any modifications I can do to the machinery in order to continue to use them?

Thanks,

Monday

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Micra pacemaker covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield

Hello all! I've been diagnosed with Bradychardia and after a syncopal episode, it has been determined I am going to require a pacemaker relatively soon. My resting heart rate is 45 BPM but was 54 BPM only six months ago! I'm only 33 and the ability to have MRIs in my lifetime is very appealing.

Anyway, I am very interested in the Micra leadless pacemaker. I'm not sure if it is covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield and I'm having a hard time finding any real answers. Anybody...

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Pacemaker and TAVR

It's been 3 weeks and I actually felt better before they did all this , Cardiologist follow up took me off BP meds except for one said don't worry if BP is high well this morning and just about every morning it's high it was 153/97 ,and he never checked the actual surgery  I am very tired all the time can't do to much cause of some pain from the TAVR procedure I just don't understand it , hard to get answers surgeons or cardiologist just keep passing the buck, it...

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Trackless rides

Hello  I was just wondering if anyone with a pacemaker/defibrillator has been on any of the newer trackless rides at any of the Disney parks. I'm going to Tokyo Disney and Tokyo Sea in June and want to get an idea what is ok to go on.

Thank you in advance! ♥ 

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Sore shoulder

Can you use Biofreeze on a sore shoulder, if you have pacemaker?

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Pacemaker replacement problems

Had my first Medtronic 2-lead pacemaker implanted on my birthday (lucky me) in 2009, and had it replaced the day before Thanksgiving in 2019.  Instead of the old style transmittal device, I was issued the new Medtronic wireless Home Communicator.  I have experienced problems with breathing and sleeping since the new pacemaker was implanted.  Yesterday, I unplugged the thing and have felt better since then.  Tomorrow (Monday) I'll talk with my doctor over the phone to t...

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The Whole Story Behind Kidney Stones

You think you got trouble, cousin?  Wed,noon, 19 Feb  Thought I was about to pass a second stone,  Yep, I did, took all of 30 minutes, just like first one last July. Hurt like %$#$%, justl ike July, but, it was only 30 min.  Midnight, 19 feb, started to pass another one.  Uh, a bit differeent - pain was excruciating.  Had a 30 min drive to ER.  Screamed at Wife all the way there.  I was birthing a stinking elephunt, head first, complete w/ fullu...

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Sensitivity to pacemaker

Hello, my husband Thomas, recently (Nov. 7th 2019) who just turned 50, had pacemaker installed.  At not quite 4 months after surgery, he has been feeling the sensation of a "stinging pain" under skin near scar. This seems to be random, not from any movement. It happens several times a day. I would think that after 4 months the implant area has healed?

Has this happened to anyone else? (It's our 1st post, just found this group in his pacemaker manual, TH...

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batteryleads

Eight weeks after implant i have been told I have possible lead displacment, as a result I have a 1.7 difference in the readings of the two leads, can someone please tell me what the 1.7 reading is? As a result I have also been told that Ihave consumed an estimated  71/2 years of battery popwer. When sitting down or lying in bed (at rest) as the call it I get Heart pausing and chest pains, I have found the only way to start a regular Heart rythen is to stand up and walk about or get...

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A Fib set off my defibrillator

Saturday morning at 4 am my ICD started to shock me for a period of 7 fires due to an A Fib issue. I have been awake now for over 24 hours. Have been admitted to hospital. I have been put on Amiodarone and a blood thinner. I am so exhausted yet so in fear of another shock.  As I am grateful my ICD certainly did it's job, a mess I am. I am out of A fib now. My ICD was implanted almost 8 months ago and I went through a rough period of depression. A virus attacked my heart was the reaso...

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